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Fuji X-Pro1 More to learn | Gene Lowinger

Fuji X-Pro1 More to learn | Gene Lowinger | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


To date Adobe Software hasn't come up with reasonable raw processing for the Fuji X-trans sensor. The way the new sensor captures and processes light requires new thinking on their part and as yet Adobe has been satisfied to rework their current formula to produce acceptable, but not outstanding images. The jpeg processing in the Fuji camera can do it, SilkyPix can do it (albeit through a rather arcane user interface), and Phase 1in the beta release of their raw processor - Capture 1 - has apparently been able to do it. I gave a beta version of Capture 1 (which includes updated processing for the X-trans sensor and Fuji X series camera profiles) a test run. If it works as well as touted, I'll have to think long and hard about switching from Lightroom which for me so far has been OK .... just. To have two different cataloging systems - for Lightroom and for Capture 1 - is a bit daunting for me.

Now onto the XP1 and the 18-55 zoom lens. I was out on the streets in New York City yesterday with the intention of shooting most of my images at the 55mm setting with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) turned on. Previous to my outing yesterday, I discovered information about how the OIS works between the camera and lens, and understanding how to use it affects both image quality and battery life. There is a new setting in Shooting Menu 5 called 'IS Mode' for which there are two settings with descriptive names of IS1 and IS2 - oh so helpful. In the IS1 option OIS is on and running continuously whenever the camera is turned on and a lens which has the OIS functionality is mounted and the function on the lens is acctivated. In the IS2 option OIS is activated only when the shutter is depressed half way before shooting.

Ah me, there's always trade-offs in life, and especially in photography.

If IS1 is selected, the OIS runs continuously which creates a serious drain of battery power. But it also means that the teeny weeny gyroscopes in the lens are always engaged, running, and ready to stabilize without the slightest delay. This, not surprisingly, results in a very large percentage of the images shot in this mode being completely unaffected by lens motion or shake at slow shutter speeds.

If IS2 is selected, the OIS kicks in only when the shutter is depressed half way. So power from the battery for the OIS is used only at that time which, of course, results in a significant saving of battery power. However, in the time it takes for the battery to get the gyros up and running, and to stabilize the image the camera can still fire the shutter if the button is depressed quickly in one continuous motion. This resulted in a significant number of images shot on Friday (in this mode) being not optimal.

Sometimes the story or the expression of the person in an image is significant enough that I process and post it even with its technical shortcomings. So here's what I got from my outing on Friday. The first was shot at 55mm and, with the OIS set to IS2, was one of the few at that focal length that were spot on.....

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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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Initial Impression of the new Fujifilm 18-135 lens | Vic Schmeltz

Initial Impression of the new Fujifilm 18-135 lens | Vic Schmeltz | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

As soon as I heard about the release of this lens I knew I wanted to purchase it. When I was shooting Nikon the lens I used the most was the 24-120 f/4. It was the perfect walk around, travel lens. I actually used it to shoot and entire wedding and it worked great! This week I had been checking various websites and my local camera stores to no avail as I knew it was going to be released by the end of this month, July. Opening the box I was greeted with the same Fuji quality as my other lenses. The zoom is smooth, the aperture ring feels perfect and the lens has a nice weight to it. I believe it weighs between the 56 1.2 lens and the 10-24 f/4 lens with the 10-24 f/4 being the heaviest. This is a lens I could easily walk around with all day. The range of 18-135 is a very wide range. Here are two pics, the first being taken at 18mm and the second at 135. Quite a difference!.........


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FUJIFILM X-T1 IN-PROGRESS REVIEW: CONCLUSIONS | GIANNI GALASSI

FUJIFILM X-T1 IN-PROGRESS REVIEW: CONCLUSIONS | GIANNI GALASSI | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Sorry I'm late, but my dayjob is getting very demanding lately, as it does every June and July (hey, I'm not complaining at all!). After three months of intensive (to my standards) use, I'm now ready to tell my final opinion on the Fujifilm X-T1. And I'll do it the usual way, in the form of a list of what I like and what I don't. Ready? Go. ......

