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  1. X-100 s, t, f are the sort of designations for a model's evolutionary change. Basically the same with enhancements on each iteration. X-200 would be reserved for a revolutionary change, perhaps IBIS or a full frame sensor. It will be interesting to see how they handle it when/if they have a new model of this series.
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    My favorite camera bag is...

    I have two "systems," so have two bags, both of which I love. I have a strong preference for messenger bags. The first is a Tenba Cooper 15 slim. Holds a 15" MacBook Pro with room to spare. I have an X-H1, a 16-55, a 50-140, and an EF-X500 flash. There's room for one more lens, maybe a 56 1.2 or a 16 1.4. The bag could hold two cameras with lenses attached if you're into that kind of pain. Possible to have one or two more lenses in there.There are numerous pockets for batteries, etc. If needed, the flash case (in its case) can be attached to the bags strap freeing up room for other stuff. I love the front flap, which secures with velcro rather than annoying buckles. With the right technique, the front flap can be opened silently, so the you avoid the dreaded tearing sound of hook and loop materials. It has a cool, removable carry handle, too. Well designed. The side pockets are expandable, which is nice. The internal compartment is removable, so the case can be used for non-photographic purposes, an overnight bag perhaps. My other is the Tenba Classic P211. This is a case that's been around since 1979, designed for photojournalists. I use it for an X-Pro 2, 16mm 1.4, 23mm 1.4, and either a 56 1.2 or a 90 2.0. Can hold two cameras with lenses attached, and one or two more lenses in the bottom. The flash fits in a horizontal compartment underneath the bag. All of this equipment fits easily. If you make end-to-end rear lens caps, you can store the 16 and 35 in one lens sleeve, allowing for four lenses. You can also put in a lens in the lower compartment. A smaller lens will fit with the flash. The bag will also hold a tablet like my iPad. This is NOT the bag for the 16-55 and 50-140. The bag, though well padded, is thin and light, which is what I really like about it. The only complaint that I have is there are no external side pockets. While this is frustrating, it does contribute to the bag's slim design and small footprint. There are zippered compartments in the lid and in the front of the bag. If you happen to be an educator, Tenba has edu discounts. I was able to get a substantial discount on the Cooper Slim. I bought the P-211 before I was aware of the discount. I'm a bag snob and have purchased dozens over the years. The two are among my three favorites. The other was a Tamrac I purchased 30 years ago for some 35mm gear (also a messenger style bag).
  3. I found my way into mirrorless cameras on a whim, wanting to see what all the fuss was about. It was my good fortune that I chose a used Fuji, an E-X2. I have purchased a lot more Fuji equipment in the last two years and love every piece. I recently purchased an 80mm macro and was pretty underwhelmed by it. Great lens, but I didn't really have the need for it. I returned it and asked for an X-100f to replace it. Wow. This little wonder has transformed my photography. I'll continue to use my X-H1 and X-Pro2, but this small, ultra lightweight camera is a real delight to use. The fixed 35mm lens requires that I think more about subject distance and composition. It requires a different mindset (for me at least) and I love the resulting photos. Built-in TTL flash is great for fill, all the manual controls are a wonder, too. I'm tending to play more in the menus than I have done in my other cameras. Not sure why. I haven't been this excited about a camera in a couple of decades. Anyway, I've read a lot of great press on this camera, and I can see what all the fuss is about. Here are ten shots from last weekend:
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    Lightroom Fuji Profile with new X-H1

    Thanks, gents. You're both geniuses. I couldn't find it in Classic CC, but I was sure it must be there. Thanks for guiding me to it. Finally!
  5. My images from my new X-H1, when processed in Lightroom, don't trigger the Fuji film profiles. Anyone know what gives? Is it a matter of Adobe catching up to a new body? My XP2 and XT2 both offer me numerous film profiles. Any help/insight much appreciated.
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    Fuji X-H1 – Your Opinion

    No brainer for me. Image stabilization remains a revolutionary technology. Hi I have six lenses, among them the 16, 23, 56, and 90. They’ll all be IS now. My chief gripe with Fuji has been a lack of (otherwise beautiful) IS lenses. I pre-ordered the XH-1 with the 16-55. Lack of IS is the only thing having kept me from buying this lens. I’ll sell my 16 1.4, which I rarely use. I have an XE-2 and 18-55 to off load. Then I have to decide which will go: my beloved X-Pro 2 or my silver XT-2 w/ grip. That’s going to be a tough decision…
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    Have you also sold your XF 90mm f2?

    You seem unsure. Why don't you rent one? You should know whether you want one or not after a few days.
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    A Few Recent Candid Portraits

    The first two are taken with the 56mm f/1.2, the second three are taken with the 90mm f/2.0. XP-2, 56 1.2 XP-2, 56 1.2 XP-2, 90 2.0 XP-2, 90 2.0 XP-2, 90 2.0
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    EF-X 500

    When I sold my Canon gear a year ago, the one thing I missed was its outstanding flash capability. On full auto, it rendered consistently balanced, excellent exposures. As a friend put it, "Your flash photos don't look like flash photos." When I went Fuji, I had a brief, disappointing affair with the EF-42. I recently put my X-Pro2, 18-55, and my newish EF-X 500 in the hands of a relative with no experience. Full auto, bounce with diffuser, low white ceiling. I'm pretty impressed with the exposures. Shot RAW processed in LR.
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    Mesa Verde

    Went on a car trip recently and visite three NPs. Mesa Verde is in Colorado. This area was home to indigenous people dating back to 600 AD. 23mm f/1.4 23mm f/1.4 55-200mm f/3.5 - 4.8 90mm f/2.0
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    Yosemite Deer

    I stumbled onto these two while visiting the park recently. Shot with an X-Pro2 and a 55 - 200.
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    Have you also sold your XF 90mm f2?

    I love my 90mm, though as has been pointed out, it's more specialized. The 56 is a better all-around portrait lens. You could use a 90 for sure, but it would be too long sometimes. I have both and use the 56 more often. Below are three shots from my 90:
  13. Watching…. I'm ready to pull the trigger on an XT-2 to complement my X-Pro2. A price redux seems unlikely, but maybe they'll do the free grip again. It's a ways until the holiday shopping season…
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    XF23mmF1.4 or XF23mmF2 WR - POLL

    WR is not a feature I need. For those that do, I'm sure it's really important. Some of my gear is WR, but I bought in spite of that fact, not because of it. I need an aperture range that will let me maximally manipulate my images. Granted, the difference between 1.4 and 2.0 is not that great. The silky backgrounds I can achieve with my 23mm astound me and create beautiful, eye-grabbing images. If I were looking for a cool retro camera, thought I needed faster/quieter AF, or were seeking the lightest weight possible, I might be interested in the 35 and 23 f/2s, but I prefer a larger lens opening. I shoot a 16 1.4, 23 1.4, 56 1.2 and 90 2.0. It's so much lighter than my DSLR system that it's hard for me to find objectionable. Speed of AF has never been an issue for me.
  15. No sample photos = meaningless review.
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