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  1.  

    I bought the X-E1 on impulse a few months back with the 18-55m kit lens and M mount adaptor.

     

    I've never enjoyed a camera so much in all my years of shooting.

     

    The kit lens is incredibly sharp throughout the range and I frequently shoot at 1600-2500 ISO with no QC problems. I would go so far as to say it's equal to their primes. But my preference is to use my Leica and Zeiss M glass. The rendition of these lenses on the X trans sensor has to be seen to be believed and easily outperforms my Canon 5D MKII with L glass. The blessing of course is the weight advantage. I travel with body and 5 M lenses in a small shoulder bag and hardly notice it's there. Battery life is some 300 shots and I carry two spares. Performance is drastically improved using the faster SD cards and I use the Sandisk Extreme Pro class 10 95MB/s.

     

    Build quality and handling is superb and having live view, 10x zoom, VF histogram with a very accessible compensation dial makes manual focusing and exposure child's play.

     

    It really is a great camera, and if it ever evolves to full frame that's game over.

    I think one of the issues that made me return my X E1 (apart from the freeze up) was the fact that the only software that will effectively convert the RAW files is Iridient Developer, whilst LR and ACR are OK, greens and foliage tend to come out mushy if Iridient is not used, I have tried it;

     

    http://garyksmithphotography.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/fuji-x-e1-raw-conversion-lightroom-vs.html

     

    As a lot of my professional work is garden and plant photography meaning Iridient would be necessary, so complicating my LR to CS6 workflow which I was not keen on. Apparently the X E1 firmware update seems to have improved the ease of RAW file conversion but the camera was returned before I had time to find out.. 

     

    Gary

     

    Ahhh... you should have used Capture One ;)  That is recognised as as good as if not better than Iridient. No smearing or watercolour effect there B) . It's more like LR in terms of capabilities, cataloging, layers, un-matched colour control. They do 60 day trials of both the Express and Pro version. The pro version costs quite a bit more than LR for the initial purchase but future upgrades are the same price as LR. One of my favourite tools is their keystone tool, very clever and easy to use.


  2. I bought the X-E1 on impulse a few months back with the 18-55m kit lens and M mount adaptor.

     

    I've never enjoyed a camera so much in all my years of shooting.

     

    The kit lens is incredibly sharp throughout the range and I frequently shoot at 1600-2500 ISO with no QC problems. I would go so far as to say it's equal to their primes. But my preference is to use my Leica and Zeiss M glass. The rendition of these lenses on the X trans sensor has to be seen to be believed and easily outperforms my Canon 5D MKII with L glass. The blessing of course is the weight advantage. I travel with body and 5 M lenses in a small shoulder bag and hardly notice it's there. Battery life is some 300 shots and I carry two spares. Performance is drastically improved using the faster SD cards and I use the Sandisk Extreme Pro class 10 95MB/s.

     

    Build quality and handling is superb and having live view, 10x zoom, VF histogram with a very accessible compensation dial makes manual focusing and exposure child's play.

     

    It really is a great camera, and if it ever evolves to full frame that's game over.

     

    This and more for me. I did have a Nex 7 and Canon 5dmkii but they have all been sold now. I have an X Pro 1 with the 14, 35, 60, 18-55 and 55-200 lenses and about to add an X E1 as a second / backup body. Image quality is superb, amazing ISO performance, light weight, great to use but most importantly, the lens quality is 1st class and for me, this makes it easy to have the confidence to invest into the system knowing that camera bodies come and go but these lenses will serve me well over the coming years.

     

    I really like the optical view finder of the pro version, especially for street / city shots.

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  3. Hi folks:

     

    When I check my images at 100% in Capture One, they look really sharp, but when I examine the same images in Bridge, they look far less sharp. Which one should I take more seriously? Is this a flaw in one or another software packages? Are there people who are uploading to Alamy from Capture One without re-checking their files in another program?

     

    C1. I used to double check LR files in PS but since moving to C1 Pro I only use this for my editing.


  4. I had 3 batches on the "24 hr" queue. This morning the one from July 31 finally went to "Awaiting QC". I have one from the 1st of August that has also been "Awaiting QC".  

     

    Hopefully now that they have a fix, these uploads will get cleared through. Going to wait to upload more till the 4 batches I have make it through QC.

     

    I have also noticed that on the forum where it lists your images, mine still says 4. It has gone to 6 quite awhile ago (like that is any competition for you guys). How often does that change?

     

    If you log out of the forum and then back in it often sorts itself out. The forum gets a little confused at times..... I know the feeling  :wacko:


  5. Unfortunately this problem still exists today.

     

    Uploaded a large batch on 1st August and they went 'Processing 23' >> 'Processing 24' and have remained there. Just uploaded another large batch at 11:30 this morning an the same thing has happened. 'Processing 23' >> 'Processing 24'.

     

    Wonder if Alamy could update us on on how the fix is going and when these might get "unstuck"?

     

     

    Thanks

     

    J

     

    n.b. both batches uploaded 100% "OK" first time. Zero upload retries or failures showing this end.

     

    Thanks..... i'll hang fire sending any more files at the moment then, an update would be useful.... at the moment we don't know whether it is one or all the files that will have failed / corrupted during the upload.


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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


  7.  

    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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  8. 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!


  9. 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.


  11. 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.


  14. 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.


  15. 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:


  16. 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.


  17. 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  :)

     


  18. 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  ;)


  19. 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. 

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