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55-200mm | Martin Doppelbauer

55-200mm | Martin Doppelbauer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

About a week ago Fuji's new telephoto zoom lens found its way to me. I had little opportunity to photograph with it, but at least I was able to record a number of test images. As always, I have made a comparison with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III to see how close the Fuji comes to a full-frame camera. Mechanically the lens makes a good, solid feel. The housing is made of a mixture of (few) metal parts and (mostly) plastic. All controls and also the mix of materials are virtually identical to the well known standard zoom. Two switches are used to activate the image stabilizer and auto iris. Three adjustment rings allow the setting of aperture, focal length and focus point. The aperture ring snaps as tight as the one in the standard zoom and the 35mm lens. It runs better than the somewhat loose ring of 14mm wide angle. The zoom ring is quite stiff. At least the lens doesn't extract by itself when directed to the ground or sky. Speaking of ground: When the (switched off) lens is tilted from horizontal direction downwards, one can hear a distinct clicking sound. Probably a loose part of the image stabilizer. When switched on, the noise does not occur. Not so great is the lens hood. At least in my lens, this monstrous piece of plastic fits very tight into the socket. I have a downright fear to break it when turning.......

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23mm | Martin Doppelbauer

23mm | Martin Doppelbauer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The new Fuji XF23mmF1.4 R with a focal length of 35 mm (equivalent full frame format) and a field of view of 63° comes closest to the visual sensitivity of the human eye of all Fuji lenses. This universal focal length enjoys great popularity among many photographers. That's why the popular Fuji X100S and almost all smartphones carry a similar focal length. In addition, the XF23 comes with a sensational aperture of f/1.4, promising wonderful compositions of sharpness and depth of field. Therefore, many fans have waited for this Fuji lens for a long time and created a great publicity hype. The price, that Fujifilm calls for the XF23, currently (end of 2013) sets a new record at 900 €. The wider XF14mmF2.8 R comes slightly lower at 800 €. All other Fuji lenses are around 400-650 €. The question arises whether this price is justified for the XF23. As a basis for my comparison I have used Fuji's standard zoom (XF18-55mmF2.8 -4 R LM OIS, 620 € street price) and the XF35mmF1.4 R (550 € street price ). The latter also comes with a maximum aperture of f/1.4..........

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Why I chose Fuji to make a living from photography | Paul Schlemmer

Why I chose Fuji to make a living from photography | Paul Schlemmer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Paul Schlemmer; Nomadic Fuji X photographer tells us Why I chose Fuji to Making a living from photography & gives us a peek in his camera bag .....

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Crop or Crap :: Math or Moment | Dedpxl

Crop or Crap :: Math or Moment | Dedpxl | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

So why am I back pedaling now? I started shooting personal work with my little Fuji. Then I pulled it out on jobs from time to time because I loved that little camera. Then I used it more. Then I got the X-Pro1. Then I started seeing my Fuji images in print. Then I started putting the Q&A book together and I had the chance to run pages of test prints for the book. I printed every type of image I had from every camera I had owned. Studio shots. High ISO shots. Portraits. Street photos. I cropped into some images and enlarged them to full page. I received the test prints back and I taped them to the wall and took one step back. My Fuji images ran side by side with D3 and 5d2 images without a single noticeable drop in quality. If anything, my Fuji images were just a tad sharper. My PhaseOne medium format images were the only images that had a noticeable change in quality when I looked at everything side by side.......

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Crop or Crap? Zack Arias Tackles The Question Of Full Frame vs Crop Sensors | SLR Lounge

Crop or Crap? Zack Arias Tackles The Question Of Full Frame vs Crop Sensors | SLR Lounge | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Zack Arias is one of the biggest names in photography education of recent years. He built his name on the idea that a photographer can use one light to create stunning images. Today, I am sharing a recent video Zack did tackling the age old (haha, not really) question of Full Frame Sensors vs APS-C Sensors. “I have said, in the past, that you should move toward full frame sensors. I have always championed full frame sensors.” Zack states in the description of his video, “At the end of the day, full frame sensors beat APS sized and smaller sensors.” .......

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Kara Woodward's curator insight, July 29, 10:06 AM

Full frame is better........ but how much better than the fuji's does it have to get?  I am considering the Sony A7 for adapted lenses but there's that Fuji something that I just love. Maybe with the LR Fuji raw presets..........

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Okinawa with the Fuji TCL-X100 | Thomas Alan

Okinawa with the Fuji TCL-X100 | Thomas Alan | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

In part one I put the new Fuji TCL through it’s paces to see how well it would perform in a studio portrait environment. In part two I take it outside to see how it does in more everyday situations. First off, I headed over to the seawall on a bright, blue sky day. Walking around shooting at the beach was a breeze, pun intended, and overall the TCL was a pleasure to shoot with outdoors. The following shots are all straight out of camera with Lightroom v5.5 Lens Correction applied, except for a couple of adjustments that I've noted in each image caption.......

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Things I wish I would have known | Vic Schmeltz

Things I wish I would have known | Vic Schmeltz | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it