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CplGumby

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  1. I just downloaded the X Raw Studio and have recently been playing with it. I think perhaps some people have misunderstood the use of the software, it won't replace Lightroom, Capture opne, etc, but is really used just to augment on the few files where you don't feel your raw converter is doing the fuji files justice. I have to agree that I was disappointed to see that it converts to jpg (or TIFF) as I was hoping for a RAW file so I could work with it more in Photoshop if necessary. Having a JPG means you limit yourself to the available post processing. I also agree that downloading images to your folder, hooking the camera up, and then going to the folder is a bit of a workflow hinderance but again, I believe X Raw Studio is ideally used for just a few files. However, it does do a great job for it's intention. I'm including a picture of my dog whicch is notorious for trying to capture as he is a combination of black and grey, a sensors nightmare! He's old so please ignore his little bumps on his eye, I love him none the less. The first one is how the image was captured in Lightroom and the second one was using X Raw Studio. I changed the film simulation and converted it. No other post processing was done. Just my thoughts.
  2. I can't offer any advice as I don't do portraits, however, I can offer my encouragement. I really enjoyed looking at all these images! You have done a great job with posing ideas and keeping things tack sharp. Keep up the good work! C.
  3. Here are a couple more
  4. The 55-200 is my least thought of lens. Sitting in the bottom of my bag of lenses I really only bring it out when I go to the mortocross track. There I basically beat the crap out of it, letting it get dusty, wet, using my sleeve to wipe of the dust... and everytime I walk away amazed at the quality of the images! Mind you, in insufficient light, it's another story but when light isn't a problem this lens is fantastic, especially at the price! Here are some pics of a Red Bull Rocks and Logs event this weekend. Ideally, you want to have the rider coming at you but unfortunately due to the limited access for spectators we were unable to see them coming for the good parts!
  5. Nice Work! I brought the same set up to an indoor rodeo and it was a disaster. I think that lens works great when there is enough light! Well done!
  6. Great idea, Adam, I'll give it a go!
  7. I never considered using the TC for hockey as the lighting is pooh. What is your ISO usually at?
  8. I don't have the Graphite but I experience that a lot. When I have shutter set to T it appears the slightest touch (don't even recall touching it.) constantly changes my shutter speed. When shooting action sequences I am constantly having to double check that the shutter hasn't changed
  9. Here are a series of shots that demonstrate the ability of the T2 to stay focused on the player when another passes in front. This was achieved by using an AF-C Custom setting. Tracking sensitivity was set to 4; Speed Tracking was set to 0 and Zone was Center. These were shot through the plexiglas and I was on the goal line with the player on the center. Not great action but I was surprised when I came across it how it stayed with the subject.
  10. Awesome! Thanks for the settings!
  11. We all had that same comment!! Me neither, I thought they would have been inside. I went back the following weekend and they were out and it was -22C that day (-27 with windchill). I guess that mane serves another purpose!
  12. Thanks for the comment. I do shoot with it over exposed by 1 stop but you gave me food for thought. Although I take the meter reading off the jersey, maybe it's still under exposed as I find I have to bump the exposure up on all of my images. (Gee Chad, why don't you bump up your esposure in camera then?? D'uh!)
  13. Great images! It's good to see that the focus and sharpness is crisp. Are you using single point or Zone focussing? I've found that Zone 3x3 works better than single point for me but I use single on my DSLR so I'm not sure. How do you get it so your blacks aren't crushed and over saturated?
  14. I shoot hockey and have tried both single and zone using a 3x3 square. I use single pt with my DSLR but have found a higher % of keepers using zone. I think the single point focus isn't as reliable on the X-T2 for fast moving subjects as the zone is.
  15. Bazooka or a club?? That thing is massive!! Ha! Ha!
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