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    Aswald got a reaction from claude in Best SDXC UHS II Card for X-Pro 2   
    In some countries, Fujifilm bundles the X-Pro2 with Sandisk. Says something I guess....
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    Aswald got a reaction from C in Vic in Has Steve Huff "Lost It"?   
    The a9 is currently the "ultimate" camera in the world now sans resolution. Exciting times.......I like it already. Not the price tag.
     
    With that kind of spec, photojournalists may be turning heads. Let's hope SONY didn't forget their extreme weather sealing and military spec. titanium body as they'll probably see lots of real world snapshots at places with lots of human conflict.
     
    Failing that, it'll be the ultimate F1 race track body to go for.....if you can also afford the "up coming" G Master 800mm lenses.
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    However, the real difference it will make is when they trickle down their stacked CMOS / on chip processing, 20fps technology to their more affordable cameras...a7iii?
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    Aswald reacted to adzman808 in My X-Pro2 Review.   
    Thank you, I appreciate it
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    Aswald got a reaction from umijin in WR, how relevant is it?   
    Well, for one thing, WR is a bit like a double edge sword. Whatever goes in needs to be "professionally" removed. It's not a 100% seal.
     
    In that respect, you do need to care for WR lenses, a little differently at that.
     
    I think that WR should not even be an "option". It should be a standard feature on all lenses and not have a price differential. We're all guilty of driving this market by merely discussing it!
     
    It's just like smartphones. To me, all smartphones should be WR. We shouldn't have to worry about dropping one in the wash momentarily and face a static screen thereafter. For all the technological advancement they boast, a little moisture and poof!
     
    Food for thought.
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    Aswald got a reaction from Neil_42 in Streetphotography (open thread)   
    I don't know why but people get offended about almost everything nowadays.......perhaps the truth hurts sometimes and yeah, it's always easier to make it someone else's problem rather than our own. IMO, the title and the pic is very powerful. Definitely thought provoking...whether it is acceptable or not depends on who and where you are.
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    Aswald got a reaction from rrrrrichard in Major Fujifilm X-Pro2 Kaizen Firmware Update   
    ....but but.....why? 
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    Aswald got a reaction from johant in Major Fujifilm X-Pro2 Kaizen Firmware Update   
    ....but but.....why? 
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    Aswald got a reaction from Patrick FR in Major Fujifilm X-Pro2 Kaizen Firmware Update   
    ....but but.....why? 
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    Aswald reacted to Patrick FR in Major Fujifilm X-Pro2 Kaizen Firmware Update   
    Major Fujifilm X-Pro2 Kaizen Firmware Update Will Add 4K Video and More
     
    http://www.fujirumors.com/major-fujifilm-x-pro2-kaizen-firmware-update-will-add-4k-video/
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    Aswald got a reaction from Paddy1 in Help - first wedding - need advice and lens suggestion   
    These are the "recommended" list of focal length for a typical wedding. FL in full frame equivalence
     
    24mm
    35mm
    24-70mm
    85mm
    70-200mm
     
    In your case, I would do this,
     
    18-55mm (shoot wide open)
    35F2 (shoot wide open)
    Use a on or off camera flash set to bounce 45deg forward. Put an orange gel and set your camera WB to tungsten. (That's provided that you'd be shooting in mainly incadescent indoor lighting). Try to get a good balance of flash exposure and back ground lighting. I would avoid too stark a diference, i.e. background too dark.
    With your lens, expose for highlights and let your camera's excellent high iso performance do it's work. ISO3200 is very comfortable with the T2.
     
    If you have to rent, I would recommend the 23F1.4 or F2 and the 56F1.2 or 90F2. Otherwise, your existing lenses are actually quite workable.
     
    Get a good combination of these shots.
    Pre-wedding preparation shots, individual groom and bride. Intimate and mood shots with a tele will give privacy and intimacy. Capture static items like shoes, rings, corsages, gown, etc....please arrange them properly and tastefully beforehand. Lots of smiles and happiness with friends, bridemaids, etc...
    Shots of anticipation. Groom waiting at isle, hall, room etc.
    Bride Arrival shots. Father/guardian giving away bride, etc
    A tele for close-ups of mood shots like emotional moments, tears, smiles, etc...
    A wide for overall capture of the environment, mood. grandeur, etc
    Know the process beforehand, prepare for throwing of bouquet, or any other traditional/cultural practices...
    Semi wide angle of reception/party after wedding. Well balanced Flashes works well with environmental lighting. Capture motion of people dancing, smiling, hugs, etc...
    Again, a tele for snooping on unsuspecting hugs, smiles, kisses, etc...
     
