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    Fuji Fuji 14 2.8 vs 10-24 4.0

    And mine as of 12:05 a.m. today. Bid low on a 14 on eBay and somehow won the auction. So now I have an 18-55 and a 60 2.4 macro I'll be putting up for sale. (I already have the 10-24 and would never part with it, but it's awful for infrared and the 14 supposedly is great for IR.) So we'll be...
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    Fuji Showcase The Meike 25mm f1.8 and infrared

    By the way, the little Meike is no slouch in visible-light photography, either. Here's a 100 percent crop of a multiflora rose I shot in the woods yesterday. I believe it was shot at f5.6 but would not stake my life on it, because the shooting discipline is something like this: open lens wide...
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    Fuji Showcase The Meike 25mm f1.8 and infrared

    I'm starting to think that 590 may be the sweet spot for color. (And I am wondering whether some lenses that are troublesome at 720 are less so with 590.) You may find 850 really tantalizing, as I do. Though this morning I started thinking about selling a couple of Fujinons to raise money for...
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    Fuji Showcase The Meike 25mm f1.8 and infrared

    It's a hoot. I began playing with it when I put a cheap 720nm (IR72 in cheap filter nomenclature), on my X100, taking white balance off the nice green grass, and shooting merrily away, then doing color swap and such in The GIMP. So it's not expensive to try out.
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    Fuji Showcase The Meike 25mm f1.8 and infrared

    The Meike 25mm f1.8 arrived about an hour ago, and the first thing was to test it to see how well it did infrared photography. The answer is not perfectly but well enough to be entirely usable. The short version: it's just fine in infrared color up to f5.6, and in black-and-white up to f8 and...
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    Fuji Cheap Chinese lenses and infrared?

    Okay, everybody, we have some preliminary answers, which are neither as bad nor as good as could be imagined. I'll put up a series of test images in the Showcase. Gotta say that I love the 25mm f1.8 Meike, which is just right for an X-E. (Of course I put a good UV filter on it and a hood; I...
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    Fuji Showcase 18-135 Fujinon and infrared

    No offense taken, none at all. Glad you like them.
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    Fuji Showcase 18-135 Fujinon and infrared

    Thing is, I'd rather it be my choice -- and one picture with a pink middle might be innovative, but when that's all that comes from the lens it would get old, beginning with the second pink-bellied picture. Meanwhile, this morning I wondered about some of my other fixed focal length Nikkors and...
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    Fuji Showcase 18-135 Fujinon and infrared

    The Fuji lenses are inconsistent in their IR handling, with some notoriously bad performers -- the 10-24, 18-55, and 60 macro all come to mind -- and some supposedly excellent ones, such as the 14, the 35 f1.4, and the 55-200; I've found the last two acceptable. The big surprise is the 18-135...
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    Fuji Showcase 18-135 Fujinon and infrared

    For comparison, here is a picture I made a few minutes ago in a similar place in the woods and under similar conditions, using the same 720nm converted X-E2 body and same settings, but using an ancient (pre-AI!) 24mm f2.8 Nikkor. (And yes, it says 8mm, because I didn't go deep into settings and...
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    Fuji Showcase 18-135 Fujinon and infrared

    The 18-135mm Fuji zoom is reputed to be an excellent lens for shooting infrared. Indeed, that's the reason I purchased one. Many Fuji lenses suffer from fairly bad to truly awful "hotspots" that render them unusable in infrared photography, which is too bad, because Fuji bodies are readily...
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    Fuji Cheap Chinese lenses and infrared?

    Okay, in that there seems to be a dearth of information on the subject, I just ordered the 25mm f1.8 Meike (allegedly better QC than 7artisans) in Fuji mount with a UV filter and hood for $94 from Amazon (which unlike China takes returns if it's not up to expectations). I'll report back one way...
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    Fuji Showcase 7artisans 35mm f1.2 Louisville Zoo

    Great pictures. I particularly like the Bitis gabonica, which is one scary reptile (though it's kind of sluggish, it has inch-long fangs and therefore will kill you stone dead if you manage to get it to bite you). And the gorilla picture is both a great photograph and a testament to the lens.
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    Fuji Showcase 7Artisans 25mm F1.8 XF Mount

    I've asked on the main forum but I thought it might be worth the trouble of asking here: has anyone used the 25/1.8 7artisans, Meike, or anny of the other inexpensive Chinese lenses for infrared? I'm trying to determine whether it has a hotspot at any aperture.
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    Fuji Showcase Rokinon 12mm f2

    It has a fairly bad hotspot at all apertures, but occasionally it's usable for shooting infrared.
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    Fuji Cheap Chinese lenses and infrared?

