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Discussion in 'Fujifilm Cameras' started by cerebros, Jan 1, 2017.

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  1. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    I never saw this due to the posting location but I know we have exchanged postings in the past.

    Most of these specialist hospital cancer teams are amazing aren't they and so responsive to individual needs I find.

    Steriods are very nasty things and there always appears to be lattitude to make personal dose adjustment. I've been taking soluble Steriods in the last month or so and find them much easier to get down than the hard little bullets which would come back up with resultant bad taste. A 50% reduced dose some mobths ago helped.

    Had my last dose and last cycle of Velcade on Friday and heading off to Addenbrooke's Hospital for my 2nd stem cell transplant work up 15th . Which is scheduled for early July.

    Take care and all the best
     
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  2. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    All the best, Mark

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  3. jchrisc

    jchrisc Well-Known Member

    Thanks Mark - I hope it all goes well for you. I've seen two different neurologists recently following the deterioration of my leg and upper body muscles. Both said to cut down the steroid doses. I have been amazed at the size of the reduction, but it really does seem to have made a huge difference. At the start of the current regime I was taking a total of 384 mg of dexamethasone in a four week cycle; now I am taking only 8mg in the same period!
     
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  4. cerebros

    cerebros Well-Known Member

    Having returned from the first real test of my X-T1, being used instead of my Mk II for daily use on holiday, I have to give the system a general thumbs-up. The faster frame rate and (what appears to me at least to be) superior motion tracking & continuous autofocus compared to the Mk II meant I got action shots of the kids I know I wouldn't have got with the Mk II.

    That's not to say there aren't any issues.

    I hadn't realised before how big the file sizes are from the X-T1, or rather, I hadn't noticed that they seem to be consistently between 32-33MB (compared to between 23-34MB from my 5D Mk II). This meant I actually almost ran out of space on the memory card I'd bought for the X-T1 midway through the holiday and had to shunt some files over to my Mk II's memory card.

    I don't know if it's just my copy of the X-T1 but the shooting mode dial seems a bit easily nudged into different modes by mistake (I think this is happening mostly when I'm changing ISO). There's a few times I've found myself shooting a bracketed set when I thought I was in single shot mode.
     
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  5. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    "Auto ISO" is, IMHO, your friend, CRBS, and (most of) the Fuji cameras offer you three options -- 200-800 or 1600 or 3200 -- which should, hopefully, eliminate the mode movement, at least,
    when changing ISO's ;) I gonna have to check, but, I thought there was a lock on the mode dial for the XT-1 ! As for file sizes, I think that's why the "other" guys at work went from
    Canon 5D MkIII's to the Fuji's, because they were getting, as good as if not better, files with the 16mp sensor and one fellow at a competitors shop, did some 20 x 30 inch prints from a
    D800 and 35/1.4 vs a XE2 and 23/1.4 and dared anyone to tell with image was shot with a FF 36MP camera and which was shot with a 16MP APS camera? Truthfully, even he had to
    look at the back of the prints to check the EXIF ;)

    Cheers and good shooting, regardless of the manufacturer :)

    jack
     
  6. cerebros

    cerebros Well-Known Member

    There is a lock but it's on the ISO dial on top, not the shooting mode dial underneath (and actually the lock is proving a bit annoying seeing as how I've been changing ISO manually).
     
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  7. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Raw files are enormous compared to Canon. I've got the X-E2 which is basically the range-finder style equivalent of tbe XT-1. As you say somewhere in the low 30s MB cf 22 MB for my 1Div which is also a 16 MP sensor. The files for the new Fujis with the 24 MP sensor must be getting close to 50 MB.

    When it was new I was forever knocking the settings on the Fuji but I do it less often now. I must be getting it out of the bag differently somehow.
     
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  8. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder


    50-55 Mb from the X Pro 2, tiff are quite large.

