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A sort of gear review: The Fuji X-series | Greg Funnell

A sort of gear review: The Fuji X-series | Greg Funnell | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The other day I had to make a call I never wanted to have to make. At 28 I needed to see a chiropractor - some would call it the photographers curse, a curse that unfortunately goes with the territory. Lugging heavy camera gear around, usually with it hanging from the neck, waist or one shoulder eventually takes its toll. This realisation along with some other vague and equally suspicious excuses was one of the reasons I'd been interested getting myself one of Fujifilm's X-Series cameras - the thought of having a camera that was small and light and could maybe even supplement my heavy old SLR was appealing. I knew they would probably never replace my SLR for work but as everyday cameras they seemed to offer a good compromise. In 2011 I bought the Fujifilm x100, a camera I loved to hate, a camera that for me was so nearly there in terms of what I personally was after but somehow not quite. It looked fantastic (for some reason more of an appeal to me than it really should be) and contained pretty much my perfect carry around set-up; packing an equivalent of 35mm f/2 lens. It was almost too silent when it took a photo (to the point where at times I wasn't even sure it had taken) but is small size and discretion were a big plus for me, the whole thing could slip in my pocket and yet it felt good in the hand with a nice weight. The whole manual shutter and aperture operation were a total winner for me. I think Fuji had finally realised that most camera manufacturers seemed to have failed to realise, photographers are creatures of habit, we are by and large dinosaurs, and we like what we know, and what we know works. So many cameras that come on to the market aren't aimed at dinosaurs, they are aimed at the mass consumer. Manual shutter dials and aperture rings disappeared from all but 'pro' cameras because they seemed archaic. This may well be the case but equally they were a tried and tested function that had been the norm for decades, and yet within a matter of years digital cameras had consigned them to the graveyard, much to the annoyance of the dinosaurs. Fuji it seems finally cottoned onto this and their x-series cameras are evidence of that – they’re a nod to a system that is tried and tested. Nevertheless with the x100 they still managed to get a few things wrong. They may have designed the hardware well but the internals, the menu system, was a generally nonsensical and the camera had a habit of not responding particularly fast, it was sluggish, not much but just enough, and it acted at time likes a despondent child. Luckily Fuji were a company that actually listened to its customers and the firmware updates did start to tackle these problems.......

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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

Ariel Gonzalez's curator insight, February 21, 6:42 AM

Great stuff from an  X Photographer 

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What's in the Bag - Italy for a Month | Dave Burns

What's in the Bag - Italy for a Month | Dave Burns | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

This last May, I was lucky enough to spend my honeymoon in Italy. I couldn’t go on a trip of this scale without some serious photography (luckily my wife already knew this) so I put a lot of thought into what gear I wanted to bring. I’ve been enjoying my Fuji X-T1 lately and, although the last trip I did of this length was with my full-frame Canon gear, this time I wanted to bring a much lighter kit. So what gear did I bring to Italy? The problem is, I’m a lazy photographer and changing lenses is sometimes a deterrent from shooting. In addition, my instincts from my African photo safaris mean I’m nervous unless I have backups. So even though I feel like I packed light, it’s all relative and some of my more hardcore street photographer friends will raise an eyebrow at my kit. I decided to bring two Fuji X-T1s (one mine, one rented from LensProToGo), each with a lens attached. I then brought a couple of other lenses to fill out my range...

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Two lens portrait shoot-out -- the Zeiss Touit 50mm macro and Fuji 56mm f/1.4 on the X-T1 | Tom Grill

Two lens portrait shoot-out -- the Zeiss Touit 50mm macro and Fuji 56mm f/1.4 on the X-T1 | Tom Grill | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

This is not a contest to see which lens is best. They are both exceptional at what they do, but do have differences that make them suitable for different tasks when shooting portraits. For this very reason, for my Nikon system I keep both the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 and the Nikon 105mm macro lenses for photographing beauty and portraits. I do comparison shoot-out like this with new equipment so I can gain experiential knowledge I can apply to later shoots. It helps me decide quickly what lens I need in any given situation. For most portrait situations it isn't going to make much of a difference, but when you need a distracting background thrown completely you'll be wishing you had the f/1.2 aperture of the Fuji 56mm, and when you try to move in for a tighter composition with the model's face you will appreciate the macro capabilities of the Zeiss Touit 50mm allowing you to get as close as 1:1.

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Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes | Little Big Traveling Camera

Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes | Little Big Traveling Camera | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

What’s a visit in India without visiting a palace? Right after the Charminar we went to see the Chowmahalla Palace which is located almost next door. There is a restriction you should be aware of: no professional cameras and tripods allowed! Good thing is that I neither had a tripod nor a professional camera with me. Just my Fuji X Pro-1. I was entitled to enter but I got a tag for my camera for whatever reason. It seems that though India is a paradise for photographers it is not the most photographer friendly country I can think of. But the people are great. I talked with this gentleman who restored the furniture of the palace. Before I walked on I asked if I could take his portrait. He agreed and luckily he did not smile into the camera but just got back to his work. A true craftsman! .....

