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    Robr got a reaction from Photonics in Who's opinion do you most trust on Youtube about Fuji?   
    I think it’s a tough ask. I take each with a grain or sometimes a block of salt.
    I’ve produced videos and know it’s a ton of work and when it comes to someone doing it for their income... it changes everything.
     Plus in todays internet, I think business knows how to protect their products with hidden sponsorships, articles and with comments, down votes and customer reviews from employees acting/pretending to be normal users. 
    My thoughts in no order:
     
    Gordon Laing - for a long time I’ve felt he was honest in evaluations and I like his consistency in testing. Dislike his newer dummied down rating system.
     
    Theoria Apothasis - has vast experience and equipment, not sponsored publicly or hidden.  But I’ve stopped watching because I’ve also grown extremely tiered of his consistently praising himself, then repeating it again and again and again in every video. The tidbits of “on topic” info. happen between long episodes of self praise. It’s exhausting and just not worth sitting through because it happens in every video. 
     
    Kai W - entertainment. For me, he’s funny and original.
     
    Maarten Heilbron and a few “others” I’ve gotten useful info from. Maarten’s a bit old school but I find him more educated then the others.
     
    Pal2tech - Comes to mind but I think there are a great deal of regurgitated reviewers like him that offer repacked info they pull from others work and give bad and clueless advice to people who need real help.  I realized what he was doing after viewing others content and then his, plus his thoughtless bad advice on multiple topics told me he was actually a danger to people. Those poor folks didn’t know that what he was advising them to do was actually bad advice and showed his  inexperience. I have no interest for players.
     
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    Robr reacted to Photonics in Who's opinion do you most trust on Youtube about Fuji?   
    I don't trust any of them, either they are just commercial interests or they are the usual self-portrayals who smugly want to entertain themselves and the rest of the world with their personal opinions and maybe make money doing it.
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    Robr got a reaction from Scubasteve in Who's opinion do you most trust on Youtube about Fuji?   
    I think it’s a tough ask. I take each with a grain or sometimes a block of salt.
    I’ve produced videos and know it’s a ton of work and when it comes to someone doing it for their income... it changes everything.
     Plus in todays internet, I think business knows how to protect their products with hidden sponsorships, articles and with comments, down votes and customer reviews from employees acting/pretending to be normal users. 
    My thoughts in no order:
     
    Gordon Laing - for a long time I’ve felt he was honest in evaluations and I like his consistency in testing. Dislike his newer dummied down rating system.
     
    Theoria Apothasis - has vast experience and equipment, not sponsored publicly or hidden.  But I’ve stopped watching because I’ve also grown extremely tiered of his consistently praising himself, then repeating it again and again and again in every video. The tidbits of “on topic” info. happen between long episodes of self praise. It’s exhausting and just not worth sitting through because it happens in every video. 
     
    Kai W - entertainment. For me, he’s funny and original.
     
    Maarten Heilbron and a few “others” I’ve gotten useful info from. Maarten’s a bit old school but I find him more educated then the others.
     
    Pal2tech - Comes to mind but I think there are a great deal of regurgitated reviewers like him that offer repacked info they pull from others work and give bad and clueless advice to people who need real help.  I realized what he was doing after viewing others content and then his, plus his thoughtless bad advice on multiple topics told me he was actually a danger to people. Those poor folks didn’t know that what he was advising them to do was actually bad advice and showed his  inexperience. I have no interest for players.
     
