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    Lumens got a reaction from Highlander123 in Fujifilm X-T camera type only for stills   
    You take a short sentence outside of what I said to completely distort what it is I actually said.  The XT-3 does have some advantages over the XT-2 and when it comes to going out to shoot moving subjects, the XT-3 is what is in my bag.  But when it comes to ISO performance and a cleaner RAW file I find my XT-2 files to be a much higher quality than my XT-3 files. 
    Granted this is just my opinion, but I know quite a few others who feel the same.
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    Lumens got a reaction from highfive44 in XT3 to XT4   
    The XT-4 is designed for video, so if you do video it would be worth it.  I consider it a camcorder, not a camera. 
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    Lumens got a reaction from le boecere in Fujifilm X-T camera type only for stills   
    YES, YES, YES!!  The direction Fuji has taken lately has been all for video and AF at the expense of ISO performance.  Forget about producing good stills, I'm not so sure they care.  The XT-2 was much better than the XT-3 and so far all I see is Fuji stepping back from image quality for the sake of AF and video.
    The "XH" series was supposed to mean "Hybrid" for both video and stills while the "XT" line was supposed to continue to be a camera, not a camcorder.   Now the XT-4 is simply the XH-2 in disguise.
    I will be using my XT-2 & XT-3 much longer than I expected from what I am seeing lately and that's a good thing because I love those two cameras.
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    Lumens got a reaction from Distope in Fujifilm X-T camera type only for stills   
    YES, YES, YES!!  The direction Fuji has taken lately has been all for video and AF at the expense of ISO performance.  Forget about producing good stills, I'm not so sure they care.  The XT-2 was much better than the XT-3 and so far all I see is Fuji stepping back from image quality for the sake of AF and video.
    The "XH" series was supposed to mean "Hybrid" for both video and stills while the "XT" line was supposed to continue to be a camera, not a camcorder.   Now the XT-4 is simply the XH-2 in disguise.
    I will be using my XT-2 & XT-3 much longer than I expected from what I am seeing lately and that's a good thing because I love those two cameras.
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    Lumens got a reaction from AndyH44 in Are you going to leave Fuji because of IBIS and Flippy screens?   
    Wrong,  The flippy screen destroys the ease of use enjoyed with  the articulating screen of the XT-3 - just for starts.  I'm afraid my next upgrade won't happen until Fuji starts making cameras again instead of camcorders.  Just my opinion, but I believe there are plenty others out there that agree with me.
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    Lumens got a reaction from Drunken Monk in Are you going to leave Fuji because of IBIS and Flippy screens?   
    Wrong,  The flippy screen destroys the ease of use enjoyed with  the articulating screen of the XT-3 - just for starts.  I'm afraid my next upgrade won't happen until Fuji starts making cameras again instead of camcorders.  Just my opinion, but I believe there are plenty others out there that agree with me.
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    Lumens got a reaction from merlin in Are you going to leave Fuji because of IBIS and Flippy screens?   
    Wrong,  The flippy screen destroys the ease of use enjoyed with  the articulating screen of the XT-3 - just for starts.  I'm afraid my next upgrade won't happen until Fuji starts making cameras again instead of camcorders.  Just my opinion, but I believe there are plenty others out there that agree with me.
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    Lumens got a reaction from merlin in Are you going to leave Fuji because of IBIS and Flippy screens?   
    I'll tell you what.  I DO NOT LIKE THE DIRECTION OF FUJI AT THE MOMENT.  If you want video, buy a camcorder, period!!
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    Lumens got a reaction from merlin in Fujifilm X-T camera type only for stills   
    YES, YES, YES!!  The direction Fuji has taken lately has been all for video and AF at the expense of ISO performance.  Forget about producing good stills, I'm not so sure they care.  The XT-2 was much better than the XT-3 and so far all I see is Fuji stepping back from image quality for the sake of AF and video.
