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  1. Thoughts on the Sigma announcement of upcoming availability of the sd Quattro-H? I've see so little of the Fovon sensor that I really don't have a benchmark of the advantages (and risks) of venturing down the Quattro path. The GFX announcement sounded very intriguing but in a whole different price space. I've seen Alan's B&W images from earlier models and they were very impressive, but time has passed. For a color landscape camera, is the Quattro a contender? My head is around a Fuji X-Pro2 at the moment. Roger
  2. I use a 15" MacBook Pro Retina. It's my main computer support. I have an iPhone but it's not for browsing. Roger
  3. Andrew, congratulations on the new D500. I've been watching that camera closely. Unfortunately, I'm mostly a "short" lens shooter and I haven't resolved that format issue with my current FX collection. I have a growing Fuji XP2 system that is getting a lot of use. It will be a while before I have all the bases covered lens wise with that camera. Right now they are all Fuji lenses. It's a good system but when it comes to events I still find the strobe system lacking. That's where my Nikon Df system comes to the rescue. The CLS system just works. Whenever I revert to the Nikon system I find that it has a lot to offer besides just the strobe. Even the now aging Df has a very well implemented predictive AF system (esp for AFC). The D500 system is about three generations more refined, so I can't imagine what control it affords. When I bought the Fuji, it was touted as a platform for legacy lenses. My great AI/AIS Nikkors seem huge when the adapter is included for that camera. If I really want a great legacy-lens platform, it's in my other hand - the Df. Can't sell these outdated DSLRs short :-). Roger
  4. Kyoto is a special spot. Seeing you images makes me want to go back. My wife and I were there once in a "slack" tourist time. Many parts were quiet and the locals were in the midst of their harvest celebrations. We had heard of a local performance in definitely off-off-broadway. As we were asking directions, one young Japanese woman - with hands full - surprised us by handing us some of her load to hold - reached down and took off her high heeled shoes - grabbed my wife by the hand and led us through the back alleys to a hidden performance hall. She put on her shoes, we returned her belongings bowed profusely and she hurried off. A once in a lifetime encounter. A very traditional and enjoyable performance. A name I wish we knew but an act that just keeps defining the best in people.
  5. I think it's just begging to be covered in gaffer's tape.
  6. I definitely am going to run out of money before I find Nirvana. A bit like Armando, I find my N1 and XPro2 have definite strengths and every time I use my Df (for what I find it excels at) I know that even though part of my brain sees it as a way to expand the Fuji kit, the reality is that I benefit greatly from its use. Another shot last night that was essential event genre - a group portrait of 28 people in a living room. CLS was the reason I got the excellent results I did. Fuji will get that thorn solved hopefully soon. Then I'll have to face critically what is next. The problem is that I now trust explicitly in CLS for indoor location and event work. OTOH, I have preliminary results of my grand child sprinting directly at me from across a dimly lighted gymnasium last week. Shot with a X-Pro2 on continuous AF and CH shutter. Buffer filled a bit too quickly. There was some lack of critical sharpness, but as a first attempt I was pleased. I'll get the limitations (if any, it certainly could be my error on first attempt, not the cameras) figured out when I have the time. Either of these systems are part of my solutions. Unfortunately it will be others wishes that drive toward the ultimate solution, because I don't think there are many that really believe in two systems.
  7. I finally bought my X-Pro2 because of the roadmap. but what an impressive roadmap this one has. Although, I think I could be happy with this for a long time with just the 63, or 45, or .... These Fuji guys can really spin a yarn.... then they back it up. Looking forward to see this play out. When this was announced, it seemed like such a natural extension of the technology into the new format. They get to draw on the maturing X system, and their optics seem to just keep getting better. In the "I'm a cynic department", medium format - hmmm, studio/location, maybe they can let the 3rd parties handle the strobe department. The sensor choice may also keep workflow off the table for the established users in that sensor space.
