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Long exposures with a Fuji X-Pro1 | Don Craig

Long exposures with a Fuji X-Pro1 | Don Craig | Just photography | Scoop.it


Having happily used the X-Pro1 for my work and personal photography since I sold my Leica M9, I have been incredibly pleased to see how well the camera and X-mount lenses work for long exposures. I have always been intrigued by LE photography and have shot it with the same variety of cameras that I have used for my other photography. Starting out with DSLRs and moving to rangefinders, I never felt like I was achieving the results I wanted nor did I feel that I was using the appropriate equipment. Perhaps that has changed with the Fuji X cameras. Shooting LE photos with rangefinders was a step in the right direction. Since the viewfinder isn’t connected to the lens, there aren’t the same issues of keeping light out of the viewfinder and you can still frame your shot with ND filters in place. Also, I love the ability to use a simple cable release to trigger the shutter. That and all of the manual controls make LE photography a snap with a rangefinder. With the X-Pro1, I feel like I have the benefits of the rangefinders, plus a lot more versatility and amazing image quality. Not only can I use the camera like a rangefinder, I also have the benefit of using the rear screen like a view camera. The interactive horizon line is a big benefit for insuring that I have the camera level, as my tripod doesn’t have a level on the head. Also, when shooting in Bulb mode, for exposures of over 30 seconds, the X-P1 displays a timer on the rear screen. It’s great. The X-Trans sensor is also performing really well. Image degradation is often a problem with digital cameras as exposures get longer. White or dark pixels may start to appear in the image as the sensor heats up. My lovely Epson R-D1 couldn’t handle exposures of more than a handful of seconds; that old sensor just wasn’t up to the task. Even the Nikon D3 had a difficult time handling long exposures, particularly on hot days. My X-100 is very convenient for LE photography as it even has an internal, 3-stop ND filter. Yet, the sensor isn’t up to the quality of the X-Trans and I stay clear of exposures longer than a couple of minutes. Lens choice is a critical component of LE photography. Although wide-angle lenses are a common choice among photographers, I find that I prefer using the 35mm (53mm equivalent) X-mount. It produces outstanding results and it’s been interesting to stack a group of ND filters on it and shoot wide open. This results in a slower shutter speed, but not truly a long exposure, and a nicely out of focus background. The 18mm lens is a good alternative. I look forward to using the 23mm lens, when it’s available. Soon, I hope! The versatile X-Pro1 has enabled me to do more LE photography, with better results. This has inspired me to shoot more long exposures, which has led to an interesting new opportunity. In March, I will be teaching a LE workshop at Lúz Studio & Gallery. Since it’s Winter right now, that has meant doing a lot more standing around in the cold, but it has also opened up the way I use my camera and how I see the world......

 


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The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1 articles on the Web ... | THOMAS MENK | PHOTOGRAPHY

The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1 articles on the Web ... | THOMAS MENK | PHOTOGRAPHY | Just photography | Scoop.it


Aspects of Digital Photography focusing on the Fuji X-Pro 1, Fuji X-E1 and X100s - rumors, reviews, samples and more.

The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1 articles, reviews and X-Pro1 Photographer on the Web!

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Bird News | Hampshire | goingbirding.co.uk

Latest Hampshire bird news

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Munson: Old photo changes restoration of Carson's birthplace - DesMoinesRegister.com

Munson: Old photo changes restoration of Carson's birthplace - DesMoinesRegister.com | Just photography | Scoop.it
Munson: Old photo changes restoration of Carson's birthplace DesMoinesRegister.com The tiny 2-by-3-inch black-and-white photo was difficult to scrutinize even with bifocals, but once it was scanned and enlarged a crucial discussion began: What do...
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Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R | Roel

Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R | Roel | Just photography | 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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Stuart Shore - Wight Wildlife Photography: A new year and back to the Squirrels

Stuart Shore - Wight Wildlife Photography: A new year and back to the Squirrels | Just photography | Scoop.it

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New blog update on Isle of Wight wildlife photography by Stuart Shore

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Sun, Sallow and Random Events

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I arrived at the Marsh to be greeted by a fine day and scenes of random vandalism, in the form of fencing materials scattered about, a section fence pulled out and a field gate pulled from the gate...

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Tom Hadley's curator insight, January 17, 2013 7:01 AM

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