- To date four different software programs to process the raw files
- Extended workflow due to above
- Need to carry extra batteries
- Slow (ish) AF
- Lack of light telephoto options in the system
One thing I would mention which doesn't seem to get a lot of column inches is how good the camera is at getting the exposure right. I very rarely take a shot that fools it. There seems to be a good compromise between bringing out shadow detail and keeping the highlights under control and again I rarely have problems with dynamic range. Plus the autofocus may not be the fastest out there but it is accurate and reliable, which is for me more important than speed. I take an age to press the shutter usually, so its not really a problem for me.
Yesterday saw the release of Panasonics re-badged NEX-7... sorry GX7. Looks like a fine camera, but what struck me about it was that everything it now includes (that of course m4/3 fans have been asking to be included for what seems years) is a bit late. Built-in viewfinder, Focus Peaking, Body IS and decent grip are all available in other systems, and in some cases have been for some time. As I indicated earlier, they have lifted the NEX-7 design, which is no bad thing, but have still left out a couple of things that could have made it the mirrorless rangefinder styled camera that has everything. Firstly you can't use an external microphone and I gather the body IS doesn't work for video. Now a year ago, maybe even 6 months ago I would have been really interested in the GX7, but I've pretty much got what I want in an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera with the Fuji. I have no use for a tiltable viewfinder or indeed the flip-up screen and I've generally found the IS in lenses works better than in body. Unless of course its the amazing gyroscopic system in the Olympus OM-D, which is something special. Fuji are still lacking some lenses and I'd certainly like a faster roll-out on the ones they have planned, but the 18-55mm does cover 90% of my needs so its not that much of an issue.
So, all in all I'm very pleased. I'm even more pleased because I broke off writing this post to answer the door to the postman who brought me my L-Plate grip for the X-E1 which Matthew Maddock, the blogger, is now selling in the UK via his PhotoMadd shop. I've fitted it and it looks and feels great and I'll write about it tomorrow. Incidentally, ordered yesterday, arrived today. Much better than ordering these things from across the world. So on that alone, well done Matthew.
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