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    Fuji xT1
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    18-55, 55-200
  1. Firmware v3

    If you are using the single focus point be sure in dark light to have it as large as possible. I do mostly wildlife and the very small point is great for small birds in trees, but even in good light it will hunt at times especially dusk or dawn with my 100-400 & 1.4x tele. That's when I move to a larger focus point.
  2. Firmware v3

    My understanding is the AF improvement only affects Continuous focus. I was using the wide tracking and found this worked very well. I agree the only comments I've seen concerning this AF improvement was a You Tube video debunking the "Twice as Fast" claim. I found it to be completely off base. They tested the tracking ability and that was not what was improved. If you read the statement by Fuji the Focus Acquisition speed was improved. That explains why after losing a Bird In Flight I was now able to re-acquire focus so quickly. I have never been able to do that in the past.
  3. Firmware v3

    1. Some say the "Twice as fast AF" is an exaggeration, but I have never been able to regain focus on a Bird in Fight once I lost it. With version 3.0 I am now able to re-locate the bird and acquire focus almost immediately. 2. The new blinkies allow for close to perfect exposure, especially for landscape shots. 3. The RGB Color histograms are a bit large, but again help to improve proper exposure with strong color in shots. Never realized how over-exposed some of my flower shots had been until today when I used the RGB histograms and gained incredible detail in some flowers I shot today. The upgrade makes a very large improvement over all.
  4. Interesting, I'm not sure the XT-3 can be improved enough to entice me to spend, IBIS would not be enough. But then again I said very similar statements about the XT-2 and ended up being one of the first to pre-order on release day. With the latest firmware I am not sure how they can improve the XT-2 much more, I am loving the new blinkies and quicker focus acquisition. I took it out last weekend and was really impressed with it. But then again I said very similar things about the XT-1 and how I wasn't sure there was much more they could do to improve it. I did keep it as a backup camera and do use it occasionally as a second camera.
  5. Perhaps I just love my XT-2 too much. To move to another camera there just isn't much that impresses me. I don't do video and I see the trend lately in new cameras has to do more with video. IBIS would be nice, but not enough to pull my XT-2 out of my hands. Perhaps an XT-3 with IBIS, but it would take more improvement than just IBIS to get me to upgrade. I'm not knocking the XH-1, I have no doubt it will be an incredibly fantastic camera, just not what I am looking for.
  6. Bottom line Stabilization helps no matter what. However with that said the best stabilization is a good tripod, but at times that choice is not an option. Stabilization is only useful when shooting handheld and IBIS is most desirable in this scenario. But with that said, I do find with the OIS in the lenses I have now to be quite sufficient, I really don't need IBIS, but would consider it desirable on an XT-3. I have not used IBIS, but seeing what it does for super zoom point & shoots I believe it would make Lens OIS completely obsolete along with being far superior to Lens OIS. As for the XH-1 I could care less, it is designed to be a hybrid video/still camera which means it will never do either as well as a dedicated still or video camera could. I am not impressed with the idea and think it rather foolish for a consumer to even consider hybrid unless he just doesn't care about performance. If you enjoy video then pick up a dedicated camcorder. If you enjoy stills then my choice at the moment is the XT-2.
  7. Landscape lens

    I own both the 16 and the 10-24. Deciding between them for Landscape would be difficult. The zoom of the 10-24 definitely provides a bit more versatility when shooting a landscape photo and it can definitely go wider than the 16. It is an outstanding lens for landscape work. The f1.4 speed and sharpness of the 16 mm is something I could not give up though. The 16 mm is a spectacular lens you can also use for close up work. The wide angle and speed make it also good for night work. The wide angle of course makes it great for landscape. It is a very versatile lens that I find on my camera likely more often than any other lens. My only complaint about the 16 mm is that is makes my post processing take A LOT longer. Instead of filtering out the majority of images to process only a few, with the 16 mm 99% are keepers and I have to process ALL of them :).
  8. OK, Just to be clear. On a Mac a RAW RAF file from the XT-2 will not display the image, while a jpeg will display. This is an Apple OS issue nothing to do with Lightroom. My Macbook (Finder) will display a jpeg but not an RAF file from my XT-2. Lightroom CC currently updated to the latest version handles all RAW or jpeg files as it should.
  9. I use the CC version (updates automatically) and have had no problems with RAW files compressed or not. I suspect it is the version of the software (LR).
  10. WR is great - it's nice to have. BUT IT IS NOT Water Proof - WR is Water/Weather Resistant, which is nice, but overrated. Helpful in a small sprinkle, but in a down pour my gear is covered or out of there to a dry place. Too many people get the idea that WR is all protective, that is simply NOT the case.
  11. X-T2 First Impressions

    I got mine in last night and find it quite similar to my XT-1. The menu is quite different, but didn't take much to get things set up the way I like. The camera feels better built than the XT-1 with the new dials and locking doors. Overall I am happy, but I can agree the camera itself is just a bit better than the XT-1. The difference is going to be in the "USE" of the camera. What I did last night did not show any of the new advantages such as the better resolution and Image Quality - I won't see that until I can actually use the camera which will be this weekend. I plan to chase butterflies and hummingbirds to get a better feel for the Image Quality and improved AF the camera is said to have. This was the reason I bought the camera. Looking forward to getting out with it this weekend.
  12. No such thing as "Weather Sealing" or "Weather Proof", both are misleading. What is usually claimed is "Weather Resistant". This means there are more O-rings and closer tolerances etc. to keep the weather out of the internal system., but "Weather Proof" would only mean those cameras designed for underwater photography. Some brands are more weather resistant than others, none are capable of a dunking without repercussions. But the better the weather resistance the safer in bad weather. So shooting in inclement weather is always an "At your own risk" scenario, but weather resistance does help.
  13. I agree with the 18-55 OIS. I own both the 10-24 and the 18-55 and I find myself using the 18-55 more often. Both are outstanding lenses. If you really get into landscapes you will want both. I also use the 55-200 when I want to get a more detailed shot of an area, all three serve me well but the 18-55 is the "GoTo". As you may have noticed I like the versatility of the zoom lens, but there is something to say for primes. The primes mentioned above will do very well also. At some point I may invest in a set of primes likely 16, 23, & 56 as I have heard very good things about all three. The prime will be sharper and give better detail than the zoom, so definitely a thought depending on the type of lens you prefer.
  14. I must admit I struggle with the 10-24 a bit myself. I own the 18-135 also and find it most useful, it is the most versatile lens out there I love it for simple casual shooting. But the 10-24 I consider more of a specialty lens. It is marvelous for landscape and times when I have a lot to get into the picture. For general shooting I struggle with it in that I don't find enough reach and I find myself having a hard time getting a good composition, but when I stop and take a look at the whole picture I find myself pulling it out. Keep it with you, it is a great lens when the time arises that you need a wider angle.
  15. A good 100mm macro

    You don't mention Macro, but I will assume that is your purpose. I purchased an EF/EF-S to XF adapter that allows me to use the Canon 100 on my XT-1 and it works very well. Mind you with this adapter loses all communication with the camera so only Manual mode is available - there is NO auto-focus. That puts a HUGH limitation on all my other Canon lenses, but for Macro I always shoot in manual anyway so the adapter works fine for me with my 100L Macro f2.8. I suspect it may be the only Canon lens I will ever use with the adapter, but with the crop it provides a 150 MM macro lens for me. It does provide some really nice images.