Its been almost 2 years since I bid farewell to DSLR and walk into the mirrorless world. Its wasn’t an easy decision but on the hind side; its the right decision. Leaving my 1DX isn’t easy; which is a very capable camera and still hard to beat even in today’s standard. Eventually it was the size; retrolious design and IQ of X-Pro1 that won me over. Of course I had to live with the down side of X-Pro1 too. AF was its weakest link. With the recent launch of X-Pro2, I would say its now easier for many to make this same decision. Many fellow photographers have been contacting me about new X-Pro2. As I ask why are they thinking of switching? Many says its because of the weight of DSLR and their lenses. X-Pro2 with a 24MP sensor now look like a good and logical alternative. There was also a wedding photographer that I spoke to, thinking of getting two X-Pro2 for his professional work…….
Welcome to my 2K15 in photographs. I find beauty in everyday trifles. Love nature and people. Less is more. Dedicated to my wife and kids. Life is a wonder! A year in 12 photographs taken with a Fuji X100S or T and edited with VSCOcam. All pictures taken by Markus Fischer in Switzerland…….
This post has been sitting in my “pending blog post“ folder for more than one year now. I have been patiently waiting to see if Fuji would address these issues. But after this wasn’t even talked about during the “5 years of Fuji X celebrations“ I have updated this post and will share it now. One of the most amazing things that Fujifilm has done with their X-cameras compared to their established competitors was, that they updated the camera firmware to fix bugs and to enhance speed and camera/lens functions. These updates have been constant. But on top of that, they even added new features to existing cameras! Nobody does that. It was a given that if you wanted to have new features in a camera, you had to buy the next model of that camera. Fuji took a different path and explained this to be the “Kaizen” philosophy. The Japanese word “Kaizen” means “improvement” or “change for the better” and in business terms it is understood as “continuously improve all functions.” This does not need to be limited to products, but can apply to all processes in a company…..
My lungs were pumping while I was running through the narrow streets of Naples. A middle aged man dressed in a black hoodie chased me after we had bumped together at a street corner. I had told him I was sorry for that and had continued my walk through Spaccanapoli. But from a distance he had begun shouting at me in an incomprehensible dialect. He had held something I couldn’t recognize up in the air and he had pointed at me with it. People around him had tried to calm him while he was shouting at me. I had begun to walk faster. A peek above my shoulder revealed that he had started to follow me. My walking accelerated to running. He was shouting loudly behind me. Perhaps he didn’t accept my excuse after having bumped together……
I’ve wondered for some time about why Fujifilm doesn’t offer much higher ISOs natively in their cameras? I haven’t been able to find a satisfactory answer, so I thought I would throw it out to all of you for your opinion. I’m sure one or more of you know. We know Fujifilm camera sensors are ISO-less. There are other manufacturer’s cameras out there that are as well. We also know that digital noise at any particular ISO seems to be well under control, in fact, Fujifilm cameras have been touted by many as having lower digital noise than comparable cameras with similar sensors at equal ISO settings. If the X-Trans II sensors are so good and the digital noise generated is lower than Bayer pattern sensors, why wouldn’t Fujifilm take advantage of the supposedly lower noise generation and give their users much higher ISOs for raw—and even JPEG, for that matter? ……..
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……..
Earlier this month Fujifilm held a celebration for the 5th anniversary of the Fuji X system. This camera series has been a huge part of my day to day life for so long now that it is remarkable to think that it has only been with us for 5 years. The camera that started it all was the Fuji X100, originally shown to us in September, 2010 and introduced in February, 2011. This little camera changed everything about photography for so many people. It felt like a classic rangefinder, so comfortable and elegant in the hand. It had manual controls, an aperture ring on the lens, and easily accessible dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation. There was even an optical viewfinder to go along with its electronic one. For those who have been shooting a long time there was something romantic about it…. like coming home to an old friend. Under the hood the X100 had a large APS-C sensor… no small chip sensor here. As with most first generation products, however, it wasn’t without its quirks. The focusing in particular, both auto and manual, was very fussy…….
My excitement grew, as we drew near to the spot Andrew had picked for our desert picnic. I used to have the same feeling when we would arrive at a new ski destination, set to explore. Do we have water, do we have food, how long would we last out here if we got lost? Those thoughts were not real concerns, as we never ventured more than a few hundred meters away from the car, but my imagination had free roam. It was so quiet I could hear the ringing in my ears. That did not last long though as we started running around the sand dunes, believing for an instant we were half our age. We snapped pictures from every conceivable angle. Our son had some fun photo-shopping a few of them. Great job Mik and what a wonderful surprise in my inbox this morning…..
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……
One of the headlines at the lunch of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 was the extended ISO range of the new 24MP X-Trans III sensor and the ability to record RAW files at all settings. I don’t tend to use high ISO very often but it does come in useful for low light sports photography so this is one aspect of the X-Pro2 that I was very interested in. The X-T1 is no slouch when it comes to handling high ISO as this shot taken last year at The Circuit of The Americas in Texas shows. I set up the X100 camera as the test subject and using the X-Pro2 fitted with the XF18mm f2. Focusing on the ‚Fujinon‘ text on the lens I took a shot at each of the native full ISO settings (200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800) and one at the ‚H‘ setting which I had set to 51200 ISO. I then cropped 100% to give a better view of the grain structure for each shot…….