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  1. Lumens, Please don't be so quick to discredit a camera that hasn't come on the market yet ! It may be better than the T2 and then I will be very envious when some of you get it.
  2. VJC, without going too much into the weeds, If stabilization is not one's cup of tea, then I'm sure one can turn it off. But to say that the 16-55 or the body doesn't need it because we made do without it in the past, that may be a stretch. The limitations of stabilization notwithstanding, I think it is another feature to help some (perhaps not all) photographers. I am not a pro and any feature that helps my photos get better, I'll gladly accept (the 55-200 has saved my pics many times precisely because of stabilization). And I agree with you, my statement should've read "features are no substitute for good technique" .
  3. While your point is well received, others may say the same for AF, and a host of other photographic improvements, the 'back in my day' comment With regards to the the 16-55, it is of no use in low light situations without stabilization, and neither is it useful for video in good light unless using a tripod. The primes can go down (up) to 1.8 or 1.2 (the 56mm), so that can be very useful (in photo applications). Good technique is no substitute to features, but still many of us don't think about focusing techniques as much due to AF being available. I think IBIS is the one feature I would wish on my T2, especially for video. The lack of IBIS is also the reason I returned my 16-55, didn't want a large lens with no stabilization causing me trouble in lowlight situations.
  4. I concur, Walmart always had an excellent return service, I think they have even improved it further recently. All the best with the next camera purchase
  5. New firmware for XT2

    Interesting, I've not encountered this issue having used CH a fair bit, but I did notice some lockups under other (non-replicable) circumstances.
  6. Upgrade dilemma - XPro2?

    VJC, Not to point fingers, but I recall a certain someone mentioning that they won't be getting the XT2 nor the 16-55, instead making do with the XT1 and 18-55. As Fuji shooters, I think we should give in and buy everything they make. This way there is no chance we miss any incremental updates or omissions they make And the X-E3 looks very nice, reminds me of a sleeker X-E1 , if I was going entry level, I'd choose it in a NY minute.
  7. New 80mm f2.8 macro official announcement

    Kiwiana, good point and duly acknowledged. I use my 60mm as a portrait lens as well, that is what I was thinking of when I was referring to the AF. Should've clarified !
  8. New 80mm f2.8 macro official announcement

    its pricing seems to be in the upper echelons (compared to the 60mm 1/2 macro). Of course, one doesn't need to get as close for a macro shot with the 80, and I'm sure it has other advantages (focusing speed!). Will wait for real world reviews and as Marco says, hope for a new 60 with lightning fast focusing speed which may be more palatable, price wise.
  9. I wonder if the original cartoon artists saw a rolling shutter photo and created the effect in their cartoons ! It does add a dimension to the picture that I hadn't considered previously, an air of hurriedness, which is difficult to convey even in pictures with longer exposure times (eg: the classic water flowing down a stream).
  10. ManningT, This is always a difficult question because there are too many variables here (also perhaps why people are reluctant to comment). You should look at your style of shooting, your expectations for handling, your post processing workflow etc and then go with one that suits your needs. For example, the XT20 doesn't have an ISO dial, the XT1 has slower autofocus, the XT20 has 4K video, the new Fuji XT2 (and presumably the T20) rendering is different from the XT1 and so on. If you use and dispose of cameras every year or two this may not be as big a deal, but I keep my cameras for a few years at a time, so I like to make sure I can get to know it very well and it feels good in my hands. As an example, I bought an XT10 as a way to get a cheaper XT1, but I didn't like the handling. I upgraded to the XT2 and it has a great feel (with all features readily accessible). Hope this helps or maybe it doesn't
  11. The software we've been waiting for?

    Personally, I think this is an interesting feature. There have been times I've wanted to do the conversions, but I felt it was too painful to do it in camera one at a time. I like the feel of a mouse and keyboards. It will be interesting if we can get a number of film simulations to compare (I know there is sim bracketing). My guess is that it outputs jpeg/tiff. They do omit the XT20 as one of the cameras that will support this feature in their press release. As you said, lets see what the capabilities are before relegating it to a parlor trick or elevating it as sacrosanct. .
  12. I don't claim to understand the technical side of things, but if the reading time is slow, why not just expose every pixel and turn it off in the given interval (1/32k etc.) but then use the slower readout to read the pixels? Or perhaps it cannot be decoupled and the 'turning off' is done during the readout. If what you say is true, then it is not really 1/32K ES anyway, since one 'sees' artifacts in the picture that do not fit in the specified (or chosen) time interval. And we all agree to this mediocrity by extolling the virtues of the feature list of our cameras that includes ES. Interesting how marketing department can even bend a measurable time window into something fluid akin to Einstein's relativity. In that sense, they may be the true geniuses.
  13. RAW processing software

    Artuk, I have expressed my ambivalence on ON1 earlier this year in another thread. I found it a bit ham handed. As for Affinity, it is mostly a post raw editing tool akin to photoshop (elements?). It has good features, though the lasso tool is not as robust. I use it (on a mac) mostly for post processing after I tweak raw files via Iridient. Good that you are trying out other software, SP, LR and other market leaders may fall behind as new ideas come forth.
  14. Main differences between X-Pro2 and X-T2

    I would consider a couple of other things as well. I had considered the Pro2 as well, and here is what swayed me. The T2 is the more up-to-date model in a number of ways. For example, if you decide to add the battery grip, you can get longer shooting times and better performance. The T2 also has two high speed card slots (I think the Pro only has one). The T2 has 4K video, and so it can support better heat dissipation (so it follows that, in case they decide to add more features that tax the battery, the T2 may be able to better handle the load). There is a tilt rear LCD which may come in handy for certain compositions shot from the ground, overhead, etc. The OVF in the Pro2 becomes somewhat useless at longer focal lengths, so any premium charged for the hybrid viewfinder is negated very quickly unless one shoots at those shorter FLs. As for the coolness factor, the rangefinder form factor is hard to beat (having owned an X-E1, I can attest to this). For me the final point in favor of the T2 was that having been spoiled by Fuji firmware updates, it came down to the longevity of the body as relates to firmware updates, and I think that the T2 will have a longer life than the Pro2. Having said all this, personally I would still consider getting a Pro2 as a backup for shooting with my primes once prices drop further in the used market. HTH.
  15. Firmware updates 8 August

    VJC, Actually I saw it on the Fuji site, not fujirumors. http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/firmware/x/xt2/index.html?i&c&o&P&y&f&r&
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