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Fujifilm X100S Review: Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm X100S Review: Digital Photography Review | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
When Fujifilm announced its FinePix X100 retro-styled compact at Photokina 2010, it instantly captured the imagination of serious photographers. With its fixed 23mm F2 lens and SLR-sized APS-C sensor, it offered outstanding image quality, while its 'traditional' dial-based handling and innovative optical/electronic 'hybrid' viewfinder gave a shooting experience reminiscent of rangefinder cameras. On launch its firmware was riddled with frustrating bugs and quirks, but a series of updates transformed it into a serious photographic tool. Certain flaws remained, apparently too deeply embedded into the hardware to be fixable, but despite this, it counts as something of a cult classic.
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LONG EXPOSURE COLLECTION

LONG EXPOSURE COLLECTION | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
Back to April 2012, When I first purchased the variable ND filter (Vivitar Series 1) from Ebay. I desperate wanted to try out the newly acquired filter. Thus then, my bosses, colleagues and I went for a short trip in Kuantan’s Teluk Cempedak Beach and I couldn't wait to shoot it with my X-Pro1 and 35mm. I got my first long exposure picture since then and these are the photos I uploaded to internet and felt proud about it. However, as I go through at the photos by the time I posting this. They just don't look nice at all (Not afraid to show them). These pictures are over sharpening (probably due to filter glass quality so I did the harsh sharpening), color casting (overturned the variable ND filter and tried to have Big Stopper effect but epic failed), over exposure at the top part and composition are out.
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Fujinon XF60mm f2.4 v Fujinon XF56mm f1.2

Fujinon XF60mm f2.4 v Fujinon XF56mm f1.2 | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
Last month I added the superb Fujinon XF56mm f1.2R lens to my camera bag, which is the seventh Fujinon lens I have bought for my X-Series kit.  It is also the third lens that covers the short telephoto range, the others being the XF55-200mm f3.5/4.8 zoom and the XF60mm f2.4R macro.  This had me wondering if I could sell off one of the lenses or did each lens offer something that meant I could justify hanging on to all three?

Well for starters we can ignore the 55-200mm zoom as this lens offers the long telephoto reach I need for my landscapes and wildlife.  It is an excellent all round zoom lens that has a place in my camera bag.  So that leaves the two prime lenses.
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Fuji X-T1: Is it a better street camera than the X100T?

Fuji X-T1: Is it a better street camera than the X100T? | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
Currently I'm putting Fuji's highly acclaimed X-T1 through its paces. It came with the standard 18-55 zoom but I have managed to borrow a remarkable little pancake, the 27mm f/2.8. I reckon it is just about the bee's knees when it comes to street photography.

My first question, though, is how this combination compares with the lionised X100/S/T, the camera that started Fuji on to X series road in 2010. It seems incredible now that we have seen the X cameras spawn like crazy from such a simple beginning. But, more important, Fuji has launched perhaps the most comprehensive array of pro-quality lenses ever seen in such a short period.

The X100 range with its 35mm-equivalent fixed focal length and ingenious hybrid viewfinder has rightly won its place high on the list of streettog desirables. This little Leica M3 lookalike is probably the most popular go-to camera for street enthusiasts.
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The Magic Of The Falls

The Magic Of The Falls | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
I recently had the opportunity and the pleasure to visit Croatia for a few days, a country that is so close to Italy but that I had never been to before. I regret having waited so long to go there, since the country is incredibly beautiful and scenic. Now that I’ve discovered it, I am sure I will be back, sooner or later.
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Always look on the “wide” side of life – The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 Review

Always look on the “wide” side of life – The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 Review | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
We bought the Fujinon XF 10-24mm with the Fujifilm X-T1 six months ago and it is the lens I have used the most on the X-T1 since then. I’ve always loved wide-angle lenses, with a personal preferences for fixed focal lengths. This is why I always thought that the XF 14mm f/2.8 I tested on the X-Pro1 last year would be my ideal choice, but after using the 10-24mm extensively, I am not so sure about this anymore.
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Demonstrating Depth of Field

