Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review – Substance over specs | MirrorLessons

I am probably the last to finish the “race” to publish a review of the X-Pro2 since its announcement in January. I’m not sure if I did that on purpose or not. When we rent or receive gear on loan, there is a specific deadline to meet so it motivates you to finish everything earlier. When we buy the camera personally, we take our time because we know there’s no rush. Then you realise that “no rush” attitude can last longer than expected! What’s interesting is that more time spent with a camera helps, but not necessarily in the way you’d think. It’s not just a question of taking more photos or testing it in every possible condition. I realised that despite some weaknesses, this camera has something more that you won’t find on the specs list……

Source: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review – Substance over specs – MirrorLessons

Why Envy Any Other Photographer? | Eric Kim

One of the most toxic feelings that a photographer (or human being) is to feel envy. Apparently envy is a trait that is deeply embedded in us, even as babies. But why is it that we feel envy, what are we envious about, and what can we do about it? First of all, realize that it is totally normal to feel envy (wishing you were in someone else’s spot) and also jealousy (fearing that someone else is going to take your spot). After all, it is a great human adaptation that has helped us survive through the millennia. If humans didn’t feel envy, then we would probably be exited from the gene pool (survival of the fittest). Envy is what probably kept us from dying (if everyone else is eating the huge bison your entire tribe hunted but you, if you didn’t feel envy you would starve to death)…….

Source: Why Envy Any Other Photographer?

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review | Ken Rockwell

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is an interchangeable lens mirrorless „rangefinder“ style camera that has both optical and electronic viewfinders. It’s also the first mirrorless camera of which I know that has two card slots, which is mandatory for use as backup for any professional use. Neither Sony nor LEICA are there yet; with only one card slot these other cameras are fun, but not suitable for any professional use where you absolutely, positively need to get your photos.The XPro2 is a huge update from the now primitive X-Pro1 of 2012. This X-Pro2 is Fuji’s best camera if you want an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera and need both electronic and optical viewfinders.I don’t find the optical finder very useful since EVFs today are real-time, and the electronic finder (EVF) isn’t very good when compared to Sony’s far superior EVFs. A huge problem with the X-Pro2’s EVF is that it’s rarely the correct brightness. It’s usually too dark indoors, and sometimes too bright, in Auto brightness mode. In Manual brightness mode, it’s never the right brightness as you move around. Sony’s EVFs just work, while I’m always cursing at this Fuji’s EVF……

Source: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review

Fujifilm XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM WR | Leigh Miller

Sometime in the early 20th century either Napoleon Bonaparte or Frederick The Great said „An army marches on it’s stomach“. I used to hear that a lot from my father growing up as he woke me up out of bed to have breakfast so I could start mowing the lawn (s) or shovelling the driveway. The reference I gather was meant to point out that a well provisioned army fought better in war.I kind of thought it could also apply to camera manufacturers as well.My personal view is that sensor technology sas come a far enough way that fantastic image quality can be had from everything starting with an iPhone right up to medium format cameras. The body of the camera now only provides options for customization. That said, even the best sensors mean nothing if the lens catalog to match it doesn’t exist (Sony). I’ve always known that a lens makes the camera. Probably why I stuck with Canon for as long as I did. When I switched to Olympus and Fujifilm the biggest selling feature were the available lenses and the planned roadmaps. Nearly 4 years later both platforms have the best lenses I’ve ever used….if only my wallet was fat enough to buy them all.For this review I have the Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM WR (super) telephoto lens…..

Source: Zenfolio | Leigh Miller Toronto Photographer | Fujifilm XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM WR | Review

Fstoppers Reviews the Fujifilm XF 90mm f/2.0 Lens | Dylan Goldby

Much to the excitement of the Fujifilm community, Fuji released their XF 90mm f/2 WR in the middle of 2015. Many a voice hailed it Fuji’s best yet, and pixel-peepers rejoiced. Some claimed it had the nicest bokeh from a Fuji lens yet, and others the fastest autofocus. Just how good is this latest prime offering from Fuji? Since selling my old Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC, I have craved a 135mm focal length. I always put off getting one again because of the size and weight and the sluggishness of the autofocus in the case of the old Nikkor. Canon has a great alternative, but I don’t own a Canon body. Naturally, I was quite excited to see what the new Fuji could do. So, let’s dive into it. The first thing you’ll notice as you heft the 90mm up to your eye is that it is long and heavy, with the hood making it even larger. Sure, the 16mm and 56mm were big for Fuji primes, but the 90mm is almost 50% longer than either. It is also extremely heavy for a fixed lens on this system, weighing in at 540 grams, which is 135 grams heavier than the 56mm and 165 grams heavier than the 16mm……

