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  1. The Fuji X panoramic function seems to work ridiculously well, almost to easy.

     

    http://garyksmithphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/a-week-in-peaks-part-2-fuji-panoramics.html

     

    Gary 

     

    I'll have to give it a go.... I do prefer to work with raws and you only get jpgs with the pano I think?!? 

     

    Back to the original issue.... I liked the look of the A7 but if it was between the Nex6 (or what ever they are called now) and the A7/r/s/, then I think I would be tempted to stick with the Nex size (APSc) style bodies for now. You will have more lens choices and in the future, when there is a better range of lenses for the FF Sony, there will probably have been an upgrade A7mkii or what ever. 

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    APSC shots lacked the instant appeal of many of my old 35mm pics

     

    Who's instant appeal?????

    WRT stock photography $$,

    its only the buyers' appeal that counts...

     

    Is there any evidence that buyers prefer non-FF pics?

     

    Alan

     

    I doubt that most buyers give a you-know-what either way.

     

     

    I would say there is a lot that wouldn't / couldn't tell the difference. If you shoot APSc with something like a f/1.2 - f/1.8, you can get excellent isolation depending on FL and distance to object.

     

    As for detail, you would only really see the benefit of the FF sensor once you get to prints of about 24-30" and even then, you would have to be looking real close. If I want a landscape print with mass amount of detail, I stitch several frames together. I have a lovely 37" print from my Fuji, 3 shots stitched together. With apps like Autopano Giga, it's a breeze to do. Takes seconds.

  3. Back from the Lake District today (first trip there with the puppy). Took the 14,23, 56 and 55-200.

     

    The sharpness of the images from the three primes, especially the 23 & 56, made me think there was oil smeared on the 55-200 lens :D

     

    That zoom is no slouch either but hell, it's completely impossible to be any sharper than these two lenses.... The 60mm may have been knocked off No1 position.

     

    If I have the time to swap lenses around when out and about, I think these 3 primes will keep the covers on the 18-55mm. I'll save that for when time is short and I'm not sure what FL is needed. Man..... I could kiss the Fuji engineers for the quality of their lenses.... breathtaking!!

     

    Edit.... posted at the same time.

     

    Check out whether you have it in silent mode. I know that stops things like the flash from working (flash is not stealthy and is switched off). It could be the same for the focus beam....

     

    In fact, I just checked it out and it does stop it from working. Silent mode is in the first Blue menu, make sure it is off. If it was switched on to silence the beeps, go to volume under sound set up and set it to off. I made that mistake originally.

  4. I've been fortunate enough not to have experienced it. I have more projects scoped out than I know what to do with. As I'm working on one thing I have a habit of thinking of something else.... that can be distracting but I now write them down for later. I also tend to buy props as and when I see something that could produce some interesting shots. A room of objects of inspiration.... Editorial wise, I pick up stuff as and when and I now concentrate on creative / project stuff.... always fun to take and set up. I swallowed a PS Bible and I have an Adobe Premiere one on the menu for desert... You can see it now, websites are replacing main pics with video clips for promotion... 

     

    Me, I just wish there were 48 hours in the day to get through it all......... try looking for additional ways to exercise your creative side that could also turn into cash for you..... sometimes a sideways step can be just as interesting (if not more so) than trying to go in a straight line.

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    The first thing to do, with some urgency, is apply to have your work assessed for creative searches.  Otherwise your images will be lost amongst all the historical content produced by Alamy hobos.  Interestingly even 'warrior' yields more than 45K results, while 'dragon' gives 66K.

     

    http://www.alamy.com/registration/creative_upload_apply.aspx

     

    The only problem I've found with Creative, is after the initial assessment, they don't inspect again.... or if they do, it's once in a blue moon. By that time, any creative work you've submitted has already been sold X amount of times elsewhere.