  8. Great shot and (as per Ann) light balance. I live near an urban area and the lights at night present a whole different character than harsh daylight. I like to remember Minneapolis (& St. Paul) in this way. Thanks for the image and the nice back story on the bridge. I'm surprised to hear that this is the only bridge of this type along the Mississippi river especially since limestone is such a prevalent building material along it's run. It's also interesting that not all the arches are the same height. Nicely done, Roger
  9. I wanted to follow up on how I've applied the knowledge gained here. Over the last few months, I've added a couple of items to my X-Pro2 kit. I'm quite pleased with the outcome. It's still a work in progress. Some items have influenced others. Some shooting opportunities have also biased my decisions. My starting point was X-Pro2, 18-55mm, 35mm f/2. 18-55mm: I usually start a general shoot with this lens. If it's a family event, there are some overview shots, and quite quickly I switch to the 35. For street and walkabout, often the 35. There's always a bit of yearning for slightly wider. The quality of the images and handling of the camera is fully appreciated. 35mm f/2: As above, it's just the way I see the snapshot and interpersonal world. If I'm not having to work a crowd and can just interact normally with my subject this is the lens I choose. It's not a good lens for a room full of people, but in events I often start with this and just go for couples, then switch to something else. 14mm f/2.8: Keeping things small, I added a 14mm f/2.8 for landscapes, urban shooting and interiors. I love how this lens handles, the manual focus mechanics are addictive. Distortion is non existent for practical purposes, it's even a fun people lens when handled (to the best of my abilities) correctly. When this lens is on my camera, I'm fully engaged in trying to be a photographer. Only one focal length to think about and everything else is what I can create within the characteristic of the lens. This lens had an attractive discount in the USA a few months ago and that was a bonus. 23mm f/1.4: This was a lens that was NOT on my list, the f/2 was. I found the manual focus characteristics of the 14mm to be excellent, the desire for something slightly wider than my 35 came into play. The size was off putting. I rented one to see if the overall handling would be fast enough for me to take advantage of the f/1.4 aperture in family/event settings. The answer was yes, so it's now in the bag; again the recent discount came into play. Adorama offers that lens in the USA at a discount and they added an in-store $100USD gift card. That turned into a Fuji grip for the XP2. EF-x20: As much as I don't use direct strobe, this has been helpful for some occasions, Many are just eye blinding snapshots when someone else is using the camera to document something. It can be used on-camera in a less offensive fashion, but I find it most useful outdoors for fill. Recently I used the kit at a friend's 60th wedding anniversary celebration. Coverage shots with the 18-55, switching to the 23mm. It was a very difficult group to cover because my friend really wanted shots of all the guests but unlike many receptions in this area, there was not "assigned" seating. With people moving everywhere and forming instantaneous groups - tugging me away from an on-going activity to take their picture, the room was horrible to shoot in. Walls were not that far from flesh tones, ceilings filled with bulbous chandeliers and then direct downward canned lighting of a different color temperature. I really wanted to see how the crowd reacted to the "smaller" camera; that part was good. However, as a photographer I should have stuck the the Nikon system and just blasted away. I took the group photos (27 in the family) outdoors and indoors with the Nikon and a on/off camera strobe duo. For my setup, I have the equipment to control the multiple lights. So I traded pixels for light on that part of the "job" (unpaid, my gift to a friend). Note: the Fuji was my preferred camera for the event and it worked well. However, given the lighting, a system that worked powerfully and could be quickly reset to account for changing ambient manual exposures with mains provided by a TTL flagged and bounced on-camera strobe is better. The latter is my Nikon. When Fuji can provide that capability (preferable with radio controlled strobes for TTL remotes) then I won't even think twice. Overall my friend is happy, I have a lot more experience, I've used the XP2 in conditions that were far less than optimal and it worked very very well. The lens choice is all I could hope. Thanks for your contributions to this path.
  10. Nancy, This is an impressive photo. In reading your descriptions on the National Geographic site, I came across this: "I found this VERY big alligator along the road of the Apopka Wildlife Drive, so crept closer and closer till I had a pretty good full frame view of its face, with my 750 mm lens. What a poser he was.", by Nancy Elwood.... Your craft is well practiced and very well perfected. Is there a rear view mirror on your viewfinder? I think I'd keep a close lookout; that's a very big eye, maybe to keep tabs on a big rival. Nicely done. Best Regards, Roger
  11. Regardless of how you slice it, this is one excellent photo. Perfect for gearheads, parents, friends, dog lovers and the rest of us. The smile is binding and the puppy is engaging the transition between detail face/eye puppy eyes and fur and bokeh is properly amazing and unobtrusive. Very smart. Roger
  12. Wow, it's good to see this again . Great composition, exposure and great processing. I'd like to emphasize the barber chair pictures and what I find special about the midtones as well as extremes. The one into the window: The highlights (e.g. barber's white shirt) dominates even though there is strong enough backlight to overpower. In the midtones, the folds in the barber's trousers hold. In the shadows/blacks, they set the lower tonal range but aren't blocked up. Midtone detail in the customer's face and the beard "sparkles". The one with window behind the photographer: The same as above but even better. The black cloth around the customer's shoulders shows rich black but retains detail in the next tone lighter (presumably the binding of the cloth). Try as I might, I just can't replicate this tonal blitz on digital. I think Fuji Acros makes a valid attempt, but need to work on the midrange. Roger
  13. Exquisite! I just bookmarked this to my desktop - these are worth many viewings. What a special place! Roger
  14. My wife is from South Dakota, USA. An area that was originally settled by Swedish, Norwegian and Danish immigrants. Neighboring communities have their roots primarily from one of these countries. Rhubarb is a "staple", and the variety of rhubarb desserts seems endless - crumble being one. My favorite is a fruit soup that is mainly if not exclusively rhubarb (& sugar). That's from one of her Danish grandmothers but if we're doing adventuresome there is pie, crumble, cobbler, fruit spread, jam, bread, etc. and when you want some variation, mix in strawberries and make your pick. Enjoy the crumble, those stalks look sturdy and there should be a summer's full of crumble in that one plant alone.
  15. Hugh, Thanks for the follow up and suggestion. I now have approval for the zoom, I'm still fighting my initial resolution when I picked up the X-Pro2 to keep the size down. Starting from the top, I'm still on a smaller course (check here , it's starting from the bottom that is still niggling me :-) .