January 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm #17927
Took the New XT-3 with the 100/400mm to Rugby yesterday. Not a good day to try it very gloomy ISO settings between 4000 and 6400, didn’t do anything for image quality.( doesn’t handle noise as well as the Canon) I am spoiled really.
The major problem I encountered was the camera’s inability to load up to the storage. When on 10 frames.per.sec. I could take about 8 frames then had to wait ages or it seemed like a long time before I could resume, missing out on some decisive action, maybe a faster card would help. the action tracking is not up to that of my Canon.
You can view the results at,
Go to the bottom of the home page and click on Gallery in the latest images column.January 7, 2019 at 5:43 pm #17928
Yes, Wallace, you need to use fast SD cards. Fuji has a list of compatible types and manufacturers here:
I try to go for the fastest I can afford. (But do check actual write speeds if possible: the manufacturer’s advertised speeds are not always attainable in practice.)January 7, 2019 at 6:15 pm #17929
I had seen that you have been busy with the XT3 etc and wondered what you thought of the 100-400. I tried one at the show when it first came out and found the IS very impressive but quality was difficult to assess under the circumstances.
Ian is right that you should expect very much more out of the raw buffering and perhaps continuous capture on jpeg. I am sure you will soon sort that problem.
The newer mirrorless cameras always seem to be chasing the dSLRs when it comes to focussing. Did you find your set-up fast enough?January 8, 2019 at 5:09 pm #17930
Thanks for your comments am still coming to terms with setting up the camera for different applications. Had the hand book out and find that I did not have the auto focus set to the correct setting. AM going to Martin Mere tomorrow Wednesday to try again after some diligent reading ( good light forecast). I have set up at 5 frames per sec to ease the buffering problem. Will probably buy a faster card in the near future.
I will comment on the Lens performance after my trip to Martin Mere.
January 8, 2019 at 9:56 pm #17932
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Hope we see some pics Wallace- I am going to Redesmere tomo—with Nikon P900 2000mm lens. Try outs so far weather has been dismal .We are promised sun tomo–needed for my very small sensor.January 11, 2019 at 5:10 pm #17954
Wednesday 9th Jan went to WWT Martin Mere, what a wonderful day wall to wall sunshine, much better than the murk and misty cloud we have had of late, ISO down to acceptable levels.
XT-3 with 100/400mm lens performed well focus good and set on 5 frames per second I did not have any buffer problems, but then I was not trying to shoot moving birds, they were just picking and preening.
You can judge the quality by looking at the images which are at the link below. They are acceptable but not as smooth as the Canon 400mm prime.
Then Thursday evening, Portrait evening, and what a success that was, not only did we learn about the use of lights and take images. The highlight of the evening was the opportunity to talk to other members about common problems with our cameras, thanks to Paul Hill’s help I had my eyes opened at the things the XT 3 can do.
Graham Brodie was excellent as a model and as a tutor.January 11, 2019 at 5:42 pm #17955
Excellent Wallace—-First class. You had the sunshine. We did driving over to Redesmere and as we arrived the gloom came over-it was cold and then snow -real big flake stuff , Hopeless to try out my big lens. There were the usual stuff and Cormorants also rare two Great White Egrets which attracted lots of bird watchers. My aim to try out the 2000mm lens with very small sensor. So conditions poor and had to step up to 400ISO , which I did not want. This is the full 2000mm (35mmeqiv) and the swan was a long long way away. I did get the Cormorants which could not be seen with the naked eye.January 11, 2019 at 5:44 pm #17956
The loss of sharpness is the small image on this site. Will post some on Flicker. My photo friends had seen and been amazed at the hand held results.January 11, 2019 at 6:05 pm #17957
BTW Wallace—Your portraits are excellent –highly professional and set a new standard for CPS. This is exactly that I have carped on for years to CPS and on this Forum. Camera clubs should practice- learn- experience and teach high quality portrait photography at the standard you have attained here. Takes me back to 1959 . In fact not many years ago I offered CPS a new portrait cup and £250 prize money to promote portrait photography of this standard. My other point is having a chhieved this superb quality–they should not be pitched against landscapes and jack of all trades photo2s in competitions. Well done Wallace.January 13, 2019 at 6:04 pm #17963
Went to Rugby Saturday with XT-3 and 100-400mm Lens properly set up for tracking focus as per instruction book. Don’t think these images are really competition quality. they can be seen on my flikr account
There are a few on the club flickr group, probably the main reason for the sub stranded images was that the ISO were all very high it was a really poor light day.
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