    Hope these helps. All the best.
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    Aswald got a reaction from Curiojo in PU leather or genuine leather?   
    For me, I dislike a scratched/dinged bottom plate. and the rubber does wear out. I'm seeing some already on the Pro2.
     
    As much as I avoid it, some people still persist in taking my camera for a "spin". Sometimes, they place it on cementitious  or rocky surfaces and drag it either to move it out of the way or when they want to pick it up again. It just shows lack of common sense or clumsiness.
     
    I'm no advocate to pampering any gear but I try to avoid unnecessary damage.
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    Aswald got a reaction from Curiojo in PU leather or genuine leather?   
    I know what you mean. I have the same issue with the L grip.
     
    Fuji's original case's leather is too thin and fragile. Thick and soft is much better.
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    Aswald got a reaction from Curiojo in X-Pro 1(2) frame lines disappear-reappear during exposure WHY   
    I'm not sure why Fujifilm opted to blink their frame lines. And I agree with you that it's a much better experience if it doesn't blink.
     
    The only main difference between the Pro2 and say the M9 is the autofocus, as the M9 is a range finder camera. Perhaps Fujifilm may update this with their firmware.
     
    What I find more annoying is that in Auto ISO, it doesn't show the ISO selected by the camera instead it shows the max iso selected in the auto iso settings. That, to me makes little sense.
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    Aswald got a reaction from Curiojo in X-Pro 1(2) frame lines disappear-reappear during exposure WHY   
    Probably to conserve power. Leica uses a leaf shutter but Fujifilm still uses mechanical plane shutter. And since any pictorial info is sent via live view the cmos sensor, the software would have to divert work to write onto the memory card momentarily when the pic is taken.
     
    That's my best guess.
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    Aswald reacted to addicted2light in Lost X-Pro 2 eyepieces   
    Elliot (not Eric) Paul Stern, that's why you were out of luck:
     
    https://elliotpaulstern.me/2017/04/21/eyecups-compatible-with-fujifilm-x-pro2-jjc/
     
     
    AMAZON (they are calling them "eyecup" instead of "eyepiece", that's why you and I both couldn't find them at first):
     
    Larger Version for People that Wear Eyeglasses:
    https://www.amazon.com/JJC-Silicone-Eyepiece-Fujifilm-Eyeglasses/dp/B06Y4M6G6M/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1492843023&sr=8-11&keywords=fuji++eyecup
     
    Normal version:
    https://www.amazon.com/JJC-Silicone-Eyepiece-Fujifilm-FinePix/dp/B06Y4LMLZC/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1492843023&sr=8-21&keywords=fuji++eyecup
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    Aswald got a reaction from Arthur in Help! How to Remove Small Scratch from Rear LCD   
    Get used to it. 
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    Aswald got a reaction from Maksim in Help - first wedding - need advice and lens suggestion   
    These are the "recommended" list of focal length for a typical wedding. FL in full frame equivalence
     
    24mm
    35mm
    24-70mm
    85mm
    70-200mm
     
    In your case, I would do this,
     
    18-55mm (shoot wide open)
    35F2 (shoot wide open)
    Use a on or off camera flash set to bounce 45deg forward. Put an orange gel and set your camera WB to tungsten. (That's provided that you'd be shooting in mainly incadescent indoor lighting). Try to get a good balance of flash exposure and back ground lighting. I would avoid too stark a diference, i.e. background too dark.
    With your lens, expose for highlights and let your camera's excellent high iso performance do it's work. ISO3200 is very comfortable with the T2.
     
    If you have to rent, I would recommend the 23F1.4 or F2 and the 56F1.2 or 90F2. Otherwise, your existing lenses are actually quite workable.
     
