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  1. Thanks all. Yes I agree, you get what you pay for. And we will see how long the 3rd party lasts. I doubt it will heat up as I am a stills shooter only and unlikely even to shoot "motor drive" on my X100F. BTW, what a great camera it is! I've used many different cameras over the years including Leica m6, hence I love the retro look and feel of the X100F, but I'm enjoying this one even more. The highlight control, skin tones with Provia, and B&W with Acros are three of my favourite features. I have loved using my X20, but the increased sensor size and resolution of the X100F in a similar body style, did it for me.
  2. An after market battery for my X100F is 1/3 the price of the Fuji one. I bought one to try; it's 1250 mah 7.2 V and 8.7 WH, same as the Fuji one. I have used it through two full charges and so far I've noticed no difference in camera performance. The Fuji one has an "S" designation, the after market one does not. Anyone else use an after market battery for the X100F? Have you experienced any problem?
  3. When reviewing images either in Lightroom or in-camera, how can I tell which shots were taken with the camera's digital teleconverter either at 50mm or 70mm? Does EXIF record that the teleconverter was used? Paul. New Zealand.
  4. Raglan

    HDR from bracketed shots

    @RobinHorton may I ask how you "fire off three shots, turn exp comp dial to -1 fire off another 3" - without moving the camera? I know Photomatix and other software does a remarkable job of re-aligning minor discrepancies (although it rarely does as quite well as one thinks when the image is subject to close examination), but I can't see it covering up the movement it would take to re-adjust the ev comp. Yes, I have tried this myself but just can't rotate the exp comp dial smoothly or soon enough, so I gave up trying. I recently did an HDR comparison between my X20 and D3s, with the X20 shooting 3 bracketed RAW images from which I derived a "few extra" jpegs to expand the effective bracketing, in the hope that I could somehow compete with the Nikon. And the D3s I simply shot 7 bracketed jpegs. I really did not know quite what to expect, I mean whether the test would be a reasonable one. My results were such that the D3s's HDR images which were tonemapped in Photomatix, were still far superior. I have subsequently decided the extra weight of the larger camera is worth putting up with for the gain in quality. This in no way means I am discarding the X20 ! On the contrary, the X20 shines for me in low light situations where the extreme DOF even at large apertures provides sharp images. Of course there are many other pro's for this camera as discussed elsewhere. EDIT: BTW I should mention here that the test was all about me trying to decide whether to take the X20 or the D3s on a trip to Hong Kong later this year..... I will be taking both...haha.
  5. Raglan

    HDR from bracketed shots

    Hi Dennis, I have used a method of shooting 3 bracketed RAW images to create an HDR picture. It's not bad, but of course a little more trouble than say, shooting 5 jpegs. But still, it's a better option than my (above) original issue.
  6. Raglan

    HDR from bracketed shots

    Hi John, thanks for the information on how not to shoot HDR pictures. I've been wasting my time it seems, for a while now, and so have many others I know of. Wish we had all heard from you years ago. May I suggest, with respect, you may learn something by doing a little internet research on the topic "HDR from hand held bracketing". I think you will discover a whole new world that may lead to you abandoning your time and energy theory.
  7. Raglan

    HDR from bracketed shots

    it seems there is no way to delete a comment that appears twice.
  8. Raglan

    HDR from bracketed shots

    exactly K1W1_Mk2.
  9. Raglan

    HDR from bracketed shots

    exactly K1W1_Mk2.
  10. Raglan

    Shooting Raw?

    I have always shot RAW for clients with NIKON and now shoot RAW with the X20 when I know I will be post processing, for all the above reasons. For family snaps, facebook etc, I shoot jpeg, as the X20 does a fine job of this.
  11. Raglan

    Real Bikers in a race

    I enjoyed your pictures, you did the genre justice. Thanks. Paul.
  12. Yes, camera manufacturers design around international standards for both film and mechanical transmission of light, hence ISO, (international standardization organization). So there is (and MUST be) conformity between one camera and another irrespective of format.
  13. Raglan

    fuji x20 diopter

    You may consider trying an optician for replacement of just the broken glass, if all else is working.
  14. Raglan

    X20 vs DSLR

    Sharpness for me, is not generally an issue with digital camera lenses. Nor was it really that important when I was shooting film, although I loved owning and using cameras with great optics. The truth of the matter is, unless submitting work to demanding print houses, sharpness alone is only a personal preference for most of us. (neck on chopping block icon here). I enjoy oogling my sharp prints as much as the next guy (unisex term) but this is almost exclusively my own little private eccentricity rather than a demand from clients. I have an old 20x14" cibachrome of the Taj Mahal on the wall at home taken from the far side of the Yumana river with a Sigma 24mm (?) lens. It's not the sharpest, but has anyone ever mentioned that ? No, not in 22 years. As primarily a people photographer for over 28 years, the times a client has commented that an image was not sharp enough, I could count on one finger ! and that was someone's grandfather commenting on a portrait of his granddaughter... where I had used a Hasselblad No.1 softar. (escape clause...I fully concede that many commercial photographers do indeed operate in a totally different sphere of demands ... and I did say most, of us...) I have an X20, which I have to say, I've noticed gets softer from about f 4.0 onwards. But that doesn't personally worry me in the slightest. It's a very nice lens in many other respects.
  15. Raglan

    23mm or 56mm lens

    Portrait work often does not require large file size, therefore the 23 could be used and cropped if desired. However I love the concept of wide angle portraits. The 56 would be too restrictive for me in terms of coverage. But I'm guessing there are as many for, as against, the aquisition of only one lens. It's gonna be completely up to you as to which one is the more practical.