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    andrew brown got a reaction from bralk in Your least used Fuji features   
    Movie mode- pointless for me.
     
    Panoramic mode - it would be better if I could turn my camera from landscape position to portrait position - then it would be much more usable, but not as it is.
     
    Then it becomes easier to mention what I do use I do use:
     
    Aparture Ring, Shutter Dial, Q Button, Focus Selection, Horizon Level  Indicator, Frame Grid (9 Square), Histogram, Flash an Cable Release!
     
    Everything else becomes null and void.
     
    I'm a simple lad at heart :-)
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    andrew brown got a reaction from swabbyk in X100T Flash - Annoying or What?   
    Recently attended a 40th wedding anniversary where the X-100T ISO 6400 setting excelled - whilst all those around were busy working out what flash to use.
     
    I could plug the virtues of the X-100T over the many other cameras being used - but then you alrready know that because you have one and love it!
     
    But towards the end of the night I thought "what the heck, let's give the flash a run out..."
     
    Then I realised that the flash controls on the X-100T are clearly designed to encourage you to use hugh ISO, because trudging through a selection of menus to activate and use the flash is not my idea of simplicity or functionality.
    Then, when I did find the sertgings in the menu, the important option to activate the flash was geyed out! Why? What setting had I customised that could possibly isolate the functionaliry of the flash facility?
     
    I would say answers on a postcard please - but I'm one of those that learns by solving the problem, so I suppose my real issue in this thread is:
     
    Why have Fuji made the flash system so hard to fiund and use?
     
    Surely after Aprture, Shutter and ISO, flash should be the next most important setting (I exclude review and delete options as they fit into the same category as an on/off switch for me in digital)?
    Not buried deep in some sub menu of a sub menu!
     
    So, I've finally found something I dislike about the X-100T that I think should be sorted in the next versionof this model!
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    andrew brown got a reaction from Curiojo in Underwater case for X100(s/t)   
    Ahhh - the Nikonos
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    Now you're talking a different ball game. That was when some one actually bothered to make cameras fit for underwater and cornered the market as a result.
     
    The thing is, many digital cameras (compact, SCS or DSLR) are so good nowadays - most can do a really good job underwater if you understand how underwater photography differs from above water photography (loss of colours at different depths and magnification of water etc).
     
    There appears to be limited availability for the suggested camera, and what there is, is not cheap. So as suggested, were it me buying, I would get a proper snorkelling camera at the cheaper price point...
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    andrew brown got a reaction from Neil_42 in Introduce Yourself   
    I've been a keen photographer since 1986 - with a few pauses, the second of which I am about to exit.
     
    My last camera was an X Pro 1 and loved it and thinking of getting another again - unless an X-Pro 2 gets announced very shortly or the XT1 or XT10 prove to be too much of an upgrade.
     
    Previously a long time Canon user, but not after the X-Pro 1.
     
    I like to carry a camera around with me all the time 'just in case' - and the X-Pro 1 fits that brief very well - certainly much better than the 5D2!
     
    Time to go away and be patient until the 18th May...
     
    As for my preferred subject? Well I suppose it would have to include street, journaling work and travel and an occasional dable into portrait/ fashion
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    andrew brown got a reaction from plaidshirts in Travel to Italy: X100T or X-E2?   
    My suggestion is rather simple - because I have made my kit selection simple.
     
    My kit now consists of an X-100T with cable release and rather convenient Manfrotto Tripod and the option of a Lee Seven 5 Big Stopper filter.
     
    That's it. No more pockets of lenses, need to carry a camera bag or lug a rucksack round with me, minding the products in shops, cafe's or exhibits in museums.
     
    TheX-100T sits in my pocket rather easily and with the RAW ISO option of 6400 pretty much eliminates the need to even take the tripod. But then I have a long history of hand holding low light shots without a tripod via 3200ASA film pushed to 12800 or with ISO of 25600 on the Canon 5D2.
     
    As for the 23mm lens? Covers nearly all bases and forces me to work with what I have, instead of missing the view because I'm constantly veiwing everything as a possible shot and trying to work out the body and lens combination before I move on to the next paving slab or cobble stone.
     
    It's a trip for you and the wife - are you under contract to produce a travel guide or something similar? No? Then enjoy the trip and keep it simple...
     