    And Jack is quite right, select auto and forget, mine is set at max 6400 which covers most things.​
     
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  9. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Not sure if you were aware of this,C_Bros, but, to obtain the Auto ISO, you have to do so
    via the menu and, if memory serves -- no pun intended ;) -- it gives you three options :)

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  10. cerebros

    cerebros Well-Known Member

    Hi Jack

    yes, I am aware, I did briefly dabble with auto-ISO with the XPro 1, but haven't had any of my cameras out in earnest since getting back from holiday so haven't given thought about whether I want to enable it or no.
     
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  11. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    I never used to do it but, after getting a camera with decent High ISO capability -- usually up to 3200 -- I started to use it and love it now :) Admittedly, it is kind of weird
    to go with my film camera and "what? I'm stuck at "whatever" ASA? :eek: …. ;)

    Jack
     
  12. cerebros

    cerebros Well-Known Member

    So, big test #2, a week's camping holiday without any way of charging my batteries... Granted I should have thought about getting a couple of extra batteries before we went away but due to the amount of other things going on at home I didn't even think about it until it was too late to order and receive batteries before we left.

    I consoled myself with the fact that I was taking my 5D Mk II with me as the missus had mentioned, rather last minute as it happened, that the camp site was near Corfe Castle, so I was hoping to take a walk over and get some shots (or at least some time to myself )and therefore had a backup camera in case the Fuji ran out of juice.

    In the end I needn't have worried about running out of charge on my batteries as on the last morning during a fossil hunting trip the X-T1 informed me I was out of space on the memory card. Fortunately, that day I had both the X-T1 and 5D Mk II in my bag as I was planning to use the X-T1, in conjunction with an adapted Centon 50mm (PK mount) and extension tubes, as a close up rig and the Mk II for regular shots to avoid swapping lenses on the beach.

    I must admit I was surprised to get the out of space message as I didn't think I'd taken a massive amount of photos during the week. I had been expecting to run out of juice during Friday morning, as, despite switching to EVF only mode on Monday after running through the first battery faster than I expected, I had to put my last battery in early on on Thursday and used the camera quite a bit the rest of that day.

    So far I've not had a chance to review my images. When I started transferring onto my laptop on Saturday I found I was out of space on that and, despite a quick purge, couldn't free up enough space for everything I need to import. That meant that last night I had to finally get round to swapping out my laptop's DVD drive for a spare hard disk I had lying around and had meant to fit for a couple of months.
     
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  13. cerebros

    cerebros Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone

    Apologies for this little bit of threadromancy - I had meant to post a few updates throughout the back half of 2017 but, as tends to be the way, other things kept coming up that stopped me putting pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keys...)

    I'm still using the X-T1 and it looks like I will be for the foreseeable future as it's still easier to just drop that in my messenger bag with both lenses I have for it and still have space for all the bits & pieces I'm likely to need to take with me for my youngest daughter (mainly nappies, wipes, snacks etc...). I bought a 64GB memory card a few months back which should hopefully ease my worries over filling it up before the end of a week's camping when I won't be able to dump stuff on my laptop to free up space on the memory card.

    That's not to say I've decided to go Fuji only. As I do only have the two lenses for the X-T1 when getting ready to leave the house with a camera I do have to decide whether I can get away with those two lenses or if I'm likely to need the faster, wider or longer glass I have for the 5D Mk II, although again, that does tend to be dictated somewhat by whether I need to carry much baby stuff about with me or not and how much flexibility I can live with sacrificing.

    While I'd intially found the size and shape of the X-T1 not too bad handling-wise (certainly a step up from the X-Pro 1), as time has gone on I have found times using it when I've missed having the larger grip on the 5D Mk II. That has given me further food for thought about whether I'd want to switch entirely to Fuji or not as I do intend to buy a telephoto zoom for one of the systems (which would be the 100-400 on the Fuji or one of the 100-400 or 150-600 lenses currently available for Canon) and I'm not sure I'd find the X-T1 as comfortable to use with that sort of lens as I would the 5D Mk II. Obviously, if I did decide to switch to Fuji there's now the X-H1 that has more of a grip, (although still not as good as the 5D Mk II's from the brief play I had at The Photography Show a few weeks ago) that I could switch to instead of the X-T1 or add as well as the X-T1, since by the time I've got the spare cash for the telephoto lens a used X-H1 might well be within my budget also. Mind you, with the rate at which I'm able to put aside money for camera gear at the moment, I may find I won't need to worry about having a lighter, more compact system as my youngest will be old enough that she can carry her own packed lunch and drink with her on days out...

