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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.

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

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Great stuff from an  X Photographer 

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Long lens love affair - Fuji X-T1 and the 55-200 | Andy Gallacher

Long lens love affair - Fuji X-T1 and the 55-200 | Andy Gallacher | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

It was those numbers that initially put me off buying the Fuji XF 55-200 lens. I'd worked a lot with the Canon 70-200 MkII previously and with a constant f/2.8 aperture surely this lighter and much cheaper Fuji couldn't compare? The purchase was made back when I still had the X-Pro1 and a trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador was booked. In the end it was the 55-200 that made it a memorable visit. The lens, which felt a little awkward on the X-Pro1, stayed on the camera for almost the entire time and constantly surprised me with its razor sharp images and creamy bokeh. But it's when I paired the lens with the X-T1 that it really began to shine. I'd already been impressed with the image stabilization on the 55-200 but combine that with the new Fuji's constant focus and 8fps and it makes for a compelling combination.....

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Standing on Higher Ground | Little Big Traveling Camera

Standing on Higher Ground | Little Big Traveling Camera | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

On Saturday we went sightseeing. First station was the Charminar. A monument and a mosque, the landmark building of Hyderabad conveniently located in the middle of a crossroad. Our driver offered to play the guide. We gladly accepted. We still stood out of the crowd like pink elephants but I saw some other tourist too. A couple of young Americans. But all the other visitors were Indians. Their admission fee is 5 INR instead of the 100 INR for foreigners. There is no need to protest though 100 INR is 1,20 EUROs or USD 1,66. After I climbed some narrow stairs I enjoyed the view from above but what really caught my eyes was the beautiful color and shape of the building. I thought that it could be the perfect background for some street shots. I tried to avoid attention but of course that’s hopeless. I’m white, I’m tall and I’m one of the very view with a camera. It seems today everybody is taking photos with either a smartphone or an iPad. At least in this part of the world......

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Life's a Florida Beach | Craig Litten

Life's a Florida Beach | Craig Litten | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

This project, which I first started shooting in May of 2006, was born from my observances of the sheer humanity, the spectacle of the beach and it's denizens. The beach... Where else do we work so hard at enjoying ourselves? We haul half a truckload of toys, tents, chairs, blankets, fishing poles, pets, food--you name it, just to get burned by the sun, stung by a jellyfish, knocked down by a wave and scuffed by the sand. Then, we head home exhausted only to ‘wash, rinse and repeat’ the following weekend. Since I live in Florida, am a photojournalist by trade and love to photograph people, this project was a no-brainer: out here, this is where life happens. It’s a place that transcends cultures, social status, age and race. Strip a guy down, put him in a Speedo and you have no idea if he’s rich or poor. Ah, life is a beach. Correction: Life is a Florida Beach. The work below is a sample of my most recent photographs from the larger project that I hope will become a hardcover photography book in the future.....


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Civil War Reenactment 2014 | Nathan Smith

Civil War Reenactment 2014 |  Nathan Smith | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Each year over the 4th of July weekend there is a civil war reenactment at the Willamette Mission state park. I have been fortunate enough to attend almost every year (missed last year) and have a great time each visit. I have made friends, seen familiar faces, and had the opportunity to create new photos each year. This year I made it once again to the event and for the first time since I have been going, I had the opportunity to have my wife and son with me. They had a fun time and it was extra fun for me to point out different things to them that I had experienced in previous visits. My wife was so enamored from the event that she may indeed be looking into participating in it as some time in the future.......

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Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 macro lens - hands on review | Tom Grill

Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 macro lens - hands on review | Tom Grill | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it
I do a lot of close up and macro photography and have quite a number of macro lenses, mostly Nikon, but also Canon, Sigma and Tamron. I think I can sum up this entire review right here in one sentence by saying that this Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 lens is as good as, if not better than, any macro lens I have ever used on any camera.Not only is its performance top notch, it is beautifully designed and may be the best looking piece of glass you'll put on a Fuji X-camera -- well-balanced, light weight, quick to focus, and with an easy-to-find and responsive aperture ring. Its results are what you would expect from a macro lens from Zeiss. It is sharp everywhere, even in the corners, and even wide open at f/2.8. The field is flat and distortion free, just as you would want from a true macro......
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On vacation with Fujifilm X-T1 + 14mm + X100s | Lars Øivind Authen

On vacation with Fujifilm X-T1 + 14mm + X100s | Lars Øivind Authen | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I recently spend one week camping in the southern and south western part of Norway, on the coast line from Kristiansand to Stavanger. It's a beautiful area of Norway I think, especially in the summer. You don't have the nice deep fjords of western Norway, or the mountains of North Norway that goes steep into the sea - but this part of Norway has its beauty of its own I think. I could have used a lower ISO and 1/60 sec and gotten a sharp image - but the wind made the grass swayed in the wind so I bumped the ISO to 800. Also I wanted to use f/16 to get it nice and sharp from front to back. I travelled together with my wife. She is pregnant, and that made some impact of what I could and could not do. Most of my photos were taken during day time, in harsh sun light. Not the best time of the day for taking pictures. Still, I managed to get out some mornings on my own and take som shots, while she was sleeping.....

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The Fuji 10-24mm - one month review | Paul Melling

The Fuji 10-24mm - one month review | Paul Melling | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I’ve had my new Fuji 10-24mm lens for a month now and I thought I’d share a few thoughts and pictures with you.  The lens is quite chunky and heavy by Fuji XF standards but still nowhere near as bulky as the Nikon 16-35mm f4 lens that I sold to fund this purchase.  And am I glad I made the swop? Well the answer is a definite yes – not because of any huge gains in image quality but simply because I’m using the lens more that I was the Nikon.  Essentially that’s because the Fuji X-Series is more luggable. I’ve chosen a few photos below from my first month, including shots from a beach holiday in Cornwall (the subject of an earlier post), a visit to the beautiful Lake District in the North West of the UK and also a shot or two from my hometown of Preston. All the shots here were shot in RAW and then converted in Lightroom.  I’m still not convinced I’ve really got the most out of the lens yet and I’ve read some comments about in-camera jpegs being the way to go for the best results with this lens.  That’s an option I’ll certainly be trying.......

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Fujifilm Fujinon XC 16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS review | Lenstip

Fujifilm Fujinon XC 16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS review | Lenstip | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Pros:

  • very good image quality in the frame centre,
  • decent image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • sensibly corrected coma,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • fast, silent and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • high lateral chromatic aberration at 16 mm,
  • monstrous distortion at the wide angle in RAW files,
  • weak performance against bright light,
  • significant vignetting in RAW files,
  • plastic casing and mount,
  • high price........
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Fuji XT1 visits a french coastal town | Wim Arys

Fuji XT1 visits a french coastal town | Wim Arys | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The Fuji XT1 is definitely my favourite Fujifilm camera. It has a very descent dynamic range and everything already works excellent right out of the box. The auto-focus system is basic, but works well. I often use the focus-and-recompose technique: with AF set to center spot, I focus on my subject and then reframe the shot whilst keeping the shutter button half-pressed. There is a wide AF function available, but never really seem to use it with this camera. It’s also worth noting that the Fuji XT-1 is fully weather sealed (80 points!). As I travel much, it’s important that I can use my gear in all circumstances. I never have to worry about increased humidity or a drop of rain, it will continue to operate as expected. I often shoot landscapes and have found the color palette excellent and the lenses on par with anything produced by Nikon. Thanks to the excellent color registration of the Fuji XT1 16 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor, there is plenty of information in thee RAW files for you to play around with afterwards. You’ll be able pull lots of shadow detail out too as long as you stay under ISO 1600.......