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    Still saying 24 hrs

     

    Same here..... has anyone tried uploading anything since then? If so, did it go to "Awaiting QC" or is it also stuck in the 24 hour queue?!?

    I uploaded three images last evening (after having two "24 hour" problem uploads last Thursday and Friday). It took about eight hours, but was "Awaiting QC" this morning. :P

     

    Dave

     

     

    Cheers.... I should have some more by the end of the day, hopefully it's still working then  :D


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    A big yes from me.
    I am part of another forum business community in another life away from photography
    and we have an open forum where anyone can view and join to ask a question
    but for more sensitive areas we have trade group section – user group members only
    for members who are recognised as genuine trade members,
    Ideal for discussing prices, costing and quite often the customers

     

    1+ It makes sense to keep the current sections open but there should be a closed section as well. 

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  3. I am warming rapidly to my Fuji X-E1. I believe IQ is much better than my 1Ds3 in low light even if Fuji focus can be desperately slow (I have latest firmware). That said I took around 230 shots at a concert (1600 and 6400 ISO) and less than 10% had failed AF. Mind you there were a fair few more where I held off pressing the shutter as the 55-200 drifted through its focus range.

     

    Yeah, as you say, image quality and accuracy is there they just need to speed things up. That said, for those who used manual for sport in the past it wouldn't be a problem. This guy posted a nice set of racing shots and aircraft in flight.... he's using the X-E1 as well. Practice I guess!


  4. I recently switched from Nikon to Canon with the 6D. I also have been using the Fuji X Pro-1 with the 35mm,18-55,55-200mm.

     

    The images I get from this excel in many ways from the Canon as I don't have clipped highlights

    with the Fuji.

    Photos with the long end comparable zoom on the Fuji are sharper.I love this system.

     

    I was injured in April,still trying to heal arm/shoulder so the lighter system is easier to carry and a heck of a lot more fun to use than the Canon.

     

    I really hope someday soon Fuji comes out with a full frame in a small package that will work with the X series lenses.

     

    I think if you are not getting use from your DSLR's it is wise to sell before the market is glutted.

     

    I don't even have a backup to my 6D,that's how little invested I am in that format these days.

    The Fuji can do everything except sports.Then again,I don't do that type of work anyway!

     

    L

     

    1+ ..... My 5dmkii has joined a queue of 11 on ebay  :D Thankfully only one finishes within 1 day of mine! Once it's sold, along with my remaining lenses, I'll pick up an X-E1 as a backup to my X Pro1. I'm thinking of getting the EF-X20 flash to go along side a yongnuo 560iii.

     

    The Fuji 55-200 is an amazing lens. If you get a chance, try out the 14mm.... best UWA i've used. Hopefully the 10-24 they are going to release will be similar quality!


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    My upload from last night is now on 24 hours so I think there is definitely a problem at Alamy's end.

     

    Pearl

     

     

    MS came back with their stock reply but I went back to them advising I was aware of the normal procedures etc but given the numbers of people experiencing this same problem yesterday, it appears it could be a problem on their side and should be looked into. We'll see what happens.

    I have emailed them too.  Hopefully they will get the message if enough of us get on to them.

     

    pearl

     

     

    Just to let everyone know, they've just come back and confirmed they are now aware there is a problem and looking into it.


  6. My upload from last night is now on 24 hours so I think there is definitely a problem at Alamy's end.

     

    Pearl

     

     

    MS came back with their stock reply but I went back to them advising I was aware of the normal procedures etc but given the numbers of people experiencing this same problem yesterday, it appears it could be a problem on their side and should be looked into. We'll see what happens.


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    I rechecked all the images in my submission, and re-uploaded them again with no interruptions...and again got a "24 hour" message after an hour wait (usually goes to Awaiting QC within a minute). Something amiss with the uploader?

     

    Dave

     

    Yeah, two uploads yesterday sat in the 23 hour queue for a few hours and this morning are now showing as being in the 24 hour queue. Something seems to have gone pear shaped yesterday with the uploader.

    Yep the same for me, Uploaded a batch yesterday sat at 23 hours for a while and are now at 24  hours this morning.. no interruptions when uploading, I have been lucky and only had it happen a couple of times..but when your broadband is as slow as mine it's a pain...

