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    T-Man got a reaction from Curiojo in 56mm f/1.2 - Aperture stopped clicking   
    This was a very pleasant experience in dealing with Fuji repair. Total turnaround time (including shipping) was ten days. Fuji replaced the aperture assembly and the mount. In my opinion the aperture is no longer as loose as it was.
     
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    T-Man got a reaction from AdamRasheed in 56mm f/1.2 - Aperture stopped clicking   
    This was a very pleasant experience in dealing with Fuji repair. Total turnaround time (including shipping) was ten days. Fuji replaced the aperture assembly and the mount. In my opinion the aperture is no longer as loose as it was.
     
    Omer...
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    T-Man got a reaction from George_P in Your least used Fuji features   
    Yup. The Advanced Filters are actually embarrassing. I'd rather have:
    More Custom memory banks for shooting profiles. Ability name Custom profiles. More Manual (M-Mount) lens settings. Ability to change all m-mount lens data not just two. In AF+MF the magnified view should time-out after a few seconds and the camera should return to full view. More B&W filters in film simulation. Ability to set/manipulate White Balance in B&W
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    T-Man reacted to chris joy in IBIS degrades image quality   
    I shoot with the A7rII and I haven't seen any degradation between IBIS on and off. It may happen with lens based systems, I don't know, but a lot of this discussion falls into the internet myth category, much like the FF look.
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    T-Man reacted to aceflibble in IBIS degrades image quality   
    IS in a lens means adding more glass, which inherently degrads image quality. IS on a sensor means either moving the sensor, which can cause a kind of inverse camera shake effect if it's not shifted in 100% the right way (rare, because it's a very expensive way of doing it); reading off the sensor multiple times per exposure, which can effectively blur the image if the shutter speed is actually high enough to not need it (rare, because at that point you may as well just make a video file and take a frame grab); or cropping in and enlarging, which inherently degrades the image quality. (The most common method.)
     
    For medium format it's a bigger problem because you're typically talking about very large files which will be scrutinised. Medium format, these days, is where technical perfection really matters, because the only people shooting medium format now are people who are expecting to make very, very large prints, working for big name publications, doing celebrity portraits, etc.
    IS is also a little more pointless for medium format, because the sheer size and weight of most medium format cameras and lenses means you're most likely going to be using a tripod anyway or at least a monopod. You're also more used to using high shutter speeds, further reducing the need for IS.

    Of course, because of the size, putting IS on the sensor for medium format is also far more expensive than with smaller sensors. There's also battery drain, write speed, and heat to consider.

    So, basically, it's all just a bit pointless for medium format. It's a lot of effort and cost for something which isn't going to be used most of the time, and might degrade image quality even when it is useful.
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    T-Man reacted to jfoxshoots in IBIS degrades image quality   
    It can depend. If IBIS results in the corners of the sensor moving outside of the image circle then you will lose image quality in the corners. If the lenses and mount are designed for IBIS then it shouldn't be as much of a problem.
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    T-Man reacted to JaapD in IBIS degrades image quality   
    In an ideal situation you would have a tripod and no IBIS. For those less ideal situations in life IBIS has most certainly an added value. So Hassleblad (!) is correct but not telling the complete story here.
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    T-Man reacted to Aswald in IBIS degrades image quality   
    Fujifilm stated the same when asked about their xf16-55 F2.8.
     
    Generally, any form of IS degrades image quality. It is great when compared without in difficult handheld situations like 1/30s and slower.
     
    The absolute acid test would be handheld IS on vs tripod mount IS off in difficult scenarios. You'd see that tripod mount wins most times.
     
    At 50mpix, Hassleblad is probably speaking from experience. With some lenses and shooting scenarios however, it's almost impossible without IS. I'm thinking very long zoom lenses but I don't think Hassleblad is going that direction anytime soon.
     
    If at all possible, I try to shoot with higher shutter speeds rather than depend on IS.....which brings us to the discussion of having IBIS when it isn't going to be used most times.
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    T-Man reacted to Jano in X-E3 Concept   
    I doubt that would be a good idea. The screen would be tiny. People today are used to larger screens and I can't blame them – larger screens are gorgeous and let you judge images much better.
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    T-Man reacted to TexasRanger in X-E3 Concept   
    I'd keep the built-in flash. It's good for fill flash for backlit subjects. Otherwise, Fuji low light capacity is usually sufficient.
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    T-Man reacted to Brian6878 in X-E3 Concept   
    I agree with most points. Thanks for writing this up Jano. Yep, built in flash is useless.
     
    What is really important to me is that Fujifilm continues this product line with the X-E form factor and comes out with an X-E3 with the updated sensor and associated features. I am not interested in the wannabe SLR X-T1. The key attraction to mirrorless is compactness and the X-E series is better suited than either the X-pro or X-T.
     
