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Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R Fuji X Pro 1 Super EBC | ERPhotoReview

Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R Fuji X Pro 1 Super EBC | ERPhotoReview | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


This lens has quickly reached cult status, does this standard live up to the hype? This lens is a beautifully built standard, constructed entirely of metal. At least anything you touch, including the filter threads, which is a nice departure from the standard plastic these days. The aperture ring is reminiscent of older lenses with nice metal knurls and nice positive 1/3 stop click stops. The focus ring is similar quality, also with all metal knurled grip. The hood is nice and positive and the lens has two caps. One that goes on the hood since it is not a reversible style, and a second that goes on the filter thread. Thankfully the cap on the threads can still be removed with the hood in place. The hood has a nice positive bayonet mount which makes it easy to take on and off even with the lens cap on. The lens is a modern design 8 element lens with 1 aspherical element, and a nice 7 curved bladed diaphragm, which remains fairly circular until about f/2.8 or f/4. By f/5.6 it is mostly polygon. The 52 mm filter threads are standard for many large aperture standard lenses, so filters are easy to find. The lens has a typical minimum focus distance of about 0.3 m and a maximum magnification of 0.17x. It is well weighted at about 187 g, feeling not too heavy nor too light. This lens is nearly the same size as a classic 50 mm f/1.4 lens from the film camera era. In use, the AF motor is a stepper motor style, and it does make audible focus noise, on par with a quieter screw drive system. Focus remains quick if the lens doesn’t have to hunt the range, but if it does it takes just over a second to go full range. The lens seems to have a long throw, so it should be very precise, but take a little longer to go end to end. In normal circumstances the lens will focus in just a fraction of a second. The manual focus ring is slightly slippery due to the metal knurls. I think rubber would provide a better grip, but wouldn’t last as long or feel as high quality. If you are used to doing quick back and forth motions to manually focus, and stopping on the sharpest point in an instant, this lens won’t work great for that. You have to slow it down as it takes a fraction of a second for the motor to respond. The best way to manually focus is to prefocus using the AE-L/AF-L button and tweak manually, but turning quickly back and forth will work if you slow it down just a bit to compensate for the “lag”. Now how about the optics in a 35 mm f/1.4? The only other standard class f/1.4 lens designed for APS-C at this time is the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, which is notoriously bad in the corners. Does this slightly longer standard lens do better?

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The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1/X-Pro2, X-T1 and X-E1/E2 articles on the Web ... | Thomas Menk

The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1/X-Pro2, X-T1 and X-E1/E2 articles on the Web ... | Thomas Menk | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


Aspects of Digital Photography focusing on the Fuji X-Pro 1, X-T1, X-E1/E2 and X100s - photographer, reviews, samples and more.

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Thomas Menk's comment, June 12, 2013 11:54 AM
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Doug Chinnery's curator insight, October 17, 2013 7:27 AM

very useful collection of information on the X Pro 1

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Great stuff from an  X Photographer 

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Wie finde ich eigentlich…..das Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm? | Mehrdad Abedi

Wie finde ich eigentlich…..das Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm? | Mehrdad Abedi | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Für diejenigen unter Euch, die das erste Mal auf meinem Blog gelandet sind: Ihr werdet hier keine großartig reproduzierbaren Aufbauten mit mtf Charts, Verzeichnungen und Verkrümmungstests etc. zu sehen/lesen bekommen, sondern nur (m)eine persönliche Meinung eines Fotografen, der seine Objektive benutzt und sich auf sie verlassen will/muss. Für die technischen Details gibt es viele andere gute Seiten. Auch gleich zu Anfang will ich vorausschicken, dass ich das Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 wie auch die anderen beiden Touits von Zeiss Deutschland netterweise zu Testzwecken zur Verfügung gestellt bekommen habe. Das heisst, es wandert am Ende auch wieder zurück zu Zeiss Deutschland. An dieser Stelle hatte ich schon meinen Dank an Zeiss Deutschland bekundet. Es fließt also weder in die eine noch in die andere Richtung Geld. Das Touit 12mm ist ja in Bezug auf die Brennweite recht nah an dem Fujinon xf14mm f2.8 dran. Und auch wenn ich hier im Grunde keinen direkten Vergleich dieser beiden Objektive suche, so werde ich immer wieder das Fujinon vergleichsweise heranbemühen und es am Ende natürlich auch in meine persönliche Bewertung mit einfließen lassen. Aber jetzt erst einmal der Reihe nach.........

