Juni 2016

Fuji X-Pro2: Lensmate thumb rest and soft release transform handling | Bill Palmer

I have been a fan of an accessory thumb rest for digital cameras ever since Tim Isaac of Matchtechnical produced his first model for the digital Leica bodies back in 2007. My preference is born of long use of film cameras, with my thumb hooked around the wind-on lever to aid stability and handling.  The first digital cameras lacked that protrusion, of course, and their handling suffered as a result, reaching a nadir in the defiantly unergonomic Leica M8. Today, eBay and Amazon are flooded with the things but, as I have said on many an occasion in the past, buy cheap, buy twice. I have tried a couple of the cheapies over the years and just like lens adaptors, the bottom end of the market is full of ill-fitting, badly made cheap copies of the better products. I chanced upon Lensmate a couple of years ago. This Seattle-based company was first formed in 1998. They started out small, producing adaptor tubes to allow filters to be fitted to cameras with no filter thread. Today they fabricate and market a range of accessories, predominantly for Fuji, Sony, Panasonic and Canon mirrorless cameras…….

Source: Fuji X-Pro2: Lensmate thumb rest and soft release transform handling — macfilos

Final thoughts along the road on the Fuji X-Pro2 | Gritty Monkey

I have now had many oppportunities to test the Fuji X-Pro2 in various situations, from quick hands-on experiences organized by Fujifilm between the official announcement of the camera and its official launch, to testing in real life situation in the field with a rented model. The X-Pro2 will quickly feel familiar to X-Series users. In many aspects, the X-Pro2 is an evolution of the X-Pro1, technologically and ergonomically. Technologically, while there is nothing groundbreaking compared to the competition, the update is welcome……

Source: Final thoughts along the road on the Fuji X-Pro2 – Gritty Monkey

Nikon D500 | Back to Nikon from Fuji? | Rick Lewis

This is not a review, but rather a collection of some thoughts for the serious non-professional photographer, about the Nikon D500.  I say for the non-professional because if you are making money with photography you pretty much know what is going to work for you and what is not.  And, by “serious” I mean folks that tend to shoot mainly or always in RAW.  If you are shooting in Jpeg, and there is nothing wrong with that at all, I still recommend Fuji cameras over all others.  Again, this is not scientific, just my thoughts.  Your milage will vary! A few days ago I took delivery of the D500.  I’ve shot quite a number of images now, using most all of the features that are touted by Nikon.  One exception is shooting fast action.  I don’t get much opportunity to do so, and, to be quite honest, if this thing has the same focus system as the D5, well, my guess is it’s pretty darn good at tracking……

Source: Nikon D500 | Back to Nikon from Fuji? – Rick Lewis Photography

Review of the Fuji XF 16 1.4R WR | Matt McCord

First off, let me start by saying I do not get paid by Fujifilm, nor am I affiliated with them in anyway beside having a love for their products. Secondly, if you want pixel peeping sharpness and noise charts, this isn’t the review for that. I review gear in a real world setting. Basically, I do real world, hands on, reviews of my gear after having used said gear for a period of time long enough for me to have gotten used to it. That being said, I have owned the Fuji XF 16R WR for about two months, and I have shot it almost every day during these past two months. I am coming from the tried and true, and I believe, underrated XF 18 f/2, so I kind of made my comparisons on this lens based on my experiences with that lens as well as other Fuji glass I have owned and used (XF 18 f/2, 23 f/1.4, 35 f/1.4, Zeiss Touit 32 f/1.8, and 56 f/1.2…..

