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  1. This is looking to be a formidable macro set-up for the GFX. Hopefully you won't have much longer to wait for the camera.
  2. Not until 2018 for the prime super-tele, though. 2017 for the 80mm Macro and two video-centric zooms. Fuji are obviously deadly serious about pushing the video capabilities of the X into class-leading territory. Whatever, this gives me breathing space enough to call my current outfit complete and lets me get on with tossing coins over the choice of Sigma DP Quattro -H or Fuji GFX in the meantime.
  3. I could have told them that! Now that there seems to be a virtual flurry of third party processors for X-Trans RAF files, I wonder if Fuji is regretting their decision to drop their X-Trans work on the GFX medium format sensor and run with the "same as everyone else" Sony Bayer 51MP job. Increasingly from the examples I'm seeing published from the new camera (which was also probably a shoe-in for next year's camera of the year award), the same old tired, plastic look that the old technology imparts to the images has really turned me off getting the camera, moreso even than the price. I'm seeing nothing different in the visual appearance of these images than what is already being produced from other brands equipped with that sensor, which then becomes a self-defeating exercise in trying to convince me that the new camera will lift the look of images taken with it into yet another plane.
  4. I did something similar a while back with a 120/5.6 AM-ED Nikkor using a PB-4 and adapting the lens (the rear element of which fitted through the PB-4 lens mount opening), fashioning an adapter from a circular piece of plastic cut from an old laptop lid, and screwing an old F-mount ring onto it while mounting the Copal shutter into a central hole cut into the plastic adapter using the Copal mount ring, and thus making the lens effectively an F-Mount lens. It cost me nothing to do as I already had the PB-4, but was dependent on that rear element fitting through the lens mount, of course. Unfortunately the results from that lens with the X-Pro1 I was using at the time were less than stellar, and I ended up selling the Nikkor to help fund my purchase of the Zeiss Touit 2.8/50M macro lens instead. I still have the PB-4 rig adapted with an M39->Nikon F lens mount for use with the several Rodenstock and EL-Nikkor enlarger lenses I still own, all but one of those having that M-39 mount. Unfortunately the enlarger lenses don't work too well outdoors when light is either strong or contrasty, being very prone to flare. Indoors they're OK, however, but as I mainly set up this rig to utilise the front standard swing for Schiempflug effect in outdoor situations using some of these lenses (above 105mm) for infinity focus, its use as such was limited by the poor performance of those enlarger lenses - something to be expected, I suppose, as they were never designed for that use..
  5. Excellent photographs of tricky subject matter and lighting. I like #7 in particular for its inclusion of the viewer in the background.
  6. Wow, that's certainly one impressive shop! Excellent photo in all respects - composition, exposure, light, focus, distortion control and processing - all perfect.
  7. Thanks, guys. Unfortunately the sky was more dramatic some minutes before, but I was delayed from leaving my house to get to this vantage point by a tourist who decided that my yard was the ideal place to park himself and his camper-van for the night - I lost those precious minutes discussing the meaning of "private property" and directing him to the public grounds 1km away.
  8. Thanks, Anthony.
  9. Not much gets printed these days, unfortunately - only when I take something that I really like do I print it - although there's no shortage of earlier stuff I printed in the '00's up until around 2013, when the ratio of money from selling prints vs the cost of those already printed went negative. Any time you do make it over, just PM me and I'll be more than happy to show you what I have - the remnants of my gallery are still hanging, though I'm not replacing those which have been sold, donated or otherwise disposed of.
  10. Thanks, Ann. Naturally the photo is a hand-held pano of five well-overlapped shots (it was blowing a gale and I wanted to give the stitcher as much choice as possible to find enough still bits to stitch it properly) - so the end result of well over 10,000px wide is served no favours by being mashed down to almost a fifth that size for the web. The mushy field of hops at left is of course clearly identifiable for what it is in the non-downsampled original. That said, I'm still disenchanted with the way digital does B&W (good as the X-Trans is compared to what I was stuck with beforehand), and B&W is perhaps the one thing, more even than price, that has really given me cold feet regarding the GFX - I can't see my intended return to majority B&W photography being aided at all by Fuji's choice of a return to a Bayer sensor for their medium format camera. I'm now leaning heavily towards the new Sigma SD Quattro-H instead. To date I have achieved the best results in digital B&W from the previous Foveon Merrill sensors in my DP1 & 3 cameras, and the facility of interchangeable lenses as well as a larger sensor than the Merrills will probably see one of the new Sigmas in my bag rather than the GFX.
  11. The old rail bridge and rail line, hopfields and hills of Bushy Park and Glenora, Tasmania, on Wednesday evening.
  12. Great stuff!. My fave has to be the one of the tricolour heron. That's simply beautiful.
  13. I guess it had me laughing because it looked like someone feeing oversized chickens.
  14. Obviously not my video, nor is it meaning to be an invitation to debate ethics on feeding wildlife, but for all of those who chase photographs of raptors this will both make you both laugh and probably shed tears of jealousy - watch it 'til the end when the camera pans left.....