    Other flies I've found in the Fuji ointment are with the top plate dials. I've found on a few occasions that the exposure mode or drive mode dials have gotten turned by mistake, either putting the camera in or out of my bag, or I've somehow managed to turn the lower dial while adjusting the top ISO or shutter speed dial.
    On a recent occasion I also found I'd somehow managed to put myself into H1 mode on the ISO dial when shooting my daughters playing in the snow at the park, and spent the rest of the time we were out worried that everything I'd shot that morning up until the moment of discovery had been in JPEG as a result. Fortunately it was only a few photos but as I can't pull back the exposure of the snow to any useful extent the shots are basically useless as anything other than record shots - certainly not shots I'd consider sharing with friends and family on Facebook.
     
  14. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    We have been able to move dials accidentally on cameras since the dawn of time. and I do not see that changing any time soon.
    If you want the comfort of more grip, get an accessory one for when the need arises.
    Third party ones like this cost peanuts and and give a lot of extra support. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Quick-Re...ji-Fujifilm-XT1-ARCA-SWISS-DSLR/381128721285?
    I have a similar one on my XE2. and it doubles as a quick release plate for a tripod.
    It is good practice to give a quick glance over your settings whenever you pick up your camera, and as a matter of course. It is easy to forget what your last settings were, and in any event they are not likely to all apply to what you need this time.

    If you need a Zoom telephoto only occasionally, and can make do with less than optimal focus speed and maximum aperture do not rule out the little Fuji XC55-230. The results punch far hirer than you might expect especially if you are working within its limitations. and you will not lose much when you trade to a higher spec one later. This comparison link is worth reading http://www.robzeiglerphoto.com/blog-posts/2016-1-11/sibling-rivalry-the-underestimated-xc-50-230mm
     
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  15. cerebros

    cerebros Well-Known Member

    True but it does seem to happen an awful lot more than I seem to find the mode dial on the 5D Mk II getting moved by accident

    It's an option, it just depends on whether I can find one that's big enough. (And if I could find one to go over the official battery grip that'd be a bonus...)

    Yeah but sometimes you don't have the time to check and sometimes you just forget...

    The reason I'm looking at the longer lenses is that I've already got the Canon 70-300 and find it too short when I'm at zoos and safari parks, so unfortunately the 55-230 is too short (otherwise it'd be in contention)
     
  16. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    If you want a longer lens then I'd try the Fuji 1oo-400 on the XT-1 first, especially if you see yourself sticking with FujiI in the long run as I am sure it will handle well with the new H-1. Otherwise I have to say that the Canon 100-400 ii is excellent for what you want, but it is quite a lump to carry around.
     
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  17. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    With the Fuji 100-400 being a slightly smaller lump ;) and if you want more, Cerebros, there's
    alway the very tiny Fuji 1.4X, albeit only tiny in size :eek:

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  18. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    That grip is excellent, Terry, on cameras that don't come with a VG/BP and, in fact, we have a used Fuji X-70 with one and just sold
    a used XE-2s with a grip from the same company, I believe :). There was a fellow in a few weeks back who, definitely, could have used
    one (a grip) as he had an XT-20 and a 100-400 :eek: Then, after purchasing the 1.4X, he, then, purchased the 18-135 lens as a walkabout
    lens which his missus, recommended after I mentioned it ;)

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  19. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    He was not short of cash then?
     
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  20. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Apparently not, Terry :D and, they were leaving on a 2-3 month road trip down to Trumplandia :eek:
    and, I think, they were driving a 5th wheeler :eek:

    Cheers,

    Jack
     

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