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X-Pro 1 at the 2012 Pushkar Camel Fair - Rajasthan, India | Tim Steadman

X-Pro 1 at the 2012 Pushkar Camel Fair - Rajasthan, India | Tim Steadman | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it


Two weeks ago, I traveled to Pushkar for the annual Camel Fair. For 8 days, I was armed with only my X-pro 1 , the 18mm f/2, and the 35mm f/1.4. This was my first experience working extensively with the X-pro 1. It felt different. Last year I walked the grounds of the Pushkar Camel fair armed with a Canon 1D Mark II with a 70-200 2.8 IS and a Canon 5D with a 16-35 II f/2.8. A 35mm 1.4 and a 50mm 1.4 were stowed my backpack. I came away with images I really liked, but also came away each night with a sore neck and back and an ever growing frustration of hauling so much stuff. For one day I decided to carry just my 1d Mark II with the 35mm 1.4 to "free myself." It saved my back but not quite my neck and I still felt like this big camera was all people looked at when I first approached them to have a chat, ask questions, etc. I needed something less obtrusive. Along came the X-pro 1 that I purchased a few months ago. The Pushkar Camel Fair was the first event I felt I could give it a good working test and compare its performance and image quality with the performance and images I shot last year with my Canon gear. I also wanted to see how it held up in the sandy elements of the desert. I am very pleased with the results. The image quality, I feel, with the X-Pro 1 and 35mm f/1.4 combo is as good as the image quality of my Canon 1D Mark II and 35mm 1.4 combo. I love this. Performance wise, the auto focus SPEED with the X-pro I doesn't even compare. It is slow in the world of pro SLR's but then again, for travel, I am usually not shooting anything that is moving fast, so speed is not an issue. It is not too slow to frustrate me in any way...especially since the firmware update a couple months ago. I have found that shooting in manual AF mode and using the AEL button for auto focus is a bit faster and easier. The auto focus ACCURACY with the X-Pro 1 is great. Once it locks on, it's good to go. I took 2-3 extra shots in certain situations early on in the camel fair just to make sure I got one in focus as I was a bit skeptical. All the images came out tack sharp. Very nice! ....


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3 Days with the Fuji X-1 Pro in Dubai | Björn Moerman

3 Days with the Fuji X-1 Pro in Dubai | Björn Moerman | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it


Conclusion:
Will I be buying this camera? No, but I do have a the newer FujiFilm X-E1 with the 18-55 f2.8/f4 zoom lens on order. This camera has exactly the same sensor as the X-1Pro and is even a bit smaller and lighter, due to the lack of the Optical viewfinder (OVF). By the way, on the X-1Pro, I did hardly use the OVF and really like how the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) works. Will it replace my full frame Nikon D800? No of course not. For the moment there is clearly room for both. The X-E1 will go on my travels whenever I need to go light. I do however believe that the D800 might be the last DSLR body I bought. The future of the mirror-less is surely exciting and I sincerely believe they will eventually replace most if not all DSLR bodies.


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Engine Room | X-PRO1 + Eye-Fi X2 | Patrick la ROQUE

Engine Room | X-PRO1 + Eye-Fi X2 | Patrick la ROQUE | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it

 

I’ve been cooped up these past few days, doing all the peripheral messing around that surrounds a photography business. The stuff where you don’t get to take pictures. I get itchy when I don’t take pictures. You wouldn’t like me when I’m itchy…

 

So this afternoon I took a break and walked around that room in the house where we never spend any time. The one with the furnace and the mess of things we don’t use everyday but keep around for some reason. The next season, a camping trip, the kids getting married. Just in case you know? I used the X-Pro1 and an Eye-Fi Pro X2 card I got recently for a job. I needed a way to shoot tethered and this was the only way to do it. It works, although it has a tendency to seriously slow down at times and I haven’t yet figured out the reason. Shooting RAW brings it to its knees but the files do get there eventually. Today it worked like a charm: I was shooting monochrome jpegs and using Lightroom’s Auto Import watch folder — the pictures were all waiting for me, ready to be edited by the time I sat down at the iMac. Cool.....


