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I think the sign writer got the wrong boat. Loch Lomond Balloch Marina on a cold but sunny day.

X-E2 with 16-50 @50mm f10 1/500 iso400
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Recently I rented an X-T2 and found the buttons (AEL - AFL etc) to be small compared to the Nikon system that I have. Given my xl size hands, this was a problem for me. I'm wondering if others have addressed this situation and how they have done so. Thanks, Richard
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Thinking of investing in a Fuji, John Lewis in Newcastle have the xe2 + 18-55mm for £599.
Good price ?
X-T1, 50 Touit, f/8 1/60s
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Hello, people. Please help.

My X100T body got cracked right next to the little rubber next to the battery door. Weird thing is, I thought the top and bottom plates were magnesium or whatever any metal. But the bottom plate turns out, it is not! Now it is sort of dangling and it hurts me every time I see it. I searched through disassembly by iFixit, but was not too sure to disassemble this camera on my own. Well, I think I could, but I am worried about if the leather will stick back to the body after I remove it to get access to some screws on the side.

I definitely can't send it to Fuji because I live where there is no Fuji service center and I am sure I can't just apply super glue to the broken area. I attached photos below.

Any advice? :D

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I seem to have a case of GAS. I am looking for some guidance as two whether I should pursue this sale.
Local Craigslist add has Pentax Spotomatic-BLACK for sale along with 28mm, 50mmstd, and 400ml telephoto lens. Also includes light meter which I have no specs. Nor do I have any more info on lenses.
Price is $225. Does this seem a reasonable price?
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I switched to Fuji as soon as they introduced the X series so that I could take smaller, lighter photographic gear on trips like this.

I had the wonderful opportunity to climb Germany’s highest summit, the Zugspitze, up the Höllental (Valley of Hell) route. This route has everything you could want: a spectacular gorge, tunnels, Alpine hut, hanging valley, glacier, Via Ferrata with nearly a kilometer of vertical exposure, and a beer garden summit destination.

Of course I brought my camera. Here's a photographic trip report.

[​IMG]Zugspitze Höllental (Valley of Hell) Route from Alpspitze by decineper, on Flickr

This is a photographic trip report of an ascent up Zugspitze along the Höllental. The route starts in Hammersbach, goes up through the Höllentalklamm, past Höllentalangerhütte, then up a Via Ferrata route on the hanging valley of the Höllentalferner, onto the Höllentalferner itself (white in upper left), then up another Klettersteig to the summit where a beer garden awaits.

[​IMG]Höllental Trailhead by decineper, on Flickr

A boring shot, but not if you have an idea of what's ahead.

[​IMG]Lower Höllentalklamm by decineper, on Flickr

[​IMG]Höllentalklamm Bridge and Tunnel by decineper, on Flickr

This deep gorge is carved from runoff from the Höllentalferner, coming ahead. The gorge was virtually inaccessible until these tunnels and bridges were built in the early 1900s.

[​IMG]Höllentalklamm Pool by decineper, on Flickr

The blue melt water from the Höllentalferner is caused by
"rock flour."

[​IMG]Höllentalklamm Tunnel by decineper, on Flickr

[​IMG]Höllentalangerhütte Power Station by decineper, on Flickr

[​IMG]Höllentalangerhütte 30 min by decineper, on Flickr

The hut of the river of the valley of hell.

[​IMG]Höllentalklamm Waterfall by decineper, on Flickr

[​IMG]Höllentalangerhütte 2016 by decineper, on Flickr

There's a debate about whether people like the old, traditional Bavarian-style hut that was torn down and replaced with this new one. I prefer the contemporary style.

[​IMG]Höllentalangerhütte 25-person Bedroom by decineper, on Flickr

I'm berth #25. Guy next to me snored half the night…

[​IMG]Höllentalangerhütte Boot Drying Room by decineper, on Flickr

More like the Scarpa Mont Blanc drying room.

[​IMG]Höllentalangerhütte Dining Hall by decineper, on Flickr

Lots of little kids hike up to Höllentalangerhütte through the Höllentalklamm. After this, it's a completely different climb, requiring lots of mountaineering experience, or a guide, or both.

[​IMG]Höllentalangerhütte Beer and Smokes by decineper, on Flickr

Remedies for the alpine air and glacial-fed river water.

