Fuji X-Pro1

Review: Lensbaby Composer Pro on the X-T1 | Tomasz Trzebiatowski

I like the Lensbaby Composer Pro / Sweet 50 Optic combo a lot. It is not the lens I would be taking out from my bag every day, but the idea of having it as an addition to my Fujinon XF arsenal sounds very appealing to me. I would be certainly taking it with me when going out photographing in the nature (woods, fields, parks etc.). For me these are the areas I can see mounting it on my camera most often. Optically it is not the sharpest of all lenses, but it really is an non-issue, as this certain smoothness (even in the in-focus-areas) only adds to the beautiful effect this lens is giving you. I can also see portrait photographers having it at hand and I will be certainly giving it a try with people’s portraits another day as well. Nicely built, it fits the black X-T1 body perfectly and balances very well. I was really impressed with what I could achieve by using this lens and I am convinced that any creative photographer would share my impressions. I can very well imagine working on a project using only Lensbaby lenses. They boost your creativity and make you thinking in a whole new way when working on your images…….

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Cheap Samyang 12mm any good for Fuji X? | Lars Øivind Authen

I didn’t see this one coming, that a cheap Samyang 12mm lens at third of the price of the more known Zeis Touit 12mm for Fuji, would perform this good. For a long time the Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 has been one of my favorite lenses for my X-T1. Even though I’m not a pixel peeper, I found it pretty sharp. It’s easy to manual focus thanks to the focusing scale on the lens itself, and it’s small and lightweight. Most importantly, it fits my eye, my vision, when I compose my landscape shots. Sometimes I’ve been thinking that maybe just having the 14mm is too limiting. I have longed for something a bit wider, like the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 – or just buy the Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4.0 wide angle zoom. But, I like shooting primes. I like having the aperture settings marked on the lens. It’s easier for me to learn this way. And the XF 10-24 mm doesn’t have the aperture numbers on the lens.  And, most importantly – trying to learn how to „see“ –  having a zoom isn’t helping me that much. I could be wrong. Probably I am wrong – but it’s still an idea in my head that shooting primes is more fun. I had the very good Fujinon XF 18-55 mm f/2.8-4.0 for a while, but sold it. I never got used to the zooming. BUT – the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 is very expensive. And it doesn’t even have the aperture stops printed on the lens – and there’s no scale for manual focusing scale on the lens like on the Fujinon XF 14mm. Most important is the price though……..

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Fujinon XF Lenses

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Lensbaby For Fujifilm X-Mount | Derek Clark

At last, the Lensbaby system is finally available for Fuji X-Mount cameras. I’ve been holding off for a long time for this to happen, rather than buying a Nikon fit and Nikon adaptor. The only problem was that the combination of Composer Pro and Edge 80 optic that I wanted, didn’t seam to be available. For some reason, the Sweet 35, Sweet 50, Circular Fisheye and Velvet 56 are available for X-Mount, but not the Edge 80. So I contacted Lensbaby direct and they offered to sent what I wanted as a special order. The price was what I would have expected to pay, but if you live in the UK and want to go down this route…BEWARE! UK Customs wear black masks and funny hats. They charged £92 import duty, which to me is not only excessive, it’s blatant theft. But hey, welcome to (not so) Great Britain! Anyway, I digress…….

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Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 initial gallery impressions:
A versatile partner to the X-T1 | Dave Pardue

Offering the basic equivalent of the classic sports and wildlife telephoto zoom lenses in the 70-200mm eq. class, the Fujinon XF50-140mm f/2.8 LM OIS WR lens was recently made available to us for review at SLRGear.com. I was the lucky one who got to sneak it out of the lab for a few days of gallery shooting with the flagship Fujifilm X-T1, along with the portrait battery grip as well. This trio proved to be quite an enjoyable and versatile setup. The lens feels solid and reassuring from the first time you pick it up, as you’d expect from a higher-end Fuji lens. And while it’s certainly not lightweight, it does balance quite nicely on the X-T1, especially with the battery grip attached. Without the grip this combination feels a bit „front-heavy“, but once attached it’s a really comfortable rig for carrying about……

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF50-140mm F2.8

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Adobe Improves X-Trans Processing in Lightroom CC Update:
Promises More to Come | Thomas Fitzgerald

One of the interesting tidbits, buried in the list of bug fixes for the Lightroom CC update that was released yesterday was a mention of improvements to Fuji X-Trans processing in Lightroom. Any long term follower of this blog, knows that Lightroom’s poor quality X-Trans rendering has long been a bug bear of mine, and I’ve sought ways to minimise it and ways to avoid it altogether. There are two major issues with the way Lightroom handles X-Trans files. First, an excessive amount of chroma blur which would often see colours bleed into one and other in areas of high colour contrast. The second is poor handling of fine detail, especially when it comes to foliage and other repeating patterns. Images also have a tendency to have false edges in these situations too. I’ve covered this all before many times, and the original post I did on this some time ago probably explains the issues best…..

