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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from Robr in Starting to get a little discouraged with my food photography. Can Fuji X compete with DSLR? Critique requested.   
    Is this thread still a thing? I know I'm late to the party, but after looking at all that food, I feel compelled to comment. But first, I must say, many compliments to Chef! Your food looks awesome. As the second post notes, this is real food, not the staged stuff. 
    I'm probably not smart enough to just stay out of this, especially since the thread is so old. However, I looked at all your photos on Flickr, and noticed a couple things. First, I see that every shot was in Auto Exposure mode, and your metering mode varied some. Your lighting also seemed to vary from ambient to occasional flash, although I didn't see any utilizing TTL. 
    I haven't photographed any food, but I've done some product shots for my wife's craft endeavors. As a starting point for a shoot, I would suggest the following:
    If you're having trouble matching your lens to the framing in a manner that suits you, consider a small telephoto, but from what I see, your 50 mm lens should do OK. Put your camera in Manual mode. You'll need to know more about the scene than your camera does. Set your metering to Multi mode. Use a good speedlight off-camera with an umbrella or softbox.  A light stand for your key light, and a tripod for the camera. Have a white reflector or two to control the shadows. Set the aperture wide open for framing only. Set the shutter to sync speed, or slower. Set the flash on manual at 1/4 power, and face it into the umbrella. Now set the aperture to f8 or f11. You won't be able to see the shot well, but the flash is now essentially your exposure, shutter speed, and key light. Take a test shot and evaluate. Move the flash power and/or compensate it until you get an exposure that suits you. If you don't want to go so far as the umbrella, you can probably do well bouncing the flash and using a reflector or two. You also mentioned you're working in a small space. I find using Camera Remote works well when you can't huddle around the camera body. Once you get a composition and light coverage you like, make the flash power the fine tuning for the exposure.
    I don't see a scenario such that the flash will do a good job on-camera. It needs to be off. Did you get an EF-X8 flash with your camera? I find that little flash in Commander mode works extremely well triggering any larger flash with an optical slave mode.
    I hope this helps literally anyone, but I can't write more right now; I'm going to the OP's website to look at more food right now.
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from dward in Who's opinion do you most trust on Youtube about Fuji?   
    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. 
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    itchy shutter finger reacted to andrei89 in Will there be a Fujifilm XE 4?   
    i kind of also think it's bull...considering they moved the x-t4 more towards video and the x-pro3 is very very niche with that weird screen...although fuji know their numbers best...
    i don't get why the viewfinder has to be on top and in the middle? especially on mirrorless...is it just for the looks?
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    itchy shutter finger reacted to LPPhoto in Will there be a Fujifilm XE 4?   
    I have an X-E2 and X-E3 though, truth be told, it's the X-E3 that gets the use as my third Fujifilm camera is an X-Pro 2 and there's an X-T4 on order. I'm a professional… have been for, dare I say it, fifty years. So…
    I love the X-E3 because it reminds me of my old Leica CL, a wonderful little camera I used through the 70's into the 80's. Small, quiet, unobtrusive, it, like the X-E3, was a great little street shooter.
    I join you in mourning the passing of the X-E cameras. I know mine will be in use until they give up the ghost.
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from cup4sharks in How much difference does "in camera image stabilization" make?   
    cup4sharks - Have you worked any on shooting technique to minimize the hand shake? I learned a very long time ago that deep breath-exhale-hold-SHOOT is a technique that worked well for me at photography, shooting firearms, shooting bow and arrow, bowling, and even hammering nails.
    I just turned 66, and I can you with certainty I am not as steady as I once was, but I can still shoot 1/30 without OIS using this technique. My wife has the same issue as you - she has never been able to shoot a clear photo, and this is working for her now.   
    I don't have a Fuji body with IBIS, but I have three lenses with OIS, and the extra latitude for still shots is significant. I don't shoot video, so I can't comment on that.
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from JBrew in Pre-packaged lens wipes on a camera lens   
    Hmmmm........the vendor website you link says these are safe on non-coated glass. Nearly all photo lenses are coated. Also take note that the towelettes are made of paper, which is probably the reason for the warning about lens coating. Safety eyewear is usually hardened, and therefore compatible with this product, but I did in fact damage the coating on a pair of safety glasses using this very product. The coating took on a mottled appearance after a while. I know a lot of credible photographers use similar products, but I am reticent to use them on photo lenses.
    The materials I use to clean photo lenses are not expensive - isopropyl alcohol and cotton Q-tips. I imagine you could also use clean cotton cloth instead of Q-tips, but I find the Q-tips to work pretty efficiently. 
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from Drunken Monk in Bought an x-pro3, want an x100v   
    Good luck figuring that out. 
    I've been bragging for six months how the X-E3 checks all my boxes, and I seek no other Fuji body style. Then the X100V showed up. This will be even harder for you since the X100V gets so close to the X-Pro3.
