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  1. Hi Duncan

     

    Cost, tranceivers £49, RF60 £110 (inc vat which I get back)

     

    I looked at the Yongnuo but it seemed that the triggers do not have remote power adjustment for my Canon speedlites. (I could be wrong)

     

    I also like the remote control of the RF60 zoom.

     

    ATB

    Mark

     

     

    Ahh.... they do now via the Yongnuo – yn560tx. This is a relatively new piece of kit. You can control the power output of each flash (by group) as well as all the other settings such as zoom etc. Nice backlit display on it as well Link

     

    I have a set of normal triggers that I still use on one other flash but I also use one as a remote trigger for the camera now as well. The flashes offer an external power supply option as well I think. I would assume most of these systems will play nicely together as they are all manual so you should be able to mix and match to a degree, although I cannot confirm that.

  2. Hi all

     

    Since switching to Fuji from Canon I have struggled to find a flash solution, until now.

     

    Here is what works for me, a review

    http://markbaigent.co.uk/cms/canon-cactus-flash-v6-tranceivers/

     

    ATB

    Mark

     

     

    It's always good to see alternatives. How much was the setup compared to Yongnuo 560III (£48 each) with the Transmitter/Receiver Yongnuo – yn560tx (£25 each)?

     

    I'm just about to add a third Yongnuo 560III, I think I can have up to 6 groups controlled from the Yongnuo – yn560tx

  3. My copy of the 18-135 is great . I find it sharp at all lengths. I use it for food, I use it for my light tent, and zoom it or not for landscapes. i.e. like wide shots of storefronts, malls and such.

     

    Sorry Betty, I didn't mean the longer focal lengths, I meant the distance the subject was from the camera. It seems to resolve ok for short to mid distance but for long distance, landscapes etc it seemed to lose a lot of detail an go soft and mushy. When compared to the 55-200 I have, it lacked clear detail from 100mm upwards.

     

    When I shot close up stuff it was ok...... just had zero confidence at long range unfortunately.

  4. Thank you for the information Duncan. I am still trying with the 18-135 at the moment and adjusting capture sharpness in LR mainly because I like the range of the lens.

     

    I know you use C1 for processing which, unfortunately, I cannot get on with so am using LR. would you know how to make a sharpness mask in LR as you do in C1?

     

    Thank you.

     

    Allan

     

    Not sure about LR but in PS you could duplicate the image layer, sharpen it and then use a mask to hide the centre part of that image, revealing the main image underneath. This main image could have a sharpening applied all over so that the centre part is adequately sharp and then you apply X amount of sharpening to the layer so the sides look better.

     

    This is basically what I do in CS1 and works nicely. Just use a very soft/large air brush when building the mask and it will create a nice graduated effect.

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    I decided to go for an X-T1 and it was delivered today with the 18-135 kit lens and the 56 f1.2 and also decided to get the battery pack for uprights. Very pleased so far with the only downside the fact I can't shoot multiple flashes in CH mode so no real use for red carpets. I'll sell one of my D700 bodies but will hang on to the other for these events.

     

    I've been shooting off camera flash using PW Plus II triggers and the results from the 56 are stunning. I've also managed to set up the wi-fi remote controlling the camera from my Android phone.

     

    Main reason for going mirrorless was to get rid of the DSLR weight so I'll probably get another X-T1 body and prime with the proceeds from the Nikon gear.

     

    That 56mm lens is really good, possibly their best lens!..... the 23mm comes very close though, just as sharp... a beautiful lens as well. Until about a month ago I had the 14mm prime but traded it for the 10-24mm. That is also another gem... it seemed to outperform the 14mm at the edges when at 14mm.... very good zoom. 

     

     

    Strange you should mention the 10-24 and 14mm lenses. I had to send my 10-24 away to have it readjusted as it was showing excessive OOF down both sides of the image and worst on the right side encroaching into the image by as much as 20% of width. Particularly bad at 10mm, which is what I wanted it for. It came back a couple of days ago and after a quick trial it seems much better now but still a bit of OOF at 10mm. I also have the 14mm prime and after some recent trials find it to be superior to the 10-24 at 14mm. I will keep both lenses for now and see how things pan out.

