Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 22 – Fuji’s New 102 MP Medium Format Camera & More…

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In this episode I talk about FujiFilm’s new 102MP Medium Format beast, Yongnuo’s new Canon EF to Sony E mount MK2 adapter, New Canon rumors on camera bodies, and Sony is slashing prices on their camera bodies to stir up the mirrorless full frame market.

FujiFilm’s GFX100

Yongnuo’s new EF to E mount adapter MK2

Canon camera rumors on the 90D and a new EOS M

Canon’s roadmap for 2019, included an EOS R camera that no one is expecting? [CR2]

Sony’s new “Step Up to Sony” Summer Sale

Sony Just Slashed Its Mirrorless Camera Prices by Up to $1,000

Transcript by, there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:01 Fuji releases a 102 megapixel medium format. Mural is camera young. New has just released a new autofocus Canon Elf to Sony Mount Adapter and ends roadmap for 2019 and Sony just slashed prices on its mirrorless cameras. All this on episode 22 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam 00:53 you’re listening to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 22 I want to thank all of our listeners for rating, subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes and any other pod software that they might be using. We appreciate you all and thank you all so much for being part of this podcast. So in episode 22 this episode of the podcast, the first subject I want to talk about is Fujifilm’s new GFX, 100 model, medium format, mirrorless camera. Now Fuji has just released this camera. It has a 102 megapixel sensor is a compact and lightweight body. This is per Fuji. I’m getting this data from Fuji Films, website, weather resistant structure, 55 millimeter diagonal lengths, large format cmos sensor x processor for in body image stabilization, four k 30 movie, 10 bit color depth on the forecast, 30 movie mode and phase detection pixels across the entire sensor.

Liam 02:07 Now this is a new monster of a camera and Food Gee’s. Ben Making a muralists medium format cameras for awhile. Now this is their new heavyweight and as far as physical size, it’s fairly similar in size to the Canon one, dx mark two or the Nikon d five more or less. Um, but like I said, it does sport a 102 megapixel sensor. The new sensor specifically developed for this camera measures approximately 55 millimeters diagonally and boasts in effective pixel count of approximately 102 million when combined with the fourth generation x processor for it delivers the world’s finest level of image quality quality with exceptional color reproduction unique to Fujifilm and the ultrasound or sharp Fujinon GF lenses.

Liam 03:07 Generally speaking, the higher the pixel count and image sensor has the higher the likelihood of camera shake to avoid this threat. Fuji has image to their image quality. Fuji has designed in body image stabilization specifically for the new 102 megapixel large format censure sensor, which gives up to five and a half stops of image stabilization that GFX 100 inherits GFX 50 ss popular detachable EVF system that can be adjusted to various angles. When using the EVF tilting adapter, which is the EVF dash t l one the world’s highest class resolution 5.7 6 million dot. O e l panel has been used to develop the GFX 100 high definition EVF unit. If you find her has a magnification of 0.86 times and contains five optical glass elements including a spherical elements and has been specifically designed for the hundred and two megapixel sensor, which requires extreme focusing accuracy.

Liam 04:21 Now from what I’ve read on this a new camera, it has over, I believe it’s 6,000 auto focus points, which covered the majority of the sensor. So you get fairly close to 100% coverage and and side to side, top to bottom. And this does look like, it’s definitely going to be an amazing camera system for any of you out there that are interested or are are writing, shooting in medium format and you maybe want to upgrade to a new platform. Now the retail price on this unit, it’s $10,000 and $10,000 is quite a bit of money. But when you compare it to some of the other medium format systems out there, like the hassle bladder and the phase one camera systems, it’s fairly reasonable. I mean a hassle. Glad we’ll run you upwards of $60,000 and the phase one cameras can run a believe you can get a refurbished use one for about $10,000.

Liam 05:32 I’m a new one is going to run you, I believe 30 to 60,000 as well. Um, so Fuji Fuji has definitely, um, creating a little bit of competition for the other medium format manufacturers. Mostly, you know, like I said a moment ago, Hasselblad and phase one, now I’ve never, I’ve, I’ve shot with Fujifilm cameras in the past and I always liked their cameras. They make cameras. Um, I don’t own any of their interchangeable lens cameras. Uh, I use some of their point and shoot cameras are higher end ones a number of years back, you know, for vacation photos and stuff like that. But I have not owned any of their interchangeable lens systems, although, you know, I’ve read a lot of good things about them and, and I never put down anybody’s camera systems on this show. That’s not what the show is about. I tell people all the time, it doesn’t matter which system you go with, the important part is that you’re creating, that you’re being creative, that you’re making beautiful images.

