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Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Armanius, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Hello to my SC friends!

    Yes, it's been a while, because I've been "trying" to avoid photography websites like the plague so that I am not tempted to buy more gear. As you know, getting engaged and preparing for the big day has been nearly a full time job with lots of stress, which also took over all the disposable income I used to have! But fear not, it's not a case of runaway groom like someone suggested in one of the threads that I was lurking on! :)

    To answer someone's question -- No, I have no plans to get a Sony RX1! So I'm not going to be the guinea pig on that one!

    At least not yet. :)

    No, I have no plans to get the new Leica "M" or the "ME" either. I don't think I'll ever buy another Leica camera in my lifetime, unless I marry a rich woman. And soon, it'll be too late for that!! Or unless the Leica is a rebadged Panasonic camera. But then, I'd rather just get the Panasonic itself!

    I never did "re-get" or "re-buy" the Fuji XPro1. The camera I've been using the most for the last 4-5 months is the Oly OMD/EM5. Nice little camera. IQ is not as good as the Fuji X's, but good enough for most purposes. And much more versatile jack-of-all trades camera.

    BUT, I am VERY tempted to get the Fuji XE1. Some of the selling points for me (other than improved AF speed and accuracy) are the better EVF and the built-in flash, which appears to be "bounceable." The lens lineup from Fuji is looking mighty fine too. And now with Zeiss in play ... WOW!! DPR has photos from Photokina of mockups of the Zeiss 12/2.8 and 32/1.8. Photokina 2012: Carl Zeiss Stand Report: Digital Photography Review

    What I'll likely do is get the XE1 with the zoom lens. And then just wait until all the other new lenses from Fuji and Zeiss get released. I'm hoping the Zeiss lens will be motorized (specially the 32/1.8) so that it'll AF even faster.

    The new Oly XZ2 looks great too! Would love to get it ... for the future Missus of course. Hehehe. Or perhaps a RX100 for her (if Ray is using it, it's gotta be good right?) Or the new Fuji XF. Yeah, she's happy with the Canon S90. But, I'm "sure" she could be happier right?

    Anyhow folks, just wanted to drop by and say hello. You have not been forgotten. And special thanks to the people who PM'd or emailed me to make sure that I'm still alive. :)

    I'll be lurking around, but will try to refrain from posting (too often) until after the big day. Cheers!!

    -Armanius

    ps: If you are an US citizen, don't forget to vote in November!
     
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  2. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Stephen
    He lives!

    Nice to hear from you.

    You should play with an X-Pro 1 with the latest firmware. I loved the camera before, but now it's a renewed jewel.

    Anyway, glad you are well. Visit more often, and to avoid GAS just look at the image threads.
     
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  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Good to hear from you Armando! As long as your wedding photog has the right camera, you don't need to worry about it!

    When is the big day? And on the chance we don't hear for you again until you have that ring on your finger, let me offer a hearty congratulations on advance!

    -Ray
     
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  4. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Awww, man, my money was on runaway groom (and thinking ahead to book deal and movie rights!) :biggrin:

    Seriously, good to hear from you, Armando, and glad that all is well. Also curious on the wedding date! Good luck with the prep work.
     
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  5. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

    749
    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    Julien
    Hi Armando, glad to hear that you're ok. I had guessed that you were trying to get your "GAS" under control :tongue:

    I hope we'll hear from you before too long.
     
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  6. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Nice to hear from you again, Armando! Best of luck with the wedding!
     
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  7. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Good to "see" you, Armando... but you better take another break, all this new gear coming out, geez, how will you resist???
     
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  8. Phoenix

    Phoenix SC Top Veteran

    508
    Dec 28, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    It's aliiiiiiiive..... :tongue:How's things? lYou must be getting more excited as the big day draws closer, like Pelao said, you should really try the XP1 with the latest firmware......disregard that, at least until after the wedding :laugh1:
     
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  9. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

    758
    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Great hearing from you, Armando! Hope you're enjoying your forum-free lifestyle!

    All the best to you and your bride-to-be!!
     
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  10. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    Armando, good to see ya
    congrats on gittin' hitched!
     
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  11. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Armando, I commend you for your self control. Most importantly for focussing on your marriage plans and future together with the soon to be Mrs. Armando.

    Always happy to hear from you and can't wait to see at least one photograph from the happy day!:flowers_2:
     
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  12. flash

    flash SC Veteran

    372
    May 6, 2011
    Gordon
    Nice to see you back Armando. But I have to say nothing says marriage and kids like a Leica :)

    Gordon
     
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  13. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    Good to see you are doing well. If I don't hear from you until after the big day, Congratulations are in order. I hope you have a a good time getting married.
     
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  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I've occasionally seen your name in the sidebar of who is online and laughed to myself. Can't stay TOTALLY away. Congrats on your control (and your impending vows).
     
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  15. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Keep a close eye on the wedding budget, Armando (or perhaps don't. It'll just scare you). Good luck!
     
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  16. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Thank you EVERYONE for your kind words. congratulations, and words of encouragement!! It means a lot! One day, we'll need to have a SC.com get together somewhere. We need to figure who's got the nicest digs so that we can visit and crash there! I know it won't be Houston, Texas for sure!!! Wasn't someone fixing up a house somewhere in Central France?

    The big day is November 10. I'm so looking forward to the day AFTER. That is, until I see the credit card bills. The silver lining is that I should be accumulating lots of points to use on Amazon! :)

    Confession time -- I'm about to pre-order the Fuji XE1 with the zoom lens ... Just unsure as of now if I should go silver or black.

    I'll see y'all around. And yes Luke, I lurk ...
     
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  17. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    they both look great Armando. When you need to sell the Fuji to pay the wedding bills, I want the right of first refusal. :wink:
     
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  18. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I'll keep that in mind Luke! Hope you like black.
     
  19. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

    782
    Dec 8, 2011
    Cotswolds, UK
    Wow Aramando is back........good luck with the wedding and lets hope one the the wedding gifts is a X-pro1 with latest firmware:smile:
     
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  20. Naveed Akhtar

    Naveed Akhtar SC Regular

    186
    Dec 8, 2011
    London, UK
    Very good to see you Armanius.. have loads of fun on the big day :)
     
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