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f/2.8: fast or bare minimum? | Don Craig

f/2.8: fast or bare minimum? |  Don Craig | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


I recently posed this question to colleagues because I have been experiencing the benefits of shooting wide open with one lens and the trials of relying on the variable aperture of the zoom lens. These experiences have led to results with which I’m really happy (portraits shot with the 60mm) and an unhappy photographer (me with the 18-55mm). Let me back up a bit. When the X-Pro 1 arrived on the scene last year, I purchased the three available prime lenses. For what I use them for, I have been very happy with all three. Of the three, the 60mm lens has been used far less than the 18mm and 35mm lenses, restricted to portraits, some close up work and more portraits. That said, despite the focusing quirks of the lens, the results have been very good and recently, as I have better understood how to use it, the results have been outstanding. Having used all three lenses on the X-Pro 1 for work and freelance gigs, plus the X100 on occasion, I was feeling that I needed/wanted to have the 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 zoom lens to shoot events. The zoom simplifies, to one way of thinking, lens and camera choice and since I shoot with flash indoors and don’t have to worry about a fast aperture shooting outside, you would think that this is the ideal event lens. Well, I’m not so sure about that. Earlier this week, I shot an indoor event, an awards dinner and presentation for a freelance client. The end result was that the photos turned out well and I rarely missed a shot, but it wasn’t the best shooting experience. And I have to take a good portion of the responsibility for the poor experience part. I will give all of the credit for the good shot results to the lens and camera. So what went wrong you ask? Since I shoot with primes most of the time, using the zoom complicated things. It did give more reach or a wider field of view than with a prime, but I felt like a klutz most of the time. Also, the variable aperture is a pain. Tempting as it might be to set the lens to f/2.8 at the wide end and let the lens stop down as I zoomed to the 55mm end of things, this plays havoc with exposure when I’m shooting with a non-TTL flash. Instead, I set the aperture between f/4 and f/5.6 and left it there, no matter which zoom range I was in. Again, this worked well and I have no complaints with the results, except for those rare occasions when the ambient light was right and I switched off the flash and tried to shoot as wide open as I could. Then, the ISO zoomed to uncomfortable levels, which wouldn’t have happened if the lens had a constant aperture of at least f/2.8 or better. Couple this with needing to shoot with the EVF most of the time rather than the OVF and using Auto Focus instead of Automated Manual Focus, which is my preference, it was a frustrating night of shooting. Poor me you say? Well you might. The AF worked as well as can be expected of any lens in the dim light of the event, but it wasn’t street fast, which is what I wanted this to be. It wasn’t rangefinder fast. So, therein lies the problem. The 18-55mm lens is a really good all around performer (I have made some gorgeous long exposures with it) but not as easy for me to use. There, let me put it this way, the problem is really me and I know it......

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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.

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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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[TRÁNSITOS] Collective Exhibition | Rafa García Márquez

[TRÁNSITOS] Collective Exhibition | Rafa García Márquez | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it
From today on, the Regional Government of Andalusia organizes the Photography Exhibit [TRÁNSITOS] during the European Mobility Week#SEM14 #EMW14. I'm part of it with other Spanish photographers: Aitor Lara, Fernando Alda, Jesús León, Remedios Álvarez, Rafaela Rodríguez and Antonio Pérez.This exhibit is a journey through new urban models oriented to sustainable city development. A model where urban infrastructures are thought to make people's (and not car's) life easier. A high-quality functional user-oriented urban landscape. Really glad to be part of it with my series "Pasajeros" (Passengers/Transient). The passenger car of a train, the subway station, a cycle path or the street itself are characters in its own right in the pics, as much as the passengers in transit or waiting. Great company here and a wonderful opportunity to show my work in big sized prints (100x70cm). I'm most grateful for taking part of this.......
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Fujifilm X-T1 Review: Perspective from a real wedding | Daniel K Cheung

Fujifilm X-T1 Review: Perspective from a real wedding | Daniel K Cheung | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Specifications on paper look good and all but real world use is where its at (or at least for me anyway). You have no doubt heard of the Fujifilm X-T1 and you are probably here because you want to know how well it performs. Not on paper. Not just image quality. But the whole package. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the following Fujifilm X-T1 review are that of my own alone. No third party has endorsed or paid/requested for the following comments. I am by no means a professional reviewer. The following article describes my experiences with the Fujifilm X-T1 as a professional wedding photographer. Worry not, this will not read like an infomercial. We’ve all seen Fujifilm’s endorsements. They’re cringeworthy. To some, I am an indecisive gear whore who would be a better photographer if I settled on something. Others have described me elsewhere as a nobody. Nevertheless, I hope the following comments will help you in your decision making process........

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My hot date in Dubai: Fujifilm X-T1 | Paul Schlemmer

My hot date in Dubai: Fujifilm X-T1 | Paul Schlemmer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Friends from Fujifilm Middle East introduced me to this beauty about two weeks ago. She's very young, especially mine with her "00009" tattoo, but already very lean, sexy and with some great..ehm, features. I love my X100 so much, but I just couldn't resist and took this new femme fatale out to the streets of old Dubai, where I'm currently residing.......

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Field testing the Fuji X-T1 | GREG FUNNELL

Field testing the Fuji X-T1 | GREG FUNNELL | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it
I've spoken before about my love for the Fujifilm x-series cameras. The idea of having a camera that produces good enough quality and usability without having to lug around DSLR really appeals to me, whether for day to day stuff or even on jobs. You can read my thoughts on the x100s and X-Pro1 here. Although I love them as cameras to use day to day I probably wouldn't be comfortable shooting a commercial gig exclusively on them. I tend to keep them as back-up and also as something to use for myself. However when the Fuji X-T1 came out I was excited that it could be a potentially great set-up for traveling with and shooting editorial assignments - it was much closer to the DSLR setup I'm used to using but without the bulk. With this in mind I decided to take one away with me on some recent assignments to Croatia, Spain, Morocco and Sweden. I already own some x-series lenses (18mm, 35mm) and I was lent a few extra ones (27mm, 56mm, 18-55mm, 23mm) which gave me a fairly thorough set-up........
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Photokina 2014: Hands-On with the XF 50-140mm f/2.8, XF 56mm f/1.2 APD and more | MirrorLessons

Photokina 2014: Hands-On with the XF 50-140mm f/2.8, XF 56mm f/1.2 APD and more | MirrorLessons | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Fujifilm is taking an important step with the new lenses it recently announced, and with the lenses that will come in 2015. We are not talking about small and compact lenses but professional lenses with a complex design that can give you the best image quality while keeping size and weight as low as possible. I think that the presence of these lenses is certainly going to help the system take a big leap forward, but many users have also started to wonder whether one of the most interesting aspects of the CSC camera, portability, is at risk......

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Photokina 2014: Hands-On with the new Fujifilm X100T, X30 and X-T1 Graphite Silver | MirrorLessons

Photokina 2014: Hands-On with the new Fujifilm X100T, X30 and X-T1 Graphite Silver | MirrorLessons | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it