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  • #12885
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    Paul Hill
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    Hi Wallace as John mentioned above Fuji are planning to release a dedicated true macro (1:1) next year and I believe it’s going to be 80mm (c. 120mm equivalent FF) with f2.8 max aperture. I’m definitely interested in swapping my Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro that I currently use on my FF Nikon. The quality of the Sigma is stunning but I find the DOF too shallow on my FF body. I much preferred using a Tamron 90mm on a crop sensor so I’m hopeful the 80mm Fuji on an XT2 ;0) will be perfect. I’m happy to discuss macro photography on an open evening but currently have little spare time to prepare a presentation.

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    #11717
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    I’m not sure if there has been a corrected update but on a Twitter post today someone was talking about ‘since the latest update in LR the RAW conversion has been greatly improved’ so I assumed there had been another update.

    #9662
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    John, after carrying my whole kit around in one rucksack last weekend (including 500mm F4.5, 80-200mm, 150mm Macro, 85mm F1.8, 16-35mm F4 and 50mm F1.8 plus my manfrotto tripod I’ve been experiencing very uncomfortable back pain since yesterday (coincidence ??) I seriously need to consider switching most of my kit to Fuji. I’ll still use the Nikon for my 500mm lens.

    #9661
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    Hi Peter, I contacted PJ Camera repairs and I’m taking it in next Thursday for a clean. £30. So very happy with that price. Thanks for the recommendation. They actually informed me that Nikon were cleaning D600 sensors for free which also impressed me because they could have been turning down work.

    Ken, the Nikon has a sensor cleaning option but it isn’t really any good with these oil-spots

    #9650
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    Hi Peter, from what I’ve read regarding the oil-spots on the D600 they can be stubborn to remove so with you saying that also, I’m thinking about having it done professionally. I hadn’t heard of PJ Camera’s they’re definitely worth checking out, thanks for that. I did Google ‘Sensor Cleaning’ Stoke because I was sure there was another one apart from Lehmann’s but only found one that looks a bit dodgy.

    #9649
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    Hi Ken, that is very kind of you but as John rightly says I do have my Fuji XT-1 that I can use for general holiday shots and the wedding but it’s the Landscape images that I’ll struggle with because I only have the 35 and 18mm lenses, unless I can convince my wife that I need to buy the Fuji 10-24 !!!! I have the LEE Filter kit for my Nikon.

    John, it is definitely the worst my sensor has been and is obviously more pronounced when shooting at f16 which I do for all my landscape images. It is hardly noticeable on the Nature shots at f5.6-f8. It is frustrating because all my landscapes from my weekend trip to Norfolk have the oil-spots on them.

    I’ll have a read of Simon’s tutorial and watch more You Tube videos then make my decision. Clean it myself for approx £40 (and have enough for 3-4 cleans) or have it professionally done for £60.

    I believe that if a camera is returned for a third time to Nikon they will offer to replace with the D610

    #8531
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    CANON EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Standard Lens

    CANON EF 40 mm f/2.8 STM Standard Lens

    CANON EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens

    CANON EF 75-300 mm f/4.0-5.6 III USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

    CANON EF-S 55-250 mm f/4-5.6 STM IS Telephoto Zoom Lens

    CANON EF 50 mm f/1.4 USM Prime Lens

    CANON EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM Lens

    Canon L-Series EF 1.4x III Lens Extender

    CANON EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens

    CANON EF-S 60 mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens

    CANON EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 USM IS Telephoto Zoom Lens

    CANON EF 100 mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens

    CANON EF-S 10-22 mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

    CANON EF 70-200 mm f/4 USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

    CANON EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Zoom Lens

    CANON EF-S 15-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens

    CANON EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

    CANON EF 24-105 mm f/4L USM IS Standard Zoom Lens

    CANON EF 70-200 mm f/4 USM IS Telephoto Zoom Lens

    CANON EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6L USM IS Telephoto Zoom Lens

    CANON EF 50 mm f/1.2 USM Prime Lens

    CANON EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L II USM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

    CANON EF 100-400m f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

    CANON EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L II USM IS Telephoto Zoom Lens

    #5966
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    <p>Delores – Our household insurance will only offer cover for individual items up to a maximum of £1500. Unfortunately my 500mm lens is way above that to replace.  (New for old) I did an online quote with Aaduki for ALL my gear (New for Old) and it worked out at £225 for the year. Not too expensive I suppose when you work out how much I’d have to spend to replace all my  kit if the worst happened. I could just insure that lens with them and confirm all my other gear is covered on the house insurance i.e. All items individually under £1500 but it’s a bit messy. </p><p>I’ll try that link you mentioned John. </p><p>Peter, I would need it to be covered all year rather than just for holidays etc because of the restrictions mentioned above </p><p>Thanks</p><p>Paul </p>

    #1929
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    Ha I do realise the benefits of retiring as John, Tom, Bob and many other members keep mentioning but I can’t see my ‘friends’ being that generous

    #1927
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    Paul Hill
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    Wow Paul sounds like you’ve got a great set-up there. I’ve read a bit about RAID systems that do a similar thing – backing up or am I getting mixed up.  I’m gonna go for a Blu-ray RW drive so I can have another back up of my more precious files which obviously should be stored remotely…… Or is that just being paranoid 🙂

    #1926
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    Good point Ian something I’ve never done so after 8 years I’m sure there will be plenty built up.

    Delores – I’ve been looking at pcspecialist.co.uk they seem to get good reviews. I’ve not heard of Bliss computers

    #1919
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    Thank you both for the info I’ll have a good read later. And thank you Steve I was going to start off with ‘I don’t want to start a Which is best PC or Mac debate’ 😉

    I’ll probably just go for a normal Hard Drive or drives. I read on one forum its recommended to have FOUR Drives 2x SSD and 2x HDD!! A bit extreme I reckon. I’ve been looking for over a year now but still not taken the plunge, it’s just the pc is making some funny groaning noises so don’t think it’ll be long before it finally gives up. All photos should be backed up on 2x External drives

    #1218
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    Paul Hill
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    Right, next job,  I need to get an Avatar sorted !!!!

    #1217
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    Hello, finally got a few minutes spare to be able to add a few comments on the forum.

    I agree with all the above comments. I’ve seen Tillman judge about three times now and he has to be, in my opinion,  one of the best judges on the ‘circuit’.

    He doesn’t seem to miss anything in an image. He will, as Dolores mentioned give the ‘Constructive criticism’ when needed.

     

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