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"And I'm Down to Seeds & Stems Again..."

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by KillRamsey, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    Well, the XT1 has its 2nd dead shutter.

    About 3 years ago (?) my shutter began to stick halfway open on the XT1, finally sticking for god one day at an open streets festival. I sent it off to Fuji’s repair center in New Jersey, and for about $350 (?) they replaced the shutter, motherboard, top plate + dials, and all rubber. I was delighted.

    This past weekend, the shutter froze up again. I believe in both cases, the shutters had about 50k actuations on them. Meanwhile my wife’s going to give birth (surrogate) in 2-3 weeks, and I’ve got plenty of things that need shooting, so I’m back to the old 2012 X100. I still love it emotionally, but shooting a school event this morning reminded how hard it is to capture decisive moments with AF that slow. I miss my higher ISO performance. MY GOD MAN I miss exposure preview!!! I am not an Auto Shooter anymore, but I’m having to guess and chimp like some common DSLR owning newbie.

    I feel like I’ve lost a friend. When we have money, which will be in like a month, I can send it for repairs. Meanwhile it’s cold turkey.
     
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  2. Bobby Tingle

    Bobby Tingle Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Sorry to hear that. And at such a bad time for you. At this point, do you think it would be worth it for you to grab a used X-T2 instead of repairing the T1?
     
  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    All your old X100 tricks for capturing the shot will come back to you. I still bust out the old X100 once in awhile. The AF is definitely slower than we remember, but the files it spits out are still gorgeous.
     
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  4. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Steve
    You obviously take too many pictures. You should just fondle them like the rest of us. :biggrin:
    Sorry for your difficulties. How much is the repair?
     
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  5. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    I assume the repair cost will be about like last time. That rubber they put on last time held up REALLY well, as has the top plate. But when I take the lens off, there's my shutter, stuck closed. :( 

    I can work around the X100's little quirks to a degree, but it doesn't stop being a little frustrating. I know what I’m missing now. I do, however, still love what’s RIGHT about the X100. Not having to second guess lens choices… Luke’s affore-mentioned gorgeous files, tiny form factor, tiny bag. But full-stop aperture clicks? Really, Fuji? No front dial for shutter tweaks? NO EXPOSURE PREV---I’ll just stop now.

    Great question, repair vs XT2. I need to look up what they’re going for now. Almost prefer an XE3, but that’s probably more $ than an XT2.
     
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  6. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    I'm seeing used XT2's for $850 ish up to $950ish, and found one XE3 used for $650. Innnnneresting.
     
  7. Bobby Tingle

    Bobby Tingle Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Interesting. They were down around the $700 mark for a while.
     
  8. mnhoj

    mnhoj gee aahrr

    496
    Jan 27, 2012
    Keep an eye out. They're still out there.

    There's an X-T2 with power grip and extra oem battery at FM for $775. Sell the grip for $150. Less shipping and PP fees that's not too bad.

    A few weeks ago, with the initial X-T3 onslaught I picked one up for $750 with grip and RRS L-plates. I sold the L plates and traded the grip for a 50-230. A nice net $.

    Today, I saw an X-E3 for $500(no box and only two wasabi batteries) so more like $550. Saw and bought. I'll run the X-T2 and X-E3 side by side for a few weeks and keep the one I like better. I have a strong feeling it's going to be the E3 though.

    There's a few T20s for around the $500 mark. Not a fan myself but a good value nonetheless.

    Anyway sorry to hear about the shutter(s).
    And absolutely love the title. Brought me back to much simpler times. ( :
     
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  9. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    I haven't even touched an XE3 yet but I'm about 75% sure I'd prefer it over everything else.
     
  10. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Regular

    34
    Aug 29, 2018
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    then go for it, i have the xe3 and i absolutely love it, sounds like you know what you want.
     