Demonstrating Depth of Field | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
A lens with a fast aperture like Fujifilm's superb XF56mm allows me to be very creative with the extremely shallow depth of field the very wide f1.2 aperture produces.  To illustrate the difference between f1.2 and f16 I took two shots of the 1881 East Coast Fishing Disaster memorial at the top of the track down to Cove Harbour.
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My Photojournalism: Fuji X-T1

My Photojournalism: Fuji X-T1 | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
Precisava de uma máquina para andar sempre comigo no meu dia a dia fora da agência, além do iPhone. Já experimentei centenas de máquinas "pequenas" e nenhuma me dava o feeling profissional ou a qualidade de imagem que merecesse investir dinheiro. Recentemente um amigo meu passou-me para a mão a nova Fuji X-T1 e foi amor à primeira vista! As capacidades da pequena máquina são impressionantes e a qualidade de imagem que produz é muito muito boa. Não vou aqui descrever as características dela pois isso podem ver em sites da especialidade. Deixo aqui algumas fotos que fiz nestes poucos dias desde que a tenho.
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Shooting with Fast Lenses in Low Light

Shooting with Fast Lenses in Low Light | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
One of the beauty of the Fujinon prime lenses are the fast apertures that allow you to shoot in low light without having to resort to pushing the ISO to the limit.  

On Sunday evening we held the end of season awards ceremony at the Casino Estoril and the lighting conditions in the room could only be described as challenging.  While my photographers worked the floor around the room, I sat up on the first tier of tables using the Fujifilm X-T1 to get wide shots of the proceedings.  Using the 35mm f1.4 and 56mm f1.2 I was able to keep the shutter speed high enough to shoot without pushing the ISO higher than 800 for the entire evening.

In the low light the AF on the X-T1 did struggle at times but a switch to manual focus solved this problem, and with the wonderful split screen in the viewfinder, manual focusing was very easy.
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UK CARS STILL UNITED . . .

UK CARS STILL UNITED . . . | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
No, this is not the story about Scotland independence. It's about cars. Old and new (UK made) cars.
Every third Sunday in September in suburban Toronto town of Oakville, Ontario there is a massive "show & shine" of cars in one of the parks. All left UK at some point.
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Fujifilm X100T review: New viewfinder features make for best X100 model yet

Fujifilm X100T review: New viewfinder features make for best X100 model yet | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
If you're unfamiliar with the X100 series then get prepared to geek out. If you already know all about it then get prepared to be blown away by the Fujifilm X100T - because it's the best X100 model yet.

The reason is simple: the X100T brings an updated viewfinder, complete with parallax correction in manual focus and what the company is calling an "electronic rangefinder" feature too. And it's utterly brilliant.
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What Fujinon XF Lens Should I Buy? 1st Edition

What Fujinon XF Lens Should I Buy? 1st Edition | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
Fujinon lenses are famous for their high quality build and their ability to produce clean, sharp images. Used in various industries, including broadcast, satellite and mobile technologies, these award-winning lenses lead the way for the highest of image quality.


When it comes to choosing a Fujinon lens for your new X-Series camera what one should you buy, and more importantly what photographic scenario is each lens best suited for?

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Exploring Assateague Island National Seashore with the Fuji X-T1

Exploring Assateague Island National Seashore with the Fuji X-T1 | Fuji X files | Scoop.it

On my recent trip to photograph in Assateague Island National Seashore and nearby Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge I had two camera outfits with me: the newly released Nikon D750 -- the subject of my last blog post -- and the Fuji X-T1.