Liam 06:37 The rest of it is all semantics. Each manufacturer excels a certain things that are better at one thing and not as good at the other. And then the other manufacturer is better at that thing. But not as good at the other thing and so on and so forth. So it doesn’t really matter. But this is definitely an impressive looking muralists medium format system. I definitely would not mind picking one up myself. I don’t have that $10,000 to spend on one right now. So I’ve been wanting to go medium format for quite awhile and uh, it seems like every time I’m in a position where I could probably afford to buy one, uh, I just go debating a law and I consult with some of my old professors and they disagree. They don’t think it’s a good idea. You know, if you’re going to use medium, you know, you’d get a job where you need medium format, just rent one.

Liam 07:29 I would much rather own one, especially because generally with a medium format systems, especially once you buy as a system, you never have to buy one again. Generally, uh, the body’s last for a very long time and where anytime the manufacturer puts out new software updates for it, it’s basically like getting a new camera all over again. Uh, because a lot of the, the muralists medium format cameras are pretty much, they’re almost like a computer with a sensor and the ability to Lens, because like I said a moment ago, and I’ve heard this from photographers, the own, like the hassle bloods in the phase one systems and they, you know, they basically told me, yeah, you know, anytime they release a major software update for the system that you own, it’s basically like getting a brand new camera all over again because they pack so many new features and, and changes and new items into their software update.

Liam 08:28 It’s basically, it’s basically you’re like installing a new operating system on your existing hardware and you, and now you have a new camera. So that part is pretty cool. And I know, uh, like I said, just because I know mirrorless, our medium format cameras are not cheap digital medium format cameras, whether they’re muralists are not. And also the lenses are not cheap by their soul. There’s the, the kind of catch 22 for me, even if I had the $10,000 to spend on the body, it’s like, yeah, then you blow 10 grand on the body. Now you’ve got to blow another six to 10 grand to get a set of lenses for it because none of the lenses are cheap either. But it is an impressive beast of a camera and they have some really cool, uh, sample images on the Fuji Film website. Uh, the sub section of the website for this model that you can check out.

Liam 09:19 I will put a link to the information on this new camera, on the show notes for this episode, and you can go and read the specs and look at the sample images for yourself and see what you think. Is this a system you might pick up? Um, or is it just something you like me, you just, uh, you’d like to dream about stuff like this, you know, the American way. Bring them about things we can’t afford but would be nice to have. So, uh, you’ll have to, uh, be sure to leave a comment. Um, either on the, uh, Leo photography, website or a in the Facebook group. And let me know if you’re planning on picking up one of these monsters anytime soon. It is definitely a, an impressive camera system. The next topic I wanted to discuss in this episode, young, new just released an autofocus Canon Elf to Sony Mount Adapter.

Liam 10:16 It’s only $99. Yes, you heard that correctly. Now some of you out there listening may be familiar with young, new and some of you may not. Young new is a Chinese company that makes a camera accessories. They make lenses and different objects and of course they make these mounts adapters. And in the early days there stuff was fairly low quality, um, and they were direct rip offs of the major manufacturers. So in other words, you know, you could buy a Canon 50 millimeter 1.8, the one they call the nifty 50 or the plastic. Fantastic. And you know, that Lens was, I don’t know, like 120 bucks or something like that. Or if you went on Amazon, you could buy the young new version of that same lens and it was a direct rip off of the Canon. I mean it looked exactly like the Gannon one and you could get the young new one for like 40 bucks.

Liam 11:22 So it was a substantial savings and it was an okay Lens. Um, the image quality wasn’t as good as it was on the Canon nifty 50, but it wasn’t bad. Now, over the years, young new has really stepped up their game. They’re starting to spend more money in research and development and on improving their own products. Uh, they, uh, I think it was last year they came out with their 50 millimeter 1.8 mark two, um, which isn’t quite as big a rip off of the Canon 50 millimeter 1.8 SDM model. That’s the newest Shannon nifty 50. Um, and, uh, the newer young new stuff, they’re starting to make more of their lenses with metal bodies instead of all just cheap plastic stuff. So they are improving the image qualities even getting better and they’re starting to come into their own and now they’ve just released this FTE mark two lens mount adapter with auto focus for the Canon e f and efs lenses so that you can use them on a Sony email body.

