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  1. On a realistic, sensible budget, the RX100 should serve as your backup camera. John made a good point about bringing an extra body. I'm continual amazed how people can go on a long, expensive, once-in-a-lifetime trip with one camera body. As a pro I used to travel with 4 to 6 bodies.

     

    Carole, it's a good thing you're trying to work these things out before you go on the trip. If I had to go on a serious trip next month, I would bring the RX10 and as backup and the NEX-6 with the 24, 50 and the 11-18 (I'd don't now own the very-wide). I'd be just as happy to bring those three lenses and both the NEX-6 and NEX-7. 

     

    Do they still have good equipment prices in Hong Kong? 

     

    Personally, I think the Nex 6 is a more forgiving camera than the 7. The sensor certainly allowed you to use a SWA lens without any colour cast and the AF was better.

     

    When I travelled to the Peruvian Andes last year, I specifically bought the E1 as a backup to my pro1 and for added safety, I gave the RX100 to my wife to use for the trip. The RX100 lets you take shots when discretion is required  :D

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    Duncan, will Photoshop not process RAW from the X-T1? It would be a challenge to change everything but if the end result is better I don't mind. The theory is if I'm retired I should (???) have more time on my hands ;)

     

    The Latest version of Camera Raw will be ok. Adobe applications seem to be a little more prone to introducing the Watercolour Effect. Really, this appears to be caused by the amount of sharpening and noise reduction applied to the file. The likes of Capture One and Iridient Developer provide a lot finer control over these elements and as a result, eradicate this effect. I've never had a batch fail here because of that problem since first buying my X-Pro1... then X-E1 and now the T1.

     

    On a plus side, Adobe have been working with Fuji and they have now implemented the film types that are In Camera, to the Adobe Raw converters. This means you can shoot raw and apply Provia, Velvia or Astia later on away from the camera.

     

    You could easily continue with Adobe and convert over to another Application if you needed /wanted to. Capture One comes in two flavours, Express / Pro.

  3. If I had the spare change, I'd upgrade to the overpriced (IMO) Zeiss 16-70, simply because I'm addicted to zooms. The other option is to switch to equally pricey Zeiss primes, which doesn't really appeal or fit my limited budget.

     

    I actually find the original Sony 18-55  that I got with my NEX-3 to be quite adequate with the NEX-6 (I didn't go for the 16-50) for my purposes. However, I do have to downsize files now and then with both it and the Sony 55-210. I'd say that these lenses are stretched to their limits with the 16 MP sensor, and at the longer focal lengths they max out at around 12 MP. Not sure I would want to use them with the 24 MP a6000. However, the 55-210 would probably yield acceptable results in good light.

     

    I wonder how much better the Fuji zooms really are. Some people have reported SoLD failures, but that of course can happen even with very expensive lenses. Hopefully, Fuji's quality control is better than Sony's.

     

    I've been with both (Nex7 and now Fuji X). While the 24mm for the Sony was nice, it wouldn't stand out in the the Fuji camp and as far as accuracy / sharpness is concerned, I've found the Fuji zooms to be a lot better... night and day. The 55-210 was awarful compared to the Fuji 55-200, which I would compare to the Canon 100-400L in terms of IQ.

     

    The 18-200 of sony seemed to soften in the final third and focus (could've been camera issues) was hit and miss as was the case with a lot of Sony lenses (excluding the 24mm). The 55-200 from Fuji is sharp across the frame and is bang on in terms of accuracy.

     

    Fuji Primes compared to to Sony.... again, big difference in terms of build and IQ.

     

    It all sounds good for Fuji but then you have to be prepared to change workflow a little, maybe acquire Capture One to process images, get used to the handing of the new gear etc. This all adds up to a transition period... selling gear, buying new and becoming familiar with the new equipment and software. For some, this is enough to stop them from migrating from one system to another. I'm really glad I did migrate but that's me.

