I went to Takeda Castle Ruins, Asago city which is popular among tourists for its "Sea of Clouds". I spent the night in the station and planned to hike the hill early in the morning to see sunrise. Knowing nothing, luckily, I got to see the autumn festival which was held that night.
Here are some pictures taken with X-T10 and Takumar 50mm 1.4 lens.
A discussion on the trend of Fine Art photographers feeling the need to provide a written narrative on their work verses allowing the image to stand on it's own.
About the author: Neal Rantoul is a career artist and educator. After 10 years teaching at Harvard and 30 years as head of the Photo Program at Northeastern University in Boston, he retired from teaching in 2012. You can find out more about him or see his photographic work by visiting his website. (From Petapixel)
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I have an x-xt1, a 18-135mm zoom and the 35mm f1.4 prime. I've been offered a 60mm f2:4 at a very reasonable price and am wondering if this will not be a redundancy with the zoom. I do not shoot any portraiture or studio work, I'm more into street photography. I love low-light though, I'm a nightly person, and am very pleased with my fast 35mm f1:4 which is a very intersting lens.
Given the significant price difference between the 56mm f1.2 I am also looking at, and the 60mm f2.4, I thought the 60mm could be an option to gain some IQ/stops over the (already very satisfactory IMHO) 18-135 which opens at f:5 max at the equivalent focal lenght. The excellent OIS on the zoom does the job as advertised and lets me gain some stops but that is only relevant for non-moving subjects of course.
I would appreciate some advice!
What do you think?
I use the camera for mostly online posts. My subjects range primarily from watches, people, cars, and nature trips.
My main gripe is really just the size. Im not sure if ill miss the viewfinder but ive grown to like it sometimes. Last is that sometimes i find 35mm a bit harder to do in landscape shots.
Would you swap and why?
Earlier this summer I took my camera to work and one of the images that I captured was a portrait of a co-worker. Today she asked if I could email a copy to her. However, I couldn't remember which camera that I used.
I found it, but while searching for it I looked through my X100T catalog. Big mistake. Not that I don't love that camera but ... I sold it when I decided to get the X-T2.
Now I am wondering how long I can hold off before I add one back to my arsenal?
The X-T2 is an excellent camera but there is something very special about the X100x series that keeps me coming back. Perhaps when I put my 16-55 on the market I will search the ads to see if I can find a deal ...
is there a good camera shop in bangkok?
obvs featuring fuji and maybe xt2 in stock.
With a streak of unseasonably warm weather, my wife and I decided to venture down to the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in search of the best crab cake sandwich. We targeted St. Michaels, Maryland where 50 years ago I used to be recruited to help out on a commercial clam boat at times. Boy has that area changed!
Range Rovers and Porsches roam where dilapidated rusty old pickup trucks used to dominate.
Anyway, the food seems just as good as the ol-days, albeit at much higher prices. I grabbed this shot of the crab cake candidate, with my wife in the background about to enjoy her soft shell crab sandwich.
X-T1, 14mm f/2.8 wide open, Provia.
Shot at New York Comic Con last week with my new x-t2. Very happy with it. Battery life I found was miles better than with x-t1. Focusing, love love love the joystick or whatever you like calling it. So happy there's also one on the grip too since I shoot in portrait often. anyway thanks taking a look, these are a couple favorites so far. first one w/ 35mm 1.4 second w/ 56mm 1.2
What am I missing here.
By the calculations of DOF calculators the DOF should be 6" >infinity at f8, with a hyperfocal distance of about 11". But the DOF lines in the camera say 15"> infinity with a hyperfocal distance of 30" or so. It's actually hard to tell as it jumps and everything is compressed at that end of the scale. If I move the DOF bar so the left side is at 6" the other end is at 8.5" or so. Shouldn't it be at infinity? What am I missing here.
Last Saturday I was at the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the Chihuly exhibit. Had my X-T2 with the 18-55 mounted and battery grip fully charged the night before. Grabbed the camera and headed out.
After about 2-1/2 hours and 40 photos I noticed that the camera was reporting that both the grip batteries were depleted (battery icons empty and outlined in red) and the camera battery was at about 50%. Ok, I hadn't optimized the settings for battery life, but switched the camera off between photos most of the time.
Strangest part - when I got home and put the batteries on the charger the first grip battery was showing fully charged in less than 5 minutes, the second in about 10 and the camera battery was fully charged in about 2 minutes. So clearly none of the batteries were approaching empty, in fact they were barely discharged.