    The "XH" series was supposed to mean "Hybrid" for both video and stills while the "XT" line was supposed to continue to be a camera, not a camcorder.   Now the XT-4 is simply the XH-2 in disguise.
    I will be using my XT-2 & XT-3 much longer than I expected from what I am seeing lately and that's a good thing because I love those two cameras.
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    Lumens got a reaction from mdm in Are you going to leave Fuji because of IBIS and Flippy screens?   
    I'll tell you what.  I DO NOT LIKE THE DIRECTION OF FUJI AT THE MOMENT.  If you want video, buy a camcorder, period!!
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    Lumens got a reaction from AndyH44 in Are you going to leave Fuji because of IBIS and Flippy screens?   
    I'll tell you what.  I DO NOT LIKE THE DIRECTION OF FUJI AT THE MOMENT.  If you want video, buy a camcorder, period!!
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    Lumens got a reaction from Drunken Monk in Are you going to leave Fuji because of IBIS and Flippy screens?   
    I'll tell you what.  I DO NOT LIKE THE DIRECTION OF FUJI AT THE MOMENT.  If you want video, buy a camcorder, period!!
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    Lumens got a reaction from skipcooney in Noise at 800 ISO and above   
    The problem is in the default settings of the  software.  Sharpening in LR is set to 40 by default.  C1 uses a 0-1000 scale and is set to 140 - this would be a 14 equivalent in the LR 0-100 scale.  X-trans sensors deliver a MUCH sharper image than the Bayer sensor from Canon/Nikon.  Thus LR is defaulted for Canon/Nikon, while C1 is suited better for X-trans.  Note: the C1 settings I am using come from Version 20 for Fuji.
    Also the Luminance settings in C1 are set at 50 while LR is set to 0.  Thus once again, the C1 for Fuji has defaults set for the Fuji sensor while LR is set for Canon/Nikon.  I tried importing in LR with a C1 Fuji preset (14/50) and surprise LR & C1 appear pretty much equal for IQ!  Also I find setting both software to "0" sharpening & "0" Luminance produces equal images.  
    I have started importing to LR with preset setting to "0" sharpening & "0" Luminance.  Once I have processed my image I then look at the image and access sharpness.  I will increase it as much as possible without creating noise or worms.  If I see noise or worms before I have done any sharpening, then I set the Sharpening to "1" to enable masking.  I then mask most of the sharpness out.  Roughly masking ends up around 70 to 80.  
    If I still see  noise or worms after masking, then I increase Luminance until the  noise or worms are gone.  Usually that ends up less than 50 even if the ISO was 6400 or above.
    I find this system solves all the worm issues.  Although the truth is, good capture and correct exposure during capture will reduce  noise or worms the best.
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    Lumens got a reaction from James Thurley in Comparison of X-Transformer and Lightroom Enhance Details   
    I own the XT-2 & 3 and have also tested with my own files.  I took 3 RAW images and converted them with IRXT, Enhanced DNG, CR DNG, and Tiff using CR.  Then compared all the files in Lightroom.  At normal viewing and even at 100% you will not see much difference.  Most people had to zoom to 300 & 400% to see the difference.  However I have been using Fuji and LR for a long time, the issue asserts itself with Clarity and sharpening. 
    So to view the issues at their worst I increased Clarity, Luminance, and Detail to 100%.  The RAW and CR DNG files looked like a horror movie with alien worms about to jump out (at normal viewing on a small monitor.  The IRXT & Enhanced DNG were very close to equal, with maybe an EXTREMELY small benefit  going to the Enhanced.  The CR Tiff showed the best appearance.  These results were at all zoom levels - the worms were just not there on any of the three.