     

    After buying the 18-135 as a walkabout lens I am wondering if I have made a mistake putting the 18-55 in in PX for it. I find I am not too happy with the IQ from it either.

     

    The above is the reason I recently purchased the 14mm, 23mm, and 56mm lenses. I already have the 35mm prime. Buying those lenses three together netted me a £500 refund. :)

     

    I am considering whether to buy the Sony RX10 as a walkabout camera and ditch the 18-135 fuji lens. What do you good folk think?

     

    Allan

     

    Hello, when I wrote the last sentence I entered RX100 by mistake. Have now altered it to RX10 which is what I meant to say.

     

    Allan

     

     

    Sorry for the delay Allan.

     

    I also ditched the 18-135. I found I couldn't trust the level of IQ. It was ok for close up stuff but add a bit of distance and it seemed a little poor at times. I traded it in, along with my X-Pro1 and 14mm lens for a 2nd T1 & 10-24. Now I have the wide zoom on one and the 55-200 on the other. This captures most things I want when on walk about. Studio = 23, 56 or 60mm.

     

    It sounds like you may not have the best copy of the 10-24. If it isn't 100% perfect, get it back to them and/or push for a replacement. I've found mine to be more than acceptable at 10mm (and I'm really picky) and although it is softer on the final third, it could easily be corrected. I use a mask that only sharpens the outer edges while leaving the centre so it balances it out. At 14mm it is really good. 23mm is also very good but no match for the 23mm.... but, it is a zoom and is possibly the best zoom I've had of that range (inc Canon lenses).

     

    In terms of weather proofing, I just use a cut down freezer bag with 2 rubber bands on the lens. I've been out in heavy rain with that setup without any problems. 

  6. I decided to go for an X-T1 and it was delivered today with the 18-135 kit lens and the 56 f1.2 and also decided to get the battery pack for uprights. Very pleased so far with the only downside the fact I can't shoot multiple flashes in CH mode so no real use for red carpets. I'll sell one of my D700 bodies but will hang on to the other for these events.

     

    I've been shooting off camera flash using PW Plus II triggers and the results from the 56 are stunning. I've also managed to set up the wi-fi remote controlling the camera from my Android phone.

     

    Main reason for going mirrorless was to get rid of the DSLR weight so I'll probably get another X-T1 body and prime with the proceeds from the Nikon gear.

     

    That 56mm lens is really good, possibly their best lens!..... the 23mm comes very close though, just as sharp... a beautiful lens as well. Until about a month ago I had the 14mm prime but traded it for the 10-24mm. That is also another gem... it seemed to outperform the 14mm at the edges when at 14mm.... very good zoom. 

  7. 1) Remove Essential, Main and Comprehensive boxes and use a standardised Keyword field but allowing keywords to be arranged in order of importance.
    2) Batch append keywords to images
    3) To be able to delete a submission prior to QC.

     

     

    Edit. I really like the suggestion below that has already been put forward.... not sure if it applies for Manage Images or Measures though and, be able to filter all images that have been zoomed or sold in measures (in for a penny....)

     

    "The best would be if I could see the zooms and sales where my images have not been chosen. I might even quit uploading or photography all together because of that info ;-)

    - Or I could decide to improve my work."

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    I am really missing my Fuji X-T1 and the 18-135mm lens even though I have my X-E1 and kit 18-55mm (glad I kept them as backup) with 55-200mm it as an entirely usable backup. Now I know I made the right decision as I have not thought about using my Canon in its place.

     

    I dropped them while working at an author's (Ali Smith) event during the Nottingham Festival fo Words, I tripped on the stairs while changing position in a darkened auditorium. The insurance company have authorised repairs (£435/ $700) so hopefully they should be be back in a few days with a new 12 month warranty. I do think Fuji will have to think about setting up a professional phtographer scheme now so many people are switching; 3 weeks to get a camera repaired is really too long for a working phoptographer. Fortunately last week and to some extent this was always going to be a quieter period as I have so much post processing and promotion to do.

