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05/09/2015 12:45:05 PM · #1
Now that I'm a Fuji x-t1 owner, I'm interested in getting better at using this camera. I bought the x-t1 tips book which was on sale for $12 this week, and it has some good tips, but not earth shattering. So I thought we could start our own tips thread...and share your Fuji X images and info about how you made them (e.g., please indicate your equipment, special settings, and processing, so all may learn.)

Or you can just post a tip if you have one...without a photo. Sharing of all kinds appreciated.

05/09/2015 01:02:53 PM · #2
Sounds like a great idea. I'm really busy at the moment with very little free time. Hopefully I can contribute later on down the line.
05/09/2015 01:16:00 PM · #3
Sounds good. I haven't taken any pics for a while, maybe this will help me get out of my rut.
05/09/2015 08:35:01 PM · #4
I'm really addicted to shooting my Fujifilm X-M1 with Legacy lenses..
Bought an adapter off amazon for the Canon FD mount-- Can't quit buying them-- The 28mm F/2.8 practically lives on my camera now-- Also Have the 100-300, 70-210 F/4, 135 F/2.8, and a 50 F/1.4 is shipping.
Tons of fun and the aperture ring on those lenses makes shooting manual a JOY!
I'll post some example in this thread--
Cheers
05/09/2015 08:39:51 PM · #5
I will participate if I can think of any tips I to share and illustrate.
05/09/2015 09:17:31 PM · #6
I don't know how helpful this is but I almost always shoot in Raw+F and have it in B&W/R (red filter). I think I see things better compositionally speaking when I take the distraction of color out of the equation. I really love the Jpegs from my fujis.
05/09/2015 09:18:47 PM · #7
I found a good tip last night if you're a Lightroom user.

The quick synposis was that the technique in LR for sharpening RAW files for x-trans is different than for bayer sensors.

The main difference is that the author claims you should set Detail = 100. All the way to the right. The reason, in his words:

"The DETAIL slider affects how Lightroom processes and emphasises fine details. It does this by changing the bias of which sharpening algorithms are being used. X-Trans files can take a lot of capture sharpening and they like a specific mathematical method known as ‘deconvolution’ sharpening. " ... " my understanding is that when the DETAIL is set to 100, Lightroom uses ‘deconvolution’ algorithms in preference."

So he suggests making these presets, at least for landscape images:

X-Trans NORMAL : Amount 15, Radius 1.0, Detail 100, Masking 10.
X-Trans SHARP : Amount 25, Radius 1.0, Detail 100, Masking 10.
X-Trans SHARPER : Amount 35, Radius 1.0, Detail 100, Masking 10.
X-Trans TACK : Amount 45, Radius 1.0, Detail 100, Masking 10.

I tried them and they seemed to sharpen the files very nicely.

The whole article is here: //petebridgwood.com/wp/2014/10/x-trans-sharpening/#more-1432

I've only been out one test day with the camera, but I went through my shots and tried this on them and I was happy with the results. Here's an example. On one site, LR default sharpening, on the other "his "Tack Sharp" settings.

Full View image (fit screen):
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Be sure to look at these full size (you have to select view original size from DPC):

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However, the difference is more subtle if you equalize the Amount sliders and so the only difference is the detail slider, at least for this example:

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More subtle, but you can still see the difference. (In case you didn't figure it out, the 100% detail example is on the left in all cases.

Let me know what you think!

05/10/2015 02:07:52 PM · #8
Thanks, Neil
07/22/2015 08:41:12 PM · #9
After buying the X100T this fall, I haven't picked up my 5D Mk II since. So I pulled the plug on the DSLR and got an X-T1 for my ILC camera of choice.

So far, I'm really liking it, and plan on taking it to Italy this October for a two-week trip. I picked it up with the 18-55 2.8-4.0 lens, after toying with and rejecting the idea of the 16-55 2.8. I'm curious about anyone's experiences with other lenses.

And... this past weekend I attended a Fuji X-Secrets workshop in Santa Barbara with Rico Pfirstinger (author of “The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Camera”). Very intense and technical about the "ISO-less sensor," Dynamic Range uses, and new focus features in the 4.0 firmware update.