  11. mnhoj

    mnhoj gee aahrr

    496
    Jan 27, 2012
    Keeping the X-E3. X-T2 for sale now. ( :
     
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  12. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    Shooting sporting events with the old X100 is ... a challenge, but when you have no alternative, you can do it. Given that yesterday's cyclocross race was in blazing sun with pockets of dark shade, I gave the F up on any kind of auto, including focus, after enough blown attempts. What worked for me, as much for my own memory as anybody else's enjoyment:

    1. OVF, which I never once enjoyed when all I had was this camera. But the EVF lag is unacceptable to me now. Blackout on every shot, albeit it brief. No, no no no no.
    2. Manual shutter speed (fast), aperture (middling), and ISO (low).
    3. Pre-focus on a spot about 15 feet away, and lock it.
    4. Wait with camera on, and when people are coming, frame and fire.
    5. Chimp, like some gall-derned DSLR owner instead of a mirrorless owner, because the X100 won't show you exposure preview. Results ok? Keep them. If not, adjust.

    Note: After you chimp your last shot, the camera drops your AFL lock, so you have to re-do it. Timing is also tricky, I blew it a lot. More of a lag between depress and shutter actuation. TINY difference, but still when your subjects are flying past, it mattered.

    Wife caught me during my race, coming down off the concrete structure. On full auto, I was very dark. Had to lift it a ton in post.
    31473774598_9575f13621_b. DSCF8618 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    My shots...

    This is a "handup," in which spectators offer things to the racers as they speed by. In this case, it's a dollar. Other options include food, beer, whisky, etc.
    44435143955_273c9a81e0_b. DSCF8662 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    The affore-mentioned concrete "flyover" structure. All but a handfull lift their bikes over it, running. But those few...are a sight to behold as they bunny-hop it at full speed.
    31473835458_23a2fee556_b. DSCF8808P by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    31473837028_e5da422355_b. DSCF8794P by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    What a graceful carry looks like:
    30409451227_54af39b6dc_b. DSCF8847P by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    What a "didn't lift the bike high enough" carry results in (bike smashes into concrete, rebounds up around behind you):
    30409453447_fb0844b30c_b. DSCF8832 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    And what it looks like when you didn't quiiiiite hop high enough, and your chain ring grinds on the concrete lip. He lost 3 of his gear teeth in this moment. But he cleared it!
    31473831968_b11a8c9f89_b. DSCF8856P by gordopuggy, on Flickr
     
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  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    my body aches just looking at those guys.

    If you're in the situation again, instead of losing the AFL, flip the switch to manual.
     
  14. sesser

    sesser Regular

    69
    Nov 3, 2015
    randy
    Looks like you were out at PIR. I was told by a co-worker he was out there racing. Took a header on a turn, but hey, finished 36th out of 150ish I think ;) 

    I didn't think those big tires were allowed in psychocross :D 
     
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  15. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

    831
    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    I find the faces of the spectators seen through the bike wheels very pleasing - particularly in the third image.

    -R
     
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  16. rayvonn

    rayvonn All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2015
    I feel a bit bad using two words to describe that after the wonderfully detailed background explanation surrounding the focusing difficulties but still....very good!
     
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  17. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    Yes indeed, Portland Int'l Raceway. My first time there. I wiped out in one turn as well, got a nice gash on my claf and derailed my chain up front, lost a few places getting going again. Stupid damned acorns...

    As for rules, I barely know what's ok or not. I know you can't have bar ends or forward-pointing bars, so nobody gets speared. But big fat tires... if he wants to haul them around, I say have at it.

    You know who your buddy races with? Or is he not on a team? I may have a shot of him, depending on his category.
     
  18. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Am I right in assuming that you've discovered that "zooming with your feet" isn't all it is cracked up to be? :biggrin:

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  19. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    I genuinely love the simplicity of the fixed focal length of my original x100... But yes, it's slow as bleep, and it's beginning to grate me as well.
     
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  20. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    And yet I still love the files (most of them) that it makes. As does Luke, I know.
     
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