     

    Sorry to here your problem. I have just returned my 10 - 24mm under warranty as it was showing signs of serious OOF on the righthand side of the image by as much as 20% of the width. Told it will take 15 - 21 days before I get it back.

     

    Agree with the PPS just like Canons scheme, of which I was a member when I was shooting with their equipment.

     

    Allan

     

     

    Fujis don't bounce!

     

    Its insured and these things happen, especially if you treat it as a working tool rather than a piece of jewelry (most bags are overpadded, shows my view ;) ). It was my reaction that interested me - I did not go for my Canons but used the original X-E1 instead. Probably time to sell the heavy stuff - it should raise enough to buy the new fast lenses and next year's superzoom. Maybe even the X-T2 eventually if I am shrewd.

     

    There was no visible damage which was testament to the basic ruggedness, tI reckon he X-T1 is going to survive minor Knocks as well as any pro dslr. However after the drop the combination would not find focus, zoom was exceeding stiff. Camera still seemed to work with my other lenses but I got it checked as I did not want to find there was a problem further down the line - there was obviously some work needed probably on checking and ensuring proper registration of mount sensor etc.

     

     

    Mine did. I only had it a couple of weeks and dropped it onto a tiled floor. Both camera and lens were fine.... unlike my nerves which were completely shattered!

     

    Anyway, I ended up trading in my X-Pro1 & 14mm and got a 2nd T1 with the 10-24.... with two at least I'll have a second to cover if I drop it again :-)

     

    Christian, the drop in IQ from FF to the Fuji is minimal although I'd prefer a few more pixels, 20-24mp would be ideal. I know it performs better than the 5dmkii I had but not as good as the mkiii. You are better dropping FF and using the Fuji's (or equivalent) for your main day to day stuff and a MF for the top end stuff. The weight saving, EVF with all the features etc are worth the slight drop in IQ, especially if you have a MF system (which I know you have).

     

    With Fuji, the glass is excellent and if they get round to releasing a camera with the Organic Sensor they've been developing with Panasonic then there will be no need for Fuji FF anyway.

     

    I know Duncan!  as close as it gets I use the digital M-series Leica a lot, 18MPs but superb optics, Fuji lenses are not far behind, I still have their giant 6x17 panoramic and that has one of the best lenses ever, truly top quality.

    On serious stock and commissioned work though I still prefer the dslrs.

     

     

    I guess I would still be using a DSLR if I'd mainly been doing studio work but reducing backpack weight while maintaining IQ for when I was climbing etc started me down this track. I'd still love a Phaseone or Pentax NF camera though! I'd just put it in my wife's backpack ;-)

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    I am really missing my Fuji X-T1 and the 18-135mm lens even though I have my X-E1 and kit 18-55mm (glad I kept them as backup) with 55-200mm it as an entirely usable backup. Now I know I made the right decision as I have not thought about using my Canon in its place.

     

    I dropped them while working at an author's (Ali Smith) event during the Nottingham Festival fo Words, I tripped on the stairs while changing position in a darkened auditorium. The insurance company have authorised repairs (£435/ $700) so hopefully they should be be back in a few days with a new 12 month warranty. I do think Fuji will have to think about setting up a professional phtographer scheme now so many people are switching; 3 weeks to get a camera repaired is really too long for a working phoptographer. Fortunately last week and to some extent this was always going to be a quieter period as I have so much post processing and promotion to do.

     

    Sorry to here your problem. I have just returned my 10 - 24mm under warranty as it was showing signs of serious OOF on the righthand side of the image by as much as 20% of the width. Told it will take 15 - 21 days before I get it back.

     

    Agree with the PPS just like Canons scheme, of which I was a member when I was shooting with their equipment.

