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    yukosteel got a reaction from Wolla in Indestructible Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8 optics   
    After moving to Fuji X system I extensively used large number of Trans-X bodies and XF lens. Most of them perform excellent optically and very good mechanically. I think Fuji is doing great job designing and supporting gear.
    The only thing is bothering me all the time - if the electronics is dead lens typically becomes fully unusable. There are numerous third party or adapted fully manual lens that solve that concern. But what if I want to keep using my favorite Fuji optics mechanically? I've performed numerous attempts and discovered potential of converting XF 35mm F1.4 and XF 27mm F2.8, and recently found highly satisfying result of adapting Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8 that requires relatively low effort.
    Here's resulting article explaining what can you do with electronically dead Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8 lens to bring it back to life in much more compact frame of Industar 50-2.
    Alternatively you can also use adapted Fuji XF 27mm F2.8 lens on other APS-C cameras like Sony or Canon.

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    yukosteel got a reaction from frankinfuji in Lens review: Viltrox 85mm f1.8 on Fuji X-T30   
    Initial lens review of Viltrox 85mm F1.8 lens on Fujifilm X-T30 camera.
     

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    yukosteel got a reaction from mdm in Lens review: Viltrox 85mm f1.8 on Fuji X-T30   
    Initial lens review of Viltrox 85mm F1.8 lens on Fujifilm X-T30 camera.
     

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    yukosteel got a reaction from Bijanfotografy in Lens Review - 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 1:1 Macro   
    Article on Lens Review - 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 1:1 Macro with Fuji X-T30 camera.
    Image samples on 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 lens Flickr group.
    Article on disassembly, focus calibration of 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 lens
     

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    yukosteel got a reaction from Hermelin in Mitakon 35 f/0.95 MKII   
    Few more things to keep in mind about Mitakon 35mm F0.95 II
    Aperture ring is step-less, and it has same texture as focus ring and similar rotation effort. It's just named 35mm, but actually it is wider 33mm lens. Out of box focus ring infinity point may not match real infinity and DOF calculations will not be precise. So you may want to calibrate focus ring, which is easy. Some samples may have slight focus play when reversing focus rotation, I fixed that by applying some extra grease to helicoid. I'd recommend to check other pictures taken with this lens. Some samples have front naming plate not secured tight, simply screw it in CW to proper secure. When aperture is wide open and you shake the lens - it is producing moving noise inside - that are aperture blades, and it is normal.
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    yukosteel got a reaction from plaidshirts in Broken Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8 lens - converting to manual focus.   
    Modern Fujinon lens have electronical parts that may fail due to water damage or other reasons. In most cases it worths pay for repair, but sometimes repair costs are too high and its cheaper to just buy another sample. This Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8 sample was electronically broken, so I've found relatively simple way to convert it into fully manual focus lens.
    More details in related article: Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8 lens - true manual focus mod

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    yukosteel got a reaction from George_P in Fuji Support   
    I was highly impressed by Fuji Support when discovered single hot pixel on X-E1 (that time no pixel remapping in firmware menu like X-T2 can now). They fixed it without question, with express return shipment.
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    yukosteel got a reaction from George_P in X-t2 long exposure query   
    Davlin
    Fuji X-T2 (and other Trans X) is always showing shutter speed in:
    s.s. X (for 1/X < 1sec), e.g. s.s. 2.5 (1/2.5 seconds)
    s.s. X" (for X >= 1sec), e.g. s.s. 2.5" (2.5 seconds)
    There are no menu item to change that format. Just point attention if ["] is there - it means direct X number, if not - it is 1/X fraction of a second.
    Hope that helps.
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    yukosteel reacted to Stonecroft in Fuji Support   
    I discovered that one of the screws was missing from the base of my MHG-XT2 Grip.  I contacted Fuji support to see if they could help.  4 days later 2 replacements arrived! That's what I call service!
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    yukosteel reacted to JBW1763 in XT-2 Grip issues with battery, intermittent malfunctions, etc   
    So, I am late to this topic, but it finally happened to me.  I tried every troubleshooting method I could and finally found what has appeared to be a consistent fix for MY issue.  The issue is the same as mentioned, so this may help you, at least until a proper repair can be made.   My batteries were not being recognized, so the boost mode would not work, and occasionally I would see the grip batteries indicators pop up for a second or two on my screen and then disappear.  While checking all of the contacts I slowly unscrewed the grip tension wheel while the camera was still on.  I found that the batteries would suddenly show up after about two full rotations.  The contacts have apparently, over time, had some sort of short created by the constant pressure and now will lose contact if the grip is fully tightened down.  I temporarily fixed this by putting some 1mm thick mounting tape down on the grip in a few spots, to fill the tiny gap created by not having the tension down fully (don't take off the plastic film, or your grip will be permanently fixed to the camera).  Now, I can securely tighten the grip down to full tension, but still have that small gap, so there is not full pressure on the contacts.  This is a bit of a ghetto fix and probably not a permanent solution, but now my batteries are consistently showing on screen and the boost mode function is working fine.  I can barely see a bit of light between the grip and camera, so any weather sealing that was there is no longer, but at least I've identified the problem for my camera and maybe it will help you in a pinch until you can get it repaired.  

