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    photobob got a reaction from ruffie326 in Should I trade in my XT1 for an XT3   
    I'm in the second year with my X-T2 and when I saw the reviews of the X-T3 I saw a few things that peaked my interest too. But after considering my shooting needs , I did not think the upgrade would make  me a better photographer.
    Like you, I don't do video. But the advantage over the X-T1 could be significant depending on your photographic needs (not wants) . The16 mpx of the X-T1 really is enough for great prints of 16 x 20 +. Coming from Pentax, all X series cameras focus much faster and more accurate . I also rarely use the boost mode, only needed for fast action.
    If you shoot a lot of low light photography, you, and I, could benefit from the improved sensors lower noise at higher ISO, but low noise is relative ( see the attached image I took, as a guest, at a wedding . ISO 12,800 with the 18-55 f2.8-4).
    As long as you are satisfied with your results stop chasing gear. The next camera will always be better than the last...………. I am waiting for the new camera with auto composition. That could help.
    Keep shooting 
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    photobob got a reaction from SW Rick in Fuji X Raw files converted to Adobe DNG   
    Thanks for the comments. SW Rick seems to share the frustration I have with DXO . It has always been my choice for noise reduction (Prime) and once a file is converted to a DNG you would think it would be easily read......agreed it's their loss.
    Thanks Graflex ( I use to use  one) . Your right about not getting worked up since most of my work is event, street, travel  and candid portrait, I have not noticed . But I am getting more involved with landscape work so I will start saving the RAF's which I have discarded in the past. The included photo gives a good indication of the issue. When  I encountered it I just added a little " Clarity" in camera raw.
    Going back to using my Graflex 4 x 5 or my  RB-67 , I look at a few of the commercial images I produced with them now, and they don't compare to the IQ produced with the crop sensor in the X-T2.  Those who are reaching their photographic maturity in the digital age are fortunate to be working with this equipment . The" nit picking" on image quality will only make it better.
    Bob 😁 
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    photobob got a reaction from pete1959 in Things I dont like about my X- T2   
    Thanks for the responses especially jlmphotos .
    ​Right about one thing as you use a system it gets easier.... it took a while to format the cards without searching the menus, but now I 've got it.
    Although I complained about the shutter button height , it was more defined than other cameras I have owned. Just nit picking.
     
    I retired from the business years ago and reclaimed my amateur status . When digital came around I couldn't resist taking a few jobs as long as my knees held out.
    Now I 'm shooting mostly for pleasure and some volunteer event coverage .
     
    Sold all of the big heavy stuff and now have a X-T2 and 3 zooms covering 10 - 200 mm also a cheap fisheye.  I dropped over half the weight and am having twice the fun.
    The X-T2 is, hands down, the best camera I've ever owned.
     
    High ISO's make available light the preferred method of most casual photographers. Unfortunately many talented photographers are ignoring the use of flash, which when mastered can make huge difference , especially in portraiture.   
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    photobob got a reaction from pete1959 in Things I dont like about my X- T2   
    The Fujifilm X-T2 is the best camera I ever had but there are things that I don’t like about it:
     
