August 2016

FUJIFILM X-T2 Review – Real World Video Samples and First Impressions | Johnnie Behiri

FUJIFILM, a respected company well-known for making high quality stills cameras, photo lenses and professional video and cinema lenses, is now taking its first steps towards implementing proper 4K video recording into their new X-T2 mirrorless camera. If you take a moment to look at the interview we recently conducted with Jun Watanabe, a manager at FUJIFILM corporation, you will hear how serious they are in planning to develop and enhance the video capabilities of that camera, and establish their name as a company that listens to their customers by supplying them with the right tool for their work……

Source: FUJIFILM X-T2 Review – Real World Video Samples and First Impressions | cinema5D

Why Good Photographers Take Bad Photos | Lauchlan Toal

Have you ever seen a spectacular image and been flabbergasted when you saw that the photographer was an amateur – and they used their phone? Or looked at the website of a pro only to be disappointed by a slew of boring photos? Maybe you know someone who knows everything about photography has has perfect technique, yet still takes lacklustre images. Counterintuitively, being good at photography does not guarantee good photos. Let’s define photography as the art and craft of image making. Good photography requires a knowledge of both technical and artistic techniques, from the exposure triangle to visual weight. A good photograph, on the other hand, is not dependent on technique. Certainly a well composed and well exposed photo will be better than a poorly crafted one, all else being equal. However, the draw of an image comes primarily from the subject of the photo. A terrible photo of an amazing subject will always be more interesting than an amazing photo of a terrible subject……

Source: Why Good Photographers Take Bad Photos

The Beast Out In The Wild: A 2-month field test of the Fujifilm X-T2 | Nicco Valenzuela

It was early May of this year when I received a very pleasant call from Manila’s Fujifilm HQ. That was when they invited me on board the testing phase of the then yet-to-be unveiled Fujifilm X-T2. The mere thought of being involved in the process was indeed a pleasure to a camera-geek such as myself. I have to admit, I wasn’t quite as oriented with Fujifilm Cameras at the time except for a short testing stint for the X-Pro 2. But as early as then, I could really appreciate Fujifilm’s dedication in creating cameras that their users would love. The first step of the process began with the X-T1 and everything that the users wanted to improve about it. After that, every step of the process allowed feedback from X-photographers and us other-brand-users that allowed further improvement of the camera and it’s already efficient user interface…..

Source: The Beast Out In The Wild: A 2-month field test of the Fujifilm X-T2 – Vantage – Medium

The FUJINON XF100-400mm – Hands On | Lee Craker

I don’t do many reviews. I am much more of a shooter than a gear head, however there are times when I feel like sharing thoughts on a product I thoroughly enjoy. The FUJINON XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is one such product. I purchased the lens a little over a month ago, and have used it every day since, either as my main lens, or as a supplement. I bought the lens for a specific need for a project I am working on in rural Thailand. I am documenting family rice farmers, and two important times to capture are the planting and harvest seasons when most of the hard labor takes place. I have a plethora of wide and short telephoto shots of people working the land and wanted to produce some up close and personal shots of individuals as they worked in the fields. My problem is that I cannot get close to my subjects to get the good angles as they are working in the field. I cannot step on the rice plants, and don’t want to get bogged down in the knee deep mud with expensive camera equipment. The solution is to shoot with a long telephoto as close as I can get which is usually from about 20 to 75 feet away, from the dry pathways between the rice paddies…….

Source: The FUJINON XF100-400mm – Hands On

Greenland with Fuji X-T1 | Andro Loria

This year I could not travel far, so this is a retrospective blog – two years ago I took my then brand new X-T1 and X-E1 (as a backup) paired with 55-200, 14, 18-55 and 35mm lenses and went trekking in Greenland and Iceland for three weeks on tour organised by Icelandic Mountain Guides. At that point I had little experience in landscape photography and did not know Fuji X series cameras very well. But they were light, compact with great quality sensors and importantly all this gear could fit into one Lowepro 102 AW sling pack withND filters, SD cards and 12 extra batteries. Long distance hiking for days puts certain demands on weight and size and for that Fuji X cameras were ideal. I had X-T1 with vertical grip and 55-200 attached in the main compartment of the pack and X-E1 with 18-55 in the smaller top compartment. The sling pack was always slung on my front, over the rucksak shoulder straps (38l Osprey Kestrel) on my back with my day gear. The combo was very comfortable and well balanced, so I had no restrictions in movement and could get either of the cameras out quickly to take a shot.Post-editing was done in Iridient Developer and Lightroom 6. Click on any image to adjust it to your screen size…….

