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    George_P reacted to Robr in X-T30 Video Overheating Solutions   
    I’ve shot years of wedding solo and your friends ask is a tough one as shooting is only a quarter of the challenge. That aside. I just did my first video with the x-t3 and focus was a challenge and the stupid stopped recording in 4K. At least it counts down on the screen to give you a heads up on when it will quit recording (so you can try to get critical vows and such...or an external recorder talked below)
    ok, the overheating issue. An external recorder is the way to go. It should give you 4:2:2 10 bit 4K and no limit on recording time (completely test this as I have xt3 not xt30 experience) the external recorder needs to have a monitor as part of its package. (My past experience w/ a Canon 5D mark III) it was the back LCD that caused the heating issue so switch to the eye viewer and test to confirm it won’t overheat anymore.
    on other stuff. Work on video focusing a ton and review footage on a large monitor. HD isn’t forgiving and 4K is even less forgiving. Use one lens and get as familiar as possible using it with video. Dreaming of what’s possible (different lenses, etc) vs the reality of only have one chance at getting it right will put a lot of stress on you. Switching gear in the middle of all this will add stress. (Where do you store the other gear, What pocket is it in, how/when to switch back, where’s that lens cap, did switching introduce dust, a hair, finger print or a little fuzzy thing that will be on all your footage now) 
    Sound: shotgun mic like Rodes with fake fur (deadcat) windscreen on camera as it will isolate most unwanted camera and all your breathing noise (you’ll be huffing/puffing at sometime). Small recorder with small lavalier mic for groom. Recorder goes in jacket breast pocket. Turn on at least 10min. before ceremony and put tape over on/off switch (if groom goes to bathroom ya don’t want him messing with recorder because he’s under stress too and may/will forget to turn it back on)
    hope I didn’t overstep your ask too much.
    just want to help you and your family.
    good luck!
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    George_P reacted to rosserx in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    MSC Charleston docked at Port Miami.

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    George_P reacted to Doug Pardee in Fuji XT questions   
    1. DxO refuses to have anything to do with X-Trans sensors. Until very recently, they refused to have anything to do with Fujifilm at all, even their Bayer-sensored cameras.
    2. Fujifilm -- along with Olympus, Panasonic, and Ricoh/Pentax -- honors the traditional "18% gray" brightness target value. That brightness goal was set during the days of B&W photography, and we've learned that color photographs tend to look a bit "underexposed" at that brightness level. For that reason, Canon's DSLRs derate the ISO number, so that you get about one stop brighter image -- about 35% gray. Sony does the same, and Nikon changed over about a decade back. So the "Big 3" manufacturers all use an ISO rating system that produces images about a stop brighter than those produced by Fuji/Oly/Panny/Pentax.
    What is measured as ISO 200 on the old "18% gray" plan is now being marked as ISO 100 by the big brands. In fact, when NIkon made the change, people commented about how Nikon DSLRs used to only go down to ISO 200 but now were going down to ISO 100. To get 18% gray on one of the big guy's cameras, you need to meter at twice the ISO that the camera is set to. [By the way, Canon tried the 18% gray target in the Rebel XTi/400D DSLR, and people complained about how dark its pictures were.]
    When using in-camera metering on Fuji, the multi-zone metering runs about a stop brighter than the "dumb" metering modes. That way Fuji produces the same bright color images that the Big 3 manufacturers do -- in Multi metering mode. But the difference in brightness between in-camera metering modes catches a lot of people off-guard.
    Personal opinion: the days of "18% gray" are behind us. Canon, Nikon, and Sony have long abandoned that standard, and virtually nobody has complained. It's probably time for Fuji/Oly/Panny/Pentax to make the change, too.
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    George_P reacted to merlin in Near and Far   
    X-T2, 16-80mm

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    George_P got a reaction from Olaf W. in Introduce Yourself   
    I'll skip in for Olaf and say Welcome and enjoy your new kit  !
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    George_P reacted to CARose in Fuji Flowers   
    First time out with new X-T3 and 18-55mm kit lens. Beautiful San Francisco Bay Area morning with blossoms everywhere. To say I'm impressed with the image quality would be an understatement. Coming from the Canon system, I'm just blown away with the results.
    Cheers!

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    George_P reacted to jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
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    George_P got a reaction from jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    Hullo big boats. Over to you, jerryy.
     

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    George_P got a reaction from jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    Goodbye small boats. 
     