     

    Are we supposed to apply every time we upload content?!? As it stands, it feels a little half ar*ed in it's implementation....the last time they added any of my files to creative, they had already been uploaded here/elsewhere several months to a year beforehand. That way they are always going to be behind the competition.

     

    That said, I'm not entirely bothered as my more "Creative shots" are selling well, just not here :D

     

     

    Thanks for that info Duncan.  I had been putting together a few waifs and strays under a separate psuedo, but thought that might be the case. Maybe I won't bother.  It seems to me that Alamy 'creative' will never amount to much unless they employ a team of editors, and as far as I can see, there isn't really any gap in the market that would warrant that.  Perhaps they will do a lot better with the budget collection (Stockimo).

     

     

    They could introduce a system by which the photographer submits potential Creative Images (already approved maybe?!?) and a separate teams casts an eye over them. If they are acceptable, add them, if not they don't go in. If you submit ones that are obviously not Creative (not border line ones), sin binned for 1-2 months?!? 

     

    Other than that, it would be a case of introducing more editors to watch and grab images as they are going through the approval system.

     

    Getting back on track (original query). I've noticed a lot more of my sales have not been zoomed at all so you could have more making there way through. In fact, zooms have dropped quite a bit for me but sales are holding.... so far  :D. I am seeing a lot more "Search Terms" in measures that have zero zoomed, maybe customers are using lightboxes more?!? Hover the cursor over the image, looks good, click on the lightbox icon without the need to zoom!

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    I think  the Fuji 10-24mm is  probably about less than an inch each way bigger than the Fuji 18-55mm. The 10-24 takes a 62mm filter as opposed to 58mm of the 18-55mm.

    It's not very heavy though heavier than the 18-55 it's a nice balanced weight.

     

    L

     

    Interesting.... same filter as the 23, 56, 55-200 i believe. Maybe worth while in the future.... trade in the 14mm of course. Time will tell but liking the positive reviews so far!!

     

     

    The 10-24 is also internal zoom so no change to length as with the other zooms. Helps with consistent balance while handheld.

     

    Allan

     

     

    Similar to the 17-40L then. In time I may swap over, it would be nice to have 10mm (15mm ff).

     

    I had the Canon 17-40L 3 diff times. Never my fave lens.The 10-24 definitely feels smaller.I always thought the Canon 17-40 just didn't feel right for some reason.  I am loving this camera and have been able to get photos that have been epic fail in the past with Nikon and Canon systems. I've used the X-T1 in barely there ambient   light at iso 800 and it looks like 'fine art.' :-)    Last night I did some food shoots at a media dinner---just quick ones and it was not a paid job .Though I had to be a foot away I still used the 10-24mm and off camera flash and they look fine. I know,wrong tool for the job,but I wanted to see how bad/good the camera would be in the real world. My 60mm macro arrives this week.      L

     

     

    Hummm.... once they get this on offer (few months time no doubt) i think i may get a hold of a copy. Glad you are getting on well with the T1  :D

  7. The first thing to do, with some urgency, is apply to have your work assessed for creative searches.  Otherwise your images will be lost amongst all the historical content produced by Alamy hobos.  Interestingly even 'warrior' yields more than 45K results, while 'dragon' gives 66K.

     

    http://www.alamy.com/registration/creative_upload_apply.aspx

     

    The only problem I've found with Creative, is after the initial assessment, they don't inspect again.... or if they do, it's once in a blue moon. By that time, any creative work you've submitted has already been sold X amount of times elsewhere.

     

    Are we supposed to apply every time we upload content?!? As it stands, it feels a little half ar*ed in it's implementation....the last time they added any of my files to creative, they had already been uploaded here/elsewhere several months to a year beforehand. That way they are always going to be behind the competition.

     

    That said, I'm not entirely bothered as my more "Creative shots" are selling well, just not here :D

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    I think  the Fuji 10-24mm is  probably about less than an inch each way bigger than the Fuji 18-55mm. The 10-24 takes a 62mm filter as opposed to 58mm of the 18-55mm.

