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Fuji X-E2 Hands-On Field Test | Nathan Elson


We loved the original Fuji X-E1, so we were looking forward to checking out its replacement, the X-E2. Fortunately, legendary photographer Nathan Elson was available to help us review the camera.....


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Iceland – Monochromatic | Jonas Rask

Iceland – Monochromatic | Jonas Rask | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

This post has been stirring with me for a while. Reasons are multiple, but mainly it has been because of the timing of things. It’s no longer a secret that I have been testing the new Fujifilm X-T2 since mid april. As part of my testing I took the camera with me to Iceland on a trip that was planned for a while. I did a story for Fujifilm-x.com about using the X-T2 in this setting. You can read it here. But my intention with the Iceland trip had always been about something else than the X-T2. Being a HUGE fan of monochrome photography, and its strengths and weaknesses I really wanted to do a monochrome representation of my trip. I have seen images from Iceland done in monochrome from the likes of Jan Grarup and Ragner Axelsson when testing the Leica Monochrom......


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The Fujifilm X-T2 | Scott Grant

The Fujifilm X-T2 | Scott Grant | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

Back a couple of years ago a box from Fujifilm Canada showed up at my door. Inside was this little camera called the X-T1. I remember sitting in my living room, opening the box, holding it in my hands and thought “oh boy, this is far too small for me”. I added the battery grip and I started to feel a little better about the camera's size. Then I lifted the camera to my eye and peered through the electronic viewfinder (EVF). Wow! I was floored by how large and clear it was! This was my first experience with the Fujifilm X-T1 and I remember like it was yesterday. It was a tipping point as far as my gear was concerned. At that time I had been working with a pair of Nikon D700’s, a D800 and a D7000. For lenses I owned most of the fast primes and the f2.8 zooms. And I was carrying way too much weight. I did own an X100s, a camera I reviewed here. That little fixed lens camera was my introduction to the world of Fujifilm. It opened doors for me in many ways. It showed me that a large and heavy DSLR was not necessary to make beautiful, professional grade images. Unfortunately my X100s met an untimely demise in a beautiful river while photographing a friend salmon fishing. It really is a shame that camera couldn't swim. I ordered an X100T in short order. That X-T1 became my workhorse. I was leaving my Nikon kit in the car while I making a living with Fujifilm cameras and lenses.....


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6 months with the X-Pro 2 | Piet Van den Eynde

6 months with the X-Pro 2 | Piet Van den Eynde | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

I have been using the X-Pro 2 for half a year now and that calls for a celebration. Because I could not find half-year birthday candles, I decided to print a book with some of my favorite images. And then I thought, why not create a small slideshow, while I'm at it?  Ever since I received a pre-production sample in november 2015, the X-Pro 2 has become my go-to camera. I use it for portraits and landscapes, for urban exploration and cityscapes. I have taken the camera with me through hot and dusty India and through cold and rainy Belgium. I have shot it in the glaring sun and in near darkness. Long exposures and short ones. Natural light and flash. I love the unobtrusive look that lets me focus on my subjects instead of having them focus on my camera. I love the retro dials on the body and the aperture rings on the lenses. I love the instant feedback of the Electronic Viewfinder and the fact that I can easily switch to an optical one in those instances where I prefer it, like when I’m shooting street photography......


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Real Australia with the FujiFilm X100T and XF90 | Caveira Photography

Real Australia with the FujiFilm X100T and XF90 | Caveira Photography | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

It's not everyday I find myself trekking through the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, wearing suade shoes and black Levi's. However, when there's a great opportunity to be had, you work with what you've got. For this trip I packed an X100T that the lovely FujiFIlm Australia folks have loaned me, and my own XT-1 and XF90 for something a little different to add into the photo mix. After flying up to Sydney to present at an educational expo on virtual reality, I had a spare few days up my sleeve to suss out a little more than just the local tourist attractions. A quick recommendation from an expert rock-climbing friend to checkout Wentworth Falls, and I was on my way. The 2-hour ride from Sydney's Central Station is very comfortable, picturesque, and best of all, extremely accessible and affordable for anyone. Simply put, if you're ever in Sydney, a day trip here is very easy to undertake and highly recommended........