     

    What I would recommend is getting your hands on an X-T1 with something like the 23mm prime and the 18-55. Either from someone you know or hire it for a few days. This way you will be able to find out how it performs and whether it suits you and your workflow. It doesn't matter how much other people like a system, they are not you and I think this way you maybe able satisfy any concerns you may have before investing in a transfer

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    Fuji have updated their lens map and that 90mm f2 (135 equivalent ) looks very interesting. Seems also the 16-55mm will not be coming OIS which is a surprise.

     

    http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/fuji-releases-the-updated-x-mount-lens-roadmap-includes-the-16mm-1-4-and-90mm-primes

     

    Would be good if the 90mm f2 was to have 1:1 macro as well.

     

    Allan

     

     

    Yes indeed. It would result in the 60mm being sold. 

     

    The 90mm would nearly make it a replacement for the 150mm sigma I had..... ahhh, the one lens I miss now I'm not with Canon!

  5. Ok.... I've managed to resolve the issue regarding the 18-135 voucher.

     

    1. The voucher is to be used with the retailer you bought the X-T1 from originally.

    2. They provide a code for the retailer to deduct the £250 from the sale.

     

    Now... I bought my camera from Wex UK but I placed my pre-order with Clifton Cameras, this was down to the fact they offered a trade in for my 18-55..... and.... That I hadn't realised point 1. above  :unsure:  :rolleyes: Add to the mix the need of this lens for an up and coming event and I was a little concerned. 

     

    Anyway, I traded my lens in a few weeks back now so I was committed to Clifton which meant I was going to lose out on the £250. So, I contacted Fuji UK customer service, explained everything and they came back to me the same day and confirmed they would honour the discount given my scenario. Not only that, the Fuji Rep contacted Clifton Cameras to sort out the code for them. 

     

    To say I'm very happy with both Fuji and Clifton Cameras would be an understatement!

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    Hi all

     

    Should anyone be interested I have made a blog post about my first 10,000 photographs made using the fuji X-T1

     

    http://markbaigent.co.uk/cms/fuji-xt1-10000/

     

    Mark, what a wonderful review.  I would love it if you went over to the Fuji X forum and posted this review.  A lot of Xers would enjoy it.  I'm loving my X-T1, with 10-24, 18-55, 56mm.  The 18-135 is shipping to me today.

     

    Betty

     

    Betty

     

     

    Hi Betty I have just received the £250 voucher today for the 18-135 lens so I'm off to my friendly local camera shop tomorrow to se if they have it in.

     

    I have to go to town tomorrow anyway so will call in and have a natter rather than phone.

     

    Allan

     

     

    Is it a voucher to take in store or money back offer? i.e. send in receipt etc to Fuji for cash back.

     

     

    Sorry to be so long replying.

     

    Fuji email a voucher for you to print out. Take printout plus receipt for camera purchase into store when buying lens.

     

    Martin I would have preferred 16-100mm with min at long end of f4.

     

    Allan

     

     

    Cheers Alan..... thinking on this and they must do a cash back option (provide them with proof of lens/camera purchase). Otherwise you wouldn't be able to get the discount for online purchases.

  7. Capture One Pro - 

     

    Simple processing: Raw - Jpg

    Complex: Raw - Tiff - Jpg

     

    Long term Storage - Raw files (keyworded etc) within a C1 Session plus jpg copies.

     

    All jpgs are also stored in a C1 Catalogue on a BluRay. Compared to Raws etc, this is lightweight on storage and means I can easily tag, arrange and search files easily (metadata embeded). Also, if I join a new agency..... select all and upload.

  8. Curiosity, with regards to the DACS claims that can be done, how much can you receive in general? I've had a number of images published in UK mags and I'm wondering what the worth is on doing this.

     

    Appreciate any advice!

     

    Thanks:)

     

    Can't recall how claim size, was quit low and I came out with about £60-£70 so even at low vol it is worth it.

     

    Looking forward to this year (2013) as it is 1-2 levels higher and 2014 is already 30% more than 2013.

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    Hi all

     

    Should anyone be interested I have made a blog post about my first 10,000 photographs made using the fuji X-T1

     

    http://markbaigent.co.uk/cms/fuji-xt1-10000/

     

    Mark, what a wonderful review.  I would love it if you went over to the Fuji X forum and posted this review.  A lot of Xers would enjoy it.  I'm loving my X-T1, with 10-24, 18-55, 56mm.  The 18-135 is shipping to me today.