Liam 12:34 It’s equipped with the USB socket for firmware updates, supports both phase and contrast. Detect auto focus is supports Canon’s image stabilization as well and like I said, it’s only 99 99 now according to the description of the list and listing which was added to Amazon and allows f and f s series lenses or lenses to be compatible with the Mount Camera System. It’s equipment USB interface to improve product performance supports forum or upgrade and lens data analysis through a Usb port as to focus systems with focusing system selection switch supports a f focus system and mixed focus system. Both focusing systems require a camera support for normal use is equipped with a function key and it says it is possible to achieve more practical functions in the future. Please pay attention to the official announcement from them to get the latest information and it has a one quarter inch screw hole at the bottom so it can be installed on a tripod or other fixed bracket system easily.

Liam 13:48 So in other words, you can use this mount adapter to not only put let’s say one of your large canon lenses on a Sony e mount body. You know like the 100 to 400 mark, two l Lens Wildlife Lens, and if you didn’t have the tripod leg rang, that comes with a 100 to 400 well you don’t have to worry about it because this mount adapter as a plate on the bottom of it, that’s part of the mount and it has a quarter inch screw holes so that you could use that to attach the heavy lens to your tripod or a monopod or whatever you’re using. A, it is compatible with the lens anti shaped and one particularly interesting feature of this adapter ring is that it has the function button that I mentioned a little bit ago which can be configured to perform various tasks or at least it will in the future.

Liam 14:47 Looking at the manual for the FTE two adapter though doesn’t appear to do anything just yet. That’s supposed to be calming and future for more updates. It says that functionality will be coming soon and will require the update of the firmware but not what that firmware update will allow users to do. And there’s some really cool, uh, uh, zoomed in, uh, views of the different areas of the Lens. The USB interface that you auto focus system switch, the gold plated electric contacts, the one quarter inch screw hole, the function button as well as the lens locking latch and release. This is by far the least expensive EFT eat mount adapter out there that allows autofocus and full electronic communication. How it’ll stand up to longstanding respected adapter is like the Sigma Mc 11 is another matter or metta bones for that matter. A lot of people like to use the metal bones adapters.

Liam 15:49 The MCO 11 wasn’t always as good as it is today. So there’s learning for, you know, for this adapter to grow, especially with the ability to update its firmware using a Usb port that’s built into the adapter itself. So I could definitely see this as being something really cool. For those of you that have decided to go ahead, decided to move from Canon to Sony bodies, but you didn’t want to lose money by getting rid of all your Canon l glass. Um, so you want to use your candidate l glass with your new Sony email body. You can now use this adaptor instead of some of the more expensive options. Um, you may want to rank one and try it out first or possibly, um, maybe get one from Amazon, which has a really good return policy. So that way if you try it out and you don’t like it, you can always, you know, return and get your money back and you’re not really out anything.

Liam 16:45 Now you will be able to find more details about this adapter on the young new website. And I will include a link to the website in the show notes for this episode so that you can check it out for yourself and let me know what you think. If you decide to pick one up, whether it’s on Amazon or elsewhere, and give it a try, feel free to leave a comment, um, with the uh, this episode and let me know how it worked out for you. If it did work as advertised or if it didn’t work, what kind of issues you ran into, feel free to share that information with all of my listeners. And you know, it’s always good to help people out in any way you can. So if you’re one of the first people to grab one of these adapters and try it out with your Sony email body, sharing that knowledge and your experience with the other listeners is always greatly appreciate it.

Liam 17:36 Now the next item I want to get onto is Canon’s roadmap for 2019, which includes an Eos, our camera supposedly that nobody is currently expecting. Now, according to Canon rumors, they’ve been told by a fairly reliable source of theirs who has a good track record but not a perfect track record. Uh, this is a little bit of what we can expect the rest of the way from Canon and the 2019 calendar year. First up, it’s not a secret anymore, but we’re going to get the Canon Eos 90. Now if you remember, I talked about the possibility of the 90 [inaudible] in a couple of my earlier episodes. And I also did mention in one of the previous episodes that the 70 mark two will not get a replacement. That Canon is discontinuing the 70 line. And I know a lot of users of the 70 and 70 mark two are really bummed out when I mentioned that in the episode where I talked about that.

