Value Angle of Mirrorless Cameras Explained and Compared

At the last Fujifilm X summit (which we covered and sumed up for you here), Fujifilm talked to us about the “value angle”.

The value angle is not a weird concept invented by Fujifilm, but a factor that influences the whole design and development of a camera system, as well as image quality.

In short: the wider the value angle, the more precise and easier a lens can send light to the sensor. A wider value angle gives more flexibility for lens design and allows for more light and less digital correction.

As you can see below, Fujifilm X has a huge value angle and Sony Full Frame an extremely small value angle, which is why Sigma said that it is a challenge to develop full frame lenses for Sony, especially high quality ones.

Chart below provided by the German site docma.

In German we refer to Full Frame as "Kleinbild" (small format)

In German we refer to Full Frame as “Kleinbild” (small format)

If you want to get an anology with a soccer player hitting the ball, in order to understand it better, we can get the help of an article appeared at the German site docma many months ago.

Google translated version down below.

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The Ultimate Fujifilm NP-W126S vs Third Party Batteries Battle

Fujifilm Batteries

We have already reported about Dom Varney’s articles “Powering the Fujifilm X-T3” and “Fujifilm NP-W126S Battery Counterfeits – A Visual Guide to Spotting the Fakes“.

He now also published the most comprehensive guide to Fujifilm original and third party batteries I have ever seen on the web so far.

The tested batteries are:

It’s a massive write-up, impossible to sum up quickly. So I’ll just share a short excerpt:

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Capture One Pro 12 with FUJIFILM Film Simulations Released and TESTED vs Lightroom and In Camera

Capture One Pro 12

If you were waiting for Capture One Pro to add Fujifilm film simulation support, well, then your day to get the newly released Capture One Pro 12 has come! And of course you save 10% with code AMBFR on the standalone version, and 5% with code AMBFR on the subscription model.

NOTE: Apparently film simulations work only with cameras that feature an X-Processor Pro or X-Processor 4, so X-Pro2, X-T2, X-T20, X-H1, X-T3, X-E3, X100F, GFX50S and GFX5oR. Check out the full list here.

If you purchased Capture One Pro 11 from the 1st of November and later, you will get a free upgrade to Capture One Pro 12.

But Capture One Pro 12 adds more than just Fujifilm film simulation profiles.

Improvements, new features and new tools in Capture One 12

  • Powerful, refined interface
  • Revamped menu system
  • Luminosity masking
  • Linear Gradient Mask
  • Radial Gradient Mask
  • Redesigned Keyboard Shortcut manager
  • New plug-in ecosystem
  • Fujifilm Film Simulation support
  • Extended AppleScript support

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Film Simulation Comparison

I have made a quick comparison between in-camera, Lightroom and Capture One Pro film simulation, based on the last Capture One Beta software available. I will re-test it with the final version, and update this article, if I see relevant changes.

IMPORTANT NOTES

NOTE 1: Images are compressed for web use. Hence, you might notice artifacts in some images
NOTE 2: I have bumped up the “Light Falloff” slider in Capture One Pro 12 to match the vignetting of Lightroom and In-Camera
NOTE 3: I can apply ETERNA to my Fujifilm X-E3 in Capture One, but since I can’t create ETERNA files in my Fuji X-E3 or in Lightroom, I will skip this comparison

IC = In Camera
C1 = Capture One
LR = Lightroom

CONCLUSIONS

Both, Capture One and Lightoom, make a very good job.

However, looking at the high-resolution images on my retina display, I consider Capture One film simulations a bit more faithful to the original Fujifilm film simulations, since Lightroom tends to add a tiny bit too much warmth to the images.

There are only two film simulations, where the warmer Lightroom images are a slightly more faithful to the original Fuji film simulations: Acros and Monochrome.

Keep in mind I used a Beta C12 version, and Phase One might have fine tuned it further in the meantime.

SAMPLES (and What’s NOT Included)

Here is the In-Camera vs Capture One vs Lightroom Fujifilm film simulation comparison.

