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Seeking Fitz Roy amongst the clouds in El Chaltén, Patagonia | Adrian Seah

Seeking Fitz Roy amongst the clouds in El Chaltén, Patagonia | Adrian Seah | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


A fine shroud of dust hung in the air in front of me, drifting slowing to one side and catching the late morning sun in its ethereal cloud. The trees on either side of the path were absolutely still, with nary a hint of breeze in the air, which was still cool from the night. Trudging ahead on the path, not quite certain if we were headed in the right direction, I stopped to admire the view and tranquility. Surely this had to be the right path, it did fork about half an hour ago but the other path seemed so unlikely, it did not look like it had had much traffic recently, with some of the undergrowth starting to creep towards the centre of the dirt track.


We had to be on the right track.

 

With 2 hours of walking behind us, and another 2 more before we reached our goal of Laguna de los tres, at the foot of Cerro Fitz Roy. Apart from a couple of hikers heaving massive backpacks headed the other way, we had not encountered anyone else on the hike so far. They must have been returning from an overnight stay at a refugio somewhere ahead. The coolness of the air betrayed the heat that would come later on, in any case, I was not complaining, according to the park rangers, we were fantastically lucky with the weather, it could just as easily have been raining or Cerro Fitz Roy could have been blanketed with cloud, as the name Chaltén, or ‘smoking mountain’ implied. But for the moment, the skies were all clear and Fitz Roy beckoned.

 

We forged on.

 

We had started our hike from the little mountain village of El Chaltén, deep in Argentinian Patagonia and the hiking capital of Argentina. Set at the foot of both Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy, El Chaltén is a rustic base for the many hikers and climbers that come from far and wide. The final hour of the hike was by far the most challenging, with a forty-five degree climb up a dusty trail and loose stones and rocks constantly slowing our progress. It has been awhile since we last hiked and it is evident in our ever slowing pace. Hikers coming back the other way were ever encouraging. “¡Un poquito más!” (Just a little bit more!) The vista finally opened up and stole our collective breaths away. Set before the sheer granite shard of Cerro Fitz Roy, reputedly successfully climbed by only one person per year, lay the turquoise coloured glacial lake, Laguna de los tres. It seemed almost artificial in its perfection. Our tired legs were temporarily forgotten as we stood in awe, taking in the view, until we remembered that we had to make our way back the same way we came.

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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


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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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A Prospectus On The Leica M-9P vs. Fuji X-Pro1 | Bryan Jones

A Prospectus On The Leica M-9P vs. Fuji X-Pro1 | Bryan Jones | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Over the next little while, I am looking forward to comparing and contrasting the Leica M9 experience with the Fuji X-Pro1, a rangefinder style camera that in many ways is the Leica M9s contemporary, yet has shown Leica the way forward.  Last year, I stepped into the Fuji X-mount waters with the X-Pro1 and its been a revelation in so many ways. So, when I recently found a Leica M9-P in my hands through a surprising transaction, the opportunity to do a reverse experiment of sorts was in place.   My goal here over the next little while is to seriously give the Leica a chance now that I’ve had a little over a year with Fujis, a camera system that has absolutely rocked my world and placed a series of shots across the bow of camera companies world wide.  So, what I hope to do over a few posts is assemble a prospectus of sorts that describes in the context of a year with Fuji cameras, whether or not the Leica systems make sense to invest in. Will the Leica win my heart back?  We’ll see.  There is much to be passionate about not only the Leica performance, but also the long heritage of finely tuned cameras and optics......

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Das "Pentazhong Nocticon"... | Carsten Schouler

Das "Pentazhong Nocticon"... | Carsten Schouler | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Wie Sie vielleicht schon bemerkt haben, sehe ich in vielem, über das in den bekannten Foren intensiv diskutiert wird, eine Art “Hype”, der durch eben diese Foren befeuert wird. Es gibt ein paar Ausnahmen. (So finde ich, dass z.B. im “digicamclub.de” kein Hype gepflegt wird, sondern sich ziemlich sachlich über Kameras und Objektive ausgetauscht wird.) Wie auch immer. Einer dieser Hypes ist das Fotografieren mit hochgeöffneten Objektiven. Alles, was eine maximale Blendenöffnung von mehr als f/1.4 hat, wird von Offenblendfans nicht mehr ernst genommen. Es muss schon ein f/1.2-Objektiv sein – wenn möglich noch “schneller”.......

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Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR | Jordan Steele

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR | Jordan Steele | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Fuji has done a great job in building a robust lineup for their X-Series mirrorless cameras, but despite releasing the weathersealed X-T1 earlier this year, they hadn’t created a weathersealed lens until now.  The XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR is a wide range super-zoom lens that features Fuji’s new Weather Resistant tag, with rubber gaskets around all points of entry and even a novel ventilation system to allow air to enter and leave the lens without sucking in moisture and dust.  The lens covers a great range of focal lengths, equivalent to the field of view that a 27-205mm lens would have on a full frame camera.  The one big up front question with this lens is whether it’s worth the rather high $899 price of entry.  Let’s take a look.....

