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Aspects of Digital Photography focusing on the Fuji X-Pro1, X-T1, X-E1/E2 and X100s - photographer, reviews, samples and more ... | http://www.tomen.de
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Fujifilm X100s in Akihabara | Ohm-Image

Fujifilm X100s in Akihabara | Ohm-Image | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Very quickly, the X100s has become my favourite digital camera. It is small, and for the most part, elegantly designed. Attach a Thumbs Up style grip and it is nearly as hand-holdable as a film rangefinder. Of course, its 23mm f/2 lens is both wide and fast enough to do just about everything I need it to do in events and audio product reviews. The elements that show the X100s well in event photography: its silent shutter, and clear OVF, show it equally well on the street. Of course, I'm no street photographer. When I head into Tokyo on business, I carry the X100s. It's the perfect size to slip into a small bag, or hang from an errant thumb. I'm no street artist. From time to time, I fire off a few images. That's about it. The most talented street photographer I know personally is my wife; and after her, Martin Irwin. (My X100's first outing was with Martin.) And none of us practice that sort of thing often enough. I'm the guy that nudges reflectors all day whilst chugging whisky, wine, and cheap vodka and blåbär saft. I rarely get out of the office/studio. But recently, I met up with a few cool headfiers at e-earphone's awesome porta fes 2014. You have to check out the ortofon TA-Q7. Awesome use of space.....

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Fujifilm X100s for still life | Ohm-Image

Fujifilm X100s for still life | Ohm-Image | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I am a still life photographer and my needs in a mirrorless camera are vastly different to the majority of photographers. They are probably much simpler than yours. A very few are sophisticated. The first things I check for in a still life camera are: a good WiFi app, a decent flip-out screen, and the ability to pan and zoom at 100% magnification. I don't use native lenses, and until recently, I've had no need for autofocus. But about a month ago, I sold my X-Pro 1. As much as I loved that camera, it wasn't the ideal backup camera for what I do and how I shoot. In particular, card write-time was too long for audiophile events/press events. Perhaps worse was its jumpy EVF. I replaced it with an X100s. Saying goodbye was difficult. The good news is that the X100s has blown me away. Silent and deadly that little beasty is.........

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Ansible ohmage: Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS | Ohm Image

Ansible ohmage: Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS | Ohm Image | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Generally, I cover events with a couple of trusty F-mount Nikkor Ai/S lenses. But last week I had a wine event that needed a bit more class than a Speedbooster. And, let's be honest, the EVFs can get fiddly in the dark, especially when mated to fully manual lenses. OIS would come in handy. Despite first mounting the 18-55 to the X-Pro 1, I ended up keeping it on the X-T1 because -- and please don't judge me here -- it looks like an SLR lens. The X-Pro 1 is orphaned by current XF designs. Yes, you read that correctly. AF performance wasn't a deciding factor. Neither was sharpness. Looks did it for me. But back to the review. To complement it, I brought the tiny Leica Tele-Elmarit 2,8/90 (thin), which could cram itself twice inside the 18-55 and have room left over. In other words, the 18-55 isn't a small lens. It's just not too big. The event was an industry event. Hi-Resolution audio was the keynote, and bigwigs from a number of awesome companies were there. Portable awesomeness. Home awesomeness. Headphone awesomeness. It was all there. And I got to spend a bit of time at the booths listening to it all. My favourite? Hands down, the Chord Hugo. But let's get back to the lens........

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Fujifilm X: gestalt or bust | Ohm Image

Fujifilm X: gestalt or bust | Ohm Image | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The crowning achievement of Fujifilm's X series isn't its X Trans technology. It isn't its lenses. It isn't its film simulations. It isn't even the quality of the images its cameras and lenses produce. Each of those, while important, is ancillary to brand cohesiveness. Brand cohesiveness comprises many small things that combine to form a gestalt. Having lived in Japan since the end of 2011, I have noticed a distinct lack, or rejection of, gestalt. This lack pervades almost every market-successful Japanese company. In the world of Japanese cars, a specific model is recognisable as a Toyota, or a Honda, or a Suzuki by its badge, not by the look or feel of a car, or by the people who choose to purchase it. Without the badge, you'd be damned to guess which car belongs to which company. For the most part, the camera world is the same. What is unique about Canon? Nikon? Pentax? Who are their customers? The same could be asked of Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, etc. Each one is tackling one thing: gaining market share. And in order to gain market share, they must carefully hone a single benchmark: price/performance. While there are many levels in which price/performance is important, in the long run, it creates an incestuous market......

