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Memorial Day is a remembrance of those that gave their lives while serving in the armed forces. My father-in-law survived the second great war and lived well into his seventies. Just want to get that out of the way so we're clear that I understand the significance of Memorial Day.

There are only a couple photos of my father-in-law while in the service and for a postcard project I'm starting I scanned them tonight. Take a look from the neck down of these two marines. I'm floored by the textures and shadows in their clothing, their hands are dirty (both were artillerymen) and somewhat enlarged(?) compared to their faces.

Anyone familiar or willing to speculate on what gives this image these qualities?

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I was an early adapter of the X Pro 1 and it's a camera that'll I'll probably hang onto for a long bit. I bought the original 3 primes but sold on the 60mm and bought the 18-55mm - leaving me with the zoom, the 18/2 and 35/1,4 for those of you scoring at home.

I've been reading of late how much faster focusing the new 35/2 WR is. I'm not sure if that is true of it on my XP1.

So I've been pondering trading in one, two, or all of my lenses on a lens upgrade - 35/2 OR maybe on an XT10 or X-E2s OR that X100t I've been eyeing for so long. Would any be a wise choice? If so, which would you choose (and why if you would be so kind)?
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Result of an airboat ride in the Everglades with the family
X-T10, 18-55, 55mm, 1/160, F9 ISO 640

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Time to push an underrated Fuji lens, 18-135!
Sixteen years ago when I bought this retirement property, I broadcast some wildflower seed in a rough rocky area between the house and the road. Now every year there are a multitude of flowers managing quite well without any interference from me.
Some of them you have already seen.

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So I bought my X-T10 about 3 days ago now, with a 35mmF2 and I've decided to post the first images taken with the camera and lens setup with you guys.

They're nothing special, as they've all been jpeg's out of the camera sent to the Lightroom app on my phone and edited through that.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

P.S. I seem to have taken a lot more images of flowers than I usually would.

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Hi,

We have a family road trip coming up this summer to Colorado and these rebates are making me think about adding a lens. I currently have a x-t1 with Samyang 12mm, xc 16-50mm, xf 35mm 1.4 and a xc 50-230mm.

I will have around $600ish to spend and shoot mostly landscape, wildlife and family events. Looking a my favorite photos I have taken, I don't really have a pattern of distances I use. I do live the results from the 35mm but that could be just having a nice prime...

Any suggestions? Should I just bank my money and some day (year) get the 100-400mm?

Thanks,
Sean
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Hi!

It's been 10 days since buying my X-T1 and it feels like 1000 days already. An amazing camera. It's still surprising me.

I've been using a classic Canon 5D for the full frame lolz fitted with some retro lens. That has been a lot of fun on the eye, but not on the back. And the Olympus EM5, a great camera, but not one I could ever truly fall in love with.

Well, they're on Ebay now and my X-T1 is the victor by a country mile.

I've started with the 23mm, but have just ordered a 27mm pancake. So, I'm not sure what's going to happen with such similar focal range.

Looking forward to reading and contributing here! :)
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I'm looking for a camera strap that's safe, secure, strong and comfortable for having camera over shoulder/chest when out walking for a good few hours etc. Must attach to the standard XT1 camera strap pivots, rather not have a screw into the tripod mount one.

I used to use the Blackrapid Yeti with my Nikon and hated it, it just didn't seem to stay put, and the sliding stoppers never seemed to stay in the same place. So something along those lines, but better.

Any suggestions?
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The quality is fantastic but I did experience one particular issue with the auto-focus. During multiple occasion, the camera refuse to focus on foreground object. . It was always focusing on the background and giving me beeping confirmation even thought I was on a single focus point and there was an object clearly in front perfectly align with that object. I do have the latest firmware for my X-T1. I did not see any lens firmware update. I know I am not the only as someone else has reported the problem to FujiFilm without any success. I am hoping someone here has been access to Fuji people and can help resolve this trouble.
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Having recently downloaded the Nik Collection, I thought I'd explore the world of HDR with their HDR Efex Pro 2. I thought what better way to test the application than to shoot a few images inside one of our historic covered bridges just down the road. I saddled up my X-T1 with my 23 mm f 1.4 and shot four frames ranging in exposure from -2 stops to +1 stop. I left the settings of HDR Efex Pro 2 at their defaults. I'm pleasantly surprised!