Source: Review of the Fuji XF 16 1.4R WR —

Review of the Fujinon XF2X TC WR Teleconverter | Nerd Techy

There’s an incredible demand on the versatility of performance and ease of use for any digital camera attachment, especially those used to increase optical range. Multiplying the zoom is no easy task, however it isn’t everything as a teleconverter must be easy to install and secure, durable for a wide variety of professional and hobby oriented uses. The relative value is directly comparable to the quality of digital camera that it’s paired with as effective features will complement and be in harmony each other rather than diminish and conflict with each other. One such example is the size of the digital camera lens extension and the CMOS sensor available on the camera, as it must be compatible with telephoto lenses of different sizes and at the same time provide effective auto focus and light sensitivity……

Source: Review of the Fujinon XF2X TC WR Teleconverter – Nerd Techy

The Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-2 Can Add Filters to Your Prints | The Phoblographer

When Fujifilm launched their Instax printer a while back, we honestly couldn’t imagine a way that it could be improved or reworked. But Fujifilm has proven us wrong with their announcement of the Share SP-2 printer. The company claims that it has improved WiFi connectivity, quieter operation with a print appearing in 10 seconds as opposed to 16, and an improved app to work in conjunction with it. But that’s not all. According to the press release issued today, they’re also offering the new printer in a silver and gold option. Beyond this, much of the new functionality comes with new app itself. You can now apply filters and templates to your photos. Additionally, you’ll have control of the brightness, contrast and saturation of each photo. On top of that, you can form a collage of up to four images on one print. More specs are after the jump.…….

Source: The Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-2 Can Add Filters to Your Prints

Fujifilm X-Pro2 | Ian Deming

If you’re anything like me, a few weeks out of the country constitutes the need for something slightly more robust than an iPhone camera. No single camera, however, ever seems to cut the cake. On an average trip, my go-to kit tends to include a DSLR, at least 3 lenses, a quick-action 35mm EOS camera, and my trusted Leica M3. Not to mention the packs of film that are a required companion. But for leisurely travel, it’s too much. Sure, having my primary “home” kit gives me the luxury of shooting exactly how I would like. But the effort and energy of carrying said kit doesn’t quite pay off. Enter Fuji. Fujifilm first introduced the X-Pro1 in 2012 as the first of its kind in mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras……

Source: Classfare – Fujifilm X-Pro2

This camera just might be brilliant | Fuji X70 | Leigh Diprose

Being a small camera, the Fujifilm X70 has been designed to be the everyday carry around for photographers who enjoy quality without the need for carrying heavy equipment. The general design of the camera follows X Series heritage, but with a few added bonuses that are sure to please the eager fans and it is these features that just might make this camera brilliant. Featuring a new touch screen users can now select whatever shooting mode suits them. Selecting from either touch ‘Shot’ or ‘Focus’ photographers can now engage directly with the back of the screen, bypassing the shutter button to either focus on a subject or to touch to take the shot. While this is a welcome option, if you prefer to be ‘touch free’ then turning off one of these functions is simple. All you have to do is touch the screen on the back until you see the ‘Off’ function…….

Source: This camera just might be brilliant – The Fujifilm Blog

Ilfracombe beach | Marc Cooper

Photos from the beach at Ilfracombe in North Devon, England. Long exposure photography and some early morning fog to create ‚lunar‘ landscapes. Eerie, quiet, gorgeous. There is a tunnel leading from the town to the beach – called tunnels beaches funnily enough – which was originally created by smugglers but later adapted by the Victorians when they created single-sex bathing areas. I was lucky enough to visit on a quiet, rainy Sunday morning with lots of mist and cloud……

Source: Ilfracombe beach — Marc Cooper Photography

Portrait lens battle! – Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 vs Samyang 50mm f/1.2 | MirrorLessons

If you are looking for a portrait lens for the Fujifilm X series, the first choice that comes to mind (and that most photographers would recommend) is the XF 56mm f/1.2. Released two years ago, it was the first lens designed specifically for portraits by Fujifilm. I’ve never hidden my love for this glass; it is one of my favourite Fujinon lens. Before that the only viable option was the XF 60mm f/2.4 semi-macro lens released with the X-Pro1 in 2012. Today the choices for portrait photography have increased with the addition of the 56mm f/1.2 APD version and the XF 90mm f/2. However up until last year the system was lacking an alternative, less expensive solution. This is where Samyang comes in with its 50mm f/1.2 which was released in 2015…….

Source: Portrait lens battle! – Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2 vs Samyang 50mm f/1.2 – MirrorLessons – The Best Mirrorless Camera Reviews

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