Source: Fstoppers Reviews the Fujifilm XF 90mm f/2.0 Lens | Fstoppers

Zermatt and Fuji Camera Remote Xperience | Prio Adhi Setiawan

There is one feature on the Fuji X-T1 that might most of Fuji-user think it’s only a gimmick: tether the camera to smartphone/table through Wi-Fi. To be honest, at the beginning I thought the same way. This feature was somewhat created for the facebook or any social media generation, the one who would like to share their selfies immediately through mobile internet, upload into facebook and any other social media, which indeed, they can do. But unfortunately, it’s NOT me. But well, this X-perience of using Wi-Fi features has changed my thought. It was in the beginning of March, even though for some areas it’s a start for Spring but not in the Zermatt, a village located in the southern Switzerland’s Valais canton, is a mountain resort renowned for skiing, climbing and Alpine recreation. The village (elevation 1620 m) is set below the iconic, snowcrapped Matterhorn peak. At night in Zermatt, the temperature would be about -5°C which is felt as like colder than that………

Source: Zermatt and Fuji Camera Remote Xperience – FUJI X PASSION

A Practical Review of the Fuji XF 16-55mm | Joe Jongue

With an equivalent focal length of 24-84mm on a full frame and a constant aperture of f2.8 the XF16-55mm falls in the same category as other 24-70mm lenses including the prestigious Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L lens which many consider as the pinnacle of this focal range and is also seen as the benchmark for others to follow. Can Fuji’s XF16-55mm keep up with the heavyweights? As readers of my blog will know, my reviews are not focused on numbers or colour charts (no pixel peeping here), they are based on real world examples of everyday practical use absent of studio lighting and other sophisticated equipment. Before we start I just want to put out a disclaimer that this review (as with my previous and future reviews) is my own, I am not endorsed or paid by Fuji to post these reviews. Now that that’s out of the way lets get on with the review……

Source: A Practical Review of the Fuji XF 16-55mm

Lily, in the studio, with the Fuji X-Pro2 | Paul Lloyd Roach

It was 7.45pm and I was setting up  equipment for the following day’s shoot when I received a text message from Beth to say that  she wouldn’t be able to make it due to unforeseen circumstances. It was Beth that I was supposed to be photographing so this news posed something of a problem as I had already arranged for Fiona, the make up artist, to be here early the next morning. My first instinct was to cancel Fiona but as  I was wondering what to tell her I continued reading the text from Beth. “Don’t worry I have managed to find you another model, she is beautiful and her name is Lily” Now, over the years I have come to learn that every girl thinks their friend is beautiful but sadly this is not always an opinion universally shared and so it was with some trepidation that I agreed to photograph Lily…….

Source: Lloyd-Roach Photography – Blog

Fuji X-Pro2… oder der schwierige Versuch einer ersten Annäherung (Teil I) | Peter Poete

Ja, absolut! Also irgendwie… hmmm, doch schon… wenn man nur nicht unbedingt… aber egal… oder doch nicht? So oder so ähnlich vor mich her stotternd würde ich mich wahrscheinlich anhören, wenn man mich um eine abschließende Meinung über die Fuji X-Pro2 bitten würde. Dummerweise entspricht das aber ebenso wahrscheinlich am besten meiner bisherigen Haltung zu dieser Kamera.Wer jetzt erwartet, dass sich dieser Text und die folgenden Beiträge in eine lange Reihe bereits existierender Reviews zu dieser Kamera einreiht, wird sich leider enttäuscht sehen. Nein, es folgen keine “Testbilder”, keine Schärfen- oder Farbvergleiche und auch sonst nichts von dem, was man bzw. frau sonst oft und gerne in einer “echten” Review so anzubieten haben. Also kein Pixelporn, keine Ziegelmauern, keine 100%-Ansichten und auch keine auf die Kamera zulaufenden Hunde. Aber, um es vorweg zu nehmen: diese Kamera liefert qualitativ sensationell gute Dateien. Punkt. Und ich meine Dateien, nicht Bilder. Ob die Bilder dann auch gut sind, sei mal dahingestellt…

Source: Fuji X-Pro2… oder der schwierige Versuch einer ersten Annäherung (Teil I) – Peter Poete Photography

Fujifilm X-Pro2 & Acros film simulation | Edwin Goed

Last february i had a wedding in Amsterdam. The ceremony and the dinner took place in restaurant Bak, it was originaly a pop-up restaurant but now the restaurant has a permanent place in Het Veem, an old warehouse at the Oude Houthaven. One hundred years ago it was a storage for coffee, tea and tobacco. On the third floor is the restaurant with open kitchen. On a slightly resilient wood floor between pub furniture scented white walls under a ceiling paneling. The large windows give fantastic views over the western port area. I had the freedom to go where i wanted, even the kitchen was not off limits to me. My primary job was shooting the wedding but my mind wandered often wonder what I could photograph in black and white. I figured it’d be nice to capture some activity in the kitchen with the beautiful film simulation from Fujifilm called Acros. This simulation adds, in my opinion, just something extra for this kind of social documentary photography. This is such a beautiful simulation, it needs very little adjustments to the picture. Unfortunately, i could not give the kitchen as much attention as i wanted, but photographing a top cuisine is fun to do…….

Source: Fujifilm X-Pro2 & Acros film simulation. – Edwin Goed Fotografie Fotograaf Zwolle

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