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Stealth Grip on the X100F using Leather Grip Tape

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I've always used thumb grips with the X100F (T,S,0) since it improves the grip tremendously. When I use the hotshoe however, the grip must be removed and once again I return to a hard to grip camera. When I was in Japan, I bought a sheet of camera leather tape in a hobby store.  I didn't think much of it then but it became useful very quickly as I started using it on many parts of the camera.

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Travel Tip: USB Camera Battery charger

I often carry 2-3 different types of camera with me when I travel. To keep those cameras charged, I have to bring chargers from 3 different manufacturers, and sometimes double up on the chargers and cables to make sure I'm covered. In no time, your charging station will look something like this:

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X100F Focusing Tab using Sugru

One thing I miss very much from Leicas and other rangefinders lenses is the presence of the focusing tab. With a focusing tab, you can learn the focusing distance / position of a lens and get a feel for the distance and also making precise fine-tune possible with the slight move of a finger. There has been a few excellent commercial products made available, one of them being TAAB, and other various 3D printed solutions available, though in my opinion they all take away from the compactness of the X100 cameras.  With the extra Sugru I had left over from dustproofing the viewfinder, I opted to make a focusing tab on the ring of the X100F.

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Dust proof the X100F Viewfinder (any version)

Do you want your viewfinder looking like the picture above? This is what happens to my viewfinder on the X100T after nearly 2 years of normal usage. I don't think any of us wants to, except over time this WILL happen as somehow dust always finds is way into the X100 viewfinder. The X100F is not sealed, and there is no way to open the camera up yourself to clean out the viewfinder. Having owned all previous X100 versions, I have experienced this phenomenon happening to every single X100 I've had.  Thankfully, there is an easy way to slow down the accumulation of dust over time (besides not using it).

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Simple tip for stacking TCL-X100 and WCL-X100

Since getting the X100F, I've been looking to refine how I use the camera and carry it's accessories. In a few days, hopefully I'll have up on the blog my impression of the X100F compared to the previous generations of X100.

Even though the X100F is built to be a single lens camera, the converter lenses helps a lot in bringing more versatility out of the already excellent lens. When traveling light, I carry only the X100 and both of the converter lenses (TCL-X100II & WCL-X100II). My camera bag all have been deeper than it is wider, and I felt like it's really a waste of space not to utilize the vertical space.  So a while back I've started with experimenting with double sided caps for securing the lenses.  The lens stack feels hefty, like a single lens, and can take up one precious space instead of two inside the camera bag.

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Convert Old WCL-X100 and TCL-X100 into Version II with Magnets

I used the X100 converter lenses extensively, and have always wished for a way to have the X100 detect the attached converter lens and change the profile automatically. Up until the X100T, I've assigned a button to change the profile, but during the heat of the moment I have forgotten to change the profile back more than once, shooting WCL using TCL profiles and vice versa.... With the recent release of Fuji X100F however, it's now possible for the the camera to detect the installed lens. The camera uses magnet installed in the converter lens, using different polarity, to make contact with the camera and automatically switch out lens profile according to what is attached. The bad news is that only the version II of the TCL and WCL has this feature built in, while remaining optically identical. The good news, however, is that we can add a simple magnet to the TCL and WCL to make them X100F compatible (detection). This is very good for previous X100 users who has already purchased the lens. You can even buy used lenses at a much discounted rate and apply this hack, and it'll be exactly the same as the version IIs, not having to spend 350 dollars for the inclusion of an extra magnet.

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Lighting with a Tube

Flash is harsh, direct, raw, and is something I will use only when I want these qualities. For soft, emotive, moody lighting I would often go with available light. Even so, often the available lights cannot really create the kind of look one would want without any modifications. In my kit I carry 3 LED lights with me, 2 of them being small panels and one being a tube.

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Tilda Swinton for Only Lovers Left Alive

Photographing Tilda Swinton was one of the most exhilarating portrait sessions I’ve had. You may know her from movies such as Grand Budapest Hotel, The Chronicles of Narnia or, Burn After Reading, or have seen her recently as the face of Chanel photographed by Karl Lagerfeld himself. I was quite nervous, so much so that I couldn’t speak loudly enough to give her instructions. From first to last shot, the shoot lasted 180 seconds, during which all kinds of communication were zipping around amongst the many people in the room.

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In This Milky Velvet Sky

I spent a night last week on Mt. Pinos last week, in the middle of California 2 hours north of LA. Mt. Pinos is a well known spot for amateur astronomers due to the relatively little light pollution, open space, and as well as high altitude. During cloudless new moons, you'll often find dozens of telescopes aimed at various planets across the skies.

The night I was out there however, nobody else was there due to the fact that there was cloud in the sky and the moon was somewhere hiding around the horizon. Having the freedom of isolation, I was truly able to enjoy being under the blanket of stars.

15 Seconds at f/ 2.8, ISO6400

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