Oktober 2013

9 Essential Accessories For the Fujifilm X System or Window Washing
the Xpro | David George Brommer

The Fujifilm Xpro 1 is a superb camera and many photographers are singing its praise while making great images from this unique and high quality digital rangefinder. There are a few pieces of gear that can really enhance the Xpro1 and this post is dedicated them. After using the camera for a year and a half and having a load of friends also indulge in the Xpro1 I built this list with authority. Some of it can apply to the XE1 and XE2 and some can’t, I’ll let you know so all Fujifilm X system shooters can benefit from these suggestions. So here we go, the 9 essentials…..

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Montepulciano, Italy on the Fuji X-E1 | Rebecca Lily

Italy has a way of becoming part of you. I feel that I carry little pieces of it with me everywhere I go, and undoubtedly, I am spoiled forever when it comes to pizza, pasta, and a good latte macchiato. These images were all shot on my trusty little digital, the Fuji X-E1 with the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 lens. I experimented a bit here with a black and white post process. I was never much of a black and white person, but it grows on me lately. This Sunday Johnny and I leave for a week in Paris, and we plan to shoot a lot of film – both black and white, and color. I can’t believe that this little Indiana girl will be photographing the Eiffel Tower soon, and sipping café by the Seine …..

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Fujinon 23mm F1.4 | Sven Schroeter

Thanks to the friendly team at FujiFilm New Zealand I was lucky to spend the weekend with the new Fujinon 23mm F1.4 lens, which will hit shelves Monday morning, the same day my grace period expires and my copy gets recalled. The 35mm equivalent focal length of the new 23mm lens has been a favourite in the street photography realm for many years and is a must have prime for many, evident by the versatile and incredibly popular X100 and X100s cameras with the same fixed focal length. Up until now my favorite focal length from the Fuji camp has been the 35mm (52.5mm equivalent), it has been solely responsible for 90% of the street portraiture I have been pursuing. But it does have one downside: I feel the standard field of view (50mm) is not very good at sucking in and including the entire scene. Longer focal lengths compress and minimise the background reducing spacial awareness, which often add to the overall story. Ideal for creating clean and isolated portraits but lacking scale and placement can reduce the overall visual impact. This is where the new lens comes into play, filling the gap perfectly and becoming a formidable artistic weapon in the ever growing FujiFilm line up…….

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Fuji Fujinon Super EBC XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS | Eric Tastad

Fuji has been releasing been on a roll with lenses, but how does their cheapest lens on their cheapest camera perform? My first impression of this lens was that it looked nice, but was cheaply made. The barrel is all plastic, including the mount. The zoom mechanism is a little tight turning and the lens extends way out. However, there is an included hood, and the kit actually came with a body cap and rear lens cap (cheap push on type), which is better than most inexpensive kits today. The zoom range is an impressive 16-50mm, where the slightly wider view is a nice improvement over most kit lenses. The plastic makes the kit lens very light weight, weighing in at only 195g it uses a pretty advanced lens design with 3 aspheric elements, 1 low dispersion element, with 12 total elements in 10 groups. It has an average for class magnification of 0.15 at a minimum focus distance of 0.3 m. It uses 7 rounded blades for the aperture. Considering the price of X-A1 camera with this kit lens, how good could the lens possibly be? Lets find out……

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Alternative Lens Hood – Fuji 23mm | Chris Dodkin

Given that the official Fuji hood for the 23mm is rather on the large (and conspicuous) side! I’ve been looking at replacing it with a more low-key lens hood – more in keeping with the retro styling of the camera. I’ve been testing a metal 62mm screw-fit hood today. This looks far more in keeping with the original design aesthetic, and simply screws in to the 62mm thread that the lens has available for filters/hoods etc. I’ve matched the hood depth to the hood depth of the shallowest section of the Fuji hood – so as to avoid any vignetting. Very happy with the results so far – no only does it look better (IMHO) but the IQ hasn’t suffered in tests to date, and there’s been zero vignetting……

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First shots with production Fuji X 23mm 1.4 | Andy Fussell

You may have seen in a previous post I had a chance to play with a pre-release Fuji 23mm 1.4 lens and I sheared my initial impressions there. Today I got my hands on the first sample of this lens to ship here in New Zealand. Rather then load you up the post with lots of internet sized jpegs Ive got a couple of RAWs here so you can make up your own mind on the lens. They are nothing artistic but I tried to get objects across the frame in the stopped down sample. The results I obtained from this sample basically mirrored what I had seen in the early sample we received. Wide open I have found not to be as great as other glowing reviews Ive read on this aspect. Maybe Ive just spent too much time with the Sony RX1 shooting wide open but I find the Fuji a bit mushy wide open. Bokeh looks pretty good though. Here is a RAW sample that you can download and try for yourself…….

