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frankinfuji last won the day on July 28 2017

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  1. Often cold weather means dry air, so less risk than in warmer, tropical countries. Condensation can be a risk when bringing cold equipment back indoors. The key issue from cold is batteries, as they lose power as the temperature drops. This impacts all cameras, weathersealed or not. Try to keep spare batteries in your pocket, and have extra spares.
  2. Excellent, atmospheric monochrome images in your portfolio!
  3. Very nice image. For me, the 18-55 is my least used lens, but whenever I do use it, I wonder why I don't use it more! I guess I just have an illogical prejudice against zooms. I use the 27mm and 35mm primes most the time, but of course the same range is covered by the excellent 18-55, but I end up using two lenses. Go figure.
  4. Yes, sounds like manual shutter is the practical option. Would an alternative be to just set a higher max iso limit for auto-iso? If you don't want a shutter speed longer than you chosen minimum, then something else has to give? I guess this doesn't help if you're using a tripod though.
  5. Solar charging will be very slow, and in practice you'll be on the move during the day so solar charging may be impractical, and then at night solar is no use. But I've seen advertisements for solar charging rucksacks, and this may be an answer? Use the solar cells on the rucksack to charge the spare battery via a USB charger whilst walking around? Wouldn't work in UK, but could work in countries with sunlight.
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    Sizzling, sensual, dramatic light and use of monochrome. Excellent.
  7. I have an aftermarket cap on my 'travel' X-m1/27mm, and it has the string to stop me losing it (again). But I don't use the string on the X-E2 as I'm always swapping lenses, but I forget - so remove the cap and just let it go, and only realize my error when I hear the cap bounce off the floor.
  8. I guess the scene as viewed by the naked eye looked most like image 1? Image 2 looks better due to the +1 color boost, but it depends on if you want to document the day as ot really was, or create a more pleasing image? As our photos influence our memories over time, I would go with the boosted to make the memories brighter.
  9. Light looks good to me. Soft enough for flattering portraits, good angle, nice catchlights. Simple, plain background. The results from using this set up should be effective, although you may want to experiment with different set ups and backgrounds, simply because this style has been over-used by professional photographers?
  10. I live in Thailand, and don't have a water-resistant body, and my X-E2 and C-M1 have survived use thoughout several monsoons by using simple rain protection. (and my next body will probably be WR). A good, waterproof over the shoulder bag is useful, and don't carry too much stuff because of the heat and to make it easier using very crowded public transport. You are goung at the end of the monsoon season, so rain will not be too common anyway. Theft is not a huge risk, but theft of camera bags by motorcycle theives does happen in tourist and business areas, hence the over-shoulder bag worn diagonally. There's a lot to photograph here, but with the exception of in the national parks, most of it is close range (tuk tuks, busy markets, people, monkeys, families on motocycles, more people, temples.... and everything is on the move, so I wouldn't bother with the old non-autofocus, long lenses. Backgrounds to shots will be messy (untidy buildings, street signs, endless tangles of overhead wires), so a wide aperture to blur backgrounds will be handy. My most used lens is my 20mm f2.8, long enough to capture what I want without being too 'in your face' and just wide enough aperture for some subject isolation. I use the 35 f1.4 and 60 f2,4 when I want a bit more isolation or a longer lens, and the 1.4 for night shots. - Most things happen at night in Bangkok. It's the tropics, so light is overhead and harsh, and the 'golden hour' last 15 minutes. But there's lots of shade, and the locals never sit in tbe sun, so don't worry about excess light. Have fun, smile a lot, never get angry with people, carry a copy of your passport and don't rent a motorcycle!
  11. The 18-55 was my first Fuji lens for the X-E2, but after getting the 27mm, the 35f1.4 and the 60mm, the 18-55 has rarely been used. It's a great kit zoom, but somehow I prefer the images from the primes.
  12. Nice shot! He's got some serious growing to do in the neck department.
  13. Now that's the key point of difference. The f2 employs the laws of physics to produce a compact, high quality lens, whereas the f1.4 uses magic. A friend at Fuji Japan told me in confidence that Fuji use glass from the Eye of Sauron for the front element of the 1.4. I'm certainly not parting with my precious f1.4.
  14. I think it depends where you want to show your photo? If you want to have your own album to group your photos, then create a new one. I don't think you'll get any views or comments in the Albums, as people look at the threads rather than the Albums.
  15. Great images are not sll taken from eye level, and a tilt screen is good for low level shots. And for people with man-sized hands and noses, the X-T20 is too small, and the central viewfinder is awkward to use.
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