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How about the sound!
Each covered bridge in our area has a distinct sound and "feel" to it. If you have a nice set of headphones and wanted to hear what a small passing car sounds like from mid-way though this old covered bridge, click on this LINK and take a listen. This bridge has a very conservative weight rating as you can well imagine.
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Hey folks, just got a 16mm 1.4 to go with my X-T10.

I came from a Nikon FX system where I used my 20-35mm a lot for landscapes. I'm covered on the 24mm and 35mm now (with my 16 1.4 and my X100T) but I'm lacking the 20mm that I use often for landscapes. I never go wider than 20mm.

That being said, would carrying a 10-24 be overkill? Or even a 14mm or 12mm for that matter (point being, carrying another lens).

Could I get to 20mm by using the 16mm and stitching a few frames, perhaps using the Fuji panorama mode?

I'm pretty new to the Fuji system and trying to learn! The panorama mode intrigues me, but I can't find any samples of people using it to only do wide panoramas and not 180 or 360 panoramas. I'm aware that I could just get the 10-24 and not have 3 lenses, but landscapes aren't the only thing I shoot, and I need a fast wide for low light use and I won't get rid of my X100T. I'm trying to keep things versatile, and having just a 10-24 would be limiting since I'd only use it for landscapes (F4 isn't enough for me for depth of field control).

Thanks!
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Hello folks, here's my report on the finished eyecup for my X-T10.

I bought this item from shapeways - it's a 3D printed adapter ment for Nikon DK-19. And I ordered a original DK-19 also on ebay. Got it all in house, and tested it all today.

So how is it?

I have to start with the problems.
The eye sensor is covered, so you have to press the view mode button to change between LCD screen and EVF.
Second, the LCD tilting screen can't be tilted out directly from the top.
Third, it's not so easy to fit a flash.
But the biggest problem is that when I use my glasses, I can't see the whole EVF. It's quite comfy without my glasses on, but I really hoped that I could use the EVF with more ease without removing my glasses.

What's good?
It's sit tight, well designed and a good idea.

Will I use it? It depends on the kind of shooting I'm doing. For landscape photos on strolls in the bright summer sun it will be on. For streetwalk shooting, no way. Best setup will be if I get a second body, and have this with my 16mm and the other body with a zoom.

I took some pictures of this, but not having more than one body - please excuse the cell phone pictures.

Hope you find this helpfull.

Harald.

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Moving to the dark side (once) Just for fun

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Hi all, and sorry if this has already been discussed.

I've noticed that the autofocus speed is significantly slower when using the OVF with the electronic range finder (ERF). If I use the OVF without the ERF, autofocus is snappy. For what it's worth, using the EVF is fine as well.

Anyone notice this or have some advice for me? I like the ERF but won't use it because it's too slow to focus.
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From my walk this morning; the catalpas are blooming this week. (XE-2 18-55)

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I like the idea of split screen very much. Now that I am trying the X PRO 2 its the first time I see it though I thought it should have been implemented years ago. Nonetheless, my results in using it are marginal at best.

I wonder how other use it or does everyone prefer the focus peaking.

If you use it, what are the circumstances that it becomes an effective tool?
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Pictures of Magda, last weekend
Used XPro 2 with XF35 f/2
XT1 with XF16-55 and some 56 f/1.2

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For the last two years my wife has adopted my X10, exclusively. It's basically hers now. Six months ago it developed a fungus spot a few mm across just off centre, that is slowly growing. I borrowed the camera two days ago and to my surprise can actually see evidence on the photograph. Into the sun it's as clear as day.

She uses the camera photographing for publications, work, archiving, all kinds of stuff, and even bothered to negotiate all the menus, which surprised even me. I believe the lens and sensor is a one piece unit on the X10 and would be uneconomic to replace. Is there likely to be an X40 soon, or should I opt for a new or used X10, xX20 or X30? No idea why the X10 succumbed to fungus, none of my other film or digital lenses and cameras that are kept with it have a similar problem.
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Took my ATV out for a ride into the wilds of Newfoundland last evening and stumbled upon this cabin in the foothills of the Blomidon Mountains.