    Get a good combination of these shots.
    Pre-wedding preparation shots, individual groom and bride. Intimate and mood shots with a tele will give privacy and intimacy. Capture static items like shoes, rings, corsages, gown, etc....please arrange them properly and tastefully beforehand. Lots of smiles and happiness with friends, bridemaids, etc...
    Shots of anticipation. Groom waiting at isle, hall, room etc.
    Bride Arrival shots. Father/guardian giving away bride, etc
    A tele for close-ups of mood shots like emotional moments, tears, smiles, etc...
    A wide for overall capture of the environment, mood. grandeur, etc
    Know the process beforehand, prepare for throwing of bouquet, or any other traditional/cultural practices...
    Semi wide angle of reception/party after wedding. Well balanced Flashes works well with environmental lighting. Capture motion of people dancing, smiling, hugs, etc...
    Again, a tele for snooping on unsuspecting hugs, smiles, kisses, etc...
     
    Hope these helps. All the best.
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    Aswald got a reaction from Curiojo in Mark II - Zhongyi 35mm 0.95 , smaller and better   
    I think that an imperfect lens with great character is better than a "perfect" lens without.
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    Aswald got a reaction from sadaqat in Streetphotography (open thread)   
    I don't know why but people get offended about almost everything nowadays.......perhaps the truth hurts sometimes and yeah, it's always easier to make it someone else's problem rather than our own. IMO, the title and the pic is very powerful. Definitely thought provoking...whether it is acceptable or not depends on who and where you are.
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    Aswald reacted to mlivshin in Nissin and HSS saga   
    Okay! Finally - the HSS saga is over. Couple of weeks ago I've sent my i60A (i have 2 of these) and i40 to New Hampshire to do a flash firmware update. They came back and work flawlessly TTL/HSS ever since
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    And now - Air1 came back with the updated firmware and TTL/HSS enabled and the system is complete.
     
    It took a while to get there but system I've always wanted ever since I switched from ridiculously fabulous Nikon CLS to Fuji has finally been materialized. The Saga is finally over. 
     
    Now no more excuses - go out and shoot
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    Aswald reacted to bhu in Japanese Government Wants FUJIFILM to Buy A Stake into NIKON   
    Patrick's blog this morning about competition, survival of the fittest, and should also consider government and other social "interference" in pure price/performance competition.
     
    The United States' government brokered deals between GM, creditors, and labor to preserve jobs. US private banks had bad debt purchased by the government, too. This is the USA where competition is more free-market than a great many other countries.
     
    Japan's government has a long history of interfering when struggling companies are at risk of either adding to unemployment or losing world market share in a favored industry.  The government will often aid in negotiating a merger, acquisition, or, if there is no other recourse, purchase the failing division from one or more companies and set up a government-run holding company.
     
    Preventing large lay-offs and losing market share to another country are not the only types of interference with natural selection. Also, do not think for a moment Japan is the only country actively supporting favored companies or industries. Every developed country does this. The USA is one of the least interfering governments in its economy so companies often do go out of business and people think the government is passive. Most other countries offer more support to prevent job loss. Similarly, countries often offer massive support to industries they want to protect. Tariffs on imports, land grants, infrastructure (utilities and transportation), and even direct investment. In fact, I seem to remember a recent example in China where the government paid 3/4 the cost of building a new multi-billion USD factory. Developing and protecting key industries, whether agricultural or electronic, for jobs, national trade strategy, or reduced dependency on other nations happens all over the world more frequently than most people imagine.
     
    Thus, a rumor that the Japanese government is investigating solutions to Nikon's problems, such as folding all, or part, of the company into Fujifilm, should be no surprise. Nikon is a large manufacturer with well-known branding and thousands of employees. If faced with insolvency, rather than face the horrors of closing multiple factories and offices, brokering merger into a well-performing peer may mean some jobs become redundant but that is better than losing all of them.
     
    I have even seen the government collect money-losing divisions from several companies under joint leadership. The divisions are all spun off from their parents and reorganized, much like the US government purchasing bad debt.
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    Aswald reacted to yukosteel in Nikon AF 300mm f4 ED   
    It's challenging to catch fast moving targets, but practicing helps.
     

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    Aswald got a reaction from jlmphotos in Which 50/60mm to buy?   
    Thanks for reigning me back on track. Luckily, the rrp for the 60 is still cheaper than the 50.
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    Aswald got a reaction from jlmphotos in Which 50/60mm to buy?   
    Between the 60 and 50 F2, I'd choose the 60 anyday.
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    Aswald got a reaction from glospete in X-T2 and Nissan i40 flashgun   
    Firmware enables high speed sync. At this point, you have to send it back to Nissin or it's authorized service centers to upgrade the firmware. Shipping cost on you.
     
    So far, I don't think anyone's done that yet and reported if the firmware works.
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