    My wife is loving the new 'photographic one camera in pocket me'. And happy to go travelling with me again...
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    andrew brown got a reaction from dbspano in Travel to Italy: X100T or X-E2?   
    Some great shots.
     
    Feel they could have been improved upon with maybe the optional Canon 1Dx2, a carbon tripod and selection of top end L class glass :-D
    (Or the Nikon equivalent).
     
    Seriously though, you comfortably prove the point as to why you only need something like a X-100T for trips like that.
    Not all shots are those that would appeal to me - but they demonstrate the ability of the camera and its user ;-)
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    andrew brown got a reaction from robinchun in Travel to Italy: X100T or X-E2?   
    My suggestion is rather simple - because I have made my kit selection simple.
     
    My kit now consists of an X-100T with cable release and rather convenient Manfrotto Tripod and the option of a Lee Seven 5 Big Stopper filter.
     
    That's it. No more pockets of lenses, need to carry a camera bag or lug a rucksack round with me, minding the products in shops, cafe's or exhibits in museums.
     
    TheX-100T sits in my pocket rather easily and with the RAW ISO option of 6400 pretty much eliminates the need to even take the tripod. But then I have a long history of hand holding low light shots without a tripod via 3200ASA film pushed to 12800 or with ISO of 25600 on the Canon 5D2.
     
    As for the 23mm lens? Covers nearly all bases and forces me to work with what I have, instead of missing the view because I'm constantly veiwing everything as a possible shot and trying to work out the body and lens combination before I move on to the next paving slab or cobble stone.
     
    It's a trip for you and the wife - are you under contract to produce a travel guide or something similar? No? Then enjoy the trip and keep it simple...
     
    My wife is loving the new 'photographic one camera in pocket me'. And happy to go travelling with me again...
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    andrew brown got a reaction from darknj in Fujifilm X-PRO2 rumors   
    So we finally have a definite date for the release of the X-Pro 2 and already people are condemning it.
     
    I'll bet after all this it's gonna be nothing more than a bloody camera with video facilities.
     
    No facility to beam you across the world.
    No AI that tells you how to now p off a woman.
    No ability to foretell the future to within 5 seconds of the designated time.
     
    Just a bloody camera, you know, one of those things that takes pictures and the odd video clip! I mean - sh*t... What were Fuji thinking about?
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    andrew brown got a reaction from olli in Lightroom CC 2015 1.1 is still horrible bad with Xtrans files...   
    Ultimately, we use image processing software to create images in a style we like and have done since the move to digital as the main medium for photography.
     
    The X-Trans changed this argument in the way it creates a RAW file and in doing so created the usual he said she said type of arguments.
     
    Many people love the size and price of the Fuji's compared with the behemoths produced by Canon and Nikon, but are not happy about working with X-Trans.
     
    As always, the answer is as simple as it gets... Try it, if you like it, buy into it. If not, move on to something different or go back to what you last used and were fairly happy with.
     
    For me, the Fuji system and LR 5 or 6 cover my needs and help me to create images in a way that pleases me. Hence, I'm happy to stay with Fuji and LR.
     
    If they did not, I would probably return to Canon with its inherent sensor flaws that wouls bw easily correctable in any version of LR.
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    andrew brown got a reaction from rbelyell in Oh My Gosh! Just received a GREAT RUMOR! Just a Hint for now... more soon!   
    Fuji have linked up with Google - which means your cameras wifi will work superbly every time.
     
    It also means your pics will be geotagged by Google Maps, added to the Google web image search system to see if you've taken a similar picture to one already copyrighted so Google can auto delete the image, and finally allow Google to cache all the information to their "non intrusive" world of data gathering in readiness for the day when they are ready to dominate the world!
     
    Or, more ludicrously Fuji might have actually found a way to make their algorithms work with Adobe products!
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    andrew brown got a reaction from Curiojo in Medium Format Fuji: Tell me the First Question FujiRumors should be able to answer for you!   
    I suppose my first question would be "will it be replacing something in the current range (X-Pro1) or a totally new range of kit?"
     
    Personally I have no need for such kit, and not sure I ever will, given I prefer a walk around kit that I can fit in my pocket and a higher ISO. MF tend to come with lower ISO capabilities.
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    andrew brown got a reaction from Curiojo in Fuji X Wedding Photography Chat   
    Disappointed to see so few people on here using Fuji X for weddings.
     
