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  1. Actually, both the aperture and shutter speeds are somewhat controlled in "P" mode. But the camera restricts combinations of the two to ensure proper exposure. If the camera selects, for example, 1/500 sec @ f5.6, you can rotate the command dial (either way) and get an alternate combination (this is called program shift) for example as above, 1/250 sec @ f8 or 1/1000 sec @ f4. All of these will give the same exposure value, but of course the depth of field and apparent motion of subject would be different. Point is, you have a choice by rotating the command dial, but only within the limits that will give correct exposure. The "P" mode is still one of the "automatic" modes in that respect, just as "A" or "S" modes restrict shutter and aperture, respectively.
  2. I use a wide rubber band (1/2 inch wide)around the lens barrel, half on the zoom ring and half on the manual focus ring on those rare occasions such as you describe. Cheap and rather effective generally. With both rings locked together this way, I can point the camera straight up or down and no lens creep. The only issue would be when you want to use manual focus, which I seldom do.
  3. I think you will enjoy the camera. There are a lot of helpful people on these forums, and this forum is particularly friendly. Some forums, though, seem to have quite a few "experts" who don't actually deserve that title. In the case of our X-S1, for example, there is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about the EXR features. There are about five types of sensors in use in digital cameras. One type, the Foveon sensor from Sigma, is a unique technology, and probably not as commonly used. The most used is the Bayer type, in which the sensor's photosites have an array of color filters over them, in a pattern of one row of GBGBGB etc. and the next row is RGRGRG etc. G being green, R, red and B, blue. There is a Sony version in which the also include a fourth color filter, C, cyan. Then there's the Fuji EXR sensor (in our X-S1) which also uses three (R,G and filters, but they are arranged in diagonal pairs. Finally there is the Fuji X-trans sensor, also R,G and B, but arranged in a 6x6 grid pattern to help avoid moire patterns. Anyway, it seems some people think that the X-S1 can shoot ONLY in EXR mode, but as you probably know already, that EXR functions are only used if you have selected the "EXR" position on the mode dial. People will say that's not true, but they haven't read the Fuji technical pages, or if they did, they misunderstood. In any case, go out and take pictures! Nothing will give you a better understanding and appreciation of your new camera, not to mention the fun and satisfaction you get when you see a great photo! Good luck.
  4. Dennis, without the EXIF data, how do you know that the X-S1 dragonfly photo in the original post was shot in ANY of the EXR modes? It might just as easily have been shot in one of the other modes, such as P, S,A or M. Morpheme, you mention the X-20 and say "same sensor as the XS", so I assume you mean the XS-1. But the X-20 has an X-trans sensor, while the X-S1 has an EXR sensor, so they are not the same.
  5. Wilfy, welcome to the forum! I think you will enjoy your X-S1. I certainly love mine. I've been an avid amateur photographer for many, many years. I had my own darkroom from 1970 until 1993. Then I bought my first digital camera. But I have to say the X-S1 is a great camera, and a pleasure to use. It's a very capable camera. As for your photos, I thought the focus was a little soft, but if you are very close, then this would be the result of a shallow DOF. Getting back a bit and zooming a little will help a great deal to increase DOF. There are a lot of settings and options on the X-S1, and these can be of great value to your creativity, but you don't have to learn to use all of them immediately. Enjoy the camera, and before long you'll discover the settings and features that suit you best. Good luck and enjoy your new camera!
  6. Dreamkid, I found this page at Fujifilm support, and it's RAW converter software for OS X and supports the X-S1. Hope it helps. http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/myfinepix_studio/rfc/mac_01/
  7. Re; EVF freezing, do you have the refresh rate set to 50 fps rather than 30 fps? (It's in the setup menu: "EVF/LCD MODE"). I don't know for sure if it would make a difference, but just a thought. As for the camera not turning on, were you trying to turn it on from totally being off, or trying to "wake" it from sleep mode? Even if the Quick start option is "on", the camera still goes off after 20 minutes. Then you have to turn the switch to "OFF" and then "ON" again. Otherwise, pressing any button will wake it up after the display goes dark.
  8. Just to be sure, does the manual focus icon go away when you move the selector on the front of the camera? If it appears and disappears when you change position of the switch, then maybe it's a setting elsewhere. Also, have you checked the settings for the AE/AF lock button in the setup menu? Just some thoughts.
  9. Well now calling ME a LAD.................now THAT'S a compliment! :-)
  10. Viv, I don't think any camera would make you a better photographer than you already are! Enjoy the amazing X-S1 and keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.
  11. You don't say which model camera you have, but this happens on my X-S1 as well. I haven't found an explanation either, so I'll be checking this thread too!
  12. Very nice Viv! I love the dark background. I can't wait for spring here. We have had a relentless winter here in the northeastern USA.
  13. Viv, I don't like snow at all, so I'm hardly inclined to preserve the ugly image of it in digital posterity! LOL! After shoveling the walkways and driveway, I've no energy left to push the shutter button. Still no signs of spring here, nor in the long-range weather forecasts, but surely it will come one day. Keep posting your wonderful photos!
  14. Viv, as always some nice shots. I particularly like the lighting on the snowdrops. At least you have a semblance of spring there in the UK. Here in New England, we've had a relentless winter, with feet of snow on the ground, colder-than-normal weather, and not much end in sight. Even into early March, predictions are for overnight temps down into the single digits (F), or about -12 C or lower on some nights, and days barely above freezing, or maybe a bit lower.
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