    Fujifilm might be comparing sales. However, this would not be fair, since the XE series never introduced new features, just hand-me-downs. Whereas the X-pro and X-T1 did. That said, I would gladly purchase an X-E3 with handed down tech.
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    T-Man reacted to yukosteel in Mark II - Zhongyi 35mm 0.95 , smaller and better   
    Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm f0.95 version II released in Feb 2016, so there are almost no reviews online on this new interesting lens
     
    I've decided to try it, and ordered one sample directly from Hong Kong, attracted by 9% discounted price.
    It arrived yesterday, so posting some shots and first impressions. Feel free to ask questions if any.
     
    Out of the box (taken with ZSM 35mm on 0.95 + X-E2)
     

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    Sample on F2.8

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    Sample on F0.95

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    Look on X-E2

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    T-Man reacted to ilium007 in XT-1 updated to f0 now have the dreaded f0 issue with every lens   
    Update - Fujifilm Australia have replaced the camera and I have updated the 4.21 firmware one they sent me to 4.30 without an issue. All working now ! Very impressed with service from Fujifilm Australia.
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    T-Man reacted to Max_Elmar in XF23mm F2 rumors   
    Yes! If it had the same relationship to the "big" 23 as the 35/2 has to the 35/1.4 - that would be a fantastic development. I would most likely buy one. The 23/1.4 is outstanding - but a "little brother" - smaller, slower, less expensive, more even performance, but less peak performance - that would be a very welcome development indeed. A lot of folks have told me it would never happen "because it would cannibalize the X100 series" - but hopefully Fuji has realized the differentiator for the X100 is the viewfinder, not the lens.
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    T-Man reacted to Jano in X-E3 Concept   
    Dear Fuji,
     
    I love my X-E2! Especially since FW 4.0 it has become a spectacular camera (save the waxy skin) and I'm so thankful for that FW update. I couldn't be happier when compared with the DSLR I was shooting before. Now give us that 23 f2 and then a 56 f2 and I'll be jumping for joy.
     
    But as much as I love the X-E2 I really hope you'll one day give us an X-E3. And I'm pretty sure I (and many others) wouldn't be able to resist upgrading from our X-E2. Here's what I think it should look like:
     

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    Now let's get the basic specs out of the way and then I'll write some details about each one:
     
    - WR
    - No integrated space-wasting midget-flash
    - 24 MP X-Trans III sensor
    - Tilting touch screen
    - Large EVF from the X-T1 but with higher resolution and that nice refresh rate from the X-Pro2
    - Front and rear dial as well as a combined SS / ISO dial
    - Focus-recompose and touch screen to select focus points (omitting the need for joystick or 4-way controller)
     
     
    WR
     
    I'd really like that but I can live without it. My lenses aren't WR anyway.
     
     
    No Integrated Flash
     
    Leave that thing out. It's so useless. Literally the only thing I do with it is popping it up and pressing it back in when I'm bored. I'm serious.
    Integrated flashes are weak, very limited, add potential weaknesses, cast ugly shadows and make WR more difficult. For triggering remote flashes (the only real use this thing has) rather find a way to brightly flash the focus assist lamp if that is possible.
    The money you save with this can go into adding a tilt and touch screen (see below).
     
     
    24 MP X-Trans III Sensor
     
    Pretty obvious, right? It would be even better if you added PDAF points on the whole sensor but I guess that won't happen.
     
     
    Screen
     
    Tilt screens are so useful. I want one. I know some self-proclaimed purists don't want one but that's nonsense. They can simply not use it. And no, it doesn't break easily. Especially not if you don't use it.
    To accommodate the larger EVF (see below) you will need to make it more compact. I think you could keep it at 3" but all those huge borders around the actual screen area (like on the X-T1 / X-T10) need to go. Not a problem, others manage that as well.
     
    Touch screens are so useful. I want one. I know some self-proclaimed purists don't want one but that's nonsense. They can simply turn it off. And no, it doesn't cost much and it also doesn't drain the battery when it's turned off.
    It's embarrassing that so many cameras still lack one when we're in the age of the smartphone. The potential is huge but (like with the tilt screen) many fail to see that until they use a well implemented one. The main functions will be focus point selection (when shooting on a tripod) and menu navigation.
     
     
    EVF
     
    Yes, I want that huge X-T1 EVF. It's lovely and I want you to somehow squeeze it into the X-E3. To do that we'll need to move the screen and give up that 4-way controller which isn't needed (if you implement my suggestions for focus point selection). Add a higher resolution panel and give us that 85 fps refresh rate and we'll be extremely pleased.
    Please give us a diopter correction that doesn't constantly move by accident. And mark the freaking neutral position! This is UI-101!
     