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First 6 months with the X-Pro1 | Thomas Hogben

First 6 months with the X-Pro1 | Thomas Hogben | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it


... I have been shooting with the X-Pro1 now for around 6 months and I really do enjoy it as a camera. But when out today it kept erroring when trying to shoot a couple of short movie clips.. This isnt something i often use the camera for as, to be honest its pretty poor at video but it would be nice for it to at least work. Anyone else had this issue? As far as stills go I am really very impressed with the performance across the board. Shooting both raw and Jpeg is currently still the best option. Archiving the raw files for a time when they may out perform the Jpegs but currently Lightroom produces better images from the Pro Standard Jpegs than the RAWs. Although the latitude of the RAW does still out perform the jpeg.

You can see a selection of my photos here...


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X-E1 or X-PRO1: that is the question! | Fuji Rumors

X-E1 or X-PRO1: that is the question! | Fuji Rumors | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it


It’s one of the most asked questions in the reviews I’ve read. And the answers are different. And now, that the X-E1 is finally available also in the US market, is it really better to buy the X-E1 rather than the X-PRO1? Is it better to save the money, buy the X-E1, and buy an additional lens with the money you saved? Here are an autofocus comparison and four more reviews....


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Fujifilm X-E1 v X-Pro1 AF Speed Comparison | Matthew Maddock

Fujifilm X-E1 v X-Pro1 AF Speed Comparison | Matthew Maddock | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it


I recently got my Fujifilm X-E1 body and was immediately very impressed with the AF speed, as was everyone else who tried it. It appeared snappier than the X-Pro1, but although I knew the X-Pro1 had improved lately with the new v2.0 firmware, I wanted to see if there was actually any difference between the two with the same lens attached. Wilkinson Cameras in Kendal kindly lent me a 2nd 35mm lens for the weekend so I could try out both cameras side-by-side with the same lens. Having the same lens was essential because the AF performance on these cameras depends greatly on the lens attached. I chose the 35mm as I thought that it is probably the lens most people own and use as their primary lens. It’s also the middle performer in terms of AF speed so we can get a good comparison out of it. The video of the comparison is posted below. I won’t ruin the result for you by telling you here – watch the video and see for yourself! I think most people will be quite surprised by the conclusion.


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FUJIFILM X-Pro1 versus X-E1 | Antonino Zambito

FUJIFILM X-Pro1 versus X-E1 | Antonino Zambito | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it

 

X-Pro1 oder doch lieber die X-E1. Fujifilm macht es einem auf den ersten Blick nicht gerade einfach eine Entscheidung zu treffen. Zu ähnlich scheinen beide Kameras. Beide Modelle haben den selben Bildprozessor und 16.3 Millionen Pixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor. Beide haben eine Serienbildfolge von sechs Bilder in der Sekunde und zeichnen Full HD Videos mit 24 fps auf. Beide haben ein Metallgehäuse und verwenden das selbe Bajonett für Objektive. Ebenso werden beide aus dem selben Material gefertigt und wie gewohnt auch hochwertig verarbeitet. Damit enden aber auch die Gemeinsamkeiten. Während die X-Pro1 einen Multi-Hybridsucher hat der es ermöglicht zwischen einem optischen und einem elektronischen LCD Sucher mit 1.44 Millionen Bildpunkten hin und her zu schalten, wurde die X-E1 mit einem neuen 2,36 Millionen Pixel OLED Sucher ausgestattet. Dadurch dass das optische Suchersystem fehlt, ist die X-E1 kleiner und schmäler als die X-Pro1. Das macht sich auch auf dem rückseitigen Display der X-E1 mit seinen 2,8″ und 460K gegenüber der X-Pro1 mit 3″ und 1230K bemerkbar.....

 

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X-Pro1 shoots Día de los Muertos | Chris Dodkin

X-Pro1 shoots Día de los Muertos | Chris Dodkin | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it

 

The Mexican Day of the Dead – Dia de los Muertos is a festive and celebrative time. It is a holiday with a complex history and fusion of old traditions. This view of death started with Meso–American cultures such as the Olmecs more than 3,000 years ago. Meso–Americans believed that during this time of the year, the boundaries that separate the living and the dead weaken and that the deceased could visit the living. Many immigrants, especially the Oaxacan community, have brought these traditions with them. Non-Mexicans are learning that Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life and death that speaks to everyone who has lost somebody.

My local festival is held at the Catholic Mission in Oceanside, and is very well attended - with tributes to the deceased, traditional dancing, mexican food, and many people dressed as skeletons and sugar skulls .....

