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konzy last won the day on September 1 2020

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  1. It's my first wedding with my Fuji. I'm a guest, so no pressure, but the bride asked me to film the ceremony and take some pictures afterwards. I've got a bunch of lenses but I'm not sure which one to take, to serve both the video and photography needs. I'd love some good advice from experienced wedding shooters! Cameras: - X-T1 - X100T Lenses: - 14mm f/2.8 - 23mm f/1.4 - 35mm f/2 - 60mm f/2.4 macro - 80mm f/2.8 macro - 135mm f/2 (Samyang, manual focus) - 18-135mm Also, I love the Samyang and how good it is for portraits. I'd love to take it with me, but I'm concerned
  2. Looks like I'm getting better at every post Here is another shot of Orion's nebula, taken in Switzerland on Christmas eve. It's much better than my first attempt, a few weeks ago! The mountain skies were much clearer and less polluted than the city center where I live. Gear and settings: - Fuji X-T1, tripod and Samyang 135mm f/2 at f/2.8 - 150 "light" exposures of 1 second each, ISO 1600 - 60 "dark" exposures at the same settings (to remove noise) - RAW files converted to TIF in Lightroom - TIF files aligned and stacked in DeepSkyStacker - Final TIF file cropped and adjusted in Lightro
  3. Indeed, I was actually surprised, as I thought the device was USB 3.0 compatible. But it's not, and sadly, it bottlenecks the transfer speed. However, I still find the device very usable and the transfer speed decent. I did the following "real life" test: - 1164 files transfered (582 RAW files ~33 Mb each, and 582 JPG files ~3-5 Mb each) - 19.6 GB in total (21.1 billion bytes) - From a SanDisk Ultra SDXC, Class 10 UHS-I(80 MB/s), to a Samsung USB 3.0 thumbdrive - The transfer speed was about 37 minutes long, so about 8-9 MB/s. 37 minutes for 20 GB of data and 582 pictures, I think
  4. Great review! I'm glad to read you enjoyed your trip and have no regret about your gear selection
  5. Yes, I believe that's why photography is an awesome hobby: the artistic possibilities are endless, and the technical aspects can also be a challenge. Some people like to shoot automatic, some don't; some people spend hours on post-production, some shoot in JPEG. Some crop, some move their butt. I guess there's no bad or good thing, but endless possibilities and, finally, the freedom to enjoy photography! I can't help but wonder how the greatest photographers of the past century would react and what they'd think today, seeing how the technology evolved, what we can achieve and how popular p
  6. Yeah, I hear that often, like "if you ave to crop, you weren't close enough" or "you're photo wasn't good enough"... This is, IMO, a statement from another time, that doesn't apply anymore today. Point a camera to someone 50 years ago, and you obtain a nice Magnum-like candid street portrait. Point a camera at someone today, and most likely you'll have a macro shot of his hand and a "Go away, you creep" thrown at you. I have the feeling that only the poorest countries of this world still have the curiosity of the camera. Most of street candids I see on the Internet are from poor countries in A
  7. I have an X-T1. I'm a happy photographer! It has more features and muscles than the X-E1, some are very important to me like weather sealing and tilt screen. The X-T20 is also a great camera, one step below in the product range, but newer than the X-T1. I agree with milandro, most of the newest features of the X-T20/X-T2/X-Pro2 aren't that useful, if you don't have heavy autofocus and cropping needs. The X-T1 is still a very capable camera!
  8. I use one of the drawers of my Ikea PAX closet. I like this system, because it limits the risk of dropping something on the floor. It's about 50x60 cm, so enough space for my lenses, bodies and accessories. The only thing I can't store are lens hoods, they are such a pain... They sit in a shoe box somewhere. I doubled the drawer with a thick felt dining set, that I cut to fit the drawer. For the lenses, I crafted some supports with cardboard and gaffer tape. These supports allow me to store the lenses horizontally, without them moving when I open/close the drawer!
  9. Lovely shot! I used to live not far from the Sacré Cœur, it's really beautiful at night, dominating the city
  10. Things that can drain your battery: - OIS: I don't know how power hungry the 80mm is, but compared to the 35 and the 16, it's certainly much more, since they don't have OIS! - OIS mode: check what MrT suggested, that might be the cause to your problems! - The cold, if you shoot outside - The "high performance" mode of your camera. If you're not shooting Santa's reindeers taking off, you probably don't need this high performance mode. - The LCD. When I want to save some battery, I just use the "Viewfinder + Eye Sensor" mode. Also, you can keep the brightness level lower. - Turning the cam
  11. Thanks for your feedback! Richard, I wondered the same. I mean, the noise it makes is surprising, and make the lens look cheap...
  12. I use a smartphone app called Star Chart, but there are tons of other similar apps available. Basically, it's a start map that shows you what you are pointing at. Then, you need to use your eyes to find the object in the sky (if it's visible), or nearby stars to guess where it is (for non visible objects). Usually I take a few test shots to center as much as possible the object in the photo. For the ballhead, I was using the one from my Sirui tripod, but I feared it would drift, indeed. So I bought a video "ballhead", that is also easier for astrophotography (https://www.amazon.de/gp/produ
  13. Here is another example at minimum focus distance, and 3 apertures: f/2.8, f/4 and f/5.6
  14. Hey guys, I made a quick & dirty review with a few pictures (+exifs). You might want to check it out! I think I'll add the RAW files too. The out of focus area surprised me too. It's kind of swirly, less than these old Russian lenses, but still quite visible. The bokeh is onion-shaped on the edges. Meh. I'm not sure if I dislike it, or if it's just different and I'll get used to it eventually. I'll see! Anyway, for portrait photographers, that could be a deal breaker. Below are a couple examples of the onion and the swirliness. Regarding image quality, though, it's excellen
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