[​IMG]Massifs above Höllentalangerhütte by decineper, on Flickr

[​IMG]Zugspitze from Höllentalangerhütte at 6 am by decineper, on Flickr

The destination. The lights on top are another beer garden, of course. The moonlight shows the three major parts of the day's climb: a glacial headwall, the glacial valley and glacier itself, then the upper Klettersteig to the summit. Perfect weather: a high pressure system this weekend kept things clear and cool with no surprises.

[​IMG]Zugspitze Climber Prep by decineper, on Flickr

[​IMG]Höllental Via Ferrata First Clip-In by decineper, on Flickr

Minimum necessary gear for this route:
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Via Ferrata Lanyard with K-rated carabiners
  • Via Ferrata Gloves
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
Here's what happens if you fall off the rock with the wrong gear. And more on the necessity of at least an ice axe when I post the photographs from the glacier. I was solo, so I also brought along a personal anchor system and tied a couple Prusiks, expected to be unnecessary for this B/C rated route, but that made me feel better. I was expecting to see a few sloppy safety practices, but was amazed by what I really saw: obviously unsafe gear, and oftentimes no gear at all, climbing this route with no protection whatsoever. Inappropriate gear and usage appears to be the cause of the regular climbing deaths on this mountain.

[​IMG]Höllental Via Ferrata Start by decineper, on Flickr

[​IMG]Höllental Lower Klettersteig Ladder by decineper, on Flickr

The first ladder up the Höllentalferner's hanging valley.
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image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg I took the boat over to Hassel Island and hiked to Prince Frederick's BATTERY for a star shot I wanted to get with the new X-Pro2 and 16mm 1.4 lens. The reason BATTERY is in all caps is because I am yelling it out loud because I arrived after blazing a trail at night through "catch and keep" (thorny weeds) only to realize I forgot to charge the battery, and I had packed light- just camera and lens- no spare. I laughed out loud at my stupidity. Another lesson learned the hard way. I thought it was a fresh battery. It had enough juice for six shots.

The idea was to shoot on auto and then figure out the best exposure from there. So this was the camera's idea of what the shot should be. I want to get the sky darker and the stars still visible. I shot this once before with the LUMIX GX8 but the low light capability of that camera isn't as good.

Here is the challenge- the lights of St. Thomas are in the background (just visible in the lower right corner.). That complicates things. I was going to try a polarizer to filter out as much stray light as possible. (That fancy $80 one from B&W that lets in tons of light.) The light comes mostly from one direction.

I shot at ISO 6400 for roughly 10 seconds at f/1.4. It is pitch black out there. Here are my thoughts:
- I want to play around with light painting the top building from a remote led video light. Any thoughts on that? I'm afraid it might be too much light.
- Anything other than a polarizer to eliminate the light pollution?
- I'm open to other lighting tricks. When I stop down, I get the dark sky and stars, but the building is just a bit too dark. It works, but not ideal.

JPEG image straight out of the camera Darker shot is blurred- must have bumped the camera when I hit the button. Ran out of battery before I could get it again. The shot of the building from higher up was taken in such pitch darkness that even with a flashlight I could barely see to step around the cactus and thorns. I laid down on a small cactus. Ouch! But that's how dark it is out there.
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XT-2, 90mm@ f/2, iso 800, 1/200, edited in LR and PS
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Fuji X Pro1

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Fuji X100
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X Pro1 + 35mm f1.4

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IMG_1222.JPG near Rothbury, Northumberland.
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Sans the issue on the OVF since I rarely use it, will the image quality be heaps apart? Is the ovf the real price driver for the price difference?
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didn't quite get the focus :(

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This week I was at the Frankfurt Buchmesse, a fair for publishers, printers and everyone else related with books. As I wasn't there for photography, I only took my X100 with my in case something interesting would catch my eye. This photo was taken at the main entrance. Hundreds of people are navigating the hall, trying to avoid a collision, and the elevators are always packed. I thought this image caught the crush and the rush of the moment well.

Hope you like it!


(X100, f/4.0, 1/8, ISO200, processed using Silver Efex Pro)
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Image lit with only window light and a silver reflector for fill. Taken on my Xe-2 and the 56mm. Classic Chrome. Processed in Light Room.
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Took the X100s. I have way to many photos of guys in leather with crash helmets on. :D

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Another two in reply
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I've been working with a 20" Acer TN monitor for 3 or 4 years now. 1600x900. I got by with it but I knew the blacks were pretty crushed. I ordered a Dell U2415 and I am in monitor heaven. :) It's a modest IPS panel, 24", that covers sRGB and comes calibrated by Dell. Cost was $230. Anyway just wanted to share a little joy that I am having.
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a common disaster...