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Fujifilm X-Pro2 Digital Camera Review | Kyle Looney

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Digital Camera Review | Kyle Looney | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

Back in 2012, Fujifilm's X-Pro1 expertly melded together vintage design and great build quality to produce a rangefinder that captured both pros and enthusiasts by surprise. Capitalizing on the success of the groundbreaking Fujifilm X100, the X-Pro1 truly gave shooters itching for an interchangeable lens camera a unique experience. After four long years, the sequel is finally here. And after spending over a week straight with the camera, it looks like the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (MSRP $1699.96) is going to do it all over again, only better. With a new sensor, a faster processor, and improvements to...well, everything, the X-Pro2 is one of the best cameras we've ever tested. While there are still a few questionable areas–such as lackluster video quality and questionable RAW compatibility–we think advanced photographers will love the X-Pro2 to bits. Nitpicking aside, this is an amazing camera that any shooter worth their salt should be proud to own.

 


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Fujifilm XPRO2 Review - The Reality | Sven Schroeter

Fujifilm XPRO2 Review - The Reality | Sven Schroeter | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

The Fujifilm XPro2 has big shoes to fill. We started our journey partnered with Fujifilm behind the wheel of the XPro1 and have some very strong feelings associated with its unique character. When you commit to the Fujifilm XPro series you get more than just a camera, you get a partner and form a bond. It was a privilege to have had a sample copy so early. There is always a lot of self imposed pressure when handling a camera with this much hype surrounding its release. Your aim is not only to create something unique, but to also push the boundaries and test the limits of the camera. For this particular review we wanted to include a touch of New Zealand's great outdoors and create portraits of those who pursue a unique form of self expression. The primary reason we got into bed with Fujifilm was to get away from lugging big kit on our backs when wandering off the beaten track. We never intended to make a complete switch to the Fujifilm X series camera system for all our work, but we had so much fun with the original XPro1 that the decision came easy in the end........

 

 


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Landscapes with the X Series | Andy Mumford

Landscapes with the X Series | Andy Mumford | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

Back when I first switched to Fuji around 6 months ago I was already pretty convinced that the X Series cameras would be ideal for travel because of their size and weight but at the time I wasn’t totally sure that I would be able to use them as my first choice landscape camera.

I’d been using a Nikon D800E for a number of years and wasn’t sure whether the X System was really designed with landscape photographers in mind.  In my last blog (HERE) I tested the image quality of the X-T10 with the 10-24mm and 55-200mm zooms against my Nikon and found that while there is obviously a resolution difference, the difference in detail and quality was negligible.

Since then I’ve used both the X-T1 and X-T10 extensively for landscapes both at home in Portugal and while travelling around Indonesia for a month last summer.  My first landscape shoot with the X-T10 was when I led a workshop for a sunrise shoot at Lisbon’s iconic Vasco da Gama bridge.  I was impressed by how intuitive it was to use and......


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Some superb landscapes here.

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Fuji XF 27mm F2.8 Review: Pancake Lens For The X Series | Patrick Leong

Fuji XF 27mm F2.8 Review: Pancake Lens For The X Series | Patrick Leong | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

If you want something that will produce excellent results all while maintaining a compact form, a mirrorless camera is hard to beat. To match the small size of some of these mirrorless cameras, many manufacturers have built their own version of a “pancake” lens. Fuji has a couple of lenses that are very compact like the XF 18mm F2 but the XF 27mm F2.8 is their first official pancake lens. The truth is, I didn’t have much desire to try this lens when it was first released. It didn’t seem like it had that many qualities that would help it stand out from the rest of the XF lenses other than its compact size. But when I was planning for my trip to Walt Disney World, I wanted a very compact system, so I wouldn’t have to lug around so much gear in a place where there are long lines and a lot of walking. I brought with me a Fuji X-T10, and I decided to give the XF 27mm a try because the focal length was right between a traditional 35mm and 50mm, and therefore, my thought was that this one lens coul get me through my trip. Plus, I thought the ultra compact size would be a great match with the small dimensions of the X-T10. Here are my results from this lens and what I think of it.......


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Shooting with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 | David Gaberle

Shooting with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 | David Gaberle | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

I got a chance to test the X-Pro2 almost two months prior to its public announcement on Friday 15th of January 2016. I spent a lot of time with this camera, mostly in Tokyo where I was actually testing it for Fujifilm. My technical knowledge of cameras is relatively limited and there is plenty of articles floating around the internet that focus on reviewing the camera's specs. Instead, I'm going to focus on the pure experience of shooting with the X-Pro2 and why I like it's output. Being handed an X-Pro2 was a significant change for me as I was in the middle of shooting for a photography book and traveling with the X-T1 that I used for hours on a daily basis. As much as I love the feeling of holding the X-T1, I was glad when I saw the X-Pro2's surface wasn't made from the same material because I've had issues with the X-T1's rubber peeling off. In my hand, the X-Pro2 felt like it could handle a lot more heavy use. It's the heaviest camera of the whole X-Series, but using it still feels a lot lighter and more compact than shooting with a regular DSLR, despite arguably providing comparable results........


