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  1. I say landing;the long wingtip feathers, analogous to flaps in aircraft, are rotated into the slowing position.
  2. Thanks for asking. Now that I've had some time to play with the 24-70mm f/4 Nikkor S, I'm amazed and happy to report that it must be seen to be believed. It is so incredibly good over its entire zoom range it makes the 50/1.8 redundant unless the user needs the speed. I took published reports of its performance with quite a bit of salt;they were NOT kidding!
  3. That would be very unusual here, least of all free. I was surprised to see B&H offering free next day delivery in US while Adorama did not. That was the deal-maker for me; even being aware of B&H's reputation I had never bought from them before. Adorama may not count on being my "vendor of record" anymore.
  4. Ordered 9:30 am 3/20;received 1:50 pm 3/21
  5. The subject of my topic was free next-day shipping, not brand politics.
  6. I didn't say the name because it's not Fuji. It is a 24-70mm Nikon f/4 for Z. I have the 50/1.8. Fedex tracking calls for delivery by 3 pm tomorrow Mar 21.
  7. Adorama and B&H Photo have pretty much driven other American dealers into relative obscurity. Checking both for deals on a $1,000 US item. I saw that B&H offered free next day delivery in the US for that lens product line only. I ordered the item and confirmation estimated delivery as tomorrow by close of business.
  8. I'm grateful that even at 77 I still have have no trouble getting a "grip" on my cameras without accessories. I also sometimes like shooting blind;experience and practice can help a shooter acquire a fairly good sense of leveling needing very little editing to plumb up verticals or correct roll. Depending on where the sun is in daylight, a display that will swing to horizontal can be a useful viewfinder, even if only certain highlight "points" can be seen and shading the display with a hand would alert intended subjects that they are "targets". '
  9. Sometimes you're the shooter and sometimes you're the subject.
  10. I have stipulated that this is a branded(Fuji)forum. I was asking if any members of this forum also participate in any open forums they might suggest to me. Perhaps my language skills are failing.
  11. Every branded forum has the undeniable right of logo-centrism. I have not given up on Nikon nor sworn allegiance to Fuji, forsaking all others. That is not to imply any wrongfulness here. I would be interested to know of any open forums members may also read.
  12. Since phonecams have pretty much put an end to serious pocket cameras like the Canon Powershot S series, I had to find another go-anywhere pocket camera. The little booklet packaged with my XP120 is a "Basic manual" I had no idea how very basic until I downloaded and studied the real manual. The capabilities of this camera are amazing, and will remain unknown to anyone who is satisfied with the basic manual. The published features of the product are its waterproof shock-resistant design. Anyone not seeing the serious manual will have no clue as to what it can do. I don't think I would ever find a better pocket camera;I'm not looking anymore. Historically, I have always downloaded and studied the manual of every digital camera I considered buying. All I knew about the XP120 was that it was waterproof, shock-resistant, and a handy pocket size. It is arguably one of the best buys I have made in a very long time.
  13. Most usually there is an image-quality cost to such convenience features. Most early adopters of early zoom lenses knew that but most were news photographers who knew that their crummy zoom lenses far exceeded the rez of newspapers. I also have the 18-55 and it is very good. As much as I dislike the 18.5mm e28 FL, I'm tempted to buy an XF10 for its digital zoom feature because It has a grownup APS-C sensor in a very small pocketable package. Am willing to tolerate any losses because I don't make money from photography. At this time my XP120 is my pocket camera.
  14. Very interesting article. As to the title question, the correct answer as I see it is no. The most-used camera type on the planet is just a cellular phone accessory, but the composition skills of the user will still prevail even given the "you must be kidding" sensor size. I personally dislike the e28 focal length, but is not hard for me to understand why it is the standard for the device type, which so often is used in the "short shooting distance" environment.
  15. Have you tried setting a fixed aperture like f/5.6 and letting the shutter speed to A? That mode is commonly called "aperture priority" because the aperture is set and the shutter speed "floats" as required by the aperture. That would be a good start to help us help you.
  16. I haven't noticed this with my 18-55. if did I don't really think I would be very concerned about it.
  17. My first X-lens was the 18-55, and my experience with it is the same as veejaycee's. I was surprised by how good it is, in my view clearly better than the common 3:1 zoom. I like my XT20 very much too.
  18. Very nice! It's a very scenic area just south of Monterey.
  19. I believe there is a separate battery(on some models anyway)that maintains the settings. That batter is kept topped off by the main battery. You may have an internal battery failure, which would require service.
  20. Thanks again;looks like I'm about to spend some more money.
  21. Thanks for your response;as you have said, cropping works for anything but bad verticals. I have used the included software to fix my occasional failures in that exact area. I have seen that by all accounts the 14 is killer-sharp but dismissed it as a crazy-wide. I am re-thinking it for the purpose you described.
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