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Kelly Simonz's Blind Faith - live at Tokyo Kinema Club | Matthias Lambrecht

Kelly Simonz's Blind Faith - live at Tokyo Kinema Club | Matthias Lambrecht | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

...I shot the concert with my Fuji X series gear, using the X-T1 with the XF 56mm/F1.2 and the X-E1 with the XF 14mm/2.8. I was curious if the Fujis would hold up to a real world stress test like this, and it's almost anticlimactic how little trouble I had. The older X-E1 has some autofocus issues in the dark, so I stuck the wide angle on it to reduce the amount of focus hunting; and the X-T1 nailed most of the shots without any problems. As usual, quick access to ISO / shutter speed / aperture dials was a lifesaver.....

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Why Sharpness is Overrated in Street Photography | Eric Kim

Why Sharpness is Overrated in Street Photography | Eric Kim | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Sharpness is over-rated in street photography. Even Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” I remember when I first saw one of HCB’s exhibitions in person in Paris, I was surprised by how soft most of his shots were. And many of his photos were significantly out of focus (thinking about the famous shot of the man in a bullfighter’s ring in Spain (above). When I stated street photography, I was obsessed with sharpness. This of course, was due to all the nerds on gear forums who showed corner to corner sharpness tests on brick walls. I was suckered into thinking a sharp photo was a good photo. However once I discovered the work or Daido Moriyama, I realized that a good photo didn’t need to be sharp. In-fact, a grainy, out of focus, and soft photo often had more mood, emotion, and soul than an uber-sharp photo.......

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Fujinon XF18-135mm on the field | Eh Namour

Fujinon XF18-135mm on the field | Eh Namour | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I had in my hands the new Fujinon 18-135mm lens for a short test. No situation could be better than the street photography during a rainy day of Soccer World Cup in Brazil. I took the train with the argentinian and holand supporters and arrived in the stadium neighborhoods. The new 18-135mm is a solid piece of glass, bigger than the other Fujinon X lenses, but still aceptable in therms of mirrorless standards. Personaly I don´t use zoom lenses on my personal work, but I think there are some photographers profile who loves it and keep it always in the bag. I used this lens with my Fuji X-T1, that is water sealed, as the new lens. It was a great test and it worked perfectly. For still situations, the new Optical Image Stabilizer is superb, I could shoot very low speed on my hand. I liked the quality of the lens wide opened, didn´t see noticeable aberrations or vigneting. Its a perfect glass for advanced amateurs, who want a solution for travel, street, portrait (with no bokeh because of the closed aperture). It lacks a wider aperture, mainly for social events as weddings, and for portraits could be better for who loves the bokeh. This lens is the perfect match of versatility and quality........

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Fujifilm X100S - Fotografia di viaggio - Londra | Andrea Livieri

Fujifilm X100S - Fotografia di viaggio - Londra | Andrea Livieri | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Circa cinque mesi fa ho acquistato la Fujifilm X100S, e da quel giorno questa piccola compatta è diventata la mia fotocamera principale per gran parte dei lavori che svolgo. Ricordo con simpatia nel 2010 quando, dopo aver acquistato la mia prima reflex seria, mi dimenavo tra negozi online e forum in cerca di più opinioni possibili su quali fossero le ottiche migliori, i flash più performanti, gli accessori consigliati per migliorare le proprie immagini, etc etc. Un delirio insomma. Era il periodo della G.A.S. (Gear Aquisition Syndrome), ci siamo passati tutti, e per alcuni è un vizio sempre latente. Tutt’oggi la gara a chi ce l’ha più grosso sembra più viva che mai tra molti fotoamatori e professionisti, per non parlare dei loghi principe di appartenenza Canon vs. Nikon, l’eterna diatriba. Bene, a distanza di quattro anni ho finalmente capito che per il 90% delle foto che amo fare, la X100S è la fotocamera che mi veste come un calzino, per ergononima, feeling, funzionalità e qualità d’immagine. In questo articolo voglio condividere con te alcune immagini che ho realizzato durante un recente viaggio a Londra, soffermandomi su alcuni dei punti forti della X100S, ma anche su qualche lieve punto debole.......

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The Most Informative Tripod, Monopod and Tripod Head Buying Guide | Leigh Diprose

The Most Informative Tripod, Monopod and Tripod Head Buying Guide | Leigh Diprose | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Are you finding your landscape, wedding, sports or wildlife photos are a bit blurry? If that’s the case you may need to rethink the way you shoot. Have you ever considered photographing with a tripod or monopod before? If not then you’re missing out on producing the sharpest images you could ever possibly imagine. You see without a tripod or monopod to steady your camera, there’s bound to be camera shake, especially in low light situations. As a landscape, wedding, wildlife and portrait photographer myself I find a good quality tripod and monopod are an essential piece of my kit. The first reason I stated earlier, but secondly you should consider using a tripod or monopod for heath reasons. If you’re anything like me you probably use your camera quite a bit and after a while of carrying around heavy camera equipment it can take a toll on your back, just ask any wedding photographer and I’m sure they’ll agree with me!......

