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    GuillaumeL reacted to serdor in Venice - Carnival   
    In Venice
    with X E2 - 55/200
     

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    GuillaumeL reacted to Quentin DM in My X70 review (FR)   
    Hello guys,

    After a few day with the X70 in my hands, I made this video to express my feelings (sorry it's in french). I give you a translated text in english, below the video. 
     


      I choose this camera as I felt in love with the X100. I have used one but never had the chance to get one. I was sparing to buy it. But Fuji released the X70. Same tech but without view finder. I liked that the X70 get a orientable touch-screen and a auto button than the X100 doesn't have.

    I wanted to have a camera always on me. For personal memories and candid photos. I also like than someone else can use it with the auto-buton. So it become the camera of the whole family.

    I like the WIFI connectivity of the FUJI system to share directly the pictures. The orientable screen let me to stay in eyes contacts with my subject.
     
    I also was attracted by the X70 as it seems great for the style of pictures I'm creating. I work a lot with bands (rock, metal), so I'm often making pictures lying on the floor to find a great angle. With this screen I don't need to take silly positions. I'm also shooting wide angle for bands.

    The leaf shutter let me get a high speed flash sync. Then I can create a fantasy ambiant who is really relevant to my own style. 
     
    In the bad points I would love to get an analogic button to set my ISO but I understand why it was not possible in terms of size of the camera. Fuji made a great job on how you can parameter and personalize the butons. There is a total of 8 customs buttons. 

    Sometimes the buttons are a bit hard to press because the camera is small. I don't have big fingers and I sometimes have difficulties to press the rec button and use the cross arrows. It's a details but I also feel that the rec buttons looks a bit cheap. The red dot is not 100% centered in the button. It's only aesthetics, nothing blocking but that's a pity on that kind of camera. I'm really picky in terms of details.

    Anyway, to be honest I can totally live with those bad sides. The good points are way more huge ;-).

    I love the size of this camera anyway. I can really bring it with me everywhere.

    My way to take photographs has evolved since I switched to FUJI. I'm sure this X70 will change the game, again. 

    Try this little camera, it will make you (re)discover photography. It's a great camera for amateurs who want to learn manual photography. The budget made it accessible.

    It's a little boy capable of many things.

    For me, photography is anymore about megapixels but about experiment. And using the X70 (such as many other Fuji camera) is a great experience.

    And voilà :-). Hope you enjoyed this little review. 
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    GuillaumeL reacted to darknj in X-T1 eye sensor problem   
    I had this issue a couple of times but it turned out to be the eye cup moving around a bit and blocking part of the eye sensor.
     
    Had also some odd behavior when the drive dial is stuck halfway between 2 modes, or speed dials sometimes too.
     
    The camera can sometimes do odd things when knobs are not turned fully or switches pressed all the way. Double check that part too.
     
    Also, if it is under warranty, it takes them usually 3 weeks including all the shipping but make to run it by your camera shop, it makes a lot of things smoother.
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    GuillaumeL reacted to flysurfer in Is the DMC-GX8 the X-Pro2 I've been waiting for?   
    So Panasonic went APS-C and brought their own hybrid dual-viewfinder?
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    GuillaumeL reacted to ohm in Fuji vs Leica Lens   
    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Speedy 35s from Fujifilm, Canon, and Leica Part 1: Sharpness and DOF.  
    For images shot wide open, the Fujifilm may be the most contrasty, followed by the Leica, and the Canon is far behind. For image draw, it is all up in the air. The 35/1,5 Canon is the wildest, while the Leica has the most unique OOF draw. The Fujinon's bokeh is smoother. It's all personal. The Fujinon 35's draw is superb, but the Leica's unique OOF rendering is my favourite of all 35mm lenses for FF. Of course, it's silly to compare two wide angle lenses (35mm on 35mm film) to a lens with a normal angle of view on APS-C. But I did it. 

