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taken with E-M1 and 60mm lens

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wondering what method you use to test a used lens, to ensure its in good working order?
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Columbia Tower Club - Downtown Seattle. 76th Floor.

Decades ago I used to play most weekends with a few bands. R&B / Funk / Contemporary Jazz. Career got in the way of the music sadly.

Had the good fortune to get the green light to take care of entertainment at an awards banquet. Naturally I hired my friends. :D

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Beautiful spot for an event. Was too busy playing and schmoozing to take many pics though...

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X-T10 with 50-140 and 16mm
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In the spring of the past three years, robins have been building a nest on the downspout of my gutter and each time producing two youngsters. This baby robin had just left the nest for the first time and was working up its courage to try its wings.

X-T1 and Fujinon 55-200 at 200mm. ISO 800, 1/100sec, f/4.5. Hand held. The 55-200 is a fabulous lens!

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I see that Fuji will be putting the 100-400 + TC on sale for $1999 in the US and am considering pulling the trigger on it. I've upgraded my XP1 to the newest firmware for the 100-400 and would like to hear from those of you who own the 100-400 and use it on the XP1. I've already read about using it on the XP2 and have no interest at this point in upgrading to the XP2 so please keep responses to using the XP1 with the 100-400 and with the TC.
Thanks!
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It doesn't know, because it hasn't got there yet...

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I have a problem with owning way too many camera bags of all types and wanting the perfect setup for every situation. One area that has given me issues is airline travel. I always want to bring a laptop, water bottle, snacks, other odds and ends as well as all of camera equipment in a bag that fits under the airplane seat. For a while, I was using a messenger bag (Tenba Cooper 13 Slim, great bag btw) and it worked, but carrying that much gear was a pain and when I got my destination, I didn't want to lug around a bag that big.

Then I got fed up with traveling with the messenger bag and after searching for a good backpack, I settled on the PacSafe V17. It has room for a 13" laptop or hydration bladder, tripod or water bottle on the side, good size camera gear compartment with side access, good straps, built in rain cover and 2 more compartments for stuff. The additional anti-theft compartments were just extras and made it all the nicer. After an international trip already, it's worked out much better than a messenger bag.

This still leaves me with the problem of not having a small bag for the destination. Then I remembered that the camera insert in the backpack comes out and the drawstring enclosure can be opened to pull it out easily. Then I noticed that the insert was just about the same size as a Think Tank Retrospective 5...

So the bag in a bag concept works out rather well. When the Retro5 is in the backpack, it feels just like the insert is in there, just a little bit heavier. Everything else fits in the same. I think this will solve my traveling problems quite well.

In the last picture, all of the camera gear that is being carried is...

- Fuji X-T1 with Fuji 56mm attached (taking the picture, not shown)
- Rokinon 12mm f/2, Fuji 23mm f/1.4, Fuji 18-135mm, Fuji EF-X8 flash
- ThinkTank 2 battery case, Memory Card case (4), lens cloth case, LensPen in bag
- B+W 67mm Circular Polarizer 007 Nano coating and 62mm to 67mm step-up ring
- Amazon Carbon Fiber travel tripod
- Peak Design Leash, SlideLite and Capture Clip (attached to side of Retro5)
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Dear Fujifilm,
This request may not be a camera feature per se. However, may still work towards capturing market share "feature".
Will Fujifilm be able to tie up with capture One to have a scale-down Fujifilm version of the software? Hehehe.
Coming from the Sony camp, capture one has got a Sony only version that's $29 ..
Will this cause an exodus from other brands to Fujifilm cameras.. [emoji6]
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I am a gear head, and I have perpetual GAS. Now that I've got that out of the way...

In the last 12 months I've gone from Fuji to a Sony A7ii kit. I'm very happy with the A7ii, and it's not going ANYwhere. Its a long-term affair. But - I have begun to want "something else". Something (a lot) smaller and lighter. Something with a fast lens in the 50-90mm range. Something that can be slung over a shoulder without a thought. I tried the Sony RX1R, and it is perfect in every way except no EVF, and 35mm is just too wide for my style. 75-85mm (equivalent) is my jam. I also tried a Sony RX100 Mk3, thinking it would slide into a pocket and go with me everywhere but, even though it is an amazing little camera, it was un-exciting for me.

Last week, I thought of going the complete OPPOSITE way, and was flirting with the idea of a Medium Format kit. I spent TOO many hours researching Hasselblads and, at one point, even settled on a Fujifilm GW670 III (6x7cm in a Rangefinder body - the "Texas Leica") but I eventually decided that it was all too much. Too big. Too complicated. More of a career than a hobby. Flirting done.