    Seriously - why would you want to lug ALL that back breaking kit around with you for something as physical as a wedding?
     
    On top of which - the compact nature of the Fuji X means most people are less likely to see you as 'the resident pro' and more like another guest - meaning they are less likely to feel concenrd about you pointing a camera at them.
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    andrew brown got a reaction from lichtundlaerm in Why less is more (if you know what you’re doing)...   
    Lovely set of images to suport the thread title...
     
    Surely as fine an example as you need to explain WHY people should move over to thw 'less is more' filed of photography
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    For the record, my enite kit now consists of an X-100T, old style cable release, very compact Manfrotto tripod and a Lee Seven5 filter kti with ND10 filter.
     
    The camera goes every where, when I'm feeling adventurous, I take out the tripod which is housed in a bag that can hold the camera, cable release and filter kit - and could look like I was carrying a foot long Subway roll!
     
    On those days - my pockets whinge like hell at not being used properly...
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    andrew brown got a reaction from CRAusmus in Fujifilm X-PRO2 rumors   
    The majority of Fuji X users are those who do not want the build of Geoff Capes at his fittest to lug around and hold the camera.
     
    The majority of Fuji X users are those who njoy using an aperture ring (as was the norm in the days of film)
     
    The majority of Fuji X users are those who do not see why they should have to sell both kidneys for a few bodies and half a dozen lenses.
     
    The majority of Fuji X users are those who do actually enjoy photography for photographies sake - not as a means of earning a fortune or becoming super famous...
     
    There endeth my 2 penneth worth.
     
    As for the X-Pro 2, well at this moment in time it has missed its moment as a result of me getting a 100T
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    andrew brown reacted to bradleyhanson in My favorite Photography Quote is...   
    "To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." - Elliott Erwitt
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    andrew brown got a reaction from dbspano in Travel to Italy: X100T or X-E2?   
    My suggestion is rather simple - because I have made my kit selection simple.
     
    My kit now consists of an X-100T with cable release and rather convenient Manfrotto Tripod and the option of a Lee Seven 5 Big Stopper filter.
     
    That's it. No more pockets of lenses, need to carry a camera bag or lug a rucksack round with me, minding the products in shops, cafe's or exhibits in museums.
     
    TheX-100T sits in my pocket rather easily and with the RAW ISO option of 6400 pretty much eliminates the need to even take the tripod. But then I have a long history of hand holding low light shots without a tripod via 3200ASA film pushed to 12800 or with ISO of 25600 on the Canon 5D2.
     
    As for the 23mm lens? Covers nearly all bases and forces me to work with what I have, instead of missing the view because I'm constantly veiwing everything as a possible shot and trying to work out the body and lens combination before I move on to the next paving slab or cobble stone.
     
    It's a trip for you and the wife - are you under contract to produce a travel guide or something similar? No? Then enjoy the trip and keep it simple...
     
    My wife is loving the new 'photographic one camera in pocket me'. And happy to go travelling with me again...
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    andrew brown got a reaction from Jürgen Heger in Limiting the use of acronyms to a minimum   
    I have an idea... why don't we have a section where we can have a complete of acronyms used on the thread... then we, the forum users can operate with acronyms or without :-)
     
    TBH, most acronyms annoy the hell out of me, and if I'm going to be using them I use the legal method whereby they are defined at first time of use , so too be honest (TBH) is how I would introduce the acronym.
     
    Something that would work would be the adoption of a single version of English - such as the UK version, as invented by the English - hence the name English! That would also reduce the need for trying to understood what is being said by some one using one of the many variants of English aroound the world!
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    andrew brown got a reaction from SamS in Newbie - is X100T right for me?   
    Your accessoes are just you personalising the camera to suit you. We all do similar - just differently according to our preferences.
     
    That said, glad to hear you are enjoying your photography - and yes, the X-Trans and Aperture ring do force you to re-think how you do things a bit, unles you're an old git like me who enjoyed working with these things back in the day (1980's)
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    andrew brown got a reaction from SamS in Newbie - is X100T right for me?   
    Yep - a definite must do. As small as this camera may appear (in fact this applies to ALL Fuji X cameras) - it is really like the Tardis in Dr Who... It holds a lot more on the inside than it does on the outside, and it's never ending supply of gadgetry and software tricks will much the best of any of the DSLR bodies - except the sections on A/F (thought I'd add that caveat for the politicaly correct).
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    andrew brown got a reaction from ShivaYash in X100 new owner   
    A touch of late 60's/ early 70's about this image - says he currently looking back on picks of hm as a kid in those era's.
     