 

For the people shots, I used EF-X20 fill flash, still with the ND filter fitted, as this kept the shutter speed within range for flash sync. I mostly backed the flash off -1/3Ev to avoid an overtly 'flash' look. All shots are with the 35mm f/1.4 lens on the X-Pro1.


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Paris 2012 with the Fujifilm XPro-1 | Keith Miles

Paris 2012 with the Fujifilm XPro-1 | Keith Miles | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it

 

Perambulations in Paris...


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Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn With My Fuji X-Pro1 And X100 | Patrick Leong

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn With My Fuji X-Pro1 And X100 | Patrick Leong | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it

 

Hey everyone, what a night! Hurricane Sandy sure left a mess here in New York! Some of the roads are just beginning to open up but no trains for quite some time. The stations are completely flooded! Mayor Bloomberg said there may be buses tomorrow but they will be limited. There are people still without power. Since I couldn’t get into Manhattan, I thought I’d walk around my neighborhood to check out the damage that Hurricane Sandy left here. Since my M9 is not with me anymore (it’s on consignment for the new Leica M), I decided to walk around with my Fuji X-Pro1 and X100. I carried my X100 with me because I wanted to use it a bit more before I sell it for the Fuji X-E1. Here are the photos, I hope you all enjoy them. I hope everyone is safe here in the East Coast! Feel free to leave a comment if you live in New York or New Jersey if you have anything to say about Hurricane Sandy (or anyone else ). Take care everyone and stay safe!


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Remington Schroder's comment, October 3, 2013 9:29 PM
Natural disasters are horrible because there is never anything positive that some with the outcome.
Jordan Zemanek's comment, October 3, 2013 11:06 PM
In this article, it covers major things that affected all of New York. Just from this small example of what it did to a single town, you can only imagine the widespread damage across the state. Trees all of the way to lamp posts were destroyed. I think that the community should have got together and cleaned up to be positive about the situation.
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More thoughts of the Fuji X-Pro1 | Gabor Nagy

More thoughts of the Fuji X-Pro1 | Gabor Nagy | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it


I have my X-Pro1 over a month now and I'm pretty happy with it. So satisfied that I only took out my 5D mkII once and when I did so I realized my Canon with the 50mm f1.4 lens hunts more than the Fuji does. Yes, the X-Pro1 has it quirks. Does it frustrate me? No. Although there are few things I'd like to change if I could and if you read this you probably know what I'm talking about. One of them is that there is no minimum shutter speed in auto ISO mode and an other thing which actually bothers me more is the position of the auto focus selection button, it would be great to be able to assign the Fn button to select the focus point. Anyway, hopefully Fuji listens and will address these in a future firmware update. Meanwhile here are couple of shots from the last weeks when my grandma came over to visit us and did a few trips around Dublin. Most of the photos were taken with the 18mm f2.0 lens and processed in Lightroom 4.


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Time with the Fuji XF 60mm Macro Lens on my XPro-1 | Brian Donegan

Time with the Fuji XF 60mm Macro Lens on my XPro-1 | Brian Donegan | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it

 

The XPro-1 has not failed to amaze me every time I pick up the camera. From unbelievable low light capability to those gorgeous Fuji colors straight out of the camera, I simply couldn’t recommend any other small camera system till date. So when Fuji generously gave me the 60mm Macro to test, I prepared myself to get wowed once more.. Full disclosure, Fujifilm isn’t paying me a dime (or fils) to put these words down about their products. I’ve paid the (ridiculously high in this region) price out of my own pocket. Even after my beloved X100 was stolen. Thats testament to one fact. I’m a believer in Fuji and love a great comeback. Its true that Fujifilm Middle East has featured me a couple of times on their social media but thats been with no strings attached. So with that out of the way, I’m going to give you my two cents on the only XF lens I didn’t buy along with my camera during its initial launch. Why you ask ? Why didn’t I just complete the set and get all three ?

 

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Absolutely…. I’m going to get this lens. The optical quality to me is stunning. It makes my small bag of the body plus three lenses a complete work-horse kit for when I shoot cars, the streets or absolutely anything else. My D800 only comes out once in a while these days and I’m pretty sure this is going to be great for portraiture as well – (awaiting my next willing subject to explore that genre). Fuji have made sure they keep the trend of improving their existing products with each successive firmware update and I’m yet to see them neglect any of the bugs reported either directly or through any from of media. If you’re considering the X-Series and want to get in close, make sure that this is on your shopping list. I know its on mine.


