Fuji With Its Unprecedentedly Large, 27-Item 2.0 Firmware Update To X-T2 & X-Pro2 Continues To Fine Tune Auto Focus (AF).
In July 2016 I decided that the Fuji X-T2, which I had thought was going to be my dream camera, was not so because I was getting increasingly disillusioned with Fuji’s AF prowess.
Reviews of the X-T2 vindicated my decision.
And now this 2.0 Firmware update.
While I am glad that Fuji, true to its reputation, continues to improve features of its cameras, this shows that there is still a lot that needs tweaking in the X-T2 when it comes to AF.
I do miss the brilliant JPEG color I could get from a Fuji. But, AF woes really got me down.
Hence my new found fondness for Sony.
More Bad News From Nikon Might Signal A Much-Needed Re-Trenching/Consolidation Of The Digital Camera Market.
Another BAD NEWS Press Release
from Nikon on February 13, 2017.
Mobile phones with high-quality camera capability have been steadily eating into digital camera sales for the last few years.
It is finally beginning to take a heavy toll. Nikon could be the first to stumble.
Nikon currently, per DPReview, has 250 cameras on its books. That is crazy.
Canon has 278, Sony 277, Olympus 243, Fujifilm 239, Panasonic 193 and Pentax 135.
That is a total of 1,615 digital cameras from 7 camera manufacturers — at an average of 230 per vendor.
I have consistently maintained that this is too many. Each camera that you keep on your books costs money.
Nikon announced 14 new cameras in 2016 — 3 of them being the 1″ DL compacts that were cancelled yesterday.
Nikon and the others MUST cut back on new releases. We do NOT need so many variants at so many different price points.
Just a couple of good ones, at the low, medium and high bands.
The camera industry has ALREADY seen a sea change in vendors. Kodak, Polaroid and Agfa are no longer the market leaders they one were.
We have seen such dramatic shifts in leadership in the computer industry. Once famous names, now no more; e.g., NCR, Burroughs, CDC, Univac, DEC, DG, Wang, Stratus, Sun etc. etc.
The same WILL happen to these digital camera vendors. Mark my word.
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thread on “DPReview” Forums.
This thorny but waxing issue continues to linger and persists.
Yes, it is a problem for all sides. People, including I, return cameras. Retailers and manufacturers do NOT want to lose too much money on returned cameras.
But, there has to be a better, more equitable solution.
But, as can be seen from the Forum posts folks still have concerns.
Sony, for a fact, do not provide ANY seals on their cameras or lenses.
This, of course, is to HELP the resellers.
At a minimum all cameras, above say $450, should come sealed, in a sealed bag inside a sealed box.
There should also be a (hard to reset) shutter actuation count that can be displayed.
Otherwise we will continue to have this problem.
I am dreading getting the Sony a6500. What will I see in terms of shutter actuations.
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This is NOT good news for Fuji X-T2 fans.
DSLRs, like the Nikon D500, use ‘Phase Detection’ 100% of the time when the mirror is down (i.e., viewfinder-mode).
If the X-T2 is using ‘contrast detection’ 66% of the time we are unlikely to see that bigger an improvement in AF.
I am SO GLAD I decided against getting a X-T2 and yesterday embarked on my new life with Nikon by getting a P900 to begin with (fully aware that the P900 is NOT a DSLR and as such does not have ‘Phase Detect’) while I mentally prepare myself to buy a Nikon D500.
And one of the responses included this … which is so SPOT ON.
It cracked me up because this really is the case.
I do NOT need any affirmation that my decision to ditch Fuji, after just 2.5 months, was indeed the correct and sensible thing to do. In my old age, with not that many days in front of me, I am not going to put up with ‘things’ that do not do what I want them to do (and to be fair I have been like that most of my life (SMILE)).
But it is interesting that it is NOT just I (given that some, led by my wife, may believe that I am just being my overcritical Virgo self).
Just 2 days ago (albeit after I had started trading in my Fuji lenses) there was the DPReview Fujifilm X-E2s review that said EXACTLY what I had said about autofocus and how AF performance was so dependent on which lens was being used (with some lenses much worse than others).
And now this.
I just want to highlight some points to help YOU if you are interested.
- Note that one of the lenses mentioned in the DPReview post is the 35mm. This, in my experience, was a PATHETIC lens when it came to AF. Brilliant outdoors in good light. Take it indoors and you might as well put a paper bag over the camera and shoot through that. The 35mm was THE first lens I traded in.
- As you will see in a subsequent response by the ‘original poster’ most of his woes were taking pictures of a dinner party. DITTO. I took some pictures in a restaurant with my Fuji X-E2s and had to, to my intense chagrin, throw them ALL out!
- From all I have read the autofocus on the (still preorder) X-T2 is better than that of the X-Pro2 (until they come up with yet another Firmware update for it) — but my fear has been that even the IMPROVED AF will NOT be able to compensate for the pathetic performance of lenses like the 35mm — and that the X-T2 AF will only ‘work’ with the optional, v. expensive GRIP and $2,000 PRO lenses!
- Amuses me how some folks get so DEFENSIVE about a brand or a product. I can’t ever see myself being like that. I have come to realize that there are a LOT of people ‘protecting’ Fuji — for whatever reasons — who seem incapable of just admitting that Fuji has focus issues and that folks like I, who demand immaculate focus, should look at OTHER systems.