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    Robr reacted to merlin in 7 PM Visitor   
    X-T2, 90mm (taken through a double-glazed window)   Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content.
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    Robr got a reaction from Ty Allen in XT-3 lens mount cap stuck   
    Excellent, glad it worked out Ty!
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    Robr got a reaction from Ty Allen in XT-3 lens mount cap stuck   
    Advice comes with the danger of scratching or otherwise harming your equipment.
    that said, sounds like the cap is cross threaded.
    how to remove? With computers (so not to damage computers) folks use a Spudger. It’s basically a mini crowbar but made of a softer material like plastic. The auto industry also uses smaller crowbars made of a softer material (plastic) for removing headliners or fabric/plastic, (search auto headliner removal tool) for examples.
    if it were me and I didn’t have these tools.
    pushing the lens release button should have no effect as I’ve never seen a camera body lens cover/cap on a camera system that locks (maybe there is a very high end medium or large format camera that does, that’s out of my realm) 
    I’d cover the camera with a camera cleaning cloth. I’d then push the fabric to that small gap you mentioned by using a credit card or something plastic, thin but firm to get under the cap and carefully pry. If it didn’t come off I’d try again but move the card around the cap as I pried. 
    What are your thoughts?
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    Robr got a reaction from George_P in X-T30 Video Overheating Solutions   
    I’ve shot years of wedding solo and your friends ask is a tough one as shooting is only a quarter of the challenge. That aside. I just did my first video with the x-t3 and focus was a challenge and the stupid stopped recording in 4K. At least it counts down on the screen to give you a heads up on when it will quit recording (so you can try to get critical vows and such...or an external recorder talked below)
    ok, the overheating issue. An external recorder is the way to go. It should give you 4:2:2 10 bit 4K and no limit on recording time (completely test this as I have xt3 not xt30 experience) the external recorder needs to have a monitor as part of its package. (My past experience w/ a Canon 5D mark III) it was the back LCD that caused the heating issue so switch to the eye viewer and test to confirm it won’t overheat anymore.
    on other stuff. Work on video focusing a ton and review footage on a large monitor. HD isn’t forgiving and 4K is even less forgiving. Use one lens and get as familiar as possible using it with video. Dreaming of what’s possible (different lenses, etc) vs the reality of only have one chance at getting it right will put a lot of stress on you. Switching gear in the middle of all this will add stress. (Where do you store the other gear, What pocket is it in, how/when to switch back, where’s that lens cap, did switching introduce dust, a hair, finger print or a little fuzzy thing that will be on all your footage now) 
    Sound: shotgun mic like Rodes with fake fur (deadcat) windscreen on camera as it will isolate most unwanted camera and all your breathing noise (you’ll be huffing/puffing at sometime). Small recorder with small lavalier mic for groom. Recorder goes in jacket breast pocket. Turn on at least 10min. before ceremony and put tape over on/off switch (if groom goes to bathroom ya don’t want him messing with recorder because he’s under stress too and may/will forget to turn it back on)
    hope I didn’t overstep your ask too much.
    just want to help you and your family.
    good luck!
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    Robr reacted to jerryy in HDR app for Mac Catalina - not Aurora HDR   
    You can try Affinity Photo, it is fairly affordable and works with HDR types of images. There are plenty of tutorials available for doing just that as well as Affinity’s online help section.
     
    p.s. You may want to change your title a bit. The very recent MacOS 10.15.4 Catalina update turned on support for HDR monitors, so if you have one connected to your Mac, you already have ‘HDR support’ in a sense.
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    Robr reacted to itchy shutter finger 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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    Robr reacted to Larry Bolch in Starting to get a little discouraged with my food photography. Can Fuji X compete with DSLR? Critique requested.   
    Food photography is all about styling. Photography is simple, use a sturdy tripod since exposures can be on the long side, normal lens for natural perspective, f/8.0 or f/11 for adequate depth of field, base ISO setting. The Toit would do fine. Since the food is not in motion, there is no problem doing a four-second exposure at f/11 at ISO200.
     
    Unless you just can not get the whole image in focus, don't go much beyond f/11. Diffraction has already begun at f/11, though it is still not noticeable. Beyond f/11 it increases substantially. Do a test shot. If it is over or under, use the exposure compensation dial to nail it. The food is totally patient, so there is no need to rush while getting it right. Manual exposure works fine as well.
     
    Avoid wide apertures. Food really needs to be fully seen and shallow depth of field simply looks out of focus. Consider the background. Unless it carries with it some meaningful information, a bit of softness does not hurt. Of course, this nullifies the prime advantage of the 56mm, which is far more suited to photographing people where shallow DOF can be useful. If I needed the added focal length, I would trade for the brilliantly sharp 60mm f/2.4 which also gives you much more closeup capability.
     
    If you have not studied food styling, you will be amazed at the voodoo that goes into it. Most photographed food is inedible. That perfectly done turkey has been varnished the perfect colour and shine! Ice cream melts, so mashed potatoes or lard are used in its place. Ice also melts, so ice cubes and crushed ice is clear plastic. Sparkling vegetables have been sprayed with glycerine. Grapes get their patina via talcum powder. It is well covered on the web. Search for 'food photography tricks of the trade'.
     