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Follow-up on the polar bear attack in Nunavik - A portrait done on X-Pro1 | Marc-André Pauzé

Follow-up on the polar bear attack in Nunavik  - A portrait done on X-Pro1 | Marc-André Pauzé | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it


Summary: Alice Annanack Baron, three months after the polar bear attack (http://waseyaimages.net/2012/07/a-bad-bear/), greets me on the porch of her house. She is finally back home after many surgeries to her hand and scalp. The bear scalped her and his teeth and claws were just a few centimeters of her temporal artery. She still have nightmares and she is afraid of darkness. Will she ever go back on the land ? She has doubt. Her husband, Tommy, her hero, goes through tough times. Only a month after the attack, he lost a brother to the river, on a hunting trip. As both of them accompany me the door, Alice adds:
“Winter is finally here, she says, like to make sure the summer of her meeting with nanook is something of the past.

 

About Marc-André Pauzé:
As a health professional and award-winner photographer-documentarist-writer, Marc-André Pauzé has a mission, being a storyteller of the human condition and to bear witness to the eternal struggle for human rights and social justice by combining documentary work with respect to the human dignity of his subjects.


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Impressions of the Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 lens | sgoldswoblog

Impressions of the Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 lens | sgoldswoblog | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it


This is a very good lens and should be in any self respecting Fuji X-Pro1 or X-E1 owners bag. It feels solid and is very well screwed together. I’ve had rubbish weather to test out this lens and I’m upset I cannot replicate the very bright conditions on Sunday when I first road tested the lens. Nonetheless the rubbish weather has enabled me to confirm the lens OIS works well…


Using it with the X-Pro1 OVF takes some getting used to in that the size of the frame is tiny at full zoom. That say, it is perfect for action shots as you can see what is happening around the frame. I didn’t mind using it with the OVF in that way but I preferred to use it with the EVF. The lens has a fast and (scarily) quiet auto-focus mechanism and uses an internal focusing system, which means the front element and filter thread does not rotate on focus. Focus speed is very good, much better than any of the primes except the 18mm, and I suspect the original primes will be quietly upgraded to use the linear motors used in this lens over time. However, sometime the 18-55 feels more inaccurate at focusing than the primes. This seems to be some that was addressed in firmware for the primes so I wouldn’t be too worried about it right now. The lens is very sharp and compares well with constant aperture zooms I have used. By way of comparison I think it compares favourably to the 12-35 for M43s in that it is almost as quick to focus, is ultra sharp (though the sensor helps here) and the OIS is very good. Also the 12-35 suffers badly from CA on Olympus bodies. The 18-55mm only really loses out because of its aperture – ultimately the 12-35mm is better in low light because of that. Distortion isn’t too bad and is only really noticeable for me at 18mm (note, distortion is corrected in body). There is some barreling at 18mm, but no pincushion distortion I noticed at the 55mm setting. Bokeh is very good at 55mm but is a little busy at 18mm. Vignetting is not a problem. Quibbles aside this is a very good lens and is a steal for the £529 I’ve seen it advertised for. Basically, get it as soon as you can. You won’t regret it!

 


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Kage Collective | Derek Clark Photography

Kage Collective | Derek Clark Photography | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it

 

I’m proud to announce the launch of The Kage Collective (pronounced Kaji), a project I’m involved in with fellow photographers Patrick LaRoque (Canada), Paul Pride (England, UK) and Robert Catto (Australia), with me (Scotland, UK).

As you will see from the Kage Collective website, we are a group of international photographers shooting documentary projects about a wide variety of subjects. The one common thread that runs through the project and the thing that not only brought us together, but also binds us, is that we shoot with the Fujifilm X series cameras. At the moment the X100, X-Pro1 and X-E1 are the models being used by the collective, but I’m sure other models will become available to us, and of course we can’t wait to get our hands on the new XF lenses as they come available. Kage Collective has been simmering away in the background for a few months, taking shape and getting refined ready for todays launch. It’s been difficult not to let it slip a few times, especially on Twitter. I’m excited and thrilled to be a part of this collective and couldn’t wish for a better group of photographers to collaborate with. To say we’re on the same wavelength would be an understatement! So please take a look at the brand new Kage Collective website (built by our very own Patrick LaRoque) and have a look at our launch stories. The site will be updated regularly and will definitely give us all a bit of pressure to go out with our Fuji X cameras and document life as we see it!


