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Maarten last won the day on 16 June 2016

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  1. Hi Vivion, Is this the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart? I find myself searching for more details in the wall! I like the man walking down while watching the wall. That's how I remember myself walking down there. Fantastic museum it is, well worth the visit from The Netherlands. My brother and I combined the Mercedes-Benz museum with Porsche's, in the same city (still presuming of course you were in the Mercedes-Benz museum...).
  2. Very nice images Armando! Enjoy your X-T3. The tracker looks interesting, I'm going to look into it.
  3. Good point Mike, I would rather own an X-Pro type of Fuji than my current X-T1, if only I could see the entire viewfinder using glasses! The X-T1 eye relief is perfect for this so I'll be keeping it. I may eventually replace it with an X-T3 during some Fuji sales promotion.
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    I am with Anthony on this one. With the tree some of the depth of the image was removed as well.
  5. Your RE photos look really good Dallas, especially the first three. Still a bit of visible barrel distortion on the fridge in nr. 4. If I were eyeing a new place to live, your representation would make me come over and check the place out. When I photographed my own home years ago when I was selling it, it only occurred to me in PP how many (unwanted) details are visible in the final photos. You've done a good job cleaning up the place before you took the shots. I'm happy for you you're getting the Pana 8-18. My brother uses the Pana 12-60 on his Oly camera and I was impressed with both picture and build quality. Disclosure: I was going to use a thumbs-up emoticon but in my heart I agree with Vivion that an emoticon is not a substitute for typing a motivated and motivating comment. So here you go. I've recently dusted off my X-T1 which has spent a long time in a cupboard. Hope to get out soon, take pictures and post some.
  6. Having been to the former Soviet Union as a 14 year old while in secondary school in 1982, and having shot some 8 rolls of 36 Fujifilm ASA100 when I was there, I really enjoy watching these photos. They bring back impressions and memories that I do not have from other travels in that era. Thank you.
  7. I watched the video and you're absolutely right: I found my self smiling at the ingenuity of the inventor, and also at his perseverance to turn it into a working product! Thanks for sharing.
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    Retired golfers

    A circus owner runs an ad for a 'lion tamer wanted' and two people showed up...... One is a retired golfer in his late-sixties and the other is a drop-dead, gorgeous brunette with a killer body in her mid-twenties. The circus owner tells them, "I'm not going to sugar coat it. This is one ferocious lion. He ate my last tamer so you two had better be good or you're history." "Here's your equipment -- a chair, a whip and a gun ...... Who wants to try out first?" The gorgeous brunette says, "I'll go first." She walks past the chair, the whip and the gun and steps right into the cage. The lion starts to snarl and pant and begins to charge her. As he gets close, the gorgeous brunette throws open her coat revealing her beautiful, perfect naked body. The lion stops dead in his tracks, sheepishly crawls up to her and starts licking her feet and ankles. He continues to lick and kiss every inch of her body for several minutes, then lays down and rests his head at her feet. The circus owner's jaw is on the floor! He says "That's amazing! I've never seen anything like that in my life!" He then turns to the retired golfer and asks, "Can you top that?" The old golfer replies, "Possibly... but you've got to get that lion out of there first."
  9. That's a beautiful photo of your bike Tony! And what a bike it is. It is my favourite brand and type, the Rxxxx R series. I wish I had the funds to buy the special edition of the last air cooled series, with the telelever front suspension. It is off topic so please feel free to decline, but would you be willing to comment on the differences in handling between the telelever equipped bike(s) you previously rode , and the new but more conventional fork on your R1200R? That adaptive suspension must be quite nice. Cheers, Maarten
  10. The first bird says: 'Hi Bob, nice camera you got there'. Really love that one! I'd enjoy more of these.
  11. This one's for you Frank: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Fujifilm+X100T+Disassembly/55681
  12. These are spectacular Luc, I love them all. Two stand out for me: I've never seen the rear end of the F-104 captured so beautifully. That pic is stunning and looks like a true work of art, a designer fountain pen from the future. Of course the 104 itself is a work of art, as are most of Kelly Johnson's aircraft designs. The other one that stands out for me is the Delta Dagger with the little boy behind it, great photo that unleashes my fantasy to make up a story! Thanks for sharing these. I am going to visit the museum next week with my son and his friend when it's a school holiday in my place. This is very inspiring. EDIT: after posting it occurred to me that my avatar is actually a Kelly Johnson design. It is the Lockheed P-38. This is a small crop from a shot of one of the glass plates that make up the memorial for US aviators who lost their lives in WWII (outside the USAF museum at Duxford, UK). Actual size of the sandblasted silhouette is about 2 inches.
  13. Voted with my wallet in 2015 and sold off all recent Nikon AF lenses. Even though I got my V1 in the fire sale I was p!$$ed off that Nikon would not acknowledge the defect where my V1 would make the original EN-EL15 battery age in a couple of charging cycles. It would read age '0' and 'replace now' within 10 cycles. Nikon said there was nothing they could do and indeed the same thing happened after they replace the battery. Judging by comments from other users it was not an isolated case. And the three Patona batteries that I got do just fine without ageing... I enjoy giving my money to people that I trust and like. Fujifilm has been very refreshing and I doubt I will ever spend one Euro with Nikon solely as a result of their corporate culture and greed. The one good thing about their constant price increases is that I am getting the original prices when selling off lenses.
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