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Firmware Upgrade Touit E-Mount | ZEISS United Kingdom

Firmware Upgrade Touit E-Mount | ZEISS United Kingdom | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

A firmware update to Version 02 is now available for the Touit 2.8/50M with E-mount. It corrects the following behaviour that may have occurred with the previous lens firmware version with particular camera menu setting and in particular situations:


• clearly noticeable shutter release delays when pressing the release button with activated flash


• ‘hunting’ for the focus point with the camera in AF-C mode

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Fuji X-T1 Doubts | Rachel Ruffer

Fuji X-T1 Doubts | Rachel Ruffer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I dreamt about this camera for weeks and weeks. Pondered about whether or not to order it. Scoured the internet for sample images and review posts. Everyone was in love with it. People were replacing their DSLRs with this camera. And I wanted that so bad. Like, you have no idea. I absolutely LOVE my X100s and wanted so bad to make the switch from Canon. I haven’t always had the best of luck with focus systems on Canons, and not to mention… they are HEAVY. So the idea of a small, light camera system called to me like a siren song. I told the Mister how I NEEDED it. How it was going to change everything. How it couldn’t wait. When will I ever learn? Don’t get me wrong. This camera is great! But there are a few things about it that I didn’t think about before purchasing it – and they’re kind of deal breakers. The first is that I have the 35mm lens, which from my research is one of the first lenses Fuji came out with for the X system. So it is SLOW. And quite loud. I’m really not a fan. It also does a lot of back and forth trying to focus, even if the focus was basically where it should have been and maybe just needed fine tuning. Yep. Let’s focus all the way to 0.1 m and back again. Unbelievably frustrating........

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Canon 1DX with Sigma Art 50 vs. Fuji X100s with TCL X100 | Mark Kitaoka

Canon 1DX with Sigma Art 50 vs. Fuji X100s with TCL X100 | Mark Kitaoka | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Today while I was conducting a commercial session I decided to run a quick test. I wanted to compare my work camera, the Canon 1DX using Sigma’s new Art 50mm Lens against my Fuji X100S with the TCL X100 teleconverter attached. Both images were shot using the same studio strobes and modifiers. Camera settings on both units was ISO 200, 1/160th shutter speed, f6.3. Obviously both focal lengths were 50mm. For those who may be sneaky, I’ve removed the EXIF data. It’s quite remarkable what the little Fuji paired with the TCL X100 can do. After all it’s only about a $6,049.00 difference at suggested retail! Smile or no smile, which is which? .....

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ThinkTank Retrospective Fan Club | Justin Balog

ThinkTank Retrospective Fan Club | Justin Balog | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it
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If I could only choose one bag, it would be the 30. It isn’t much bigger in size, but it does make packing/accessing your gear a bit easier if you are rocking a DSLR or two bodies. However, if you are the mirrorless type (even with two bodies) the 7 would be my choice. My doctor says I’m 5′ 8.5″, but pride myself on being 5’9″ and all the bags fit me pretty good.....

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Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap through end of 2015 | Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap through end of 2015 | Digital Photography Review | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is pleased to release an updated road map for X mount interchangeable lenses.

A large-diameter medium telephoto lens (the XF90mmF2.0R) features for the first time on the development road map for first half 2015. The next available lens will be the XF50-140mm F2.8 R OIS WR. Following on from the XF18-135mm lens, this will be Fujifilm’s second weather resistant lens designed to partner its X-T1 camera. Other updates to the road map include the previously announced “Ultra-wide angle lens” being confirmed as the “XF16mmF1.4 R” with a guide launch date of mid 2015. And the planned launch of the XF16-55mmF2.8 WR lens moving to Spring 2015 and the Super Tele-Photo Zoom lens to Winter 2015. Highly regarded for their outstanding image quality, resolution and well-built bodies, the unique X mount lens range now includes super-wide angle to super-telephoto range lenses and a large-diameter lens with rich bokeh and high resolution.......

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Geren W Mortensen Jr's curator insight, July 24, 6:40 AM

Some exciting new lenses that have been rumored to be coming in the next 18 months are now official! My big interests in the new lenses are the 16mm and the 90mm!

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Fuji TCL-X100 review Part 1 | Thomas Alan

Fuji TCL-X100 review Part 1 | Thomas Alan | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

For the record, the studio is possibly one of the worst environments to test and judge the TCL-X100, but it’s where I needed to use it, so take the following with a grain of salt if you have no intentions of using yours in this environment. I’m not a pixel peeper, and you won’t see any charts, graphs, or fancy, mathematical, technical terms here. I judge gear by how easy or difficult it is to work with in the field, and the image results I get. I’m a touchy, feely kind of shooter who loves a piece of gear or an image if it feels right. First, a little backstory on why I purchased the TCL. I’ve been using the x100 now for three years. Initially I purchased the x100 for shooting street. Almost immediately the small camera that could became my favorite camera ever. I love the fast, bright f2.0 35mm equivalent lens, and have never really had issues with it being fixed. In fact, not being able to change lenses has been more of a blessing than a curse. I also own a X-Pro1 that I use for street and studio work. Recently, while working on a long-term portrait project, my 60mm lens on my X-Pro1 started having focusing issues and I was forced to send it in for repair.....