    It's not very heavy though heavier than the 18-55 it's a nice balanced weight.

     

    L

     

    Interesting.... same filter as the 23, 56, 55-200 i believe. Maybe worth while in the future.... trade in the 14mm of course. Time will tell but liking the positive reviews so far!!

     

     

    The 10-24 is also internal zoom so no change to length as with the other zooms. Helps with consistent balance while handheld.

     

    Allan

     

     

    Similar to the 17-40L then. In time I may swap over, it would be nice to have 10mm (15mm ff).

  9. Not sure if this topic has been covered previously but I thought worth sharing my experiences.

     

    I purchased a Leica M240 some 6 months ago and was immediately confronted with the well documented problem of wet cleaning this very difficult sensor. As much as I tried I could not not get it clean. Straight from the box and spots everywhere. (I gues one expects a few problems with an $8,000 camera !) Rocket Blower, Arctic Butterfly just had no effect. Visible Dust swabs and their various fluids failed. Smears everywhere, which was strange as I've been using this on my other digicams successfully. I was ready to return the camera.

     

    I contacted Leica who recommended isopropyl which is the fluid they use. I was sceptical but what the heck. Cheap as chips at the local pharmacy. Bingo. Two drops on a VB Vswab, one light swipe and a reverse swipe on the "dry" side of the swab and spotless. F22 against a deep blue sky and not a blip.

     

    I had to wet clean frequently for the first few months but after putting a few thousand actuations through all now seems to have settled down and a quick weekly blow with an anti-static blower keeps it spotless.

     

    Isopropyl really works.

     

    Might be of interest to others.

     

    Thanks for this, I'll certainly give that a try next time. 

  10. I like that Fuji keeps things consistent.  :-)

     

    Off to a food tasting at a restaurant and bringing the Fuji...I don't have the macro but I'll just have to be 11.8 inches away with the 2 lenses I do have.

     

    I'm loving the fact I have the Fuji,2 lenses Yongnuo 560 III,Rogue Flashbender  all packed in my smaller Swiss Zinc bag that probably weights as much put together as my Canon 6D,24-105mm and bracket.

     

    :-)

     

    L

     

    Yes, you can carry near on a full system in a small shoulder bag. I use a small Crumpler bag that will either take 4 lens (inc 55-200) plus camera or 2 with Yongnuo 560III, Fuji X-EF20 plus triggers and batteries etc. It feels much more enjoyable traveling light while knowing you still have everything you need.

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  11. I think  the Fuji 10-24mm is  probably about less than an inch each way bigger than the Fuji 18-55mm. The 10-24 takes a 62mm filter as opposed to 58mm of the 18-55mm.

    It's not very heavy though heavier than the 18-55 it's a nice balanced weight.

     

    L

     

    Interesting.... same filter as the 23, 56, 55-200 i believe. Maybe worth while in the future.... trade in the 14mm of course. Time will tell but liking the positive reviews so far!!

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    I have had the X-T1 for about a month and really love it even though I only have the 18-55mm at the moment.  Have also had the original x100, X-E1 and still have the X-E2. I wish I hadn't rushed into the latter but didn't know that the X-T1 was in the pipeline.

     

    I intend to invest in more lenses and will gradually get rid of Canon lenses but at the moment I have no plans to ditch the 5D3 altogether.  I use it for table top stuff as I have the excellent macro lens and an extension tube, remote release, flashes etc etc.  Maybe the time will come but not just yet.

     

    Pearl

    I'm using the Yuongnuo Canon flashes and cable on the Fuji. I just sold my Canon 600RT....Didn't care for that flash.  Today I rec'd the 10-24mm lens and it's very very sharp even wide open.   L

     

     

    Hummm..... even at 10mm? What's the size like in comparison to other lenses you have?