So... I'm back to the small, HQ kit idea. I kept looking at the Panasonic GM5 because if its miniscule size. It's quite a bit smaller than even the tiny Fuji X-A1, AND, it has a built-in EVF! I like to shoot with adapted lenses, and a Contax 50/1.4 with adaptor would be a nice fit. The GM5 doesn't have IBIS, which I think is important with the adapted lenses, but that's not a deal-breaker, and any current MFT body that has IBIS is too big.

Then I found this: The smallest, most powerful portrait combination under $1000 = the Panasonic GM5 + 42.5mm f/1.7

Panasonic GM5 and 42.5mm f/1.7 Power OIS lens. THIS is the TINY, powerful kit I've been looking for. The total package weighs 340g, fits in the palm, AND sports an 85mm (equivalent) STABILIZED f/1.7 lens. Slam dunk! But - will it give me the "look" I want? I used MFT for many years, and I think it will. At the time, I used the Olympus 75mm f/1.8, and I still love photos I took with that lens. 85/1.7 is even better! I was blown away by the photos in the linked I-R article. Shallow DOF and smooth OOF rendering. Sharp, good color and I love the (unusually) close focusing ability. I think I will be happy with this combo for my "other" kit.

I spent a little more time researching whether there will be a GM7 in the near future, and the consensus seems to be that the newly announced GX85 is the "GM7". But it is nearly as big as the GX8 or Pen F (or X-E2 or X100)!

So I picked up a new (black) GM5 for a very good price, and will initially use it with my Contax lenses while my bank account recovers. Then I'll get that 42.5 f/1.7! Stay tuned for images.
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Hi folks,

After an anxiously long wait, I have purchased the Fujinon lens XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

My first impression was the pure satisfaction of owning one of the most highly awaited lenses of 2016, mainly due to it being the first Fujifilm’s lens made specifically for wildlife and sports photographers. However, as I waited for its arrival, I’ve been reading some negative comments about its AF performance, which is a point to deal with... CONTINUE READING HERE: Shooting Wild Raptors with the new Fuji XF100-400mm

You can check out my site here: www.josecarpin.com

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I thought I'd start a thread to post examples of combining Film and Digital Kit. I'd be interested in seeing examples of film and digital cameras that people carry together, lenses that get swopped between film and digital bodies, and examples of images that people made of the same subject with both film and digital cameras. I often carry both a digital and a film camera with me. As can be seen from the photo here 35mm film cameras can be as small as compact digital cameras. The camera on the left is a Pentax ME-Super with the Pentax SMC-M 40mm f2.8 lens, which provides the same field of view as the 27mm f2.8 lens shown on the X-E2 on the right. The ME-Super allows shooting in Aperture-Priority Auto mode (very precise with it's step-less electronic shutter) and even has an aperture ring on the pancake lens (missing on the XF27mm). The Pentax has one of the biggest and brightest viewfinders ever made, providing crystal clear manual focus. I enjoy using both cameras equally and find great synergy in being able to switch between the AF camera with variable ISO and the ability to shoot exhaustively, and an MF camera that provides the extra dimension of using film and the optical SLR viewfinder.
Carrying two cameras like these two (with matching FOV lenses) provides something like the one-camera-one lens experience but with the ability to choose between digital files and film. Throw in a PK-FX adapter and you can even use the Pentax lenses on the Fuji. I often carry a rangefinder film camera alongside the X-Pro1.
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How do I ID which mount of my Meyer-optic Oreston 50mm F1.8 and I know they have two mounts and one for M42 and one for Exakta mount. Can some one tell me any difference between this two mounts.
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No Pressure, No Hurry...
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All SOOC jpegs, as I completely forgot to adjust to Fine + RAW but I'm wondering how much difference it would have made anyway, as the day was fairly dull and there were
no strong shadows to tease out detail from and few highlights to suppress.So pretty happy overall with Fuji's "Velvia effect" on the overall subdued colours in the landscape.
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April 28, 2016 5:45 am JST
Fujifilm hits record profit on strong instant camera sales
TOKYO -- Fujifilm Holdings logged a second straight year of record net profit helped by brisk sales of instant cameras in Europe and the U.S.

The company said on Wednesday that its group net profit rose 4% to 123.3 billion yen ($1.11 billion) in the year ended in March. Sales were flat at 2.49 trillion yen.

more here:

Fujifilm hits record profit on strong instant camera sales- Nikkei Asian Review
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I was visiting one of my brothers-in-law on his farm a couple of days ago and shot some pics of his cattle.