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Park in Fog | Jeff Seltzer

Park in Fog | Jeff Seltzer | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it


Where I live in Southern California ("The Valley") it's rare that we get really thick fog this far inland...it's even more rare that we get really thick fog this far inland, and I'm not too lazy to wake-up and photograph. So, it was a rare occasion indeed last weekend that I got a chance to capture some images at the park around the corner. I love fog because it creates a clutter-free background with just about anything, which is important to me when I shoot. Early morning is also great at the park because there's a relative lack of people getting in my way. Still, several runners stopped and just stared at me as I photographed, no doubt thinking, "what the hell is he taking a picture of??!" (which is a typical reaction for me). All images are taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm lens.


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Seeing in Black & White | Kate Lockhart

Seeing in Black & White | Kate Lockhart | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it

 

Back in the summer, when I was spending time in New Hampshire, I talked about my inability to “see” in black & white. While I do convert a shot to B&W every now and then, it’s not something I do with any regularity. Funny thing is, I LOVE black and white photography when it is done well. When the Leica Monochrome was announced this spring, I found the concept of a digital camera that can only shoot in B&W fascinating. While the cost of the camera is crazy high, especially for a black and white ONLY camera, I’ll admit that there’s something appealing to me about only being able to shoot in black & white. I’m convinced that after a period of time with the Leica Monochrome, I would be able to see in B&W and my B&W photography would improve as well. Fortunately for me, I can use my X-Pro 1 set to “monochrome” as a “poor man’s Leica Monochrome.” Given my recent disenchantment with the X-Pro 1, setting it up as a B&W only camera for a period seems like a good way for me to continue to use it. Fortunately for me, I have one of the world’s most gorgeous models at my disposal every day. So, with the X-Pro 1 set to monochrome mode, I grabbed my girl and commenced with a portrait session. What’s so cool about the X-Pro 1 is that using the electronic viewfinder (EVF) I can see the photo in black and white as I compose it. So I LITERALLY get to see the shot in B&W before I take it. It’s sort of like cheating, but I found it helpful. I’m very happy with the results from this “shoot.” In fact, I think these are some of the best shots I’ve taken of Fenway. I’m confident that if I keep using the X-Pro 1 in monochrome and I become more comfortable shooting in black and white you’ll begin to see more monochromatic shots on the site.


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Evan Christopher during Rehearsals | Gerry Walden

Evan Christopher during Rehearsals | Gerry Walden | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it

 

One of the things that I have found the X-Pro1 has enabled me to explore more is the possibility of a new approach to my jazz photography. Because it is so good in low light shooting at 6400iso, and because it is so unobtrusive in use, I have been able to move amongst musicians in a way that I have not felt able to do before. There is also another ‘low noise’ side of the camera, the sound of the shutter firing is so minimal that it is not like the gun shot of a DSLR. In fact, at the touch of a button, it is totally silent. Musicians concentrating in an empty auditorium can find that sound of a DSLR shutter very distracting – and recording engineers or film crews will threaten to lynch you if you are not careful! Clarinetist Evan Christopher is from New Orleans (although born in California) and is one of the best around. These are two of the images I took at sound checks/recording of his group Django a la Creole a recent concert in Southampton using the 35mm lens at 1/125th @ f1.4. The iso was 6400, and I processed the image in Lightroom 4. I find that Lightroom is great for handling the raw files from the X-Pro1, and the black and white conversions are very simple. The tone control is as good as Evan manages on the clarinet!

 


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Project 2012 | Week 38 ( X-pro1 doing actions shots) | Luc Pher

Project 2012 | Week 38 ( X-pro1 doing actions shots) | Luc Pher | Fuji X-Life | Scoop.it

 

This week, I decide to try something different and use the X-pro1 to capture some actions shots together with the 35mm 1.4. The main subjects are skaters at a skate park in the city. It was a short shoot but interesting and fruitful. As most reviewer commented, the AF on the X-pro1 is “OK”. To overcome the slowness, I use pre-focusing and lots of anticipation to capture the action. Coupled with the OVF, I can see outside of the frame to see skaters coming into the frame.


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