To continue loving video games, their programming while doing & improving my professional photography, punish the guilty, reward the good, educate kids and fight for all that is good. :-)
I like how so many find the price too high but don't seem to understand this lens is hand made in Germany with most likely well paid workers - and I bet hand tested quite a bit before it leaves the factory combined with Leicas legendary customer support. Its probably one of the best lenses ever made in this class.
This cost money. Doesn't mean you can't do great photography with cheaper lenses but I think there are reasons beyond "luxury brand" why this lens is pricey.
Pat Cullinan Jr: The sample photos need heavy post-processing.
Pat- I dunno. They shots look reasonable here on my display.
In what sense? They seem pretty good to me and they are JPEGS.
Papi61: I think that in 2015 many people would consider the absence of 4K video a deal breaker. Especially now that the Lumix G7 is out.
No, it's not. Sorry. I got an OMD EM5 MKII which has quite a state of the art m4/3rds sensor and a Fuji X-E1 which isn't 14-bit raw. There is a difference in color response and tone. I even shot side to side to help me decide if I was keeping that OMD or not. The whole "sub optimal array" is complete BS- use a proper raw converter to see it shine. And you get better sensitivity (more greens) for more B&W. The G7 has an AA filter anyway.
Video resolution & video - sure. G7 totally trashes the Fuji. But like I said, pros and cons. Some people care bout 4k video, some people don't and put priorities on stills.
Some yes. Others would consider the lack of better image quality, color and ISO performance for their still photography a deal breaker.
Along with usability. So I don't think it's that clear cut.
Oh and when I say color I am also talking about raw. Not all cameras have an easy to get color from raw either for many raw converters.
tedolf: Well, I will say it since no one else will. While I like retro styled cameras as much as anyone, it must be admitted that Fuji's film SLRs were never good looking cameras, unlike the Olympus OM models. So aping an ugly SLR does not make for an attractive MILC. Next, the very small Fuji bodies, e.g. XA-1, and this one make the lenses look huge.
The analog control system is nice though. This is Fuji's strong point.
I dunno, I like how this camera looks.
I think this camera will sell rather well. Great Fuji lenses and great color out of the box or even from raw are big selling points to me along with this metallic glowing chronic look Fuji seems to do in their shots.
Tharaphita: As a Nikon users im happy for Fuiji users and can only hope Nikon would actually offer new features via firmware. ! Way to go Fuiji
@Just a Photographer- how mature am I? :-) WTF. Are you reading what I said? I was saying that what he said is great and that I wish more people like him existed in the forums. Why are you misreading it? Seems like we are both on the same side.
nemist: If only they would quit re-iterating their old sensors with bogus RAW support I think quite a few more users would be highly interested, myself included. I do applaud Fuji's continuing care of customers though. Please take note, SONY!!!
@Ethan - "These were already common features already standard in many companies, so they really didn't have to add things that were already there." Again, if you look at the competitors you could say the same thing about them. Not all of them have all the set of features you mention like that in the models. Moreover- Fuji had exclusive features they don't (and some they still don't) have. Just because competitor B has a certain feature doesn't mean competitor A can automatically have it- there are patents, secret research and development, etc.
It's not public domain knowledge. It costs time to market and money. And again, Fuji could pretty much NOT DO any updates and they still sold a complete camera that intelligent purchasers can make a choice to buy or not.
What is silly is buying a camera that doesn't have those features, that clearly states in the box that it doesn't have them, then accuse Fuji of "fixing stuff" and saying an analogy that Fuji ships a half complete camera which is not the case.
The XT1 was a complete camera on release. Not all cameras have eye AF detect. Not all cameras have *all* the features you listed. And Fuji added them *for free* later on. What exactly here is silly? Whoever buys a camera wishing on a firmware upgrade then who apparently can't read what the camera they are buying is?
I am sorry but I find your argument pretty ridiculous.
Isn't it funny how some people just embrace something they bought to allegedly do photography as if it was their first born child? It's so ridiculous. Bravo for your maturity (disclosure: I am shooting mainly with a Nikon 1 right now).
@Ethan- it is irrelevant that Fuji has added these features after release. If the XT1 has a compelling feature set- and it has from day 1, those photographers and customers who like that feature set buy it. They can also chose not to buy.
Fuji had several features that are to their proposition. I just enumerated a couple above, I don't need to go through all of it.Comparing the totality of feature set adding all the competitors together is a bit of a stupid comparison, because said competitors will also have "lacking features" between themselves.
Finally, at least Fuji is adding these features which is more than can be said for those competitors which never add anything.
@Ethan- I think a camera that has the best EVF that still to date you can find in any mirrorless, with the innovative phase detection-focus split and picture in picture in the EVF is hardly "just playing catchup with everyone else" said as a blanket statement.
@Ethan- I am sorry but this is ridiculous. Fuji is under no obligation to add the improvements and people when they buy are to read the specs at time of purchase and decide right there and then if they want to buy the camera.
This goes for all companies/products.
There are certainly several things the XT1 did out of the gate better than the Sony too, no? It's the feature set at time of purchase.
The rest is gravy.
Marty4650: If these were branded by Hassleblad, they could sell for $62,000!
Uh oh... does it also involve being a "lonely traveler" kind of concept?
And be made of some kind of exotic wood.
This made my morning.
tlinn: Great article, Richard. A couple questions:
1) Does shot noise present as primarily luminance noise or color noise too?
2) Am I correct to infer that part 2 of this series will answer the question of whether or not it is beneficial to ETTR at ISOs other than the base ISO?
Actually you can indeed talk about Luminance noise. The photons themselves don't have it, that's the sensor. The sensors without a color filter array all they can see is Luminance. The noise coming from electrical/electronic issues on the sensor, not the photons.
Richard Butler- hope the 2nd part takes into account the DR window shift.. like the Old Olympus e-620 to current. :-)
Best DSLR if I was going to buy a DSLR at this category, which is the one I would pick.