    Note: I'm not keen on the 35mm FLE Summilux. 
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    GuillaumeL reacted to Paul Szilard in XF 35mm f/2 review   
    I really don't get the importance of edge sharpness at wide open. Especially at f1.4 when the DOF is very shallow, you are very unlikely to WANT egde sharpness and the cances are that the perimeter is not going to be in the same plane anyway. What you really want is subject separation, and faster shutter speed and the f1.4 will deliver that for you. In addition for portrature people used to add a soft focus filter, so razor sharpness is not called for. Having said that I find the 35mm f1.4 absolutely delightfull.
     
    If I was going to shoot city scape or landscape I would use f4 to f11 in any case. So I am happy to stick with my 35mm f1.4 lens
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    (Now bring on the X-PRO2 specs!!!)
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    GuillaumeL reacted to Erez in Fuji XPro1 in India   
    Fuji XPro1 in India

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    GuillaumeL reacted to roman in Exploring Appenzell Alps, Switzerland   
    Appenzell Alps, Switzerland
     

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    GuillaumeL got a reaction from Tom H. in Fuji X-T1 portrait lens   
    Thanks for all the answers. This is going to be a tough choice
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    I believe the most rational pick would be the 16-55 f/2.8 but I'm concerned about the size, weight and price -- it's a personal project, not a paid job. Big zooms don't really suit my style of shooting and I've read it felt quite unbalanced on the X-T1.
     
    Although they allow to include more of the environment, I don't really like the distortion caused by focal lengths under 23mm either. I somehow feel that 35mm would be perfect, but that lens is getting quite old and I can't wait (as in, can't afford to) for the new one to come out.
     
    Anyway, I'll do some tests on location with my X100 and the 55-200 I already own (which could be an option as well, but I'd have to shoot from quite far) and see what it gives.
     
    @TomH : very nice portfolio. The average scale I'm looking at is along the lines of your last image in Colour.
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    GuillaumeL reacted to Goran in Rural Bosnia   
    I've spent a few weeks travelling the Bosnian hinterlands. A fascinating place to be. Here are some pics I've took along the way. All were taken by the x100s system.

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    GuillaumeL reacted to adzman808 in Sometimes it's the moment, not the technique   
    Yeah I know, it's too dark, any camera could of made it, it's basically a silhouette - I "need" to get it into a workflow, lift the shadows, dampen the highlights, clone out the toy, crop away the curtain - yada yada etcetera etcetera
     
    But the thing with the X-Pro1, is it can make a SOOC jpeg that so captures what you saw, there suddenly isn't any reason to try and change life!!!
     
    Agree/disagree hate it/love it
     
    Eff it.
     
    It's life, it's the intimate mood of family life and more and more I find the X-Pro1 is my go to camera for attempting to capture it
     
    That OVF connects me to what I'm seeing.
     
    Professionals and amateurs alike produce beautiful and wonderful portraits with X series cameras, and it's always worth pushing the envelope, but I personally love the fact that our cameras are just as happy to be picked up, set, and fired.
     
     
     
     

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    GuillaumeL reacted to PascallacsaP in Streetphotography (open thread)   
    X100S in the streets of Trento, Italy
     

