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Old 04-19-2014, 12:33 PM   #1041
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Yes and people have also made HDRs from a single RAW shot as well.

I've seen some good results from blended exposures, which can be processed in HDR software like Photomatix. Some blended exposures look a lot more natural.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:34 PM   #1042
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FIREd - so you did get a X100S. I'm quite envious!

How do you like it so far?
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:52 PM   #1043
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FIREd - so you did get a X100S. I'm quite envious!

How do you like it so far?
I like it a lot. I had not used a 35mm-equivalent prime lens in years, so I thought it would be the camera's main downfall. But so far it has not been much of a problem, although sometimes I wish it had a slightly wider angle lens for indoors shots. I like to use the optical viewfinder and manual focus mode. It feels very natural. I like many of the camera's software features too, like film simulation. I took some landscape shots in Velvia mode for example, and the results were very attractive.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:01 PM   #1044
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Not just casuals who don't want to lug gear.

Look at how more people are getting mirrorless, either to complement their DSLR kit or to replace it.
I've been wanting a large sensor compact for years, long before they started making them, and am excited that this mirrorless revolution is now in full swing.

My old film SLR's were much more compact and nicer-looking pieces of gear than their digital equivalents. My relatively old DSLR has been fantastic but I have to admit that it's a bit chunky and not much of a looker compared to some of the newer designs that are coming out.

Incindentally, for any photographers, particularly those with an interest in street photography, the film "Finding Vivian Maier" is playing in many cities. I'll be going to see it this coming week. More information, including the trailer and locations where it's playing are here. (FIREd - you may be interested to know that it's currently playing at The Clay in SF.)
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I still have a Canon A-1 around.

One time I took it on a trip. It's way bigger and heavier than my Nikon D7000, which is DX format.

Of course, full frame DSLRs are heavier and bigger though I'm not sure it's as big as my film DSLR.

Well something like the Sony A7/A7R, which have full frame sensors, are even smaller and lighter than my D7000. Of course they're mirrorless.
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Check out the Sony RX100.... it's got a 1" sensor (similar to Nikon 1 series), f/1.8 and is absolutely pocketable. There are times when I still want my DSLR, mostly for ultra wide angle work or easier manual controls. Also, the IQ of the DSLR with a premium prime lens is finer than the Sony is capable of. However, I'm finding more and more instances where the size and versatility of the RX combined with its intelligent shooting modes actually produces better results than my DSLR.
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I don't mind the gear. It all fits in a backpack. All except the tripod...
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FIREd - so you did get a X100S. I'm quite envious!

How do you like it so far?
Marilyn and i are entertaining a 2nd x100s. We are making my daughter a destination wedding in 2 weeks in the dominican republic and do not want to drag our big camera gear.

We were going to take our x100s and our cannon sd880 but i think we would be smart to get another x100s instead.
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You guys seem to like flower photos...
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cleaning out old photo files. around 2003 currently.
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That's kind of what I see in the mirror each morning ...
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I've been too busy to take any shots lately, but I just finished building my hand tool chest, and took a few shots of it with my shop lighting
That's impressive carpentry. I'm sure that took a while to learn how to do.
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Thanks Walt - I've been doing woodworking on and off for 40 years or so. But I've been doing a lot more recently since I got more tools and more free time. It's like photography in a way - lots of online resources to improve skills
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Check out the Sony RX100.... it's got a 1" sensor (similar to Nikon 1 series), f/1.8 and is absolutely pocketable. There are times when I still want my DSLR, mostly for ultra wide angle work or easier manual controls. Also, the IQ of the DSLR with a premium prime lens is finer than the Sony is capable of. However, I'm finding more and more instances where the size and versatility of the RX combined with its intelligent shooting modes actually produces better results than my DSLR.

As I've been sorting through photo files I realized I took more photos when I had the old Sony Cybershot, which was 5mp with a fixed zoom lens.

Maybe an A7r with a nikon lens adaptor....
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That's impressive carpentry. I'm sure that took a while to learn how to do.
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Marilyn and i are entertaining a 2nd x100s. We are making my daughter a destination wedding in 2 weeks in the dominican republic and do not want to drag our big camera gear.

We were going to take our x100s and our cannon sd880 but i think we would be smart to get another x100s instead.
There do seem to be a lot of pros who are using their X100s' on shoots.

From everything I'm reading, it's not just the image quality (which looks really good), but also the ergonomics. It looks like a film camera and I'm hearing that it feels like operating one too (perhaps the decision to put a traditional-style shutter speed knob on top of the camera is part of that).

It seems to do a great job of balancing different color light sources in AWB, and also to do well on the dynamic range front. That almost silent leaf shutter, which allows flash sync at high speeds is mighty attractive as well - not to mention the built-in ND filter.

That little camera seems to be packing a lot of mojo. I am really looking forward to meeting it one day. Glad you're enjoying yours FIREd.
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