1. Fujifilm X100
2. Canon 7D + 70-300mmL
3. Canon 7D + 70-300mmL

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On my new X-Pro2, the Release/Focus priority setting seems to always work as if release priority was chosen? I mean, if I set the camera to focus priority it will still always fire when the shutter button has been fully pressed. I can press the shutter button, let go of it imeditately and the focus will continue to hunt back and forth a little bit and always fire, even when the picture is totally out of focus. If I hold the shutter button down until after the shutter has fired, the focus square is red, showing that the camera is aware the picture is out of focus, but fired anyway.

On my X-T1 however, the setting is respected. If focus priority is set the camera will not fire unless focus is acquired.

Is this a bug or a new "feature"?
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Had a search through the forums to see if anyone else experienced anything else before, but couldn't find anything...apologies if this has already been asked (or if there is a glaringly obvious solution).

On my XT1 (bought November last year) if I change the white balance settings or film simulation, any changes to these (apart from b&w or sepia modes) are not displayed in image previews in either the viewfinder or the screen i.e. I can still take photographs using different simulations or white balance settings, but these are only displayed in the final result, so it's proving somewhat difficult to judge white balance without taking a couple of images first and looking at the results as all images essentially look like an auto provia setting.

Any ideas how to fix? Or what the problem might be? Hoping it's just user error...

Thanks in advance
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I am quite new owner of the X-M1 and I've been trying to get the most of it in the field recently. I got through all the menus in X-M1 and I think I am already familiar with the most important features and also those less important as well.

So far I used Canon EOS400D. I used it with rather cheap lenses like the kit 18-55 or Tamron 55-200mm.
The EOS400D is now 10 years old so I don't consider it being a beast of autofocus, but still it gave me no trouble even when trying to re-focus on moving subjects. I decided to upgrade my camera (10 years must mean something in technology, right?) and I also wanted something lighter and smaller, which mirrorless cameras deliver.

Let me first explain what I am used to when working with Canon: with Canon I could half-press the shutter button to acquire focus, but if the subject moved around I could simply release the shutter button and half-press it again immediately to refocus. I can do it as many times as I want without any trouble and my old Canon simply re-focuses on the new distance each time I make a half-press.

Additionally, once the focus is set to some distance, and I decide to re-focus, the camera/lens makes only the small adjustments needed (when the subject did not move far away from where it was). And if the subject is still in the same distance, it just confirms the focus is set without any hunting or lens movement. The action of "half-pressing, releasing, half-pressing again" can be done without significant nor annoying lag as many times as needed.

Getting back to X-M1 with XF27mm: when I half press the shutter, the lens hunts back and forth every single time. Even in bright sunny conditions, the lens hunts for focus back and forth. To me, as a Canon user so far, it seems like if it was in complete darkness. I know that the focus is acquired quite quickly, but the hunting gets a bit annoying.

Even if the focus was set just a second ago and I release and then half-press the shutter button it still needs to re-hunt to actually get to the same point where it was just a moment ago - it doesn't simply confirm it is in focus (which I know it was), but repeats the hunting for focus.

Now the most annoying thing is that when I half-press the shutter button, then release and quickly half-press it again, the Fuji stops focusing (it just acts like if I didn't make that second half-press at all). I need to release and do it again so it can detect my half-press. Or I need to give a little time before half-pressing again just after releasing the first half-press. Certainly this takes time and is no good for capturing any moving subject.

So I thought I will give a try with focus mode set to continuous. Well, it keeps focusing without even half-press, that's OK, although I would expect to start focusing continuously when keeping half-press only. But the most crazy thing is that once that continuous focus locked focus correctly to given subject, I half-press the shutter button and then - to my surprise - the camera hunts again for the focus back and forth like if I was in normal focus mode. So why bother continuously acquiring focus moments before when it still needs to refocus by hunting when I make a half-press to take a shot? It makes no sense. It brings no help in pre-focusing...

Also the continuous autofocus stops operating when holding half-pressed. I would expect it to start operating when half-press, and be disabled when the shutter button is not touched at all. But oddly, it works differently.

I have the latest firmware in my X-M1: 1.40.