Anyone else seen this or have any ideas?
I did get some quite nice pics, though.
Just a shot of a Pavement Artist that I was originally going to post in mono, but thought It would probably be better in colour so as to show the colours of his work.
X-T1, 18-55mm Lens, 1/1600 @ F4, ISO-200, Handheld.
Pavement Artist (1)-20016C by G.K.Jnr., on Flickr
Thank you for looking and any comments welcome.,
Just a shot of a Thistle taken while walking up on the cliffs. Quite a pull up as I only had the 18-55mm lens with me and couldn't get as close as I would have liked.
X-T1, 18-55mm Lens, 1/350th @ F8, ISO-200, Handheld.
Thistle (1)-200057 by G.K.Jnr., on Flickr
Thank you for looking and any comments welcome.,
Yesterday I posted a panorama of the Helderberg Escarpment made around 11AM. I wished that I had the opportunity to do it again but at sunrise. I got my wish this morning. I shot several panos then the clouds rolled in as I was packing up to go back home. Both images were made with the x-e2 and the "kit" lens, 18-55. I used a Nodal Ninja pan head. Both are about 16,000x 4500.
Yesterdays photo at 11AM
This morning's photo about 7:30AM.
Long shot with this question, but I recently purchased earlier in the year a 7D Mk 2 + 100-400ii for anything that moves ! I was fed up with the T1 and speed.
Now I have the T2, things are slightly different. ! My only option is probably to hire a xf 100-400 and try the two rigs up against each other.
Anyone with the Canon combo above v the T2/100-400 care to share any findings ?
I am only interested in the exact Canon combo I have as I have never used the 7D with any other lens apart from the 100-400. I am rather fond of the Canon lens it has to be said, but its a heavy rig ! The T2 has obviously closed the gap a lot now to the point possibly moving to one rig !
It doesn't help that the pricing in the UK has gone up for the 100/400 (with 1.4x) so the cashback is not quite so attractive, but never mind !
Thanks to anyone that may be able to help
I shoot flamenco dance photographs which usually occurs in low natural light or in mixed lighting (halogen, tungsten, fluorescent tubes) plus I also do some additional commercial and publicity shooting as well as my own personal shooting of portraits, travel and landscape.
I have shot film, and since 1998 digital photos. One of the persistent challenges that has been present is grain or digital noise in high ISO situations where the natural light is of low intensity or quality.
Many people in the past used to put their cameras away when shooting colour at ISO400 and the light levels had dropped below 1/30 sec, and a wide open aperture. Those shooting B&W and having a darkroom could push on until ISO1600, but at that point golf ball sized grain became an issue.
In early digital cameras the issues remained the same but with digital noise in one or all of the RGB channels. Shooting RAW and using aggressive noise reduction was a possibility but there were always challenges. Then in 2007 Nikon introduced the D3 and life was made so much easier if you could afford this wonderful camera. Then one to two years later they introduced the D3S and also the D700. The world of low light photography was now open to all serious amateurs.
At the same time as introducing the D3 they improved the AF performance so it now behaved very reproducibly in low light (EV1-5). This improvement has been seen in all the modern digital prosumer cameras in the ensuing yearsThis was all in the era of the DSLR.
Then came mirrorless cameras usually in cheap point’n’shoot cameras but that all changed in 2010 when Fujifilm introduced the X100. This camera provided great handling and brought a 12MP sensor whose colour and quality was awesome but the AF was slow like all mirrorless cameras. Subsequent releases of Fuji cameras suffered, to different degrees, with this AF slowness but all the time Fuji were improving the AF speed.
The Fuji XT1 was released in 2014 with a promise that its 16MP could equal the DSLRs that were out there. Without a doubt the results from RAW files was just as awesome or better than the X100 quality and indeed due to its small size and improved AF it seemed like the answer to the heavy DSLRs. However all was not rosy in the garden, the EVF refresh rate was an issue and the AF still not up to that which was available in DSLRs in low light (EV5), and so sports and wildlife photographers struggled while some others marvelled that finally they had a small, light, high quality camera.
The release of the Fuji XT2 in September 2016 has changed this with a vengeance. The step change is similar to that experienced with the Nikon D3.
The XT2 now focusses as fast as my Nikon D3S and perhaps also the D500 in low and normal lighting conditions.