     

    I take it that I can re-upload the same batch and then delete the duplicates before keywording.. ? ? ? ( or is it not worth it,  and just sit it out )

     

     

    I'm not going to bother uploading it again as it appears to be something at their end.

     

    I've emailed MS advising of the issue and that it's happening to a few people so until they have checked it out and say everything is ok, I'm hanging fire with my other uploads. Working my way through a 2k batch but will wait until I know I'm not going to add them to that 7-10 wait in processing!


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    I also use Fuji and Hahnel Batteries with my X-E1 and get 300 or so pix per charge. I have Quickstart, review and all the power savings options switcjed off - I manage power myself. Only time I had a problem was when I left it switched on overnight/ 24 hours.

    I've found the same thing with the X-Pro 1 - a day's shooting and it's in need of a recharge. Using the LCD screen to set the auto focus points seems to be a major battery drain. I'm used to a few days from my Canon DSLR's, so 300 shots or so was a rude surprise!

     

    300 shots here as well but that is similar to the Nex system. I would imagine most mirrorless cameras are the same/similar when compared to a DSLR. Fuji as with a lot of mirrorless cameras use the sensor to focus (CDAF) and therefore use more juice. DSLR's don't have to do this.

     

    GaryK - "whurr and  a clunk like the IS is firing up, strange" 

     

    That does sound a little strange. Is it not the lens motor bringing the lens into focus? The 35mm can be a little noisy but most of the others tend to be quite quiet.


  9. I rechecked all the images in my submission, and re-uploaded them again with no interruptions...and again got a "24 hour" message after an hour wait (usually goes to Awaiting QC within a minute). Something amiss with the uploader?

     

    Dave

     

    Yeah, two uploads yesterday sat in the 23 hour queue for a few hours and this morning are now showing as being in the 24 hour queue. Something seems to have gone pear shaped yesterday with the uploader.


  10. I also use Fuji and Hahnel Batteries with my X-E1 and get 300 or so pix per charge. I have Quickstart, review and all the power savings options switcjed off - I manage power myself. Only time I had a problem was when I left it switched on overnight/ 24 hours.

     

    As a separate note, If the batteries are the same / similar to the ones used by the X Pro 1, watch out for putting them in the wrong way. There is a cutout that stops you putting them on charge the wrong way but not in the camera. Thought I was going mad one day after putting in a battery I knew was fully charged and nothing..... I then took it out and put it back in checking it was in the right way and it worked  :wacko:


  11. I too have started down that route with the Fuji X system; lenses were the determining factor for me as well. I will be putting much of my Canon pro kit up for sale. I am currently grappling with where I am going to take my photography; I am starting to shoot news as well as stock but the Fuji is OK for all of that. Question is whether I am going back to shooting sport seriously, in which case I will sell the lighter/ slower stuff that I use for travel and stock. Or do I sell it all? Big decision because I will not be able to afford to go back if I do sell.

     

    I would imagine over the next couple of years both Fuji and Sony will develop better and better autofocus systems. If that's the case, you wouldn't need to sell your Fuji gear, just upgrade to the newer / faster body! The lenses I think will last for many years but of course, they would need to introduce a long fast lens.... which I'm sure they will.


  12. Ed, the Nex system is a very capable system and as you say, it can only get better. There is also the option to add some nice manual lenses as well via adapters.

     

    Like you, I have moved away from lugging the big DSLR around now and much prefer the lighter system. For me it's Fuji. Like you I wasn't happy with the selection of lenses for the Nex.... well..... I wasn't happy that I couldn't get a quality long zoom  :). I resolved this a couple of months back now and as a result, I have just put my Canon 5dmkii up for sale. I'll be getting rid of the last few lenses and accessories etc and will complete my Fuji system with a second / backup body and a couple of flash units.

     

    I love the fact I can travel with my entire kit and still have less weight than the 5d with two lenses  :)

     


  13. Of course, bearing in mind Alamys post, my main pseud moved from page 8 to mid page 5.

     

    Important bits. CTR for 3 of my pseudonyms sits between .6 - 1.1 while one lingers around average and a couple of others sit lower down at 0.1 - 0.3.

