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  • Birthday 08/03/1966

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  1. I decided on selling the 23. I like the 35 as much as the 23 and I never used the 50 that much. So, they are all posted online and when the 80 arrives, I'll have just three - the 12, the 35 and the 80. A good spread I think. Thanks for your input.
  2. I own five five lenses and they are all primes: Samyang 12mm, Fuji 23, 35 and 50mm f/2s and the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 I’m going to buy the XF 80mm f/2.8 macro, but I need to cover the cost by selling glass that I already own. I should be able to get a good used 80mm for about $750. I’m keeping the 12mm. The 85mm is already on eBay and should net me about $150. That means two Fujinons are for the chopping block. Each should net me about $300 a piece, and that should cover it. I’m pretty sure I’m going to ditch the 50mm. That leaves cutting either the 23mm or the 35mm. The thing is, I’m not that freaked about it. The idea of only having three lenses; a wide, a normal and a macro/telephoto, really appeals to me. We’ve all had or read about this quandry. There are endless articles and discussions about it. But, bearing in mind the lenses which will bookend this choice, do I keep the 23(35)mm lens or the 35(50)mm one? I’m leaning towards keeping the XF 35mm f/2. Within these parameters, what would you do?
  3. A slightly bigger bag would be grand, and don’t doubt it, I have looked! Seems a step up in size is quite significant with any brand. Also my F-5 XB is so unobtrusive, and it looks great. Not that that should matter, but… Actually, I’m tempted to go even lighter and just take the 12, 23 and the 50. It would simplify matters.
  4. Off on my hols in two weeks time. Going to Ireland for 10 days with the wife. I plan to travel very light so I'm going to use my trusty Domke F-5 XB bag. It is not a big bag: 10.5 x 4.5 x 6.5" / 26.7 x 11.5 x 16.5 cm. I can stuff in my X-T2 and all my lenses: Samyang 12mm f2, XF 23/35/50 f2 and Samyang 85mm f2. Everything fits snug excluding the hoods for the Samyangs, which I don't care about. The Problem is it's really snug. Not only do I have to stack two of the smaller lenses, but it takes too much time and care getting the gear in and out of the bag. As I'm not prepared to purchase a zoom lens (no offense, just not my thing) I am going to have to go without one of the lenses. So, bearing in mind that I would be prepared to stack one of the XFs on top of the 12mm, losing one lens will make the whole thing a lot roomier. Which lens would you ditch?
  5. Did a little research myself. Turns out the red one has coated glass to combat flare. Stroke of luck I got the right one 🙂
  6. Red. What’s the difference?
  7. Picked up this lens this afternoon, and took a few snaps. Perhaps not the best compositions, but they give you a good idea of what it's like. So far I'm thrilled with it! If you're interested in seeing at higher resolution... https://tinyurl.com/yccgd7nx https://tinyurl.com/ybjo8dsc
  8. On the strength of some gorgeous images I've seen shot with this lens, I'm getting one. Check out these real world images shot by dpreview.com and see what you think. Also most of these images, taken by Kathleen Clemons, were shot with a Velvet 56 and I think they are stunning. I am lucky enough to have the XF 56mm and several other XF lenses and I love them all, but there are possibilities with this lens that simply cannot be realized with any other lens that I've heard of. I'll have my copy in a few days, and I'm really excited about it. It takes practice to get good with any new lens, and I believe the learning curve with the Velvet 56 is a steep one. Perhaps when I've spent enough time, and taken enough pictures to have a decent understanding of what one can do with it, I'll post a few of my own.
  9. Interesting topic. I'm in a dilemma. I already had the 16, 35 and 56 and was happyish with that spread, but I had a wish list going for my birthday and received the 12mm Rokinon from my wife and the 90 from my (horribly wealthy) brother. So now I have a 12, 16, 35, 56 and 90mm. I don't want 5 lenses, but I'm loath to part with any of them. I am definitely going to sell one lens, and perhaps two as I could seriously do with the money. So back to the original question, sort of: Of these 5 which would you ditch, and which would you keep?
  10. Hi papedo, I'm running El Capitan on a newish iMac. No problems with LR so far. Lots of other quirks with the OS, but it is after all a beta. One Lightroom issue I do have is that Topas B&W fx-2 will not install.
  11. I had a such dreadful experience with the Fuji repair center in NJ that I'm dreading any more of my Fuji gear needing repair. My 35mm lens started making a lot more noise than usual, so I called and spoke to someone who told me I needed to talk with another guy and he would have him call me back. Well, after leaving three messages (not returned) I eventually got through to the guy who advised me to send it in. After a month of not hearing a thing I called to find out the score, and was told there was nothing wrong with the lens and they couldn't hear anything. Bear in mind, it was making more noise than an excited R2 Unit. I asked them to look again and the guy said he would call me back, which he didn't. I left several messages, and eventually got through to a colleague who promised me I would get a call back. Guess what… Seven weeks after sending it in my lens appeared on my doorstep, with no notice whatsoever, just as noisy as when I sent it in. Before giving up, I left two emails and two messages and got no response. Now, before anyone responds saying that the 35mm is a noisy lens and they are all like that, I'll add two qualifiers: it was quite noisy when I got it, but over time it became much noisier, and I compared it with two other identical lenses and it is much, much noisier. I love my X-T1 and all the Fuji gear I own, but the customer service is dreadful. You may have had a good experience I'm happy for you, but CS has to be consistent; all the customers need to have a great experience. If you're in business, any kind of business but particularly CS, you have to do what you have said you are going to do. I am an unhappy customer!
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