I wonder who the lucky owners are?

Taken with the XPro2 and the XF50-140.

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I'm continuing my "IRL" testing of SilkyPix Pro (now on referred to as SP) with my X-Pro1. I'm quite happy. Loving its control of colours, but highlights and shadows are a bit different to how everybody else seems to do it.

I'm always drawn to fairly quirky, centre left solutions (erm like Fuji :D) and I do not enjoy an overly clinical digital look to my shots. (YMMV)

I've never been one for all LR is so rubbish with .RAFs brigade, but I really don't enjoy using LR, I'm not sure why, but I don't.

I've never used PS.

I have the most experience with Capture One, and it's very, very good IMO. Perhaps a little over complicated, with far too many ways to do the same thing, but the layers make it a extremely versatile tool.

But it never does any harm to try something new, in fact it's actually fun to run the same raw file through different PP solutions, the results can SOMETIMES be so variable, that it's like you used different cameras :)

I'm still finding my feet with SP...

But (like I probably said already!) I'm pretty happy so far

The word 'filmic' gets used a lot, and there's various paths to a filmic image

But I'm not really one for plug-ins and pre-sets.... (YMMV) and the X-Pro1 has quite a filmic/organic/gritty/matte look to it's files anyway...

So the question for me, was does SP bring out what I like in a X-Pro1 shot?

And I've gotta say a resounding YES to that...

(whether or not it's limitations and quirks mean that it becomes my prime tool or just part of my workflow remains to be seen... things like that are a shot by shot basis anyway)

Anyway, I took a stroll round my 'hood and took some snaps!

Now these are just snaps, but I wanted to play with colour (FWIW, I often find that RAFs aren't the best with greens and sometimes sky blues YMMV, your workflow and PP skills probably vary too, so to reiterate, I PERSONAL find greens a bugbear, I'm NOT saying that greens are a bugbear)

I've resized these 50% as I can't remember what size the forum accepts for shots, and it annoys the hell out of me when it refused to upload :)

And AGAIN, these are situational test shots, not anything meaningful!

And sorry for the cat ones, she followed me, but she's handy because she's very dark with ginger bits, so offers a good test of shadow detail!!

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I'm finding the colours natural, but I'm yet to figure out how to get the pop I get out of C1. I suspect the answer is .tiff>C1+layers :) But I want to use SP standalone and learn what I can with it for now


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I used the (compared to C1) rudimentary layers tool on this, but to be fair it did the job I wanted..



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Bright yellow, and green doesn't look like it was done with a highlighter pen :) = go SP !!


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As cat shots go, this is pretty reasonable :D

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Another colour test, another score IMO... (YMMV) I was looking at all the whites and blacks here, and the details aren't smeary...

Overall the noise is a bit higher than some other PP software, but I'm finding it very organic

I like quite dark, gritty textured pics, ideally that have an approximation of filmic colours

I feel that SP is delivering that for me (YMMV)

Pic upload limit is 5, so more coming up in a second!
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Taken with Samyang 12mm f/2.8 + Hoya ND400 filter

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I'm thinking of buying a graphics tablet for processing work - not a heavy duty amount. Can anyone recommend a tablet and give me an idea what I should look out for? I've been viewing a Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch (small) and wondered the pros and cons of this. Also I'm still using Adobe Photoshop CS3 and wondered if this would work ok - I'm comfortable with CS3 so don't want to change if possible.
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it is to me allthough at this stage i feel a bit of a chareleton as i dont own one yet (made an offer on one today :)) but to me looks are important as probably allready discussed on here but i think for me and maybe most it harks back to the old film days .
and allthough most people would say its the photos that matter not the camera i need to feel i like something to use .it
an example is i have had over 50 motorbikes all do the same job but very few of them i love most do a job well but only my harley and old bmw airhead i love and want to ride all the time .
it was the same when i first got my old nikon fm2n i allways wanted to go out and take pictures i loved the camera but i allso loved the look of the camera..

so i am just waiting for my offere to be accepted or declined ,either way i am getting one .

many thanks
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Hey everyone, long time lurker, first time poster here.