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    George_P reacted to JBrew in New X-T30 owner in Utah   
    Hey, y'all!
    That's not really how folks talk in Utah but I've only been here for a year, having emigrated from the Southeast USA for work. I'm now at Utah State University where I build satellites for the Space Dynamics Lab. Out of a dozen or so places where I could probably find a job I chose Utah because I love the outdoors, ride motorcycles, ski, hike, etc. And I love taking pictures!
    I grew up always dreaming about owning a Canon F-1. I've just always appreciated good glass and fine optical instruments. No way I could afford an F-1 as a teen but one Christmas my girlfriend at the time got me a Pentax K-1000. It was a great little camera I wish that I still had. Match needle metering. 100% manual. Simple to use. That's what I learned on so I became familiar with aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and all that other great stuff. Plus, I used it for astrophotography and studied physics in college. I still wanted an F-1 or an A-1 but I was still poor.
    At some point I wandered in to Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro, Alabama and found a basically brand new Minolta Maxxum 7Xi. It was like, $200 so I bought it. It was way 'ahead' of my K-1000 and I was impressed with the electronics, but soon came to find I preferred the old Pentax. The autofocus was slow and it ate batteries like nothing I'd ever seen! I took it once on a winter backpacking trip in Smoky Mountain National Park only to find the camera wouldn't work at all in the cold! I had to carry the battery around in my pocket and it was just a gigantic pain.
    I finally sold it and found a really nice, used, Nikon FE-2 at KEH camera. I got a good flash and a couple of lenses and used that well into the digital revolution. I was still turned off by the poor performance of the Minolta which was technologically stunning, but a little ahead of it's time. Meanwhile the Nikon was serving me very well, though the cost of film and processing wasn't going down. In fact, digital was driving it up. The writing was on the wall and after a lot of research on the fledgling internet I purchased a brand new Canon Powershot S2iS.
    The Canon was a great little camera at the time and I have tons of pictures of my kids on it and lots of movies. The quality was good and it took AA batteries! The EVF left a lot to be desired and the rear screen was a little small, but other than that there was little to complain about. Except, technology didn't slow down and somehow the pictures it produced began to look... worse. I think I was just seeing better pictures elsewhere. At any rate, I strapped it to the tank of my motorcycle and took some video on a curvy road and it never worked quite right again. Thinking back, the vibration probably killed it. But I had an iPhone by then, the kids were older and I just wasn't taking as many pictures. For what I was doing at the time, the iPhone impressed me with how small it was, how well it could do, and how many pictures I could store on my hand-held supercomputer.
    But I was also missing a LOT of shots. And I knew what I would gain with a SLR and interchangeable lenses. It took me a long time to get around to reengaging with the leading edge, and part of that was moving to Utah where there's a lot more to take pictures of! So for the last few months I researched cameras that would be good for the things I do. Travel photography from motorcycles, hiking, ski-slopes, as well as family photography and general plinking. So, my main requirements were portability and weather sealing. Other requirements were a fast lens, quick start-up/wake-up, AA battery compatible, and user interface. I delved back in and was thoroughly overwhelmed by the plethora of manufacturers each of which had a plethora of options! It took a while coming from a 15 year hiatus, but I eventually figured out that there were a variety of use cases, features, and sensor size, that was driving everything.
    Interchangeable lens vs fixed lens was at the top. Within interchangeable there was the DSLR, mirrorless, and rangefinders. Within that there was entry, mid, and pro. With the fixed lens systems there was SuperZoom, compact, and ultra-compact. And all of these were build around a variety of sensors. Once I began to understand the way they were all laid out, I realized my requirements were a bit off. The chief requirement became the sensor. After all, isn't it all about image quality? If not, might as well stick with the iPhone, right? Next came the lens. I liked a few of the compacts like the Lumix LX100ii and the Sony RX100va because of their fast, moderate zoom lenses. I like a SuperZoom as much as the next guy, but how often am I really going to use a 60x zoom? And physics dictated that either the long zooms were slow, or the sensor was small. So all the SuperZooms as well as the Sony RX100vii came off the list. I'd been hamstrung too many times by a slow lens. I made out a chart of attributes with a bunch of cameras on it and though I really thought about the Sony, the Lumix, and one of the Canons, each of them had a major drawback that annoyed me. Some had no integrated flash, and I had learned to like fill flash. The Sony had that pop-up EVF which I didn't like. The Canon had terrible battery life. The Lumix nearly won out but I began to wonder what I was getting for that big price tag with a fixed lens. I had noticed that some of the entry-level mirrorless were nearly as small and I could actually change lenses. And honestly, mastering these cameras is not a trivial exercise and I don't really have the desire to master a high-end point and shoot, then get a mirrorless, and try to master two operating systems. I do that at work.
    So I started looking at the entry-level mirrorless and I Liked what I saw. Particularly the Sony alpha series. They were small and weather-sealed, and the auto-focus is out of this world, they say. But I wasn't particularly impressed with the E-mount lenses. I don't know why, but they are BIG. They offer one pancake that gets horrible reviews across the board. Every lens gets a few 1-stars because there's always "that guy." But the only E-mount prime that gave me the kind of quality and portability I wanted was three inches long!
    Somewhere amidst all this searching, I ran across the Fufifilm X-T30. I can't remember where. I think it was on a YouTube video or something. It seemed to check all my boxes except weather sealing. I've always been a fan of Fuji cameras because I had 'heard' that they are for photographers. And while I'm not a professional photographer, and have never taken a class, I am a physicist and cut my teeth on a K-1000. I understand the dials and I like the dials. I also liked the spread of X-mount lenses, of which there are several low-profile primes perfect for street photography. And there are also some really nice zooms that aren't a foot long. Because sometimes you do need 20x. Just not all the time.
    I was still split between the alpha6400 and X-T30, though. And the X-E2 is pretty cool too, though why would I go backwards, right? So when I was on vacation last month I was in Palm Springs for a few days and stopped in at Camera West there on CA111 just down from the Bentley/Lambo/McLaren/Aston/etc dealerships. (That was cool!) Best Buy doesn't sell Fuji or Lumix so I went in and spent about an hour with a knowledgeable salesman and held all these cameras in my hand: the X-T30, the a6400, and the LX100ii. The Fuji won hands down. It felt the best in my hand. It had the best build quality. The controls were 'right.' The lens made it small enough for a jacket pocket. And the price was really right: $100 off the silver body! And I've always liked the silver bodies. I also liked the simpler menus. And, I had been right about he lenses. All the XF lenses I looked at were smaller than their E-mount counterparts.
    So, now I'm trying to figure out how the _____ to use this thing properly. Getting some extra batteries. Getting a real charger. Looking at protection. Figuring out a good way to carry this thing on a ski lift. On a motorcycle. Walking around. Wondering what zoom to get first. And generally asking a lot of stupid questions. There was a time when I was too cool to ask questions I though others might think I should know the answer to. I've over 50. I no longer give a crap about that. But I do love this little camera. Any advice on set-up and use is appreciated. Feel free to point me to resources. And if I do ask a stupid question, feel free to tell me so. Just tell me the answer, too. 🙂
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    George_P reacted to TechGearTalk in Fuji X-T4 Sample Images   
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    George_P got a reaction from jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    The B/F factor must be very high upstream. I bet you don't know what that is.

