robthebruce

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  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. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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: http://bjornmoerman.blogspot.com.au/2017/01/first-look-fujifilm-x-100f-review.html 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 http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x100f/shooting/digital-telecon/index.html. To use manual focus on the X100F you would need to switch off the teleconverter function.
  10. Yes, a tilt screen too. Sorry for the oversight. Very handy for hip shots, overhead and when its on a low tripod.
  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. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilm-x100f
  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.
  15. Check that you have the latest software updates for your lens working in the camera. You might also have the camera set to manual focus and be pressing the shutter lightly to get it to focus. You have to use the dedicated button which looks like it is the top right button marked AF-L for the T2. (I don't use the T2, but I do use the 50-140 f2.8 lens.) Another thing to consider is what phototomy it is set to. This is controlled in part under the shutter speed dial. You might have it set to a general scene and not spot for example.
  16. I like the digital tele-converter ability of this little camera. With a conversion lens on the front, it acts like a 100 mm lens in 35mm full frame size. http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x100f/shooting/digital-telecon/index.html Add to that the panorama ability, which I've used many times, the one camera, one lens with all its options almost makes my big kit redundant. A hard choice to make between the convenience of the small go everywhere camera and the kit of a X-T2 plus three or four lenses. It is a bit hard to explain to my wife that I 'need' two new camera bodies - x100F and a T2..
  17. Very crisp (photo), matching the season. Thanks for the story too.
  18. Thanks Marco for your encouragement. I could have done some more post-processing to lighten the dark forground but I'm short on time at the moment. The reproduction via the forum makes it darker as well. We had walked 14km earlier that day with our 16kg bushwalking packs from one hut to the one we were staying overnight in. We knew the weather would change that night from the sunny open skies you see to wind and rain, so there would be no point going out the next morning to capture the view. So after the 14 km walk, we left at 3:30 pm and walked another 7.5 kms to get out and take this picture, arriving about 5:30 pm, so there was no option but to shoot into the sun. Then we walked back, arriving about 7:30 pm. In all, for the day, 25 kms were walked. The lens on the X-E1 was the 18-55 f2.8-f4.0, with it shot in panorama mode with it in the portrait format on 120 degrees.
  19. A happy coincidence to see this discussion take place as I was wondering about the combined ability of the 100F digital teleconverter with the TCL as well. I would be quite happy on a long trip to take the 100F, plus the TCT and my X-E1 with the 14mm to give the extra wide angle for the interior of buildings. The combined weight would be considerably less than what I currently take. I was using my X-E1 with the 23mm f 1.4 this week and still miss the 'convenience' of the x100 series and its more stubby and balanced feel. (My daughter has taken the x100 to Indonesia for the year.) The panorama ability of the x100F, especially when using it in 'portrait' format (held vertically), might be enough to dispense with the 14mm entirely like the example below shows. The cost of the new camera could be offset by the sale of a spare lens - like my 23 f1.4.
  20. Thanks for all these comments as I was wondering about getting the 16-55 to replace my 18-55 kit lens. I am generally happy with its performance and speed. I recently returned from another holiday of travel to my favourite state and thought that a better lens might deal with some of the issues I had, but to hear that it makes the camera feel unbalanced and is considerably heavier than the kit lens (18-55), I think I'll give it a miss. The thought of lugging it around for days on end in my shoulder bag has put me off. I had been thinking of selling the 50-140 I have (which is heavy), purchasing the 16-55 and then getting the 90 mm to cover what I would use the 50-140 for. I could survive with this combination, especially with a 1.4x converter for the 90mm. but I don't think much will be improved by doing this. So at this stage, I'll sit and think about things a bit longer.
  21. On a recent four day bushwalk in the SE of Tasmania, this was visited on the final day of the Three Capes Track. In the lower left is the Candle Stick which some people paddle out to using sea kayaks and then climb up. The ultimate challenge.
  22. This is the detail of the Candle Stick which some adventurous types climb.
  23. I loved my Canon FD lenses. I have very fond memories of the 135 f2.5 - such dreamy soft focusing if needed. I also loved the 20 mm f2.5. It was huge - a 'real' lens. As soon as I bought a Fujifilm X-E1 I bought the 14mm to replace what I was missing from my Canon days. The 14 mm is brilliant. The kit which Richard has set up looks impressive and performs well. There might be a rush on Ebay for the Canon 300 f2.8 lens as a result.