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Fujifilm X100s Shutter Sound Vs Other Cameras


Just playing around with some other cameras. The X100s is of course a quiet camera and so I compare it with a few others.

 


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2012 August « The Blog of Laith Al-Majali

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2 posts published by lmajali during August 2012

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Fuji X-E1 Review – The Why and The How | Martin Castein

Fuji X-E1 Review – The Why and The How | Martin Castein | X-E1 Photography Awakening | Scoop.it

 

My thoughts:

If you are coming from a DSLR you will have a bit of a learning curve. The camera behaves very differently to a DSLR. It makes you think and slow down. You cant brute force your way through a shoot. You have to be more thoughtful and considerate. This is a big plus in many ways. I like this about it. My first reaction was give me the through the lens view of a DSLR. I was frustrated. This camera will initially frustrate you, the electronic viewfinder is irritating at first, this comes from not understanding what the camera is all about though. Be prepared for this. You need to learn to shoot in a different way. I felt like I was on a steep learning curve. I even questioned if I had done the right thing. But then I said to myself I need to really shoot this camera how it was asking me to shoot it. And then it came to life. You have to stop thinking how a DSLR thinks. This is hard to put into words. In many ways this camera is faster than a DSLR, bare with me. If the DSLR were a machine gun then the X-E1 is a sniper rifle. You cant shoot a sniper rifle like a machine gun and so you have to change the way you shoot. The X-E1 is about the single shot – nailed it way of shooting. This is a delightful way to make photographs and it can be faster. Once you are in the right frame of mind it is addictive and each click is rewarding. The pictures are stunning. I can imagine putting the D700 in the boot of the car for large sections of a wedding and just go around with this tiny camera......


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Field report: shooting a portrait essay with the Fuji X-E1: « Mike Kobal

Field report: shooting a portrait essay with the Fuji X-E1: « Mike Kobal | X-E1 Photography Awakening | Scoop.it

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Market at Night, Central, Hong Kong | Ariel Broitman

Market at Night, Central, Hong Kong | Ariel Broitman | X-E1 Photography Awakening | Scoop.it

 

Sample images with Fuji X-E1 by Ariel Broitman

 


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New York Day 1 Sony A99 and Fuji X-E1 » Frank Doorhof

New York Day 1 Sony A99 and Fuji X-E1 » Frank Doorhof | X-E1 Photography Awakening | Scoop.it

Ok today the first update on our trip to New York.


On the 20th I will be teaching a seminar at the MAC group (see yesterdays blog post) but that also means I have a few days in New York to test two very interesting cameras, Annewiek is filming some material we will use for “The DOORhof is always open” which will feature a review of both cameras, but today I already share some of my thoughts and the first results.

 

New York is great, it’s a streetphotographers paradise, or as Scott Kelby once said “It’s like the circus comes to town, only 24/7/365″. So which city is better to test out two very interesting cameras, the Sony Alpha 99 and the Fuji X-E1 with the 18-55 zoom lens.

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Fuji Guys - Fujifilm X-E1 Part 3/3 - Top Features | Fuji X-E1

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Billy of the Fuji Guys is back to outline the top features of the X-E1 X Series premium camera. For more information visit http://www.fujifilm.ca/ Follow the...

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Fujinon XF 14mm, XF 18mm, XF 35mm: Angle of view comparison | Mike Kobal

Fujinon XF 14mm, XF 18mm, XF 35mm: Angle of view comparison | Mike Kobal | X-E1 Photography Awakening | Scoop.it

 

Here is the angle of view comparison you guys asked for  Fujinon XF 14mm, Fujinon XF 18mm, Fujinon XF 35mm.

 


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THROUGH THE LENS - BACK TO REALITY !

