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Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 LM R OIS | Roel

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 LM R OIS | Roel | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


The Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5~4.8 R LM OIS is a decent performer.  It is sharp, the OIS is effective and it balances nicely on an X-Pro1 body (but not so much on the X-E1).  For stationary subjects, AF is good (but not great), and given the current state of continuous AF on the X-Pro1 and X-E1, I won’t be using it for any of my action work (wildlife and sports). I have been on the fence as to whether I would keep this lens – not because it is bad, in fact, it is quite good.  I initially purchased my X-Pro1 system because of the high quality, fast and small prime lenses – I am not a fan of variable aperture zoom lenses.  But for now, I will keep this lens as it is the only way to go beyond 60mm with the “X” system and still have auto focus – plus optically, it delivers the goods.So for now, I will be holding onto it.  For me, it is a compromise but if you don’t mind variable aperture zooms, then you will probably like this lens a lot.....

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Two Months with the Fujifilm X100S | Roel

Two Months with the Fujifilm X100S | Roel | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

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I took my X100 everywhere with me – including to Antarctica and China.   It was a camera that really made me think about composition, exposure and lighting – it was made for “intentful” shooting and thus it allowed me to create some of my best images. I vowed to never, ever sell this camera as I really loved using it. Then I did the unthinkable:  I sold it.


Why, you might ask?  I had just acquired a second X-Pro1 camera body and given that Fujifilm had announced several new lenses for this system, I felt that my X100 was not going to see much use in the future.  I already had the XF 18mm f/2 (28mm equivalent) prime lens which I thought would be a good substitute for the X100′s 23mm f/2 lens (until Fujifilm released its upcoming 23mm f/1.4 lens). It seemed like a good idea at the time, hence why I sold the X100.


It turned out to be a decision I came to regret – a lot.....

One thing though – someone asked me recently if I was planning to purchase the upcoming XF Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 lens to use with my X-Pro1 now that I own the X100S. The short answer is, “no.”  The way I view the X100S is that it is an excellent 23mm f/2 lens with a great camera attached to it – which now has a permanent place in my bag.

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Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R | Roel

Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R | Roel | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to test a pre-production copy of this new prime to provide some feedback to Fujifilm.  This article will discuss my experience with it plus provide you with some of my initial images taken with this lens.

Before you can use this lens with your X-Pro1 or X-E1,  you will need to upgrade the firmware on the camera body (which allows for lens corrections plus enables a few other features).  I was supplied with (non-public) beta-firmware from Fujifilm (V2.02 for my X-Pro1) but I suspect when this lens is publicly released, a new firmware version (V2.03 or higher) will be available for download.

Final Thoughts

Here is a quick summary of this lens:


Pros

- excellent build quality and lightweight

- fast f/2.8 aperture

- the AF/MF clutch is a welcome feature to move quickly from AF to MF

- focus ring responds nicely when using manual focus (as opposed to the original focus by wire)

- Depth of Field markings

- Distance Scale markings

- aperture ring feels solid with discreet 1/3 stop settings

- sharp, even wide open

- very little distortion

- surprisingly flare resistant

- the petal lens hood is an improvement over the previous ones made by Fujifilm


Cons

- the $US 899.99 price tag might put some people off

- 14mm (21mm equivalent) is very wide and will challenge any photographer’s composition skills

- the focus ring could use more dampening, but that may change in the final production units

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Fujifilm X-E1 – High ISO Images | roel.me

Fujifilm X-E1 – High ISO Images | roel.me | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it
What really surprised me were ISO 12800 and ISO 25600. There is some smearing in the shadow areas due to the noise reduction, however, these images are still good (and quite useable) in terms of noise, detail and colour fidelity.   This is remarkable considering the extremely high ISO values. I also checked my X-Pro1 (with the latest firmware V2.00) and its image quality is the same.  It seems that Fujifilm has improved the image processing engine in both the X-Pro1 and X-E1 to produce even better JPEG images.

