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  1. I too think the list is probably neither accurate nor helpful,. A 40MP sensor compared with a 26MP sensor is not a huge difference in pixel density and I doubt if any of the newer Fujifilm glass is really limited in resolution by the glass itself compared with the sensor. Going from a 26MP sensor to a 40MP sensor is only like approximately 1.25 times the number of pixels horizontally and vertically. That is not a huge difference in terms of resolution. If the glass is fine in real world use on the 26MP cameras I think it is going to be just fine on the 40MP cameras. Canon EF glass seems to work fine on denser pixel counts on newer Canon R bodies and Nikon F lenses seem to work fine on denser pixel counts with the newer Nikon Z bodies. My 23mm f/2 gives great results on my none IBIS equipped bodies so I'm sure it will work just fine on X-H2 bodies. Some X-H2 users already say the 23mm f/2 works better on X-H2's than earlier bodies because of the eye focus ability with video makes it a great combination. I think my Fujifilm glass will outlast several future generations of camera sensors before I even think of replacing any of them. Heck, I even get great results from my better 1980's Olympus Zuiko lenses on adapters if used in a "sympathetic way" and they were designed nearly fifty years ago. I too worry more about sensor noise than megapixels to be honest.
  2. I'd keep the X-T3 and the X100V to be honest. And I'd keep the lenses you have too. I have a pair of X-T30-II's and I don't miss the IBIS at all. Neither do I have any problem with image quality with the 26MP sensor. I rather suspect your X-T3 is no better or worse that my X-T30-II's and I think they are rather good to be honest. I'm not about to rush out and swap anything for an X-T5 for a good while yet.The IS in my 50-200 works fine when I need it, not sure IBIS would make it worth swapping bodies for. If I was into macro I would add the XF 60mm f/2.4, or even get a set of extension tubes that support AF. The 50mm f/2 would give awesome results with an extension tube I'm sure. Swapping all that gear seems like losing a lot of money for possibly a small gain in picture quality unless you are shooting for very large prints. I just upgraded from Nikon D200's and they were only 10MP and they produced decent enough results for me. The X-T30-II's are noticeably better of course but it took 20+ years to convince myself it was worth replacing them, and the glass was still just fine. But then again I'm not a pixel peeper. Trying out a set of relatively cheap extension tubes before leaping into a large $$$ outlay would be the way I would go to me. YMMV of course.
  3. A pair of X-T30-II's,paired with: XF 16mm F/2.8, XF 23mm F/2, XF 33mm f/2 and an XF 50-200mm. Also use: Zuiko 35mm f/2.8, 50 f/1.8 and 135 f/3.5 on adaptors, as well as a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S. Moved from Nikon D200's.
  4. So I have 2 Fujifilm X-T30-II bodies. I wanted to have them both configured to the same base setup, so this is what I did: First, I went to the Fujifilm support website and I downloaded and installed the X-Acquire application. I am running on an iMac with an M1 processor, with the Ventura release of OS X. Then I made sure both of my X-T30-II bodies were at the same firmware revision level, I had to upgrade one of mine first. Next I connected a USB-C to USB-C cable directly to the iMac USB-C port. The process of downloading the backup to the iMac from the camera with X-Acquire fails with an "error" (no information as to what the error was though) if I connect the camera via a powered USB 3 hub and a USB-A to USB-C cable. It only works for me if the USB-C to USB-C cable plugs directly into the iMac itself. On each of the cameras I set the menu setting "Wrench / Connection Setting / Connection Mode" to "USB Raw Conv./ Backup Restore". I reset this to the "USB Card Reader" when I'm finished so iPhoto, Capture One and Google Photos all work as they normally do. I went to the "Configuration Settings" on the X-Acquire app and un-clicked all the file jpg settings etc so no data files get transferred as I use iPhoto and Capture One for that. If you right click on the X-Acquire icon on the menu bar you will see all the options. The Backup and Restore options are grayed out if the camera is not connected BTW. Now I connect the USB-C cable and power up the camera. After a minute or so the X-Acquire icon in the menu bar turns into color from monochrome and I backup the camera to a file on my desktop using the "Backup" option. The file is about 11k and downloads in a couple of seconds. Of course it doesn't tell you when it has finished. Then I turn off the camera and unplug the USB cable. To copy the data to my second body, I repeat the process with the second body, but this time I choose the "Restore" option and wait about 30 seconds for it to complete. Of course, it doesn't tell you when it has finished, but it seems to only take a few seconds to restore. Once again turn off the camera and unplug the USB cable. Now I turn on and reset the "Wrench / Connection Setting / Connection Mode" to "USB Card Reader" for both bodies. Now I have both my camera bodies configure the same. The following bit I'm not sure if you need to do it, but I configure each body to use a different name for saving files. I configured one camera to save images in XXX1 filename and the other in XXX2 file name. I did this because I wasn't quite sure how iPhoto, or Capture One, or Google Images was going to handle having two cameras saving images with the same root name for the image files. You might know how this works better than I do and I might just be overthinking this bit. Anyway, I now have 2 bodies configured largely the same and if I add custom settings to one I'll only have to duplicate the settings on the other manually without keying in everything. I will probably drift a bit from one body to the other as I might use one body for one type of picture with the prime lenses and the other with the long reach zooms. All the entries I added for custom manual lenses on adapters copied across too which was nice. As my manual lenses were all FF Zuikos and Nikkors, I made sure I entered the focal length in Focal Length divided by 1.5. This may or may not be useful to you and I may not have done this in the optimal manner, I don't know, but there you go. I think it would probably work mostly the same on a Windows machine, but I don't have one to try it. I have not tried this on anything other than my X-T30-II bodies and I have no idea if it would work between different types of body like an X-T30-II to and X-T30, or an X-T3. Your mileage may vary of course.
