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I'm still using a 'classic' eM1 for that reason, as all subsequent μ43 bodies went flippy screen until the GH6. With an eP5 in reserve.

Original Olympus 20mm pancake? Isn't that a Lumix?

I have an E-M1 mark 2 now so I'm selling my 1st gen E-M1. :)

Just started this post - to cognitive dissonance.

I can't find, or recall, an Oly 20mm µ4/3 lens. A couple of pancakes:

Oly 17 mm f1.8 June, 2012?
Panny 20 mm f1.7, June 2013?

Oly E-M1, Sept, 2013

[Thanks! That was a brain-phart...Panasonic, of course, not Olympus. Fixed now, with thanks.

And BTW, the Mark II version of the lens is the one that came out in 2013. The original came out in the Fall of 2009. --Mike]

I personally loved the X-T4 because its introduction allowed my to buy two X-T3 bodies for almost the same price. When Fujifilm was closing out the X-T3 stock there was a window that the price per body was less than the lower tier X-T30. I bought two '3s and never looked back.

I'm really thinking that I have my last cameras because I am seeing the trend towards ridiculous (for most hobbyist) increases in resolution. I will not be buying a 40mp camera and it's looking like this is the new standard for Fujifilm. Hopefully my 26mp X-T3 bodies will carry me to the end of my shooting days.

Go get one! Just think of all the articles you could write about ultra-hi-res sensors and whether the megapixel wars are over. Then again, I suspect you could write most of it without the camera too.

Contax - despite being pricey and a tad overrated - is one of the few "cult" cameras that endears to their followers.

Leica is another example of a cult camera except that Leica survived by the skin of their teeth when the M8 came out. The rest is history.

I think it is successful today partly because people with deep pockets see it as prestigious to own, and proud to show off their "branded" goods.

Back to Contax, I think their G-system has garnered more likes than dislikes and their few Carl Zeiss lenses are just amazing.

Seems Fuji received a couple of polite letters suggesting a need for an X-T5:

It's true, the X-T5 is the heir you've been waiting for to the X-T1.

Next thing you know Fuji will make a monochrome camera.

I have the opposite problem. I had a love hate relationship with the original X100 … but waiting for the X100V was the best decision EVER. The flippy up screen and much better focusing make it perfect.
But I waited and waited for them to introduce IBIS and then for my MILC went for the XT4. I too did not want the video type screen but thought …” okay I will accept thats it has this irritating screen and is a bit too bulky as well “ as I assumed they would not reverse these things.How wrong Inwas.

A 26 mp sensor is more than enough but the return to a more compact size and the XT3 type screen I would have loved …. But I cant afford to change again. Shame … but as with most things I buy now I say “ this should see me out!”

The accurate Fuji “rumors” site had been speculating, then predicting the basic config of the X-T5 for quite a while. There was a groundswell of dissatisfaction from the Fuji loyalists over the X-T4 for quite a few reasons, and Fuji (strangely enough) actually listened.

But, the X-T5 actually falls short of what it could have been, by quite a bit. The EVF is lower refresh rate and resolution than the likes of the H2 and H2s (what a shame), and there is no option for a battery grip for the X-T5. It leaves the camera “low spec” compared to the H2. I was hot for the T5 until it was released and the specs confirmed, and then went for the H2 and never looked back even though, unlike you, I absolutely HATE the flippy screen.


Hi Mike,
Does, "It's really only an accident that you haven't been reading all sorts of happy blithering about "my new X-T5"..." mean that you now own one? If so, great timing! If not, I hope you can soon sync up with one.

[No, I haven't even seen one. I only meant that if I had taken a different fork in the road I might have one by now. --Mike]

I keep almost regretting moving back to Nikon from Fuji - wonderful cameras and lenses. But it was hard to pay more for a little less low light capacity, and the Nikon Z glass is amazing. It's wild that I can have a used Z system for less than a used Fuji one, but...here we are.

Timing may not necessarily be everything, but it's a big thing. I was happy with a Pentax K-mount film system and patiently waited for them to come out with digital bodies. But I got tired of waiting, sold it all, and moved to Olympus 4/3s and later m4/3s. If I had been a bit more patient, maybe 12-18 months, I could have stayed with Pentax. I am very happy with Olympus though, so it's not all bad.

I am a Fuji fangirl, but not for the X-T5, although I am sure it is a beautiful camera. I prefer a range-style body like the X-Pro3 and the x100v, which I often shoot in the studio to create graphics and product shots. My little Fuji's do not have all the cropping ability of the X-T5's 40MP BSI sensor. But the X-Pro3/x100v's 26MP BSI sensor is no slouch, and I love it. There is something special about back-illuminated sensors to my eyes. When you can, get yourself an X-T5 to try out and review. I'd be all ears listening to your words.

