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Johnny Patience » The Absence of Fear

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Long term review of Leica M-E for Street Photography

Long term review of Leica M-E for Street Photography | Photography | Scoop.it
Preamble After almost a year shooting with a Leica M-E I have moved on from initial impressions to firm beliefs about this system. This review is based on my experience with the Leica M-E and verio...
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Leica M (Typ 240) rolling review | Ron Scheffler

Leica M (Typ 240) rolling review | Ron Scheffler | Photography | Scoop.it

There are a lot of online Leica M (Typ 240) camera reviews, considering it was announced at Photokina 2012, and started shipping at the end of February 2013. Therefore I’m a bit late to the game, but hopefully my impressions can provide value to those still undecided about the new M. I should also note that my intention is not to touch on every feature of the camera, rather, to discuss how I’m using it and how that does, or does not, suit my needs. Having been a Leica M9 user since the end of 2010, I finally made the decision to upgrade to the M (hence referred to as M240). I’ve debated the merits of this upgrade for some time, as the feature set over the M9 is not considerably different. A consequence of major Leica announcements is that product is often backordered for a long time. With the M240 it has taken about a year for dealers to finally have stock on shelves. Not wanting to commit to a pre-order, it gave me time to keep an eye on early developments with the camera and determine if it indeed lived up to its on-paper specifications.......

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs. Fujifilm X-T1 - A Game of Mirrorless Thrones | MirrorLessons

Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs. Fujifilm X-T1 - A Game of Mirrorless Thrones | MirrorLessons | Photography | Scoop.it
Mathieu of MirrorLessons compares two of the best mirrorless cameras on the market today: the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Fujifilm X-T1.

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Kale JF Photography – Making intimate pictures means packing light and indiscreet

Kale JF Photography – Making intimate pictures means packing light and indiscreet | Photography | Scoop.it

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Egypt | Dan Baker

Egypt | Dan Baker | Photography | Scoop.it

Finally a bit of traveling and photography, a chance to see some more of the world with my camera! So for the last week I have spent my time floating around Egypt; Sharm El Sheikh to be more precise and when I say floating I literally mean floating around the pool, occasionally getting out to find my next image. But in 40°c heat during the day it was a little too hot to do much else. When it had started to cool slightly I headed out with my 35 Lux fixed to my Leica and started to shoot. So, I think Im best keeping this short and sweet, especially after the number of images I have decided to share with this post ..enjoy - Leica M typ 240 – Summilux 35mm f/1.4 ASPH........

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The beautiful blueprints for Fujifilm's camera of the future

The beautiful blueprints for Fujifilm's camera of the future | Photography | Scoop.it
"If I want to play my favorite song, I want to choose my favorite guitar," says Fujifilm designer Masazumi Imai. "It’s the same with cameras. If I want to take a photograph of something important...

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Fuji X-T1 review in Hong Kong, Korea & Cambodia | F8 Photography Hong Kong

Fuji X-T1 review in Hong Kong, Korea & Cambodia | F8 Photography Hong Kong | Photography | Scoop.it
Fuji X-T1 review from Gary Tyson at F8 Photography based in Hong Kong. Whilst working in Cambodia, Korea and Hong Kong. Here's my thoughts.
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Instax Share SP-1 Printer | Othman Kammah

Instax Share SP-1 Printer | Othman Kammah | Photography | Scoop.it

Let’s talk about looks, since that is the first thing you experience. The SP-1 is very sleek, very ergonomic, yet very futuristic. A real departure from the X series cameras (and the Instax Mini 90) most of us are now accustomed to. It’s white, glossy, and has rounded edges galore. It does look good however, don’t take me wrong. It reminds me of a plain white canvas, a medium for your art. Something I like very much is that the SP-1 takes a very minimal approach to physical user interaction. On the front you see a power button as well as the film release slot, simple enough. The top of the unit shows you a battery indicator as well as an indicator for the amount of exposures left (a very handy feature that the Instax cameras have as well)......



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Three days walking through the Cinque Terre with the Fuji X-T1 & XF 10-24mm f/4

Three days walking through the Cinque Terre with the Fuji X-T1 & XF 10-24mm f/4 | Photography | Scoop.it
Despite living only three hours away from the Cinque Terre National Park, I had never set foot there before. There isn't any particular reason except that I was probably waiting for a good excuse t...

