X-Pro2 and One Lens- Rangefinder, 23mm, and The County Fair | Joel Wolfson

I’ve covered a lot of ground in my posts about the X-Pro2 body in various situations. In this post, I’m concentrating on one lens- the Fujinon XF 23mm f1.4. I offer the pros and cons working with this lens which is a focal length (35mm full frame equivalent) often considered the ideal one for all-around versatility. You see this focal length on many higher end fixed lens cameras such as those from Fuji, Sony, and Leica. I must admit that for the whole time I was shooting at the fair I didn’t feel like I wanted another lens, with the exception of a few shots at the very end when I did the series of face painting. I think much of this is due to both the simplicity and freedom of using a rangefinder and not having to think about changing lenses. I think I would have felt similarly with my XF 35mm f2.0. However, once I use a focal length much longer than 35mm (FF equivalent = 50mm) I limit the situations where I can get away with only one lens and conversely going too wide limits potential for portraits and candids of people. With the exception of one shot, every shot in this post and almost everything I shot at the fair, I used rangefinder viewing on my X-Pro2……

Source: Photo Ops » Blog Archive X-Pro2 and One Lens- Rangefinder, 23mm, and The County Fair – Photo Ops

Fujifilm X-T2: Professional Compact System Camera 1.0 | Max Angeloni

Lets make a shopping list: weather-proof body… got it, two memory card slots… got it, operative speed… got it, 1/250 sincro Flash… got it, USB-charging in Camera… got it, auto-focus accuracy and speed… got this as well, ergonomics…. got it, there’s also a battery grip that triplicates its autonomy. Very well! Then? Ah yes, burst shots… that reach 11 frames per second. Then? Ah yes, video in 4K and functions that are finally adequate to the ones of its competitors… these are there as well.It seams that nothing is missing.Ah yes, I almost forgot, image quality…. got that too, but then again we knew it was going to be there since we started shooting with the X-Pro2.Just like we know that range of Fujinon lenses are probably one of the best on the market even though some specific lenses, such as those for sports or architectural photography, are missing.Well then, can we say that CSCs have finally exceeded reflexes and are the new reference mark of digital photographic systems…..

Source: Fujifilm X-T2: Professional Compact System Camera 1.0

Can I make a living out of photography: Is it possible? | Faby and Carlo

Can I make a living out of photography? Yesterday I had a call from a person I met years ago who asked me if you can make a living out of photography. From personal experience I said “Yes”; however, this is one of those answers that comes with a required note. Can you make a living out of photography? Yes, but… As a professionally photographer, I have build my business in many years. I have seen people much more talented than me failing and going back to a 9–5 job. I have seen bad photographers making it big. Worst of all, I have seen passionate photographers starting to hate photography. Can someone make a living out of photography? Yes, but it won’t be simple! Brace for impact! Do you know those glamorous lives photographers live? Do you see them depicted in paradise island smiling while chilling out with beautiful models? Well, if you want to know what being a working photographer’s life is, forget everything about that. That is “life at photoshop” and does not reflect the reality of being a professional photographer. Let’s reset your expectations, and not because I want to push you away from being a professional photographer. I do to make sure you know what you buy into…….

Source: Can I make a living out of photography: Is it possible?

Review: Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR (Fujifilm X Mount) | The Phoblographer

Compare the Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens to anything else on the APS-C camera market, and you’ll find pretty much no sort of equivalent product. It’s weather sealed, has optical image stabilization, doesn’t change its aperture very much throughout the range, and is built incredibly well. Then tag onto it the fact that it’s made by Fujifilm–one of the best lens makers of all time. Keep moving forward, and consider the fact that you’re putting this glass in front of the company’s excellent X Trans Sensors; designed by Fujifilm but manufactured by Sony. If you’re a sports, photojournalism, wildlife photographer or professional creeper then this lens may indeed by an option that you’ll want to consider. Announced quite a while back, the Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR may also be the company’s most expensive lens. But if you need something like this, it’s worth every penny……

Source: Review: Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

Flying High with the Fujifilm X-T2 X Series Camera | TJ Hansen

The recently announced Fujifilm X-T2 X Series digital camera is what I can consider part of the next level of Fujifilm’s mirrorless system. I say next level because the bar has already been set pretty high by both Fujifilm’s previous cameras and some other recent additions to the mirrorless market by Sony and others. It is no longer sufficient to bring a camera into the market based on size and weight alone; photographers are demanding great image quality, fast AF, high quality video, and high-resolution. Any camera in the mirrorless world has to compete with a lot of really great cameras. Mirrorless technology is picking up speed and Fujifilm at the front of the race……