So my questions are:
1) Can anyone confirm it is the same with their X-M1 with XF27mm or is it some fault in my set and I should have it repaired?
2) Or maybe this is specific to the XF27mm lens itself?
3) Will I experience the same if I go with Fujifilm XC 50-230mm (which I am planning to buy)?
4) I know that my old Canon uses phase-detect as opposed to contrast-detect in X-M1, but could this be the reason for all this?
5) Is this also happening in other Fuji X cameras with Phase Detect focusing systems (which probably cost a fortune by the way)?
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Thought id have a go at making my own, not finished yet
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Richard Bona in Budapest.
XT-10, XF 55-200

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You never know where you might find something interesting to photograph. Men's room, cantina near Tucson, AZ, x100

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I was shooting a ballet performance in a theatre with a 90mm lens at f2 with 1/1900 sec shutter speed and at ISO 6400. The situation, lights and action called for these settings. The silent electronic shutter had to be used.

Many of my images turned out with horizontal stripes across the entire frame. It was not the theatre lighting, it had to be something with the equipment used that caused these lines.
A crop of such an image is shown below.

Was it the electronic shutter ?
Did the 90mm go weird?

TIA

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18mm @ f/3.6

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Made possible by the XF100-400 and 1.4X teleconverter @ 559mm.

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Hi everyone,

In AF-S single point, is it still possible to focus and recompose or does that work differently with the Fuji range of X cameras? Thanks for taking time to answer.
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My ongoing testing of how adapted lenses work on the X T1. This is the Nikkor 50 f1.2, wide open at its minimum focusing distance. Note the extremely shallow depth of field.

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  • Converts the fixed lens (28mm equivalent) to a 21mm equivalent without compromising optical performance.

X70-WCL Black $199.99
X70-WCL Silver $199.99
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This lens is not everyone's cup of tea, but I am liking it more as I use it.
Not many of these out there for sale. I don't think they were originally offered in the US (?).

The zoom range is perfect for me (36-52 EFOV on an APS sensor); constant f3.5 - I wish it were f2.8, but then it would be bigger, and it's already big enough for me because of the necessary adapter; lens entends only 3mm when zooming or focusing; hated the original hood, so I went to Ebay/China and dropped $5.

My big motivation here was that I truly hate large zooms. The only other zoom I own today is the Fuji 18-55, which is wonderful, but becomes a telescope at 55mm and I am not happy with that. If Fuji made a smallish 24-35/f4.0 zoom ..... dream on, Dave!

I'll post a stream of photos here, as I make them over time. If anyone else out there has this lens, feel free to drop some pictures here as you desire.

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The usual disclaimers apply: this is for USA; dealers will likely NOT publish these prices until May 22.

Note also the two lens kit for X-T10

May 22 thru July 2:


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Spurred on by great examples from @Tara Elizabeth, I sought and bought an example of the above lens attached to its donor camera for the princely sum of £60. This is one of my first test shots. Of course, Mistletoe the Jack Russell had to photo-bomb it!

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just recieved my 2nd hand 16-50mm to use as a carry around with my x-t10 (i felt the 18-135 was just a bit too heavy to be on as the main lense , but it still comes in my camera bag) More than happy with it . image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
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Ian
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I'm never first to publish with these things, but now a few months after release I've collected my thoughts on this little camera. I wasn't expecting it to fit into the Fuji picture as elegantly as it does, and now that I no longer have my X100T I'm realizing I might actually choose the X70 if I was to buy a compact again.

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I recently purchased an new X-Pro2 and used 35mm F2 (like new from a large online camera shop). I was testing the AF-S in my living room focusing on the lens box which was about 40cm away and then an object several meters away across the room. I noticed immediately I was getting a high number of images that were out of focus (both close and far targets) and after some more testing and recording the results I was getting 1 out of 10 images were out of focus.

I then did the same test with my 27mm and my 16-55mm F2.8 and focus was perfect, in fact I couldn't get eithet to miss focus. I tried the 35mm on my XT-1 and it also focused well, tried the 35mm on the X-Pro2 again and at least one blurry image in every 10.

When the camera missed focused the camera indicated positive focus with the beep and green light but image was completely blurry to the point where you would have difficulty telling what the image was. I thought maybe the camera was not shifting out/into macro mode properly with the 35mm since the other lens were fine.

Everything has newest firmware and was good light during the day in the room.

Anyways I'm a bit stumped as the problem only seems to occur with the one combination. I've requested an RMA for the lens as I'm assuming it's the issue but if anyone has any ideas or suggestions please let me know as I'd prefer to keep the lens if I can get this issue resolved.

Jason
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Anyone have any idea why Macs do not yet support us with Apple Camera RAW and LibRaw libraries?

and when they may add this support?

I would imagine Fuji made the RAW formats available well before release.
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Hi all,

I am wondering if fuji xt1 is capable lock focus to subject like shown in fuji a2? If it does, can anyone tell me how?


Thx
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