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I got the camera yesterday and I am really enjoying it.  Definitely a totally different shooting experience than with my 5d3.  I'm actually pleasantly suprised with the autofocus speed/acuracy.  I think I had very low expectations and perhaps that's why I'm so happy with it.  I've read (and found to be true) that the best way to use the camera is to put it in manual focus mode and use the AEL/AFL button on the back to activate autofocus.  Then you can tweak it with manual if you want (and it's pretty fun using the focus peaking and digital split image tools).  It definitely is not as fast as my 5d3 with my 70-200 on it, but it's faster than my 85mm 1.2 for sure (which obviously isn't saying much).  It's also pretty great how much you can customize this thing.

After over a year of use I'm still on the fence with the X100S... great images but the  painfully slow AF and inability to quickly shift AF spot is making me hate using this camera.

I don't get the slow AF complaints. I've had mine since last Spring, and AF speed is no issue -- it acquires and records as fast as I push the button in normal use. With difficult AF targets, it can get just as confused as my 5D3.

A word of advice to anyone considering this camera -- it is NOT a DSLR. If you expect it to act like one, you may be disappointed. This camera will not adapt to you -- be prepared to relearn a few things, especially if you never used range finder type cameras.

I'm actually really excited that it is NOT a DSLR.  It will be interesting to compare it to shooting with my 5d3.  I'm excited to learn a new shooting style.  I'll probably put it into split image focusing and just use manual focus so I can pretend I have a Leica ha ha.  I actually bought a cheap Leica soft shutter release (it was a lot cheaper than spending $8,000 on a real one).

Wow I initially posted this almost exactly a year ago and am happy to report that I just put in an order for a Fuji x100t yesterday.  Now I need to find a new toy to drool over. 

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: January 30, 2015, 03:57:26 PM »
Fun for portraits

Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 23, 2014, 04:08:58 PM »
Have we discussed buying it used?  New it is $2100ish, $1800ish if you go through Canon price watch, but used you can get it for around $1500 or $1600 which is a serious bargain.

That's my plan.  You're right - some killer deals out there for good used 85 1.2L II's

Good plan.  I got mine for about $1600 used and I felt like that was a pretty fair deal.  I love this lens.  I showed my mother in law some pictures from it and her reply was "I thought you had a nice camera, most of this picture is blurry" (she is not a photographer and is quick to criticize things ha ha) so I guess not everybody is in love with bokeh.

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:08:57 PM »

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 10, 2014, 09:13:17 AM »
Here is one from the Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm f/2 that I am currently reviewing:

Beautiful Dead Plant by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

This is a great picture.  I love the tones and colors.  Do you mind if I ask how this image was processed?

Lenses / Re: 85 1.2 Clipped Bokeh
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:40:10 PM »
I had this exact same question when I first bought this lens.  Check out this link, it explains everything http://toothwalker.org/optics/bokeh.html  Basically the aperture for the 85 1.2 (aka the "Canon ball") is so freaking big that the light that it lets in gets partially blocked by the mirror box.  I think the effect is worse on a full frame cameras and stepping down decreases it as well.  You will see this effect mostly when shooting wide open.  It is not, as others have stated, due to the light being blocked by something before it enters the lens (i.e. part of the tree) but instead the light is being blocked after entering the lens itself.

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:51:57 AM »
Santa's little helper

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: November 24, 2014, 03:29:31 PM »
Christmas time is a great time for Bokeh!

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:11:40 AM »
Just these "poor man's workhorses" do fine in the bokeh department, IMO ...

1) 100 2.8 MACRO non-IS @ f/4.0
2) 70-200 4.0 L non-IS @ 200mm, f/8.0, near MFD

That Bee shot is awesome!  Seems like a pretty hard shot to nail.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:36:16 PM »
Shot with the shorty 40

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:19:21 PM »
This may be an old lens, but still takes pretty great pics

Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:14:23 PM »
First world problems ha ha  :P

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:59:41 AM »
For the uses that you state I would go with the 70-200.  I have a three year old and a two year old and that zoom is very flexible and super fast AF with great images.  I think it is the quintessential "toddler/kid sports" lens.  Even indoor sports you can use the 70-200 as long as you bump the ISO up a little.  Overall the flexibility is a real plus and since the image quality is so similar to the primes I think it is a great choice.

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