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Yes, I have five batteries for my X-Pro 2. The smaller the camera the smaller the battery of course, so it is primarily a shortcoming of circumstance (Leica's M10 at long last delivers a digital M in the body the size of the company's older 35mm film based Ms of the past, but at the expense of battery life compared to predecessors). Naturally with the Fuji's if you don't have an X-Pro or X100 you don't have the option to switch to an optical viewfinder either, so a constant EVF will be a drain. I had hoped to like the optical vf on the X-Pro 2 more than I have, so consequently use its EVF a lot more than I anticipated. I find the vf on the X-Pro cameras is quite small, with a kind of tunnel vision effect if you wear glasses like me. The XT1 and 2 by comparison is a big difference. The EVF on those is bigger and brighter.

 

I think the Fuji XT cameras make for wonderful travel cameras really. Happy to know your XT1 is serving you so well. They have the Swiss army knife like versatility of a dSLR but in a much more compact and lightweight body, and ergonomically I really think the XT's are also Fuji's most thoughtfully designed camera bodies.

 

Full Frame vs APS-C is a funny thing really. It used to matter more than it does now in the grand scheme of things as the benefits of the larger sensor in low light, whilst still relevant today, are no longer quite as essential as they once where now that ISO performance of crop sensors is so good. So ultimately the greatest difference now is almost one of aesthetic choice and little more. What I like about Fuji is their lenses are specifically designed for APS-C crops, so they will make uncommon focal lengths like 23mm and 56mm to ensure you get very close equivalents to the 35mm and 85mm standards, where as with Canon for example you're a little short if you want an 85mm equivalent on something like a 7D. I imagine many are quite used to that, but I remember how long I held off going from film to digital and my first dSLR was the original 7D which I actually got chiefly for video at the time, and having grown up shooting 35mm film it took a while to get used to crop sensors and not getting the depth of field I would otherwise expect from focal lengths. I definitely still feel that with the Fujis on occasion, and I do miss it somewhat. 

 

My plan if I bought a Canon again would really be to partner it with a single lens, likely the 50mm 1.2 (I know Sigma's 50mm is a cheaper and sharper lens, but it is huge and damn it I prefer the character of the Canon). It's really all I need. That, plus a vertical grip, would not weigh me down too much. I don't miss the days when I did some event photography work and lugged the 70-200 L II lens around, even though it was arguably one of the most brilliant pieces of glass I have ever owned. 


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"Hey, wow, I'm actually good at this! Maybe I'm a natural. Yeah, I'm a jogger . Of course! There had to be a sport for me. I just never realised! I'm a natural jogger. Feel the legs like two great steam locomotives pumping away. I'm Cram, I'm Ovett, I'm unstoppable! Jesus is that a stitch? Fuck I think I'm going to be sick. Slow. I need to walk. Ugh I think I'm going to puke. I'm literally going to die. What an idiotic boob I was about ten or eleven seconds ago."

 

 


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Going back to my point about Fuji's comprehensive firmware updates, these forthcoming patches for the XT-2 and X-Pro 2 were announced this week:
 

X-T2 version 2.00 & X-Pro2 version 3.00 – due late March 2017

 

1. Shooting RAW in Bracketing and Advanced Filters
The update enables you to use the RAW format when shooting not only in AE Bracketing but also in other Bracketing modes (ISO, Dynamic Range, White Balance, Film Simulaitons) and also in Advanced Filter modes.

 

2. Extended ISO 125 and 160 selectable
The update adds ISO125 and ISO160 to extended ISO levels available.

 

3. Programmable long exposure of up to 15 minutes
Long exposure in the T mode currently goes only up to 30 seconds. The update will allow users to extend it up to 15 minutes.

 

4. ON/OFF for 1/3-step shutter speed adjustment (X-T2 only – already in X-Pro2)
The update allows you to turn off the Command Dial’s function to adjust shutter speed by 1/3 steps in order to prevent unintended adjustments.

 

5. Full-range ISO adjustments with the Command Dial (X-T2 only)
With the update, set the ISO “A” position to “Command” to adjust ISO sensitivity across the full range, including extended ISOs, with the Front Command Dial.

 

6. “AUTO” setting added for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting
The update adds an AUTO option for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting, that allows the camera to automatically define the minimum shutter speed according to the focal length of the lens attached.

 

7. Faster “Face Detection AF”
The update enables the use of Phase Detection AF for faster performance in Face Detection AF.

 

8. Improved in-focus indication in the AF-C mode
The update reduces focus hunting in the AF-C mode, making it easier to track a subject.

 

9. Addition of a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF
The update adds a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF, bringing the total number of available sizes to six. The new smallest size facilitates pin-point focusing.

 

10. Addition of “AF Point Display” (X-Pro2 only – already on X-T2)
With the update, you can choose to have AF Points constantly displayed in Zone AF and Wide / Tracking AF, making it easier to track a subject.

 

11. Addition of “AF-C Custom Setting” (X-Pro2 only – already on X-T2)
The update adds “AF-C Custom Setting” for specifying focus-tracking characteristics. Choose from five presets according to your subject’s type of movements.

 

12. Addition of “Portrait / Landscape AF Mode Switching” (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to specify separate AF mode and AF point settings for portrait orientation and landscape orientation.

 

13. Change of focus frame position while enlarging it
The update allows you to move the position of focus frame while enlarging it in Single Point in the AF-S mode or in the Manual Focus

 

14. Activation of the Eye Sensor in video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to use the Eye Sensor during video recording to automatically switch between EVF and LCD.

