Fuji Fuji Finepix F550EXR

BBW

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Right, I do have a nice big external hard drive where my Lightroom catalogue lives. I also use Time Machine...but you all are really, really backed up!:wink:
 
Jan 31, 2011
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Sue
different niches, the XZ-1 cannot do the long tele shots like the Fuji can :)
So do you think there's justification for having a camera for every niche? I'm beginning to think I could justify anything, especially where cameras are concerned!. That closeup one was taken with macro settings :) And I am just about to shoot Tommy (my old cat) in low light, to see how the cam performs there.
 
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BBW

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I think if one's pockets are deep enough, there will be many niches to fill.:wink:

So much depends upon what one's interests are... I love birds and wildlife, for example, but I am not interested enough to carry around a serious telephoto lens, etc.
 

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So do you think there's justification for having a camera for every niche? I'm beginning to think I could justify anything, especially where cameras are concerned!. That closeup one was taken with macro settings :) And I am just about to shoot Tommy (my old cat) in low light, to see how the cam performs there.
I wanna see Tommy!!! Niches exist for for reason. They are but different brushes in our palette. In the case of these compacts the brushes are small enough to go with us everywhere, unlike with CSC where if one brought all ones brushes/lenses one would no longer have a small and light kit (albeit a kit still far smaller and lighter than the same kit in say Full-Frame DSLR).
 

Lili

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Sadly, the low light shots were rubbish. But, here's one to go on with, shot with my K-r (sold on in favour of a K-5) and the Pentax DA 43mm f/1.9 Ltd. Mind you the K-r + the 43 are pretty compact!

Tommy is a sweetie!!!!!
Squeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!
Keep that lens that is said to be one of the best!!!!
K-5 is superb too :)
 
Jan 31, 2011
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So here I am three weeks down the track and I have decided to return the F550 to where I bought it. The battery dies overnight, and the camera wont retract its lens or flash unit. I thought it was just me, and something I had done, until I saw this video on youtube this morning, and I have decided I am not prepared to wait until Fuji decides to update the firmware. Which might be never.

[edit] Before jumping the gun, decided to check for firmware update and there is one... although many are reporting that it simply doesnt work. I'll give it a shot and if it doesnt change anything, the camera can go away.
 

Lili

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So here I am three weeks down the track and I have decided to return the F550 to where I bought it. The battery dies overnight, and the camera wont retract its lens or flash unit. I thought it was just me, and something I had done, until I saw this video on youtube this morning, and I have decided I am not prepared to wait until Fuji decides to update the firmware. Which might be never.

[edit] Before jumping the gun, decided to check for firmware update and there is one... although many are reporting that it simply doesnt work. I'll give it a shot and if it doesnt change anything, the camera can go away.
do let us know if it works!
 

ZDP-189

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So do you think there's justification for having a camera for every niche? I'm beginning to think I could justify anything, especially where cameras are concerned!. That closeup one was taken with macro settings :) And I am just about to shoot Tommy (my old cat) in low light, to see how the cam performs there.
It's great to buy multiple compact cameras. I have my share and a few more besides. With a system camera each lens generally costs as much as a great compact camera (and sometimes several). DSLR lenses are heavier and bulkier than a compact camera too.

I often carry multiple compacts. Sometimes, I am collecting or dropping them off, sometimes shopping or selling, sometimes finishing film, or testing. They're not too troublesome to carry.

Here's some tips:

  • Unlike system gear, specialise and don't overlap with friends. I own just about the whole range of Ricoh cameras and several of the Fujifilms. My friend owns all the Pens and NEX. We admire these product lines and want to know all there is to know about them and how they compare. We turn to each other for experience in the other's lines.
  • It's OK to have similar copies of the same camera if it's an essential camera for you (and you bought cheaply). I keep one GRD in the car, one at home and on in the workshop. I set up all custom settings identically. It's important that such cameras have a good battery life, or just carry common batteries.
  • If you carry more than one at a time, combine your cameras sensibly, like you would a system camera's lenses. A X100 and 200EXR/550EXR is a good combination. Prime lens X100 for general high quality shooting and the EXR for zoom range, plus the X100 may be stowed in the bag and the EXR in the pocket on a lanyard ready to go. Or a GRD and EXR, or GRD and GX. A travel kit may include a good low light camera and a waterproof camera. You might carry a compact as a back up for a film rangefinder or a last ditch camera plus two DSLRs at a wedding.
 
Jan 31, 2011
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Here's some tips:
Thanks for your words, Dan :) I'll never be a wedding photographer.. Clients just annoy me too much.

I acquire cameras just because I like them, or I think I'll like them. Ultimately I seem to settle on one or two. I carry the G11 and F550 all the time, theres plenty of room in my shoulderbag. I add the DSLR when I feel guilty about having left it at home more than I should. I dont carry lots of lenses, and part of the reason for sticking with Pentax are the limited primes which, although not plastic, weigh almost nothing next to other brand counterparts. And take nearly no space. I have only 2 zooms, both of a lesser quality but both are environmentally sealed so I dont feel restricted if the weather turns a bit nasty. THat said, I'll never deliberately put my gear in danger, so to speak. It just means I dont freak if the cam gets wet, and I wipe it down when I get it back in shelter or indoors.

I just love camera gear... its my addiction since I gave up smoking :)
 

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