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Hiking with the Fujifilm X-T1 | Ohm Image

Hiking with the Fujifilm X-T1  | Ohm Image | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Conclusion

For hobby hiking photography with manual lenses, my experience with the X-T1 has been a dream. It is easy to use, compact, and fast on its feet. It is more robust than the X-Pro 1. It takes a fraction of a second to wake and less time to snap and record an image. Its underlying technology mostly disappears. But its numerous — and hairy — hardware boners get in the way of a truly stable hiking experience. Each one proves that as good as mirrorless cameras have become, they have yet to achieve the stability, reliability, and construction quality of a good dSLRs. The X-T1 is sexy to look at, and, for the most part, it is sexy to shoot. The complaints I have regarding EVF lag in low light may disappear as technology progresses. The flappy doors, and the slippy, sloppy, drive mode and metering dials should never have surfaced. My hope is that the next X-T camera will right all the hardware wrongs of the XT-1 while keeping the size, feel, and basic handling elements that make it an simple camera to operate.........

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Horseman VCC Pro - my X-Pro 1's first still life studio outing | Ohm Image

Horseman VCC Pro - my X-Pro 1's first still life studio outing | Ohm Image | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The Horseman VCC Pro is an interesting view camera for both medium format and smaller format film and digital backs. I snatched one for a week thanks to the lovely Ms. Nitta, whom I met at this year's CP+. She set me up with Nikon mounted VCC and two large format Rodagon lenses. Generally I shoot still life with a Sony A7r, and sometimes with a medium format digital back. The A7r is well suited to quickly getting sharp photographs with pretty much any lens/bellows set up. I usually have it paired with some Nikon macro lens or another. But, since it was connected to the VCC Pro for this cheesy shoot, I had to use something else. The D800 is a bloody pain in the still-life studio, so I opted instead to use my X-Pro 1. Why not the pretty awesome X-T1? Simple. Raw support is still a ways off. And I've had the X-Pro 1 for a year and still not used it in the studio. Why not give it a go? ....

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Should I sell all my Nikon gear for a X-T1? | Ohm Image

Should I sell all my Nikon gear for a X-T1? | Ohm Image | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

If only I had a yen for every time this question came up in the Fujifilm SLR/X series forum at DPReview, I'd... be able to buy a chocolate bar or two. There are some good answers in the thread for anyone that looks for community consensus. My short answer: if you are shooting anything remotely action-oriented outdoors in bright sunlight, you will not be able to see your subject. Even today's best EVFs lack the contrast and brightness necessary to stand against the sun, not to mention refresh rates that are able to obviate vertigo. If you are in a cold environment and need to change focus parameters, among other things that rely on the back panel, the X-T1 won't cut it. It is unbelievably clumsy to use with gloves on. The rear AF button isn't the do-all AF-ON button that it is on Canon/Nikon bodies. I am ecstatic about the X-T1. It shows Fujifilm improving on most things. But the X-T1 is in no way a replacement for a DSLR in the arenas where DSLRs reign supreme. A great mirrorless camera is still a not equal to a great DSLR of any stripe unless weight, size, lens selection (this refers to APS-C DSLRs), are the deciding factors....

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The Fujifilml X-Pro 1 VS the big-ass SLR | Ohm-Image

The Fujifilml X-Pro 1 VS the big-ass SLR | Ohm-Image | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


I'm a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 user. I'm also a Canon P and Olympus Trip 35 user. The Olumpus really is small. The Canon is about the same size as the Fujifilm. The mantra of today' Fujifilm supporter is a rather sloppy orgy SLR hate. Why? The hump. And the size. Perhaps the crowd haven't used an SLR camera before. The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 happens to be the same size as my Nikon FE, an SLR camera- in fact, an SLR camera that was never considered small. Yes, the mounting flanges are quite different. And yes the FE humps a bit. But the FE's shoulder height is lower than the X-Pro 1's even with buttons sprigging from the top. Minus the mounting flange, the body is also thinner. And again, the FE was never considered a small SLR camera. So what do Fujifilm fans mean when they think 'SLR'? The above image illustrates exactly what is conjured up in their forgetful brains. Today's digital SLRs are massive. Even Nikon's smallest D3000 is bigger than the FE and X-Pro 1. The D800 is the FE's modern analogue in terms of equivalent target market, build quality among other things. The trend started after Japanese makers started putting electronics into every nook and cranny they could......

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