Here are a few of my early results with terrific camera:

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I'd be interested in lens and/or travel recommendations, if anyone's got and opinion. Not sure if anyone around DPC has opinions on much...

Message edited by author 2015-07-22 20:42:12.
07/22/2015 10:57:50 PM · #10
I credit Neil for pointing me towards the Fuji 10-24mm, I have taken it off just a couple of times since getting it but within 10 minutes it gets put back on. Love that lens. Used it in Alaska a lot (although Also used a Panasonic lx100 because I got really sick and it had a neck strap where my Fuji only has a hand strap - but as much as I could handle I shot the 10-24.)

Edit to add I still dislike the Fuji battery. Replacing two in one day and then having to charge two I find difficult and annoying.

Edit again to add that I love the Fuji xt1 so much I will suffer through the short lived battery.

Message edited by author 2015-07-22 23:00:19.
07/23/2015 10:09:05 AM · #11
Originally posted by Jules1x:

I credit Neil for pointing me towards the Fuji 10-24mm, I have taken it off just a couple of times since getting it but within 10 minutes it gets put back on. Love that lens. Used it in Alaska a lot...

Why yes, Julee, I would love to see some of your Alaska images shot with the 10-24mm. Thanks.

Originally posted by Jules1x:

I still dislike the Fuji battery. Replacing two in one day and then having to charge two I find difficult and annoying.

I agree they are a pain and take a while to charge. I would suggest you pick up a couple more spares. I have four. They aren't very expensive and don't take up much space in my bag/pocket.
07/23/2015 09:04:19 PM · #12
Forced me to process a few shots from the Alaska trip. Plus I was reminded of how little real photography I managed to do during the trip.

(The otter and the flower were taken with the fuji 55-200mm, but the rest were the Fuji 10-24mm.) Here are a few...

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I traveled with 14 family members, and I went into the trip accepting I was more there to enjoy family and make memories than shoot photography. But I was still surprised at how little time I had free for myself.

Edited because left out a word.

Message edited by author 2015-07-23 21:37:22.
07/24/2015 08:55:20 AM · #13
Some beautiful landscapes well captured. Thanks, Julee.
07/24/2015 12:16:18 PM · #14
Originally posted by Jules1x:

I still dislike the Fuji battery. Replacing two in one day and then having to charge two I find difficult and annoying.

I agree they are a pain and take a while to charge. I would suggest you pick up a couple more spares. I have four. They aren't very expensive and don't take up much space in my bag/pocket. [/quote]
......................

I am not sure what you do with your batteries, I have never ran out of battery and only need to charge about one a week.

I must be doing something really wrong I guess ?

How many images are you guys taking ?

Some nice shots Julee.

Message edited by author 2015-07-24 17:11:52.
07/25/2015 07:58:39 AM · #15
Hmmmm no replies, that suggests you were all kidding.

Thought as much.

You are a bunch of cards , you really are.
07/25/2015 09:47:19 AM · #16
Sorry Tiny.

I have regular days where I will shoot maybe 100 in a day. But at family events and stuff it can run 150 or 200. Plus I think my supposedly legit Fuji battery isn't really Fuji. Replacement lasts less than 200 shots.

Plus once indicator looks to be about 25% battery, I get about a couple shots than bam, dead.

Message edited by author 2015-07-25 09:47:59.
07/25/2015 10:00:58 AM · #17
Originally posted by Tiny:

Originally posted by Jules1x:

I still dislike the Fuji battery. Replacing two in one day and then having to charge two I find difficult and annoying.

I agree they are a pain and take a while to charge. I would suggest you pick up a couple more spares. I have four. They aren't very expensive and don't take up much space in my bag/pocket.

......................

I am not sure what you do with your batteries, I have never ran out of battery and only need to charge about one a week. [/quote]

As a new x-t1 user, I've been using up batteries with menu exploration and testing various functions. I am also using several functions that use more power I the process. That said, they do go more quickly than I'm used to on my DSLR, but about on par with the x100t. I bought a second Fuji battery and a set of two with charger from Wasabi. That ought to more than cover eve my busiest days.

BTW, the I've read that bars on the battery indicator go from three to two when more than half the battery has been used. When it goes from two to one, there's VERY little life left. This seems to be an accurate assessment.