Via Almaphotografica Rolando Oliveira
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Meskel in Lalibela

Meskel in Lalibela | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
With its eleven 900-year-old churches carved from rock, the Ethiopian town of Lalibela attracts tens of thousands of orthodox pilgrims from all over Ethiopia each year. I attended the ceremonies of Meskel, one of the highets days of the Ethiopien orthodox church. The festival is known as Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in other Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant churches. During the ceremony a priest rubs the pilgrims with the holy Lalibela Cross to heal diseases or drive out devils of the bodies of the believers. The Lalibela Cross is thought to date to the 12th century and is considered one of Ethiopia's most precious religious and historical heirlooms.
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Shooting street fashion portraits with Alex Lambrechts

Shooting street fashion portraits with Alex Lambrechts | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
In this ‘episode’, Marc and I were given an excellent opportunity to join the exciting Fashion X Street workshop with Alex Lambrechts. The aim of the workshop was to get photographers using the system in-the-wild, on the fly and to build upon an individual’s confidence in a shooting style, which is to my mind, full of adrenaline, passion and presence.

The group met inside a beautiful coffee/pizzeria house located in the heart of Soho, and it was here that Alex began to explain his craft and the general structure of the day. As part of the ‘FujiGuys UK’ we took along some of our new Fuji toys for the group to have a play with. These included the X100T, XF18-135mm lens and the pocket-rocket X30. After a coffee and a chat, we set out to the streets of Soho armed with our Fuji cameras in hand!
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WCL-x100 The Wide Wide Street

WCL-x100 The Wide Wide Street | Fuji X files | Scoop.it

I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but after the last month of use I really thought I needed to add my take on this little lens/converter. This is by no means a proper review, more some ramblings and thoughts about my usage and my street photography

 

The WCL-x100 product is actually a couple of years old by now. I actually bought one back when I bought the original x100. However, it never got much use for me back then. Since then I sold off my original x100 and along with it the WCL-x100. Fastforward a couple of years, and here I am. Completely smitten with this wide angle converter for my favorite streetphotography camera.


Via Almaphotografica Rolando Oliveira
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Fuji X100S Review

Fuji X100S Review | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
It has been a little over ten months since I became the happy owner of a Fuji X100S.

This charming rangefinder remains among the most universally lauded cameras of its generation. Since its release, there has been no shortage of first impression reviews, spec analyses, and pixel-peeping comparisons against cameras within and beyond its class.

Instead of adding my voice to that choir, this review falls into the category of experiential reviews, which aren’t quite as numerous.

To be clear, photography is not my main source of income, nor even a meaningful one. Photography is my hobby, and I would rather keep it that way than try to force money out of it at the expense of enjoyment.
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Wireless

Wireless | Fuji X files | Scoop.it

What’s all this about? Ridiculously, a terse exchange on a well known internet forum (comically I was accused of being a Nikon fanboy) led me to pick up my Fujifilm X-T1 again and play about with it. Following that, it so happened that meant the X-T1 ended up in my bag on a couple of walks. I took some photos with it and I noted many of the things I liked about the camera and some of the ones that I did not.

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Fujifilm 27mm Review

Fujifilm 27mm Review | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
A review of the Fujifilm 27mm f/2.8 lens with the X-T1 camera. The ultra compact pancake lens with stunning bokeh is a great, low-cost everyday lens.
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X-T1 Face Detection AF with the 56mm @ f/1.2

X-T1 Face Detection AF with the 56mm @ f/1.2 | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
Face Detection is one of those features, buried away in the AF menus, which you might happily ignore and never try. I always associated it with point and shoot cameras, a nice feature to help people take their family photos, with the family in focus! Including it the X-T1 peeked my interest – so I figured I’d check it out, but give it a really tough test at the same time. How well would Face Detection AF work, when I was shooting wide-open at f/1.2 with the 56mm portrait lens?
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Fuji X-T1 in the Studio

Fuji X-T1 in the Studio | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
I have owned this wonderful camera since March and finally decided to see how it can shoot in a studio setting. Using both available light and also the strobes. I shoot primarily food photography, and try to earn a living doing it but that’s another story. When I was shooting with the Canon 5d MkII, I used the Canon 100mm macro lens for the bulk of my food shots. On the Fuji, I have the Fuji 60mm macro lens. Did the Fuji live up to my expectations? Boy did it except for a few quirky things.
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Shooting the Make-Up Artist