Source: Flying High with the Fujifilm X-T2 X Series Camera – The MPEX Experience

When GAS becomes stupid | Stockografie

I know, I know. In my last blogpost I told you all about my switch from X to F and now this. I am hear to tell you that the X is back. How stupid is that, you will think. And rightly so. After just a few weeks of using the very, very good Olympus Pen-F with the 12mm f/2 and 17mm 1.8 prime lens and the 12-40 2.8 Zoom lens I figured that I was and maybe still am caught in the terrible spiral of GAS. Is the Olympus Pen-F a better camera than my trusty X-T1 was? Am I taking better pictures than before? What about the size and weight? Well, the Olympus Pen-F is a great camera but not really better than the Fujifilm X-T1 is. It is just different. I definitely am not taking better pictures than before. The size of the body itself is about the same as the X-T1. The lenses are smaller. If I look at the size of the 12-40 2.8 in comparison to the XF 16-55 2.8 then size does become noticeable. I know all about the more shallow depth of field and stuff. But an f/2.8 lens no matter how large the sensor behind it is, is always letting in the same amount of light onto the sensor…..

Source: When GAS becomes stupid – STOCKOGRAFIE

Fuji XT2 – the perfect wedding camera? | Rob Sanderson

I’m not much of a gear head, but when I was given the opportunity to try out a pre-production XT2 I couldn’t resist. I’ve shot this entire wedding season on the fantastic XPro2’s, the image quality and high ISO performance of the latest X-trans sensor is phenomenal. The focusing system of the XPro2 was also a huge leap forward from the XT1 so I had high expectations of the XT2 and it didn’t disappoint. Essentially the sensor in the new XT2 is the same as those found in the XPro2. With this in mind, I’m not going to go over old ground beyond saying the files from the 24mp sensor are simply beautiful. The colours have an organic feel to them with skin tones that look believable straight out of the box. The dynamic range is fantastic and allows me to produce files with lots of detail from the deepest shade right through to the brightest highlights with low noise even when using high ISO. Of course, you can personalise the cameras output in camera and shoot jpg or (as I prefer) within your chosen image editing software and shoot RAW…..

Source: Fuji XT2 – the perfect wedding camera? — Fujiholics

The evolution of the pro hybrid camera: X-T2 initial review | Vassilios Zacharitsev

Now that the new wonder kid is officially heading for the stores, I thought it is appropriate for my initial user-review. I had the opportunity to have the camera, in a “virtually final” production form but with beta-firmware, for a limited amount of time, which I tried to take advantage of to answer most of mine, and, hopefully, my readers’ questions. For this review, I decided to approach the camera from a number of different angles. First of all, as a Fuji user, which currently uses an X-Pro2; how the X-T2 compares (and, actually does it really compare) with the other Fuji flagship? Also, how it improves on the X-T1? Another angle was that of a former user of DSLRs and also a former Olympus OMD user: a line of cameras which share a similar design paradigm as the X-T2. Somewhat surprisingly, there is also another approach, which will be dominant, at least in this part of the review (because more will follow in the next weeks)……

Source: The evolution of the pro hybrid camera: X-T2 initial review — Eyes Unclouded

PhotoPills: The Photographer’s Swiss Army Knife | Francesco Gola

It’s 6pm, it’s cold, and the sun is on its way to set. The tripod is placed, the composition is done – now I just have to wait for the big show that Mother Nature puts on every day to happen again. The sky is threatening, but with a little luck, the sun will pierce the clouds to pass above the lighthouse in front of me. If I think about the first time I went out with the tripod on my shoulder, it makes me smile. I knew more or less where to go, I had no idea of the exact time at which the sun would set, nor where. Failure was inevitable! Years have passed since then, and many things have changed. But the biggest and decisive one is in my hands right now: PhotoPills – photo planning app. ……

Source: PhotoPills: The Photographer’s Swiss Army Knife

Die endgültige Entscheidung – Fuji X-T2 | Peter Poete

Mancher Weg geht mal zu Ende… und bei mir ist es der Weg mit zwei unterschiedlichen Systemen. Der Weg dahin war recht lang und schwer gefallen ist mir die Entscheidung letztendlich auch noch. Aber es hatte sich dann doch bereits angedeutet, trotz der anfänglichen kleinen Reibereien mit der X-Pro2 und der dann allmählichen Annäherung an diese Kamera. Meine Tage mit dem Olympus-System sind gezählt. Nicht, weil die Geräte schlecht wären – weit entfernt davon! Die E-M5 MK II ist als Kamera in manchen Aspekten für mich nach wie vor ungeschlagen und die kleinen tollen Optiken sind auch ein Traum, vor allem unterwegs. Da allerdings das (für mich) Bessere der Feind des Guten ist, kommt nach dem ersten Schritt – dem Verkauf einiger m43-Objektive – die Auflösung der ganzen m43-Ausrüstung.Tschüss, liebe Oly, Du hast mir wirklich extrem viel Freude bereitet und nicht wenige meiner liebsten Bilder sind mit Dir (oder Deiner Vorgängerin) entstanden….

Source: Die endgültige Entscheidung – Fuji X-T2 – Peter Poete Photography

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