Hey my friends and readers,
for the next 4-5 weeks I’m traveling through New Zealand and Australia for work and holidays. During this time, I will stop curating news and articles about Fuji relevant stories on www.tomen.de and www.scoop.it/fuji-x-pro1. Sorry for that but it would become difficult for me to organized.
I wish you all the best and I promise to deliver in addition all interesting articles after my journey :-)
Es gibt so Kameras, die sind einfach was Besonderes. Es sind meist Produkte, die eine kleine Nische bedienen, sei es aufgrund ihres Aufnahmeformats, des Aufnahmemediums und/oder ihres Preises. Diese Kameras haben meist die Eigenschaft zu polarisieren! Es gibt glühende Verfechter und nicht minder extreme Gegner. In Zeiten der sehr leistungsfähigen Smartphones ist der Fotoapparat an sich ist ja schon auf eine Nische geschrumpft. Profis und ambitionierte Hobbyfotografen sind heute meist nur noch die Käufer von DSLR’s und (glücklicherweise eine immer mehr wachsende Anzahl) spiegellosen Systemkameras. Der Markt ist recht klar gegliedert. Es gibt die DSLR’s (von APSC bis Kleinbildsensor), es gibt die spiegellosen Systemkameras (von Mikro 4/3 bis Kleinbildformat) und es gibt die digitalen Mittelformatkameras (alles jenseits des Kleinbildformates). Während die letzt genannten an sich schon eine Nische bilden, gibt es in den ersten zwei Gruppen mindestens eine solche Nischenkamera. Sei es nun, weil die eine einen 50MP Sensor hat, oder die andere eine Kamera ist, die im Jahr 2016 immer noch bewusst keinen Autofokus hat…….
Can a Leica M handle harsh winter conditions while providing excellent quality landscape images, and retaining it’s legendary usability? That was the question I had in mind as I set out for a fortnight of photography in Assynt, in the far north west of Scotland. It’s a place of unrivalled beauty and very target-rich from a photographic perspective. My first week was a landscape photography masterclass with an idol of mine, David Ward, about which you can find a write up here. The second week was intended to put everything I had learned into practice, in the company of a group of photographer friends who had travelled up. My weaponry for the trip was very minimal – My Leica M with 3 lenses, 28mm Elmarit, 50mm Summicron and 90mm Summicron APO ASPH. A spare battery, some Lee Seven5 filters, a cable release, an Olympus electronic viewfinder, and a Sony RX100 mkIV rounded off a very compact kit which all fitted into a Billingham Hadley bag. Add a carbon Velbon tripod to that list. My thoughts were that this little kit would be small and light enough to go anywhere easily without restricting either my creativity or my agility…….
Following the success of the then-flagship X-Pro1, Fuji introduced the X-E1 and X-E2 models as similar, but more affordable, alternatives for the enthusiast user. Now, along with the arrival of the X-Pro2 and X-70 compact, the company has also refreshed its X-E line with the X-E2S. The X-E2S sits roughly in the middle of Fuji’s X-series line-up, more advanced than the budget X-A2 and, to some extent, the similarly specified X-T10, but less so than the X-Pro2 and X-T1. As such, it’s likely to appeal to those upgrading from junior models or seeking a backup for a more advanced camera. Its chief rivals from other manufacturers include the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II and the Panasonic Lumix GX8. As the ‚S‘ suffix suggests, the camera is not as significant a step forward from the X-E2 as the X-E2 was from the X-E1, but a number of changes have nevertheless been made. These include a revised autofocus (AF) system, with 77 points (up from 49) and new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes, while focusing speeds are said to have been improved, now as fast as 0.06sec (a 0.02sec improvement over the X-E2)……….
The truth about the „Fastest“
„The AF is faster“. That is the impression that many users are left with, when they test the new X-Pro2 that are now being displayed in many showrooms and in stores. It is not hard to imagine that many of those that are eager to test the X-Pro2 are the X-Pro1 users. X-Pro2 has seen a major improvement in AF performance compared to the X-Pro1. So the above impression is in fact „true“. But if you are comparing the speed with the X-T1, X-E2 or X-T10 (cameras with phase detection AF), then your impression is „wrong in terms of numbers, but true feeling-wise.“ „The fastest AF speed“of the X-Pro2, measurement based on the CIPA guideline, is same as other cameras with the phase detection AF. X-Pro2 is not breaking the record of the AF fastest speed of the X Series. „The fastest AF speed“ is a bit tricky one. This measurement is conducted under a particular environment specified by the guideline. So the shooting scene inevitably gets detached from the real shooting environment. The score of the AF speed isn’t necessarily what the users experience in reality. Therefore we say it is „wrong in terms of numbers, but true feeling-wise“……..