I currently own 3 Fuji bodies (courtesy of MPB who make all this chopping and changing practical without losing a ton of cash). I have an XT-1 converted to IR, a X-T100 and a GFX50s. The X-T1 is lovely in most ways, but the grip on that series really is too small. Fuji's also have a particular annoying quirk I've not seen on any other brand: after you take a picture, most other cameras can be set to automatically display a histogram. But with Fuji for some inexplicable reason, you have to press the playback button to view a post capture histogram and this action is also a bit hesitant and sluggish. Why, oh why?

Oh, and wading in on the rear screen issue, I have found I prefer the fully articulated screen, over the tilt only screen. Two reasons: it's more useful on a tripod (the only time I use the screen) because it can be moved to more angles. Tilt screens are also no good for portrait orientation. The better reason is that the flippy screen can be reversed with the screen hidden. The way I work with mirrorless cameras is to have it set so that after pressing the shutter, a review image and histogram is automatically displayed in the EVF (cancelled by a dab of the shutter release). I don't usually review on the rear screen. On my Lumix, I have discovered if you subsequently open the reversed screen while the histogram is in the EVF, the view automatically transfers from the EVF to the screen. This makes is excellent for the rare times I want to review an image on the screen. It does this even when set to EVF only, which is great because I find the eyepiece sensors unreliable and annoying. I have mine set to EVF only, but I can still use the screen when I need it, without any fuss and the rest of the time it is safely packed away. The only time I find the tilt screen on my X-T1 better is if I were shooting TLR style (which in reality I never do 'cos I can't see anything closer than 3 feet without glasses and if I wear glasses I can't see anything further away than 3 feet!).

The XT-100 and the GFX have the third type of screen which is tilty and partially flippy. Preferences will always depend on your working practice, I guess there will never be a screen hinge design that offers everything to everyone.

Still waiting for the X-ProM from Fuji. A Monochrome body. Leica sells Monochrome and does well. Why isn't the Fuji "little Leica" offered in that configuration?

This column gives me hope – maybe Panasonic will soon release a DMC-GX8 M2.

For me, the benefit of the X-T5 was that I was able to get a new X-T4 at a good discount. I value the IBIS for my trail walks, and I don't mind the type of screen.

This post could so easily be about cars!

And what if Fuji had come out with the X-T5 just a little earlier? Your discovery of the fp-M, apparently the camera of your unconscious dreams, might have been delayed or perhaps never even happened. Still, I hope you have the opportunity to explore that alternate reality for a week or two some day. It would make interesting reading.

Speaking of the fp-M, I believe that the boomlet in standardized mini-cages and accessories to facilitate shooting video with small cameras is an under-discussed ergonomic windfall for stills shooters, if they'd only give it a shot (pardon the pun).

And my gripe of the day is hyphens in camera names. I can never remember where they go and always end up guessing wrong, leaving them out or wasting time looking things up. So please, can we just get rid of them? If camera makers won't do the right thing, then I call on writers, editors and style guides to take a stand for humanity.

"And BTW, the Mark II version of the lens is the one that came out in 2013. The original came out in the Fall of 2009. --Mike]"

My brain phart turn. That did seem too late. I'm sure my Mk. I is older than that.

Yup, LR saith my first shots with it were Jan, 2013, just months before Mk. II announced. But I believe it was purely a cosmetic change, from chrome only to light and dark models. I seem to recall posts back then about how the original's modest shortcomings were unchanged.

Really gonna miss DPReview!!

Give it three months and when the thing is still on top of your mind... buy it!

Mike, you may be interested in this story re the closure of DPR. There seems to be dirty pool afoot.
As might be expected, there is considerable anxiety and discussion in the DPR forums as to "where to from here."
It appears that a group of the moderators may have a (perhaps vested) interest in controlling such discussion so it all points to a single new forum. Posts suggesting other forums are being taken down. I have been "banned for abuse" for posting to various forums asking for expressions of interest from anyone who would like to participate in developing a gear negative forum for honing up image critiquing skills. These actions at DPR may be an organizational thing or it may be a group of moderators acting independently

The big advantage of the flippy screen for me is that it’s usable for vertical shots. The angle-up screen is useless in vertical orientation, unless you’re also trying to shoot around a corner. Ideally, some bright mechanical engineer would figure out how to make a screen that works both ways.

[Do you know the Fuji's screen flips up both ways?



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