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    Ben Bishop got a reaction from Jazz1 in Cable for XH-1 & XPro 3 For Off Camera Flash   
    The off-camera cable is like an extension cord. In this case it has four terminals, whether used on a Canon or on a Fuji camera. The important point is Canon and Fuji use each line for a different purpose. A Fuji flash mounted on a Fuji camera works fine. A Fuji flash attached to an extension cable that has four lines that meet the terminals? That'll work fine on a Fuji camera. I have a Canon extension cord that's more than ten years old. It used to connect my Canon A2 to a 540EZ flash. Now I attach my X-H1 to the cord to a Fuji EF-42 and it works exactly as I would want. Don't hesitate to buy the Canon or the Vello-for-Canon cords. If you deal with one of the big New York stores where you can actually talk to an informed sales rep you can get the right fancy or budget cable.
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    Ben Bishop got a reaction from Jazz1 in XH-1 in 2020   
    I've owned many cameras and the X-H1 is my favourite. The real drawback as a first camera are the huge number of options you can adjust. The traditional learner's camera was simple, with just the basic adjustments. Even the simplest cameras today seem to offer video recording, a choice of automatic or manual settings for shutter speed, sensitivity, colour balance and many more options, so getting to grips with the camera and quickly moving on to taking pictures means getting guidance that keeps it simple. And that's not simple; most instructors seem to bury you in detail, proving their own mastery but not helping you get up to speed.
    I love the anti-shake system, but I love taking pictures near sunset when light levels are low. I hope you know someone or can take a simple course that helps you understand the basics of exposure and the basics of getting an interesting picture. I bought mine at the end of production when they were an excellent value. If you're getting a good guarantee then it can be a great buy. With the low cost of a simple 4x6 print it isn't expensive to take a few pictures and then see what they look like on a flat piece of paper.
    Get some basic instruction, take some pictures and you can be on a fun and interesting path.
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    Ben Bishop got a reaction from George_P in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
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    Ben Bishop got a reaction from Daousz in XH-1 in 2020   
    I've owned many cameras and the X-H1 is my favourite. The real drawback as a first camera are the huge number of options you can adjust. The traditional learner's camera was simple, with just the basic adjustments. Even the simplest cameras today seem to offer video recording, a choice of automatic or manual settings for shutter speed, sensitivity, colour balance and many more options, so getting to grips with the camera and quickly moving on to taking pictures means getting guidance that keeps it simple. And that's not simple; most instructors seem to bury you in detail, proving their own mastery but not helping you get up to speed.
    I love the anti-shake system, but I love taking pictures near sunset when light levels are low. I hope you know someone or can take a simple course that helps you understand the basics of exposure and the basics of getting an interesting picture. I bought mine at the end of production when they were an excellent value. If you're getting a good guarantee then it can be a great buy. With the low cost of a simple 4x6 print it isn't expensive to take a few pictures and then see what they look like on a flat piece of paper.
    Get some basic instruction, take some pictures and you can be on a fun and interesting path.
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    Ben Bishop got a reaction from jerryy in Boats, ships & Ocean liner (OPEN TOPIC)   
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    Ben Bishop got a reaction from merlin in Second X-T2   
    Great idea. You could also put on a 16mm or 23 set mostly automatic for grab shots and a short tele under full control for design and architectural details. In film/manual focus days if the weather was bad I'd go out with a 24mm and a 50, if it was nice maybe a 35 and a 100 macro or 135. Old ideas still have value but the zooms today are great.
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    Ben Bishop reacted to Doug Pardee in Copying custom settings   
    You're confused, which is very very easy to do with the way that Fujifilm has set this up and named it.
     
    Whenever you select a Custom Setting (C1-C7), all of the settings defined for it are loaded into your camera. That wipes out the previous in-camera configuration for those settings. The only way to go back is to reset all of them by hand. In-Camera is not an eighth stored JPEG configuration -- it's just what the camera is currently using.
     
    "Base" is only meaningful in the Q menu. It means "don't load a new Custom Setting." It's essentially an undo if you select a Custom Setting in the Q menu and change your mind before you exit the Q menu. Base is not an eighth stored JPEG configuration, either.
     
    To further complicate things, Base is not necessarily a full reset to the in-camera JPEG configuration back when you opened the Q menu. Any changes you made to individual settings (film simulation, highlight and shadow tone, white balance, etc.) won't be undone. Only changes that were the result of selecting the Custom Setting will be undone.
     
    Yes, it's very, very confusing.
     
    If you're going to use Custom Settings -- basically, if you're a JPEG or Raw+JPEG photographer -- I strongly recommend that you go all-in with them. Change your JPEG configuration by loading a Custom Setting. Don't set any of the associated settings directly in the camera except as temporary overrides. Remember, as soon as you select a Custom Setting you'll lose any changes you made to the in-camera JPEG settings.
     
    If you're a Raw-only photographer, I strongly recommend you leave Custom Settings alone. Better yet, store your preferred JPEG configuration into all 7 Custom Settings so that if you do accidentally activate one, not much damage will be done. For cameras without an ISO knob (X-E series, X-T10/X-T20, etc.) the Custom Settings include the full auto-ISO configuration. If you really need more than three auto-ISO configurations, you can set them up in the Custom Settings, but be sure you understand that selecting any of C1-C7 will wipe out your current auto-ISO configuration and replace it with the auto-ISO configuration from that Custom Setting.
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    Ben Bishop got a reaction from George_P in X-T2-X-PRO2 VS SONY ALPHA'S   
    I just went through the process of choosing between the two (goodbye Canon). The scale tipped on control issues - Sony menus versus Fuji knobs. I made this decision after months of frustration with, for example, my new car's information centre; navigation and operation decisions and entertainment in a single box that encourage me to take my eyes off the road. My old radio was much better. I resent the idea that I should be trained to use their computer; they are too stupid to design a flexible system that mimics what we had (hello Mazda - only once). If the interface is non-intuitive then it was designed by someone ignorant of history and with more arrogance than common sense. I'm not giving my money to anyone who doesn't respect where I come from. Take your tattoos and social media and ignore someone else. And take your menu trees with you.
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    Ben Bishop got a reaction from frankinfuji in X-T2-X-PRO2 VS SONY ALPHA'S   
    I just went through the process of choosing between the two (goodbye Canon). The scale tipped on control issues - Sony menus versus Fuji knobs. I made this decision after months of frustration with, for example, my new car's information centre; navigation and operation decisions and entertainment in a single box that encourage me to take my eyes off the road. My old radio was much better. I resent the idea that I should be trained to use their computer; they are too stupid to design a flexible system that mimics what we had (hello Mazda - only once). If the interface is non-intuitive then it was designed by someone ignorant of history and with more arrogance than common sense. I'm not giving my money to anyone who doesn't respect where I come from. Take your tattoos and social media and ignore someone else. And take your menu trees with you.
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