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Everything posted by robthebruce

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Thanks Vic, I've looked at the Youtube examples. All very good and now bookmarked. Rob
  7. Hi Veejay. Thanks for putting this up on the site. The music is good - any idea what it is or the details please? Rob
  8. Not bad a photo. Very crisp. A goofy foot surfer too whose expression on his mouth says it all. Where abouts were you shooting?
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. They get better . . . I am not a little jealous of the atmospheric subject matter and the location.
  13. 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.
  14. The next problem is making the decision about whether one really needs another lens due to the number of great lens which are now available like the 90 mm and the 56 mm. I used to love the 135 FF format (90 mm in Fuji), but I also remember being frustrated by it being 'too long' for some portraits and preferred a shorter telephoto like the 100 mm (56 mm equivalent). I feel a bout of GAS coming on . . . and resulting heavy bag of gear developing.
  15. I bought my 50-140 mm on a different cash back in the past. The 23 mm f1.4 was on another occasion in about February this year, discounted so I bought it then.
  16. I'm still waiting for the tax return credit before I can consider the X-T2 . . . I think I would prefer an X-E3 as I find the 'hump' in the middle of the XT-2 will take up too much room in my camera bag.
  17. Perhaps this is due to the devaluation of the pound and consequential increased cost of importing goods from outside of the UK.
  18. Its memorable, but I am uncertain whether this is due to the picture itself, or the banality of the subject. I can see why you would take it. There is an industrial estate in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne I've been thinking of taking a series of pics of in the early sunlight due to the geometric shapes and landscapes they evoke.
  19. Beautiful. She'll be very proud of this when she is older and looks back on it. I'd be very happy if it was one of my pictures. Rob
  20. Daughter in rainforest pool

    More pics can be found at
  21. Tree on tropical beach

    More pics can be found at
  22. Beach near Mossman, Queensland

    This is the beach the family were sitting on while I was getting eaten by the mossies taking the photo of the tree.