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    Phil got a reaction from JD-Snaps in black and white (open thread)   
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    Phil got a reaction from Ramazan KAMARI in landscapes with fuji x   
    I had to go to an engagement party last night, and almost didn't bring my camera because I didn't know most of the people who would be there. I decided to bring it anyway. I didn't shoot anything at the party, but saw a cool tree on the way there. It's stuff like this that makes me drag my camera with me everywhere.
     

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    Phil reacted to duncansebastian in Fuji X-H1 – Your Opinion   
    They will still be more compact and lighter than a mid-end DSLR and you cannot expect a FLAGSHIP camera to be something like the X-E3.
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    Phil got a reaction from Therapeuo63 in Portrait Photogs...thoughts on a 14, 23, 56 combo?   
    The focal lengths would be great, but I'd keep the 35mm - 23mm is wide enough that you can get some dramatically skewed perspectives if you're shooting vertical portraits. I avoid using the 23mm for vertical portraits unless the situation is just too tight for the 35mm.
     
    Also, I own the 23mm, and while it's great, I wouldn't bother getting it on top of an X100 unless you specifically need the faster aperture for low light. I definitely wouldn't get the 23/1.4 strictly for image quality purposes - I shot a wedding with a friend who has an X100S, and there's very little real-world difference between the two. And that's coming from a photographer; unless your clients are in the media industry, they'll never notice.
     
    I shoot weddings, and use the 23/1.4 wide open quite a bit, but if it weren't for that, I'd prefer an X100 for the leaf shutter. The leaf shutter is more valuable for portraiture IMHO, especially since you mentioned you're investing in lighting gear.
     
    Also, as nice as it is to carry one body, if you're going to be carrying multiple lenses and lighting gear anyway, you likely wouldn't even notice the addition of the X100, and having two bodies means less changing lenses, which is nice if you're outdoors or would be bouncing between a couple focal lengths frequently.
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    Phil got a reaction from exkeks in 23mm f1.4 Focus speed?   
    What camera do you have? I've got an X-T1 and X-E2, with maybe the newest firmware (if not it's pretty close to).
     
    I've got the 23 1.4 and 35 1.4 and the 23mm is definitely faster and more consistent. The 35 is pretty close in decent light, but in bad light it's definitely worse.
     
    Now that I think about it, have you done the firmware update for the 35 1.4? It had an update a year or two ago that made the AF noticeably better. That plus whatever body/firmware you're using could make a big difference. 
     
    Like I said, the 35 is noticeably worse than the 23, but I wouldn't call it painful, so I'm wondering if there are other factors involved here.
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    Phil got a reaction from claude in 23mm f1.4 Focus speed?   
    What camera do you have? I've got an X-T1 and X-E2, with maybe the newest firmware (if not it's pretty close to).
     
    I've got the 23 1.4 and 35 1.4 and the 23mm is definitely faster and more consistent. The 35 is pretty close in decent light, but in bad light it's definitely worse.
     
    Now that I think about it, have you done the firmware update for the 35 1.4? It had an update a year or two ago that made the AF noticeably better. That plus whatever body/firmware you're using could make a big difference. 
     
    Like I said, the 35 is noticeably worse than the 23, but I wouldn't call it painful, so I'm wondering if there are other factors involved here.
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    Phil got a reaction from dv. in Fuji Birds   
    Does this count? From a wedding my wife was in today.
     

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    Phil got a reaction from gen in Portraiture work, running topic   
    Here's a headshot I just did for a friend this evening. This is the X-T1 +  56mm @ 2.2.
     

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    Phil got a reaction from jlmphotos in Bokeh Club   
    Surprised to see so many 23mm shots in this thread. These are all the 23mm on an X-T1 (all SOOC small JPGs, too).
     

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    And here's one I really like taken with the 35mm. This is a tweaked Classic Chrome profile in Lightroom.
     

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    Phil got a reaction from mika2902 in Why is the 90mm f2 so BIG?!   
    Wouldn't one reason be that the Fuji has the focus motor in the lens, whereas the Nikon doesn't?
     
    Plus the Fuji would have been designed to be sharp for a much higher pixel density - I would imagine that it performs better optically than the 85m 1.8 D.
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    Phil got a reaction from akai3377 in Introduce Yourself   
    Hi everyone. My name's Phil. I'm a recent university graduate who's been shooting as an enthusiast for about a year and a half now. I got my first camera when my fiancée (now wife) took me to Ireland. I spent the next summer second shooting weddings and doing the odd job here and there, and last fall I sold all my Canon stuff and got an X-T1 with the 35 1.4. I was having AF problems with my 70D and was looking into upgrading to the 6D, but since I can only afford one camera right now, I wasn't thrilled about the idea of pulling a full frame DSLR out at a restaurant or pub just for fun snapshots. I took the plunge with Fuji and no regrets. I'm not trying to pursue a career in photography, but I'd love to find a career that will let me get involved with photography now and then.
     
    I currently use a gripped X-T1 with the 18, 23, and 35. I'm hoping to add the 14 and either the 56 or 90, and eventually maybe a GS X-T1, so I can leave my black one gripped for "serious" work and use the GS as my everyday camera.
     

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    Phil got a reaction from Curiojo in Portraiture work, running topic   
    Also recently, I did some headshots for the college I work at. I played these ones really safe, just a 43" umbrella key and a 24x36 softbox as a soft kicker/rim light.
     
    X-T1 + 56mm@2.8
     

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    Phil got a reaction from Curiojo in Portraiture work, running topic   
    These were for a girl who wants to start a blog, and was going for the Instagram/lifestyle look.
     