THROUGH THE LENS - BACK TO REALITY ! | X-E1 Photography Awakening | Scoop.it
Disregarding everything I missed from a analog camera I finally found out that I would never get a digital camera on a price I was willing to pay for. Choosing a gigantic dslr camera was not an option for me. My almost wiped out passion for photography awakened when I first saw a videoclip of the X-pro 1 on Youtube. My mind was like a computer at the moment of just having been pressed on  the boot start button. I started to study everything about digital photographing. I even found out that the sensor capturing capability of the Coolpix I own  is only 5% of a fullframe sensor. What a disappointment!  I spare any further description for there are lots of pros out there whose have done that already. At the end I have decided for the X-E1 kit with a 18-55mm zoom lens. I'm alive again!
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Fuji X-E1 review: the perfect travel camera? | Zarek Rahman

Fuji X-E1 review: the perfect travel camera? | Zarek Rahman | X-E1 Photography Awakening | Scoop.it


Overall, the camera works very very well. To get the most of it though, you do have to treat it differently than you would a DSLR. So here’s another bunch of bullet points about the main differences and how I deal with them:

 

Single point AF is the only real usable autofocus mode on this camera. The continuous AF mode is a waste of time. If you want to take photographs of moving subjects or action, then you need to anticipate where the subject is going to be, pre-focus to that area and then sit tight and hope they walk into that spot before you hit the shutter fully. If you try and treat this camera’s focus system like you would a DSLR, you will be disappointed. In order to do this you need to be aware of how much depth of field you’re working with, and this can be tricky for beginners.

 

The contrast detection AF system of this camera is very different to the system that DSLRs use. You really need to understand how CDAF systems work in order to get the most of it. I suggest reading the manual if you don’t already know. Once you know the limitations of the AF system, you can work around them with ease.

 

I didn’t really use manual focus extensively (why would I with 2 AF lenses with me?) but it does work much better on this camera than on DSLRs, particularly due to the magnification you get by pressing that thumb wheel thing. I’ve never used focus peaking so I have no clue of the value it would add to manual focusing.

 

OK enough writing: here are a few more samples before we get onto the lenses.....


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Shooting with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS | Bert Stephani

Shooting with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS | Bert Stephani | X-E1 Photography Awakening | Scoop.it


A few days ago I received my Fujifilm X-E1. As exciting as receiving a new camera may be, I was even more excited about the lens that came with it: the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS. Because I was hoping and expecting this lens to make my Fujifilm kit more flexible and all round for those times when working with primes might be too slow. Yesterday I joined another group of hunters for my “hunting project” and I decided to shoot exclusively with the new lens to give it a challenging workout in the field. The 18-55 works perfectly fine with the X-E1 and the combination is easy to handle. But I found the lens to handle better on the slightly bulkier X-Pro1. The lens doesn’t have the typical cheap feel of a kitlens. It feels sturdy and well build. The zoom action is smooth and the other controls work fine too. I’d just like a bit more friction in the aperture ring. It’s easy to accidently change the aperture without noticing it. Because this is a variable aperture lens (from f2.8 at 18mm to f4 at 55mm) there are no aperture markings on the lens like the Fujinon prime lenses. It would have been nice off course to have f/2.8 over the whole range but that would have made the lens a lot bigger, heavier and more expensive. I’ll have to get used to it but I can live with it. The Fuji’s made me rediscover the joys of working with fixed focal lengths and I intend to shoot most of my future work with those fine primes. But sometimes you get in situations were your movements are restricted and you just can’t zoom with your feet. Other times time pressure or dusty/wet conditions prevent you from changing lenses. Standard zoom lens to the rescue. Variation is often key in keeping clients happy and offering a wide AND a close shot of the same scene within seconds can definitely buy you some good karma from editors and designers. You know that this blog is not the place to read about resolution charts and corner performance. But I trust my eyes and I see that the Fujinon 18-55 produces great images which are sharp and clean with no obvious flaws. And I wouldn’t hesitate for a nanosecond to use this lens for any job within it’s focal range. Colors, contrast, bokeh seem pro-level to me.....


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Tai Chi, Emotional Well Being and Meditation

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Tai chi can be used as a powerful form of Taoist moving meditation, which starts with balancing the emotions—that is, the emotional energy body. Tai chi can also be practiced to acquire martial arts skill and as a health system.