     

    Betty

     

    Betty

     

     

    Hi Betty I have just received the £250 voucher today for the 18-135 lens so I'm off to my friendly local camera shop tomorrow to se if they have it in.

     

    I have to go to town tomorrow anyway so will call in and have a natter rather than phone.

     

    Allan

     

     

    Is it a voucher to take in store or money back offer? i.e. send in receipt etc to Fuji for cash back.

     

     

    Seems to be take in copy of original invoice/ receipt and the voucher, pay the difference for the lens. Looks as though you may have to go to the dealer who supplied your X-T1.

     

     

    hummm.... doesn't really work when you pre-order over the internet. I may have to call Fuji to see what the score is. If I find anything out I'll post back!

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    Hi all

     

    Should anyone be interested I have made a blog post about my first 10,000 photographs made using the fuji X-T1

     

    http://markbaigent.co.uk/cms/fuji-xt1-10000/

     

    Mark, what a wonderful review.  I would love it if you went over to the Fuji X forum and posted this review.  A lot of Xers would enjoy it.  I'm loving my X-T1, with 10-24, 18-55, 56mm.  The 18-135 is shipping to me today.

     

    Betty

     

    Betty

     

     

    Hi Betty I have just received the £250 voucher today for the 18-135 lens so I'm off to my friendly local camera shop tomorrow to se if they have it in.

     

    I have to go to town tomorrow anyway so will call in and have a natter rather than phone.

     

    Allan

     

     

    Is it a voucher to take in store or money back offer? i.e. send in receipt etc to Fuji for cash back.

  11. Anyone used these?  I'm tempted - seems a neat idea, specially when cycling.....

     

    http://www.jackthehat.co.uk/peak-design-capture-camera-clip-arcaplate-pdccc20pa-p-930.html

     

    All the time. I use it on my backpack shoulder strap. Attached is normally my X-T1 with anything up to 55-200 lens.

     

    Excellent quality and I wouldn't be without one now, it saves a lot of grief when out in the mountains. 

     

    If you want to carry heavier gear on a harness, look at Cotton Carrier as well. I used their system with a 5d mkii with a 100-400 lens. Capture Clip is best though when it comes to smaller cameras and it is far more comfortable.

     

    Also, their camera strap and wrist cuff systems work excellent! Quickly interchangeable.

     

    Edit. Just to say, if you set it up so the clip slides down into the holder, it ain't going anywhere. It's solid. The only reason you probably wouldn't want to use it with a full size DSLR is comfort really. It would be pulling away from your body a lot. You can also use their camera strap as a safty leash in case you drop the camera. It attaches to the clip holder.

  12. Sorry James but you are making it difficult. Why should we have to have 250 videos or more?

     

    Talking to an agency I'm with they said NOW is the time to be doing this. I would have thought Alamy as a business that is looking to make money would take this avenue of stock more seriously than it is.

     

    As it stands, I take video clips while shooting stills and submit a handful at a time... nowhere near 250 so on that basis, they will just have to go elsewhere!

     

    As well as being used online, I could quite easily see clips being used within digital books etc in the future. Even bigger libraries only consist of 1-2 million so it is the dawn of this type of media and could well be the future.

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  13. Morning all

     

    I suspect by now a few people have watched the latest installment of Ask James. 

     

    Is anyone else disappointed by the latest video? The previous installments have been good and it seems like some good has come out of them but this latest one is almost like watching paint dry.

     

    Not sure what others asked but I wanted to see a better system for video upload. Other sites out there are streets ahead of Alamy in this respect and so I posed the question "what are you doing to facilitate this growing area of stock?" 

     

    It seems to me that as a business this is one area that Alamy is severely falling behind in and I have no idea why. A number of contributors have expressed an interest in but if it is not made easier to submit content online why bother with Alamy?

     

    Anyone else's thoughts on this and in general?

     

    PS I have to say though that at least James does stick his head above the castle walls and for that he should be commended.