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    yukosteel got a reaction from TPiorkowski in Fish Eye Lens   
    I had Samyang 8mm - it is great lens. Now I have 7Artisans 7.5mm - it's also optically very good. However there are some mechanical warnings. You can learn more from this article:
    Disassemby - 7Artisans 7.5mm F.28 Fish eye lens
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    yukosteel reacted to dfaye in Help please   
    Something else you could check: go into the AF&MF menu, then to Release/Focus Priority on p.2 of that menu. If your AF-S and/or AF-C priority selection is set to "Focus", then the camera won't take a picture unless the image is properly in focus. (I keep mine set to "Release" for both, even if it means a few out-of-focus shots).
    It might also be an idea to re-format your cards before trying again.
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    yukosteel reacted to strat68 in Peak Design strap attachment   
    I had the same problem initially. I solved it by using a piece of cotton thread looped through the attachment cord. I fed it through the eyelet then pulled the cord through.
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    yukosteel reacted to lamacchiacosta in Underwater housing case - X-T20   
    I bought the Meikon Seafrog in the end and at the moment I am still testing it before bringing my camera underwater. Everything looks like working smoothly and I did a test dive to see if I had any leakings but it seems there is none. It also had a sensor that activates a beeping alarm and a flashing LED light in case of any water leaks in.
    Works with the standard 3.5-5.6 XC lens, which I had to buy separately. Luckily I found a very good deal on eBay, which means that for about £300 investment I have the chance to shoot underwater. Shown that to my teachers and other divers I dive with and they all look impressed by it, for the price.
    At the moment I am back home with no chance to dive again until I finish my course theory, but I will keep you posted.
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    yukosteel reacted to pete1959 in Fuji X-T2 weather-sealing issues?   
    Here is that other forums posters final report:
     
    As you all know, Fujifilm is handling my repair under warranty and I will receive my camera on Monday. Some of you were asking for details on the cause and damage assessment. Below is an email I received from Fujifilm:
    Your X-T2 body was evaluated by our technical staff and upon inspection moisture was found inside the camera body. This moisture had permeated some key components and was related to the camera malfunction you experienced. Although your camera is dust/moisture "resistant" and is weather sealed, it must have been exposed to a good amount of moisture. Body is not "water proof". In this case, we gave you the benefit of the doubt and decided to handle your service request under warranty at no charge. We appreciate your business.
    Though Fujifilm is covering my repair under warranty it was done so by giving me the "benefit of the doubt." Therefore, this appears to be a subjective decision by Fujifilm to cover my repair under warranty. I wonder under what conditions Fujifilm would not cover repair of moisture damage under warranty? It appears that covering moisture damage under warranty is still a vague issue. Then again, for all we know, Fujifilm could be covering all moisture damage under warranty. Anyway, I'm thrilled that Fujifilm covered the repair and I have a very positive impression of Fujifilm and their customer service.
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    yukosteel reacted to merlin in X-T2 in-camera settings   
    Thanks for the suggestions!  I currently have two custom banks.  I am using Velvia for landscapes, and Provia for flowers, portraits, etc.  I have set both NR and sharpening to -3, since as you said that can be adjusted in pp, if necessary.
    Highlights are set to -1, and shadows to +1 for Provia and +2 for Velvia.
    The results have been quite good so far.
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    yukosteel got a reaction from merlin in X-T2 in-camera settings   
    I'm personally setting NR -3 for all shots, because it's quite easy to apply NR later in post if really needed. Sometimes it's good to set Sharpness to -1 as well for more natural portrait look with super-sharp Fuji XF lens. For the good outdorr/daylight try Provia/Astia, for the indoor light portraits - ClassicChrome
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    yukosteel reacted to VeijoM in XF 27mm error   
    Thank you for the responses.
     
    No, I do not use filters and I haven't even touched the front element area except using the lens front cap.
     
    The problem is in the lens itself. It seems the gearing goes kind of off rail at some point of focusing and then the focusing stops working and the camera gives the error. It works some time possibly and then again, suddenly, during focusing it stops working. I replicated the problem quite succesfully By pointing the lens upwards when focusing. It almost every time locks up there. But even when shooting horizontally this happens. And even if it won't totally lock up, it kinda freezes to wrong focus setting and needs some focusing tries to "wake up".
     
    I contacted Fuji England's repair service and the person answering didn't recognize this problem to be a common problem. They suggested to send it for repair.
     