     

    Zooms increased to about 30 for the last couple of months (for a rolling 30 days) touching 36 on occasions.

     

    Couple of nice size sales this month so all in all, quite happy with the progress of my first 12 months. Started out with less than 100 images may/june 2012 so it was a little slow to begin with but since Nov sales have been coming through with more consistency, low in numbers but improving. I think June was the only month without any. Hopefully this continues and with the 2k images I'm working through now it will get better..... *touching wood*

     

    Feeling relatively positive, just got to knuckle down and keep going for it. Most importantly, I'm really enjoying my photography!

     

     

    Edit...

     

    Oh, and Alamy, please feel free to add a couple more sales by close of business  ;)


  14. Drifting a tad off topic here, but I have re-invigorated an old linear polarizing filter for use with the Sony NEX. Using manual focus glass, there is no problem in using this neat little 49mm thread filter, and it can give some lovely effects. I know that it is supposed to affect the metering, but I can't say that I have noticed any difficulty with that.

     

    It might just be my imagination, but it appears to be more effective than my much larger circular polariser, that is less convenient to use and carry.

     

    Depending which Nex you are using you could also use it with autofocus lenses. Linear polarising filters work ok with contrast detection auto focus just not PDAF auto focusing ones. 


  15. I am not a Newbie (this forum is new so labels everyone a Newbie even though I've been active on the old forum).  I've been with Alamy since 2007.  I understand the seasonal fluctuations etc.  What I am experiencing is different than anything I have experienced before.  I know that zoom are only recorded for registered buyers.  How about the views, are those only recorded by registered buyers?  

    For comparisons sake. My statistics for for last year (July 2012), the same amount of images:

    views: 2,800

    zooms: 16

    sales: 8

    CTR: 0.57

     

    This year (July 2013):

    views: 5,934

    zooms: 4

    sales: 6

    CTR: 0.07

     

    I have not added any images and I have not changed any keywords.

     

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    Might be down to the enlarged mouse over views or increased use of lightboxes and zooming the image from there. You have a good sales / zoom ratio.... I wish mine was like that! The increased views could be the auto 120 images per page thing?!? I guess as long as those sales keep coming in, all must be well!


  16. For me, views have steadied and zooms increased. I removed keywords from certain files to try and keep views to more relevant searches. Views were increasing a lot at one point but I put this down to adding about 2k of images since mid March. Zooms have been about 1 per hundred images in my portfolio for the last 2 months, so about 25-35 for a rolling 30 days.

     

    One thing I have noticed are searches on reference numbers without zooming the image with no previous zooms either. I'm not sure how this will impact ranking if it becomes more popular amongst buyers.


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    This month I received a Novel Use Scheme2 sale for $ 10 (gross). Anybody knows what the difference is between Novel Use Scheme1 and Novel Use Scheme2?

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe

     

    $9..... *cough* ....sorry. I'll leave now!

     

    Ooooh! :huh:Damn' too late! :angry:The smart-ass' already gone, otherwise I'd digitally kick his butt :D LOL :P

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe

     

     

    :ph34r:  phew..... close one!  :)


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    This is where you can order, not your mug, but your Alamy Novel Use

    Stretched canvas print ; Rolled canvas prints; Fine art print; Gloss photographic print; Pearl photographic print:

    http://www.art4life.com/

     

    wim

     

    Let's say they sell one of my pictures as a 20" X 30" fine art print for $ 56.24, all I get will be ................ $ 0.5 ????? :huh::o:angry:

    I notice that 99% of my Novel Use Scheme1 sales are sold for $ 1 (gross).

    This month I received a Novel Use Scheme2 sale for $ 10 (gross). Anybody knows what the difference is between Novel Use Scheme1 and Novel Use Scheme2?

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe

     

    $9..... *cough* ....sorry. I'll leave now!

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  19. You have to ask yourself two questions when looking at each picture:

    1. Why would a client buy this picture? To illustrate what?
    2. Is my picture quality wise (good exposure, right moment, adequate depth of field, etc.) among the best of what the competition has to offer?