     

    I would also be interested in the video clip side of things. I intend to kick off a collection this year and as it stands, it will be with a micro competitor. As internet speeds increase and high speed is available to more and more people, the use of video will also increase. 

     

    So if they look in here, it would be nice to hear from them about this.... I would love to think Alamy will be a place I can supply Video Clip content!

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    I promise this is my last word on this Tower image of mine: :)

     

    I reworked the PP on my last Freedom Tower image, the one that landed me in the sin bin. I moved the tiff into Nikon NX2 and worked on a few small areas, bring back a little detail in the white-cloud refections. Doing most anything midway in PP in NX2 seems to add noise, so I again reduced noise on the tiff in PS. I also cropped the image and reduced the size to 25MP. Here it is: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/freedom-tower-again-ed-rooney.html

     

    No, I'm not planning to submit the "fixed" image to Alamy. I see a need to be more conservative with QC.

     

    Have to agree, it still looks SoLD to me. What camera, lens, f/n, ISO etc was this taken at? Did you start from a Raw image?

     

     

    Looks great as an image but at 100%, I would agree with the SoLD by QC. I wouldn't have chanced it myself.

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    Robert:  To answer the question, eight sales for gross (Alamy's) receipts of about $550.  I've noticed that many shots in your collection are of commercial trademarks.  Do you sell many of these?  Has no owner of the trademark ever protested?  Do you rely totally on Alamy's terms of sale to ensure that these images will only be used editorially?  I had been under the impression that Alamy would reject images in which commercial trademarks occupy a prominent place in the image.  Obviously not, judging from your collection.  You seem to be doing very well indeed.  How many images in the Alamy collection?  Cheers, Ollie

     

    Ollie - yes I do. The Tesco distribution centre* and Shell fuel pump have both sold twice.  Packets of Persil - the buyers are queuing up for that one.  If I did more on the big brands in a social context, I would make a lot more here.  I think it would help a lot if there was a simple way of marking images as editorial only, however (brands are fine for editorial use).  I don't really have the time to spend on Alamy admin work, and the user is responsible for inappropriate use anyway.  And if I did, I would lose sales: one of the Tesco licenses was for corporate use ... by Tesco.

     

    And to answer the OP's question:  $367 for 5 sales

     

    * Correction: Tesco three times

     

     

    My joint biggest sale was a Trademark, well into 4 figures..... just not here. That said, last month here a joint trademark image went for several hundred $'s combined. It depends on what you do with then. A straight vertical snapshot probably won't cut it but use a little imagination and they can be big earners!

  16. Hi Duncan

     

    > Mark, do you mean the clutch change from AF to Manual focus? It's a nice feature to quickly switch from one to the other without even taking your hand off the lens!

    No, though I do like that.

     

    I miss shift as in tilt shift lens, the change in the height of apparent viewpoint by using drop front is useful when shooting interiors.

    You can set the camera high to clear furniture then drop the front of the lens to show floorspace not ceiling, without tipping the camera down. Sorry if that is an egg sucking lesson.

     

    Got ya.... and yeah, very useful. I wouldn't be surprised to see more specialist lenses appearing once the bulk of the main lenses have been covered.

  17. I think my list is now....

     

    18-135

    120-400

    10-24

     

    I may end up off loading the 55-200 if the 18-135 is really good and fits my needs. As far as primes go, I can't see how the 14,23 and 56 could be improved upon.

     

    If a 90mm macro at 1:1 appears on the scene, that is likely to replace the 60mm but for me, I'm nearing a complete system, as far as lenses go.

     

    Mark, do you mean the clutch change from AF to Manual focus? It's a nice feature to quickly switch from one to the other without even taking your hand off the lens!

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    I'm using the Fuji X-T1 and have the Fuji 23mm 1.4 and Fuji 10-24 f4 zoom

    Anyone using these lenses and the new Zeiss Touit lenses? Which do you like better and why? I almost prefer primes but the quality would have to be as good on the Zeiss as it is Fuji.

      Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 and    Zeiss Touit 32mm 1.8

     

    L

     

     

    From what I've read, the 12 Zeiss is good but a lot of people still prefer the 14mm for IQ. I sold a 12mm  Voigtlander in favour of the 14mm Fuji which is exceptional.