However the D500 is a shade more sophisticated and works well to the extent that I am starting to challenge my need for FX cameras. This comparison is based on 12MP D3S v 20MP D500 DSLRs. Then you throw a 24MP DX (APS-C) mirrorless camera into the mix and do a comparison and there starts to be a degree of apples versus oranges comparisons so we need to be careful to couch any findings with the correct setting of expectations.
My assessment criteria:
1. Focus accuracy
2. Focus speed
4. Hi ISO noise
5. Ease of use (Difficult as this is very personal).
I did a flamenco dance shoot recently and I tried to keep my shooting as normal as possible but I shot with an XT2 with 56mm f1.2 lens at 1/250 f5.6 and a Nikon D500 with 200-500m f5.6 AFS VR lens at 1/250 at f5.6. Both cameras were used at ISO 3200 or 6400.
I always shoot in Manual mode so ISO 3200/6400 with f4 or f5.6 and 1/125 or 1/250. AF is set to AF-S or AF-C depending on the dance sequences. I also shoot in Single shot mode except occasionally I use CL to capture short sequences.
Image results were nearly indistinguishable. Indeed if I didnt know which camera took the images it would be nearly impossible to assess.
Focus accuracy was from both cameras was a huge surprise to me as I expected the D500 to blow away the XT2. It didnt it was nearly identical. Focus accuracy under the same conditions was nearly identical.
Focus speed was similar to the D500, in that I never waited for focus to be achieved before shooting as this is not effective in this type of dance photography. You shoot when you see the image.
The handling on the Fuji XT2 was something I have come to enjoy in the last two weeks. Sorry Nikon you have dropped behind in the UI and handling stakes. The Fuji is so easy to work with under dark conditions with the aperture and shutter-speed and ISO all being to hand. The only problem is the EVF refresh rate which left me with short black out periods where I didnt see where the dancer had moved to. I dont know if this is entirely due to the EVF refresh rate but I suspect it is.
Hi ISO noise, what is that? A thing of the past!
Ease of use will be a thing that will rankle with some. What is one person’s easy is awkward to another. I will keep it simple and say that from this point forward I dont have to take my Nikon kit to a shoot to be successful with my flamenco shoots. The Fuji XT2 is definitely there where the XT1 was just as good for static shots I couldn't use it for fast moving dance sequences.
One small bug bear is the EVF rate leave you with visually missed moments as the EVF refreshes after an exposure. I think this will this improve with the camera switched to Performance Boost mode but I dont know until next time when I have time to test.
So at this point in time I am thinking what happens next?
Do I get rid of all my Nikon kit?
At this point in time I think this may be too radical a move but I do think I will release a lot of Nikon kit to eBay.
Do I get another XT2 and trade in my XT1?
Actually I think my XT1 handles very well and has some handling features that are better than the XT2. What items are these? It is mainly around my familiarity with the menus and getting to what I need quickly. this will probably improve as I use the XT2 more. I will probably get another XT2 as soon as I reduce my Nikon inventory.
Do I need to get a Fuji 50-140mm f2.8 and 16-55 f2.8 lens?
Only if I get rid of some/much of my Nikon kit so that this is a zero cost option as actually I want the 10-24mm f4, 16mm f1.4, 16-55mm f2.8 and 50-140mm f2.8 and probably the still to be released 80mm f2.8 Macro.
Impressed? Yes, you bet I am. Thank you Fuji for a paradigm shift in the camera from XT1 to XT2. There are still some things that need to improve mainly around the menus and firmware and some small pieces such as tethered control of the camera. Also the camera tethering software needs to be provided for both Mac and Windows environments.
Sadly, my favorite local camera store is going out of business. Keeble & Shuchat is an institution in Palo Alto. I first went into the store to buy a lens for my second hand Nikon FTN (25 years ago). It's been my go to place for photo equipment ever since. It appears that it's tough for photo stores to compete with online retailers.
It was a store that had workshops, classes, and a photo gallery. One of my favorite spots to visit was a large collection of old Leica film cameras kept inside a glass display case upstairs. A simple shot with my XE1 and 35mm/1.4 illustrates a small portion of the collection.
new XT2 user here. I've had XE1 and XE2 previously so im quite invested in Fuji
I've got a quick question regarding AF zoom in XT2. I've been having an issue with missing focus on objects especially when there is another object behind it with similar colors.
The setting i've been using is Aperture priority, AF-S, single focus (with smallest focus point/box) with ample lighting.
To minimize user error, I would like to be able to do AF Zoom just like in Manual mode to check focus. I am able to do it via the rear command dial in M mode but not in AF-S.
Anyone have any ideas on how to achieve this?
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