You gotta kiss a lot of frogs

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As they say. And sometimes it seems like frog overload.

As is the case of the backup/second body to the Fuji XPro 1. It’s awesome, not much can touch it in my eyes, but it certainly has its foibles.

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AF  that is perfectly acceptable in a general sense, but too slow for fast moving kids or sports, and, the bug bear of most mirrorless cameras, lens cost. The 55-200mm in Fuji land is about £500, in Sony A mount I just bought similar (in FL, not optically) for £60.

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So I traded a Sony A77 for the budget model A58. It does sport fast AF and cheap lenses are widely available, but it is a frog. Of the worst kind. Has everything I need, looks the part, is ergonomically good, but its just not delivering…

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…….in comparison to the XPro that is.

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Still, I cant let it go. it does what I need it too, but it has sparked conversation in the last couple of days between me and a photog friend, who really does want a second body with the same options as me, but is loath to buy a big ole’ DSLR due to the OVF and lack of live exposure preview (and breath).

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The options are frog like. An SLT like the A58 with flawed IQ due to the fixed mirror, or m43 with the compromised sensor size, and seriously pricey lenses – fast standard f2.8 zoom += £1,000! (and its not a true f2.8 in terms of DOF, although it still gathers the same amount of light in terms of low light shooting).

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What’s a girl to do?

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P.S I did sneak a couple of Fuji shots in.



2 comments on “You gotta kiss a lot of frogs

  1. marla2008 says:

    I still think you should hunt a bargain on the Fuji tele, and not put up with any cruder IQ that needs to be. The cheap A58 isn’t all that cheap once you’ve turned it into a system. The premium to get the awesome Fuji zoom is probably well worth it, with the bonus of staying with one mount and one user interface ?…

  2. I absolutely agree. But as we discussed, the A58 is a throwaway DSLT that I can pass off to Casey should Fuji address the AF need for me in the near future. The IQ is crude for sure, but for the two uses I have for it, the price to performance ratio makes it a viable purchase. 🙂

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