    I have contacted the seller and probably send it to the seller so that they can send it to repair (or replace the lens, whatever they choose).
     
    So, I end up still trying with the lens whenever I get it back working. Luckily it wasn't my only lens covering that focal lenght :-)
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    yukosteel got a reaction from Mike K in Click-stop aperture for 7artisans 35mm F1.2 lens   
    I have this lens (XF mount version) for about 4 month, and like how it performs on Fuji X-E2s.
    The only thing I was missing - is click-stop aperture. Today I've finally made that mod : )
    It's quite simple if you have proper tools and repair skills, so including related article to use:

    Click-stop aperture for 7artisans 35mm F1.2 lens


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    yukosteel got a reaction from Phiggys in 7artians 12mm F2.8 - lens review   
    I've recently borrowed this lens from Hamish Gill to try it on my Fuji X-E2s and write short review of 7artisans 12mm F2.8 lens on 35MMC
     
    Here's also related 7artisans 12mm F2.8 Flickr public group for lens samples
     
    I've purchased this lens after writing review, and now just waiting for better weather to make more live shots.
     
    Also the partial disassembly is planned soon : )
     
    Please let me know if you have any questions on this lens, will be happy to share more details.
     
    7artisans 12mm F2.8 shot with Fuji X-E2s

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    yukosteel reacted to Patrick FR in Complete Overview over the available and upcoming Fuji X-Mount lenses   
    Lensbaby Burnside 35mm F2.8 Announced
     

    X-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
    Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
    52.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
    Dual Diaphragm for Creative Swirly Bokeh
    Effects Slider for Secondary Diaphragm
    Multi-Coated Glass Elements
    Minimum Focus: 6″
    Manual Focus and Exposure Control
    All-Metal Lens Barrel
    Filter Thread: 62mm



     


    https://www.fujirumors.com/lensbaby-burnside-35mm-f2-8-announced/

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    yukosteel got a reaction from RiccardoPL in Silver Mitakon Mark II 0.95/35mm vs its "Dark Side" version   
    Didn't notice any difference while shooting, despite the different coating both lens deliver same results.
     
    However my silver sample had issue with focusing ring. I didn't notice it much until compared with silky smooth focusing on black sample.
    There was about 1-2mm lag on changing focus direction, which makes precise focusing a bit slower process.
     
    Chinese seller offered return and replace, but that's too much time, so decided to fix that locally.
    I've disassembled helicoid and re-distributed white grease. I've also adjusted better positions of helicoid lockers.
    It solved the issue, now lens is focusing very smooth without any lag.
     
    Few shots, all at f0.95

    ISO200, 1/1700s, +2/3EV

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    ISO800, 1/60s
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    ISO1250, 1/60s
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    Few daily close up shots at f2 - f2.8

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    yukosteel reacted to gornik in Unboxing 7artisans 35mm F1.2 lens   
    I got mine in the mail today. Pretty great little lens and it is amazing together with the X-Pro2 when using the OVF together with the mini EVF. I actually prefer this lens now to my Fuji 35mm F2. Its not as good optically obviously but more fun to shoot with (at least for me
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    yukosteel got a reaction from rokphish in 7artisans 35mm F1.2 lens - partial disassembly   
    Here is my short guide on 7artisans 35mm F1.2 lens – partial disassembly
     
    I like how it's built, and possibly try to mod it to the click-stop aperture version.
     

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    yukosteel got a reaction from CyberDave in Purchased "MINT" Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 MC and found hidden troubles   
    CV 40mm f1.4 is one of my favorite adapted lens on Fuji-X bodies. It's small, fun to use and make interesting shots.

    Yesterday I've received "MINT" sample from eBay US seller claiming the lens is used only once.
    The lens has tons of hidden issues, and I'd like to expose them so you'll not buy (or just return) similar lens.

    Please feel free to ask questions or add suggestions. My case with that seller is not over yet, he still insists the lens is perfect and I'm wrong : )

    Ok, so discovered issues list:

    1. Checking the focus ring. It should rotate smooth on all Voigtlanders. I was surprised there are no grease and ring rotates sometimes stiff sometimes very loose.


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    2. It looked suspicious, so I inspected rear side. There are shiny black painted areas on disassembly threads.
    Make sure you inspect it on your Voigtlander/Zeiss/Leica, etc. lens

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    3. Typical inspection with strong flash light under different angles unveils more details.
    You can see a lot of dust.  

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    4. And now we came to the most scary part : ) I found someone's fingerprint under the glass.
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    After noticing that I also checked the box - styrofoam inserts was from another lens. No manual. Plastic bag is "100y old". Also white paint on lens became yellowish  - one more indicator of the lens age.

    Optically lens works excellent, but all that issues make overall experience very bad.
    Hope this short review helps someone purchasing better options.
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