The Fuji X-A2

The Fuji X-A2
'So the Fuji X-A2 is announced. To a somewhat muted fanfare it has to be said. However, for me, there is one VERY interesting thing about this camera. It DOESN'T have an X-Trans sensor. The commonly held belief is that it is the Sony 16MP Bayer C-MOS sensor used in many other cameras, including of course my Leica T (Typ 701) So, in effect, it is possible to see how those Fuji XF lenses perform in front of a well established and well regarded sensor.'
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The Film SLR lookalikes - Fuji X-T1 + 18-135mm zoom. Sony A7s Nikon 28-200mm zoom, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Nikon 100mm f/2.8 - three days of shooting

The Film SLR lookalikes - Fuji X-T1 + 18-135mm zoom. Sony A7s Nikon 28-200mm zoom, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Nikon 100mm f/2.8 - three days of shooting
'Mirrorlesson fashions have dictated that 'lookaleicas' are on the way out and film SLS type designs are very much the order of the day. The Fuji X-T1, Olympus OM-D E-M10 and Sony A7s are examples of this. I've just had three days shooting with each and here's some pictures plus some comments on my experiences with each.'
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Sensor snobbery - 1", 4/3. APS-C, FF sensors compared. Just how much of a difference is there?

Sensor snobbery - 1", 4/3. APS-C, FF sensors compared. Just how much of a difference is there?
'As ever, the specs. of a camera, a sensor or a lens don't tell the whole story and there are all sorts of ways to get more from our gear than we might initially assume. Particularly if we listen to some of the know-it-alls on the photographic internet, which is always a bad idea. Since in actual fact, they usually 'know' much less than they think they do.'
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Mirrorless Interchangable - Where does it go in 2015? Part 4 - Hang on a minute, I thought mirrorless was supposed to be different?

Mirrorless Interchangable - Where does it go in 2015? Part 4 - Hang on a minute, I thought mirrorless was supposed to be different?
'Anyone else somewhat disconcerted by the size, weight and price of some recent mirrorless interchangeable lens releases? The Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 zoom, the two Fuji f/2.8 zooms and the Sony 70-200mm f/4 are all BIG lenses. The argument goes that these are smaller than their DSLR equivalents and that may be so (though not by much), but isn't this missing the point? '
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Mirrorless Interchangeable - Where does it go in 2015? Part 2 - Fuji X

Mirrorless Interchangeable - Where does it go in 2015? Part 2 - Fuji X
'This does of cause lead to speculation on one of the 'mystery' cameras of recent times and the questions "When / Will / In what form will an X-Pro 2 appear? And in fact, will there ever be an X-Pro 2? And if there is, will it sell?".
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PhotoMadd shop screen protectors for Fuji Cameras

PhotoMadd shop screen protectors for Fuji Cameras
'Matthew Maddock at the PhotoMadd shop sent me some of the new screen protectors he has in stock, custom made for various Fuji cameras. Due to the Christmas post I was unable to complete this review in time for the holidays and therefore suggest them as 'stocking fillers' for the photographer in your life. (Probably you!!) I've shown some pictures of the one for my Fuji X-T1 which he asked me to have a look at.'
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More Fuji X-T Video

More Fuji X-T Video
'I tried, I really did. One more attempt to write something nice about the Fuji X-t1 firmware update. I shot a short bit of video footage, thought it looked better and went out to shoot some more. It was in a gale so the 18-135mm zooms IS worked well and since that is a good lens (joint lens of the year for me) it is sharp, but as you can see the overall quality of the footage is poor.'
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Fuji X-T1 25fps video and more on the reaction to THAT update.

Fuji X-T1 25fps video and more on the reaction to THAT update.
''Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement. Kaizen was originally introduced to the West by Masaaki Imai in his book Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competitive Success in 1986. Today kaizen is recognized worldwide as an important pillar of an organization's long-term competitive strategy.'.
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The Fuji X-T1 3.0 firmware update - A new camera or just a few tweaks?

The Fuji X-T1 3.0 firmware update - A new camera or just a few tweaks?
'For me the major benefit of firmware vers. 3.0 is (finally) getting an electronic shutter. The one now available on the X-T1 is quick, quiet and vibrates the camera much less. A great improvement and something I think all mirrorless cameras should offer as an option.'
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SONY A7s and FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* - with this combination is there any need for a fixed lens 'lookaleica?' RAW FILE SAMPLES FOR DOWNLOAD

SONY A7s and FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* - with this combination is there any need for a fixed lens 'lookaleica?' RAW FILE SAMPLES FOR DOWNLOAD
'However it did occur to me that my Sony A7s fitted with my Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens, might actually have some significant advantages over the Fuji. And for all the perceived social documentary, 'street photography' cred of the Fuji X100 'lookaleica' series, might not the Sony be better for that as well?'
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Iridient Developer 3.0 beta 4 - The 'real deal' for Fuji X

Iridient Developer 3.0 beta 4 - The 'real deal' for Fuji X
'And 'nanny' Fuji and 'nanny' Adobe can no more exercise their noise paranoia on the files from my Fuji cameras and my raw X files will appreciate being liberated from the processing straight jacket that those two companies have imposed on them. And if you have Fuji X cameras and lenses (and a Mac of course) then you can judge for yourself if want to free your files as well.'
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Fuji X-T1 and 23mm f/1.4. Raw file samples for download - Is this the best Fuji X offers?

Fuji X-T1 and 23mm f/1.4. Raw file samples for download - Is this the best Fuji X offers?
'Regarding my last post Fuji X100s - Wide Angle And Tele Converters - Raw File Samples For Download. The X-T1 23mm f/1.4 combination is somewhat different. The 23mm prime interchangeable lens suffers from far less distortion (virtually none) than the fixed 23mm lens on the X100s. The AF is snappier, the viewfinder (OLED) and screen are amongst the best out there and the whole combination has a much more 'businesslike' feel to it. What it doesn't have of course is that wonderful rangefinder, retro, 'lookalaica' design and handling. For virtually all photographic uses though the X-T1 / 23mm is a better option.'
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Fuji X100s - wide Angle and tele converters - raw file samples for download.

Fuji X100s - wide Angle and tele converters - raw file samples for download.
'But understand what you're getting into.  Don't expect it to be a 1DX, or D800E.  Regardless of what you read online....it won't make you a better photographer.  It's not the DSLR killer some say it is.  It's not a Leica.  It is what it is, it has many flaws, and it might not be for you.  For me it's still the only camera I've truly loved'
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What do you want reviewed? Changes to the Blog.

What do you want reviewed? Changes to the Blog.
'It's become clear that most of my gear is somewhat transient anyway. Plus there is no particular camera / lens combination that I have to own to do my job, shooting stock photography. I shoot with different gear all the time anyway and with my processing, stitching and / or upsizing workflow anything from 12MP is fine for producing image files that I can offer for sale. I do sell a lot of pictures taken with my phones after all. So my thought was, why not make this 'official?' Why not make it the case that I use whatever I'm reviewing? This has the benefit that my desire to produce real world and genuinely work related reviews that reflect how I would use the gear, becomes a reality. '
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Fuji X-T1 - 18-135mm zoom compared to 23mm and 56mm primes

Fuji X-T1 - 18-135mm zoom compared to 23mm and 56mm primes
'Since the amount I've applied to the sample above is very much in line with what I would do anyway, hopefully I've demonstrated that using a zoom in preference to primes doesn't really compromise the image quality I seek to achieve.'
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