    First:
    Too many options.
    This may seem like an advantage, but to me it causes confusion especially if you inadvertently tune in a option during a shoot and need to search the menus to figure out how to turn back to your preference. The more I get familiar with the camera this is likely to be less of a problem.
    Second:
    Battery life & Battery cost.  Battery does not last very long even with many settings to conserve life. The cost of the OEM battery is very high.
    Aftermarket batteries are cheap but don’t last quite as long. I need at least 2 or 3 batteries for an average shoot. I have 7. 1 OEM and 6 after market.
    This is an issue with most mirrorless based on small battery size and with more power needs.
    Coming from a Pentax K3 which gave me about 550 shots even with a cheap battery and regular “chimping”.
    Third:
    The right front function button is activated too easily by picking the camera up. Fortunately you can disable the button, which I did.
    Fourth:
    Using rear button focus method is cumbersome due to the small size and placement of the AF-L and AE-L button when programed and the focus is disabled on the shutter button. I did go back to focus on the shutter button, but I programed the AF-L button to lock focus until pressed again (a feature I like a lot as long as I remember to press it to unlock focus). Also this does not reset when the camera is turned off, I’m not sure how I feel about this part yet.
    Fifth:
    I keep the camera in Eye sensor + EVF only mode to conserve battery (Re-learning not to “Chimp”). I think there should be an override when searching the menu so it shows on the rear display when menu is selected.
    Sixth:
    The shutter button height should be raised. I tried the little button, people are purchasing, to raise the height but lost it the first day. Also when turning on by pressing the button it often makes an exposure. I guess I would rather deal with this than a slow recovery.
    Seventh:
    EVF a bit too much contrast. Not a big deal once I got used to it and realized the highlights would be ok in exposure. The rear screen gives much better representation of the actual tonal range.
    Eighth:
    Setting the camera for use with manual flash requires setting to manual then turning preview exposure off. Why this can’t be done with a manual flash setting that automatically sets this. This is also hard to decipher from the manual. I did find the information on YouTube.
    Ninth:
    I am prone to leave a card in the computer then pick up the camera and go shooting. Then I am told there is no card in the camera and the camera won’t shoot until I either add a second card or select sequential in the menu. Why?
    In closing my first mirrorless was a Samsung NX-10 that I sometimes used with an adaptor and Pentax lenses . The image quality was OK (14 mpxls) but the refresh rate and EVF were awful. The size and weight were the advantages but the limitations were not enough to keep it from E-bay. The Fujifilm X-T2 is likely the last system I will own. And I’m OK with that.
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    photobob got a reaction from jlmphotos in Things I dont like about my X- T2   
    Thanks for the responses especially jlmphotos .
    ​Right about one thing as you use a system it gets easier.... it took a while to format the cards without searching the menus, but now I 've got it.
    Although I complained about the shutter button height , it was more defined than other cameras I have owned. Just nit picking.
     
    I retired from the business years ago and reclaimed my amateur status . When digital came around I couldn't resist taking a few jobs as long as my knees held out.
    Now I 'm shooting mostly for pleasure and some volunteer event coverage .
     
    Sold all of the big heavy stuff and now have a X-T2 and 3 zooms covering 10 - 200 mm also a cheap fisheye.  I dropped over half the weight and am having twice the fun.
    The X-T2 is, hands down, the best camera I've ever owned.
     
    High ISO's make available light the preferred method of most casual photographers. Unfortunately many talented photographers are ignoring the use of flash, which when mastered can make huge difference , especially in portraiture.   
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    photobob got a reaction from Mike G in Things I dont like about my X- T2   
    Mike , ill be in London next week...... It was the only way to get tickets to Hamilton. And visit my kid. However leaving 29c temps in Arizona, for London & Leeds (I wonder)
     
    You are right, but it is natural to compare and to change practices when they make sense.
    It took me years to adopt rear button focus, and I used it for the last year on my Pentax K-3, however those little buttons on the rear of the X-T2 made it  difficult to continue the practice. But the X-T2 focuses so much faster ,switching back to shutter button focus was no big deal.
    Each time I take it out I learn something new.
    As I said in a earlier post, I switched systems mostly to drop weight. I just weighed my gear for the trip and it is less than half of what I use to travel with
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    photobob got a reaction from Mike G in Things I dont like about my X- T2   
    Thanks for the responses especially jlmphotos .
    ​Right about one thing as you use a system it gets easier.... it took a while to format the cards without searching the menus, but now I 've got it.
    Although I complained about the shutter button height , it was more defined than other cameras I have owned. Just nit picking.
     
    I retired from the business years ago and reclaimed my amateur status . When digital came around I couldn't resist taking a few jobs as long as my knees held out.
    Now I 'm shooting mostly for pleasure and some volunteer event coverage .
     
    Sold all of the big heavy stuff and now have a X-T2 and 3 zooms covering 10 - 200 mm also a cheap fisheye.  I dropped over half the weight and am having twice the fun.
    The X-T2 is, hands down, the best camera I've ever owned.
     
    High ISO's make available light the preferred method of most casual photographers. Unfortunately many talented photographers are ignoring the use of flash, which when mastered can make huge difference , especially in portraiture.   
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