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« on: May 06, 2012, 04:44:41 PM »
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Wondering if anyone can tell me what I'm doing wrong. I'm shooting this camera with the upgraded firmware applied to body and to the lens.
I have chosen the custom info display in shooting mode. I have from there also gone into the shooting menu to designate which items (histogram, level,etc) I wish to have displayed in either the EVF/LCD or in the OVF. While the selected items display as requested on the LCD screen (particularly the histogram and level), my selections do not display in either OVF or EVF.

If there's another setting I need to adjust to make this happen, it's far from obvious what it is.

Advice welcomed.

Michael Sebastian
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2012, 08:15:42 PM »
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Well, further tinkering revealed the answer. If this was clearly covered somewhere in the manual, then forgive me for having wasted anyone's time.

My camera was in "eye sensor" VF mode when I applied these settings previously. Evidently the camera has to be in viewfinder-only VF mode in order for the selections for the 2 viewfinder modes to "take". So I cycled thru the VF modes to get to viewfinder-only mode, then cycled with the front lever to both EVF and OVF modes. I then went back to the shooting menu and verified the selected items to display for each mode. Voila, now my choices were displayed in each VF configuration.

I really didn't change any settings, so I'm not sure exactly what action on my part "fixed" things. It may have simply been cycling through all the modes and opening and closing the custom display submenu in the shooting menu that somehow did it.

Odd behavior.

On another note, I have to say now that I've had the camera for a bit, I'm starting to get the hang of it. I'm having very little difficulty with the AF as yet, which seems to be the primary complaint everyone has about this camera. I can't say for sure whether the firmware upgrade did anything for the AF, as was speculated. The image quality from this camera is really, really good. My only previous experience of APS-C sensors was in the D300, and this camera is vastly better in color rendition and subjective overall image quality. There's a creamy smoothness that was utterly lacking in the D300.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2012, 03:14:43 AM »
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Hi Michael,

I picked up an X-Pro 1 with the 35/1.4 lens last week and immediately liked it very much.  Almost like shooting with my Leica M3, M6 and M7 in days of old.  I'm so convinced, this camera is right for me, that yesterday I bought those other two Fujifilm lenses, the 60/2.4 and 18/2.0.

I encountered some AF complications using the 35mm lens.  When trying to focus (using the smallest AF rectangle setting) on a pole or tree trunk, the AF constantly insisted focusing on the background.  That was using the OVF.  But when switching to the EVF (of which I'm not overly fond), the focus point actually worked as I had intended.  As mentioned, that was with the 35mm lens.  I found no such behavior with the 60mm lens (yet).

When I first brought the camera home, the battery still had charge so I immediately used it to shoot images of my 10-year old neighbor with her horse.  It was evening and the sky had noticeably darkened.  Pushing ISO to 800 and shooting wide open, the jpeg images were really nice.  I converted them b&w and added a slight sepia tone.  I'm eagerly awaiting ACR's support for the X-Pro 1's raw files.

This camera has seemingly transported me back to the best days of shooting analog with my Leica Ms.  But with the addition of AF.  My eyesight isn't as I was then and I found focusing the M8 an unpleasant task.  Hope the positive experiences last.

Mike
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2012, 04:16:56 AM »
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The focusing with OVF requires some getting used to, and when trying to focus on something close and small on a distant background you have to learn to "lead" the focus a bit, as the exact focusing spot depends on the distance (parallax...). The auxiliary close-focus focusing frame helps, it must be turned on. It is also useful to check the distance scale in the viewfinder to make sure it shows something believable.

OT: I made some tests with my X-Pro1 shooting the same scene with ISOs from 200 to 6400 and also underexposing the 200 ISO frame 1-5 stops. Like I suspected it is possible to adjust the underexposed frames to look almost the same as the ones shot at 3200 and 6400 ISO. It seems not to really matter much if the pictures are taken at high ISO or underexposed and fixed in RAW converter and LR4. In the first case the amplification is done before writing the data to card, in the later case in the computer. This phenomenon is quite clear in DR graphs, where one stop of DR is lost for each step towards higher ISO. These sensors are really one speed only, then DR is sacrificed in step with "higher sensitivity", which in reality the sensor does not have. All DR graphs for all cameras seem to have the same 1:1 slope after a certain ISO value, so this observation is not about X-Pro1 only.
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