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  1. I use the 1.4x and 2x with the 80mm. The 1.4x for the 200mm works.
  2. mmx

    80mm Nerves

    Everyone calls it normal, but I consider it to be a major design flaw. It either needs a mechanism to dampen the movement or some sort of mechanical lock. I also carry a Canon MPE 65mm with Fringer adapter for hiking and backpacking, and may replace the 80mm with a Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro. I normally do not use AF for macrophotography to gain more precise focusing or for focus bracketing. The AF is useful when shooting bees, other flying insects and birds in flight. With the 80mm in my pack and a X-H1 with 100-400mm around my neck, I have had numerous occaisions where I was slowly approaching birds or other wildlife only to see them panic or get wary following the sound of the thud. Aside from this, the thud sound is just plain annoying and makes you wonder about the lifespan of the lens. Fujifilm makes great glass with excellent mechanical build quality and ergonomics, but some of their design decisions (a dozen or so filter sizes across the lineup, inconsistent use of OIS across the lineup, numerous missing primes in their lineup, etc.) are frustrating and suggest a lack of engineering design guidelines to restrict poor decision making.
  3. The 100-400mm with lenshood reversed without body will fit in one vertical compartment within a Tamrac Apache 6.2 Series bag. This particular bag is a bit wider than most messenger bags. I carry the 100-400mm, 80mm macro, 10-24mm mounted to X-H1 and a 1.4x teleconverter in mine. One of the outer end pouches can hold an insulated water bottle up to 3.5" in diameter. The front compartment is large enough to carry a selection of filters (with stack caps), cleaning supplies, pens or stylus. There is a tablet compartment for 9.7" iPads. The bag is nicely constructed using waxed canvas similar to the material used in Domke bags but thicker and much more rigid. Mine is a dark brown and I believe there is a blue or gray version. ThinkTank has a deep messenger bag coming. It is listed on B&H Photo as pending.
  4. The newer but more expensive iPad Pro tablets with the latest Lightning-to-SD card adapter (B&H # APMLSDCR MFR # MJYT2AM/A) support SDXC UHS II cards resulting is much faster USB 3.x data transfer. The read speed of your SDXC cards will impact the data transfer rate. Western Digital has a product designed to transfer the contents of SD cards to an integrated SSD drive. B&H Photo also lists several similar products with widely varying reviews. Some people swear by them. Others do not.
  5. The Fujifilm Bluetooth implementation on my X-E3, if enabled, will drain the battery overnight when the camera's power switch is turned off. Bluetooth runs continuosly. I'm not sure if this is an intentional feature or a bug. Do not know if the X-T3 has the same problem.
  6. Olympus makes a camera-specific red-dot sight. It works on any camera with a flash shoe. In the past, I used the Olympus site with an X-T2 for birds-in-flight photography. I still have it but no longer use it since I bought my X-H1. A few other Olympus products can be recycled for use on the Fujifilm X series. For example, their twin flash bracket for macrophotography can be revamped to create macro flash system similar to the Canon MT-24 or MT-26 or Meike MT-24. Just mount a Godox wireless trigger on your flash shoe and install two Godox flash units on the Olympus bracket's macro arms. Manfrotto makes a less versatile bracket to use with a similar Godox flash setup. It all works because the Godox trigger and flashes are wireless.
  7. SmallRig makes affordable versions for the X-H1 with and without the grip. You won't find these on Amazon or B&H at this time but can order them direct from smallrig.com. Both include built-in tools for fastening the L-plate to the grip or body.
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