    Greetings, everybody . . . I shoot a lot of infrared with my Kolari-converted X-E2 (720nm native, but I use an 850nm filter much of the time). And most of my Fuji lenses have from annoying to unbearable hotspots. Even the 18-135, which I got specifically for IR because it was said to be...
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    Fuji FujiXspot $1,000 Giveaway - March 2015

    "The Skeptic" -- X-E2, 55-200@200, ISO 6400, WB adjusted in The GIMP
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    Fuji X20 at $599 or X10 at $379?

    In my (brief) X20 experience, better/faster focusing was something I was looking for, but did not observe it. It is supposedly mathematically quicker and better than the X10, but as a practical matter the two are at least very close. Nor did the (occasional) times when the X10 could not lock...
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    Fuji X20 at $599 or X10 at $379?

    Unless he is especially interested in manupulating RAW files, in my view there is no question -- he should get the X10. Indeed, having gotten an X20 and used it for a couple days I returned it and still have and use my X10, which I would prefer even if they were the same price.
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    Fuji X10 to X20 - Is it worth upgrading? A PERSONAL view...

    No offense to the thoughtful folks here, but it seems that the best slogan Fuji will be able to truthfully use is this: "The new Fuji X20: It can be made to work!"
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    Fuji X20 Images really not good news.

    Yup, I have returned mine as well Me, too, for much the same reason. Some detail had the same effects that caused people to squawk about the F70exr, and that was, what, four or five years ago, and a tiny-sensor travel zoom. I bet Fuji will get it fixed with firmware, but I do not bet $600...
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    Fuji X20 first 6 hours

    I agree. I shot about 150 pictures this evening under admittedly difficult lighting and found the image quality to be marginally better than I got several years ago in similar lighting with an F70EXR. I need to shoot tough low-light stuff tomorrow night as well, and will be using the X10. I know...
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    Fuji New X20 Review

    It's kinda sloppy with things such as "The lens is an excellent performer, with the f/1.8 maximum aperture making both shooting in low light easier and giving you the option to create great shallow depth of field effects." My X20 does not have an f1.8 lens. It has an f2.0 lens.
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    Fuji exposure differences x10-x20: what could be the explanation?

    Not to sound too much, I hope, like a broken record, but Fuji has a habit of shipping cameras before the firmware is quite done. This happened with the X100 (which they never did fully fix, as to, for instance, manual focus, suggesting that the issue might be beyond firmware; yes, you can kludge...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    Well, yes, one may turn it off if it would be on no conceivable use, as would be the case if one were not spot focusing. And no, I surely do not have multi-point turned on. Surely do not. But thanks for thinking of it. I think this issue will be far more apparent after more people get and use...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    The existence of the bouncing box has never been in doubt. Nor has the fact that you explained it as you did both here and on the other site. If Fuji's market is such persons, I'd be the last to deny that setting to them. It could be the default, even, and you'd not hear a peep from me. But...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    Yes. Its existence has never been in doubt. The issue is the amount of cheering or booing it should inspire.
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    Thanks, but that's my point -- it can't be set to center. And I am among the X100 users who turned on the parallax box from its default, which was off, looked at it, yawned, and turned it back off. Your mileage may vary, and i do not begrudge you that. The one thing that never has changed with...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    Actually, there was a time, and not so long ago, when something very much like this was possible. a photographer would go to 37 West 47th Street in New York, take the ancient elevator, and ask Marty Forscher. He owned Professional Camera Repair, and he could do anything. In this case, I would...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    I think that it would be fine -- except you have spent the last many messages pointing out how that would be of no use because of some kind of heavy-handed parallax correction (on a scale that if that were what it is would suggest that the finder is a foot away from the lens axis), so where you...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    In a year of shooting an X10, including several hundred pictures for publication, I have yet to encounter a situation where parallax at any non-macro distance and at any focal length exceeded the additional coverage due to the less than 100 percent viewfinder image. And if I remember correctly...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    Okay. Remember the X100 before the second firmware update? It had no "corrected AF frame" at all. When it did, we learned that even at its most extreme, the parallax adjustment was slight, the worst-case brackets mostly overlapping the immovable focus box. And, if you remember, the "corrected AF...
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    Fuji Early X20 Glitch - Defaulting to 'S' image size on its own

