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I'm ready to buy a trigger/remote and possibly a strobe but really need guidance.
I have a fuji ef-42 flash but wouldn't mind buying a strobe. I'm confused about the TTL issue and the Fuji. Do I wait for this robotshoot product or do I go ahead and buy the affordable Yongnuos? How hard is it to learn to manually set my flash for a beginner like me? At this point, when I have my flash attached to my camera, I have no idea how I'm working it. I just meter and shoot and it seems to work out.
If I buy a strobe, will I have the same non-TTL issues? I want to buy something this weekend with the sales, but this TTL thing is making it hard for me. Help please.
I have been shooting Olympus m43 for 3 years now. I have an E-M5 with 14, 17, 45, and 40-150 lenses. Got it initially for the small size, including small lenses. I like the IBIS, tilting screen, and touch screen controls w/the Super Control Panel.
However, I picked up a Fuji X100 and love it - especially the smooth, pleasing colors (I thought Olympus jpegs were good), white balance, built-in flash and small form factor. So I'm thinking of getting rid of my m43 gear and getting an XE-2 and maybe the 18mm and 60mm lenses (I know the 60 is larger). Except for the 60, this will be about the same size as my setup now. I do like the rangefinder style.
Has anyone compared the two systems - X-trans sensor versus Olympus; lenses; easy-of use? I'm not a pixel-peeper, but good white balance and pleasing colors are important to me.
I appreciate great optics, high resolution and technical perfection as much as the next person, but when it comes to judging images I often find that when images are too perfect they leave me cold. This is an entirely subjective thing. Does anyone else feel this way?
I like to see a bit of grime, or blur, or LDR, or some blocked shadows or maybe a blown highlight or acne, or grain, or SOMETHING anyhow that brings the image down to earth a bit. Without some sort of technical imperfection an image is in danger of becoming so antiseptic that it looses any connection to the real, imperfect, word we actually live in. There are certainly some technically perfect images that I like in spite of this preference that I have, perhaps those are images where the technical perfection paradoxically becomes the one fault in the image that brings it's meaning home. And of course, if an image becomes too darn grubby and low-fi that can easily become an annoying affectation as well.
Where do you draw the line between "Just Right" and "Too Perfect to Stomach"? Post examples.
This was shot with the XF18mm on the XE2 (200 ISO, f8, 1/200). The 18mm is not the sharpest lens I own. I left in some shadows, didn't sharpen too much, and tried to give it the real feel the place had when I was there. I like this kind of image better than those too-perfect images that one sees in a certain kind of magazine or web gallery, polished to the nth degree.
So I just bought a factory refurb X-A1 from the Fuji UK site for the not unreasonable sum of £199 including Super EBC xc 16-50mm 3.5 - 5.6 lens. However I've noticed a couple of things and I'm not sure if I should ask Fuji to look at it.
1 - There is a very slight, almost imperceptible smudge on the sensor. Only visible from certain angles.
2 - The Zoom barrel control seems rather stiff, smooth, not gritty or anything just stiff. Almost like an old school grease and metal lens in cold weather.
I don't believe the smudge has any noticeable impact on image quality but haven't had a chance to look really closely yet.
Is the lens meant to be stiff/does it loosen with use?
They are both realistically quite minor issues but I'm in two minds at the moment!
Thanks everyone, some amazing images on here. Think I've got a lot of practicing to do!
Or rather woof woof...
Considering the poor light today, this combo worked nicely.
More here on Flickr...trickletreat
Shot today during a walk with my dog.
XT-1 with 14mm @ f 4.0, 1/150 sec, ISO 400
Any views, comments, suggestions?
1. the original
2. HDR (from single picture) using Nik Software HDR Efex Pro 2
3. HDR (from single picture) using Nik Software HDR Efex Pro 2 (different settings)
4. B&W using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2
I just got my X-Pro1 yesterday. I have updated firmware to the latest. I want to edit the file name to something unique, just as I do on my Nikon D810. There is a menu option under 3 in the set-up for this. However, I can not make it work. How do I set the new file name.
55-200 @ full telephoto.
I haven't done much photography recently, this was take some time ago but only processed today, late afternoon sun kissing the rocks at Birubi Point, one of my favorite places near my home. A 4 image manual blend in Photoshop CS5, plus Topaz Clarity, Detail and a touch of Nik Color Efex Pro. Taken with an XT1 and 18-135 lens @ 18.5mm.