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Some may think it's magic. However it's really focus and commitment that gave magical results!

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X-Pro 1 at the 2012 Pushkar Camel Fair - Rajasthan, India | Tim Steadman

X-Pro 1 at the 2012 Pushkar Camel Fair - Rajasthan, India | Tim Steadman | X-E1 Photography Awakening | Scoop.it


Two weeks ago, I traveled to Pushkar for the annual Camel Fair. For 8 days, I was armed with only my X-pro 1 , the 18mm f/2, and the 35mm f/1.4. This was my first experience working extensively with the X-pro 1. It felt different. Last year I walked the grounds of the Pushkar Camel fair armed with a Canon 1D Mark II with a 70-200 2.8 IS and a Canon 5D with a 16-35 II f/2.8. A 35mm 1.4 and a 50mm 1.4 were stowed my backpack. I came away with images I really liked, but also came away each night with a sore neck and back and an ever growing frustration of hauling so much stuff. For one day I decided to carry just my 1d Mark II with the 35mm 1.4 to "free myself." It saved my back but not quite my neck and I still felt like this big camera was all people looked at when I first approached them to have a chat, ask questions, etc. I needed something less obtrusive. Along came the X-pro 1 that I purchased a few months ago. The Pushkar Camel Fair was the first event I felt I could give it a good working test and compare its performance and image quality with the performance and images I shot last year with my Canon gear. I also wanted to see how it held up in the sandy elements of the desert. I am very pleased with the results. The image quality, I feel, with the X-Pro 1 and 35mm f/1.4 combo is as good as the image quality of my Canon 1D Mark II and 35mm 1.4 combo. I love this. Performance wise, the auto focus SPEED with the X-pro I doesn't even compare. It is slow in the world of pro SLR's but then again, for travel, I am usually not shooting anything that is moving fast, so speed is not an issue. It is not too slow to frustrate me in any way...especially since the firmware update a couple months ago. I have found that shooting in manual AF mode and using the AEL button for auto focus is a bit faster and easier. The auto focus ACCURACY with the X-Pro 1 is great. Once it locks on, it's good to go. I took 2-3 extra shots in certain situations early on in the camel fair just to make sure I got one in focus as I was a bit skeptical. All the images came out tack sharp. Very nice! ....


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Bolivia Remembered | Flemming Bo Jensen

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Bolivia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, December 2011. The camera stares at, grins at me lying on my hostel bed in tropical heat–I shoot angry glares back. The camera has been kicking my butt every day for some weeks and I hate it right now. Despise photography. But I need to pick it up and go create something. Need an outlet. A dark storm hovers in my mind, I am depressed, all purpose seems lost and recent events including a suicide made me fall in a black hole devoid of all light. I walk the world feeling completely disconnected from human life. Despising myself and my existence. As always, light this bright casts some very dark shadows. Despite an abundance of sun light in tropical Santa Cruz I have been in the shadows for days. I like extremes–I seek extremes. Fitting then I guess, that I am in the darkest of moods in the brightest of warm tropical weather. Get out. Walk. Standing still never worked for me. Must keep moving. Or shadows catch up. Grab the damn camera and walk, walk the streets of this hot, weird and interesting melting pot of a city. Get out of this hostel from hell. Walk, damn legs, walk. A market appears. A gigantic chaotic market bigger than any market I have seen in Asia or anywhere else. A world inside a world. No hiding here. Not a single gringo in sight anywhere. I break out the camera. Channel my darkness into looking, seeing, shooting, making images.....

 

Memories are funny. These words are written about a year after the images were made. And I want to return to Bolivia. Have been on my mind recently. Calls me back. It is one of the hardest places to work in that I have experienced. I was in a dark, dark place for the 10 days I was there. But it was a very interesting place filled with awesome people and places of contrast and extremes. That’s why I want to return of course. The challenge. And I need the extremes. To create. To feel alive.


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