 

15. Change of ISO sensitivity during video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to change ISO setting during video recording.

 

16. Re-autofocusing in video recording
With the update, half-press the Shutter Release button or press the button assigned to “AF-ON” function during video recording to re-do autofocusing.

 

17. Display live histogram during video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to display a live histogram during video recording.

 

18. Optimization of external microphone’s input level (X-T2 only)
The update optimizes external microphone’s input level (lower limit revised from -12dB to 20dB) to reduce white noise when an external microphone with preamp is connected.

 

19. Addition of “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” in the View Mode
The update gives the “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” option in the View Mode that allows you to shoot through the viewfinder and check images on the LCD, just as you would with an SLR.

 

20. Shorter EVF display time-lag (X-Pro2 only – already in X-T2)
The update shortens EVF’s display time-lag in the AF-C mode so that you will not miss a photo opportunity.

 

21. Constant “Dual” mode display (X-T2 only)
With the update, the small window in the Dual mode stays on even when you half-press the shutter release button.

 

22. Automatic vertical GUI for LCD (X-T2 only)
With the update, when you hold the camera in the portrait orientation, the camera will automatically display the GUI on the LCD in the same orientation.

 

23. Name Custom Settings
The update allows you to assign a specific name to Custom Settings 1 – 7.

 

24. Copyright information in EXIF data
The update allows you to register the photographer’s name and the copyright holder’s name in advance so that the camera automatically adds the information to EXIF data for each image.

 

25. Voice Memo function
The update enable you to record 30-second “Voice Memo” clips in the Playback mode.

 

26. Extended AE Bracketing
The update extends AE Bracketing from the current 3 frames +/-2EV to up to 9 frames +/-3EV.

 

27. Addition of “Shoot Without Card” mode
With the update, you can have the “Shoot Without Card” mode turned OFF so that the camera can not shoot when there is no SD card inserted.

 

X-T2 version 2.10 & X-Pro2 version 3.10 – late May 2017

 

01. Support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi (X-T2 only)
The update adds support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi.

 

02. Addition of “All” AF mode (X-T2 only)
With the update, select “All” in the AF mode so that you can select the AF mode and Focus Area size by only using the Command Dial.

 

03. Function extension for “Shutter AF” and “Shutter AE” (X-T2 only)
With the update, you can specify different settings for AF-S and AF-C in “Shutter AF” and for AF-S / MF and AF-C in “Shutter AE.”

 

04. Addition of “-6” and “-7” to EVF’s brightness setting
Additional options of “-6” and “-7” to the “EVF Brightness” setting so that, even in an extremely low-light condition, the brightness of the EVF does not distract you from shooting.

 

05. Switchover of the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to switch between the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode.

 

06. Function assignment to the Rear Command Dial
With the update, you can assign a specific function to be activated when the Rear Command Dial is pressed.

 

 

 

Some great stuff there, though I think it confirms tethering is never going to come to the X-Pro 2. ISO adjustment via command dial being XT2 only is odd. The X100f can do that, and I'm amongst many XP2 owners who'd like to have it as I find the ISO dial too fiddly. 


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"Hey, wow, I'm actually good at this! Maybe I'm a natural. Yeah, I'm a jogger . Of course! There had to be a sport for me. I just never realised! I'm a natural jogger. Feel the legs like two great steam locomotives pumping away. I'm Cram, I'm Ovett, I'm unstoppable! Jesus is that a stitch? Fuck I think I'm going to be sick. Slow. I need to walk. Ugh I think I'm going to puke. I'm literally going to die. What an idiotic boob I was about ten or eleven seconds ago."

 

 


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That's awesome.

 

So, has anyone latched on to any new Lightroom plugins or presets recently? I haven't explored the market in a while and wonder what I might be missing.


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Sounds like the 5D4 is getting something of a .5 retrofit to benefit video users. 

 

http://www.canonrumo...ng-update-more/

 

Those are some serious changes for those who were upset about the 5D4's video options. It's impressive for Canon to address customer desires on that comprehensive a level if all of the above is true, though bad for existing owners if it indeed requires a hardware mod at the factory. 


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"Hey, wow, I'm actually good at this! Maybe I'm a natural. Yeah, I'm a jogger . Of course! There had to be a sport for me. I just never realised! I'm a natural jogger. Feel the legs like two great steam locomotives pumping away. I'm Cram, I'm Ovett, I'm unstoppable! Jesus is that a stitch? Fuck I think I'm going to be sick. Slow. I need to walk. Ugh I think I'm going to puke. I'm literally going to die. What an idiotic boob I was about ten or eleven seconds ago."

 

 


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Seems Canon Rumours were victim of a hoax on the 5D4 updates. The camera is getting a $100 hardware alteration for those who want it, but it is just to add C-LOG support (nice, but not nearly appealing alone as all the other alleged changes would have been).


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"Hey, wow, I'm actually good at this! Maybe I'm a natural. Yeah, I'm a jogger . Of course! There had to be a sport for me. I just never realised! I'm a natural jogger. Feel the legs like two great steam locomotives pumping away. I'm Cram, I'm Ovett, I'm unstoppable! Jesus is that a stitch? Fuck I think I'm going to be sick. Slow. I need to walk. Ugh I think I'm going to puke. I'm literally going to die. What an idiotic boob I was about ten or eleven seconds ago."

 

 





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