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Heccie Thump

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  1. Still saving for my 80mm macro lens, so I was pottering around in the garden when I came across a bumble bee. Had to shoot it with what I had on me at the time: X-T4, 35mm at F11, ISO 200, 1/250 sec
  2. For those living in the UK, Currys have got the XF35mm F2 available at the moment for £219.97, where the usual selling price in the UK is around £380. However, it is only available at this price in Silver finish - the Black version is full price. If you look on the Camera Price Buster photographic equipment comparison site you can see from the price history for the lens that this is the third time they have had this lens for sale at this price in the last three months. I ordered mine yesterday and it arrived this morning.
  3. Not proper macro shots, but I took these on my X-T4 with the 16-80 kit lens and macro extension tube.
  4. Apologies. I was at work when I thought to ask this question and I only just remembered I had my camera manual in my bag so I looked it up. I quote: In 'Shooting Only' the image stabilisation is enabled only when the shutter button is pressed halfway (in focus mode C) or the shutter is released. So, when you have the camera in continuous autofocus and you depress the shutter release half way then IBIS kicks in as I expected it to, but if in single focus mode it does not activate until you press the button all the way in, so you probably won't even notice it turning on and off. It doesn't fill me with confidence, tbh, that it ever engages. I would rather the IBIS comes on when you half press whichever mode you are in so you can see its effect. I think I will leave it permanently on - that way I can see it working and when I put the camera on a tripod it turns itself off anyway.
  5. I followed some online advice on setting up my XT4 to put the IBIS setting to 'Shooting Only' in order to try to conserve battery life. Now when it comes to taking shots and I half depress the shutter button I expected to see the IBIS kick in and for the image to stabilise prior to me pressing the shutter button fully down, but it doesn't seem to do anything. The camera focusses and sets exposure as it should but there is no sign of any IBIS activity. If I go back to having the IBIS on permanently I can clearly see the effect of the IBIS as the image is rock steady. Am I wrong to expect the IBIS to activate on half pressing the shutter button or is something not right? I am using the 16-80 kit lens and have upgraded to the latest firmware.
  6. I recently bought the XT4 as my first Fujifilm camera and the following images are some of the first ones taken with the new camera, using the 16-80 kit lens. And yes, that's me in the first one.
  7. Thanks for the replies. I ended up going with the XT4 and the 16-80 kit lens to start with in order to get used to the camera functions before committing to getting any extra lenses, and so far I like it a lot. I don't dislike the flippy screen as much as I feared and I found that I take a lot more images handheld than I was expecting to, thanks to the IBIS. So far, all is good. I tried some astro shots but I live too close to London and the light pollution around here is a killer, so tinkering with astrophotography may have to wait until I move away to the country in a couple of years time. Edit: Spelling mistake.
  8. Hello everyone, I have had a long-term interest in photography but never taken it beyond amateur dabbling as a result of the various twists and turns in my life and a general lack of available cash! However, now I am at that stage in life where I can dedicate more time to myself and pursue the hobby that I want to. I recently joined a local photography club and am starting to put myself around and delve deeper into techniques using my bridge camera, a Canon Powershot G3X. I have been researching all the different manufacturers over the last few months and I have decided that Fuji is the system for me. Now here is my dilemna - I am coming into some money shortly and have set myself a limit of what I want to spend on equipment but I am having a devil of a time trying to nail down what will work best for me and would appreciate any sound advice people have. I have had to sit and think seriously about what I want out of photography, and what I can expect to achieve. First and foremost, I am in my mid-50s and dont expect to be able to develop fast enough that I can consider doing photography as a full time career change! The photography club I go to runs monthly 'competitions', with different subjects each time to encourage members to try areas they may not have thought about before so whatever I buy will need to cover general photography and I fully expect a 'kit' lens to be good enough for this. However, there are some areas of photography I am more interested in dabbling with - namely Landscapes, Astrophotography and Portraits/Still Life. I do not need the camera to do video ... at all ... ever. I have a camcorder for that nonsense! I had pretty much opted to go for the XT-4 as the camera body, mainly for the bigger battery and IBIS, despite it having the same photography spec as the XT-3. Besides, the XT-4 with 16-80 kit lens is only slightly more expensive than the XT-3 with the same lens for some bizarre reason. However, I don't like the flippy vlogger screen on the XT-4 and I prefer the XT-3 screen. Grrr. So, I expect that the XT-4 and 16-80mm F4 kit lens is going to cover most of my general purpose needs and for the other areas, here is my thinking: Landscapes - I used to do a lot of hillwalking and mountaineering in the past and love to get up into the hills. I think this is going to be a no-brainer because everything I have read or seen on the subject points to the XF10-24 F4 wide angle zoom as the go to landscape lens, coupled with a mid-range zoom for those tighter shots (more on zooms later). Portraiture - I was looking at the XF90mm F2 as a specialised portrait lens, while using the kit lens for 'wider' portraits. Astrophotography - I am thinking of covering both wide shot 'milky way landscapes' and some image stacking shots of nebulae (with a star tracker eventually). This is where I could use some advice. Would the 90mm F2 lens also double up as a good enough focal length lens to be able to frame most common nebula shots, or will I need both a wider and a longer length? Would it be worthwhile looking at the 'Red Badge' 50-140mm 2.8 zoom lens instead, which would also cover other areas I am interested in (landscapes and general zooming for wildlife/sports) as at the moment the 90mm prime would be my longest focal length. For star field shots would the 10-24mm be ok to start with, or should I aim to get a faster prime lens dedicated to the job? Now, I need to have a debate with myself because I ended up with two lists - the first option was my first stab, the second option was going for better quality lenses but thinking sideways: Option 1: XT-4, 16-80mm kit lens, 10-24mm wide zoom, 70-300mm zoom, 90mm F2 prime, maybe 1.4 teleconverter. Cost as of today £4,380 Option 2: Camera body with no kit lens, 16-55mm F2.8 Red Badge, 10-24mm wide zoom, 50-140mm F2.8 Red Badge with 1.4 teleconverter. 90mm F2 prime maybe? Since landscape and astro photography will be most likely on a tripod then IBIS is less relevant and it may be worthwhile going XT-3 and waiting for the XT-5 to appear? Cost with XT-3 £4610. Cost with XT-4 £5060. My quandary is whether to go XT4 with kit lens and 70-300 zoom, or pay £230 more for an XT-3 but have the better quality Red Badge lenses instead. Is there that much difference in quality to make it worthwhile? Would the extral length of the 70-300mm be more useful? The budget I set myself is £5000, btw.
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