    With no warning? Who made these decisions? Because leaving a user with pictures other than the user chose to make, with no warning, is not a feature as most photographers understand the word feature.
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    Not on my camera, it doesn't. It manifests as the dead center area doubled or else dead center, low, and side-by-side doubled, extending both left and right. It's not unlike cameras which pick their own area on which to focus. Parallax correction would not change the size of the focus area, only...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    Parallax correction by definition must move both down and to the right. This doesn't. Thank you for your kindly wishes.
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    Fuji Early X20 Glitch - Defaulting to 'S' image size on its own

    Wow. Mine has not done this, at least not yet. How does this manifest itself? Just shooting along and it up and changes? Are power cycles involved?
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    Um, no. In some cases it becomes a vertical box incorporating the original centrally located box, only double in size. In other cases it becomes twice as wide as the original box. This is not parallax correction.
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    Not exactly. In the X20 there is *no* indication of selected focus area -- never mind a corrected one -- until the shutter is half pressed. In fact, until the shutter is half pressed, the finder differs not at all from that of the X10. You'll note that with the X100, you can turn off corrected...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    No, i am saying that it is not an issue. And i expect a firmware update will turn it off. Just as one can do with the X100. In fact, with the X100, the default is for it to be off. Additionally, the focus area in the X20 tends to move up and down and change shape for reasons unrelated to...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    Have you ever looked through the finder of an X100? I do not mean the EVF but the optical viewfinder. The focus area is visible all the time the camera is on. When focus is locked, it turns green. Simple. As to the other issue, ideally the just-shot picture remains on the LCD for a second or...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    Did you ever use a 35mm rangefinder or viewfinder camera? Except for M-series Leicas and a couple of Canons and the Nikon SP, none of 'em had parallax correction, and their finder windows were far distant from the lens. What's more, there was no parallax-related focus issue. In the digital...
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    With all due respect, pushing a button to see the focus area is absurd. There is no reason on God's green earth why there is no option to have the finder display on when the camera is on, as there is for the LCD. Which is why they did it with the X100.
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    No, but if it wants to keep the LCD live . . . . . . they could keep the finder display live, and let the focus confirmation come via color change. They could fix this in firmware. It already exists in the otherwise pretty much identical OVF in the X100. It is absurd they didn't do it with...
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    Fuji X30 what changes would you make to the X20?

    Plus the things I got all cranky about in my first impressions post I put up a couple of minutes ago, most of which would be easy firmware fixes.
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    Fuji X20 has arrived -- initial thoughts

    So the nice man in the big brown truck came by and left me a nice new X20, which I've set up and played with just a bit. What I've learned so far: -- If you are switching from an X10 and do not want a conflict in filenames, format an SD card (in either camera), put it in the X10 and take a...
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    Fuji X30 what changes would you make to the X20?

    I'd take the logo off the front and put it back on top. Also would make a menu item to add copyright info and such to the EXIF info. The specification puts those fields there, but you need an afterwards editor to add that information.
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    Fuji X20 availability update from Amazon

    mine is listed to be delivered tomorrow, but also "shipping soon," so delivery tomorrow is going to be a neat trick. alas. UPDATE: just received email from amazon saying it has shipped and will indeed be here tomorrow. so. am happy and looking forward to it. as anyone here might have guessed...
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    Fuji First shots of/with the X20

    Apparently it's a subset of face recognition. Only a few know the button sequence to push to bring it up on the menu. You must have hit upon it by accident. Expect black sedans and men in business suits and wearing sunglasses to show up at your home soon.
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    Fuji First shots of/with the X20

    It's Fuji's popular-but-undocumented DroneFinder® feature.
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    Fuji First shots of/with the X20

    Can't help saying this: there's a black spot in the cloud a third of the way in from the left, near the top, of the DR400 picture. Persons on a certain other site would by now have a 50-message flame thread going about how this proves the X20 is no good and everybody should stick to their X10s...

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