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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 !
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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
  7. 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. .
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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&
  12. Firmware updates 8 August

    I wonder if this firmware update addresses the AF issues that people have been facing as discussed in another thread for XT2. The relevant item in the update is below: The phenomenon is fixed that in the AF-S mode, repeated halfway shutter pressing can shift the focus point with SHUTTER AF setting OFF.
  13. X-T2 autofocus problems

    While I'd prefer to really not delve into this topic with a raised hand saying 'me too' , I think I have some anecdotal evidence that, after this thread, made me look into my picture library a bit more closely. There have been instances where the focus seems to be off, even when I know I tried to focus on a certain artifact in the frame. While I see estimates of 25-30% here, looking at my shots I have a lower number, around 8% is the number I see to be out of focus. I mostly attributed that to my technique rather than any AF issues, but there have been a couple of instances where I distinctly couldn't figure out why the shot was off kilter, since I used (AFAIK) correct technique or at least, no different technique than other pictures in the same series. I think this may be correctable in a firmware update (perhaps) and, so, given my current (non) hit rate, I am not concerned. I wonder if certain settings exacerbate the problem, but I will let you pros do that analysis. And Artuk, buy a Fuji XT2 already , you are here on this forum, you clearly like our company, whats a couple of thousand dollars for having a good conversation with friends?
  14. I think IBIS is a great feature, especially if one takes photos (of stationary subjects) in low light. One of the reasons why I returned my 16-55 was for the lack of stabilization. It also helps with video, I like the video I can get (handheld) out of my 55-200 unlike the jittery mess on the 16-55. Having said that, I am a little unhappy that, if the rumor is true, they pooh-poohed this feature not too long ago. I recall reading/listening to a Fuji exec who said it is impossible to add IBIS (I presume this is active IBIS, where the sensor itself moves) to the X mount because of the flange size. Given this authoritative statement, I bought the XT2, otherwise I may have waited to buy another Fuji body. In any event, this is a good feature to add, and I may yet plunge more money into another Fuji body.
  15. Sorry to hear about your predicament ! You may have gotten a lemon that escaped QC due to a jittery employee who just quit smoking and badly needed a cigarette . My gear has been banged about and it has held up quite well. All the best with your repairs/replacement. Please keep us updated, I'd be curious to hear how Fuji responds.