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    X100; X E1, XT2.
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  1. robthebruce

    Which Travel Camera?

    Artuck's suggestion is a good one, so if we are going with zoom's, why not the 18-55 Fujifilm one? It works pretty well and is compact.
  2. robthebruce

    Which Travel Camera?

    Simple solution. I'd buy the x100F. I see them selling second hand on the internet. Sometimes they include the TCL converter lenses and/or the lens hood as well which make them attractive to purchase as it is far less than a new one and purchasing these extras as add ons. Rob
  3. robthebruce


    I have been wanting to use the star rating system to express my pleasure in seeing the anger and determination in the face of this young woman, but for the past few days have not had the opportunity because I have not been on my desktop computer, but only looking at the site using my phone.
  4. I had another thought today: I'd like to see it with a lens that focused manually like the old ones and not by wire like they are now. Even on the 14mm f2.8 and 23mm f1.4 which both have a manual clutch mechanism, it isn't as good as the old manual ones.
  5. robthebruce

    Lonely Pine

    Of course. I forgot that the zoom was available. I tend to think of what lenses I use or would be likely to use. Rob
  6. robthebruce

    Lonely Pine

    Very sharp and well balanced composition with the bushes either side of the pinetree. Light just right to highlight the depth of the rim. BTW, what was the lens you have used as it shows a 13.8 mm and not the XF 14 mm? Rob
  7. robthebruce

    Angels Landing.

    That is one very 'challenging' day walk. The weather would want to be settled with no big cross winds. I've never been to the USA, but I think I'd rate that better than visiting the Grand Canyon. How many walkers do they loose each year???
  8. robthebruce

    Tree fallen

    I love the sharpness and depth of field by the Fujinon 14 mm for shots like these.
  9. robthebruce

    Messmate eucalyptus now dead

    This one was probably a swamp gum, or messmate before it died. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_robusta
  10. robthebruce

    Tree detail

    Trees are among the biggest living things on the planet. One's like this have a whole ecosystem of insects, birds and marsupials (possums), living on them and feeding from them. I like to think of them as a vertical ecosystem, like a skyscraper in our cities. This one provides nesting hollows for parrots and possums.
  11. robthebruce

    Tree still alive

    I was staying on the far eastern outskirts of Melbourne recently and noticed these gum trees in the paddocks on several walks I made over a weekend. I think it is a common Red Gum, but am happy to be corrected. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_camaldulensis
  12. Thanks for your background information about the garden and how it came to be planted. The entire garden of 120 acres is quite huge.
  13. At some point, another X100 will be released. What I'd like to see is a newer 23mm lens, that sticks about 5 mm further out so it is easy to use the aperture dial. I'd like to see the ISO set from a button on the D pad, and the removal of the dial on the front hand handgrip and also from its current set up on the shutter speed timer. I'd also like to see a little zoom lens developed that can be screwed onto the camera's lens (like the TCL teleconversion lens), that runs from 35mm to 50 mm with about a half turn to move from 35mm to 50 mm. The aperture could be 2.8 and still be useful given the high ISO now available with the bigger sensor. This would hopefully keep the front lens of the zoom smaller than the current TCL 35 mm lens adapter. I know that there is the cropping ability provided in the camera, but I would prefer to retain the 24 MB ability. With the little zoom capability, I would probably sell my ever expanding kit of lenses and bodies and simplify things again.
  14. robthebruce

    Tree detail

    Close up of the bark of a dead gum tree.
  15. robthebruce


    Every Australian backyard used to have a clothes line hoist on which your mother put the washing to dry. It was a child's rite of passage to swing on the arms of the clothes line, fall off and break their collar bone. The resulting white sling was a badge of honour in primary school. The other memory is of mum screaming: "Don't swing on the clothes line."