     

    No I can't, I have the 14mm... must resist ... dammit  :(

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    Anyone ditch their DSLR system for mirrorless?  Regrets?

     

    L

     

     

    Bought X-E2 + X-T1 and vertical battery grip.

     

    Have XF27, 35, 60 primes and Voigtlander M 12mm, Leica M 21mm with M adaptor.

     

    Also have XF10-24, 18-55, 55-200 zooms.

     

    Just waiting for super zoom to complete outfit.

     

    Sold all my Canon gear and M9.

     

    No regrets.

     

    Allan

     

    Allan, what do you use the 60mm for?  Did you buy it for macro, and if so, does it do a decent job?  Does it focus up close and personal?

     

     

    I also have the 60 and only use it for studio work. It isn't the fastest lens by any stretch (focusing) but it isn't bad either. It is possibly the sharpest of the lenses to be honest. All my currency shots were taken with the 60mm and at 100% it is clinical. You see all the fine detail on the bank notes. Also good for portraits as well. 

     

    It is a 1:2 so not a full on 1:1. Min focus is about 26cm which is quite close for a 60mm. Even though I have the 56mm, I wouldn't sell the 60, it's to good for studio work and I enjoy the min focus distance..... the 56 is about 75cm.

  14. David Hobby of strobist.com was in Dubai with the Fuji XT-1 and the 10-24mm lens.

    Stunning results!

     

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidhobby/with/13918295765

     

    I just bought the camera w/the kit lens and the 10-24mm If I love love love it I will buy the 56mm 1.2 and 55-200mm and I'm done.

     

    I kind of doubt I will keep the Canon gear(weight)but need to feel comfortable with the Fuji on assignment before I throw the baby out with the bath water.

     

    L

     

    Wise move, while I love my Fuji gear now, I also didn't sell my Canon gear until I had Fuji lenses covering the same range as the Canon. The 55-200 was the last lens to triger the sale. I loved the 100-400L and really wanted something that could produce images of a similar quality. Yes, it's lacking a little in FL on the long end but not massively. 

     

    Everyone has different needs and requirements so it's always best to make sure rather than rely on reviews etc.

     

    Edit.... great images in that link by the way!

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    I'm just a curious outsider here, owning the Sony RX10 and two NEX cameras, but not the X-T1 or any other Fuji smaller (not small) cameras. I've never been a fan of the so called pocketable cameras or jazzy, top-line cell phone cameras . . . but what is it about the Fuji X-T1 that is attracting so many buyers?

     

    It ain't cheap ($1,699), that's for sure. And that's before you start buying lenses. The weight with a shorter zoom range is about the same as my RX10 with it's 24-200 f/2.8 Zeiss zoom. I'm looking for a basic, quick answer here, because I'm not in the market for a new camera.

     

    :huh:

     

    I was looking for a system that replaced my Canon 5dmkii and L glass. I wanted something that was lighter but did not sacrifice any quality. I wanted the raw files to be very flexible with minimal noise when tweaking them.

     

    I also wanted something that felt like a camera, something solid that would take a bit of punishment (dropped mine already.... not even a mark). I also wanted great quality lenses, Canon L or better from wide angle to long tele. Admittedly, they are only at 200 at the moment but are due to go to 400. There are signs of accessories  coming out for the T1 and if they spend time on a flash system, this will truly be a system camera setup. That EVF is also fantastic... big bright and clean layout with near on zero lag.

     

    While I love the camera on it's own, it has to be said it would be nothing without good quality glass and Fuji has been hitting home run after home run in terms of quality lenses. The T1 in it's simplest form is a great interface for those top notch lenses. As a bonus, they are keen to keep improving your camera well after release.... this is nice as well.

