How to Update Fujifilm X-T2 to Firmware 4.10

1. Be sure to insert a fresh battery.

2. Format a memory card on the X-T2. To format, hold down the garbage-can button and press the rear command dial.

3. Download the update file FWUP0010.DAT from the Fujifilm site.

4. Copy the update file onto the memory card.

5. Insert the memory card into slot 1.

6. Hold down the DISP/BACK button while turning the camera on to bring up the update window.

7. The menu will guide you from that point on.

NOTES

 This firmware update has been available since 13 June 2018.

 The functions of “Select Folder” and “Create Folder,” which were planned to be included in Ver.4.10, will be incorporated in Ver.4.20 to be released in July 2018.

 Upgrading firmware from Ver.4.00 to Ver.4.10 will remove the functions of “Select Folder” and “Create Folder.”

 See the X-T2 New Features Guide Version 4.10.

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Baby’s Hatched!

Saw the broken eggshell this evening while the summer sun was still out. Nikon D810 with Nikon 70-200mm f/4 at 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 320 on 6/18/18 6:02 PM.

Zoom in of the eggshell. Nikon D810 with Nikon 70-200mm f/4 at 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 320 on 6/18/18 6:02 PM.

I carefully moved closer to see if I could glimpse the chick. I saw it and noticed that the mother wasn’t there. This would be my chance to snap a photo. If the mother were there, she’d probably panic, and I didn’t want to stress her. With the D810, I couldn’t get the 70-200 to focus on the chick. I got out the Fujifilm X-T2 with XF80mm f/4 and was able to capture this shot at f/2.8, 1/15 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 (6/18/18 at 6:31 PM). Handheld at 1/15 sec with VR, the shot turned out fuzzy. The angle was poor, and I was bent over, leaning forward, unable to brace against anything.

This shot, too, was poor. Fujifilm X-T2 with XF80mm at f/2.8, 1/15 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 on 6/18/18 at 6:31 PM. I’ll try to get a better shot tomorrow.

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Family of Pigeons Nesting on My Lanai: XT2 + XF80mm F/2.8

In a corner of my lanai is a blue hand truck with fat rubber wheels, resting against the back wall of the patio. It’s next to an outdoor wrought-iron patio set of table and chairs. Whenever I slide the glass door to go out on the lanai, the little white head pops up from behind one of the rubber wheels to see what’s going on. Can you see it? The hand truck has a solid panel that shields the pigeons from view. With the two wheels serving as side walls and the patio wall on the opposite side, the pigeons have a cozy and well-hidden nest. The photo is of what appears to be a young hen. She’s probably sitting on a nest of eggs. I haven’t gone to check, and I stay away from that end of the lanai. I don’t want to stress or scare them away.

Here’s a 100% crop of the same shot. It was taken with an X-T2 with XF80mm f/2.8 lens on 5 June 2018 at 5:25 PM at 1/125 sec., f/2.8, ISO 200.

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How to Add YouTube Video to Your eBay Ad

Last updated 5/21/18 8:10 AM
If you’re into camera gear, then you’re probably into buying and selling used gear on eBay. This post is specifically about enhancing your ad with a YouTube video when you want to sell something. There are a number of text and video tutorials on how to do this, and, generally, most are very confusing. The process1 is actually very simple:

1. Create a video and upload it to your YouTube channel.
2. Copy the unique 11-digit code at the end of the URL for your video.
3. Log in to http://www.isdntek.com/tagbot/YouTubeConverter.htm
4. Click in the composing window that says “paste video number, URL, or code here.”
5. This is where the screen gets quirky: The composing window “disappears.”
6. It’s actually still there, but you’ll need to scroll down a bit.
7. Click in the window again and paste the 11-digit code.
8. Scroll down a bit again and look for “Make eBay Code” to the left of the large blank window. Click it.
9. As soon as you do, the code appears in the large blank window.
10. Select and copy all of the code.
11. Next, in eBay, when you’re composing the description of the item you’re selling, switch to HTML mode, select a point where you want the video to appear, and paste the code.

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1 I found the YouTube video “How to Add YouTube Video to EBAY Listing 2017” (published 7 Oct. 2016) by FC Growing & Gardening Channel to be the most helpful.

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X-T2 – How to Move the Focus Box

Last updated 5/21/18

To move the focus box in the viewfinder or LCD monitor, use the joystick.

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Just How Good Is the Tamron 85mm F/1.8 VC?

This photo (and the one below) of a young mynah bird was taken through a screen door this afternoon at 5:37 PM. The sky was overcast. This bird and another, a sibling from appearances, landed on the railing of my lanai. I was setting up the Nikon D810 for a tripod shoot indoors. The lens was the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 with vibration control turned off. I quickly lifted the camera off the tripod and aimed it at the birds — through the screen door. One of them immediately took off. For some reason, this one stayed behind for about 30 seconds longer.

I shot these photos at 1/800 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100. I assumed the shots wouldn’t be usable, so I was surprised to find that they were quite good, considering the screen between me and the bird. The more I use the Tamron 85-1.8, the more impressed I am. It’s one of the best lenses I’ve ever used.

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Tamron 85mm F/1.8 for Nikon – Nightscape

The Tamron 85-1.8 was mounted on a Nikon D810. Most shots were cropped. Some were edited for exposure. This is the sharpest lens in my small Nikon collection, and I wanted to test its nightscape powers. This lens suits me. I like the results.

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