XT2 and XF55-200mm SOOC jpegs (resized in PSCC2015.5) from today at a local MetroPark.

Thanks for looking,
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It's a deliberately provocative statement, but while good equipment can help (but also be overwhelming!) with better photography, nothing will improve your photography more than exercising to actually look and SEE.

I often struggle with being satisfied by photos that I 'force' (i.e. I plan a photo, go on location, etc. but might lack the inspiration to create an unusual image). But at other times, I unexpectedly see an image, grab the camera and capture it. The success/satisfaction rate in the latter case is MUCH higher.

Like this image of a sprouting cutting of tortured willow sitting on the floor in the garage. The light just caught the vase perfectly. I couldn't have planned it any better. Well, I couldn't have planned it since I didn't even consider this as a subject...

But it does help that I feel hugely inspired by using my X-T2 ;-)

What are your thoughts on planned vs. unexpected images? I suspect one can learn to take satisfying planned pictures, but I find it much harder... Any comments very welcome.

X-T2, 56mm 1.2, F1.2, 1/32000, ISO 200

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Catching the last waves, Rest Bay, Porthcawl
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X70 18mm 1/60 f/11 ISO500
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Finished for the Day... X70 18mm 1/60 f/11 ISO500
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Took a wander about the big smoke yesterday, used mainly the 35/2 on the X-Pro2, and used the Acros setting, it's my favourite.

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It is possible to assign this to a Fn button. But what is it exact doing, I tried out pushing it, but nothing seems to change.
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And with the X-T2 for that matter

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X-T1 and 16mm

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I just got this and quickly tried it out with an X-T2. First impression is that this is a very nice lens.

Ginkgo leaf f/2.8
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Hollyhocks growing near a pond on the outskirts of Rosebud, Alberta.

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This may be an old topic but was curious which lens do FUJI landscape photographers prefer.
Not lens specific but prime or zooms. I currently own a couple of zooms but considering going to primes.
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Still enjoying my XT-1. Fuji XT-1/ 18-135mm. @ 116mm 1/100 f6.4 & ISO 400.

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River Kelvin banks in autumn from Dawsholm Park pathway. The leave colours at present are quite something even in the poor overcast conditions.
X-E2 16-50 @35mm f5.0 1/180 iso400

Dawsholm Park PS 1.jpg
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If you could shoot just one location this year where would it be? Please be specific including time of day. And, if possible, include a photo. I'll go first, my recent favorite is Face Rock Beach in Bandon Oregon (!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d43.104196!4d-124.434218), just before and after sunset but early morning is good too. Be sure to check the tide tables and try to pick a low tide. Great off-shore rock formations!

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Newport Mansions and Cliff Walk. Edited in Silver EFEX Pro. XE-1, 18-55 at 25mm. The image was taken in the Spring, but I processed it to look more like Autumn/Halloween. Perhaps a little over edited, but I like the dramatic feel. Thanks for looking.

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At the end of September I was fortunate enough to visit Southern Colorado, and whilst there take the trip on the Durango & Silverton NGR - it was absolutely wonderful with the Autumn colours.
Unfortunately my images probably do not do justice to an unforgettable day.
All images with Pentax K3 and DA HD 20-40mm f2.8-f4 WR.

[​IMG]IMGP0793-2.jpg by Malcolm Fisher, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMGP0851-2.jpg by Malcolm Fisher, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMGP0882-2.jpg by Malcolm Fisher, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMGP0862-2.jpg by Malcolm Fisher, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMGP0789-2.jpg by Malcolm Fisher, on Flickr
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Near Hope, British Columbia. The first two pictures are obviously variations of the same file. You'll note the three fishermen on the rocks. They're actually conservation officers. I imagine they're part of some study of fish populations. Just a guess as to why they're fishing but not a guess as to whom they are.

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Here are a couple of shots, both cropped quite a bit. Shot with my X-E1 and XF 27mm. One shot is lit by a flashlight, the other by the camera's flash.

Cute little American Shorthair Possum just sat there letting me take its photo.



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