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  1. Ulrich, I assume you are using a tripod? Both the XC 15-45 and the XF 55-200 lenses have OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). The X-E3 has this little idiosyncrasy that the OIS must be turned off to shoot on a tripod, or blurring occurs, especially on long exposures. You can turn off OIS on your 55-200 with a switch on the lens. Your 15-45 is an XC lens, and has no switch, so you must go into the menus and turn off OIS in there. If this gives you any improvement, I would then experiment with a little higher ISO settings and longer shutter speeds. I haven't done any nighttime sky shots with my X-E3, but I've done a great deal of other night photography with very good results. That is, after I learned about the OIS trick. I expect the X-E3 is up to the task for you. I have two of them, and I find they far exceed my capability.
  2. I have a a pair of X-E3's and a slew of legacy dedicated Nikon flashes, specifically, a Nikon SB-50DX, and three Sunpak PZ 5000AF. I also occasionally use a couple of small fill in slaves. I nearly never use the SB-50DX, and usually use one or two of the Sunpaks. You're correct that none of these will operate in TTL, but they work excellent in manual and automatic modes. The best part of this whole deal is that I use the supplied EF-X8 flash to trigger whatever array I might have set up. I set the camera to Commander mode to operate the off-camera flashes, or I can set it for TTL. In Commander mode, the EF-X8 DOES NOT interfere with the exposure. In TTL, I can still use something off-camera for a little fill. I am pleasantly surprised this works in bright sunlight up to about thirty feet. While I never needed to do this for a real photo, I used the EF-X8 to fire the Nikon flash with the infrared filter installed to fire two of the Sunpaks. I got the second Sunpak to fire nearly two hundred feet away in bright daylight. I've been using this setup for about 10 months now, and I'm tracking the shots I missed. So far, I'm up to ZERO missed shots. If this ever fails me, I will consider something else, but I'm real happy with this. Based on how well all of this works, I think you can set your SB800 to an optical slave mode, mount the EF-X8, set the camera to Commander mode, and flash away. If you need TTL, just use the EF-X8. Until you need TTL over thirty feet, or you have interference from other photographers, I think you have all you need for a working setup. As I mentioned, I use X-E3's; I don't know if the X-H1 will accept the EF-X8 flash. Based on photos of the X-H1, it looks like it will. If anyone knows better, please comment.
  3. I'm also in New England. The store was not E-Finity; I bought from an ebay vendor.
  4. I rolled the dice on such a deal about six months ago, and it turned out well in a spectacular way. I'm not sure how it would go in the post-COVID world. When I buy from the major New York companies, delivery usually takes a week. I bought a certain Fujifilm lens from Kong Kong, and delivery took thirty six hours. The price was thirty six percent of retail in the US. The lens arrived in standard Fujifilm factory packaging, albeit without warranty papers, and it is clearly first quality. It is indeed my favorite lens. At the price I paid, I would risk this again, but the closer the price gets to US retail, the more I would be inclined to buy in the US for the warranty. Since buying one lens from Hong Kong, I bought three in the US because there was simply no price advantage from overseas. However, if a substantial opportunity ever surfaces again, I would take advantage quickly.
  5. Heads up if you download and update the 1.12 firmware update to your XC 16-50 OIS II lens. The download is not the firmware .DAT file that you normally copy directly to memory card for the update process. The file you download is a .ZIP file containing a sub-folder which in turn contains two .DAT files. The files are named XFUP0022.DAT and XFUP0030.DAT. XFUP0030.DAT is the one that works. Copy that file to your memory card and proceed per Fujifilm's instructions. I updated three lenses: XF 18-55, XC 16-50 OIS II, and XC 50-230 OIS II. I didn't see any difference in the XF 18-55. The XC 16-50 seems to focus faster and quieter at distance; it hiccups to focus up close, which it always did. The XC 50-230 continues to impress me as my favorite lens for every reason you can name. After the firmware update, it seems faster and quieter to focus. This could be my imagination too, since Fujifilm says these are minor bug fixes. In any event, at least two of the three lenses I updated give me the perception of improved performance. Thank you, Fujifilm.
  6. Paul, I looked at some of your work on Flickr. It is my amateur opinion that the X-T1 with an old and beat up 18-55 did not hold you back in the least. It just seems that talent trumps gear every single time.
  7. Jim, I'll start off by saying I'm completely in the tank for the X-E3, so my opinion is anything but objective. When I came to Fujifilm, I selected the X-E3 very carefully to suit my specific needs and best value. I was careful to NOT compare the X-E3 to other models because every model matches a different set of needs. In that regard, I never compared the X-E3 ergonomics to another Fujifilm model, with or without the D-Pad. However, I migrated from Nikon where I did have a D-Pad, and I do not miss it at all on the X-E3. In fact, I find X-E3 ergonomics to be optimal; I really don't think they can any more efficient than they are. For me, I think the addition of a D-Pad would actually slow me down. In shopping for a spare body, I rejected the X-E2s because of the D-Pad and placement of the other buttons. It just felt clumsy to me compared to the X-E3. I believe the X-E3 at $500 USD is one of the best value opportunities in the market. I am buying another X-E3 at this price, so I'm putting my money where my mouth is. And my hope for the upcoming X-E4? I just hope it's the X-E3 just as it is.
  8. I don't use neither the X-T3 or Godox flash equipment, but as there are no other suggestions, I have a wild guess for you. If you set the camera flash menu to "Commander Mode", does this help you? I use a legacy flash array triggered by an EF-X8 on an X-E3, and I am amazed that the light from the trigger or the AF never enter the exposure. The deal with Commander Mode is that all this gets out of the way before the flash and exposure begin. As I said, it's just a hunch.
  9. I am not quite a year into my Fujifilm experience, and I find myself in a place I didn't expect to be. As I grow my lens collection, I find I am preferring XC lenses over the XF counterparts. I am using three of them; a 50-230, a 16-50, and the new 35 mm f2. I like them all, but I am wondering about that plastic lens mount. Has anyone here ever broken one? Is it feasible to replace it with the metal mount from a junked XF lens?
  10. I am elated to hear the X-E4 might be back on the roadmap. I am very excited the form factor lives. Fujifilm, please remember, the X-E is MINIMALIST. We know you can put nearly un-imaginable features in a camera, but you already did that to about a dozen other models. I think X-E users love those cameras because of what isn't on them.
  11. Where is this lens failing you, focal length or speed? Besides the XF100-400 or a teleconverter, I don't know of a Fuji branded solution. I'm not bird guy, but I take, or did take, a few outdoor action shots, and I find the 50-230 more than adequate.
  12. Your logic makes sense here. It appears to me that Fujifilm is gobsmacked by video right now, and seem to be forgetting that some of their customers enjoy taking photographs with small cameras, and really not interested in 4k selfies. I love the X-E because when I take photos, it just holds my beer (photos), and gets out of my way.
  13. There are a few guys I regard as both knowledgeable and friendly toward Fujifilm gear. Theora Apophosis, Omar Gonzales, Bigheadtaco, Three Blindmen and an Elephant, and the Fuji Guys all come to mind. Of those, Ken Wheeler (Theora Apophosis) stands out for me with his technical acumen, and he has even written an ebook on Fujifilm gear. He is not palatable to everyone, as he is very blunt, and not apologetic for it.
  14. I think Fujifilm was seeking to mimic form factors popular with photographers of yesteryear. They certainly have the engineering chops to put a viewfinder anywhere they want; I wouldn't doubt one of those guys has an X-T4 on his desk with a wireless hi-res viewfinder in a pair of Virtual Reality game glasses.
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