Is it just me or does anyone else find X-Pro2 to be easily worn out? For example, I've noticed a lot of scratches on the bottom plate and a few on the top. "e" of the Made in Japan print is half gone already. And the red A on the shutter dial is gone 1/3 as well. Also a few scratches on the LCD, too.

I've been using my X-T1 for almost two years now, I never use protective stuff with my gear but my X-T1 is in much better cosmetic condition than my ~3 month old X-Pro2. There's only one scratch on the LCD and that's it.

And I must add, I am never reckless with my gear whilst shooting, I always take good care of them and am cautious. I even clean them up with microfibre cloth every week.

Anyone else have similer experiences?
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I have a lot of fun reading reviews and threads whenever a new X camera comes out, but I still haven't felt any desire to sell the X100 and go shopping. I'm not sure if I ever will.

Anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone else here is still shooting with the original X100 and feeling happily GAS free.

Cheers!
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Hello, this photos were taken walking in the old part of Vitoria, in the north of Spain. Hope you like them.

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Hello, this photo was taken in Noja, the north of Spain, hope you like it.

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Not sure why I like this one (aside from the fact, she's the love of my life) but I really like it babe (1 of 1).jpg
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I primarily shoot Nikon but have always loved the Fuji X System and still have and enjoy my original X100. I jumped on the X System with the original X-Pro1 and had a love hate relationship with it. It was an absolute joy on paper and the IQ was amazing however it's slow AF and useless EVF (pre-any firmware updates, got it 1st week it was available) made me return it.

Although I did take some of my favorite shots ever of my daughter with it. Fast forward a few years and I got the itch after reading all of the reviews of the X-Pro2

All I can say is.. OMG! All the issues I had are gone, this camera is amazing and so much fun to shoot. I've had it about a week now with the 35mm 1.4 and have the 23mm & 56mm coming this week. Almost every image is spot on to what I envisioned prior to hitting the shutter. I mostly shoot RAW, but SooC is phenomenal especially with the ACROS film simulation (which is gorgeous and I'm having a real hard time matching in LR). The layout is amazing, even the ISO dial isn't horrible once you get used to it. I would like to set an FN button to adjust ISO (which I'm sure is possible when I RTFM). Combining Mechanical & Electronic shutter allows you to shoot wide open in all kinds of situations without having to add ND filters.

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Finally got my adapter.

For comparison, first pic is from the Fuji 55-200 @200 f/8 taken through the picture window (I need a ladder to get this picture outside). Was taken during golden hour.
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Pentax 300 @ f/8 taken through the picture window - this was about one hour before golden hour on a different day from the 55-200 pic.
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First picture I took with the 300 @ f/8
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And this picture was taken @ f/5.6
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I did these shots hand held and it was not that easy to manual focus due to the 450mm magnification. It is doable to handle though and with practice this lens appears to be pretty good. Definitely see the advantage of using the tripod. Close focusing is not possible but from what I understand that was a limitation due to the size of the lens which is about the same as a fully extended 55-200.
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After work today, I sped away to Cooper's Rock State Park in West Virginia to get some light biking in and hiking/photography. Below are a few of my favorites from the night. If you want to see a few more, visit my website here.
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One thing I have to mention is that I bought Peak Design's new Everyday Messenger 13 bag and am blown away at how awesome the bag is. The new smaller size is perfect for my uses. The strap setup is ingenious and works as well while biking as it does while hiking.
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Finally stopped raining long enough to get out and shoot a bit with the new toy — XPro-2 w/ the Touit 32. Couple of night shots from a recently opened chunk of park near me…

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I pulled a good one this weekend. Shooting a mountain bike race with my X-T10 and X-T1, I noticed that the LCD and EVF on the X-T10 showed the images very heavy magenta with the white balance on Auto. Switching to shade, sun or any other WB's the magenta disappeared. Fortunately no riders where coming as I tried to figure out what was wrong. Finally got it, and as usual it was 'operator error', somehow I had hit "shift" while in the white balance menu then used the arrow keys to move the shift way up and right. Don't know why I was even in the white balance menu in the first place. Shooting raw I could have taken care of things in post, but I learned one more things about my Fuji's.
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Sunday was Greek Jewish Day on Broome Street. More here.

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