    And I don't just mean the pose and dress sense (fashion is sich a circular affair). The overall appearance is most definitely of that era. Very nice.
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    andrew brown got a reaction from notnotmaurice in Your X camera wishlist   
    There is one thing I do NOT want Fuji to stop doing.
     
    NEVER take away the aperture ring...
     
    Waited so long for it to return, it's worth buying Fuji for that feature alone!!!
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    andrew brown got a reaction from CRAusmus in Your X camera wishlist   
    There is one thing I do NOT want Fuji to stop doing.
     
    NEVER take away the aperture ring...
     
    Waited so long for it to return, it's worth buying Fuji for that feature alone!!!
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    andrew brown got a reaction from guidobartoli80 in Newbie - is X100T right for me?   
    Is the X-100T right for you?
     
    Mmmm - don;t know - but it IS right for me, and for the following reasons:
     
    Despite my big hands (I've had a post about camera bodies for big hands), it fights my hands like a glove.
    Despie this, I can actually put it in the pocket of my jeans - seriously, just so compactly designed! It goes every where with me.
    I love the 1/32000th top shutter speed on a really bright - saves you carrying a bunchof ND filters!
    Love the aperture ring - it makes this (along with nearly all other X cameras) a true manual users camera (no program modes for this user - just ISO, aperture and shutter in varying combinations)
    So customisable - once configured for how you like to work - almost becomes a case of taking camera out of your pocket, pointing and shooting!
    W/A lens and the panoramic feature make it great for recording a variety of landscapes and cityscapes.
    Lens still great for portraits and street photography - see Damien Lovegrove for excellent examples
    Nothing else to take with you except for battery charger and spare memory cards - and some wheere to store all the images until return
    Like all other Fuji X cameras, it challenges you to think through your images before you press the shutter - no spray and pray with these cameras.
    Oh - and AMAZING IQ! Thought that might be important...
    And finally - it makes photography fun again :-)
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    andrew brown got a reaction from Mika in B&W is not supposed to be G&G   
    OK, let's be a little bit correct here - Black and White are just the extreme ends of Grey, the extreme ends of the 256 shades of grey (not to be confused with some book about sex or lust).
     
    Dodging and burning were lovely dark room habits to increase the degree of greyness towards the 0 and 255 parameters to add some punch gto the image.
    Nowadays, in digital, you can just use a couple of sliders in Lightroom to achieve the same effect.
     
    One persons grey is another persons black and white.
     
    As for being raised on B&W in the 70's - I still love to add some serious grain to my low light images to remind me of how I used to load up a roll of ASA 3200 film then 'push' it to 12800.
     
    We are masters of our past, and so are masters which part of the past we incoporate into our present - including our photography.
     
    Utlmimately, unless being produced under contract, any image is of a style and liking of the person producing the image - the photographer. All other people are only viewers being allowed a chance to look
     
    I always enjoyed the colour of my old Cavalier which was painted in Sunburned Red - that's a metallic brown to you andme!
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    andrew brown got a reaction from olli in B&W is not supposed to be G&G   
    OK, let's be a little bit correct here - Black and White are just the extreme ends of Grey, the extreme ends of the 256 shades of grey (not to be confused with some book about sex or lust).
     
    Dodging and burning were lovely dark room habits to increase the degree of greyness towards the 0 and 255 parameters to add some punch gto the image.
    Nowadays, in digital, you can just use a couple of sliders in Lightroom to achieve the same effect.
     
    One persons grey is another persons black and white.
     
    As for being raised on B&W in the 70's - I still love to add some serious grain to my low light images to remind me of how I used to load up a roll of ASA 3200 film then 'push' it to 12800.
     
    We are masters of our past, and so are masters which part of the past we incoporate into our present - including our photography.
     
    Utlmimately, unless being produced under contract, any image is of a style and liking of the person producing the image - the photographer. All other people are only viewers being allowed a chance to look
     
    I always enjoyed the colour of my old Cavalier which was painted in Sunburned Red - that's a metallic brown to you andme!
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