We planned two days of work on sundays, when the studio is closed. We settled there our lights and gear, that meant four soft-boxes, remotes, tripods, diffusers... definitely a lot of stuff, but the best part was bringing on a fashion assignment my Fuji X-E1, 35mm, 23mm and 18-55 zoom. Yes, it is right, I brought a APS-C system and It was... fashion!
It seems like ever since the first Fujifilm X-mount camera was launched, the X-Pro1, we can’t help but admire the progress Japanese manufacturer has been making. And it is not just the release of well thought-through line-up of cameras Fujifilm’s relentless attempts to improve models with firmware updates. Not just the pleasing design or quality of lenses. It is also what they have in store for us in the upcoming year. Fujifilm has just updated its X-mount lens roadmap for 2014 (and the start of 2015). And it looks bloody brilliant.
... here is a closer look at the list of contenders. ...
On my way to work I took a chance to try my new Fuji X-E2 mounted with the awesome 35mm/1.4 lens. I returned my X-Pro1, which I bought in September to get the smaller X-E2. So I am used the the Camera already.
The camera as a tool, in it's purest form, should indeed be an extension of our imagination. It should enable our vision and NOT get in the way. It has a simple task to perform (no matter how complicated the technology may be).
The holidays are over, as sad as it may be. And that means it is time to get back to work! We start with some great news. Fujifilm has just announced (or, rather, confirmed, since we knew this lens was coming) the very hot Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens for its popular and desirable X-series compact camera system. For those who wonder, this is a proper, 85mm full-frame equivalent (84mm if you’re being pedantic) portrait lens with correspondingly fast aperture of f/1.2.
I'm renting two prime lenses for a shoot next week - a Fuji 60mm f/2.4 and a Zeiss 12mm f/2.8. BorrowLenses sent them out a bit early and I wanted to get a feel for how they compare to my own lenses, the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 prime and Fuji 18-55mm zoom. I shared my thoughts on the 60mm in the previous post.
I will be using the Zeiss 12mm in a tight factory setting next week. But this weekend I lucked out with a rare Oregon sunset and am absolutely amazed by the perspective the Zeiss 12mm brings to clouds and landscapes! I wish I could own a copy of this lens, I would be pulling it out for nearly every scenic and weather related shot I came across.
I love Fuji. Before buying my first DSLR, I had a Fuji S7000. It was an amazing camera at that time, and they always had those particular sensors, different from any of its competitors. So I looked to their cameras, the X100s, X-E1, X-E2 and the X-Pro1.
Street photography - should it be Colour, black and white or a mixture of both, depending on the individual photos?
When it comes to street photography I’ve always had my feet planted in the black and white side of the fence as it just looks more interesting to me. It strips away the distraction of colour and narrows the photograph down to composition and content. It also gives street shots a timeless quality.
All the shots on this post are in colour, but you will find the same ones in black and white over at 35mmStreet HERE.
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) has announced the release of the FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R lens.
The XF56mmF1.2 R is less than half the size of an equivalent lens on a full-frame camera ** and offers fast, quiet autofocusing that ensures stress-free shooting for both the photographer and the model. It also delivers incredible resolving power for high quality results that are enhanced by the unique skin tone reproduction technology found in Fujifilm's X-mount cameras. Using the XF56mm and selecting one of two PRO Negative modes from the Film Simulation menu on the camera body will ensure users can capture beautiful portraits with rich tonal gradations reminiscent of images from film cameras.
Fuji’s X-Pro 1 offers a retro homage to another era―namely the era of the Leica rangefinder, with the overall dimensions, handling, form factor, and style of shooting as an M camera (though the Fuji is not a proper rangefinder) … but with a truly state-of-the art bit of engineering in the form of its X-Trans sensor (you can read my early thoughts about the camera in detail here)
Much like Nikon’s new retro-inspired Df, the XP1 has created a lot of polarization in the photographic community. Search around the web and you’ll find some folks regaling their readers with tales of how magnificent the file output is (it certainly can be) and how they can live with the camera’s well-reported quirks. Others lambaste it for its slow overall operational speed, and are less than convinced about the quality of the X-Trans files.
Photo Ninja is a fully featured raw processing programme from the same company that is famous for its “Noise Ninja” noise reduction plug-ins. When they released Photo Ninja they built upon their highly regarded processing architecture and delivered a full raw development offering.
I'm really happy I followed my heart, sold my Canon 6d and got myself the Fujifilm X-E2 camera. It just feels like coming home..
I just got it with the two lenses I had with my X-Pro1 setup: the 14mm f/2.8 and the 35mm f/1.4.
I will do a write-up about this lovely camera soon, after I have used it a bit more. I have only taken it out on a single photowalk .. but I already can say I won't miss my Canon fullframe or my beloved X-Pro1 camera with this small and light monster with me.
Moving from using heavy but capable DSLRs such as the Canon 5D Mark3 (which I still use), there is a level of adjustment to using these smaller cameras. They’re not quite as quick to use and in particular don’t have quite the same performance in low light, whether that’s autofocus or image quality. I should temper these statements by emphasising the ‘not quite’, and the fact that the 5D Mark3 is an exceptional performer to compare against in all of these regards. Although the X100S is a real step forward in the focussing performance, it’s not best in class in the mirrorless world. Of course everything has a flip side, pros and cons, and if speed and low light performance are weaker areas of the mirrorless cameras, then their size, weight and quietness, are huge, tangible advantages.
Maybe my wife thought it was funny to book a trip for the close of 2013 without cell phone coverage, or an active internet connection, but having come out the other end feeling the way I do, I totally get it. The experience was definitely worth the withdrawl. Constantly glued to the keyboard and enslaved to the drum of social media's beat was taking its toll.
On the face of it, the idea of comparing the results from a smaller APS-C 16mp sensor to those from a larger full frame 36mp sensor is a completely lopsided affair, and something I did not intentionally set out to do it. Quite by accident, while testing the Sony A7r for another blog review I intend to post later this week, I discovered that some images taken by the lower 24mp Leica M 240 were really quite close in quality to the A7r, and this started me wondering about how much of an improvement a high resolution camera like the A7r would be over something like the Fuji X series. So, just for the fun of it, I set up a comparative situation to see how close I could come to the full frame image quality of the Sony A7r while using the smaller sensor of the Fuji X-E2..
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) has released its latest roadmap for X mount lenses, adding five new lenses including four zoom lenses to the lineup of X mount products, which are highly regarded for their outstanding resolving...
This is a cross post with my blog at Derek Clark Photography for the following reason. When it comes to street photography I’ve always had my feet planted in the black and white side of the fence as it just looks more interesting to me. It strips away the distraction of colour and narrows the photograph down to composition and content. It also gives street shots a timeless quality.
So here’s the thing. All the shots on this post are in black and white, but you will find the same ones in colour over at DerekClarkPhotography by clicking HERE.
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the release of an all-black version of the popular FUJIFILM X100S in response to strong demand from customers.
The multi-award winning FUJIFILM X100S was named European Advanced Compact Camera of the year 2013-14 by EISA*. Released in January 2013, it features a Fujinon 23mm F2** F1.4 fixed single focal length lens and APS-C size X-Trans CMOS™II*** sensor (16.3 million pixel, optical low-pass filter-less design). Encompassing the world's first Hybrid Viewfinder that lets you switch between its Optical Viewfinder and its Electronic Viewfinder, the X100S is a truly premium compact camera that is both portable and versatile.