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More on the Fuji 18-55mm zoom lens | Gene Lowinger

More on the Fuji 18-55mm zoom lens | Gene Lowinger | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


After reviewing my images from my outing on the streets of New York, one thing is very clear to me. I need more time with this lens to get my zoom/longer focal length chops back to snuff.

Drat it! I guess I'll just have to go out and shoot a lot more. Just to recap what I said yesterday: the focus speed is very good at 18mm and 35mm but a little slower (not by a big factor) at 55mm, the IOS (image stabilization) works extraordinarily well so that I can hand hold at 1/30th second and get good shots, I miss not having the aperture indications on the aperture ring but as this is a variable aperture lens (f2.8-f4) those indications would be meaningless, and the lens hood mounting leaves something to be desired in terms of a secure fit on the front of the lens.

The images below were shot RAW, processed minimally in Lightroom and then put through my workflow with NIK filters. The first two shots below were at a focal length of 18mm, f6.4, and 1/125th second. Since I keep my camera set on auto ISO it varies - the first shot was at ISO 5000 and the second at ISO 6400. In my film days an ISO of 6400 would have resulted in practically no definition in the small details. The first NIK processing is with Dfine to manage the contrast noise, then into Color Efex Pro 4 to optimize the color contrast with my special (wink wink) tweaks, and lastly into Silver Efex Pro 2 for the conversion also with my special (wink wink wink) tweaks.

In the first two images, the woman on the right was quite striking looking (nothing gets my camera finger more twitchy than a pretty lady) and yet so sad.....

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

The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1, 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, X100s and X100T - photographer, reviews, samples and more.

The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1 articles, reviews and X-Pro1 Photographer on the Web!


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Thomas Menk's comment, June 12, 2013 2:54 PM
Thx Peter :-)
Doug Chinnery's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:27 AM

very useful collection of information on the X Pro 1

Ariel Gonzalez's curator insight, February 21, 9:42 AM

Great stuff from an  X Photographer 

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Fuji X-T1 Custom Settings & Tips | Clifton Beard

Fuji X-T1 Custom Settings & Tips | Clifton Beard | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The X-T1 is a fairly simple camera to use once set up due to the direct access dials, aperture ring, function buttons and set of 7 custom settings presets that can be programmed in. It is worth spending some time setting up the camera in the menus to make the best of what is there and to enhance the shooting experience by making functions and settings available at the touch of a button rather than by delving into menus.  What follows are my suggestions that can either be copied or used simply as an idea for someone keen to program their own settings. Table assumes options available after firmware update of December 2014.  Prior to this update, setting 2 has Provia and auto DR set. The above table shows the custom settings that I have programmed in, which allow me to shoot jpg files of almost any subject or scene I come across.  There are 7 custom settings available and these are accessed via the “Q” menu button.  If you leave the cursor on the top left position in the Q menu by default, that simply allows scrolling through settings 1-7 as soon as the Q button is pressed.  You can of course move it to tweak any of the settings within each custom setting.  If you make any changes here during a shoot (for example, you change film simulation or the DR setting), the camera will go back to the original specified settings that you programmed in after it is switched off or another custom setting is selected.......

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