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365 Days of Coffee

365 Days of Coffee | Photography | Scoop.it
a morning without coffee is like sleep.
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Beautiful film 

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My Leica M-E Review for street photography

My Leica M-E Review for street photography | Photography | Scoop.it
View from Untersberg, Austria, August 2013 Is the Leica M system the absolute best for street photography? Many street photographers swear by the M, especially the film ones, and I have been dreami...
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Andalusia, Spain. 2014. Leica M9-P | Rebecca Lily

Andalusia, Spain. 2014. Leica M9-P | Rebecca Lily | Photography | Scoop.it

Our travel to Andalusia last month was my maiden voyage with the M9-P in what I would consider the brightest possible shooting conditions: summer sun at the southern tip of Spain, blaring down at mid-day; white painted cities and the crystal waters of the Atlantic reflecting the light back. I did not use filters and I shot my Nokton wide open at f/1.5. Even in such harsh conditions, incredibly the M9 still managed to capture these scenes with delicate light and detail. After two weeks traveling without a film camera and with only the M9-P and one lens, I was delighted to find that this simple combination gave me everything I was hoping for and then some. It was also wonderful to be able to bring my camera everywhere in a small bag, which wasn’t possible with the Contax 645. As Johnny and I normally shoot extensively when we travel, weight and portability have become important factors for me.....

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Fujifilm X-T1 Review: The RAF

Fujifilm X-T1 Review: The RAF | Photography | Scoop.it

I have since moved on from the Fujifilm X-T1 for my professional work. You can read my reasons in an earlier blog post. Despite my transition away from the X-T1, I wish to make it clear that I continue to rate the X-T1 as a fantastic camera. It most certainly is appropriate for professional work. The caveat however is knowing the limitations of the X-T1 and working around them. For the record, my XF14, XF23, XF35 and XF56 have all been sharp. In fact, my main critique of the Fujifilm system is not of Fujinon, but rather the AF technology of Fujifilm’s mirrorless cameras …


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Street View Photography France - TOP 10

Street View Photography France - TOP 10 | Photography | Scoop.it
French street photography is distinctive and moment full - Check this collection of Street View Photography France - TOP 10, for more visit our FB page...
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Sony RX1 just the ticket « A random Weblog

Sony RX1 just the ticket « A random Weblog | Photography | Scoop.it
Some opening thoughts… Fujifilm mastered the “sigh-factor” with retro inspired designs that truly look the part – the X100 debuted a couple of years ago with a fresh (ironically “old”) look that dropped jaws.

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TCL-X100 1st Impressions: The Walk Home - Blog

TCL-X100 1st Impressions: The Walk Home - Blog | Photography | Scoop.it
A few days ago Billy, one of the Fuji Guys, handed me the new TCL-X100 to try out on my Fuji X100s.
The X100 was not only my first Fujifilm camera but my first fixed focal length camera. I eventually upgraded to the X100s and I love it as it's the camera I always have with me.
The 35mm & 50mm FOV are classics. I was a 35mm guy and now have transitioned to loving the 50mm FOV. Not to say both won't have their place in my photography but I do favour one over the other.
The Feel of the TCL-X100
The Wide Conversion Lens (left) & Tele Conversion Lens (right)
Fuji has yet to ask me to design a lens but the wide conversion and the tele's physical stature seem to me like they should switch bodies. The wide-conversion lens (WCL) has a 49mm filter size and is 1.5 inches in length. While the tele conversion lens (TCL) has a 67mm filter size and is 1.8 inches long. The TCL even has a convex shape to the front piece of glass like a wide angle. Strange. But I'll leave lens design to the experts.
The TCL definitely adds bulk to the X100s. You won't be able to slide the X100s into your pocket with the TCL attached.. not comfortably at least. The filter adapter & lens hood live on my X100s because I prefer the ergonomics when holding the camera. When I was first handed this seemingly giant piece of glass I was worried. Luckily it is not as heavy as it looks. At about 180 grams you will notice it is on the camera but I carried it around for 2 days with me and I never did the added weight bother me.
X100s w/ fllter adapter & lens hood (left) and X100s w/ Tele Conversion Lens
So enough about touching it.. does it make photographs?
Using the TCL-X100
I very quickly enjoyed using the TCL on my X100s. Like I said before, I love the 50mm FOV. And having that on a camera that I love really brings a smile to my face.
Focusing is just as fast as without using the TCL. Obviously there are not any moving parts inside the TCL that have anything to do with it but the extra glass doesn't impact focusing speed.
When shooting I switch between the Optical View Finder (OVF) & Electronic View Finder (EVF). The TCL enters the frame lines on the OVF but I am pretty used to that from using the X-Pro1. It is still very usable.
The TCL through the X100s Optical View Finder.
Of note the built-in flash and focus assist lamp will be somewhat blocked by the TCL which I haven't had to deal with yet. The filter adapter & hood also do this but not to the same extent.
The close focuing distance is 14cms from the sensor plane while using macro mode. So you can fill the frame while making a portrait. I never saw a problem with distortion.. whether it is controlled by the lens or via corrections in camera I don't know.
I find the TCL to be plenty sharp for my needs. I am not a big pixel peeper and the only "peeping" I do is to confirm my focus point. For those who want.. nay.. need a hundred percent crop.. here you go.. a photo taken at 1/40th of a second handheld of an antique radio with lettering that isn't the most crisp to begin with..
Antique Radio - Fuji X100s w/ TCL-X100 | 1/40th | f/2 | ISO 320
and a 100% crop..