    I started to export to Tiff just recently as I was experimenting with alternative software and not all are compatible with XT-3 files or even DNG.  I found exporting to Tiff gave me the freedom to use any software I wish and the worm effect no longer occurred.  The disadvantage is the larger file size of course.  My new workflow is:
    Use Bridge "Review Mode" to sort out which images I want to process Open them in Camera Raw and Export to new location as Tiff (Full size, 16bit, Profoto RGB) Process "Global" adjustments using Luminar 3 (My preferred processing software) After global adjustments - export as Tiff to my "Gallery" folder Import the "Gallery" into Lightroom for the excellent DAM provided and round trip to Photoshop if any local adjustments may be needed. Export from Lightroom for final destination in format as required (Internet, Printing, Web, etc.)  
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    Lumens reacted to dfaye in Dear Fujifilm...simply fantastic!   
    Well said (both previous comments). The latest XT2 firmware update is another winner; and I'm really looking forward to the equivalent update for the XPro2. Now, if only someone would give me the 80mm macro for Christmas....
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    Lumens got a reaction from umijin in Desperate for the 80mm macro   
    Anymore I get the impression Fuji isn't interested in the X system any more.  The trend is the GFX.  If it isn't GFX they don't want to bother.  The GFX is impressive but out of my league and something I really don't need.  I do love my XT-2 and have the lenses I need for it.  I believe it is time to spend elsewhere.  Education or travel maybe?
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    Lumens got a reaction from mcdesign in Longer than 30s ?   
    It appears Fuji is aware of this issue.  I own both the XT-1 and the XT-2 and just learned the new Firmware update to be out shortly will allow the XT-2 to go 15 minutes in "T" mode rather than just the 30 seconds allowed now.  I am overjoyed with this one!  Maybe a new firmware for the XT-1 will be out at sometime but I believe the XT-1 is considered a discontinued item so hard to say.
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    Lumens got a reaction from fugu82 in Which Slingstrap for X-T2?   
    Another fan of Peak Design here. 
     
    I'm afraid my XT-2 looks a little strange with three dongles hanging from it, but truth is the Peak Design just works.  Two dongles hanging from the top for when I am carrying a heavy lens like my 100-400 and then one more hanging from the bottom of the Vertical grip for when I just want to handhold.  The straps just attach and unattach so easily it makes shooting so much easier.
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    Lumens got a reaction from olibe in Video really needs to be top priority for Fuji   
    "Video really needs to be top priority for Fuji"  Very true -> For their next VIDEO camera.
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    Lumens reacted to jlmphotos in Which Slingstrap for X-T2?   
    I only use TWO dongles, both hanging off the left side of the camera.  This way the camera dangles off my right hip very comfortably.
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    Lumens got a reaction from Sella174 in Video really needs to be top priority for Fuji   
    "Video really needs to be top priority for Fuji"  Very true -> For their next VIDEO camera.
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    Lumens got a reaction from dck22 in Which Slingstrap for X-T2?   
    Another fan of Peak Design here. 
     
    I'm afraid my XT-2 looks a little strange with three dongles hanging from it, but truth is the Peak Design just works.  Two dongles hanging from the top for when I am carrying a heavy lens like my 100-400 and then one more hanging from the bottom of the Vertical grip for when I just want to handhold.  The straps just attach and unattach so easily it makes shooting so much easier.
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    Lumens got a reaction from jlmphotos in Why no 80mm macro   
    I must admit I have not really sweat much about the 80 mm because the Fuji Extension Tubes do work so well with the 18-55 and 55-200.  I also own the 60 mm and 16 mm and both of those do an outstanding job as well.  
     
    So when it comes to the 80 mm, while I am VERY interested, if the specs or pricing don't cut it, I will pass.  I am doing quite well with what I have, but I am also interested in something only if it extends my current abilities and at the right price.  I believe the 80 mm will do that but only time will tell.
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    Lumens got a reaction from FotoGeek in Video really needs to be top priority for Fuji   
    "Video really needs to be top priority for Fuji"  Very true -> For their next VIDEO camera.
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    Lumens got a reaction from elmacus in Video really needs to be top priority for Fuji   
    "Video really needs to be top priority for Fuji"  Very true -> For their next VIDEO camera.
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