    If you can't name 3 possible uses within 30 seconds for the first question and you have to answer "No" to the second, well ................... :huh:

    In fact, you have to ask these questions before triggering the shutter.

     

    Cheers,

    Philippe

     

    +1 I use number one when taking and editing photos now. Walking along and see water flowing down a man made water way that splits into two..... aqueduct.... hummm, irrigation, farming, water supply to remote areas, supplying water to drought areas and so on and so on. It makes it far easier to keyword if you already know who the potential customers maybe.

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  20. I believe it was posted here earlier that if it says 23 hours it should go to QC soon. But if it says 24 hours then there is at least one image with a failed upload and it will take awhile for someone to manually process your batch. The batch will eventually go through with a partial fail on at least one image. The other images will go to QC

    Correct. MS told me that it can take up to 10 days to go from "Processing" to "Awaiting QC". Once it hits QC and is checked, it will show as a partial fail due to a corrupted file (one failed image normally) and the rest will be passed..... unless if QC found any problems with the remaining files. This has happened a few times to me, I just continue to send other uploads which are handled in the normal way (provided they don't end up in the 24h queue) and the files in the 24h queue are picked up later once the system sorts itself out.

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    Looking at the stats for that Camera, I would expect it to be on the suitable list, the X Trans sensors are really good due to the lack of AA filters on them. Picked up a X - Pro 1 the other day and have been testing it and the 16mp sensor is far cleaner and sharper than images I have been getting with the Nex 7. 

     

    But what lens were you using on the NEX-7, Duncan? 

     

    I had the 12mm voigtlander, 19mm Sigma, 24mm Zeiss, 35mm Sony, 55-210mm and 18-200. I also used a selection of Canon EF lenses with the metabones adapter and minolta lenses. Apart from the Canon 50mm though, they all were a little uncomfortable to use (no surprise really). I found some of the legacy lenses (minolta) to be very sharp and detailed.

     

    I think the sensor in the Nex 7 was very good if paired with a high quality lens, such as the Ziess. Even then, CA and purple fringing was an issue, especially wide open. Autofocus accuracy was also hit and miss leading to quite a few SOLD images.

     

    I have just returned from the northern Andes in Peru and the Fuji system had a really good testing there and I have to say I feel as comfortable using it as I did the 5d mkii (but without the weight :)

     

    While processing images from the fuji with either Irident Developer or Capture one produces excellent results, the lenses of this system are the real stars of the show. Even their two zooms, 18-55 & 55-200 are extremely sharp throughout the frame. The 55-200 is everything I want from a longer zoom and compares very well to the 100-400 from Canon that I finally sold as a result.

     

    Primes are amazingly sharp, incredibly really. I only had the 17-40L for the Canon, no primes, but the 14mm is light years ahead of that in terms of edge to edge sharpness and contrast with minimal distortion. The 35mm & 60mm are extremely good as well, the 60mm is great for studio stuff. Never experienced any issues with CA even wide open.

     

    Fuji have just released another Firmware upgrade for the X Pro1 (and X-E1) that adds focus peaking and improves the the Autofocus a lot for all lenses. Since changing to them in April they have released about 3 upgrades with improvements and additions. Hope that continues!

     

    The main thing is the lenses though, there isn't one of them I would change / upgrade. I am likely to add the 10-24 when it comes out later this year... and maybe others :-). Camera bodies come and go over time but I can't imagine changing the lenses at all.

     

    I took the X Pro1 and 5 lenses to Peru and combined they were just over 2kg. In fact, the camera kit (Lee ND Grad filters etc), Capture clip harness system, Extended Grip, Sony RX100, laptop (macbook air), cables, 2x usb hard drives, cleaning equipment, chargers and batteries (5) weighed less 6kg. That is a big saving compared to the 5dmkii kit bag and easily fitted into a Samsonite laptop bag that goes under your aeroplane seat easily for security. It's like a travelling studio in a bag :-)

     

    Long winded reply but I thought my first travelling experience maybe of use to some who want a close as possible DSLR system but a lot lighter. As with all Mirrorless systems at the moment, it will not be ideal for fast Sports action or Birds in Flight unless you have the skill-set to shoot manual through zone shooting.

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