  5. I've been using (on manual adaptors): Olympus Zuiko lenses from my old OM-2's (all later MC variants). 35mm f/2.8 50mm f/1.8 135mm f/3.5 70-140mm f/4 And Nikkors from my old Nikons (last of the AI-S era): 35mm f/2.8 AI-S 50mm f/1.8 AI-S They are probably not quite up to the standard of my modern Fujifilm XF primes, but they have their place. The Olympus primes give very acceptable results as does the 50mm Nikkor. The Olympus zoom and the 35mm Nikkor are a little soft to be honest and not up to the standard of the others. I have a couple of AF Nikkor zooms (with aperture rings) I tried but manual focusing against the AF motors makes them really difficult hit the focus point, so I only really recommend using the AI or AI-S Nikkor lenses.
  6. I use the 23 f/2 and the 35 f/2 all the time. Having tried the f/1.4 versions, for my mind on X-T30-II bodies they are too large and in my opinion not worth the cost delta. I have heard the 23 f/2 is a little soft at the edges but I must admit I'm very happy with my copy. I think there are likely some production differences or differing ideas of good IQ here, as some people like me think the IQ is quite good and some that are not so convinced. I use the 16mm f/2.8 as well and I quite like that. Next I think it will be a 50mm f/2 rather than "upgrading" the 23mm or the 35mm. My opinion is that the compact primes are all decent enough IQ for what they are and I'll give up the possible IQ improvements of the f/1.4 versions for f/2 version's compact size and light weight (and significantly lower price). Likewise, I bought the XF 55-200 zoom over the 100-400 lens, sacrificing reach I'll rarely use for a much more compact lens, with decent enough quality, at a significantly lower price. If you take into account the loss you will make selling one of those 2 compact primes, coupled with paying considerably more for the extra aperture, to my mind it isn't worth it. The f/2 aperture is much wider than that on any of the zooms which many people use as their primary glass every day.Your mileage may vary of course.
  7. XF 23mm f/2 XF 35mm f/2 Both compact and great value. I have one on each X-T30-II body. Makes a really light and easy to carry combination.
  8. I have a Fujifilm XF 16mm f/2.8 which I didn't see listed (though I didn't read every comment I admit, sorry if this is a dupe). It performs reasonably well for its price and is nice and compact.
  9. My choices, in order of actual use: 1. XF 23 f/2 2. XF 33 f/2 3. XF 16 f/2.8 4. XF 55-200 Plus, for just having fun, via manual adapters: 5. Olympus Zuiko 35 /f2.8 6. Olympus Zuiko 50 f/1.8 7. Olympus Zuiko 135 f/3.5 8. Olympus Zuiko 75-150 f/4 9. Nikon Nikkor 50 f/1.8 I just shoot people, things and places I go, no single style prevails. All on a pair of X-T30-II bodies. I like the compact lenses over the larger, wider apertures.
  10. In the end I bought a second X-T30-II body. I like the way they operate, I'm not so keen on the PASM dial style operation. I tried the X-T3 and X-T4 but I still preferred the size of the X-T30-II. I don't miss the IBIS with the primes up to 50mm. I don't shoot video anyways. I also bought a few Olympus OM Zuiko to X-Mount manual adapters and I've been playing with a variety of Zuiko lenses in manual mode from my old OM-2 cameras. The Zuiko lenses are all later multi-coated versions and produce decent results, especially the 50mm f/1.8. So, I'm happy with my choice and the Fujifilm gear as a whole so far.
