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  1. 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.
  2. 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. 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..
  3. Very crisp (photo), matching the season. Thanks for the story too.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Cape Hauy in SE Tasmania

    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.
  8. The Candle Stick

    This is the detail of the Candle Stick which some adventurous types climb.
  9. 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.
  10. Hi Marco, the buildings have different architects. The "South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute" building was designed by an Australian firm called Woods Bagot. The Singapore one is by DP Architects. What tends to happen is that they all subscribe to the same glossy architectural magazines and once something works somewhere, others adapt it to their local conditions. The Singaporean building representing a local fruit is a good adaption. Every leading city now wants a signature building (ie: the Shard in London; the Empire State Building, New York; the Sydney Opera House). Here in Melbourne, we don't have one. We have lane ways, coffee shops and trams. All very understated. There was the case from a few years ago of an Australian architect 'borrowing' the design features of a museum in Berlin for his own museum here. It looked like a copy to us. Rob
  11. Thanks Vic. That makes it 'pop'!! Often I don't have the patience or time to fiddle around with the finer points of post-processing. Even getting a horizon level is often ignored due to a lack of time or concentration. I think I must be the first on the forum to have someone adjust and improve their photos. Must put up more for you to have a go on! Rob
  12. Those round hay bales just attract a photographer like bees to a flower. Some go home dreaming about getting a better pic the next summer. Here's my take on them. I originally had a go of using the x100, but then returned a year or so later and took this with the X-E1, 18-55 zoom attached. The example below doesn't show the detail in the end of the hay bale due to the contrast. The flickr version is better in full screen.
  13. Thanks Veejay for putting up this link. The photos are spectacular and the reviews straightforward. I will have to drag my wife into the study and show her the photos they are that good - and perhaps it will help ease her into accepting my need of a T2 or Pro2 to replace my X-E1.
  14. Thanks Vic, I've looked at the Youtube examples. All very good and now bookmarked. Rob
  15. Hi Veejay. Thanks for putting this up on the site. The music is good - any idea what it is or the details please? Rob
  16. Not bad a photo. Very crisp. A goofy foot surfer too whose expression on his mouth says it all. Where abouts were you shooting?
  17. I see that you are using a 14mm on a X-E1, just like what I do as well. Love the 14mm and the 23mm as well. Love using the 50-140 mm but it is a bit big, but you can't have everything in life.
  18. Queenscliff barracks, Victoria

    Snapped this one as I was about to leave a historic military barracks in Queenscliff, Victoria. It is still in use and was established in 1853 (I think).
  19. Once again, K1W1_Mk2 has succinctly clarified the issues and highlighted a solution. I agree totally. I've bushwalked through rain, had cameras in boats going up rivers and in frozen conditions in Tasmania. A plastic bag, while not particularly elegant, is often the solution. In the humid conditions of a rainforest, it was just a matter of keeping the lens in the old style leather tube with a silicate pillow (which I often just throw out when a new package arrives in the mail). There has also been the occasion when I've used a large umbrella in the rain. The tripod has been set up, the lens put on ideally before leaving the car, or quickly under the umbrella, and then the camera is put on the tripod. My assistant (aka my wife), has been a great assistance when trying to multitask on those occasions.
  20. They get better . . . I am not a little jealous of the atmospheric subject matter and the location.
  21. I would go for the 23mm first. I was on holidays in far north Queensland, Australia, in the tropics during our winter in late June and early July this year. It was beautifully warm. My kit 18-55 lens broke but I had the 23 mm with me (plus other lens: the 14 mm and the 50-140 mm zoom). The 23 mm lens did about 75% of all the photos really well. (My other two lenses with me, the 14mm and 50-140 mm did the rest.) It is a little on the big size, but when it counts, it delivers.