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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from Drunken Monk in Fuji Birds   
    Snowy Owl captured in central Ontario, Canada in the middle of the winter.
     
     

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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from Osdog in Fuji Birds   
    Snowy Owl captured in central Ontario, Canada in the middle of the winter.
     
     

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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from zpuskas in Old Quebec City + XT2 and 1973 Canon 24/2.8 and Minolta 58/1.4   
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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from tedorland in Making prints from Fuji X-Trans files   
    I have printed a nice sharp image that was approx 8 - 10 megapixel as a 2ft x 3ft stretched canvas.  I have a few of them from yester-year.  They all look excellent.  Canvas is a more forgiving medium to print on.  Remember, viewing distance (optimal) is at least 2x the vertical size of the print.  Its ok for an image to not be perfectly sharp or noise free ... it is the subject matter that people will notice and the large 'wow factor' from it being nice and big.  Only you will be the one to notice and give a care about the technical details.  People can print larger than they think from just listening to others on the web.  I have found from experience that I can print twice as large as what a print shop recommends and still be quite happy with the results. 
     
    What people don't realize is the image needs to be pre-sharpened before printing and the pre-sharpening needs to be stronger than they would think it should be.  It may look oversharpened on your screen, but it will print great.  Your screen and print material (paper, canvas, metal, etc) show the image different, so if it looks oversharpened on the screen, it will probably be just right for print.  But trial and error and experimenting is without a doubt the best approach.  Have fun!
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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from Neil_42 in EF-X 500   
    Agreed.  I have the flash and it has performed well.  
     
    There isn't many people that have that flash (at least it seems that way on the forums) because they are all wanting a cheaper alternative.  But anyone that has it, I haven't yet seen anyone complain other than wishing it was not line-of-sight when using as master/slave setup.
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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from claude in black and white (open thread)   
    The children's mini play castle (part of Boldt Castle property located at the 1000 Islands (in the St. Lawrence between USA and Canada)).

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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from adrian22 in Two manual lenses and X-T1   
    You have to change it for every lens you mount on the camera.  That is why I wish Fuji would allow that setting to be added to the Q Menu !!!!!
     
    The value you enter does nothing to correct the image due to any possible lens distortion.  It is only adding that focal length to the EXIF data.
     
    Have fun shooting with vintage adapted lenses. 
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    Adam Woodhouse reacted to JXPhotoGuy in Soligor 200mm f/2.8 MD/M to FX with K&F Adapter   
    This lens is heavy but gets the job done with good results on my X-T1
     
     

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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from Kentman in black and white (open thread)   
    Montreal City.

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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from mdm in Old Quebec City + XT2 and 1973 Canon 24/2.8 and Minolta 58/1.4   
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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from mdm in Old Quebec City + XT2 and 1973 Canon 24/2.8 and Minolta 58/1.4   
    A recent trip to Old Quebec City.
     
    When using adapted lenses, I usually shoot with either Velvia or Acros + R film simulation.
     
    Most of these shared are with my old Canon 24/2.8 or Minolta 58/1.4
     
    Details here ->  http://adamwoodhouse.info/old-quebec-city-fuji-xt2-with-canon-242-8-scc-and-minolta-rokkor-581-4/

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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from plaidshirts in Vivitar Auto Wide-Angle 20mm f3.8 Konica AR Mount   
    Since it has an effective focal length of 30mm, it would be a great casual walk around (street for example) lens.
     
    I really enjoy my 1973 Canon 24mm F2.8 SCC since it gives that common 35mm field of view.
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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from Kentman in Old Quebec City + XT2 and 1973 Canon 24/2.8 and Minolta 58/1.4   
    Vintage adapted lenses.
     
    More details here if interested -> http://adamwoodhouse.info/old-quebec-city-fuji-xt2-with-canon-242-8-scc-and-minolta-rokkor-581-4/

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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from George_P in Old Quebec City + XT2 and 1973 Canon 24/2.8 and Minolta 58/1.4   
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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from George_P in Old Quebec City + XT2 and 1973 Canon 24/2.8 and Minolta 58/1.4   
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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from George_P in Old Quebec City + XT2 and 1973 Canon 24/2.8 and Minolta 58/1.4   
    A recent trip to Old Quebec City.
     
    When using adapted lenses, I usually shoot with either Velvia or Acros + R film simulation.
     
    Most of these shared are with my old Canon 24/2.8 or Minolta 58/1.4
     
    Details here ->  http://adamwoodhouse.info/old-quebec-city-fuji-xt2-with-canon-242-8-scc-and-minolta-rokkor-581-4/

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    Adam Woodhouse reacted to plaidshirts in Vivitar Auto Wide-Angle 20mm f3.8 Konica AR Mount   
    Cool lens I picked up. It's pretty big and heavy, but balances well on my X-T1.
    It focuses to less than 6" allowing it to be both wide angle and macro.

