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About DanBailey

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    Anchorage, Alaska

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    X-T2, X-T1, X-T10, X70
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    14, 18, 27, 35 f/2, 56, 90, 18-135, 50-140, 55-200, 100-400
  1. @Big T Thanks Tom, I hope you enjoy the guide. And I'm 49 yrs young and I'm still learning too.
  2. @Dismason I looked at your gallery, those are great hockey photos!! And I agree, the Fuji 35mm is one of my favorite lenses too. Keep up the good work!
  3. As most of us already know, the Fuji image files look awesome. To be fair, image files from any camera these days will look really good, but there's something really special about the way the Fujifilm X Series cameras portray color and tone. While the Fuji image processors play a part in this, much of the Fuji mojo is due to the X-Trans sensor. With its proprietary non-Bayer pattern design, the X-Trans sensor reproduces color in a unique way that's different from the way it's done in just about every other digital camera. In my search to figure out what's really going on here, it occurred to me, (and was verified by a few of the Fuji reps and engineers), that the X-Trans sensor is actually very "film-like." It's much more so than most other sensors, and this is no accident. In designing the X-Trans sensor, the Fuji engineers looked back as much as they looked forward. Trying to preserve the heritage and legacy of traditional photography, they designed the "random" array on the X-Tran sensor so that it resembles the randomness of film. As we know, film was essentially silver halide glitter that was poured into a bowl of jelly and smeared onto a plastic base. There was nothing "regular" about the way grain looked in film, and although the X-Trans sensor isn't totally random, it does closely match the look of actual film grain, especially when it comes to the distribution of the green sensitive pixels. Compare that with an actually cross section of Autochrome Lumiere film from the early 1900s. It's amazing how close the pattern looks to the X-Trans sensor pattern. Also, compare the two image below, one is a scan from a Velvia slide, and the other is JPEG file from the X-T2. You can see an expanded version of this topic on my blog, along with more image examples. I've even got a side by side comparison of the grain in ACROS next to the old T-MAX 3200 film. I'm fascinated by this idea, let me know your thoughts! Below: An enlargement of the grain on an original Fujifilm Velvia slide film image. Below: An enlargement of an X-T2 JPEG file.
  4. It should. I've used Nikon flashes in the hot shoe of my X-T2 and it works fine. Your Yongnuo trigger is talking to the other flashes, which is separate from the camera. In effect, the X-T2 is out of the loop, except for just firing the initial flash, or in your case, trigger. That in turn, triggers the other lights. As long as you can get a flash signal from the X-T2, any trigger or combination of flashes and triggers should work in manual mode.
  5. The new NP-126S batteries for the X-T2 are pretty much identical as the old ones, with one exception- they've been designed to dissipate heat a little better for shooting 4K video. When I got my X-T2, I just threw the battery in the drawer with all of my other NP-126 batteries, and use it interchangeably without much thought. If you're shooting lots of 4K video, you'd definitely want the new NP-126S, but if not, you'll probably have fine results with good generic batteries. I use older NP-126 batteries in my X-T2 all the time with no problem or loss of performance.
  6. The X70 does indeed come with its own charger, but you can use any USB cable. I've charged it (the battery) from the wall, car, solar panels, computer and external battery pack.
  7. @excalibur2811 Thanks, glad you enjoyed my guide! What do you like to shoot?
  8. @peterjones Nice! I like this collection. India might be the most awesome place in the world to do street photography. I really like the portrait of the two girls and the striking side profile of the woman just above- that one has such amazing tonality and moment.
  9. Hi @Rachel, thanks for downloading my guide. I hope you find it useful! What kind of photography do you like to shoot?
  10. Thanks @MarcoDebiasi. Don't think of it like an eBook, think of it as a PDF manual. @Custy T Mode is one of the more useful features on the X Series cameras, although it's not always clear to people what it does. @mikescri Thanks for putting this idea forward, I'd love it if the guide were easily available to newcomers. I'm glad you think it's worth of flagging.
  11. Hi everyone- I wrote a free PDF guidebook designed to help people become more familiar with the X Series camera. It's called FUJIFILM TIPS and TRICKS: My 10 Favorite Settings for the X Series Cameras. Given all of the different features and modes cameras have, and considering how powerful they are when you really get a handle on what they can do, I decided to outline some the settings I use most often in my photography and highlight a few of of the features I feel maximize the capabilities of the X Series. During almost five years of use, I've gotten to know the system pretty well, and I'm happy to share my knowledge and experience with other photographers. Also, since everyone has a different style, feel free to share your own favorite tips and settings, as I'm sure some of you have a few that I haven't thought of. Enjoy!
  12. I love the XF27, because it's a very sharp lens, and it's extremely compact. It defiantly makes a great all around and travel lens, and it's very fast with regards to AF. However, during the past few months, the new XF35mm f/2 WR has taken its place in my kit. It's a tiny bit bigger, but weather sealed, and the 35 comes with a hood, whereas the 27 does not. If WR is not a concern and you're going for the smallest kit possible, the 27 is great little lens and it's a little wider in viewpoint than the 35.
  13. Nice!! I've used the TC with excellent results on my 50-140, and I just got the 100-400, so I'm excited to try it out on that one as well! @TonyF If you have the firmware update for the X-E2, the bigger lenses and TC should work fine. Keep in mind, that body has a smaller buffer than the X-T1/X-Pro 2, but if you're not shooting a large series of RAW files in CH, it should perform pretty well.
  14. @SnapPuppy I know what you mean. It's horribly tempting every time they come out with a new piece of gear. I'd say go, you won't regret getting the 90.