Source: Greenland with Fuji X-T1 — ANDRO LORIA

First Impression: Fujifilm X-T2 | Joe Jongue

With the internet is still abuzz with the announcement of Fujifilm’s latest flagship mirrorless camera, the X-T2, I was invited to an exclusive launch event hosted by Fujifilm Australia and was provided with the opportunity to trial the new X-T2. It’s not every day that an average “Joe” like myself get invited so such an event so I just wanted to use this opportunity to thank the guys over at Fujifilm Australia for organising the event. Some of the images and videos are shown here were taken straight from the X-T2. For those new to my blog you’ll find my reviews are more focused on real-world examples and use case scenarios that an average person would normally use in a real environment, you won’t find any colour charts, pixel peeping or side-by-side comparisons with other camera manufacturers here. So here are my first  impressions of the X-T2…..

Source: First Impression: Fujifilm X-T2

8 Notable Improvement on Fujifilm X-T2| Xavier Lum

Fujifilm will be launching the X-T2 in Singapore market around early September, and boy… they had made a lot of improvement over the X-T1. I was at the launch Fujifilm X-T2 launch last week to hand on this new baby. Though I have a few moment to hands-on the X-T2, i can’t comment on the camera’s performance as the cameras were all pre production sets. I was there to “molest” the camera and have a feel on how it is like to hold it in my bear hands. And oh… yeah, Fujifilm does made a lot of improvement over the past 2 years. Here’s the 8 Notable Improvement in terms of handling…..

Source: 8 Notable Improvement on Fujifilm X-T2 – Xavier Lum

Meine Zweite Liebe – Fuji | Peter Ziegler

Meine erste Liebe zur Fotografie begann 1973 mit dem Kauf einer Canon F1. Seinerzeit schrieb ein gewisser Nörgelmann – alias Alexander Borell – einen Praxistest im Foto Magazin über eben diese Kamera von Canon. Zur Auswahl standen damals nur die Nikon F oder die Canon F1. In einem Mannheimer Fotogeschäft wollte man mir partout die Nikon schmackhaft machen. Ich ließ mich nicht beirren und verließ – stolz wie Oskar – den Laden mit einer nagelneuen F1 und einem Normalobjektiv von 50mm mit Lichtstärke 1,4. Zu dieser Zeit war das 50mm Objektiv die Standartbrennweite. Kein Mensch dachte damals an ein Kit-Zoom. Das Umfeld beneidete mich um diese Kamera, hauptsächlich bei der Bundeswehr. Dort war ich während meines Wehrdienstes der einzige gelernte Werkzeugmacher unter lauter Fotografen, Retuscheuren und Reprofotografen…….

Source: Meine Zweite Liebe – Fuji – Peter Ziegler Fotografie

23 and 2 – A small look at the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 WR | Jonas Rask

One of my favourite songs is  “Forty Six and 2” by Tool. – Divide 46 by 2 and you get? Yeah. You get it. – I have been waiting for this lens for so so long. As in a really long time. It’s no secret that my go-to camera as of late is the X-Pro2. But prior to this, it was always the X100 series. It’s what started it all for me. The X-Pro2 with the 35mm f/2 is behaving like the X100t in so many ways for. Small, silent, OVF. – Of course by now the X-Pro2 as a camera body is way superior to the X100T in so many ways. – But there was always something missing. That 23! That small inconspicuous lens with the f/2 moniker. Yes, I know there’s the completely awesome XF 23mm f/1.4 with bokeh that is out of this world, and color rendering much like the old 35mm f/1.4. But it is simply too big for me when I do street photography. It shouldn’t matter much, cause the system is small as is, but it does to me…….

Source: 23 and 2 – A small look at the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 WR – jonasrask|photography

23mm vs 23mm. Sibling Rivalry | Ivan Joshua Loh

As an only child I never experience this term call Sibling Rivalry. Until now with the new Fujinon XF23mm F2 WR. This is not the first sibling rivalry in the X-Series Fujinon family. Last year we had XF 35mm F2 WR vs the classic XF 35mm F1.4. You could read more here :https://ivanjoshualoh.com/2016/01/04/35mm-vs-35mm/ This year, I feel the 23mm siblings is definitely a more heated rivalry in the Fujifilm family. Specially for street photographers; this is the must have  focal length. Now, lets get into the details of this new lens. The XF23mm F2’s design follow its cue from its elder brother XF 35mm F2 WR. If you are looking at small lenses in your X-series set-up, look no further. Its has 9 rounded blades in its core……..

Source: 23mm vs 23mm. Sibling Rivalry. | IVAN Joshua Loh

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