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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from Bill28 in X-T2 4K recording stops   
    Good luck if you do that.
     
    After my 3rd Nikon full frame DSLR failed on me at weddings, I ditched all of that product line and went to Fuji.  Not because I was naive and thought Fuji would be problem free, just frustrated and time for a change.
     
    My D3s (their flag ship for a short while) had 2 repairs at Nikon for a random locking up with ERR code on the top LCD.  After 2 repairs and almost $900 (Canadian) it still wasn't fixed and Nikon didn't know what the problem was.  The other 2 failed bodies (D700 and D610) both had different mechanical failures that each required approx $400 repair bills.
     
    The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
     
    Oh ... and a side note.  When I got the D610 I had an incident where video I recorded did not get written to the memory card.  I followed up with Nikon and they didn't know why that would happen.  I later discovered that if the batter got low, there was a chance video would look like it was recording to the memory card but it wasn't!  wtf    From that point on I always made sure when shooting video for wedding clients that the D610 had a battery with more than 50% power.  I was always worried that my video recording was in fact not recording after that.  But I never had that video issue again.
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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from Curiojo in black and white (open thread)   
    Montreal City.

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    Adam Woodhouse reacted to konzy in Fuji X-T1 x Nikon 70-300   
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    Adam Woodhouse reacted to konzy in Fuji X-T1 x Nikon 70-300   
    Hey guys,
     
    I thought I'd share with you a few pictures I did with the excellent Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens, mounted on my X-T1 with an adapter ring from K&F Concept. I went to Munich's beautiful zoo, Hellabrunn, to test this setup. That poor zoom lens is a survivor of the great Nikon purge that I did 2 years ago, when switching to Fujifilm... It slept in a cabinet ever since, and I rediscovered it by mistake, and decided to give it a try as I don't have any zoom for my X-T1.
     
    The lens is quite big and heavy on the X-T1, and for those like me who abandoned their DSLR for the weight, it feels quite weird at the beginning! Of course, everything becomes manual, so no autofocus and unfortunately, no vibration reduction... This is where IBIS would prove useful!
     
    Overall, I'm quite pleased with the results. The lens is sharp and I didn't notice any aberration or such. However, focusing is quite challenging, despite the very good manual focus mode on the X-T1. At the zoo, you want pictures of animals which can be quite far away, with a nice bokeh to isolate them from their background -- which can be made of fences or electric wires... And at 300mm and f/5.6, without autofocus, well, it's challenging to get sharp pictures! The monopod I took with me was essential to be stable.
     
    Here are the pictures, hope you like them!
     
    Konzy
     

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    Adam Woodhouse reacted to BobJ in Micro-contrast - What is it?   
    Micro contrast has nothing to do with colour. A lens with high micro contrast can distinguish between increasingly small variations of tone at high frequencies. It is about resolution, which is not the same as sharpness. An image can look sharp but have low resolution. All lenses are optical compromises. A lens with high macro contrast and low micro contrast can appear sharp despite not being able to resolve fine detail. A lens built for high micro contrast can show fine detail but can produce dull and lifeless looking images. In practise a lens designer has to balance these two qualities together with many other lens characteristics. Leica and Minolta, who worked closely together for a while in the pre-af era, made low macro contrast lenses that could resolve fine detail and had a lovely subtle tonal reproduction. What the designers did was to boost the MTF figures at finer than 60 cycles at the expense of the 10-30 cycle range. A decade ago David Kilpatrick wrote a very illuminating article called "Historical Perspective on Minolta Lens Design Philosophy". I have a hard copy of this but I don't know if it can still be found online. In it he discusses some of this together with coating decisions made to help give contrast and colour consistency (lens colour was much more important in film days for obvious reasons).
     
    Nowadays with exotic glasses, aspherical elements and design methods that were not available in the 70s and 80s, lenses can be made with less compromise but differences are still there. A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to attend a factory tour at Cooke optics in Leicester. Their hand built lenses are used for many feature films and TV dramas and are famed for the "Cooke Look". It's difficult to explain but involves smooth tonal transitions and beautiful bokeh. Interestingly they told me that they are able to design for the look in the design software. If you have to ask how much they cost you can't afford one! The TV companies mostly hire them. The feature film people have such big budgets that they are not a significant cost to them. Have a look at their website, it's quite interesting. www.cookeoptics.com
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    Adam Woodhouse reacted to Enzio in black and white (open thread)   
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    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. BMW 328 by Enzio Harpaintner, auf Flickr
     
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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from SauveGV in black and white (open thread)   
    Montreal City.

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    Adam Woodhouse got a reaction from George_P in black and white (open thread)   
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