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Akira last won the day on 9 February

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About Akira

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    Akira Sakamoto
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    Music of all sorts, so long as they are worth listening to.
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  • Fav. Camera
    Fuji X-E3
  • Fav. Lens
    Fuji XF35F2 R WR (temporary), XF23F2 R WR, Nikkor-O 55/1.2
  • Fav. Editor
    Capture One Express Fujifilm
  1. Akira

    Red Sky at Night

    Hope you stay warm, Mike. The northern parts of the northern hemisphere are suffering from the insane cold.
  2. Akira

    Red Sky at Night

    A pleasant scene, Mike. How was the result?
  3. Akira

    Coffee Shop

    A beautiful composition, Alan! I love Fibonacci's spiral!
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    Some initial images with X-E3

    Oops, yes, I meant "law of physics"!
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    Some initial images with X-E3

    Yes, I tried to handle X-H1 with the battery grip and 200/2.0 combo. The lens is actually about 700g lighter than AF-S Nikkor 200/2.0 VR. I guess it is impossible to make fast tele lenses slimmer anyway, because the diameter of the front element has to be at least 100mm to make a 200/2.0 lens theoretically. For the same reason, the diameter of a 600/4.0 lens has to be at least 150mm. These are law of nature. You can only make the lens to some extent shorter by employing modern technological tricks like the diffraction optics. So far as the prime lenses are concerned, the only ones that can be made smaller are the standard and wideangle lenses.
  6. Mike, I'm glad you liked the apricot shot and thank you for the encouragement for the pano shots! Although I ditched Photoshop CC with its excellent Photomerge, I can use Microsoft Image Composite Editor. Unfortunately, I haven't encountered any interesting scenes recently and haven't used my new X-E3 for the panos. But I would be willing to post some whenever the chance arises!
  7. Dallas, you could use a sheet of rubber between the feet (or the legs) of the tripod and the railing to avoid scratching it, if that is your concern!
  8. The shot image with the rig was the soon-to-bloom buds of Japanese white apricots. Shot with Fuji X-E3 with Ai Nikkor 200/4.0@f11 attached via Rayqual adapter. The RAF file was processed in Capture One Express.
  9. About four years ago, I posted my humble article about my small tripod assmbled with the existing accessories here: Later I added a monopod to use the combo as a "leaning tripod (or quadrapod to be precise)" which is hande when you shoot over a fence. With a tripod, it is tricky to set the camera pointing downwards over the fence, because the tripod head will stay away from the fence when it is set normally. The images were shot with my iPhone SE, but you would see how it is set up.
  10. Akira

    X-H1 annoying feature

    The battery life is one of the Achilles heels of Fuji for sure, but, as a casual shooter, it is tolerable. The boost mode (thank you for the correction!) seems rather normal operation mode to me. 😳
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    X-H1 annoying feature

    I was irritated by the function as well, and switched my X-E3 to the high performance mode immediately after I started to use it! I also make it a habit to switch the camera off whenever I (not the camera) am in the stand-by mode!
  12. Akira

    X-E3 - First Impressions

    C1 Fujifilm Express now offers the Fujifilm simulation items in the "curve" pull-down menu including Eterna which is not offered in X-E3.
  13. Akira

    Capture one?

    I use C1 Express Fujifilm ver. 12, which was one of the reasons for my switch to Fuji.
  14. Mike, FWIW, the DMW-BLC12 battery for GX8 is the same as BP-51 for some Sigma cameras. BP-51 is way cheaper than BLC12, only a little more expensive and more reliable than any off-brand compatible batteries. I owned GX8 previously and still have a BP-51 lying around.
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    More thoughts on Fuji X-E3

    The results look amazing, Chris! The last moire image looks interesting. Apparently, the most prominent moire pattern coincides with the area with the phase detect photosites of X-Trans III sensor.

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