Message edited by author 2015-07-25 10:02:24.
07/25/2015 11:27:42 AM · #18
Originally posted by wbanning:

Originally posted by Tiny:

Originally posted by Jules1x:

I still dislike the Fuji battery. Replacing two in one day and then having to charge two I find difficult and annoying.

I agree they are a pain and take a while to charge. I would suggest you pick up a couple more spares. I have four. They aren't very expensive and don't take up much space in my bag/pocket.

......................

I am not sure what you do with your batteries, I have never ran out of battery and only need to charge about one a week.


As a new x-t1 user, I've been using up batteries with menu exploration and testing various functions. I am also using several functions that use more power I the process. That said, they do go more quickly than I'm used to on my DSLR, but about on par with the x100t. I bought a second Fuji battery and a set of two with charger from Wasabi. That ought to more than cover eve my busiest days.

BTW, the I've read that bars on the battery indicator go from three to two when more than half the battery has been used. When it goes from two to one, there's VERY little life left. This seems to be an accurate assessment. [/quote]

Ah ha. That makes sense. So hit one bar and I should change battery right away to avoid the annoyance of going dead. I think my Nikon battery symbol turns an angry red when it gets really low, I guess without the red I failed to take low battery seriously enough.
07/26/2015 04:01:07 AM · #19
Thanks for the info, I will give mine a little test to see how many shots I get.

It will be fun and interesting ( I live a very sheltered life as you can see )
07/26/2015 10:37:48 AM · #20
I just got back from the Canadian Rockies -- the first real photography with my X-T1 The IQ looks marvelous, as far as I can tell SOC on my little laptop. But I'm on the last phase of my trip now, and final judgement will be when I get home.

Bsttery life...poor compared to my SLRs and even my FZ1000.

Though I had high performance mode on to get the best AF performance. I've turned it off, to see if that helps.

I have one Fujifilm battery with me, and two Wasabi ones. I have noticed that the Fujifilm charger doesn't work well with the Wasabi's though...I wish I had brought the Wasabi charger with instread of the Fujifilm (or in addition to).

I think the control system of the Fuji would be more like advertised if they were able to have F stop markings on the lens (I have the 10-22). As is, since you need to look at the digital settings anyway, it's not something you can set in advance of putting it up to your eye, any more than I can the FZ1000.

Also, why is there no up down level. FZ1000 has that as well as the tilt.

Question: When I put it on continuous focus, it just keeps going back and forth on the subject, never stopping. If I press the shutter, it does seem to find the right focus, but I would have presumed it would lock on and not "breathe" in and out out focus. That happens with my 18-135 and maybe (not sure I tried) my 10-24 (mainly because I'm not sure I'd use continuous focus with the 10-24.

So I actually think the control system of the FZ1000 is better as is the focus. However, the IQ of the X-T1 is much better, perhaps better than my D7100 as well.

07/26/2015 10:13:00 PM · #21
Neil, I've been using your hints for sharpening with Fuji - Thanks! (I still struggle a bit with understanding exactly how a properly sharpened image should look. So it's nice to have a starting place.)

07/29/2015 12:31:09 AM · #22
X-E2 firmware upgrade towards the end of 2015.
Fuji really look after their customers :)

X-E2 Firmware upgrade
08/04/2015 01:50:31 PM · #23
I have gone through (quickly) my Rockies and Oregon shots and I will say that I'm impressed with the IQ of the Fuji!

I think I'm a step closer to thinking....hmmm...maybe I can sell all the Nikon gear!

I still think there are a number of operational issues though, so I'll probably wait until I have a year under my belt.

Tip: I've found zone focus (using the new firmware) to be the most convenient way to set the focus. I've been using that exclusively now instead of center focus and recompose, or moving a single point of focus around.
08/19/2015 08:21:41 AM · #24
Originally posted by Tiny:

Thanks for the info, I will give mine a little test to see how many shots I get.

It will be fun and interesting ( I live a very sheltered life as you can see )


26/7/15 fully charged ...19/8/15 dead..... 1000 images taken and viewed plus many deleted in camera .

Results ...Good.

Tip..Don't believe everything you read.
08/27/2015 03:01:26 PM · #25
Firmware updates available for various X series cameras. These are Windows 10 related

Windows 10 firmware updates for X series cameras

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