    All three are X-T1 + 56mm wide open (the bottom one is a stitch).
     

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    Phil got a reaction from Curiojo in Portraiture work, running topic   
    Here's a headshot I just did for a friend this evening. This is the X-T1 +  56mm @ 2.2.
     

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    Phil got a reaction from Curiojo in Portraiture work, running topic   
    X-T1 + 56mm 1.2 (the bottom one is a stitch)
     

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    Phil reacted to mdm in XF33mmF1.0 rumors   
    No, my main concern is not DOF but low light situations when you need to shoot with adequate ISO and at the same time to have at least 1/60
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    Phil reacted to flysurfer in X-Pro2 RAW LR Conversions: Darker than JPEG   
    It's Adobe's fault, so you should open a support ticket with them. Fixed DR settings are treated correctly, btw. So only DR Auto (with DR200% in the actual shot) is affected.
     
    Fuji can't do much here, as the RAW metadata appears to be fine. 
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    Phil reacted to Adam Woodhouse in FUJIFILM will develop an XF 8-16mmF2.8 WR lens   
    It would definitely be bigger, just compare any F4 to F2.8 lenses that are the same focal length.
    But that being said ... if they released a 2.8 version and did not put IS in the lens ... it may not be too much larger than the current which has IS. 
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    Phil got a reaction from Dean in X-T2-X-PRO2 VS SONY ALPHA'S   
    I had access to an A7 at an old job. I had issues with my Canon 70D and was looking at upgrading to a 6D; since I would have to sell my APS-C lenses anyway, I figured if I was going to switch to mirrorless, that was the best time.
     
    I didn't like the A7. The handling didn't feel as fluid as the X-T1, I personally didn't really like the menus or button layout, and the lens selection wasn't nearly as fleshed out at the time.
     
    Now I feel pretty much the same. Fuji's lenses aren't cheap, but I think they're good value for money; a lot of Sony lenses seem to be either a cheaper lens that are just decent, or very good lenses that are big and expensive. 
     
    I don't think the full frame argument holds that much weight these days (resolution is another matter, however). Shooting the Fuji 56mm at f/1.2 vs the Batis 85mm at f/1.8 will yield similar results, and the extra stop of light from the 56mm helps negate the Sony's better low light performance. The GM 85 1.4 will trump the 56mm, but you're looking at double the price, double the size, and double the weight.
     
    If your goal is purely the best image quality possible, an A7Rii with G Master lenses will beat Fuji. When you factor in the entire experience (performance, size/weight, and cost) I think they're pretty evenly matched, and you should use each and figure out which system you enjoy more.
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    Phil got a reaction from LifeAfter in X-T2-X-PRO2 VS SONY ALPHA'S   
    I had access to an A7 at an old job. I had issues with my Canon 70D and was looking at upgrading to a 6D; since I would have to sell my APS-C lenses anyway, I figured if I was going to switch to mirrorless, that was the best time.
     
    I didn't like the A7. The handling didn't feel as fluid as the X-T1, I personally didn't really like the menus or button layout, and the lens selection wasn't nearly as fleshed out at the time.
     
    Now I feel pretty much the same. Fuji's lenses aren't cheap, but I think they're good value for money; a lot of Sony lenses seem to be either a cheaper lens that are just decent, or very good lenses that are big and expensive. 
     
    I don't think the full frame argument holds that much weight these days (resolution is another matter, however). Shooting the Fuji 56mm at f/1.2 vs the Batis 85mm at f/1.8 will yield similar results, and the extra stop of light from the 56mm helps negate the Sony's better low light performance. The GM 85 1.4 will trump the 56mm, but you're looking at double the price, double the size, and double the weight.
     
    If your goal is purely the best image quality possible, an A7Rii with G Master lenses will beat Fuji. When you factor in the entire experience (performance, size/weight, and cost) I think they're pretty evenly matched, and you should use each and figure out which system you enjoy more.
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    Phil reacted to kimcarsons in XF 35mm f2 WR... Is this normal?   
    Many non-macro lenses are soft close up wide open. The difference is that most lenses with optical designs that would be soft close up are also designed with their minimum focus distance outside the area of poor performance. For some reason Fuji decided to allow these lenses to focus closer than they perhaps should have. Although, as I said, anyone who knows what they're doing shooting macro isn't going to be doing it wide open or anywhere near it (and probably not with this lens either). 
     
    The 35mm F2 was designed to be small and light above all... And I like it for that. I do wish it had more (read any!) optical distortion correction, though. 
     
    Still, it's small, light and fantastically sharp, even wide open, when focused at a distance.
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    Phil reacted to Tom H. in Portraiture work, running topic   
    Did an editorial shoot for my favourite make-up artist. Still several looks to edit out, so far only finished this one.
     
    Fuji X100T and TCL
     
     

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    Phil got a reaction from russw in Portraiture work, running topic   
    I did a shoot for a salon who did hair for a local charity event. It was mostly candids, but I took a few portraits of the event competitors. It wasn't great, because I only had 30 second or a minute to get three or four of each competitor before they went out, but I got a few I'm happy with.
     

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    Phil got a reaction from russw in Portraiture work, running topic   
    My friend did a Year Beard challenge and hit the one year mark this month. We did a shoot for that so he has it officially on record and can finally trim it.
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    Phil got a reaction from TMarshPhoto in Portraiture work, running topic   
    Also recently, I did some headshots for the college I work at. I played these ones really safe, just a 43" umbrella key and a 24x36 softbox as a soft kicker/rim light.
     
    X-T1 + 56mm@2.8
     

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