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About robthebruce

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    Melbourne, Australia

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    X100; X E1
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    XF 14mm; XF 18-55; XF 50-140.
  1. My 18-55 rolled and fell of a bookshelf onto a carpeted floor from about 1.5 m off the floor a year ago. It seem to work when I put it on to test it. Several days later I went on a holiday and found the same error message appeared when I put it on. I deducted that it was something on the inside of the lens which had been moved due to the jolt. Fortunately I had my 23 f1.4 and other lenses to use. A quick trip to the Fuji repairs fixed it - and they cleaned it so it was like new again. I could not believe how much of a difference it looked after a good clean. Added bonus: it was repaired under an extended warranty I purchased when I bought the camera 4 years earlier, so the warranty paid for itself.
  2. Taken with my original x100. That little camera forced me to really work at getting a picture as the option of changing lenses was not on the menu settings. Just loved it for this reason. I still consider getting a new one like the x100F for this reason.
  3. Here in Australia we commemorate the landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli in Turkey on the 25 April 1915. It marked our entry into the First World War. John Simpson Kirkpatrick was a was a stretcher bearer with the 1st Australian Division during the Gallipoli Campaign in World War I. After landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, Simpson began to use donkeys to provide first aid and carry wounded soldiers to the beach, for evacuation. Simpson and the donkeys continued this work for three and a half weeks, often under fire, until he was killed, during the Third attack on Anzac Cove. "Simpson and his Donkey" are a part of the "Anzac legend". (Wikipedia)
  4. My quick comment is that the 50-140 f2.8 is good, but heavy to cart around. (It weighs 1 kg or 2.2 lbs.) Depending on what you are doing, I would go for a X-T2 with a second hand 56 mm, and a 16 or 14mm. To cover the in between focal length, a 23mm for general things in either a 23, f2.0 or the f1.4. I use the 1.4, its very good, but slower to focus than the 2.0, The 23, f1.4 is about twice the cost and twice the weight of the f2.0 as well. An alternative is to simply buy a x100 F which gives you a 23mm f2.0 on a fantastic body. People doing weddings find they can use the x100 in its various editions for most things and the extra body with a 56 mm is used for portraits. Two bodies saves stopping to change lenses and the x100 can be used on silent especially in churches. If you need to cover a big group shot, the 16 or 14 mm on the second body can cover it. (Also, a 14mm is cheaper than a 16mm whether brand new or second hand, so if you are wanting to put good money into gear, I'd get a T2 and off set its cost with a second hand 16 mm or 14 mm due to less frequent use you will give these two lenses.) Since you are moving across into a new system, I would try to source good, second hand gear until you settle on what you want. There is often someone selling something at a reasonable price. Commercial work is outside my experience, but I guess that until you do your MA, settle into a working life, it will be unclear what your camera needs are likely to be. So on the side of caution, if there is something second hand available, and its in near perfect condition, I would buy it. I find when comparing my ability to use the gear I have with others who shot the same scene, that most of the time it is not the fault of the camera, or its focusing speed, etc, but my lack of brain engagement with what's going on. So trying to find a 'perfect system' or brand of camera is for me not entirely the problem. One only has to compare what is available today compared with the performance of a manual film camera in the past and we are spoilt today for their abilities and choice of performance.
  5. It shows how an 'old lens' can work so well on a young camera. Did you use the 60mm on say the X-Pro1 in the past and do you now find the lens works snappier on the XT2?
  6. Thanks, your observations and comments about how you go about your work were informative and encouraging. You answered some of my questions about using facial recognition and the protocols of photographing people: Do I ask first, or not?
  7. Yes Vic, the x100F has a capability which is overlooked in this regard. It has the standard 23 mm lens, but it can get in very close when set to macro (10cm); switch on the panorama and set to 120 degrees on portrait, and you get a super wide angle lens, then add in the inbuilt tele-converter and in total, the camera offers up to 5 different perspectives. (And if you added on the teleconversion lens it then becomes a 50 and 70 mm FF size. This being said however, I still need the interchangeability of lenses and I want to avoid carrying two bodies around, so an X-E3 would be me solution.
  8. Re: the teleconverter function in the x100F: "Something inherited from its smaller brother, the now discontinued X-70, is the "Digital Teleconverter". When shooting in jpeg only mode, one can shoot in a 35mm (no teleconverter), 50mm and 70mm cropped mode; all of the focal lengths being full frame equivalent. The image output remains a 24MP file, however some pixel interpolation is done in the background to bump up the file to the original resolution. A close look will reveal some degradation of the final image but it is definitively useable and more than just a gimmick. A shame that it doesn't presently (likely never?) work when shooting RAW." Quoted from: He has sample images showing the differences of each setting from 23mm to 35, to 50 mm of the same scene for comparison. Additional information can be found at To use manual focus on the X100F you would need to switch off the teleconverter function.
  9. Yes, a tilt screen too. Sorry for the oversight. Very handy for hip shots, overhead and when its on a low tripod.
  10. What I'd like to see on a new X-E3 would be the 24 mg sensor, etc that we have on the X-Pro and T2 - and all those simulations, especially the ACROS one. But in addition to that I'd like the in-body, telephoto sensor crop so that I could just have my XF 23 1.4 lens on, and then use the sensor crop to get the equivalent of a 35mm lens (50mm FF). Occasionally I like to take just the camera out with only one lens on it for the afternoon or even day, without having to cart around my kit (ie bag of gear), and just having that versatility would be helpful. I like the flatter size of the X-E series and would like to see it continue.
  11. I like using the 18-55 f2.8-4.0 particularly when I'm walking into a national park. Its versatility and weight allow me to cover most situations. I also carry the 14mm f2.8 for the occasional need of a super wide angle shot. (See the image below of the rocks in the harbour in the SW of Tasmania.) However, a telephoto lens is good for picking up a feature, like a house against a background of mountains. A telephoto will also remove the extraneous fore and background details so your eye is led into the feature. For this reason I cart in or carry the 50-140 mm (weighing in a 1 kg or 2.2 lbs). Another approach, I suspect one which is looked down on or undervalued, is to use the panorama mode set to 120 degrees and the camera on portrait (ie: vertically), I then set the 18-55 lens to 18 mm and often get a pleasing result. I've attached two pics using this method. The bottom photo is using the 14mm. At the moment, I am thinking of getting a small telephoto like the 55 f1.2, and also an 18 mm which would be used with my 23mm and 14mm. (I usually leave the 23mm on and only use the 18-55 occasionally.) This would reduce some of the bulk and weight I carry. I was even considering buying the new x100F as it offers: 23 mm lens, big pixels, panorama and the built in telephoto ability. I survived relatively happy with the x100 for 18 months when it came out and got some stunning landscapes using the panorama method as described above.
  12. DP Review gives the x100F a tick of approval. It highlights some of the problems, but no camera is perfect and these, in the end don't prevent it from achieving what it is designed to do.
  13. One question: what was the camera, lens and its settings please?
  14. Yes, it works. Love it. At the moment, here in Australia where its summer, everything is in 'hard light' until dusk. Looking forward to the later part of autumn for the moodiness.