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  1. I got a Fuji XT-30 recently and it takes great pictures even with the cheap lens. However coming from Nikon I do find the menu system fiddly and miss having what I was used to on the dials. They have done various offers in the UK of late, so if the price is high again maybe wait for the next drop. It's also way lighter than the Nikon D500 I've got and looks less conspicuous . It locked up on me today, which dissapointed me, as I was thinking about pairing it with an XT-3 as well. Had sales from it in the first weeks of owning it.
  2. I should just add .. just found out today I made my first sale with the new camera on the 15.5.20 to the Times with a weather/news PIC, and that was with the XC 15-45 lens, at a location I bicycled to ( Padstows). So all in all a good result for the new kit.
  3. Cheers Bob - I love that pic, it wasn't deliberate but the symmetry of the reflection is spot on. He's a great poser. regards Simon
  4. I can see me keeping a foot in both camps for the time being, and getting a full frame. Then of course there is the question of Nikons long term future .. mind you in the current climate I guess other manufacturers must be feeling the pain. Very useful comments from everyone that replied to the original post, so thank you very much.
  5. Hi Michael, Mind you it is full frame, which is the other thing I've been wanting to move towards. Tricky call !
  6. If only the Z6 had 2 card slots - I miss that insurance policy ( I know the XT30 doesn't have them, but I believe the XT-4 does )
  7. Thanks For the feedback Betty, I was out today with a Nikon and f2.8 70-200 and I can’t wait to try the Fuji when it comes, I might be able to cancel my physio . I also took some beach shots with the Fuji XC lens today down in Cornwall and they came out just fine. Stay safe !
  8. Took the plunge this week and got a Fuji XT-30 whilst they were being discounted. Been umming an ahhing for ages about trying mirrorless. I was spurred into action by moving to a new area and having a bike for the first time in ages, legging round my Nikon D500, tripod and heavy lens wasn't practical. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. Even with the kit lens ( XC 15-45 ) the pictures are pretty good, and the size / weight is tiny. I can see me getting an XT-4 in the not to distant future, as well as a prime lens for it.
  9. Thanks for the spot - don't think I've had one of those before πŸ™‚
  10. Believe it or not he's had that jumper for a year now, think he looks like quite striking in it πŸ˜‰
  11. To any business person putting all of your "eggs in one basket" is not a good idea, although I've done it myself on several occasions. I hope the people that I've dealt with at Alamy are well looked after, they've all been highly supportive of me over the last few years from the live news team. I've had a positive email from my contact, so lets see what happens. At the end of the day if you take a better picture than the other lot, then you live in hope it will sell .. Although on a weekly basis I'm still surprised on what sells vs what doesn't - the last example being my picture from yesterday, which didn't sell, I guess I'm biased based on the effort that went into getting the picture vs the quality and topicality.
  12. Will do. I know there was a photographer from PA who was down at the same spot that I go to and he got himself and his D4 completely swamped in a wave .. it killed it there an then.
  13. My goto shot is St Michaels Mount., but 75% of the moonrise times there's a layer of clouds in the way 😞
  14. Hi Julie, Do you know if you can set Metadata yet in lightroom mobile ( as needed for Live news uploads) last time I looked it wasnt there in any of the Ipad apps.
  15. thanks James., I checked the Times and the Telegraph it wasn't in there, I rarely check the Guardian. well done in the Moon by the way, we were shrouded in clouds yet again last night.
  16. I'll be going Monday / tuesday morning, assuming I've shook this lurgi off by then 😞
  17. Hi Phil I've looked again and you are right - it now illuminates the controls, however ( honestly ) before it was bringing up the white balance setting. at the moment it's behaving
  18. Could be .. it does get splashed / rained on in the storm pictures
  19. Had a last minute 3 figure sale pop up of the Pug at the 11th hour yesterday. Alamy sale volume exceeded 2018, revenue nearly made it, but taking into account sales elsewhere smashed it ! Disappointed with 2020 - 0 so far πŸ˜‰
  20. I was just having a look at views / zooms for last month ( stupidly high ratio at the moment ) and was intrigued to see 2 pages of search term "alamy" over the last month one line of which had 4 zooms. I'm intrigued as to whats going on ?
  21. I sent in a deliberate motion blur - picture was on tripod everything in the background was razor sharp but the person was blurred. It was the only QC failure I had in a looooong time. I felt so strongly that I ran it past my main ( news ) contact at Alamy, everyone that looked at the picture agreed it should have passed and it was clear that there was no camera shake .. in the interest of getting on with life I just let it go.
  22. Thought my Nikon D500 had died the other day, whilst out on a shoot, the back display went blank and the top LCD just showed 0.0 however it was taking pictures still. Having had a play I *think* what is happening is that the power switch is intermittently getting stuck in white balance adjustments. Several turn offs, battery out, then back on cures it, but randomly it will go back to the same. Just wondered if anyone else had experienced similar ? regards Simon
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