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An interesting look to Black and White Images from Fuji X-Trans cameras with Iridient Developer and Lightroom | Thomas Fitzgerald

An interesting look to Black and White Images from Fuji X-Trans cameras with Iridient Developer and Lightroom | Thomas Fitzgerald | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

I haven't really covered Iridient developer much since version 3 was released ( a good while ago now), which I must apologise for, as there's actually some cool features in the updated version. I actually don't use it as much as I used to any more, which is why I haven't really written much about it, but there is one really good feature that I've been meaning to post about, and so here it goes. If you're using X-Trans files with Iridient Developer 3, there's a special demosaicing mode for black and white images, which maximises the quality of monochrome images from the camera, and it has a really nice look to it.......


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13 Winning Photos from This Year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

13 Winning Photos from This Year's Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it
This delightful photo of a hamster by Austrian photographer Julian Rad was recently selected and announced as this year's winner of the Comedy Wildlife Pho

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Fuji XF90mm f/2 or the Fuji XF50-140mm zoom? | Damien Lovegrove

Fuji XF90mm f/2 or the Fuji XF50-140mm zoom? | Damien Lovegrove | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

A question I’m often asked by delegates, blog readers and Tweeters is “Should I buy the Fuji XF90mm lens?” My answer is it depends upon what you shoot and how you shoot. Let me explain… If you use a tripod to shoot landscapes then the 90mm is perfect, If you live in California where the sun always shines and you like to shoot hand held portraits out in the open then yes get the 90mm. The 90mm lens is tack sharp, lightweight and has good contrast. If however you like to shoot interior portraits hand held, shoot hand held with flash or work in shady places then the Fuji XF50-140mm lens is the one for you. It is no surprise that the 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses in the SLR world are the preferred choice of most portrait and wedding professionals and the 50-140mm f/2.8 delivers that combination of excellent quality and convenience to Fuji X users........


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Tethered Shooting With The Fuji X-T1 | Arno Jenkins

Tethered Shooting With The Fuji X-T1 | Arno Jenkins | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

Last week Fujifilm quietly released the plugin allowing Fuji X-T1 users to shoot tethered to Adobe Lightroom. I have been patiently waiting for this feature since I switched to Fuji from Canon. So was the wait worth it? For me the answer is yes. When I’m in the studio shooting products or portraits viewing the image on a big screen seconds after it’s taken is worth the small price of the software. It speeds up my entire process. I can see if things are in focus, what the lighting truly looks like, and if the client is in the room they can approve the image right then. I’m sure for some people the fact that Fuji is charging $29.00 for this plugin is an immense turnoff, but for me it’s a small price to pay for all the time it saves me.What does this plugin do, and what does it not do? It allows you to click the shutter button from within Lightroom without touching the camera and it transfers the image into Lightroom instantaneously. That’s it. It does not let you control or make any changes to the camera settings. You can apply a “Develop Setting” as the images are imported into Lightroom by selecting which Preset you want to apply, if any......


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OK this will be super useful for me..

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The Fuji X-T2, a new beginning! | Saraya Cortaville

The Fuji X-T2, a new beginning! |  Saraya Cortaville | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

I have never been a great one for keeping a secret!…. 25th of April, 15:00 hours and the rendezvous point was Somerset house, Embankment, London, England. Two very special agents from Fuji U.K handed me a top secret black box! A black box that only 100 other photographers around the world were privy too, before its official release. My mission was to test out this prototype and see if I was willing to defect! Being a loyal Nikon user since my first assisting job in 1999, and having always enjoyed the quality, and build of their cameras. A Nikon user since the film days of the F5! I invested in the lenses and bought into the ethos of quality! Yes a photographer who had stayed loyal to the brand and the system for a long while almost 15 years! Could I be swayed? My most recent investment being the D4s, and three lenses, the 24mm-70mm, f2.8, 70mm-200mm, f2.8 and the 50mm prime f1.2. This kit has travelled with me across the world and allowed me to shoot some beautiful images that I am very proud of!! I have gained two fellowships and numerous awards with this kit.....