Shooting the Make-Up Artist | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
It was the first time I worked with Annabel but I was very happy with her make-up work and the speed at which she performs her magic. She also took on a pretty low profile and that’s exactly what often triggers the portrait photographer in me. Reluctantly at first, she agreed to step in front of the camera for a couple of pictures.
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Hands-on review: Fuji X100T

Hands-on review: Fuji X100T | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
Compact cameras with large sensors are all the rage right now and the Fuji X100S and X100 before it proved popular because of their retro-style controls, impressive hybrid viewfinder and high image quality. The large AA-filterless sensor ensures that images have lots of detail and both cameras have found favour with street and wedding photographers who want a light, high quality camera to use for informal off-the-cuff shots.

The latest incarnation in the series is the Fuji X100T which is very similar to the X100S, having the same APS-C format 16Mp X-Trans CMOS II sensor and Fujinon 23mm (equivalent to 35mm) f/2 lens.

One of the unique features of the Fuji X100 series is its hybrid viewfinder that can be switched between an optical and an electronic device. The X100T updates this with the ability to see an electronic display in one corner of the optical viewfinder. This is designed to make manual focusing much easier.
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The Fuji XF 18-135mm Lens

The Fuji XF 18-135mm Lens | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
A good, solid zoom lens is always nice to have in the bag. I’m fairly new to Fuji, but I’m pretty much in the mind-set of switching over to Fuji as soon as possible. The thing is, there are a few lenses I’m still waiting on to be released before I can fully commit to the new system. So while I am waiting, I decided I would give the Fuji 18-135mm a try to see how it works as an in-between lens while waiting on the two other lenses that will complete my setup. Here are my thoughts.
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Fujifilm XT-1

Fujifilm XT-1 | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
This week I'm up in the far north-west corner of Scotland with some friends, and one of them has let me play with his XT-1 camera. If I were in the market for a digital camera right now, I think this would be the one for me. The only downside about it, is that it doesn't offer some of the aspect-ratios I think are important if you are wishing to improve your composition skills. The Fuji line of cameras seem to offer 3:2, 1:1 and 6:19 only. It's an odd omission to leave out something like 4:3, 4:5 or 6:7 - any one of those would have given me a more pleasing proportioned rectangle to use rather than 3:2, which I feel is more towards a panoramic format than a rectangle, and often the culprit in making composition harder for newbies to master.

If you're in the market for a small system now, and are thinking of getting rid of the bulk and weight of a traditional SLR, I think the mirror-less cameras such as the Micro-Four-Thirds Olympus / Panasonic models as well as Fujifilm's X range of cameras would be worth investigating. Image quality is a moot point now. We've got far much more than most of us need now, and the quality that smaller systems have to offer is no poor contender to full-frame systems. 

If it were me right now, I'd be going for a Fujifilm XT-1 camera with 10-24 lens, despite it not having a 4:3 / 4:5 or 6:7 aspect ratio to play with. I love square and so I'd be happy to use it as a digital 'hasselblad' if you like. But I do hope that the omission of a decent rectangle aspect ratio will be addressed in a future firmware update at some point. 
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The New XF50-140mm f2.8 - First Impressions

The New XF50-140mm f2.8 - First Impressions | Fuji X files | Scoop.it
Last weekend at the Fuji International Speedway, where I was working on the Japanese round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, I had the opportunity to see the new Fujinon  XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR lens ahead of its release in the UK this November.  My thanks to the guys from Fujifilm Japan, who brought one along to the race.  

Because it was race day I was unable to go out and shoot with the lens, hopefully I will be able to remedy this later this year, but here are my first impressions of this new fast telephoto lens.

During my 18 years shooting with Nikon, my favourite lens was the Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 AF-D that I bought new in 1996. I kept this lens for the entire time I used Nikon both as an enthusiast and professional photographer and I sold it, reluctantly, in May of this year. It is probably the one lens that I miss the most,  so when Fujifilm announced a constant f2.8 mid range zoom (76mm-213mm equivalent) I was eager to get my hands on a copy to see what it is like.
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