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  1. crowecg

    Going way back....

    I’m looking forward to having a closer look on a bigger screen when I get home tonight. Certainly an interesting experiment!
  2. I can understand your comments about the noise. F1 is in Melbourne this weekend and I could hear the GT3 cars at a distance of about 7 km yesterday morning. Glad I didn't need to work over the weekend as my office is even closer. And don't mention the traffic disruption - if I take the car to work my normal route is through Albert Park!
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    Remembering Everest Base Camp

    On the other hand, if the tents weren't in the frame I would like the black and white approach you have here.
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    Remembering Everest Base Camp

    I’m with Dallas, the bright colours of the tents and climbers will contrast well with the bright white of the snow and the deep blue in the sky.
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    The Fujinon XF23mm f/2.0: The Close Observer Lens

    If you are after a really pocketable option , you’ll have to look at the 27/2.8. That gives you something even smaller than the X100F.
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    The "Off Centre" Mind Of The Fujifilm X-E3

    I'm surprised that more people haven't discovered this amazing little camera. You have done a great job of highlighting what it can do.
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    I do not cease to remove our suspended Vinogradovsky bridge.

    like them! You inspire me. I'm looking forward to the end of daylight saving soon here in Australia and getting back into some night photography.
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    Women In Photography

    In construction, I’m seeing a lot of traffic control companies employing women because they can be a lot less confrontational.
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    Your Oldest Image Online?

    Just found the original...
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    X-E3 - First Impressions

    I've just got my hands on an X-E3. It seems to be a little bit of a forgotten camera in the Fuji line up, even though it is right up to date with the same sensor as the X-T2, X-T20 and others. I've only really had an hour or so of handling it so far due to other commitments and haven't shot properly or got to the bottom of all the menus and settings. The first thing that stands out is the size - it is small. A bit bigger than my old Nikon J1, although with the 27 f/2.8, it almost squeezes in to the same case I use for the J1 and 10 f/2.8. The buttons are tiny too, although they seem well enough spaced out to avoid mis-pressing them. There is a shutter speed dial and exposure compensation dials as well as two command wheels (front and rear), but there isn't an ISO dial like some of the bigger bodies. I haven't got the hang of what the various buttons do and what the command wheels can be programmed to do yet. It has a slight ridge on the front rather than a grip and I find I'm twisting my finger down the front of the camera to hold it - something that will not be comfortable for extended periods, but given the size and the way I plan to use it, it is easy enough to slip into a pocket, so you don't need to be holding it all the time. I'm not sure how it will feel with bigger lenses, as I've only tried the 27 f/2.8 and the 18-55 so far. The view finder is off to the side, but I don't find that a problem. Even with glasses, I can get close enough to see the full viewfinder (perhaps because my nose isn't in the way). The view finder also lets you get a good view around the camera if you can manage that sort of thing. The viewfinder seems responsive although I managed to provoke some flicker with low shutter speeds under fluorescent light. It seems to jump quickly into focus and in some regards feels similar to the J1 rather than my D7000, even though with the 24 MPixel APS-C sensor it represents an upgrade in that regard too. A couple of quick high ISO shots look good and it will probably be OK a couple of stops beyond the D7000 (and obviously way beyond the J1). OIS on the 18-55 seems good too. Obviously the 27 and 18-55 might not appeal to those wanting the more traditional manual handling common to the Fuji system, the 27 completely lacking an aperture ring and the 18-55 with an unmarked ring, which although it clicks nicely, will continue to rotate fully and take you back to wide open from fully stopped down (that was the command wheel behaviour with the 27). Hopefully the coming weekend will provide some more shooting opportunities and allow some more detailed comments.
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    Your Oldest Image Online?

