Fuji X-T3: Shockingly bad high ISO performance

September 19, 2018

Fuji snobs often claim that the Fuji X-Trans crop-sensor cameras are as good, if not better than the full frame competition from Nikon, Canon and Sony. But when you put the performance under the magnifying glass, there is a difference. Fuji APS-C cameras just cannot match the performance of full-frame cameras, that's not just fact, it's also common sense. Don't let the Fuji marketing fool you (learn about the ugly side of Fuji marketing), Fuji is just like everyone else not able to break the laws of physics. I hope this post helps to get some more sanity back into the conversation of crop vs. full frame, because there are people on YouTube talking a lot of nonsense (Fuji fanboys with no photography skill).

The ugly side of Fujifilm's marketing

September 18, 2018

Fujifilm has been portraying itself as the "different camera maker" often praised for their retro camera design, regular firmware updates, and after service. Also in marketing Fujifilm did not follow the path of Sony and aggressively market their cameras through various online influencers. This seems to be changing recently. Canadian photographer Nathan Elson reports about his bad experience with Fujifilm Canada, and why he exited the Fuji X-Photographer ambassador program.

Exposed: Tony Northrup's alternative facts on dual SD card slots

September 17, 2018

I have been a critic of Tony Northrup, a popular YouTube photography gear reviewer and spec sheet analyst, for some time. His channel which has morphed into a money making machine, has very little to do with the art of photography (check his portfolio and you will realize that he's not really a master of his domain). In his videos however he's often portraying himself as a teacher of photography, and selling various books on that topic. Unfortunately his books sell, because many people are naive enough to think that a high YouTube subscriber count equals to high photography skills. Nothing could be further from the truth here.

Analysis of Nikon, Canon, Sony and Fuji, and the interchangeable lens camera market

September 14, 2018

In September 2018 Nikon and Canon entered the mirrorless full frame market. Nikon with their Z7 and Z6, two identical bodies with slightly different specs, and Canon with their single EOS R camera. Both Nikon and Canon designed completely new lens mount systems for these cameras, promising faster and sharper glass in the future. While these cameras are no slouches, they are not flagships, but they certainly come with a premium price tag. Sony, the market leader in full frame mirrorless cameras is for the first time facing real competition, and is most likely preparing to counter. Rumor has it that  Panasonic is entering the full frame mirrorless market as well, so things will definitely get interesting. Then there’s also Fuji with their crop-sensor cameras popular as second bodies among enthusiasts who typically shoot with real cameras from Nikon and Canon.

New iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr prices in Taiwan

September 13, 2018

Apple just announced their latest iPhones (the Xs, Xs Max, and the Xr), and boy are the prices unbelievably high: The most top of the line model with 512 GB internal storage costs 1500 USD or 52,900 NTD! That's way over the average salary of Taiwanese people, especially those outside of Taipei. Nevertheless, I believe these phones will be a hit in Taiwan. Most people will buy them subsidized, and probably the entry level version with less storage.

Excellent Nikon Z7 reviews by Ricci Chera

September 8, 2018

Ricci Chera is a member of the Nikon School UK, a team of people working for Nikon, that is conducting workshops and seminars in London. Privately he is a landscape and wildlife photographer (here is his Instagram). He's recently started his own YouTube channel "Ricci Talks", and has shared several video reviews of the new Nikon Z7 camera with real world testing. Let me share them with you here.