robthebruce

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  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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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)
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Yes, a tilt screen too. Sorry for the oversight. Very handy for hip shots, overhead and when its on a low tripod.