    If anything the X-T2 is overkill. The images on your page are less than one megapixel. You are throwing away more than 23MP of detail. What could a more expensive camera possibly give you? If you were shooting food professionally, it is fully capable of display prints for use in mall food booths or restaurants, of enormous size and clarity. If you have doubts, don't take my word for it. Rent a dSLR and try using it and the X-T2 on the same setup.
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    Robr got a reaction from flamidey in Who's opinion do you most trust on Youtube about Fuji?   
    I think it’s a tough ask. I take each with a grain or sometimes a block of salt.
    I’ve produced videos and know it’s a ton of work and when it comes to someone doing it for their income... it changes everything.
     Plus in todays internet, I think business knows how to protect their products with hidden sponsorships, articles and with comments, down votes and customer reviews from employees acting/pretending to be normal users. 
    My thoughts in no order:
     
    Gordon Laing - for a long time I’ve felt he was honest in evaluations and I like his consistency in testing. Dislike his newer dummied down rating system.
     
    Theoria Apothasis - has vast experience and equipment, not sponsored publicly or hidden.  But I’ve stopped watching because I’ve also grown extremely tiered of his consistently praising himself, then repeating it again and again and again in every video. The tidbits of “on topic” info. happen between long episodes of self praise. It’s exhausting and just not worth sitting through because it happens in every video. 
     
    Kai W - entertainment. For me, he’s funny and original.
     
    Maarten Heilbron and a few “others” I’ve gotten useful info from. Maarten’s a bit old school but I find him more educated then the others.
     
    Pal2tech - Comes to mind but I think there are a great deal of regurgitated reviewers like him that offer repacked info they pull from others work and give bad and clueless advice to people who need real help.  I realized what he was doing after viewing others content and then his, plus his thoughtless bad advice on multiple topics told me he was actually a danger to people. Those poor folks didn’t know that what he was advising them to do was actually bad advice and showed his  inexperience. I have no interest for players.
     
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    Robr got a reaction from jerryy in X-T3 movie metadata revealed on Apple OS? How?   
    Issue resolved!
    thank you 
    Jerryy, Greybeard and Iamacchiacosta!
    fastest easiest metadata finder for MOVIE’s fStop, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, lens used, camera used and even film mode IE: Eterna or other...etc
    It is :
    ExifTool by Phil Harvey
    what I didn’t know previously was how to use it and how easy it is to use.
    quick guide incase someone runs across this thread....
    Search and download (MacOS Package)
    ExifTool by Phil Harvey
    From his website: exiftool.org
    install the app, then open the Terminal app that’s located in the tools folder inside the applications folder. Once Terminal is open just type the word   exiftool   then add a space by hitting the space bar then drag the X-T3 movie file (make sure it’s the original file because I found Final Cut Pro X 10.4.8 reformatted the original file and lost metadata information when I took the “original” file out of FCPX to use) file into Terminal then hit the return bar the results will then appear in Terminal.
    This is a huge help as I can now go back to a job for some pickup shots and I’ll have all the settings I originally used so I can easily match the look.
     
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    Robr got a reaction from Annie in Longer term shooting experience with the XT3 and XT30   
    I’ve had Sony, Panasonic and Canon and prefer Fuji. With my past Canon 5D mark III my wife refused to shoot with it because of the complexities. 
    Fuji isn’t as popular (or should I say: as widely discussed) as some other manufacturers. DXOMARK Still doesn’t have any information on the quality of Fuji lenses and if you study their results many manufacturers seem to have a lot of good and slightly better then good lenses and in reading lensrentals great blog, they’ve done articles on how Lens quality can differ on the same lens, copy to copy, so a serious shooter might have to experience multiple copies of the same lens to find one that was manufactured correctly.
    with that, I personally think Fuji manufacturers a more quality lens then most manufacturers. My wife likes the X-T3 so much that we both have one.
     I love the image the camera produces. 
    I love that I can customize the menus so much but I do find diving deep into the menus is confusing and frustrating because there are so many options and preferences in the deeper sub menus that I forget how to get to.
    I find the LCD finger flick menu more of an issue then a helper. And some items marked for a quick access button don’t work and Fuji doesn’t give you a warning.
    The 18-55mm Fuji kit lens you mentioned surpasses most everyone’s kit lens. 
    I’ve found fuji’s 80mm 2.8 macro to be an awesomely crisp image lens.
     I rented the 8-16mm f2.8 for a week long trip to Arizona’s Grand Canyon and that’s all I shot with. It is drop dead the most excellent lens I’ve ever used.. now I’m just waiting for a sale before I buy it.
    Hope that helps some... 
     
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