Liam 18:37 And the 70 is a very, very capable and popular camera. It’s not super expensive. It’s capable of, I believe it’s 10 frames a second. So it’s a good inexpensive, albeit crop body, a crop sensor body. Uh, but it worked great for shooting sports, especially, you know, fast paced sports like baseball, football, NASCAR or anything like that. And it’s a very capable camera with a great image sensor and it just makes fantastic images and a lot of people are really, really happy with that camera. And they were hoping including my, uh, my friend Jeff Harmon from the master of photography podcast. Uh, he shoots high school sports a lot and he, and a lot of my other friends that have the 70 mark two had been hoping that Canon was going to announce the 70 mark three this year, but they did, uh, make it known about a month ago that they’re actually discontinuing the 70 line.

Liam 19:38 And the rumors had been swirling that they were actually going to release a hybrid or combination body. Um, because the ads already out there and they can and had the double digit d bodies for quite awhile. You know, the 10 to 20, the 30, the 40, 50, 60, 70, 80. And there had been rumors that they were going to announce a 90 d this year. Gannon is almost all but confirmed that and the beliefs are, and according to Canon rumors, the 90 d is going to be an upgraded body from the add, but it’s going to combine technologies from both the add and the 70 mark two so the 70 mark three is not going to happen, but Canon doesn’t want to guilt their customers that had been faithfully shooting with the 70 and the 70 mark two. They don’t want to leave them hanging high and dry and basically tell them, well, the only way you’re going to get a good sports camera now is to spend $6,000 on a one dx mark two or marks were you.

Liam 20:47 When that comes out next year, now Gannon is actually going to look out for their customers and release the 90 [inaudible] which as I said, is rumored to be a combination of the add and the 70 mark two but with upgraded hardware. So more than likely a new image sensor, uh, the new digit eight processors and maybe it’ll have dewalt digit eight processors. I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see. But since that line, the 70 line is being killed off cannons and not going to leave their, their customers high and dry, that loved the 70 mark two. Now whether they’ll up the frame per second count on this new body, the 90 [inaudible], Eh, remains to be seen. Like I said, I believe on the 70 mark two they can, it can do 10 frames a second. Maybe they’ll give us, give a 70 shooters, 12 frames a second and I’ll love it.

Liam 21:42 More than likely they’ll stick with 10 they don’t want to dip too hard into their one dx pool. The one DX can do 14 to 16 frames a second depending on what file format using Yada, Yada, Yada. Um, and they’re not going to want to take away from the capabilities of the one dx mark two and the mark three, which is rumored to be coming out the beginning of next year. So I don’t think they’re going to up the frame per second count at all. Or if they do, they’re only going to up it by maybe one or two. Maybe make an 11 frames a second or possibly 12 but that’s, that’s kind of iffy. Now we’re also told to expect an announcement near the end of August on the possibility of that 90 d and apparently there’s also a new ios and body that will come at the same time. It has been described to use a very well specked and aggressively priced.

Liam 22:39 It’s going to be a well specked and aggressively priced body with Canon wanting, wanting to show that the eos and line up is not dead. No specifications have been provided to anyone at this time. There are no other eos and cameras or lenses scheduled for 2019 other than this one ios and body that’s rumored to be announced at the end of August alongside the 90 [inaudible]. Now what about the Eos? Our system, well the according to Canon they’re same source is telling them that a new Ios, our camera is coming later in 2019 and that it is a head scratcher and not at all what anyone is expecting. Now we have no idea what that means at this time, but we hope to hear some more soon. What sort of niche market could benefit the eos are. There was nothing mentioned about lenses for the RF now, but we are assuming the remaining five RF mount lenses need to be officially announced and shipped before we see any additional RF mount lenses.