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Fujifilm X-Pro2 Mini Review – Can it be used for action? – Phil m

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Mini Review – Can it be used for action? – Phil m | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it
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Rugby met de Fujifilm X-Pro2 | Edwin Goed

Rugby met de Fujifilm X-Pro2 | Edwin Goed | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

A few weeks back i took the Fuji X-Pro2 for a testdrive at Rugby Zwolle. I had the camera in my bag for just a few days, and this was the first serious test if the fuji would be able to catch the faster sports . Fuji has not disappointed me. Good weather and good light caused the fuji no effort to follow the subject. I mainly photographed with the XF50-140 to C (continuous) with AF at some point and zone-focusing, alternating with high speed burst and single shot AF. Eventually i made more use of single point focus because of the focus control, in zone focusing  the focus occasionally missed on the subject, especially when there are several subjects appear in the zone. It is important that you can quickly switch between your focus points. This can be done through the proper allocation of the FN buttons. Fuji shows it’s capable for this kind of photography , thereby, it is an advantage that the set, and fuji lens, beats my old (already sold) Canon kit by weight easy. A few hours with the fuji is so not a punishment......


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The Fuji X-Pro 2 Feels Like Home |  Bokeh by DigitalRev

The Fuji X-Pro 2 Feels Like Home |  Bokeh by DigitalRev | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

The hood supplied with the lens is of high quality and great design.  It is sufficiently large enough, attaches in reverse position to keep size down, and has a sliding window to access polarizing filters while the hood is in place.  It connects to the lens with a designed locking tab. Unconsciously, this starts to bother photographers with older gear, even though the difference between their model and the newer one may be negligible. They'll start to itch and contemplate the "upgrade". Sites like eBay will be assessed. Friends will be queried on whether or not they are in the market for a mint condition DSLR that they'll use three times a year on vacation. Eventually, the bullet will be bitten, only for the vicious cycle to repeat itself after the next release. Consumer concerns are never completely unwarranted, and it makes sense that anyone would want the best products that their hard-earned money can buy.......


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Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR | Jordan Steele

Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR | Jordan Steele | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

Fujifilm continues the fleshing out of their already impressive lens lineup with their first supertelephoto offering: the Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.  This telephoto zoom has an angle of view similar to a 150-600mm lens on a full-frame camera, providing some serious reach for the Fuji X-Series cameras.  The $1,899 asking price makes this the most expensive lens in the X-Series lineup, and given Fuji’s reputation with the other excellent XF lenses, expectations are high for this zoom. The XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR has a bunch of letters in its name, and while it may be a mouthful to say (and write), the letters are consistent across the Fuji lineup......


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I absolutely do not need this lens.  But it doesn't mean I don't want it:)

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I’m ready to (almost) completely switch from my Nikons to a smaller system | David du Chemin

I’m ready to (almost) completely switch from my Nikons to a smaller system | David du Chemin | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

Once in a while I abandon all sense and do a gear post. This is one of them. I hope it’s helpful to you and that  you find the question of why I use the gear I do more interesting than which gear, specifically, I use. It’s the one question that seems to get left out of these discussions; everyone talking about which gear is best without first defining their needs. As so many of you are making similar switches in the way you approach your work, I thought I’d walk you through mine. Last month Fuji announced 2 pieces of gear that pushed me over the edge. As many of you know I’ve been using Fuji cameras more and more, but still hanging on to Pelican cases full of Nikon gear. I’ve held out on switching completely (almost completely, but I’ll explain that) because the Fuji system lacked any optical options at the long end – specifically something more than a 300mm equivalent- and I need those more and more for the work I’m doing..........


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Fuji X-Pro 2 Hands On | Antonio Nunes

Fuji X-Pro 2 Hands On | Antonio Nunes | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

Fuji has just announced the Fuji X-Pro 2, its new and long awaited flagship camera. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a sample unit and, in a nutshell, I got to say, Fuji is on the right track. The specs are easily available all over the web so I won’t focus on those details. Instead, I’ll go through how it felt in use and which improvements and limitations I found. Please keep in mind the camera was a sample unit so final image quality and features may change until the first units are delivered. The body is very familiar to the rest of the Fuji line-up and it was very easy to get used to the new features. New features, you say? Yes, there’s now a joystick button on the back that allows you to easily navigate menus and move the focus area around which makes those tasks way easier than with the old 4-way arrow system. Buttons felt overall more tactile and not mushy as on some previews models and they’re now all on the right side of the camera, which puts everything to the reach of your thumb in single handed use. The grip is nice and the body felt very well balanced, even with the (somewhat) heavy XF 50-140mm F2.8 attached........