  11. I moved over from a pair of aging Nikon D200's to an X-T30-ii. I bought Fujifilm 16/2.8, 23/f2, 33/f2 and 55-200 XF lenses. They all seem at least as good as the Nikkor glass that I had in the past. I also used to shoot Olympus OM-2's and Nikon F4s for film. I bought some manual adapters for the Nikon F-mount lenses and the Zuiko lenses. I don't know if I'll ever need the reach of a 150-600 zoom, but the 100-400 might be on the list. I also bought an 18-80mm but I returned it as it gave constant lens connection errors and was too big and heavy for my mind. I must admit I was torn between the X-T30-ii, the X-S10 and the X-T4. I thought I would give the X-T30-ii a go and perhaps get a second body of one of the other two if I liked the Fujifilm system. To be honest, in my mind the X-T30-ii is really nice, compact and easy to use, just like my old OM-2's were. So I think the second body is probably going to be another X-T30-ii. It seems to pair really nicely with the compact F2.8 and F2 primes. I rarely have a need for F1.4 or F1.2 so the combination of the small body with these compact primes works well for me. I can lug two X-T30-ii's around and still carry less weight than a Nikon D200 and a wide range zoom. So, I've been really happy with my choice and the combination of the X-T30-ii with the compact primes produces really nice images. I hope you are as happy with your X-T4 as I am with my choice and I suggest that you give the compact primes a go, they are truly very good lenses for a reasonable price, at least here in the US. The 23/f2 is very, very good, at least my sample. I've not tried the 27mm so I cannot comment on that one.
  12. No, not advertising, just thinking aloud. It helps sometimes to get your head around things. I just like the feel of the X-T30-II to be honest. It';s nice and compact and feels metallic with the compact primes on it. I put a thumb rest mounted from the hot shoe on it and that helps me carry it around, and from not activating the Q button all the time. I wish the flash cover was not plastic, but other than that it seems to have a quality feel to my mind. I also figure I can buy quite a bit of glass with the difference in price over the very awesome, I must admit, X-H2. Thanks for the input, I appreciate it.
  13. Well I was planning a trip to Yellowstone. My Nikon gear, based around D200's was getting a bit long in the tooth, so I thought I would try out Fujifilm gear as an upgrade. So I bought an X-T30-II, an XF16-80mm, an XF55-200mm and a used XF23mm F/2 to take with me. Well I like the gear. I used to use Olympus OM-1 and OM-2's back in the day and I never did get used to those monster D200's. The only problem I had was with the XF16-80mm which constantly came up with "Lens Connection Failure" or some such, so I was glad I bought the XF23mm. I always liked 35mm focal length in film cameras so that wasn't a big problem. When I got back, I returned the XF16-80mm and replaced it with the XF16mm F/2.8 and the XF35mm F/2. So I now have 3 primes and the longer zoom. As a Nikon D200 user I was used to ASP-C format and I was never that worried about it only being a 10MP sensor. I must admit the Fujifilm sensor is much better. I'm well impressed with the Fujifilm glass. So I just donated the Nikon stuff to a local high school and decided to jump in with both feet to the Fujifilm world. I really liked the small size of the X-T30-II, it is just like handling my old OM-1 and OM-2 cameras, with lenses just as compact. I never did like the D200 boat anchors especially as I had the large battery grips fitted. So now I'm in a quandary. I really like the X-T30-II body, it's small and works really well. It produces splendid jpegs too. So, to add a second body, should I go with a second X-T30-II and keep commonality with the one I had, or get an X-T3 or X-T4? Of course there is also the X-S10 too. I'm leaning towards a second X-T30-II so I don't have to learn two sets of control layouts. I looked at the X-T4 and the X-S10 and to be frank, other than perhaps in-body stability support, there didn't seem to be much I needed that the X-T30-II doesn't support. I use mostly the short to medium primes anyway, so I don't miss the IBS or OIS anyway. I like the smaller sizes of the F/2.8 and F/2 lenses over the F/1.4's and they seem to produce nice results. So I think I'm going to go for another X-T30-II. I bought my gear from Pictureline.com's physical store in SLC and they were very helpful with good prices. What do you guys think? I'd be interested in your comments or ideas.
  14. Well, I'm Martin, having emigrated from the UK 33 years ago. I live in the great state of Utah. I am just switching from Nikon gear to Fujifilm.
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