Photographs
Looking at photos closer than anyone should and wishing something was small enough to fit inside a pocket inside of a pocket is fun.. but I like making photographs with the kit I test the same way I make any photos.
The day I received the TCL I visited my sister and went with her to pick my niece of from school.. from there we went on a walk through a natural area here in Calgary and I documented it along the way. I really like the narrower depth of field with the TCL and I love the 'bokeh' it produces wide open.
Even with added size this is still a compact system and it was easily carried while hiking these trails. It wasn't cumbersome at all.





Wrap Up
This tele-converter for the X100/s is something that some shooters have been waiting for since the X100 was released in 2011. If it would make the profile of the camera smaller I would of preferred a fixed 50mm FOV lens in a X100s body. But this is the next best thing.
The main advantage for me in having the TCL is that I can treat my X100s as a fixed lens 50mm FOV camera body. I am not interested in taking on and putting off a tele-converter as I am walking around and carry a bag to store it in, etc. I like just throwing the camera over my shoulder and heading out. Whether I go out with a 35mm FOV or 50mm FOV will depend on what I am photographing.
A problem I see is when I am thinking about what lenses to take with me I can easily settle the argument by only taking my X100s.. that way I can focus on making photographs with the 35mm FOV.. done. No further internal struggle required. Will I go back and forth about it now?
For photographers with only a X100/s this could be a 3 focal length system for them. 28/35/50 FOV.. on a camera with a f/2 aperture, great high ISO capabilities and a silent leaf shutter.
So.. in my opinion if you already have a Fuji x-series interchangeable camera there is no better 50mm FOV lens than the XF 35mm 1.4 R.. it is my favorite lens. I would buy that before buying the TCL-X100.
For those with just a X100/s and are longing for more reach.. like for portraiture.. your wish has come true.
This post is just my first impressions based on 3 days of using it. I am hoping over the next week to use the TCL-X100 to make more portraits.. in concert with the Fuji Instax Share SP-1 printer I think it will be a great combination for street portraits. I will report back with my findings.
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Disclaimer: I am an Official Fujifilm X-Photographer. Fujifilm Canada allows me to test new products to review and provide my feedback to them. I am not paid by them and they encourage me to be candid and honest in my opinions.. which I am.

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Fuji X-T1 review: a user's experience - Photophique

Fuji X-T1 review: a user's experience - Photophique | Photography | Scoop.it
Fuji X-T1 review, a user's experience. Real world thoughts of this wonderful camera.
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Fuji X-T1 – Why does it get more use than my Canon 5d3? / albionrow

Fuji X-T1 – Why does it get more use than my Canon 5d3? / albionrow | Photography | Scoop.it

I’m using Fuji X cameras more and more for both personal and professional use, here’s a few reasons why the Canon DSLR’s are spending more time on the shelf than ever before


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Using Fuji Film Simulations with RAW in Lightroom 5.4

Using Fuji Film Simulations with RAW in Lightroom 5.4 | Photography | Scoop.it

People love shooting the Fuji X cameras, largely because the images have a certain “look” to them. This is due to the Film Simulations that the Fuji engineers carefully modeled into the image processing software. These are taken from some of Fuji’s most celebrated film stocks from the past 80 years and they include films like Provia, Veliva, and Astia, as well as a handful of color negative and black and white choices.


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