Liam 23:47 So we already know we’re getting five more lenses in the RF mount this year. Canada has already made their official announcement on those lenses and rumors are right now that they’re not going to announce any other RF lenses for 2019. I believe according to the roadmap, they are going to be announcing some more RF lenses in 2020. So we’ll have to uh, stay tuned and see what happens and that department. Now, the last, uh, item I wanted to touch on today is the fact that Sony has just slashed the prices on its mirrorless camera systems by up to $1,000. And that is huge. So if you’ve been eyeing a Sony mirrorless camera, now, might be the time to pull the trigger and go ahead and pick one up. Sony has just announced a major summer sale in which the prices of many of its popular camera models had been slashed by up to a thousand dollars.

Liam 24:51 These are the lowest prices ever recorded, especially for Sony cameras, both for muralists cameras in general, especially full frame Lens. The step up to Sony Promotion will run until June 22nd and the following deals are what you can expect the snag over the next few weeks in descending order of savings, the Sony a nine which currently sells for $4,498 will drop to $3,498 which is a savings of $1,000 or 22% off at 34 98 Sony’s flagship camera is now the lowest price it has ever been. Features and specs include a 24.2 megapixel full frame sensor, a 693 point aff system, 20 frame per second, shooting a 3.7 million. Dot. O. L E D e F EVF internal four K video recording five axis image stabilization, a three inch, 1.4 4 million. Dot. Tilting touchscreen, which is an LCD and Iso Max Iso of 204,800 and in additionally has dual card slots and of course there’s quite a bit more to it, but those are the highlights.

Liam 26:11 Uh, the Sony a seven r three, which normally retails for $3,198 will drop to $2,598, which is a savings of $600 or 19% off. Features and specs of the a seven r three include a 42 megapixel full frame, backside illuminated sensor, a 399.8 f system, 10 frames per second shooting four k video with h, an s three gamma’s, a 3.6 9 million. Dot. True Finder, O, l e d e v. F. A three inch, 1.4 4 million. Dot. Tilting touchscreen. And if five axis image stabilization with the high end ISO being at 102,400 and of course there are other specs a available on that camera as well, which you can read more about. Uh, by going into Sony’s website. I’m just gonna give you the high level in here. The Sony a seven r two which currently sells for 1,998 we’ll be dropping to 1,498 or $500 off, which is 25% the a seven r two may be the predecessor of the r three but it’s still packs a mean punch features and specs include a 42 megapixel full frame sensor, 399 point aff system, five frames per second burst mode, internal 4k with s log to gamma five axis image stabilization in body image stabilization, a 2.3 6 million dot.

Liam 27:55 True Finder O, l e d e B f a three inch, 1.2 3 million. Dot. Tilting LCD and a top ISO range of 102,400 the Sony a seven s two normally sells for 2198 you’ll be able to pick this body up or $1,998 which is $400 off or a savings of 17% a seven s two is renowned for its low light abilities. Features and specs include at 12.2 megapixel full frame sensor, internal four k video s log three gamma five axis in body image stabilization, a 2.3 6 million dot. True finder o, l, e d e vF , a three inch, 1.2 3 million dot tilting, LCD screen, and a top end ISO of 409,600 with fraught five frames per second. Continuous shooting speed, the a seven two which is normally 1398 we’ll be dropping to eight 98 which is $500 off or 36% off. Now of course this is an older body, but it’s still a darn good body and you can’t go wrong with picking one of these up, especially at that price.

Liam 29:18 Features and specs for the a seven to include a 24.3 megapixel full frame sensor, five axis in body image stabilization, hybrid f five frame per second, continuous burst mode. Full HD video with s log to gamma, a 2.3 6 million. Dot. O l e d e v f a three inch, 1.2 3 million. Dot Tilting, Lcv and many more features as well. And last but not least, the Sony a seven two and Sony f e 28 to 70 combo kit. Uh, the 28 to 70 is an x 3.5 to 5.6 oss in a lens, which is their optical stabilization Lens, I believe is what oss stands for. Uh, normally retails for 1598, but during this sale you will be able to get this bundle for nine 98, which is $600 off or 38% off. You are getting the Sony a seven two bundled with the versatile $398 Sony Effie 28 to 70 f three five to five six oss lens for a nice savings of 38% off the entire kit.

