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  1. I personally love the x-pro2 the way it is, the function of the d800 but in a much smaller body. You almost never have to look at a menu or back screen on the d800.
  2. I really really hope the vertical grip from the xt1 fits the 2
  3. That's a reaaallly old version of Photoshop, I'm guessing that's your issue.
  4. I went to India a couple years back, took a few great photos too. It's a fantastic, diverse country, but not a huge fan of those photography tours selling you the opportunity to safely snap 'poverty porn' and be Steve McCurry lite.
  5. Did a quick few tests today and the fine detail is still just not there in Lightroom, I'm probably going to transition to Sony for professional work as I love the workflow of LR and using thing like VSCO. Damn shame that Adobe just can't figure it out. Lightroom on the left, Iridient on the right.
  6. 100% agree with most of what you're saying. I ended up buying the 55mm 1.8 for Sony as a Christmas treat and was blown away. But the a7 is not a fast or intuitive camera, especially when trying to change AF points on the fly. Right now I'm thinking I might keep my xt1 and 16-55 for run and fun editorial type stuff but use my A7 for slower work like environmental portraits / headshots etc. Just waiting to see if they release a prime between 100 and 135, not a huge fan of how heavy the 90 2.8 is.
  7. To me it all comes down to if lightroom can render the raw files properly. If not, I'm going to move away from the x system. If adobe had better luck with the next gen then I'll be in all the way.
  8. I'm actually pretty pumped about this, will almost definitely buy it. I mostly shoot street on my x-pro1 with the 18mmf2, to have that in my pocket would be sick. I'd give up the viewfinder and just shoot from the hip, which I do 50% of the time anyways.
  9. I don't really enjoy using CaptureOne, as stated earlier in the post I also like to use VSCO as a starting point. In general though, if I have to process 100 odd photos for a shoot, I personally find Lightroom a lot more faster and intuitive. I sometimes use CaptureOne if I'm working on one hero image and really need to avoid the waxing artefacts.
  10. I've been doing a fair few tests the last few days as I work out which direction to go in for my professional work as far as investing further in a system (not a brand loyalist at all but I love pretty much everything about the X-series). I've always assumed the Sony A7 series had better image quality, but wanted to be sure rather than go on gut feeling before I invest in a bunch more lenses (obviously prefer the feel and ergonomics of the Fujis). These results are obviously subjective to my workflow. I use lightroom, it's perfect for me and not interested in any other raw converters. VSCO is also a big part of my workflow. The results: Sony wins • Detail, thanks to the extra megapixels and lightroom still having the 'waxing' issue with Fuji raw files for fine details like brickwork etc. • Highlight roll-off - something extremely important to me for subtle changes in skintone that tend to sit near the top of the histogram. • Colour Depth, it's a subtle difference but noticeable in the red channel and skintones again. • Iso, both are pretty shithouse from 3200 and up from my point of view, but that's all I really need anyway. The Sony has a slight edge in the mid-isos from 1250 - 2000. Hard to explain, but the Sony seems to cope in poor, flat light better in my experience, whilst the Fujis really need good light to shine (not always available on quick location shoots). Fuji wins Dynamic Range by a solid margin - you really have to push your luck to get either of these cameras to blow out highlights or clip shadows, but for me, the x-t1 had an edge, at any iso (see top windows in screenshot). Obviously there are a whole new generation of Sony A7s that probably kill the X-T1 for dynamic range, but the value plus the lack of native lenses available means I'll be keeping my X-T1 for work stuff as well as play for at least another year. I could still be tempted by the cropability of the Sonys though. Looking forward to the improvements that the next gen of X-Series bring too. Also worth mentioning that you can buy the 56 and 90mm for the price of the batis 85mm if you shop around. In conclusion, all I've really learnt is that no camera or system is perfect and if you're looking over the fence, you're just distracting yourself from taking great photos.
  11. I think you'll notice a big jump in dynamic range and colour depth compared to the x-pro1. There's already a noticeable gap between the x-t1 and x-pro1 when shooting high contrast scenes or delicate skintone.
  12. Correct me if I'm wrong, but dont Fuji and Ricoh use the same Sony 16mp sensor?
  13. You are right about 3d tracking, but that's much more of a software thing. If you look at the 35mm 1.4 for example though, that lens is going to be slow until it has the next gen of Fuji AF motor tech inside it. No firmware or software upgrade is really going to move the needle on that lens, nor the 18mm f2, the 23mm 1.4, the 23mm f2 on the x100, the 56mm 1.2 yada yada yada
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