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  1. Sometimes you're the shooter and sometimes you're the subject.
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    Nikon Z6 vs. Z7: what’s the difference?

    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.
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    Nikon Z6 vs. Z7: what’s the difference?

    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.
  4. 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.
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    Digital zoom

    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.
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    Digital zoom

  7. It's just you. Stop obsessing and shoot!
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    Am I mad using a camera phone?

    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.
  9. I have downloaded and am looking at GIMP. I'm seeing that like PS it uses the term "layers". What exactly does layers mean?
  10. 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.
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    18-55 2.8/4 Lens Creep

    I haven't noticed this with my 18-55. if did I don't really think I would be very concerned about it.
  12. 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.
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    Pescadero Cliffs

    Very nice! It's a very scenic area just south of Monterey.
  14. 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.
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    X100F with 15-45mm?

    Thanks again;looks like I'm about to spend some more money.
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    X100F with 15-45mm?

    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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    X100F with 15-45mm?

    The verticals in the first image demonstrate a perfectly level camera;do you use a hot shoe bubble level for hipshooting or just eyeball it?
  18. Point taken I was thinking of older designs.
  19. Focusing distance and aperture would determine how diffuse the insect would appear if at all. Inasmuch as 23mm is fairly short for APS-C, it would likely appear as a diffuse blob, less diffuse at smaller apertures.
  20. There does have to be pressure equalization vents. Longer fl's create a much greater pressure gradient when focusing rapidly. I never leave uncapped lenses or bodies sitting sitting around.
  21. I hope Fuji responds as it should. If you get no satisfaction, I think you should publish this on every Fujifest forum you can find.
  22. Really bizarre! Like vjc I can't imagine how it could possibly have gotten between the shutter and a lens element save for a bug duct created by a severe manufacturing defect. It should not ever happen in a lens whose aperture diaphragm and shutter are electrically actuated.
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    XF35mmF2 Light Loss

    I can offer one troubleshooting suggestion. The spring-loaded pins on the lens "telegraph" the aperture to the camera and drive the aperture to set as ordered by the camera. One of them is "common"(DC-return) to another that completes the circuit. They should move without any binding when depressed and released. If any binding is detected, moving the pin manually thru its entire range of motion might free it up. That is the only user test I can suggest. Correction;pins are in the camera body not the lens, so that tends to invalidate my suggestion because it seems to happen with only one lens.