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  1. The XC15-45 is much smaller than the XC16-50, yet both are f3.5 - f5.6. Does that mean the XF zooms can receive similar size reductions or become faster for the same sizes? I hope someone will also compare images that are not corrected by the camera to see how much in-camera correction is being performed between the two XC zooms.
  2. Great reply, Tikus. Thank you. As to the price discrepancy on the XF kit zoom, that might be due to price elasticity for the X-E market. That is, X-E buyers may be less price conscious than X-T buyers, which allows Fujifilm to push the price up a bit, which is also more of my unfounded speculation. The X-T line seems like it is Fujifilm's spearhead into full-time photographers' kits so system price may be a larger factor in adoption.
  3. Any rumors on dimensions? For myself, the lens would have to be at least 10-20 mm shorter than the XF18-55 to even be considered. Also, as an XC lens, I would expect cost to be roughly the same as the XC-16-50 or half that of the XF-18-55. Then, there there is the crowd of lenses in this focal range; several fast primes, pancakes and the new compact primes, the kit zoom, and the constant aperture zooms. Designating the pancake zoom to the XC family helps differentiate the product but I am curious as to Fujifilm's roadmap strategy. If it were me, I would obsolete the XC16-50 and replace it
  4. You know, Fujifilm could keep the x-mount and still offer mechanical IBIS by using a software crop to the image. If a lens is not equipped with ILIS, the camera can shave pixels off the four sides to prevent the luminance uniformity problem caused by the sensor moving near the edge of the mount's occlusion. Still, software-based IBIS is more likely, though I suspect it will reduce battery life as the sensor may have to capture multiple images and analyse each for the one with the least blurriness. Ideally, small-area sharpness and contrast (MTF) will be analyzed over the entire sensor for
  5. What if the XF18-55 was redesigned for compatibility with XF1.4X TC? That would allow conversion to a XF25-77 at a cost of, maybe, 1.5-2.5 stops making the kit zoom somewhere around f3.3 to f6.5 with the converter. Add in WR and newer OIS and focus linear motors for the mark 2 kit lens. Short of making another fast zoom between the current XF18-55 and XF-55-200, or just using the XF18-135, would the option to add the smaller tele-converter and roll in a few additional updates entice you to trade your current kit lens for a new version? Please pardon the odd question.
  6. Thanks for the link to the article, Konzy. It does a good job explaining how camera makers express lens quality to photographers.
  7. After following an article Patrick linked, I wondered what the community understood the term micro-contrast meant. MTF was mentioned once in the article and not well explained so I thought the Fuji-x-forum would be a good place to discuss the relationship between micro-contrast and MTF. It is an important measure of glass quality, polishing, coating, and lens design. Please share your thoughts on micro-contrast.
  8. For reference, circular polarizer is a bit more than an ND2 filter but less than ND3. Spectral transmission will be slightly different than a ND filter. ND filters may be neutral, yet have varying spectral power reduction/attenuation. Look for the power versus wavelength curves in the filter specification. That said, color reproduction can be fixed in post processing.
  9. Shot noise is an inherent limitation in all sensors and can be reduced or eliminated using software filtering. The focus peaking may have interfered with the SW filter or worsened the effect of the shot noise.
  10. "Shadow" settings adjust gamma near the dark end of the luminance range. This is typically used to artificially increase luminance in low-luminance areas so you can see more detail in dark areas when the image is reproduced. Shadow enhancement can be applied to any photograph, even photo's taken with "DR" enhancement. Those settings usually just re-map gray levels. For example, gray levels 1, 2, and 3 may be re-mapped to gray levels 2, 4, and 6 making them artificially brighter. Dynamic range is supposed to be an increase in the sensor's range of counting photons. That is, if a pixel eleme
  11. The electronic IBIS looks like it needs a new sensor design, hence the "s" instead of being a camera firmware update. I did not really have much hope of a software-only solution for my X-T2 but I can still dream of it. (Hmm... using the phase-detection (auto-focus) elements to aid eIBIS is also possible.)
  12. Summer Savings sale ending in a few days; Fujifilm will be considering whether they need to launch another sale before the end of the first half of the fiscal year to move more product or wait until the holidays. Keep your fingers crossed.
  13. More exciting may be the application that uses the Bluetooth instead of Wi-fi.
  14. I use a PC with Windows 10 and it has not glitched on me. Apple always charges more, often a lot more, for their products but they do put extra effort into software compatibility, security, and user interface. The software interface for your favorite applications is what you should be weighing more heavily than price. For many people, familiarity with the interfaces and work-flow are more important than hardware specifications. If, for example, you use Photoshop for Mac, can you get comfortable going through Windows to launch it, use the PC version of Photoshop, find your photo archive thr
  15. A software-based IBIS is certainly possible. For video, this is "old" technology where a processor looks for edges (high luminance gradients) and ties to pixel-shift from one frame to the next to keep low-motion areas of the picture overlapping. To apply this technique in a photograph, the camera would "merely" have to snoop images before and after the shot, do a similar process as with video, and re-compose the image. There are difficulties, though, having to do with exposure time. The sensor exposure time is a limiting factor because, if the image is blurred during exposure, there is no
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