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  1. I have the 16mm, it's my favourite one. I have the 12mm samyang, too, it was my second X lens, I don't want to get rid of it since it is useful when I need to go a bit wider and for nightscapes / milky way never tried the 10.24mm, but I guess it might be the best lens for travel due to its versatility.
  2. I initially had bought the Samyang 12mm. It was my second X lens (after the Fuji 35mm, that I love). It's a very good ultra-wide lens. Very sharp at the center... not so much at the edges. And... maybe too wide sometimes for my taste. I used to have Canon EF 16-35 or 17-40mm on my 6d fullframe dslr. But after switching to Fuji, I decided to go for the wonderful Fuji's primes. Yesterday, after months spent with doubts (and sharing each and everyone of this thread's posts) I found a very good deal for an almost-new 16mm, and I bought it!!! So now I have the 12mm (ultra-wide, perfect for tripod landscapes, seascapes, nightscapes) and the 16mm (a wonderful all-rounder, good for macro-like close-ups, not-so-wide landscapes, maybe some kind of nightscapes, and some special portraits, and street, and... did I say landscape already?)...... By the way, the samyang 12mm and fuji 16mm share the same filter thread: 67mm... Thus: same filters for my "landscape duo". Stefano
  3. I have the Samyang 12 (excellent value for money), but I really look forward to buy the 16mm (used and not at full price, if possible). Those two will be a great couple together!
  4. After some weeks with my Samyang 12, I now feel I really love it. Here are some pics of mine. I'm waiting for some clear starry skyes to try it at night.
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    samyang 12mm F/2 - swallero

    Pictures taken with X-T1 and samyang 12mm F/2 lens
  6. From the album: samyang 12mm F/2 - swallero

    Delightful sight of the Valle della Valletta, in the Gesso Valley, Western Alps, Piedmont, Italy

    © Stefano Gabriele Vallero

  7. From the album: samyang 12mm F/2 - swallero

    Sun reflecting on the glassy surface of the Print Media Academy building in Heidelberg, Germany

    © Stefano Gabriele Vallero

  8. From the album: samyang 12mm F/2 - swallero

    Last rays of sun over the fields in the Piedmont countryside. Shot with Fujifilm X-t1 and Samyang 12mm F/2

    © Stefano Gabriele Vallero

  9. Hi Vladimir, sharpness 1.5 1.5 0.500, no blending is a bit too much for my taste, but I appreciated very much your advice about highpass filter 5%-5%-overlay: it is fine and works great! thanks. IMHO, equalizer is quite a useful tool... I often use it to enhance fine details, soften raw details, and to tweak chroma or luma noise reduction for selected detail ranges... Bye
  10. Thanks Vladimir, I'll try some tweaking with the base curve, then. I've also been trying to cope with parametric masks in order to recover highlight only in some parts of the image. That does avoid halos! What setting are you using as far as SHARPNESS is concerned with fuji Raw files? I'm currently using radium 0.8, quantity 1.5, threshold 0.250.... looks quite good at 200 to 800 ISO
  11. The Samyang 12mm is my first wide angle lens for my Fuji XT1. I'm loving it... but not completely. 1. the focus ring is quite stiff (as reported elsewhere), and the lens moves a bit on the camera body (maybe half a millimetre) while rotating the focus ring. That's quite an annoying issue, although it does not affect the final result. 2. Chromatic aberration is quite evident near the edges of the picture... I use linux darktable, which is not that clever at correcting chromatic aberration... not that happy about that. struggling a bit in post-production. 3. Loving the f/2 aperture!!! Useful for indoor shots, astrophoto (not tried that well enough, indeed), and some creative shots 4. Manual focus: quite easy to use... although the end of the focus ring does not correspond to infinity... That's actually a bit before the ring stop. 5. It's cheaper and wider than the XF 14mm... better suited for seascapes and countryside landscapes 6. I do think that the fujinon XF 16 f/1.4 would be the perfect wide companion for my Samyang 12mm. Just waiting for the first used copies (or for some new fuji cashback coming to Italy in order to buy it new!!!)... :-) Stefano
  12. Hi guys. I'm a Linux user, too. I have used Darktable for 2 years now as my main (and almost only) raw developer for Canon, and now for Fuji. Yes, the learning curve is steep, but I love this software. It's rich of functions and complete, richer than Lightroom. I still don't like some modules, such as highlights and shadows (not working well in my opinion, halos are so heavy!), and I think that noise removal is worse compared to competitors. Sometimes it hangs while using masks. Indeed, I love the equalizer, curves, colors, defringe, and the use of parametric masks. It's a pity we don't have chromatic aberration correction for Xtrans, yet (would be useful with my samyang 12mm f2)... What kind of demosaicing method do you use? Markesteijn 3 for me, seems to be better than others. I have not tried Lightroom (neither 5 nor 6) with FUJI RAFs, since my lightroom trial has expired. How does it compare to Darktable, based on your experience? Stefano
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