     

    Allan

     

     

    Fujis don't bounce!

     

    Its insured and these things happen, especially if you treat it as a working tool rather than a piece of jewelry (most bags are overpadded, shows my view ;) ). It was my reaction that interested me - I did not go for my Canons but used the original X-E1 instead. Probably time to sell the heavy stuff - it should raise enough to buy the new fast lenses and next year's superzoom. Maybe even the X-T2 eventually if I am shrewd.

     

    There was no visible damage which was testament to the basic ruggedness, tI reckon he X-T1 is going to survive minor Knocks as well as any pro dslr. However after the drop the combination would not find focus, zoom was exceeding stiff. Camera still seemed to work with my other lenses but I got it checked as I did not want to find there was a problem further down the line - there was obviously some work needed probably on checking and ensuring proper registration of mount sensor etc.

     

     

    Mine did. I only had it a couple of weeks and dropped it onto a tiled floor. Both camera and lens were fine.... unlike my nerves which were completely shattered!

     

    Anyway, I ended up trading in my X-Pro1 & 14mm and got a 2nd T1 with the 10-24.... with two at least I'll have a second to cover if I drop it again :-)

     

    Christian, the drop in IQ from FF to the Fuji is minimal although I'd prefer a few more pixels, 20-24mp would be ideal. I know it performs better than the 5dmkii I had but not as good as the mkiii. You are better dropping FF and using the Fuji's (or equivalent) for your main day to day stuff and a MF for the top end stuff. The weight saving, EVF with all the features etc are worth the slight drop in IQ, especially if you have a MF system (which I know you have).

     

    With Fuji, the glass is excellent and if they get round to releasing a camera with the Organic Sensor they've been developing with Panasonic then there will be no need for Fuji FF anyway.

  10. If you click on System Preferences, then Spotlight at the Top, you will see a list of 21 Check Boxes. Checkboxes 2, 16 & 21 should be "Spotlight Suggestions,  Bookmarks & Histories, Bing Web Searches."

     

    Remove the crosses from them and close. Job done.

     

    This is only relevant if you have Yosemite as it will communicate with Apple about your searches on the PC. These changes are not related to WiFi issues directly. Also, the WiFi issues referred to here are only specific to Yosemite so the cure for that will not necessarily relate to Mavericks (previous version of OS X).

     

    Hope this helps.

  11. It's a good and interesting point Duncan, but I wouldn't let that bother me. That's because somewhere down the road, all monitors will be Retina screens. 5K will go to 6K and so on.

     

    Exactly. Hopefully Alamy will be investing in them too :-) It will probably take 2+ years before we see high numbers of users though, until then, it's handy to check images out on a lower resolution monitor as well.

  12. just one word of warning regarding the screen. I use the macbook pro with retina screen and it makes the images look really good. The images also look a lot sharper on the retina screen when compared to an ordinary screen. I was caught out this year with a SoLD fail here and when I checked it on my Macbook Pro it looked fine but on my iMac with an ordinary screen it did look a bit soft.

     

    The question is, are we seeing a true sharpness on the Retina screen and a failing in standard screens to show the true level of detail?!? I have a gut feeling we are as it resembles how the image looks when printed but I guess someone with more knowledge on this subject maybe able to answer this better!

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  13. I like the Fuji X-Trans sensor for its quality, both quantifiable and subjective. Combined with Fuji’s really superb lenses, it’s a lightweight kit that delivers crisp double-truck spreads if not billboards. In a year’s time, Fuji will have a 16mm f/1.4, a 90mm macro, and a yet to be defined “super telephoto.”

    http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/xf_lens/roadmap/

     

    The long lens has been defined. Initially it was thought to be 120-400 but it seems like it is a 140-400 !

    !!

  14. Thanks for posting that Duncan. I did the Spotlight stuff already - I don't need to search the entire universe when I am just looking for an image file on my machine. I've had no further issues with wifi cutting out since I unplugged the usb hub and then it was only that once so I suspect it may have had something to do with that. I will plug it back in again and follow your instructions if the wifi should cut out again. 

