Fujifilm’s rise from bit player to camera geek darling was improbable given the downturn of the camera industry. Starting with the X100, Fujifilm went from making so-so point-and-shoots (along with some rebranded Nikon DSLRs—remember those?) to focusing on enthusiast-minded cameras that looked like film cameras from the good ol‘ days.But not every camera in the X series has been a hit. Since the advent of the X mount interchangeable lens family in 2012, Fujifilm has tried a number of different tacks to get things just right. X-Pro1 was a great camera, but not everyone likes using a rangefinder-style optical viewfinder. Arguably it wasn’t until 2014’s X-T1 that Fujifilm hit the sweet spot. For style and performance, it went up against some of the best of the mirrorless category and won. Buyers fell in love with the X-T1 thanks to Fuji’s awesome lenses, its peach of a sensor, humongous OLED EVF, and retro-style physical controls……..
With at least 20% of Afghanistan still in the hands of a resurgent Taliban, the longest war in American history is far from over. Last week, President Barack Obama announced he would prolong the nation’s presence into the country well into 2017 with 8,400 troops expected to remain by the time he leaves office.The news didn’t make front pages, but for Andrew Quilty, who’s been photographing the conflict from Kabul for the past three years, the world’s attention is essential. “Despite arguably good intentions, the 14-year international intervention in Afghanistan has been largely disastrous for all involved,” he tells TIME. “The international community shouldn’t be allowed to just walk away and forget Afghanistan” ……
This week’s featured street photographer of the week, Florence Bonnin, is a pro at capturing the essence of humanity. Florence gets up close and captures scenes and faces that evoke emotion. Florence capturesA people as they are, taking advantage of their action, their background or just their friendly smiles to create street shots that make you take a second look, shots you can identify with. But don’t take my word for it, here is a small collection of Florence’s images and thoughts on a few different topics. Enjoy…..
Let me be honest. I’m not a rangefinder guy. I grew up shooting medium format and SLRs, both film and digital. I’ve barely used a Leica, and only held a Fujifilm X-Pro1 in my hands once without even taking a picture with it. That’s why I thought it would be a great idea to share my thoughts with you on the Fujifilm X-Pro2! Don’t you agree…?! Well come on in and read more about it. By the way, if you would like to see even more images shot with the X-pro2 and other cameras, plus some behind the scenes stuff from different photoshoots, feel free to follow me on Instagram. Most of the X-Pro2 reviews I’ve read, have been written by great street photographers and photo journalists, and I don’t shoot any of those genres professionally. I’m actually pretty sure even Fujifilm doesn’t see me as an X-Pro2 user. Now some of you will probably start to freak out and scream “My god, he hasn’t used the X-Pro1. He’s not even a street photographer or photo journalist, and now he’s got opinions on the X-Pro2! Booh! Burn him! Crucify him!” So, can a non-rangefinder guy appreciate the X-Pro2…?! Well keep on reading…….
Lessons I learnt:
- The Xpro2 is just as good if not better with colour and realistic colour to the 1DsIII. It’s better than the 1Dx when it comes to colour.
- There is some DOF difference (more background blur on FF). But in real shooting it isn’t really noticeable.
- The 1DsIII has an amazing sensor when exposed right, but it can’t recover blacks worth a damn.
- Xpro2 at low ISO isn’t as good as the 1DsIII at low ISO, but it beats most modern crops and some modern Full Frame cameras.
- The Fuji 23mm 1.4 is slightly soft from f/1.4-2, sharp from f/2-4, VERY sharp from f/4-8 and f/8-11 starts to get softer due to diffraction.
- The Sigma 35 1.4 Art is an amazingly sharp lens, even wide open.
- For most purposes (baring shooting at base ISO) the Fuji Xpro2 sensor is as good as any full frame, lacking only resolution (over the large MP cameras some camera makers offer) and minor DOF differences.
- I will keep my 1DsIII for base ISO shooting (it’s cleaner)……
My intention with the X70 was to have it with the WCL adaptor and have it as my carry around camera and the XPro2 for when I needed the extra power or zooms. I’d purchased the converter only a few days before the trip and didn’t have a chance to play with it much before hand. So it was very much bolt it on and off we go. The X70 doesn’t have an eye piece / viewfinder – just a tilt LCD screen on the back. I did find myself raising the camera and putting it to my eye a few times before muscle memory kicked in. I was dubious when I got it that the X70 was going to be too small for my hands, but it’s not too bad, yes some of the buttons on the right hand side next to the screen are difficult to press, but I tended to set this as my shortcut to the film simulations and i didn’t really change it that much. …….
Since 2011 I have been using Fujifilm X cameras exclusively. Starting with the first and original Fuji X100, the X-Pro1 with the XF 35 1.4 to the X-E1 and the X-T1, X-Pro2 both with the awesome XF 16-55 2.8I think I have used nearly every native Fujinon X lens, all three Zeiss Touit lenses and some Samyang lenses on the Fuji body´s you can think of. Except for the telephoto lenses! This is due to the fact that I am no telephoto guy. The last camera I had and used was the X-Pro2 with the XF 16-55 2.8 which delivers some stunning files to the SD card. Why then, you might ask yourself, why did I switch from the awesome X-Pro2 to the Olympus mFT gear?The answer is simple. Size!After using the X-T1 with the XF 16-55 2.8 in Myanmar and the X-Pro2 with the XF 16-55 2.8 in Ireland I realized that even the quite small X gear is still too large for me. In Myanmar I also had the Sony RX100M3 with me and figured that I had been using it more than I thought. It was actually only meant as a backup camera in case something went wrong with the Fuji gear. You can read more about my experience here…..
Last time (see part 4 of this series Click Here) I spoke of archiving old images and re-discovering the “X-Pro1 Look”, leading me to decide to re-acquire the camera to use alongside my X-T1. I want to keep that theme going this week! People have so many questions about cameras, about the AF, or the DR, the start up time etcetc. My first question about a camera is; ‘so how do the images look’ I don’t mean at 100% view, I don’t mean after lengthy post process or with filters applied to the files. I simply mean; ‘what’s the look to the files?’ This to me is the big thing. Not that the other stuff isn’t important, of course it is! But to me, the look of the file is the gateway to the feeling of the image, and that can’t be underestimated. (Your opinion may vary!) So, having convinced myself that the X-Pro1 files had a signature that I liked, I wondered about what the actual differences were, and did some research to try and understand more…….
After a full week of work nothing better than a good weekend in the mountains to chill out and recovery. Some time ago we went to Capim Amarelo peak, 2500m, in Serra Fina, one of the most famous mountains chain in Brazil. That time some trail spots grab my attention for its true beauty form but unfortunately our goal were to reach the summit and we were hiking at mid day harsh sun and wait until golden hour was impossible. So I knew I had to came back and explore this scene better. So one Friday night my wife and I took our camp and camera gears and our dog, Leica, and hit the road. This are the results…..