     

    I have the Canon 600RT flash that I bought last year for almost $600.00. I.Hate.It.  It shuts down after 10 frames,even if I am not shooting fast. It's also inconsistent. I bought a few of the Yongnuo  560 III  or whatever and with the external battery pack and the flash dialed down a bit the flash is faster than the Canon and doesn't just stop after 4 minutes and make me look like the red carpet idiot. :-)  I've used this flash-seeing it works with all systems with the Fuji XPro1 and I also have cheap poverty wizards I can use. So,if you consider a 3rd party flash,it's not an issue.

     

     

    They are very good. I have 2 of them but it would be good if I could set them up from the camera. From what I understand, there is a Yongnuo radio transmitter specifically for the 560III on the way that will allow this and more..... so keep a eye out for the  :)

  16. I'm just a curious outsider here, owning the Sony RX10 and two NEX cameras, but not the X-T1 or any other Fuji smaller (not small) cameras. I've never been a fan of the so called pocketable cameras or jazzy, top-line cell phone cameras . . . but what is it about the Fuji X-T1 that is attracting so many buyers?

     

    It ain't cheap ($1,699), that's for sure. And that's before you start buying lenses. The weight with a shorter zoom range is about the same as my RX10 with it's 24-200 f/2.8 Zeiss zoom. I'm looking for a basic, quick answer here, because I'm not in the market for a new camera.

     

    :huh:

     

    I was looking for a system that replaced my Canon 5dmkii and L glass. I wanted something that was lighter but did not sacrifice any quality. I wanted the raw files to be very flexible with minimal noise when tweaking them.

     

    I also wanted something that felt like a camera, something solid that would take a bit of punishment (dropped mine already.... not even a mark). I also wanted great quality lenses, Canon L or better from wide angle to long tele. Admittedly, they are only at 200 at the moment but are due to go to 400. There are signs of accessories  coming out for the T1 and if they spend time on a flash system, this will truly be a system camera setup. That EVF is also fantastic... big bright and clean layout with near on zero lag.

     

    While I love the camera on it's own, it has to be said it would be nothing without good quality glass and Fuji has been hitting home run after home run in terms of quality lenses. The T1 in it's simplest form is a great interface for those top notch lenses. As a bonus, they are keen to keep improving your camera well after release.... this is nice as well.

  17. I've used a number of the X Trans cameras now and haven't experienced any problems (still do, X-Pro1 & X-T1). However, I do process raws rather than using the in camera jpgs. That doesn't mean you should have any problems you just have to set the camera up to control/avoid it. There are a few threads around here with people confirming they use the jpgs without any problem.

     

    Make sure the NR setting in camera is set to -2 and I would also be tempted to set sharpening to -1. I know they are a few others who use the 100s who will be able to give better info on settings to get the best out of the camera.

     

    Also, set the camera to take Raws + Jpgs, then if you have a problem jpg, you'll be able to process the raw file. Apps such as Iridient Developer or Capture One offer the best control over sharpness and noise reduction. It is these two factors that seem to cause this effect. Careful processing can more or less get rid of the problem.

     

    Also, make sure they are bang on, no motion blur/camera shake as this will make matters worse and the image could be rejected for that on it's own.

  18.  

    "There is a downside..... I'm now more tempted to work at night in front o the TV..... I sure I'll get that corrected!"

     

    Well, I haven't !

    ...and I now do most of my processing on it.

     

    ann

     

    Yeah.... you're right, it's very unlikely to happen..... I get to much done at night, one eye peering over the top at the tv every now and again while processing / keywording shots etc. Leaves me with more time to play.... I mean work.... in the studio during the day!!!

  19. The screen really does it for me. The 4gb ram on the Macbook Air ran Photoshop, Capture One etc.... it did slow occasionally but not badly, it was always the screen that let it down. I only had 128gb SSD in the Air but again, I mainly use SSD usb drives so while the extra space on the Pro is nice, it wasn't essential. The extra ram though does make things faster and I would say is the most important thing after the screen.

     

    There is a downside..... I'm now more tempted to work at night in front o the TV..... I sure I'll get that corrected!

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