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    George_P got a reaction from jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    Well I certainly hope that my son threw them away and did not try to chew on them. Or maybe the pirates took them.
     

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    George_P reacted to jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    I do not know about that, but in just one photo you have waaaaaaaayy more boats than I do in many of mine. Very well done!
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    George_P got a reaction from jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    If we take displacement into consideration, I need to post dozens of photos for each one of yours.

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    George_P got a reaction from jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    Look what I found !

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    George_P got a reaction from jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    This one can't be bothered either.

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    George_P got a reaction from CARose in Introduce Yourself   
    I'll skip in for Olaf and say Welcome and enjoy your new kit  !
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    George_P reacted to CARose in Introduce Yourself   
    Hello all!
    Quick introduction. My name is Craig Rose and I am coming to Fujifilm from the Canon realm. Having sold off most of my Canon gear after a good run, I thought it was finally time to make a fresh start. I just ordered the X-T3 with the 18-55mm kit lens and am really excited to get started with a new system. Most of my photography has been what some might call extreme action. My specialty is firefighting/fire service imagery which I have done for nearly two decades. You can see my work here:
    EMERGENCYPHOTO.COM
    I'm hoping to transition to subject matter that is a bit less adrenaline-centric, like landscape, nature, etc. Look forward to participating in the forum.
    Cheers!
    Craig

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    George_P got a reaction from jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    While the others are eagerly waiting for the water to rise, this old chap can't be bothered.

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    George_P got a reaction from jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    Too late. The tide is rising, it is under water now. These guys are dipping their feet in the water already. Anyway, forget the gobie, that white-red-blue big fat mudskipper is prettier for sure.

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    George_P reacted to Olaf W. in Fujifilm X-T4 - here it is!   
    Fujifilm introduced the Fuji X-T4 today, the new top of the range camera model. Following the X-T3, the new camera is improved in many aspects. There is the new  built-in image stabilizer, a premiere for the X-T series, and the autofocus system has been significantly improved.  .
    The X-T4 will be available starting in April, coming with a black and silver finish. There will be different kit lens options (XF18-55, XF16-80), or body only, of course. 
    Fujifilm X-T4 Pictures
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    George_P reacted to jerryy in Winter Landscapes   
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    George_P reacted to jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
    p.s Could you zoom in on that gobie in that one shot? My eyes are not what they used to be and I am having a bit of difficulty seeing it in the mud.
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