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The Fujifilm X-Series goes Zoo! | André Heid

The Fujifilm X-Series goes Zoo! | André Heid | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

For several years I love taking photographs of all kinds of animals at Zoo’s nearby. Before I more or less entirely moved to Fujifilm I have used Canon camera equipment like the Canon 1DMkII, 5D and 600D paired with the lovely EF100-400mm, the 100mm L macro and many other Canon L and third party lenses. One of my main concerns entirely moving to Fujifilm was a missing telephoto zoom (>300mm) to replace my “old” 400mm Canon gear. Unfortunately the highly awaited Fujinon telephoto lens was shifted to the end of 2015. At the moment I have the choice to still use my 100-400mm together with the 1DMkII (8MPx) or the somehow focal length limited but very sharp XF55-200mm zoom lens paired with a Fujifilm X camera. I have to admit at all last three Zoo visits I have only used the much lighter Fujifilm equipment of course only to treat my back with respect .....

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Fujifilm X-T1 | Patrick Furter

Fujifilm X-T1 | Patrick Furter | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it
I have recently been approached by FujiFilm South Africa through AtPhoto to take the Fujifilm X-T1 for a 'spin'. I have since taken this amazing 'little' camera on a couple of shoots. I use the word little, because it is compact, and easy to work with - no bulky equipment and a lens that allows so much freedom. I've been a professional photographer for 23 years, and for me this is my day-to-day, my income, my livelihood... I hear the word 'passion' amongst a lot of my peers - using the word to describe themselves as photographers - and yes, it is a passion, but doing 70-80 weddings a year you get into a flow, you give your absolute best, do what is expected of you, and give your clients what they pay for (and more) while making sure your business is a success. But the Fujifilm X-T1 had a wonderful effect on me...it inspires me, and I am excited everytime I get a chance to use it, to play around with it...I almost want to compare it to a performance enhancement drug - it makes me want to be even more creative!.......
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New system in my bag | Steven S. Miric

New system in my bag | Steven S. Miric | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

So after using Leica digital M system since it became available with first M8 model and raving about it any chance I had (see my previous post here on that subject), I woke up one day and had a "brain fart": why am I paying every few years for a rangefinder digital body so much money only to sell it 3 years after for a fraction of purchase cost (pure reality of shooting digital with any system. Basically using a computer with a lens mount. Not much, not less...)? Problem IS that Leica digital rangefinder looses value percentage wise far more than some other digital cameras, as they are overpriced to begin with (I have no idea what is going on but just check out the used prices on the net on year old M240s...) Lenses are a different story: Leica glass IS an investment. You can not go wrong with good (and desirable) Leica M lens. Over the years I acquired all lenses that I needed to complete the system. But, amount of money invested became crazy high... After all I am professional photographer, not wealthy collector. I got tired of dropping a big bag of cash every 3 years for a new Leica M body... Something had to change! ......

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A nostalgic trip to the Abbotsford Airshow with the Fujifilm X-T1 and the XF 18-135mm lens | Kale J. Friesen

A nostalgic trip to the Abbotsford Airshow with the Fujifilm X-T1 and the XF 18-135mm lens |  Kale J. Friesen | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

As a kid growing up in Saskatchewan, one of the highlights of every Summer was the Air show. My Dad would load up chairs, snack and my brother and I and we’d spend a day baking in the summer sun and checking out what used to be an amazing display of aeronautics. A fond memory from one year was a massive thunder and lightning storm arriving in the afternoon and we got to hide from the storm inside a C-130 Hercules, at that moment the kid inside of me hoped it would take off to take us for a cruise, didn’t happen. Living in Vancouver, the city of Abbotsford, nearby hosts an airshow each year and this was the first time in years that I was actually in town to check it out. So my brother, 2 friends and myself packed snacks, chairs, water and other “grown up” supplies and headed to the air show. In my camera bag, simply enough, the Fujifilm X-T1 and the brand new XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. The XF 18-135 has been called the “tourist lens” due to the fact that it’s focal lengths are perfect for almost any situation, from architectural to portrait. The first thing I noticed was the amount of people that came out to camp for the full 3 days, huge expensive trailers and motor homes, lining the camp site that sat on the edge of the airport. Upon entering it was amazing to see all the young faces so filled with that same excitement I once had, and to be honest, I tapped in to that excitement again with the smell of jet fuel in the air. We were graced with perfect weather and an almost full moon as the sun went down. The XF18-135mm lens worked wonderfully with the X-T1, and as you can see the image stabilization worked wonders in very low light situations..... 

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Fujinon XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS - Review | PhotoZone

Fujinon XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS - Review | PhotoZone | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it