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  1. DSCF6445-001.JPG - Pat Handley

    Yes! I forgot about the lighting. This is the other key element that makes this picture sing by enhancing the 3-dimensionality of the portrait and texture of the skin and hair.
  2. DSCF6445-001.JPG - Pat Handley

    John, this is a nice image. It has a good framing (I think a vertical one could also have been good), sharp subject, smooth background, nailed exposure, but most important timely capture of this gentlemen in an expressive moment of thoughtfulness. Thank you for sharing.
  3. New 80mm f2.8 macro official announcement

    My first reaction is: way too big and heavy for a 80mm f/2.8. Granted, it has all the possible bell and whistles one could think off (WR, OIS, 1:1 macro capability, ... ) and I have no doubt its image quality is super-stellar. And yet, ... I was really hoping they were making something a little (maybe just a little) lighter and smaller than the already big 90mm f/2.0. Instead, they made it even bigger and heavier than that! At this point I think those looking for a small and modern (i.e. not adapted) macro lens for the X-series cameras will just need to look again at the venerable 60mm f/2.4 or wait and hope for a Mk II version of this lens with faster autofocus, possibly WR, and (since they are at it) a more conventional filter-thread size.
  4. XT-2 Strange Shutter Noise

    If both lenses create the same sound, then I think it comes from the camera. However, in your original post you also wrote that both cameras (X-T2 and X-T10) make the odd sound. To sort things out, at this point I think you should really do a comparative test with some other cameras of the same type, either asking someone that has the same, or going to a shop with your equipment and compare it with new ones.
  5. XT-2 Strange Shutter Noise

    Shaun, welcome to this forum. It seems very odd that a lens (by the way, which lens?) changes dramatically the shutter sound of the cameras to which it is attached. You can try to do the reverse: i.e. to install a different lens on both cameras and hear if their shutter sound returns to "normal". If so, then try again with the "suspect" lens and hear if the shutter sound goes back to "strange". If indeed it turns out that the lens is responsible of this, then there may be something strange with the lens rather than the camera. By the way, on the topic of shutters changing sound, if really a shutter does so it may be a sign of its malfunction. When I was still using film cameras my Minolta X-500 at some point started to make a metallic sound when firing the shutter. Sure enough, few days later the shutter had a sudden jam and the camera needed to be sent for repair.
  6. Main differences between X-Pro2 and X-T2

    EOBeav, if you do not mind having a smaller camera, another option is for you to wait few more days until the rumored announcement (7 September) of the X-E3 which could have better performance than both the X-Pro2 and X-T2 (see http://www.fujirumors.com/fujifilm-x-e3-will-improved-af-tracking-even-better-fujifilm-x-t2/ ).
  7. Sunday Morning Flowers

    Merlin, yes, I actually meant 3 and 4. Thanks for the explanation.
  8. Sunday Morning Flowers

    Merlin, thank you for sharing. As noted before, taking pictures of flowers in open shade or with an overcast sky helps to saturate their color and to make them more appealing even if in this case some of them are somewhat past the moment of their maximum splendor. Also, something looks really odd in the rendition of the out-of-focus flowers in the background of pictures 2 and 3. Any idea?
  9. Landscape and Astro Gear Advice

    Some additional suggestions. A polarizing (PL) filter may be (sometimes very) useful in landscape photography to saturate the colors especially of grass/leaves and of the sky. Online you may find many detailed explanations of how PL filters work, e.g. one in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polarizing_filter_(photography). Since a PL filter reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor (about half than without it), in some ways it can also double as a moderate ND filter or it can be combined with a ND to increase its light-reduction effect. To avoid surprises buy a good quality PL filter as these are more complex than than other types (they typically consists of two external optical-glass plates between which the polarizing material is sandwiched). For the tripod, assuming you are oriented for a light-weight one, I am referring you to the topic below in this forum: Please note that light-weight tripods have made significant progress in recent years. While they can not be as massively stable as larger ones, for a fraction of their size and weight recent travel tripods can be surprisingly stable especially supporting lighter cameras/lenses like those of the Fuji X series. Some come already with a ball head incorporating a bubble level and the ability to do panorama by rotating the whole head around the vertical axis without disturbing the setting of the ball. For instance, lately I came across a very positive review of the Bilora ColoruredPod (manufacturer webpage: https://translate.google.com.sg/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://www.bilora.de/index.php/coloured-pod-details&prev=search ; Google-translated from the original page in German). I am not an expert about photo backpacks. I believe they are great for hiking but less so for taking pictures as many of them need to be removed from the shoulder in order to access their content. That said, I understand there are some exceptions that somehow allow reaching a camera without too much inconvenience. You may wish to make some search and, above all, personally try some of them to make sure they work for you. I hope this will help.
  10. Landscape and Astro Gear Advice

    JMA, before you waste time and money buying stuff, let us know what tripod, lenses, filters, bags and accessories you already have. Some of them may already be suitable for your needs.
  11. This Evening's Sunset

    Well done. This is truly a glorious glow and you made it ... well, shine!
  12. Fleurs du Matin

    Nicely done @merlin. I particularly like the first one (for its subdue, pastel colors) and the third one (for the opposite: vivid, contrasting colors). In my opinion these are much better than some other pictures of flowers you recently posted. Using soft, diffused natural light (e.g. in an overcast day) does much more justice to flowers than the harsher light from a nice, clear sky.
  13. Fuji 200mm will be f2

    I agree, unless such a prime would be appreciably smaller/lighter than the 55-200. Nevertheless it may not make enough of a market case as nowadays I see few 300mm f/4.0 or so full-frame lenses (e.g. the highly regarded Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR). It is obvious that with a 200mm f/2.0 Fuji squarely aims to compete with the 300mm f/2.8 big guns from Canon and Nikon.
  14. Fuji 200mm will be f2

    If true, that will be a monster lens. Some will be thrilled by it (maybe less when they will try to carry it around all day, let alone pay for it). Regardless of f/2.0 or f/2.8, this will not be a big deal for the rest of us if, as done for other prime lenses, Fuji will later release a compact and affordable f/4.0 or f/4.5 version of this focal length, best if OIS.
  15. Deer cabbage

    Nice image overall. The flower buds in the background and the traversing leaf are a little distracting , but not by much because they are somewhat out of focus and, on the other hand, one can say that they add context to me main flower. I particularly like the rendition of the out of focus background. What lens did you use?