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    Thanks for the tip Olli!
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    GuillaumeL reacted to Paul Crespel in LONELINESS / SOLITUDE   
    Hi Guillaume
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    I'm not sure what to advise, but I will try.  You should follow your instincts.  It's something you either have or you don't have, and I don't think it's something that is easily learned from somebody else.... you have to use your own judgement.  You will know when you get it right.
    I have the advantage of having spent over 20 years as a photoreporter, many years ago now, but I don't know how to explain or advise others, as every situation is different. 
    Some of the work I did caused me to have to live in less than ideal conditions for extended periods, so in a way I've been where they are now, and maybe that shows in my approach to them.... I don't really know.
    The one very important thing you might want to keep in mind is that no matter how difficult a person's situation seems to be, you must always allow them dignity, and treat them as fellow human beings; treat everybody as you would treat your own parents or grandparents. 
    Lonely or homeless people are PEOPLE.  They aren't tramps, or vagabonds, or criminals... they are people who, for one reason or another, are facing difficulties.
    Maybe another point to consider is WHY you want to photograph them.  Is it just to get a great photo?  Is it just a personal challenge?  Those aren't always the best reasons to document social issues. 
    Think long and hard about why you want to do it.  If you think you're up to making a statement on their behalf, and if you're sure that they would approve of the way you approach it, then go ahead.  But also consider that even with the best intentions in the world, you could end up humiliating them.
    It's not the easiest subject, but a degree in psychology might help, as would a thorough examination of your motives for wanting to cover such issues.
    Good luck
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    GuillaumeL reacted to Paul Crespel in LONELINESS / SOLITUDE   
    Towns and cities are places where you can feel very lonely, even surrounded by so many people.  Sometimes you choose to be alone for a while, but not everybody is fortunate enough to have such a choice.

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    GuillaumeL reacted to Vidalgo in Spain in September. My turn to ask advice on travel kit.   
    Beware! There is a "new lens factor".
    Each new lens, no matter what it is exactly, wants to constantly sit on the camera and shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot ...
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    GuillaumeL got a reaction from marcelo_valente in Spain in September. My turn to ask advice on travel kit.   
    I'd say it all depends if you mind changing lenses a lot or not. Do you have any past experiences with that ?
     
    I know that I hate having to do it because it takes time, the moment might go away, the people I'm making portraits of get bored, my hands are not always clean/free to manipulate glass, dust can go on the sensor, etc.
     
    I went to Iceland with just 2 lenses for my X-T1, an ultrawide and a zoom and even then it bugged me having to switch. I was all too happy to have my X100 with me as well for seamless focal length juggling.
     
    If you go with a single camera and all 4 lenses, you're going to have to segment your shooting
    12mm for architecture and landscape 35mm for portrait and very low light 18-55 for street 50-230 for architectural details, widlife (if any) and when you can't get closer on foot If you're like me and don't like changing lenses often, this may have an impact on your agenda where you'll want to spend a good amount of time shooting such type of subject in such place with such lens before switching to the next one. It's fine if you're travelling alone but any family/friends will soon hate you.
     
    Overall, just the 18-55mm or just the 35mm would be my choice, but 1/ I'm a bit extreme, 2/ I would take a second camera and 3/ and I would mostly shoot street / "postcard" portraits in the locations you mentioned
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    GuillaumeL reacted to abjurina in Film, Fuji X, and why I don't care.   
    Okay, this isn't really a rant, but I think that there have to be SOME photographers out there who will agree with me. First, a little history:
     
    I've never shot film. Never. Now, that doesn't count point-and-shoot stuff, but I've never developed film, or ever taken a fancy at SLR film cameras or have any history with film. Here is why I say this:
     
    I don't have any nostalgia or affinity to whether or not fuji cameras seem like film cameras. I don't care. All I know is that I like the cameras. I don't have a long, drawn-out story about how I used to shoot old Hasselblads or Leica's back in the day, and how the look and feel of the fuji quality reminds me of film because, well, it doesn't. I don't have any good memories of film. I was never given a film camera by my dad when I was 5, and I don't have great memories of smelling developer or whatever those chemicals are. I personally can't even tell the difference (on a computer screen, at least) between images shot with film and images shot with digital. 
     
    Call me crazy, but I just like Fuji cameras. I just like the dials and controls better than nikon or canon DSLR's and I just like the quality of color and how well the files hold detail in the highlights and shadows. I just feel like every great photographer who is shooting Fuji these days has this really romantic story about how they used to shoot film and how it led them to Fuji cameras. You know what led me to Fuji X cameras? Nothing. I just like them. Sadly, not an amazing story, but hey, it's true. 
     
     
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