     
    Dials
     
    Give us a combined SS & ISO dial. Not quite like in the X-Pro2 but similar. Lift-and-turn is too difficult to perform since it needs a significant change in the right hand position. Instead make it so that the button on top toggles between ISO and SS. Almost always I'll keep either SS or ISO fixed and adjust exposure with the other. So toggling the two would be perfect. The outer design (SS outside, ISO in the little window) is great.
    It would be even better if a deep press of the top button locked both settings so they can't accidentally be changed.
     
    I'd love front and rear control dials. Make them like the rear dial on the X-E2. Not that mushy thing you put in the X-T10. And then give us the option to change ISO and SS with them by adding a "D" (for dial) setting on the SS/ISO dial. Simple concept:
    - You like those labeled dials and only need full stops for ISO and SS: use the top dial.
    - You prefer DSLR-style dials or need 1/2 or 1/3 stops: use the front and rear dial.
    That way you can make all of us happy: everyone gets to use the dial they want and that ridiculous two-dials-are-needed-for-one-setting-thing has an end.
     
    When I use the front and rear dials for ISO and SS I want a press of the dial to switch between manual and auto mode. When the auto mode is selected, turning the SS dial changes the minimum shutter speed and turning the ISO dial changes the maximum ISO. Simple as that.
     
    Not a dial, but an important button: I want an AF button that works like the AF-ON buttons we are used to from DSLRs: press once for AF-S, hold for AF-C, half-pressing the shutter doesn't activate AF.
     
     
    Focus-point Selection
     
    We have two ways to select the focus point. Both are faster than joysticks or 4-way controllers and therefore (and since we have no space for it) we don't need either of those.
     
    Handheld shooting: focus on your subject, half-press the shutter button (extra step when using AF-button to focus) and recompose. The camera automatically selects the new AF point closest to the subject that was initially focussed on.
     
    Tripod shooting: use the touch screen to simply tap the desired focus point.
     
    In handheld shooting using the LCD you can use either method.
     
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    So, Fuji, these are my suggestions. I'm sure there might be some problems with this concept I haven't thought about but the general idea seems like a lovely camera to me. Here are a few additional (random) points:
     
    - Yes, it would be a step up and probably cause this camera to be priced the same or closer to the X-T2. I wouldn't care.
     
    - If the camera needs to become a few mm taller or wider to fit the large EVF that would be okay.
     
    - The exact button placement would of course need to be tested on actual prototypes, this is just guesswork.
     
    - Centered tripod mount please!
     
    - Dual card slot would be awesome. And please let us insert the cards from the side.
     
    - Adding Bluetooth for a stable remote connection with low power consumption would be great.
     
    - I'd like to have the ability to use the EC dial as a WB compensation dial when shooting in manual mode with AWB.
     
    - I forgot a Drive button in my mockup.
     
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    What do you think of this camera? Would you buy it? Would you rather buy this or the X-T2 with the same specs? What would you do differently? Feel free to drop a comment. If someone with more PS knowledge than me (not difficult) wants to do a proper rendering feel free to do that. Just want to tell Fuji that they should release an X-E3? Here's your chance!
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    T-Man reacted to milandro in XF23mm F2 rumors   
    as said before  you can have a lens:
     
    Good optics, Cheap, Light efficient, Small.
     
    But you can only pick two.
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    T-Man reacted to Alf in Showing Pics   
    I am trying to persuade people that photography is about taking pictures
    Theres too many people that can talk for hours about dynamic range etc yet we never see a pic from them 
    Just looking for balance thats all
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    T-Man reacted to j.f0 in XF23mm F2 rumors   
    when fuji announced the 35/2 as a smaller alternative my thoughts were... why the 35 and not the 23??? 
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    T-Man reacted to milandro in XF23mm F2 rumors   
    semantic differences ? It doesn’t seem to be a clear cut thing.
     
    http://www.fujivsfuji.com/x100-s-t-vs-23mm-f1pt4/
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    T-Man reacted to darknj in XF23mm F2 rumors   
    Glee with happiness!
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    T-Man reacted to milandro in XF23mm F2 rumors   
    we haven’t yet reached the “ bespoke” lens or camera level. something will come out, it will please some and displease others. It is the nature of the beast.
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    T-Man reacted to flysurfer in Fuji X-E2s Reviews?   
    I did as I was told: 
     https://fujixsecrets.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/x-e2-vs-x-e2s-ending-the-confusion/
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    T-Man reacted to Tikcus in XF23mm F2 rumors   
    I'd expect all new lenses moving forward will be WR lenses.
     
    Pleased Fuji are listening, but i'm not likely to buy it, because it is similar to what I already have
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    T-Man reacted to Patrick FR in XF23mm F2 rumors   
    First XF23mmF2 rumor: http://www.fujirumors.com/rumor-fujinon-xf23mmf2-will-come-this-year-even-before-the-120mmf2-8/
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    T-Man reacted to CRAusmus in XF23mm F2 rumors   
    I will pre-order this the day it is announced.  I really hope Fuji makes it.
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