    At the end of the day, the difference, besides the obvious lens situation, is right in the name - X-PRO3. This camera has pro features, and is made tough enough for hard core pro use. Titanium is an order of magnitude tougher metal than aluminum. Then there is the dual card slots. I generally regard weather sealing a pro feature, and then the X100V came along and said "hold my beer - no, wait, SPILL my beer!"
    But there is a siren call of some sort coming from the X100V.   
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from cbimages.uk in X-T30 showing incorrect exposure in Shutter priority   
    I agree with cbimages' comment about the unsuitable aperture. Additionally, the 1/4000 shutter speed and ISO 100 seem unsuitable to me for a low light situation. As a starting point, I would try something like ISO 1600 and a shutter speed of 1/60 in order to get the aperture into the lens' serviceable range, then adjust from there.
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from jerryy in Charging X-T30 Battery   
    WOW! I stand corrected BIG TIME!
    jerryy is absolutely right, and I apologize for the errant information. I will be more careful of any future assumptions.  
    Furthermore, I checked the supplied accessories of a few other cameras, and the X-T30, X-T3, and X-PRO3 are all different in their charging accessories.
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from JBrew in Charging X-T30 Battery   
    WOW! I stand corrected BIG TIME!
    jerryy is absolutely right, and I apologize for the errant information. I will be more careful of any future assumptions.  
    Furthermore, I checked the supplied accessories of a few other cameras, and the X-T30, X-T3, and X-PRO3 are all different in their charging accessories.
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    itchy shutter finger reacted to jerryy in Charging X-T30 Battery   
    You may want to check your box again, the X-T30 does NOT come with the older external charger that the older cameras had included, it does have an ac adapter and cable that you plug into the camera to charge the battery.
    Li-ion battery NP-W126S
    AC power adapter
    Plug Adapter
    USB cable
    Shoulder strap
    Body cap
    Strap clip
    Protective cover
    Clip attaching tool
    Owner's manual
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from Byrne2007 in X-t2 newbie   
    You didn't mention which lenses you use, so bergat is correct about setting the aperture on the lens, if you use XF lenses. For XC lenses (no aperture ring), you set the aperture with the front command dial, so to set an XC lens to auto, turn the command dial beyond the smallest aperture, and you will see the readout change color and display your wide-open aperture value. Your readout will also then display "A" in the lower left of your information display. Voila! Automatic Mode. 
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from JBrew in Charging X-T30 Battery   
    Keep in mind that when you charge the battery through the camera's USB port, that current is passing through the main board, so if there was indeed a source power mixup (or failure) as JBrew mentions, there is some some danger to the camera. For an abundance of caution, I always remove the batteries for charging. I'm just a big fan of risk mitigation. The visual of plugging my Fujifilm into a 12v cigarette lighter adapter is, well, just downright something I'd rather avoid.
    I have both the original Fujifilm charger and an aftermarket set of charger/batteries. The batteries all perform equally, but I find the Fujifilm charger charges about three times faster.  This is about an hour-and-a-half for the Fujifilm to charge one battery, and about five hours for the aftermarket charger, although it charges two batteries at once. These times are all with stone dead batteries. And these batteries hold a full charge for a very long time, so I tend to charge all three batteries at my convenience, so I can leave all the chargers home when I go out to shoot.
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from Akritas in Good afternoon from Cyprus   
    I know the film simulations are available in Lightroom since mid-2017. I do not know about the advanced filters, however. I am not a Lightroom user; perhaps a Fujifilm/Lightroom user here on the forum can stop in here for a comment.
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from Akritas in Good afternoon from Cyprus   
    Akritas, I don't think any Fujifilm X camera fails your needs. If I were to shoot mostly street and landscape. I would select one of the rangefinder form factor bodies for its small size, and some prime lenses such as the 23 mm, 35 mm, or the 27 mm pancake lenses, again, for their small sizes. The X100x series have an extremely loyal following among street photographers, and of course lens selection doesn't happen there. On interchangeable lens bodies, the zoom lenses are usable for these purposes, but not quite as small.
    To make a good selection, I think you need to define some selection criteria, such as:
    do you prefer fixed or interchangeable lens?  do you wish to shoot much video? (Then you need the higher power of the X-T3, X-T30, or the X-Pro3) do you prefer a rangefinder shape or an SLR shape? do you need what I call "Pro Features", which are weathersealing and dual card slots? (Then you need the X-T3, X-Pro3 or the X-H1) what level of mobility do you need for your LCD screen? (The X-E3 screen is fixed and the X-Pro3 screen well, disappears, others articulate) what do you just simply like?  do you have budget constraints? The grand-daddies of high-performance Fujifilm X bodies right now are the X-T3 in SLR form factor, and the X-Pro3 in the rangefinder form factor. My personal recent choice was on the lower end because I shoot no video, and as an amateur, if the weather gets too bad, I take it indoors. The surprising thing to me is the fact that I feel like I gave up nothing in image quality, camera/lens quality, or ease of operation at the lower end of the range. I bought an X-E3, and now that I've used the system for a while I can say with certainty that if I had to replace it today with an unlimited budget, I would choose the X-E3 again, maybe in black this time instead of silver.
