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Canon, Shamelessly, Has Already Reneged On Promise Of A ‘Control Ring’ On Canon RF Lenses.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access MY post from a couple of months ago.


Though it was pre-announced, Canon in the last few days announced the availability and the pricing for the RF 24-240mm zoom. I hadn’t looked at it much previously because it was not available.

As soon as I looked at it I noticed the absence of the RED Control Ring. Looked harder. It only has two-rings: one for zooming the other for manual focus. IT is a bona fide RF lens, so where is the Control Ring?

I went looking. Here is the answer. It does NOT have a DEDICATED Control Ring!

When you are using auto focus (AF) the focus ring can be used as the Control Ring, BUT that does not work in manual focus mode.

That is very poor and disappointing. Shame on YOU Canon. Talk about breaking a promise so early.

Well, does NOT matter. I will not buy this lens. I wasn’t going to buy Japanese anyway until they stop commercial whaling.

My new Tamron 28-300mm, with vibration control (VC), has better reach, decent image quality and a CONTROL RING because I use it with an adapter that has such a ring. So, Canon you know what you can do with your new 24-240.


 

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Fujifilm X-E2s — One Month Review After Taking 2,499 Usable Pictures.

by Anura Guruge


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I received my brand new Fuji X-E2s, from Amazon, sealed,
on May 18, 2016.

Charged the battery overnight and updated the firmware to 1.01 before taking any pictures.
Took the first pictures on May 19.

Up to June 18th I had take 1,833 usable images.

But, June 19 was Father’s Day and we went to Boston and I took 666.

Hence the May 19 – June 19 figure of 2,499 usable images.

What is interesting is that with my Panasonic Lumix LX1000 I took 2,300 in the first month. So I am consistent, if nothing else.


8 pictures I took at the Boston Science Museum
& Boston Duck Tours on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

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No question (whatsoever), the Fujifilm X-E2s can, and will, take some stunning, very detailed, extremely pleasing to the eye images. Though I normally don’t bother with prints, in this all-digital age, I had about 90 of my initial pictures printed by Snapfish at 4×6. The quality, color and saturation was sumptuous. I like the camera. It is easy and fun to use. Everything is in the right place with little scope for confusion. Very solid camera. Given that this is NOT a cheap camera you would not, of course, expect anything less.

This was my first Fujifilm X-series camera. I had gravitated to Fuji because their X-series caters to two of my primary ‘needs’ in a camera: mirrorless and ‘direct control’ (i.e., lots of control dials). The Fuji X-T1, if not for the 16MP resolution and low ISO, would have, on paper, been a perfect BIG camera for me (with the X-E2s being the ‘compact’). This is why I have been waiting, for nearly 9 months, for the soon to be announced X-T2. I decided to get the X-E2s so I would be ready for the X-T2. The goal was to standardize on Fuji.

Well now that I have had the X-E2s for a month I am not 100% sure I want to standardize on Fuji!

Yes, that is one heck of an indictment — on Fuji. I have NOT been happy with focus — and I have applied all the June 9, 2016 firmware updates to the camera and the lenses. Both auto and manual focus is too erratic and temperamental for my liking.

So, the X-E2s may have prevented me from making an expensive mistake! Right now I am reevaluating EVERYTHING … from scratch. I realize that impeccable FOCUS is paramount when it comes to my needs. Image quality for me starts with razor-sharp focus. I am now beginning to realize that focus on mirrorless cameras MIGHT never meet my demands! That is very discouraging. I am bummed. I am renting a X-T1 for a week. That will help quite a bit.

But right now, thanks to the X-E2s I have had to throw away all of my previous criteria as to the kind of camera I want and start again. To be honest I am thinking I should just get a Nikon D500 and be done with it! Then I think how HEAVY and BULKY it is going to be.

And … And … And.

The soon to be announced Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II! Micro Four-Thirds! That is a bummer. I really, really, really don’t want to AGAIN regress from an APS-C size sensor. However I have this awful feeling that the Olympus E-M1 Mk II, in terms of IQ, will beat the X-T2 hands down — and, moreover, be less expensive. Plus, it will be small and light.


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Fuji X-T2 , To My Chagrin, Will Rate Below The Nikon D500 — Especially On Focus!