This was totally unexpected and nothing short of amazing. If someone told me a few years ago that I could get this kind of image quality from a 300 gram (10.5 ounce) camera that used an APS-C sensor, I would have laughed them out of the room. To say that I am blown away (and humbled), is an understatement.
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X-Photographers | Roel Dixon Mahatoo | roel.me

X-Photographers | Roel Dixon Mahatoo | roel.me | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


Fujifilm appears to have incorporated a lot of the X100 feedback in the X-Pro1's design and it is great that they did this. There are numerous improvements the bottom line is that you are getting DSLR image quality in a compact, functional body with high quality optics. Current X100 owners will feel right at home and it should not take too much time for a new user to become familiar with the X-Pro1. The build quality is excellent, just like the X100. Fujifilm have done a great job with this system and I look forward to it expanding over time. I like the X-Pro1 so much that I have just pre-ordered the body and all 3 lenses. I am confident enough in the camera to use it for paid client work.

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Lessons Earnest Shackleton Taught Me – Improving Your Photography Part 2 | roel.me

Lessons Earnest Shackleton Taught Me – Improving Your Photography Part 2 | roel.me | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


Each time I visited Shackleton’s grave, I always thought about life and what I want to get out of it. Photography is a huge part of my life, so I have set some pretty lofty goals for myself. The bottom line is that I want to be the best photographer that I can possibly be and will do everything in my power to do so. Whether my images end up on the covers of numerous magazines, or in someone’s wedding album, I want to know that I am producing the best images that I am capable of creating at that time. Plus, I want to continually grow as a photographer. What is yours?

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The best bags for Compact System Cameras | roel.me

The best bags for Compact System Cameras | roel.me | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

 

I have received many questions about camera bags over the past few weeks – and one of them keeps coming up – “What is the best camera bag for my compact system camera?“ The short answer is, “It depends.“ What I have found out over many years (and purchasing dozens of bags) is that there is no perfect bag, but there are bags that are perfect for specific applications. Compact system cameras are fantastic as they can dramatically reduce the weight and size of your camera kit whilst maintaining high image quality. And of course, every photographer would like to store their gear in a suitable bag.

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China: Travel and Camera Recommendations | roel.me

China: Travel and Camera Recommendations | roel.me | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

When you visit China, be prepared to be overwhelmed as it is a huge country with literally thousands of things to see and photograph. Given that I am photographer, I felt like a child in a candy shop with all of the possibilities. I decided to take a compact system camera consisting of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X100 (and lenses) which worked out remarkably well for me as it was compact, lightweight and gave me superb image quality. Depending on your photography skill and ultimate goal (for your images), you can use any camera you’d like. I saw people using iPhones right up to professional level DSLRs and all of them seemed happy to do so. The bottom line is get a camera you like using, learn how to use it properly and have fun shooting in China.

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Fujifilm X100 and X-Pro1 on assignment (in China) | roel.me

Fujifilm X100 and X-Pro1 on assignment (in China) | roel.me | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Back in late February 2012, Fujifilm Canada was kind enough to lend me a pre-production X-Pro1 and lenses to shoot the promotional images for their Canadian product launch. I enjoyed using the system so much (and loved the image quality even more) that I put down $3,500.00 (plus tax – hey, the government wants its share too) to purchase a complete system. I also have a Fujifilm X100 and just love that little camera, despite its quirks. Actually, Fujifilm released a number of firmware upgrades in the past couple of months which resolved many of the issues I had with the camera. So, it is not as quirky as it use to be.

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holy F stop: Fujifilm X-Pro1 - A first look

holy F stop: Fujifilm X-Pro1 - A first look | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I have been hired by Fujifilm Canada to evaluate the camera and lenses for feedback - plus shoot some images to be presented at their upcoming Canadian launch. I have (on loan) a pre-production camera and lenses with recent firmware, but this is not the final system that will be shipping to customers. Fujifilm have asked me not to publish any photographs that I have taken (at least for now) as they wish to show these images at the formal launch of the X-Pro1. I believe that they will be available at that time for public release for all who wish to view them. Fujifilm have given me permission to discuss the camera's useability, operation and image quality - with no strings attached.