After a brief moment of spring, winter has returned to our corner of the world. Snow is back on the ground that temperatures are back to normal. With fond memories I was looking through my back catalog of images taken in 2015. All those little trips we have taken, getting lost in the back roads of Alberta. Edmonton is situated a little further from the Rocky Mountains, and usually it’s at least a day trip to be able to visit. Our backyard is mainly prairies and forests. It can be challenging sometimes, to create good images. Luckily we can compensate by finding a bit of history, and abandon farm, or church. Some are nothing more than a roof, yet some are still standing, remembering better times. Most of the histories of those places, have been lost in time, but stopping to photograph them, one can imagine the laughter and hard work that was normal not so long ago. We love doing these little historical trips, to find these little gems, and photograph them. I’ve witnessed a few places which I managed to capture, and are no longer standing…….
The Fujifilm 90mm f/2 lens is the one that many portrait photographers have been waiting for, 135mm in 35mm full-frame terms equivalent, and a serious f/2 version at that. This lens is one of the big hitters for me in the Fujifilm range. A lens that could well draw in a whole new range of photographers to Fujifilm cameras, and that is studio portrait photographers. The is the 50-140 f/2.8 lens currently that covers the range, but there is nothing like a good large aperture prime portrait lens. I was able to borrow this lens for a little while, and I’ve had it for around 4 weeks now and used it in a variety of scenarios. This isn’t a loan from Fujifilm so don’t think I’m under any obligation to say nice things, not that I ever was, or did, which is probably why I’m not as much in favour as I once was there! I’ve always been up front and honest about something when I thought it wasn’t right. I hope that has come through in my various reviews and write-ups…..
I was lucky to get hold of an XPro2 slightly ahead of the general UK release date. I was really keen to get one as I’d been holding out for one as my main camera and I have a wedding to shoot this weekend. I’ve read all the reviews, but I took most of them with a pinch of salt, as the people who wrote them are mostly X-Photographers. While I respect and admire a lot of them, at the end of the day, they get free gear from Fuji so of course they will be positive. However, I’m really happy with the camera, here are my first impressions based on a day of heavy shooting. This was a shoot for a mature model, who needed some shots for an agency. I used a combination of lenses, the 50-140, the 56mm 1.2, the 35mm f2 and the 90mm f2. All worked flawlessly. 1.It’s FAST, seriously fast. Everything feels quicker, from just navigating the menus to autofocus, taking shots, even with flash, just felt quicker. I used off camera flash for some of the shots on my shoot and it worked beautifully ( only for the indoor ones, the outdoor ones were natural light and a reflector ). This is the first X Series camera that has felt close to a DSLR in terms of general responsiveness. I’ve used my X-T1 heavily for 2 years, so I really noticed the difference. The speed I was able to fire off shots, even with the flash, but especially without it, was awesome. You can tell the processor has had a serious speed hike…….
Is it good?
Okay, I made a commitment to answer every Q in the Twitter AMA. So let me say this. I admire the thought that went into this question, and the resulting depth you achieved. I am gonna answer and say „yeah.“
Is it as quiet as the X100T?
Yes. In fact it can be set to silent with the electronic shutter option. Not „less noise.“ Silent. Like, „pin-drop“ silent. The only wisp of a sound is (as far as I can tell) are the aperture blades.
This is not a gimmick, it’s a Godsend. If you have an X100T (or firmware-updated X-T1 or X-E2) try it out.
Is it fine for you it has no flash?
Yes. It’s a pro-level camera. A Nikon D5 costs $6500 and does not have a pop-up flash. My X-E2 has a pop-up flash and I do not even think I have used it yet. If I plan to use flash on something, I am not thinking „pop-up.“………
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. As I say, the X-Pro2 is, on the exterior, pretty much indistinguishable from its predecessor. The body is the same shape, size and “all black everything” colour, and it’ll take a truly geeky eye to spot the differences: the right-hand grip is a slightly different shape, and there’s an extra adjustment dial on the front……..