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Fujinon XF Lenses

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Tutorial: Using Film Simulation modes | Marc Horner

Fujifilm knows film. The clue is in the name. And they’ve spent a lot of time and effort bringing classic film traits to life in the current range of digital cameras. Film Simulation ModesEach different Film Simulation mode has unique properties to help you express your creativity without the need for time-consuming post-production. Varying degrees of Saturation and Tonality are composed with just the right balance to bring each Film Simulation mode to life. The camera’s Electronic Viewfinder can show the effects of the selected Film Simulation mode before the shot is taken, and if you shoot RAW, the in-camera RAW processing function allows any of the 11* Film Simulation options to be applied post-capture, broadening your shooting options. Which Film Simulation mode is best for your shot? ……

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Fujinon XF Lenses

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Fujinon XF 16mm f1.4 R WR Lens | Clifton Beard

I have never had a 24mm equivalent truly fast lens in my inventory on either Nikon or the Fuji XF system, the fastest to date being the old Nikon 24mm f2.8 AIS or Nikon 24-70 f2.8 zoom. This is a classic focal length for wide angle images of landscapes, weddings, for travel and all sorts of things.  A few mm up or down at wide focal lengths make huge differences to how the lenses can be used and having a really wide aperture makes huge practical and creative differences. I can feel myself drifting ever further away from a comprehensive SLR system as they are feeling more and more like imaging dinosaurs, despite the undoubted imaging excellence of cameras such as the Nikon D800.  Mirrorless cameras are rapidly developing into powerful and uncompromised imaging tools with a serious weight and size advantage, so I am building a comprehensive X-System lineup that I expect will take over as my main system for not just everyday shooting, but for weddings too.  In that context it made sense to buy the new 16mm f1.4 prime for the X-system.  An additional motivator was that I had the chance to purchase the new lens at 10% off the RRP and it is unlikely that the price will reduce this far in anything like the near future……..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm F1.4

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Life with Fuji – Part 1 | Mac Sokulski

I started with Fuji at the onset, about 4 years ago.  I got my first Fuji X, the Fuji X100 and I really fell in loved that camera.  The looks, the way it worked, the hybrid view finder. Even the little quirks.  I shot one of my boudoir sessions with it.  I remember the client asking if I was going to take any pictures, the camera was so quiet that she didn’t even notice.  Lots of great memories. Then came the X-Pro1, at a sacrifice.  With a heavy heart I sold the Fuji X100.  I have received my X-Pro1 about a week and a half before my family trip to Spain and Scotland.  I had only 3 lenses, old now, the three musketeers 18mm f2, 35mm f1.4, 60mm f2.4.  Coming from Canon cameras, and wide assortment of lenses, I was a little worried that this new Fuji setup is not going to work, that I will be cursing myself for not dragging the big Canon. I was surprised, I did not miss my Canon at all. Everything clicked into place.  Family, landscapes, street photography, everything.   At that time Adobe Lightroom did not recognize Fuji X raw files, and I knew that it will be a great pain to convert all the raw files from Fuji X-Pro1 to Lightroom, using the provided software.  At the last moment I’ve decided to shoot the entire trip in jpg.  It was crazy, but I was more than happy with the results………

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Part 2: http://www.miksmedia.photography/blog/2015/6/10/life-with-fuji-part-2
 


Fuji X100S

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My New Favorite Lens: First Impression of the Fuji XF 35 | Rivals

The Fujifilm XF 35 wasn’t a lens on my „to get list“. It never made sense to own a 35, 50 and 85 (FF eqv.) focal lengths. It was just to close of a gap to me, but when my XF 56 went crashing down I was limited to only two options due to Fujifilm’s limited selection of lenses, grab the XF 35, or pay an absurd amount to get the XF 56 repaired. When the XF 35 arrived, I wasn’t impressed, it was slightly bigger than my XF 18, and it just didn’t seem like a killer portrait lens. I literally let it sit for a few days before I even mounted it. When I went out on my daily photography walks I either took my XF 18, or Helios 44-2 and made those units work for me. The XF 35 just didn’t get me excited, perhaps it was the horrid things I read about the slow AF, or maybe in my head it would never be my XF 56, either way I was bummed out and I started to question my purchase……..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4

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Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD lens — a hands on review | Tom Grill

My favorite full frame lens for shooting lifestyle is an 85mm wide aperture. On a Fuji X camera this translates to the 56mm f/1.2.  A main reason for this choice is that I want to keep the background very soft so it doesn’t interfere with the main subject, while at the same time retaining some story-telling detail in the out-of-focus area. I am often afraid of using full frame lenses at a full aperture of f/1.4, since it often means sacrificing some detail in the focused area. The Fuji 56mm lens is different. I find I can use it at f/1.2 with no loss in sharpness in my main subject. I have already posted a full hands-on review of the Fuji XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens. Since it is the same lens used to create the APD model, I will spend my time here in discussing the only difference between the two models, the effects of the apodization filter, and refer the reader to the other review for a fuller explanation of the similarities the two lenses share……..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 APD

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