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Sweet little sister; a Fujifilm X-T20 hands-on review

I had the opportunity (courtesy of Fujifilm Hellas) to test-drive the latest addition to the X-cameras line, the new XT20. During the few days I had the camera at my disposal, I tried to use it exactly as I’d use my “regular” bodies, so you can rest assured this is as “real world” review as it gets.

I have used this camera’s predecessor in a few instances in the past, but, to tell the truth, the difference with the latest X-Pro2/X-T2 capabilities was getting quite apparent lately. The X-T10 was certainly a success in the market, as it appealed to shooters in search of a small, well build, highly capable mirrorless body, with the popular “SLR” style. It is also more than obvious that the X-T10 was targeting the medium-level cameras from the Olympus/Panasonic and Sony competition. Cheaper but still close to prosumer level bodies are desirable to a lot of users, either as nice enthusiast primary camera, or as a secondary body for DSLR and high-end mirrorless shooters.

Sigma starts a mirrorless system, Olympus FF rumors and some thoughts on mirrorless camera design

There are rumors surrounding some recent Olympus patents, concerning lenses capable of covering the full 35mm size sensor . There are currently patents filed for a number of prime lenses, all at very bright (f/1.4) apertures.

Now, this is certainly not a direct indication that Olympus is "going full frame". Companies apply for patents all the time; sometimes it's only for the reason of "locking" a particular optical design (for lenses) or an idea for a camera component (e.g. an autofocus system). Indeed, we have seen patents from Olympus during the last several years that led to nothing in actual production.

My Fuji vs. Olympus catch-22

Regular readers of this blog would know that I use both Olympus and Fuji cameras. I may happen to occasionally use another brand, but it will probably be for testing/review purposes. Although I started shooting Olympus m43 cameras exclusively more than 3 years ago, during the last year or so I also entered the X-System and, today, use is practically equally divided between the two.

Dominance and Submission: Sony delivers the ultimate mirrorless political statement

I hate to say "I told you so".

But I told you so, a while back. Sony is poised on becoming the digital-era Kodak.

Sony announced the next logical step in their a7 line. All data can be found over their dedicated minisite, and, frankly, all over the Internets. More so than just a new exciting technological achievement, the a7Rii is, in my view, a remarkable political statement.  And let's not forget that Politics is just War by other means.

Mirrorless cross-dressers (and why there is a problem with that)

Regular readers of this blog, are already aware that we take a “militant” pro-mirrorless stance. Nice word this: Militant . Most often used by people annoyed that you have arguments to support your position and insist on using them. No worries though; history teaches that yesterday’s “terrorists” become today’s “freedom fighters”, and vice versa. So we will continue to support mirrorless as the current and future photographic technology of choice, regardless.

In that vein, please consider this article, as well as others to follow, as part of my personal “mirrorless manifesto”.

Mighty IBIS

We are so used to using acronyms in our daily lives, that we perhaps sometimes miss some quite interesting free form associations they might imply. Consider, for example, the In Body Image Stabilization system for digital cameras, also known as I.B.I.S.