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Wednesday, 04 September 2019


Once again, with feeling:

Related to this post and the recent remarks about prints, here is another good discussion of the end of "cameras".

Selected snippets...

"By aggressively introducing newer and newer cameras with marginal improvements, companies like Fuji and Sony are finding that they might have created a headache. Even those who can afford to buy the big 60-100 megapixel cameras are pausing. I have seen this movie play out before. When I suggest that the lifecycle of a photo will start and end with a digital screen, many dismiss it... The future belongs to computational photography."

I forwarded a link to something similar a year or two back and don't recall that anyone was interested, but the revolution continues.

I can accept that, and adapt to it, but what little I've done with my phone-camera reveals the worst possible ergonomics. Images OK, handling horrific. Let's hope.

D'oh! (https://om.co/2019/09/03/camera-sales-are-falling-sharply/)

Why is the X-T2 available for 599 pounds at Amazon UK while it's $1599 at Amazon US? (That's even $100 more than their price on the X-T3.)

The price in the UK includes a 20% sales tax....and is out of stock already.

I was waiting for that link. You should see at least one referral purchase coming your way. The Fujifilms have been my main shooters for a few years. X100, X-Pro1, X100s, X-T10, now X-Pro2. I love the dual viewfinder, but the reality is I've grown too lazy and rely on the effects of the EVF to give me some instant exposure and focus feedback. The X-Pro2 eye relief is just short of what I need it to be, so one big reason to switch to the X-H1. Plus: who doesn't love IBIS? Now, anyone want to swap their X100F for my X-Pro2?

I really love the Fuji style. I bought the XT-2 several months ago (shortly after the XT-3 was released) and I love it. Its got that "knobs and dials" way of controlling the stuff you need to get to as you're shooting and it strongly reminds me of the Nikon F2AS I owned many many years ago. That was my favorite 35mm camera, ever. Just suited me (and I never should have sold it).

Plus, the XT-2 video is great, low light performance excellent, no mirror shake, AND the completely silent electronic shutter is awesome for those quiet events and stuff.

Great stuff from Fuji!

It has reached South Africa as well, selling for R15895 at OrmsDirect in Cape Town.

"It's curious that although the absolute latest and greatest often costs more now, good cameras are getting cheaper—if you have some personal discipline and can make a judicious choice."

For me, not so much "personal discipline" as careful matching of features to needs. "the absolute latest and greatest" in µ4/3 means not only the most expensive, but, more to the practical usability point for me, the largest and heaviest.

The sweet spot for me these days is the Panny GX9 and the runner-up GX85. Amazing performance in so many aspects of IQ and features, light, compact, and inexpensive.

In addition to the named features, they reach a level of ISO invariance that's amazing, and allows me to make photos I otherwise couldn't.

I chose GX9s for our trips to Bhutan last spring and So. Utah early summer, and am very pleased with the results. They'll be off with me to New England and Ireland for seven weeks in a few days.

(The only thing I seriously dislike about the GX9 is the flip up EVF that you love so much. An endless PitA in the field. Go figure.)

Mike, that's a great observation. Digital cameras are becoming very mature products. In their life-cycle, they are in the "smoothing the stone" phase where new releases are polished up versions of the previous iteration.

For mature products (e.g. cars), it is often best to buy used and take advantage of the rapid depreciation of a new product. If you buy a car coming off a 3 year lease, the cost can be 50% of the original price with at least 7 good years left on the vehicle.

Cameras are reaching a similar point. For example, my Sony a6500 has very similar utility to the newly announced a6600 and can be had for half the price on the used market.

One thing to note, if it matters to you, is that while the X-H1 and X-T3 have touchscreens, the X-T2 does not. Personally I find this a must-have feature now, so much easier to review pics on the screen, not to mention navigate menus.

$1,299 in Canada, eh.

On the other hand, cameras are getting more and more ubiquitous, and the demand for photographs is increasing, if anything. In the future, there will be so many cameras taking so many photos that people won't carry cameras; there will be massive stock photo sites and they'll pick the ones they want without leaving the couch.

Dang. I meant that comment for "Open Mike." Oh well, you get the idea.

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