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    x20 jpegs, the saga continues...

    @Jimbo70 " Remember how many X10s went back after it was released. Funny I never saw many used X10s for sale. Could it be that not all who claimed to have one actually did?" Well, check the EXIF on this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/depscribe/8603296524/in/photostream And it went back the next day.
  2. In my (brief, and ended)experience with the X20 and from what I read from users, the trend seems to be that RAW shooters are happy with the camera more than jpeg shooters are.
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    X20 Review

    @jwr. Sorry if my tone either suggested or caused offence, neither of which was my intent. In trying to keep the post short, I failed to explain additional factors. When I don't carry a single-lens reflex, it's not due to size and weight but due to the fact that the ones I have are not especially good in low light -- in part because the two zooms I have for them are, as larger zooms tend to be, pretty slow. So an LX-5 or an X10 is actually superior in low light and when discretion is important, such as when photographing in churches, as I am often called upon to do. The X10 (and the X20) can be made virtually silent; indeed, one of my complaints with the latter is that it doesn't allow instant review of pictures just taken on the LCD without pushing extra buttons or use of the eye-detection thing which drains the battery horribly -- I went through two in the course of a two-hour shoot Thursday evening, while the X10 made it through four hours of pretty steady shooting (and far more pictures) last evening, with battery to spare. I digress slightly in this regard, for this reason: the camera is so quiet that sometimes, glancing down at the LCD is the only way to confirm that the picture was taken! The D-7100, though, is widely reported to be far better in low light than the D-200 is (no surprise there, really), and much, much quieter. So it comes down to whether my 105mm f1.8 Nikkor and 85mm f2 Nikkor are sufficient for the long end of things -- I suspect they are -- and, less certain, whether the 12-24 f4 Nikkor will, combined with a much larger sensor, suffice for the wide stuff. I do not shoot assignments with cellular telephones. I think cameras in telephones is to photography what Twitter is to literature: Occasionally something good happens, but not often.
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    X20 Review

    I'm sorry if I led you to suppose I think they compare, which of course they don't. But they surely compete, at least around here, because I lack unlimited money and need to fit the tool to the task. I have two D-200s that while still satisfactory are getting a little long in the tooth. So for me it's improvement per dollar. I didn't find any improvement with the X20; I'll certainly find it with a D-7100. It's nice that there are those who have the luxury of being able to choose their camera based on weight; I'm not such a person and need to choose it based on the job I'm being paid to do. Sometimes the X10 is sufficient. Sometimes it is not so I use the X100 or one of the Nikons or something else. Now, it could be that I got the world's only nonfantasmagorical X20. That's within the realm of possibility. But in some shooting over the last week I could find no situation where the X20 was better than the X10, and many where it was not. At least the example I bought and have now sent back.
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    X20 Review

    Well, I've received the authorization, printed the label, boxed it up, and the X20 now awaits the arrival of the big brown truck. I see no improvement whatsoever (and arguably there's some backslide) in OOC jpegs, the new features I found to be hindrances instead, and I'm newly again happy with my X10. For two-thirds the price of a D-7000 or half the price of a D-7100, I'd far rather use the X10 and get one of the two others. (And I think I'll avoid the reviews of places that finance themselves by selling the cameras they're reviewing . . .) The X20 has the potential to be great, I think, and I hope it's within the realm of firmware updates to make it so.
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    X20 Review

    From what I've seen, question is whether straight 12mp OOC jpegs from the X20 are better than (or even as good as) those from the X10. I've seen nothing so far that definitively established that even this apples-to-applies comparison accrues to the X20's benefit. Though by all accounts the X20 is nice for those who prefer RAW.
  7. If you pushed one of the buttons a little too long -- I think it's the Back button -- you turn off all the sounds, focus light, flash, and such. If you push it too long again, you transform your camera back into a twinkling noisemaker! (Try to turn on the flash. That will give you instructions on the LCD.)
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    United States - Anyone get theirs yet?

    A few things. First, there's no constant focus box ala the X100 in the OVF. If you've used an X100 you know that there is a little box showing the selected focus area focused at infinity that is on whenever the camera is on. (I'm not talking the EVF, but the OVF, which is similar to that in the X20. But when the camera is on and you put your eye to the finder, all you get is the mode you're in -- no other information until you push the shutter half down and everything is locked for the picture. This is a real pain for those of us who focus and recompose, because we don't know what we're focusing on until after we've done it. Indeed, it was my primary reason for upgrading. In the X100 it can't be turned off, even though parallax correction can, so I assumed Fuji realized it was important. They didn't. Second, because of the eyeball detector thing, one has the choices only of heavy battery consumption by using the LCD pretty much all the time, or never using the LCD while shooting. With the X10, it was trivial to set up the camera so that as soon as a picture is taken it appears (albeit in magnified mode) on the LCD, remaining there until the shutter is half-pressed. So it's easy with the X10 to glance down and confirm you have the picture, inspect it for as long as you like, and be rid of it -- all without moving your hands from shooting position. This is not possible with the X20. The only screen options are to use the LCD all the time, to alternate via the eyeball detector, or to use the optical viewfinder exclusively and to review pictures only in playback mode. These things both make use of the OVF less convenient. They're no harm to those who would use the LCD exclusively, but such persons, if they care about their pictures, will have bought the Sony instead.
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    United States - Anyone get theirs yet?

    Mine arrived from Amazon yesterday. Good news and bad news. The good news is that it has the makings of a great camera. The bad news is that the firmware prevents it from being so -- it's definitely pointed downmarket at this point. But when did Fuji ever release a camera that was right before about the second firmware update?
  10. Is the write-protect tab turned on on the card?
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    Infra-red with Fuji X-Series Cameras

    Yeppers, I surely do! All shot with an X100: (I fiddled with that one in the GIMP a bit, too, I must admit. Applied the "cartoon" filter a few times.) Now, an X10 IR panorama, with red-blue swap in the GIMP: And: Flowers: Red-blue color swap in post: And kind of bog-standard monochrome conversion in post: All shot with a cheapish R72 filter, WB set on whatever was around that was green, and that's pretty much it. A little bit of a hotspot that a lot of work would remedy, but nothing as bad as what I found with, say, the LX-5. I haven't fiddled with IR much with the X10. It's actually pretty easy: Screw on the filter, take a custom white balance on something green, throw it on program, and shoot. I used a tripod for the panorama, but haven't found even that necessary; this one was handheld:
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    Goddammit Amazon!

    guess you're just unlucsky.
  13. Are you perchance using a Macintosh computer during any of this? Because that's a well-known issue -- the Mac puts stuff on the card that the camera doesn't like. One solution is to set the write-protect tab on the card before letting the computer read it. Of course, this requires that you remember to unprotect the card before putting it back into the camera, or else you won't be able to put any more pictures on it.
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    X100s competitor from Nikon?

    If it had a 21mm equivalent, it would be interesting. 28mm? meh.
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    X20 or x100?

    The X100 is a more specialized camera than one might suppose. And if the improvements in focus speed and image quality are as claimed in the X20, the gulf in image difference will be narrowed considerably. If I could have just one of them, it would be the X20, because it covers a far wider range of shooting situations.
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