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  1. I've been meaning to try ON1 again, but my 3 to 6 emails a day from them turn me off BIG TIME!! It's been a couple years since I tried the software and at that time I judged them good, but mediocre. Since then I have seen some aggressive changes and improvements from them in the media and been thinking about trying it out again, I just don't want the spam to jump to 12+ emails a day!!!!!
  2. That we definitely agree on. When the XH-1 came out it was a camcorder version of the XT-2 and word was the "H" stood for Hybrid so the XH series would lean toward a camcorder for videographers. I was quite happy when I heard that because it meant the XT series would remain a camera. But then Fuji betrayed us and came out with the XT-4 camcorder version of the XT-3 - It is in fact the expected XH-2 only Fuji screwed up in MAJOR fashion by calling it an XT. You are 500% correct "Fuji's dual-tilt screen is the best implementation of a screen for stills work and should be maintained on th
  3. Hmmmm...... Good Point. I think what we are all waiting for was a promised (rumored) upgrade of the XT-3 firmware definitely due to arrive on or about sometime last May/June or so. All the others upgrades were earlier. I likely just need to get over my disappointment with the XT-4. Hopefully the XH-2 will have a real useful LCD instead of a flippy toy. I really would like to move up to IBIS.
  4. At one time there was something called "Kai-zen" I believe. Where Fuji would update some of the older cameras with characteristics of the new. But unfortunately for XT-3, Fuji has given up on photography and gone into the videography world. You see their developers are too busy writing new firmware for video and webcam operation. The rumored "Kai-zen" for the XT-3 has gone by the wayside. It's the videography that counts, Photographers are now second class and no longer count. At least that is what I have been seeing lately (IMHO).
  5. I own the 18-55, the 16-80, and the 16-55 "Red Badge". The 18-55 is a fantastic lens as you know. If I'm going to be in low light (handheld) I grab it for the f2.8 aperture over the f4 of the 16-80. The 16-80 is my favorite lens. The OIS on this lens is INCREDIBLE. I can hand hold down to 1/10 of a second and still get tack sharp images. This lens is on my camera 95% of the time. I love it! The 16-55 is the sharpest of the 3 lenses, but has no OIS - making it lacking at the longer length hand held. But for Landscapes or low light on a tripod it is the sharpest and best of
  6. Actually when the XH line came out Fuji stated the "H" stood for Hybrid and the XT line would remain separate as a camera. At least that was my understanding. Since then I have heard others say the "H" stands for High Quality. In reality the XT-4 came out as an XH hybrid camcorder so now XH and XT are one in the same. What Fuji is going to do with the next XH-2 is anybody's guess since the XT is now an XH. REALLY CONFUSING!!. I'm hoping the XH-2 will actually come out as a camera and NOT a camcorder like it's recent predecessors. If not I will stick with my XT-2 & XT-3.
  7. I already purchased too many lenses to switch!! I did start to look and find great things in Sony and Olympus. I came EXTREMELY close to purchasing the last sale from Olympus. The problem is they use that ugly flippy thing hanging off the side as well. I absolutely hate that useless camcorder feature. Bottom line it is not just Fuji making nothing but camcorders anymore - it's the industry! I have settled on my XT-2 and XT-3 until such time as the industry starts making cameras again. The only thing the XT-4 is good for is a complete cure for GAS. My bank account is loving it!!
  8. Bottom line learn what it is you are working with - that is an Xtrans sensor vs a Bayer sensor. Fuji files are created with an Xtrans sensor which is quite sharper than a file created with a Bayer sensor. Therefore default settings in Lightroom tend to over-sharpen when translating from the RAW format; thus creating worms. This can be proven by simply over-sharpening any image - you will get the same effect. I use a preset while importing to my Lightroom Catalog that sets all sharpening to 0, then as Capture One does, I increase the Noise Reduction to 50. This provides an imported ima
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    XT3 to XT4

    The XT-4 is designed for video, so if you do video it would be worth it. I consider it a camcorder, not a camera.
  10. I am afraid this was my understanding when the XH-1 came out. The "H" stood for hybrid. I know I read a couple of articles that mentioned this, but doubt I could find them now. Actually I was quite pleased because this meant the XT line would continue to improve while the XH line would satisfy the needs of the videographers. Now the XT-4 has come out as a camcorder I am VERY disappointed and disgruntled with Fuji. I will not be purchasing any more Fuji products until they go back to photography rather then videography. And I will never under any circumstances own any camera with one
  11. I think I do that when I shut down the the Sharpening & Noise Reduction I'll have to check when I get home. If I remember correctly I move all the sliders in those categories to 0. Thanks.
  12. I first tested by importing an image (actually tested several) into C1 and Lightroom, then looked at the defaults. I did need to make corrections for the different scales, but I found two items making the big difference - sharpening & Noise Reduction. 1. Sharpening was set to roughly 18 by C1 compared to 40 in Lightroom. Although I've learned since C1 will adjust sharpening based on image ISO. It is still roughly 18-25 compared to 40 in Lightroom. As I understand it X trans sensor files will be sharper than Bayer sensor files so Lightroom defaults add too much sharpening (causing
  13. There is a lot of discussion on this. Bottom line XT-3 files are handled fine by Adobe if you have a current version. I have heard a large number of complaints about the subscription model, but it does work and it is what I use. I also see a large number of Fuji users moving to Capture One as it does do a nice job with Fuji RAW files. Adobe treats X Trans files as if they were Bayer sensor files causing noise and artifacts. I have found if I use C1 import defaults as a preset to import into Adobe then Lightroom works just fine. Most is a matter of personal preference. I have tri
  14. I prefer the existing articulating screen on the XT-3 as when I need (and I do often) all I need to do is pull it out and adjust the angle. With this flippy thingy I have to flip it over turn it around, find space for it to flip to in a tight space, figure out which way the camera is pointing to so I can move things around to see what I am doing, try to hold what has become a long horizontal monstrosity so I can still get to the shutter, etc. etc. etc. etc. The screen is likely great for video, that is fine - when I want to shoot video I'll purchase a camcorder.
  15. This I must agree. I just hope it stays that way. I have my concerns competition is going to lead Fuji in the direction of becoming one of them rather than the company they have been in the past.
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