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. :-)
babart: Besides photography, I also work as an illustrator. There is the same conflict in professional artwork. But among illustrators, selling the rights to future use in any form exacts a much higher price than work done for specific project or client in which the artist retains rights to the work.
To me, this offer seems a bit suspicious, as does anything that seems too good to be true. $175 is a decent price for a photo, but I suspect that many photographers will save their best images for selling more than once.
@henry explain away I you know better. All I know is that perpetual license for anything else doesn't sound good to me.
Not to license to a same entity permanently and forever- nope. And forget any of my images I would consider in the fine art and not stock category.
I don't understand why they decide to roll back on photographers setting their pricing. At first it seemed like a huge step forward for the right thing but now again- no.
TrojMacReady: Nice camera but I feel one flaw that was only mentioned on the "noise" page (not on the conclusion page), is actually magnified by another. Like most of the X series cameras, ISO's are overstated up to 2/3 EV (1 stop difference compared to many other cameras). But in RAW, the camera also tops out at an indicated ISO 6400. Which means that if you want to shoot RAW, compared to many other cameras, the top sensitivity is actually comparable to ISO 3200. Not exactly high in the current age, where a lot of crop cameras are already used at even higher ISO's.
And while I acknowledge that users can push RAW files further themselves, choice is removed and it does affect the LV experience.
Having to under expose and develop up is not as bad for two reasons:
#1. Fuji has a dedicated EV on this camera#2. Fuji can push up to 3 stops up when using its in-camera RAW converter. Think they are the only ones allowing such a push in an in-camera raw conversion.
kewlguy: For such an extensive review, why hasn't DPR tried other RAW converters for Fuji? Clearly ACR is the worst of all for processing X-Trans files including X20/X10. There are Iridient Developer, C1 Pro, PhotoNinja, and others. Of course, from the review I could see DPR loves OOC JPG too much.
Photo gal - sorry but video is not a key feature, certainly not for this cameras market.
TorsteinH: Strange, but to me the files, both RAW and JPG looks like they have a heavy noise reduction done. Faces looks like they are made of plastic! The loss of detail is obvious compared to Nikon 7100 or Olympus OMD E-M5. (Just select RAW and compare the files here at DPR) So how this camera can get a high score for image quality is hard to understand.
Torsten- and how are you quite sure? Did you try the other raw converters and see for yourself?
Based on my real world experience I am quite sure what you said is not right.
I have to disagree and very strongly with DPREVIEW on this again. Yes, there is quite a difference between ACR and Capture One 7- sorry guys.
I have seen artifacts from Adobe not being able to make small jumps from red to whites that Capture One can do. Careful use of the parameter called "structure" and the usual sharpness is called for here too.
Also yes, Iridient shows a better result. You can also try Photo Ninja. While I understand dpreview's desire to compare "equal with equal" the problem here is that you are in doing so:
(i) not using Xtrans to its best(ii) you will not be comparing equal to equal just because Adobe does not have an optimal conversion for the Xtrans CFA. Bayer has been around for a while and some programs- NOT Adobe's figured it out better so far.
Why would anyone then bother really, using a Fuji Xtrans without considering putting its best shoe forward.
It's been said countless times that the Fuji Xtrans RAW files shine with Iridient, Capture One 7, not with Adobe's software.
Even though this has been explored many times twenty there is still this question. As for the JPEGS- shoot out in the real world and compare jpeg per jpeg. Fuji keeps color and tone very well while having some good areas of detail too.
HappyVan: What a strange conclusion?
Sensor size is 58% of FF. Resolution (19mp) is 53% of D800. So, small improvement over D800 is expected. NO big deal.
The real deal breaker is the price and weight (5 lb).
Woa, what? One of the key reasons "A bigger sensor" has a "very clear and direct relation" to IQ is because pixel pitch has a relation to image quality precisely because of the density/size in a given sensor size at a given MP count.
Steen Bay: Well, if something sounds too good to be true... As far I can tell the QE of the Red Dragon must be quite a bit higher than 100% in order to get such a high SNR, and that's hardly the case.
How do you know that you feel such statement can be categorically made? (note: I am not saying I necessarily disagree, I am asking a valid in good faith question).
HetFotoAtelier: I like my Nikon Df ! and my Fuji X-pro1 with OVF 100% more better viewfinder! not this camera with EVF!
ER. No. There are still definitively advantages to an OVF. You still don't get lag or LCD refresh lag and the XT1 when adjusting to exposure does slow down the frame rate (yes, I have tried it).