    I, too, migrated from Nikon, albeit film, and I don't miss it a bit. I can customize my Fujifilm to operate like the familiar Nikon, but in a system about a third the weight and size.
    Good luck on your selection, and I hope you come to enjoy photography with your Fujifilm gear as much as I do.
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from Thunar93 in Need a little help from my Fuji friends.   
    You make a good point that there are so many features in new camera designs that we never had in the film world. One really needs to determine which of those features, if any, really hold value for the buyer. 
    I entered the Fujifilm world this past September, and I think my selection process served me well. I chose to intentionally ignore comparisons of cameras. Realizing that every camera body is designed for specific price points, purposes. and preferences, comparing them made no sense to me. Instead, I made a list of criteria important to me, and how I would use the camera. My background is also film, so I was looking for a minimal set of features. This happened to lead me to Fujifilm's lower cost options, and I chose the X-E3 over the X-T20 because I'm right-eye-dominant, and I was attracted to the rangefinder form-factor and button layout. I can honestly say that after four months, I have no desire for any other camera body. The X-E3 is perfectly adequate for me. In fact, I consider any other additional feature a negative. For example, I read many comments asking for the articulating screen; I don't want this on the X-E3; other models have this. I like the minimalist feature set and its ergonomic presentation.
    The point is I am happy because I matched my needs and purposes to the camera. If you buy based on comparisons, I'm afraid that's running down a rabbit hole because not every camera has everything, such as performance level, video capability, pro features (weathersealing and dual card slots), and form factor.
    I think the EVF only, such as the X-T30, is beyond adequate, and I think it's excellent. I know there are other viewfinders that others praise highly, but that info doesn't mean the EVF's only aren't excellent. I would think the X-T3 indeed has a sweeter viewfinder than the X-T30, but I don't think the X-T30 is at all a poor EVF. If it is anything like the X-E3 EVF, I would be quite happy with it.
    Autofocus performance is difficult for me to comment on because I don't know what performance level you need, nor can I quantify the autofocus performance levels of the various models. Your comment about settings is highly valid. I can say the maze of settings affecting autofocus on my X-E3 dramatically affect the performance. But I will say that after tweaking settings based on some internet comments and other sources, my autofocus performance is beyond adequate. I can also say that XF lenses seem slightly faster to me than XC lenses, but the XC lenses are not problematically slow.
    I guess I'm lucky that the items I selected objectively and systematically come in at the lower end of the price range. I literally consider all of my gear expendable because of this. I use common sense caution with my gear while out in the field, but I do not restrict my activities to protect it. I am an amateur, and I'm purely just having fun in my retirement. I do believe if I opted for higher end pro-model bodies and red badge lenses, I wouldn't be so courageous, and therefore not so creative with my photography.      
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from fireman1961 in Documentary: How Fujifilm Creates Our Cameras – X-Pro3 Not a Product of Logic and About Managers Who Don’t Like Digital Cameras ;)   
    I just don't get the negative comments on this video over on the Fuji Rumors page. I am mesmerized by the fact that Fujifilm sees photo gear for what it is - tools for those who have passion for photography; and has such high respect for photographers. The gear they produce is icing on the cake. 
    It was fascinating for me to see the creative process, inputs and constraints that shape these marvelous products.
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    itchy shutter finger got a reaction from Drunken Monk in Oh My Gosh: I Will Assist Photographing My First Wedding – Should I Panic, or Just Buy Fujifilm X-T4 and More Lenses?   
    I offer a piece of sage advice: if any of your new gear isn't completely and entirely second-nature to you by the event date, leave it home. Your X-E3 will do a fine job.
    While different Fujifilm cameras have vast similarities, they are not identical, especially if your new camera body is an SLR form-factor. You can't go wrong with additional lenses, but be very clear to yourself which lens you will reach for in any given situation, or it's then just analysis paralysis on the fly. Fujifilm's XF zooms have great image quality, and will give you great images once you get the light worked out in the venue.
    My professional wedding photography career began and ended the same night in 2004 when by my best friends hired me to photograph their wedding. I bought new Nikon gear (an F100, N80, four lenses, and four flashes) for the event, but my practice time got used up on a heart attack and two surgeries. My familiar Nikon FE was unserviceable, so I took the new gear to the event, literally not knowing how to operate the unfamiliar electronic features, and suffering indecisiveness on lens selections. I shot 40 rolls of film that night, all of which looked like Kodak snapshots. I have never forgiven myself for failing my best friends, and to punish myself, I never further pursued professional photography.
    Dennis Green, a former American football coach once said "when opportunity knocks, you gotta have your bags packed". I found that to be true, but new photo gear comes in black cardboard boxes, not packed bags.
    On the brighter side, Congratulations! Prepare well, and make good on the honor your friends bestowed on you. If anybody gets this right, it's gotta be the Fuji Guy, right? 
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