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Discovering Hidden Gems | Craig Robertson

Discovering Hidden Gems | Craig Robertson | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

So it's been quite some time since I last "blogged". Why - I guess I have been focused on other things and quite busy with commercial work. But in the last few months I've had two trips to Queenstown, walked the Routeburn track and spent a glorious week celebrating a friend's 50th birthday on Stewart Island. So I have been out and about. I have also been shooting since the beginning of this year with Fuji's new X-T1. I am in love with this camera and I'm going to be so bold to say it's THE best camera I've ever owned. However none of those trips have been dedicated to just photography and so last week I took a few days out to just explore with my camera. And what a trip it was. West of Auckland lies Awhitu Peninsula. Despite it's close proximity to New Zealand's largest city it almost seems forgotten. It's not talked about like Auckland's west coast beach's of Piha and Murawai or it's eastern counterpart Coromandel Peninsula where hoards of Aucklander's flock every weekend. Nevertheless it is a spectacular and quiet gem - well for a landscape photographer anyway. Wild west coast beaches, limestone outcrops, lonely windswept pururi and cabbage trees, quiet harbour beaches. In fact the only thing to constantly remind you that you're near Auckland is it being on the flightpath for the airport. A seemingly constant interruption of peace and tranquility as the big jets power overhead......

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Fujifilm + Zeiss = Vancouver //Kanada | Mehrdad Abedi

Fujifilm + Zeiss = Vancouver //Kanada | Mehrdad Abedi | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Vancouver war einer der Orte, der seit langem auf meiner kleinen Must See Liste stand. Ich hatte so viel gutes über die Stadt in British Columbia gehört, dass ich mir gerne selber ein Bild davon machen wollte. Natürlich war die Zeit, die ich hatte, viel zu kurz – wie eigentlich immer. Es galt also, das Beste in der Kürze der Zeit herauszuholen. Vorab vielleicht noch schnell etwas zu meiner Ausrüstung: Einen Tag bevor es für mich nach Vancouver ging, kam ein großes Paket für mich zu Hause an. Mit freundlichen Grüßen von Carl Zeiss Lenses. Hier hatte ich bereits etwas dazu geschrieben. Neben meiner x-pro1 und den drei Zeiss Objektiven nahm ich noch die Fujifilm x-t1 meiner Frau mit. Eigentlich gibt sie diese nur sehr ungern aus der Hand, selbst mir, aber diesmal hatte sie wohl Mitleid mit mir? Egal, ich nahm das Angebot dankend an. Alle Bilder, die ihr also in diesem Post seht, sind entweder mit der x-pro1 oder der x-t1 entstanden. Wobei ich das 12mm Zeiss eigentlich nur an der x-t1 nutzte. Ich weiß nicht, ob es das Zeiss mit seinem wirklich tollen Aufnahmewinkel war oder die echt tolle x-t1, aber die meisten Fotos entstanden mit dem 12mm. Was ich genau von dem Zeisslingen halte, kommt aber ein anderes Mal. Heute soll die Stadt Vancouver mein Thema bleiben......

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Cruising with the X-Series | Clifton Beard

Cruising with the X-Series | Clifton Beard | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I recently went on a 13-day cruise to the Baltic with the Fuji X-system. I took both of my bodies (X-E1 & X-T1) plus my single zoom (18-55) and several primes. I took my Tenba Messenger (small) bag for the Macbook, chargers, backup HDD, cables, Rolleicord film camera, iPod and extra lenses, but intended to only carry the Ona Bowery bag on a day to day basis. Stops were made for days out around several major cities, including Amsterdam, Tallin, Helsinki, Stockholm and St Petersburg. It was a good chance to give the X-T1 a practical workout and to see whether imaging with this compact setup would be effective and enjoyable. In terms of portability I have only praise for the setup I chose to carry on a day to day basis. I took the Ona bag with both bodies, each fitted with a lens that I thought would be most suitable for the location visited. Also carried were 2 spare batteries, lens cloth, detachable neck strap/wrist strap and city map. This setup was light and comfortable to carry, never once giving me shoulder ache. It was easy to open or secure the bag and rapidly remove or replace a camera. There was no need for lens changing in the streets, which in my experience tends to lead to dropping kit, losing bits like lens caps and missing the moment. I prefer to shoot already set up and would rather carry 2 bodies, each with a lens, than a single body with 3 lenses, for this sort of photography........

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