Liam 30:39 Now these are only some of the special deals in the step up to stony summer sale. You can find out the complete list of included products by going to the website. And I will of course put that link in the show notes for this episode. So what do you think about all of this? A Sony is announced this huge sale and of course it’s because they’re trying to steal a bigger piece of the pie and the interchangeable lens camera market or Ilc market. Now I did also read, uh, this week that Sony has taken the number two spot from Nikon. So Gannon is still number one in the interchangeable lens camera market, but Sony has now passed the Nikon and moved up to the number two slot and they keep saying that their, their goal longterm is to take over the number one spot and to hold it for as long as possible.

Liam 31:30 Uh, whether or not there’ll be able to pull it off, I don’t know. It may be possible because Sony has been a serious threat to canon and Nikon ever since they started doing the full frame mirrorless bodies especially. And they’re currently ahead of everybody else. Um, because they were the first ones to do mirrorless full frame bodies. Um, technologically they’re ahead of Canon and Nikon. Most people say by five years, which is probably true, but as I’ve mentioned in previous episodes can, and especially, I don’t think it’s gonna take them long to catch up with Sony. And the reason why I say that again is because Canon, uh, like Sony has very deep pockets there. Our portfolio is very diverse as far as technologies and platforms that they make their money off of. They only make a small portion of their money off their interchangeable Lens Cameras, uh, Dan and makes a lot of their money off their medical imaging equipment and stuff like that.

Liam 32:27 So I don’t think it’s going to take 10 along to catch up to Sony. A lot of the Sony fanboys boys say, Oh, Canada’s already got her own. He’s already got a five year headstart Dan and it’ll never catch them. Yeah, good luck with that. Good luck with that thinking cupcake because I don’t think it’s going to take Canon more than 18 to 24 months to give Sony a serious run for its money. But anyways, I don’t want to, I don’t want to beat that horse to death again, who I’ve talked about that I don’t know if previous episode. So I will go ahead and wrap up. Episode 22. Uh, like I said, be sure to leave a comment on the Liam photography website or in the Facebook group. The Facebook group is free for any listeners to join. Um, I do require that you answer a question to join.

Liam 33:12 And the question is the name of the host of this podcast, which is myself, Liam, or you could put Liam Douglas. And the main reason why I have that question there is to keep out the spammers and bots and all of that nasty stuff. We want to keep it a, a clean clutter free Facebook group. And as I’ve mentioned before, you are free to post your own original images in the Facebook group, the Liam photography podcast, Facebook group. Please do not post other people’s photos in there. We don’t like it when people steal other people’s photographs, especially being a photographer myself, of course I’m not going to like that. And most of my listeners, um, not all of them, a good share of my listeners are also photographers and they’re not going to be happy if you’re stealing other people’s work and trying to pass it off as your own.

Liam 34:02 So let’s not do that folks. Please only post photographs that are yours that you have taken yourself and you’re welcome to share. Don’t go crazy. But you know, you’re not limited. No, only posted one photo a day. You can put a few of them up, you know, either and uh, uh, four or five at once or six at once or you can spread them out and you know, post one to the group every couple hours throughout the day, whatever the case may be. Because I’d love to see, I love to see other people’s work in photography and I always tried to be as supportive of other people’s work as much as possible. And if you do ask, you don’t have to, but if you decide to post a photo and ask for constructive criticism, you’re allowed to do that as well. And I will give you my objective opinion and it’s not gospel.

Liam 34:51 I’m not the world’s foremost expert on photography. But if you, if you would like a CC, you can post your photo and Nash for one. Now, next week will be episode 23 and I’m going to try to line up another interview. I haven’t done one for a few weeks. We’ll see how it goes. I have a couple of people that I’m reaching out to. Um, and I also will be doing an episode that will be a review of the new Ronan and f 14 millimeter f 2.8 RF. Now Lens, a roping on a Sam Gang, which is the company that owns roping on a head announced a little bit earlier this year that they were going to be the first third party manufactured or release RF mount lenses they have done. So the RF 14 millimeter lens came out not too long ago. And, and uh, I’ve been trying that one out for my full time real estate photography job and I really love it. It’s a fantastic lens. So I may be doing a review of that Lens for next week’s episode or it might be hopefully doing interview. We’ll have to wait and see. But I’m going to go ahead and wrap up episode 22 of the land photography podcast. Thank you once again for subscribing, rating and reviewing and I will see you next time.