    Mine was probably a version of this.... the original use would have been a scan of the print and I used it as the home page image of my personal web page back in the late 1990's. This is a newer copy from the negative at much higher resolution 😎.
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    X-E3 - First Impressions

    No need to worry. It nice to see someone else enjoying this great little camera.
  13. crowecg

    Hans Hansson. The Lemaire Channel

    Interesting timing on ‘not cute’ #1!
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    Mirrorless for Aviation Photography

    Just took the Fuji X-E3 and 55-200 zoom for an outing at the weekend. First effort with this combination. Previously I was shooting with a Nikon D7000 and 70-300 zoom, so given both have the same physical sensor size, I'm down by 100mm focal length but do get more pixels. Didn't have any issues with the viewfinder - it was fast enough even if I wasn't. Focus was generally OK, although it didn't always seem to keep up with a 5FPS burst - there might be the odd frame in the sequence that missed focus. The main problems I had were probably done to me not setting the camera up right. Previously shooting with the Nikon my default shooting mode had been P, with occasionally S for situations like this. For the Fuji, I've generally been in M, which isn't really where you need to be in fast changing conditions. Additionally the day was hot, but variably overcast - sometimes the sun would break through but then disappear again. Even with just the 200mm lens, I was loosing shots due to heat haze. I was also missing shots due to the changing light and not adjusting settings fast enough. Despite having a nice easily accessible exposure compensation dial, I often forgot to use it and underexposed the planes a bit. One I'll blame someone else for was the sequencing of the aircraft - they tried to make a bit of a realistic scenario but that meant there would be fast jets, which I wanted to keep the shutter speed fast for then helicopters or prop driven planes that needed a slower shutter speed to get some blur of the props/blades. It was particularly frustrating to switch from the jets to the Chinooks, which needed a really slow shutter speed to get some blade blur (under 1/200 compared to the 1/1000 I was using for the jets). It did add some interest to the show, but added to the challenge of photographing it. Perhaps I'll create a seperate thread once I get round to processing all the images - I managed to shoot off over 600. 90% of that were out of one battery charge, with the battery topped up from a USB power bank towards the end.
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    Some initial images with X-E3

    Only choice? I haven’t tried any of the f/2 primes although they are certainly tempting. I did get the 27 f/2.8 which makes a really compact setup and some zooms. I think my next addition will be to get some macro capabilities but I’m not sure how I’ll do that yet. The 60 looks tempting from the size perspective but doesn’t go 1:1. However the 80 looks too big and heavy (and expensive) in comparison. Then there is also the option of adapting my existing Tamron 90.🙄
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    Changing Systems

    That’s why you need to switch to mirrorless!😈 Either the wider mount of the RF or Z models, or perhaps a little Olympus espresso glass.😀
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    Some initial images with X-E3

    Look like you are finding this to be a fascinating little camera.
  18. crowecg

    What’s the occasion?

    I thought all the big events were over and done with but there has been a barrage of new products in the last few days - all mirrorless ! first a new Nikon Z Lens; a new Canon R body plus a slew of R mount lenses previewed and a new body and lens from Fuji. There was also a Panasonic announcement a week or two earlier.
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    What’s the occasion?

    You should create a whole article on this. It would be an interesting read
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    A few from a recent trip to Sydney. Landmarks - all in one picture! & @ night View from small park further back - a nice little pocket of green and peacefulness among the city bustle. Through the blinds - as we sat down for dinner, the setting sun was visible through the blinds and created a nice painterly image. It was a bit of a challenging trip with quite a bit of disruption on the way up - my first flight was cancelled before I even set out to the airport, the replacement got as far as Canberra before circling for about 90 minutes then returning to Melbourne and after a bit of waiting again to get rebooked I got home around 11pm before the third flight at 7am on Saturday morning eventually got me there.
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    Bhutan..a few images.

    Wonderful pictures of an amazing place. I have been to Nepal and that that was fascinating, but I've heard that Bhutan is even more so. It would be nice to see and hear more about your trip.
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    This morning I found a bit of time and managed to get back to a location overlooking the Melbourne skyline to try and recreate some shots I took a little of 8 years ago. The comparisons are interesting both in the changes in the cityscape and in the cameras available to me. This was the original shot I wanted to recreate - a crop from a 6Mpixel image taken with a Nikon D50 and 18-55 Skyline 1 And the newer image - a slight crop of a 24Mpixel image taken with a Fuji X-E3 and 18-55. Skyline 2
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    And also in colour - Skyline 3 Skyline 2 Obviously the modern shot is a morning shot and the old ones are evening, so the lighting is very different, allowing much more detail in the buildings.
  24. crowecg

    10 Years Of Safaris

    Your safaris always sound so interesting - I must get round to coming back to Africa at some point, perhaps once the kids are grown up😉.
  25. crowecg

    Saltis in frame

    You are lucky to have such a patient model. As my kids are growing, they are becoming more self conscious and camera shy.

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