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Scoresby Sund, Greenland | Roel

Scoresby Sund, Greenland | Roel | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

 

One of my greatest pleasures in life is traveling.  There are so many amazing places on this planet and I want to see as many of them as possible in my lifetime. I frequently get asked, “Where are you going next?” – and my answers often leave people scratching their head.  But one recent response did catch me off guard: “You’re going … where?” That is what I got when I told someone I was going to Greenland. “Why the h*ll would you want to go there?”, they asked. Why would I?  Read on to find out…

Why Greenland? Just over a year ago, my wife and I were visiting Iceland (one of our most favourite places) and spent some time in a town called Husavík in the northern part of the country.  During our stay, we went on a day trip to Puffin Island with a company called North Sailing which we really enjoyed. After our excursion, I noticed in their brochure that they had a one week sailing tour of Greenland which really piqued my interest.  I had heard from several people that Greenland is a beautiful place, especially Scoresby Sund where this voyage was supposed to take place. After doing a quite a bit of research (plus speaking to the helpful folks at North Sailing), we took the plunge and decided to go to Greenland.  As you will find out, it was a decision I am so glad we made.....

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Thx for sharing, Roel - great pictures :-) 

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Cambodia - A Photographer's Guide | Roel Dixon Mahatoo

Cambodia - A Photographer's Guide | Roel Dixon Mahatoo | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


Empires. The world has seen many empires come and go.  No matter how powerful they were, they have all disappeared for various reasons and you can see the remains of them today if you willing to travel. The tiny country of Cambodia in southeast Asia was home to one of humanity’s most powerful empires – the Khmers (802 to 1431 AD).  They were ambitious people led by even more ambitious kings who wanted wanted to be worshiped by their subjects – so they declared themselves to be god kings. To demonstrate their status as such, they erected stone temples that were built on a massive scale – unlike anything one could imagine, even to this day.  These temples dwarf most European cathedrals, even though the Khmers built them many centuries before.  They were truly a very advanced civilisation. I recently had the privilege of visiting Siem Reap in northern Cambodia which is an experience I will never forget.  The main reason for my visit was to see (and photograph) these magnificent structures – the other, to spend some time with the Cambodian people (still referred to as “Khmers”) who are some of the friendliest on the planet. I spent a lot of time preparing for this trip as I was traveling a great distance and wanted to make sure I had everything I needed with me.  The purpose of this article is to share my experience(s) so that photographers can prepare for their journey to this remarkable part of the world.  Keep in mind as you read this that I spent all of my time (nine days) in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia, which is a much longer visit than most.

 

This article is in four sections:


1. Before you go

2. Photography Advice

3. Other Advice

4. The Best Advice .......

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... more Cambodia Images by Roel:

http://roel.me/?gallery=cambodia

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Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS (goes to the Bahamas) | Roel

Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS (goes to the Bahamas) | Roel | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


It is the first zoom lens for the Fujifilm X camera system and unfortunately, I did not have a chance to use it as it was not available when I received the X-E1 for testing.  At a trade show in Toronto later that month, I did have a very brief opportunity to use the 18-55mm at the Fujifilm booth, but I could only view the images on the camera’s rear LCD screen (and not a calibrated computer monitor) so I did not feel that I had sufficient data to present an informed opinion. I really wanted to see how this lens performed – especially since I have been spoiled by the superb optical quality of the Fujifilm X prime lenses.  But I was just going to have to wait a bit longer before I could get my hands on this new zoom lens. As I was heading off for a much needed vacation in the Bahamas in December 2012, Fujifilm sent a production copy which I took with me on this trip. This is not an in depth review as I tend not to be a pixel peeper but I wanted to pass on my thoughts – plus, show you a few sample images.....

Final Thoughts

Here is a quick summary of this lens:


Pros

 

- excellent build quality

- fast for a variable aperture lens (f/2.8 to f/4)

- focus ring is dampened nicely