EVF's have come a long way and to have their advantages, but it's not all win either way.
Jim F: Barney: The one question that goes unanswered that baffles me is why do these companies refuse to outline what their "roadmap" for near future development is going to be.
Now, maybe that's a naive hypothetical question on my part. That said, it's clear from forum posts that everyone wants to know what's in the pipeline so we can plan our purchases. Wouldn't it make sense that someone is less likely to "jump ship" and change brands to "XXX" if one knew that there was a V3 or a D400 or whatever in the pipeline? I think the majority of users here would be patient enough to wait for something innovative that takes time to develop if they knew a "Dxxx" is in the pipeline. Think of it this way: A lot of us are just sitting on our wallets and will not buy anything at all, waiting for Canon and Nikon to make a move. Almost sounds like a hostage waiting game. Who's going to blink first. This policy of "no comment" is just plain crazy. Sorry about this rant.
Easy answer- no company in their right mind would answer your question. This is confidential information subjectto market changes and is key to compete in the market
Nukunukoo: "our cameras need to evolve"... You think??? Seriously, these one-year incremental, "evolutions" don't look that inspiring to me. As a long-time Nikon user, let me tell you what your marketing people don't seem to grasp: you're getting left behind!
Nikon 1 system was a bad reception because while it jumped in tech well, the ergonomics, usability and camera model and pricing were all wrong. Nikon screwed this one up.
Nikon DF- another Nikon screw up.
What Nikon should look is why they made the mistakes they made there. This is why those cameras had bad reception.
Ugh Nikon. It seems to me you know your core DSLR market well but anything else you are trying to expand/do is not working and you are just covering it up with PR.
YOU could have made the 1 system camera for street life but you didn't. And the DF selling well? ummm... weren't there news from you earlier it wasn't?
Q 08 "This one is even tinier than usual. By around 50%. Because it's been cut in half. ":-P ;-)
Wow on the Zeiss Otus... it's all glass glass glass....
That's a real nice pose of him (real nice pose) with the Quattro. Good interview.
I have to give it to Sigma. A few years back I remember several of their lenses were just optically sub par to the OEM respective big brands (Nikon, Olympus, etc.) but they have dramatically improved their quality overall and it has shown.
That's great. Looking forward for the Quattro Foveon to solve several issues I saw with the Merrill.
Valen305: Insightful interview, but the explanation for the odd design of the Quattro makes no sense whatsoever. How does that body resemble a dslr? ...wait, let me smoke some crack... oh, now I see it.
OMi- no offense but you said "So wait, it's a DSLR, and should be held so, because it has 39MP? Okay. The reasoning is infallible!"
I think it is very well implied the reason why it should be held like a DSLR is for stability. Now you make the point this design doesn't help that goal. To that I'll say, let's just wait when its out and give it a real try.
I have my dose of skepticism too but I also want to keep an open mind.
SigmaChrome: Kazuto Yamaki strikes me as new kind of businessman. He's is not interested in growth for its own sake - a very rare thing in this world of endless business greed on a planet with limited resources.He wants to "wow" people... now that's a worthwhile ambition. A true visionary. I salute him.
All that said, it's really nice to hear someone like him talk like this.
Or maybe an old kind of Japanese business man :-) Like M Lammerse mentioned in Japan it's a bit different for many businesses.
Look at Nintendo- when Nintendo failed to metes its 3DS portable target, Iwatta the CEO apologized, took responsibility and cut across the board starting with himself with the biggest cut his salary. When SEGA near went down in the age of the dreamcast, the back then -goin going to die CEO gave up around 1/2 a billion of his personal fortune to save the company to continue.
CEO's here in USA? They may get laid of with a nice multi million dollar severance package or just not take this level of responsibility, or restructure and layoff parts of the company.
Jim Radcliffe: Did I miss it? Was there a direct question as to whether there will be an X-Pro 2? Shouldn't that have been one of THE questions asked?
Personally (I own an X-Pro 1 and X-E2) I am happier with the X-E2 but there are many who are waiting for the mythical X-Pro 2. The interviewer had to know this.. why no direct question?
Jim- Fuji had said in another interview that Fuji will come out with the X-pro 2 when they feel there's a major jump in technologies done for image capture/camera space. To me this reads either as the jump to FF or the implementation (most likely) of the organic layer sensor patent.
That patent should increase DR in a notable way.