For the sake of your readability (and page loading time), I compared all film simulations, except for Monochrome Standard/Y/G/R, Acros R/G/Y and Pro Neg Hi.

I have all the comparisons done, so if you absolutely insist, I can upload them. But I think the images down below already show how good Capture One’s film simulations are. And you can always download the free 30 days Capture One Pro 12 trial, and play around with them by yourself.

And beware: those who ask in the comments for a Sepia comparison, will be immediately banned ;).

With that said, these are boring images (the ones I am proud of I share them on my Instagram), but I think they are good images to compare the film simulations.

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Fujifilm X-T3 vs Sony A7III, Nikon Z7, Canon EOSR Video Autofocus and High ISO Comparison

Max Yuryev compared the high ISO and video autofocus performance of the Fujifilm X-T3, Sony A7III, Canon EOS R, Nikon Z7.

Are you ready? Then check out the videos down below.

Fujifilm X-T3: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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CONTINUOUS VIDEO AUTOFOCUS

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Tony Northrup Color Sciene Comparison: Fujifilm vs Canon vs Sony vs Nikon – “Fujifilm Most Hated Brand. Sony Wins, Fuji Second”

Color Sciene

Tony Northrup launched a poll, where people voted which images they considered had the best colors.

He starts off analysing, if we just think a certain camera has the best colors because of brand loyalty.

So what he did is the following: sometimes he labeled pictures with numbers, and sometimes he put the fake brand names on the same images that don’t even match up to the pictures.

The results:

  1. Canon has the highest brand loyalty. Canon users picked an image 3.1 times more likely if marked with “Canon” than with a number, even though it was not a Canon image
  2. Sony 2.2x
  3. Nikon 1.5x
  4. Fujifilm 1.4x – the lowest brand loyalty. Tony says “maybe Fujifilm users are the most rational people

92% of people picked a different image when numbered or marked with brand name, showing that there was no consistency.

Interestingly, the most popular image when it was numbered (the Nr.1) suddenly became the least popular, when Tony wrote “Fujifilm” on it, even though it was exactly the same picture. It seems there is a lot of hate for Fujifilm by Sony, Canon and Nikon users out there.

Tony speculates that this is because Fujifilm users tend to be the meanest of all and can be very hostile, and kind of give “the whole brand a bad name“.

On the contrary, Fujifilm users downvoted only Sony, and not Canon and Nikon, which tells us about the brand rivalry.

Then back to the colors. He says “fake colors” are ok. People don’t upvote the most realistic colors, which is normal. In one example, the Nikon got the colors completely wrong, much to warm, and people voted it the best.

Color science is overblown, because if you see pictures individually, they are just fine. But photographers tend to compare.

White balance is more important than color science. When he adjusted white balance in post, results where much more balanced.

Tony says he adjusts colors in post anyway, so he never really cared much about “color science”.

The results for the best colors:

  1. Sony (1,336)
  2. Fujifilm (227)
  3. Nikon (-518)
  4. Canon (-605)

Read also

  • fujirumors.com – Sony A9 Vs. Fujifilm X-T2: Who Has Better Colors?
  • fujirumors.com – Fujifilm X-T2 vs Nikon D500 Shootout: Fujifilm X-T2 Wins Overall… and The Fuji Colors Rock Again (at Least For Me)
  • fujirumors.com – The Great JPEG Shootout by TheCameraStoreTV

NOTE – Film Simulations Anyone?

I hope I will not pass for hostile and mean if I point this out, but what about film simulations?

Fujifilm is renown and loved for its color science, not because they created the universal profile that is best for everything, but because they offer the film simulations, which are created to give the best results in different shooting situations or to create a certain mood. Velvia for landscapes, Astia for skin tones, Acros for black and white, Classic Chrome for a vintage touch and when the story should stand out more than the colors, Sepia for nothing ;) etc…

And while I get the point that you can change colors in post, if the camera itself offers you a great starting point, then you simply have less work to do in post, which can save you a lot of time. We should not underestimate the value of passing less time on the computer editing images ;).

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