     

    I think the issues relate mainly to application permissions. It's like it forgets it can /allowed to connect to the network and has to think about it. I done the above yesterday and it is still ok today so touch wood it doesn't return.

  15. If anyone is suffering from WiFi problems, try the following.

     

    1. Open Spotlight Preferences from the "System Preferences" app.

    2. Under Search results, remove the tick from Spotlight Suggestions,  Bookmarks & Histories, Bing Web Searches.

    3. Next, open Keychain Access from the application folder "Other".

    4. With "System" selected (on the left), you will see your WiFi Network name/s on the right. Double click on the one you use.

    5. A new dialog box will open, select the "Access Control" tab, enter your password as requested etc.

    6. Make sure the option "Allow all applications to access this item" is selected. When saving, you will have to enter your user name and password again.

    7. Repeat 4-6 for each WiFi network you have then reboot pc/laptop.

    8. Open disk utility from the application folder "Other" and select the main Hard Drive from the list that the OS is installed on.

    9. Press "Verify Disk Permissions" and once complete, press "Repair Disk Permissions". You will probably see loads of items in need of repair  :) .

    10. Press "Clear History" and then "Verify Disk Permissions" again. Hopefully there shouldn't be any problems reported now. If there are, press repair again.

    11. Reboot system.

     

    I seem to have resolved the issues I was experience after doing the above. 1 & 2 are really to stop the OS from reporting everything all "Non Internet" searches on your computer to Apple & Bing.

     

    I'm still holding back upgrading to Yosemite on my main work iMac until I hear this problem has been resolved properly. 

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  16. I had a sale drop in yesterday for an image used in September. Are sales commonly reported after the fact or is this a system correction? I've also had three zooms since yesterday after a lengthy dry spell.

     

    They can turn up some time after they were used. Alamy clients are likely to have T&C's that state how and when they must report/pay by. I know of one image that was used in a book and is currently on sale.... I was invited to the book launch, but as yet not showing up here. I give it a while before chasing.

  17. I received 4 new zooms this morning and three of them were not from yesterday..... or the last few days, just appeared. Doesn't inspire confidence. 

     

    I would imagine most people would be understanding if there was a problem, it happens, it would just be easier if they said that there was one and they are in the process of fixing it and tell us when it's done. 

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    A heads up for people upgrading to Yosemite. There are currently issues with WIFI connections. You are likely to experience either painfully slow internet or, complete drop outs of access. Works fine if hardwire connection is used. This will affect things like TimeMachine as well as internet access if you are connecting via WiFi etc.

     

    Within the first few days, this issue has earned a lot of space on the internet so hopefully, it will be resolved soon.

     

    No problems here using wifi or ethernet - runs at 20 Mbps (as it should be). Likely to experience problems may be a bit too strong a statement. It would be interesting to know what proportion of users are affected.

     

     

    I said likely due to the fact that there are 1000's of people suffering from it. It made the news. If you check the Mac forums, threads were into 20 plus pages after the 1st day. This isn't bashing Mac, I am a big user of their gear.... imacs, macbook pros etc. A quick search reveals the extend of the problem.

     

    Edit, there are a few temp fixes but normally, the problem comes back after a few hours. There are no problems with Ethernet (wired) connections.

     

     

    I know you're not a Mac basher from discussions with you before and I'm not a Mac evangelist (I do like Macs though). I just figure that using the word likely suggests that more than 50% of users say are experiencing problems or that you are more likely than not to have a problem. Maybe it is that bad but I would have thought it would be making major headlines. Of course maybe those affected cannot report it.  :)

     

     

     

    Haha... yeah. It could wel be with the most recent modern routers. The biggest problem seems to be with the 5ghz network but people are also experiencing it with 2.4. Some suggest if you don't use AC wifi network you could be fine. The issue at the moment is that know one knows so you have to expect it and be pleasantly surprised if your not effected :-)

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