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Lightroom CC 2015.4 / 6.4 Released | Thomas Fitzgerald

Lightroom CC 2015.4 / 6.4 Released | Thomas Fitzgerald | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

Adobe has just announced the latest upgrade for Lightroom. As well as bug fixes and new lens support, the CC version adds a new feature too. Called Boundary wrap, the new feature enhances the panorama feature in Lightroom. Unfortunately for those with the non subscription version, this new feature is only available for CC users. There's a number of new cameras supported in the latest version, including the much anticipated Fuji X-Pro 2. Unfortunately, it looks as if Adobe still hasn't implemented the improved edge and detail rendering for Fuji x-Trans files that they promised a few versions ago. Here's the full list of newly supported cameras:

Fujifilm X70Fujifilm X-E2SFujifilm X-Pro2Leica M (Typ 262)Leica X-U (Typ 113)Panasonic DMC-ZS60 (DMC-TZ80, DMC-TZ81, DMC-TZ85)Phase One IQ150Sony ILCA-68 (A68)
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Six Days in Tokyo | Travels with the X-Pro2 | Patrick La Roque

Six Days in Tokyo | Travels with the X-Pro2 |  Patrick La Roque | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

I'm home. The cold, the snow...winter in all its frigid glory. Takes some getting used to, even after just a single week of travels. Because it quickly becomes an addiction—travelling, I mean. Being immersed in a constant flow of new sensations, sights and sounds vying for attention...it's easy to come down hard once it's all over and normalcy has reclaimed lost ground, to become disenchanted with mundanity, eyes losing focus as we dream of distant worlds. I need to remember that. I need to keep on seeing. Tokyo was an incredible experience and I now have a serious crush. I've been going through my images—there's a lot of 'em—slowly realizing this infatuation stems from this city allowing me to shoot images I've always wanted to shoot . Needed to, actually—as if they'd always been there, waiting for me to catch up. It's hard to explain because it's not just subject matter I'm talking about...it's setting, mood, noise and silence. Chaos and symmetry. All of it together in one giant perfect storm of sensory assault. Starting Monday I'll be posting a new series entitled Six Days in Tokyo, something similar to what I've done in the past, going all the way back to France in 2011—a travel journal in hindsight......

 

 


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Fujifilm X-Pro2 impressions and reviews curation | Thomas Menk

Fujifilm X-Pro2 impressions and reviews curation | Thomas Menk | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

More than 40 impressions or reviews about new FUJI X-PRO2 here on my curation blog. This is the best overview and decision guidance about X-Pro1 successor and the quickest way to find all your information you need :)


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Review: Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens | Rob Zeigler

Review: Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens | Rob Zeigler | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

The 50-140mm f/2.8 lens is perhaps one of the most impressive lenses in the entire Fuji X-Mount lineup. This red-badged XF zoom combines impressive construction quality with outstanding optics, but it’s not without its quirks. I rented this lens as part of the Fuji Professional Rental Service and got to spend a few weeks testing it out. Read on to hear my thoughts! Fuji has really done a great job on the construction of the 50-140mm f/2.8. It’s a solid and weighty lens (at nearly 4 lbs) and it looks great in person. It achieves it’s WR (Weather Resistant) designation thanks in part to the fact that all of the focusing mechanism is inside of the lens itself. I’ve had some issues with particles making their way into telescoping zooms in the past thanks to them sucking said particles in during zooming, and it’s nice to know that the 50-140mm f/2.8 is sealed in multiple places (including at the lens mount) to keep that type of risk down. The zoom ring is the most prominent element of the lens, and the manual focus ring sits just above it. Fuji has done a great job with the aperture ring which clicks nicely in 3rd stop intervals with a range from f/2.8 to f/22. The lens comes packaged with both lens caps, a lens hood with a built in opening for filter access and a tripod collar to mount the lens itself to a monopod or tripod..........


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Daily Adventures with the Fuji X100s | Matt McCord

Daily Adventures with the Fuji X100s | Matt McCord | Photography with the Fuji X series | Scoop.it

Matt here with a short blog posts about my experience using the X100s. Right off the bat, I want to say that I don't write technical reviews. I write reviews based off experience. I don't pixel peep. If you want to see density and ISO charts, there are a lot of great websites that offer those. Now, with that out of the way...let me tell you about my experience with owning, and shooting everyday, at weddings, etc. with the Fuji X100s. I had the original X100, so I was already familiar with the layout of the X100s when I upgraded to it. So, there wasn't a big learning curve with the camera for me. It might be different for you, however. One of the first things that struck me like a ton of bricks upon using the X100 for the first time was the total difference in shooting with it vs. shooting with a DSLR. Your entire way of shooting becomes different. You can see more of the world around you with the X100s if you hold the camera properly, so that one eye can see your surroundings while the other looks through the VF. More on that later.......

 


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