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  • Camera List
    Fuji xT1
  • Lens List
    18-55, 55-200
  1. 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 :).
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I don't have experience with the other two to answer this question properly, but between the 23, 27, or 35 I doubt you could go wrong. It comes down to personal preference on the focal length. I prefer the versatility of zooms, but I do own the 27 pancake and find that would likely be my choice as it is small and portable making it very discreet. The focal length works very well for me as well. I have gotten some excellent pics with it.
  11. Am I missing something

    I left my Canon 6D at home and took my XT1 on a Photo Workshop to the Grand Canyon for a few days. I prefer to portability of the XT1 and I find it performs just as well as my 6D. There are some things the 6D does a little better and some things the XT1 does better but overall I find both to be amazing cameras that do a great job. I would not consider one better than the other, they are both excellent.
  12. Which DSLR ?

    $2500 should be enough to get you a good start. I recommend you do your research, only you know what you will really be shooting the majority of the time. Nikon and Canon both have some great offerings and I definitely would not rule out the Fuji XT1 or XT10. I use a Fuji XT1 most of the time. Think about cost of camera and allow room for good quality lenses. Consider the subjects you will be shooting most the time. Action Sports and Outdoor Wildlife you want to consider FPS and AF capabilities. If your subjects are mostly stationary then read up and look for something with a reputation for higher image quality and ISO performance. Also consider what you prefer in lenses do you like the versatility of the zoom lenses or the Image Quality of the prime lenses? I believe only you can decide what is going to be best for you. Look at your budget and plan for what you feel will work the best for you. Then wait for the sales and discounts. I find for me the portability of the mirrorless Fuji camera (XT1) and zoom lenses fit what I do most, I carry the Xt1 in a messenger bag with the 10-24, 18-55, and 55-200 and I am ready for just about anything I run into. I know there are others who use only primes and cover the range with the 23, 56, and 90. I do believe they likely get better image quality than I do, but then I prefer the versatility of my zoom lenses. Take your time and do your research, the Internet is your friend. Put some time and research in and then decide what it is you really want. Once you have the equipment don't second guess yourself, learn how to use the equipment you have to it's maximum performance. MOST IMPORTANT -> Have fun and enjoy what you do with with your new camera.
  13. Which DSLR ?

    Answering this question is not easy, we don't have enough information to properly provide an answer. Granted the xT1 and xT10 are not officially DSLR's by definition but they do have the interchangeable lenses and do provide DSLR image quality (IMHO). So they likely could be included in the mix. The real questions to be asked is: 1. What do you intend to use the DSLR for? Indoor/outdoor, portrait/action sports, etc? In general each camera is designed for a specific purpose and performs better at one task or another. Knowing the intended use we could suggest specific cameras designed for that task. 2. Price Range - What can you afford? We can likely suggest anything in the $500 to $8000 range.