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How the Fuji X-series made me feel inadequate | Irwin Wong

You know recently there’s been a fair bit of hullaballoo about these new cameras Fuji has been bringing out – the X-series. X100, X-Pro 1, XE-1 and most recently the X-M1 or something like that. All touted as great cameras – the perfect blend of retro styling and cutting edge sensor technology, paring away anything extraneous to the act of shooting. The Fuji X series – peerless walk-around cameras that can be adapted for wedding work, editorial work heck, even commercial work. Photography bloggers whom I respect and admire all clambered over each other to shout the praises of these lightweight wonder-cameras. They could do no wrong on the digital camera review sites, and quickly developed a cult following which exploded into a massive fanbase. The Fuji X-series. Messianic…..

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Nightfall in Havana Cuba | Adrian Seah

When the light fades in Havana and the mercury drops a notch, Havana takes on a distinctly different character. The streets, normally so full of people and scorching hot, are now largely empty. The flicker from the television sets in the houses cast a bluish glow on the threadbare curtains on the windows, like a strange deep sea jellyfish. Some streets remain brightly lit, whilst yet many others are now cast into shadow, with dim streetlights spaced well apart. The potholes and puddles in the streets have now disappeared into the darkness, until you inadvertently step into one. The chatter from houses either side of the streets tell of families gathered round dinner tables, television sets and domino games. Brief bouts of laughter punctuate the otherwise still night. The fragrant smell of cigar smoke can also be smelt coming from the windows and balconies of the houses. In the darkness, I still hear bicitaxi (bicycle taxis) riders touting their services, always promising a ‘special price’. Although dark and run down, the streets do not have a threatening air about them, more like someone turned off the lights on Daytime Havana and the volume down to a whisper. Like an unruly child asleep. I love the shadows cast by the disparate light sources at night in the streets of Havana. The already heavily textured walls and buildings of the city take on a new layer of mystery and suspense. Characters casting long shadows on the uneven ground dart and disappear around corners into the pools of darkness, adding to the drama of the scene. In each city that I visit, I make it a point to experience both the daytime atmosphere as well as the ‘night life’ and Havana has certainly not disappointed with her offerings…..

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Fuji X-Trans Sharpening Presets for Lightroom | Thomas Fitzgerald

If you’re an owner of one of Fuji’s X-Trans cameras and you use Lightroom, you are either perfectly happy with the way the software handles the raw files or mildly frustrated at the way the Lightroom doesn’t seem to quite achieve the full potential of the X-Trans sensor. Unfortunately this has become a charged issue for some people, which is unfortunate, because I think that has prevented this issue form being properly resolved. I’m not trying to be controversial here, I’m just trying to help people. So if you don’t have an issue, then great, you can stop reading now! On the other hand, if you are a bit frustrated then I share your pain, and hopefully this will help. There’s something odd about how Lightroom processes X-Trans files. Despite a previous fix for the issue of smearing it still exists, and while it is not too bad at default settings, the files are a little soft, and the patterning becomes very apparent when you sharpen the files. There is also some weird thing going on where high contrast edges have a halo around them almost like it was embossed. I think this is what is causing the weird pattern like smearing when you turn up the sharpening. The other odd thing that I’ve found is that if you turn the sharpening off in Lightroom all together, the images look much softer than they do in other software when you do the same thing and turn sharpening off. It’s not just an over all Lightroom thing either though, as raw files from other manufacturers don’t show as big a difference when sharpening is disabled…..

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Fujifilm X100S – Le Test | FujiX

Nous n’allons pas vous offrir une débauche de spécifications techniques ni même vous proposer des tests avec mires et des analyses au microscope sur la qualité des détails de l’objectif dans les angles. Pour cela vous avez d’autres sites qui sont listés dans notre page de ressources et je vous invite à lire si vous ne l’avez pas encore fait. Cela étant dit il y a certains paramètres techniques dont nous devons parler car ils ont un impact sur l’utilisation au quotidien de l’appareil. Ce qu’il faut savoir du Fujifilm X100S c’est qu’il succède au X100 qui avait fait couler beaucoup d’encre car déjà à l’époque sa taille, la qualité d’image qu’il délivrait et son look rétro en avait conquis plus d’un. Contrairement au X100, le X100S est doté d’un capteur CMOS X-Trans de 16,3 millions de pixels. Ce type de capteur est déjà présent dans les boîtiers X-Pro 1 et XE-1. MAIS (il y a toujours un mais), il s’agit d’une nouvelle génération et Fujifilm l’a donc naturellement baptisé X-Trans CMOS II APS-C……

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