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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. Several weeks ago I bought a second hand XF 18 mm f2.0. It gave the camera a new lease of life. I much prefer using the primes at the moment on it and I'm still learning things about the camera which are buried deep within its menus.
  2. Somethings look better for aging - be they a gate latch or even the face of those who have loved life and lived gracefully. This gate latch was in Queenscliffe, Victoria, a historic seaside town and it was due to the salt of its seaside location, that has caused it to rust profusely. The sharpness also highlights the capability of the 18-55 lens at f4.5, ISO 400. I have shaky hands and the IS was very useful.
  3. Not all expensive houses once started, are finished. For about 10 years this one stood uncompleted. I am not certain of the reasons for its incompletion. The usual reasons are because the builder went broke; the owner died, the owner's marriage broke up or the owner lost their money in poor investments. The block has been cleared 9 months ago. It stood on a street with multi-million dollar houses opposite it, on one of Melbourne's top 10 most expensive streets.
  4. I have a Canon FD 50 lens f1.4 in perfect condition. It gives an incentive to buy one of the adapters to try out. It might save the cost of the XT 56mm f1.2.
  5. Hi John. Like you I still miss my x100. My daughter has been using it for the past five years without any problems after she left home and I gave it to her when I purchased a X-E1. She is now living in Indonesia and taking beautiful pictures with it, so despite concerns that it is not 'weather sealed', it still continues to perform very ably. Perhaps the solution for the aging codgers (like us) reading this is that we get two x100F bodies: one to be used as 23mm and the other with either of the two additional add on lenses that make it 18mm or 35mm. (Try explaining that to your spouse.) I am off to a 60th birthday party tomorrow and would love to have a x100 in hand as the fill in flash is brilliant; people ask if it is an old school film one and they all relax when I start snapping them.
  6. Gorgeous colour and softness. The pictures in the gallery have picked up in the last few days and this is one of them.
  7. Still using it. People might complain about the lack of speed in focusing and its accuracy, but tonight editing pictures in LR and SilkyPix Raw File Converter - is slower than the camera.
  8. This house is about one kilometre away from the first. It is still notionally occupied as it has a car parked in front of the gate most days and the gate is openned.
  9. In our local area (Mont Albert North, Melbourne), we have signs warning us of snakes around the parks. In my backyard which fronts onto a bicycle pathway, I had a Blue tongued lizard living for several years. Sadly it seems to have disappeared. I don't mind snakes as I grew up in the country. I just don't like them in the house.
  10. The suburb where I live in Melbourne, Australia, is one of the more expensive to buy into. It costs approximately 1.2 million Australian dollars to purchase a house like the one shown in this photo (for what is just a basic house). Surrounding this house are many which are multi-million dollar houses. For example, one just around the corner has 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and has a solid sandstone exterior in a Neo-Georgian style. In contrast to the new glitzy houses, are some where the owners are aging or have sold up and moved out. Some people have been purchasing houses and simply leaving them for several years as they have appreciated by 8 - 15% per annum, which is better capital gain than money in the bank or on the share market. The result has been foreign investors, mostly from China, buying up the property for this reason. Over the next few week's I'll put some more photos up of 'urban decay' and others which were abandoned.
  11. I have an X-E1. It is my only camera now as my x100 (THE Original one), has gone to my daughter who is working overseas. The x100 is a reliable workhorse for her and has served her well for many years now. But back to my X-E1. The biggest limitation is how slow the viewfinder takes to refresh. To overcome this when taking portraits, I set it to 3ps and blaze away. It is not too good shooting into the sun (as the viewfinder doesn't cope that well), but I'm inclined to do this regularly due to the quality of the Fuji glass that copes really well. But it does good panoramas. The other limitation is that it still tends to focus on the background, not the object or face. I often put it into manual to overcome this frustration. I use the 14mm, 23 f1.4 and the 50-140 f2.8. Occasionally I also use the 18-55. When I purchased it, the camera was $1,200 Aust dollars and included the kit zoom - which at the time was selling for about $750 I think, so the body cost $450. The X-E2 had been released so it was about $150 cheaper than the combination of the E2 and kit lens. It has been really reliable. No problems at all. I often use it in national parks on 3 to 4 day walks. Lack of weather sealing has not been a problem. I use a plastic bag or wear it under my large bushwalking coat. Towards the end of the year I intend upgrading to the T2 and purchasing a 50 f2.0 at the same time. My intention is to carry only the 14, 23 and the 50 walking. I used to use more of the features like the customised menus and settings on the x100 than on the X-E1. Not sure why, but with only the one lens, one body on the x100, I learnt to use every possible feature to make it work as my camera. I used the x100 for 18 months before buying the X-E1. I haven't regretted it, but would like the quicker refresh rate and better focusing ability which the new 24 mp provides on the T2. I've noticed that most of the failures to take a decent picture with the X-E1 are not due to the camera, but the operator not being in the mental space of thinking about what he is doing at the time. I have considered buying the new X100F but have decided not to at this stage as I like the flexibility which interchangeable lens provide. Another consideration is that I think it is easier to swap a lens on the X-E1 or T2, than screw on the two lens which make the x100F function as 18 mm or 35 mm.
  12. 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.