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access the DPReview
“2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 – Crop-Sensor”
Buyers Guide.

Below are some relevant excerpts.
Crop images to ENLARGE and read here.

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These were the ONLY 7 cameras included. Seems a tad limited. I would have liked to have seen at least ONE Pentax.

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We know that the Fuji X-T2, in terms of technical specifications, will be near identical to the X-Pro2, the difference being in the viewfinder department.

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And they CONCLUDE with this! Pretty conclusive.

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Having now owned a newly released 2016 Fuji X-series, the Fujifilm X-E2s to wit, for a month, the first Fuji X I have ever owned, I am having some serious doubts as to Fuji’s focus/autofocus capabilities. I will actually contend that, overall, it is rather poor — and that is after I have applied all the June 9, 2016 firmware updates to improve focus performance.

I have not paid any attention to any Nikon cameras over the last 2 years. For a start I love the notion of “mirrorless” and Nikon is all DSLR (though that could change shortly).

Over the last few days I have been forced to consider the Nikon D500. To get a Nikon DSLR would be a HUGE about-turn for me. Plus I am not sure I want to deal with a heavy cameras. I like that mirrorless cameras are light. But focus is paramount to I. So I am thinking whether I should just bite the bullet and get a D500 and say heck with the X-T2! And I thought the X-T2 was going to be my dream camera. I am renting an X-T1 soon. I guess I should rent a D500 too. Renting a Nikon would be more complicated and expensive. I don’t have any Nikon (compatible) lenses. Whereas with the X-T1 I can use all my X-E2s lenses.

This is big quandary. I know nothing about ‘new’ Nikons. Yes, I have owned Nikons but not recently and never at this level.

Yikes! I did not want to find myself here. 


>> >> Also refer to this “Fuji X-E2s — 1 Month Review” post. << << 


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Fuji X-T2 Looks Set To Be Announced On Thursday, July 7, 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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From the ‘New Camera’. Click image to access their original post.


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From the ‘New Camera’. Click image to access their original post.


Much earlier (thankfully) than the originally expected September 2016 date — but a few weeks later than the more recent expectations that it would be unveiled this month, i.e., June. ‘Fuji Rumors‘ also have these July 7th stories and even some new pictures of the X-T2.

By July 7th I would have had a chance to try out a rented Fuji X-T1 from Lumoid. I am no longer as enamored with Fuji as I used to be. I need convincing that their focus mechanisms, both auto and manual, are not flaky! The June 9 update does not seem to have gone far enough.

We will have to wait and see. I assume that X-T2 availability will be, at the earliest, August 2016.

Stay tuned. I have been waiting for the X-T2 for nearly a year.


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Fuji X Manual Focus Firmware Update June 9 — Needs More Work.

by Anura Guruge


As I posted June 13, I successfully installed Fuji’s June 9th firmware updates on my X-E2s and all three of my lenses. But I not currently convinced that it really has done much! I use manual focus quite a bit — I would guess more so than most. I use it with peaking (in this case set to ‘high red‘). I spend a lot of time tweaking the focus, using Manual Focus Zoom, and the Electronic View Finder (EVF). I am no stranger to focus peaking. Have been using it for nearly 2 years, on Sonys and Panasonics

Yes, of course, I get some spectacular results that even amaze me! No question. But I also get more disappointments than I think is warranted. Yes, again. I don’t expect every picture to be good BUT given the effort I put into MY manual focus I would have thought that my success rate would be higher. Yes, it could be me and my bad eyes. I know that. But I am using focus peaking and twiddle the focus until I get the most amount of peaking. At that point I expect the focus point to be in focus. But I find that it is not.

See picture below. I took it yesterday. I focused on the 3 flowers on the foreground using peaking. Probably spent a minute making sure that peaking said that the flowers were in focus. Then I get this. Notice that leaf behind is focused to the point that you can see the hairs. But I focus peaked on the flowers.

I am NOT convinced about Fuji focus!

I am renting a Fuji X-T1, from Lumoid, for a week — soon. (Order placed and confirmed.)

It is this concern about focus — which is paramount for me — that is making me curious about the Pentax K-70.



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