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  1. Who needs charges when you have a bogus exchange rate?
  2. Ditto the verticals, a holdover from when clients used to say "shoot more verticals" along with reminding me to have more shots with people in them. I don't carry the vertical battery grip much because of weight, but do like the vertical controls on occasion. On the other subject, I figure I'll finally start to become a European when I come to understand why a country the size of Sacramento County needs its own language. Till then I'll stick to the opinion that Lëtzebuergesch is more of a secret code than a language, something the Luxemburgers speak among themselves when they don't want to
  3. I also used a Fuji 645. A photographer I knew referred to it as my "point and shoot Hasselblad." I also used mostly 220 in that and a Pentax 645 I once had. Given that 35mm had the emulsion spread out over sprocket holes, leader and tail, with all of it packaged in a can within a can, it was quite wasteful. Using 220, which has a paper leader and tail and is packaged in foil, the cost worked about the same per frame as mounted 35mm for around 3X the film area.
  4. Not only for surfers (photo of Ansel Adams by Beaumont Newhall).
  5. This is a somewhat worrying question. Assuming the OP knows what he's looking at and doesn't see watermarks, it brings up the question whether that might be the case for others, i.e., many others. And yes, Nervous Nellie is something I've heard before.
  6. I check often and it's like the old saw about insanity being repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting a different result. So I checked yet again and — surprise, surprise — there was a sale! First one since early August, but it was for low $$$. Good old Alamy.
  7. 150lpi, or lines per inch, is the standard for sheet-fed lithographic printing. The pixels/dots per inch of a photograph should be twice the lines per inch on the press, hence 300dpi. Prepress technicians will often use a higher resolution for raster images of typography, but the 2-1 ratio holds for photos.
  8. I used to use one of those when I shot with a Pentax 645 and was able to shoot in winter, regardless of outside temps, by keeping it tucked inside my coat.
  9. Hi Regis, I'm just a couple hours up the road from Fuji's facility in Germany, but still it would be a real bother to have to send the camera to them to get the sensor cleaned. Perhaps it's worth it to hold out for the X100V. One of the things that appeals to me about the X100 series is the unlimited synch speeds, making fill flash in bright daylight a snap.
  10. Good point. Probably a good used X100F would be the most bang for the buck and the earlier models wouldn't work for me. As to pockets, I usually have a vest in summer and jacket with large pockets in winter, so my idea of "pocketable" is fairly lax.
  11. I've also been considering getting a small, inconspicuous camera at some point. My main kit consists of Fuji XT bodies, generally at least two since I don't change lenses in the field. One thing I don't want is to pack along a different charger and set of batteries that would largely defeat the “small and light” benefit. I have an X-A5 I could use for the purpose if I could stand arm's-length photography, squinting at an LCD in bright daylight. For a pocketable camera with an EVF, I think something in the X100 series would be ideal.
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