     

    How do you find the quality of the 10-24 when compared to the 23mm? I was considering that zoom but it would have to be sharp from 12mm onwards to make it worth while.

     

    The IQ of the 23mm 1.4 is amazing!

    L

     

     

    I know, I have that one  :D  It's the 10-24 I was thinking about. How does the zoom compare to the prime? I think I will only consider the zoom if I found a great deal for the zoom that meant I could keep the 14mm prime!

     

    I'm impressed with the 10-24. I'd say it's probably the best zoom I've used in that range.Sometimes the really wide lenses can be hit or miss but this is good. Yes,in some cases the 23mm is of course better.It's an insanely sharp prime and faster. BUT the 10-24 is stabilized and the 23mm is not. I've used the 10-24 wide open at f4 and it was sharp even in the corners. David Hobby of Strobist.com went to Dubai with just the X-T1 and the 10-24mm. Look at all of his photo stream. Here is one shot I though was cool... https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidhobby/13187772625/in/photolist-nKKN2H-jZWosX-n5AipH-nmTsMd-m6mMm6

     

     

    Sounds impressive. I think I will keep an eye open for special offers from Fuji that include this lens. That shot is gorgeous by the way!! 

  19. I would say the 30mm Sigma is definitely a viable alternative.

     

    When I had my Nex, I had the 19mm and 30mm from Sigma, they were selling the first versions off at a discount. I also had the 30mm from Sony, I sold that one as I didn't need the extra speed/IS.

     

    The sigma's are simple but very good optically and while simple design (1st version), they had a nice solid feel to them. To be honest, I would like to see Sigma start to produce lenses for Fuji X as I've always found them to be good. the 150mm Macro I had for the canon was stellar!!

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    I'm using the Fuji X-T1 and have the Fuji 23mm 1.4 and Fuji 10-24 f4 zoom

    Anyone using these lenses and the new Zeiss Touit lenses? Which do you like better and why? I almost prefer primes but the quality would have to be as good on the Zeiss as it is Fuji.

      Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 and    Zeiss Touit 32mm 1.8

     

    L

     

     

    From what I've read, the 12 Zeiss is good but a lot of people still prefer the 14mm for IQ. I sold a 12mm  Voigtlander in favour of the 14mm Fuji which is exceptional.

     

    How do you find the quality of the 10-24 when compared to the 23mm? I was considering that zoom but it would have to be sharp from 12mm onwards to make it worth while.

     

    The IQ of the 23mm 1.4 is amazing!

    L

     

     

    I know, I have that one  :D  It's the 10-24 I was thinking about. How does the zoom compare to the prime? I think I will only consider the zoom if I found a great deal for the zoom that meant I could keep the 14mm prime!

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    I would preferer the standard zooms to have a little more at each end so that they were 24-100 or 120mm equivalent - 16-70/80/90mm.

     

    The existence of such a lens would almost certainly push me off the fence in the direction of ditching my Canon. But even the promised 16-55 is not quite good enough. I do at least 95% of my work with the Canon 24-105 and I would have too much to lose at the moment by sacrificing those precious mm at either end.

     

    Alan

     

     

    Me too, but how much do you actually do at 24-28 and 80-105mm? I found that it was quite a modest proportion of that 95%.

     

    We could do with a prime at around 90-100mm (the old 135mm equivalent) - I might then be tempted to experiment with Don McCullin's approach of two bodies - one with 35mm equivalent and one with 135mm equivalent. Force me to be more considered and use my feet to get into a better position. It is just too easy to frame and shoot without proper thought with zooms. Another reason not to go for the 18-135 or even 10-24mm - perhaps the 14mm might actually be a better idea.

     

     

    I was considering the 10-24 but the 14mm is probably going to be to dammed good to get rid.... In reality I may not get that much connivence benefit from the 10-24 to make it worth while. When time is on your side, the 14, 23 & 56 combo is hard to beat. The IQ is amazing. On that basis, a 90mm would be a good addition to Fuji's lens lineup!

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