Fuji X-Pro1

Metz launches Mecablitz 26 AF-1, a pocket-sized flash for hotshoe
compacts and CSCs | Damien Demolder

Lighting manufacturer Metz is to introduce a new miniature flash unit that is designed to marry with small cameras, such as premium hotshoe-equipped compacts and compact system bodies. With a maximum guide number of 26m/85ft at ISO 100 the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 is many times more powerful than the flash units that come bundled with, or built-in to, this sort of camera – and indeed many don’t come equipped with a flash at all. Weighing 115g/4oz and measuring 63x85x85mm/2.5×3.34×3.34 in, Metz intends this model to be suitably small and light to match the portability of its target cameras – the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 will be compatible with TTL systems from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung, Olympus, Panasonic, Leica, Sony and Fujifilm. Hinged to bounce at up to 90°, the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 doesn’t allow swivel motion but it will work as a slave unit for the wireless control systems of all the models mentioned, with the exception of Fuji cameras……….

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Fuji X Buyer’s Guide :: Accessories | Zack Arias

In wrapping up this series on FujiFilm X cameras, I’m going to talk about a few of my favorite accessories from batteries to straps to bags to odd ball stuff. Be sure to check out the first two posts in this series. The Fuji Cameras Buyers Guide and the Fuji Lenses Buyers Guide. Batteries :: The great thing about Fuji X cameras is how small they are. The bad thing about Fuji X cameras is their batteries are small as well. Smaller batteries = less juice. This used to be quite an issue with the original x100. If I was going to be out shooting with that camera all day I always had four to five batteries with me. The X100S brought better power management and I was comfortable with three batteries for a day. With the X100T I can head out with two fully charged batteries and make it through the day. That said, I’ll take three just in case. Same goes for the X-Pro1 or X-T1 for me……….

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Fuji X100T

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Fuji X100T and VSCO Cam | Philippines | Jakub Puchalski

Believe it or not, but when leaving for the four-month family trip around Asia, I decided I need something smaller and more compact than my old Fuji X-E1. Since Christmas was only 4 weeks ahead, I gave myself a gift: new shiny black Fuji X100T. Compactness was one major reason. Another one was the Wi-Fi feature, which allowed me to travel without a laptop, but with a tablet and smartphone only. Thanks to this setup I was uploading pictures directly to my little dual sim Motorola Moto E (another great compact yet powerful travel companion), processing with VSCO Cam and posting straight to the social media (here’s my instagram profile). No need to carry heavy computer, no need to wait with post-processing (at least the initial one) until I’m back at home in April – I can share some of the pictures already now! Below you will find a sample of pictures taken with Fuji X100T (all SOOC JPEG’s) and slightly processed in VSCO Cam. In most cases I didn’t use the presets, just the basic exposure dials, because Fuji colors are so perfect most of the time. Regarding the camera itself, I’m still getting used to the new focal length (I was shooting almost exclusively with the 35mm 1.4 for the last three years), but apart from that I feel like I have finally found the one. I won’t go into details, because there’s already dozens of X100T reviews on the net. Let me just say that apart from the obvious advantages like improved speed and ergonomics, this camera simply has a soul. And I mean it when I say that: taking pictures with it is magical………..

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Fuji X100T

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COMMENT: AF+MF Mode Update on X-Pro1 and X-T1 | Jeff Carter

….When using AF to select the point of focus it is critical when using the fast aperture lenses such as the 35mm f1.4 and 56mm f1.2 that the focus point is checked to make sure the focus is spot on. By keeping the shutter release half pressed you can use manual focus to fine tune before fully pressing the release to take the shot. Using the Electronic View Finder (EVF) and Focus Peaking you can easily see where the focus needs to be adjusted if necessary. Now on the X-T1 the camera will ‘Focus Zoom’ where the viewfinder automatically zooms in on the focus area so you can really see the focus point when using a very wide aperture. The X-Pro1 doesn’t have this ‘Focus Zoom’ function and this has its plus and minus points. I will explain. When I use AF I sometimes point the AF point at the part of the image I want to the focus to be on, half press the shutter release to lock the focus and then recompose in the viewfinder. Now with the X-Pro1 this is still possible because you can see the whole image in the viewfinder. However on the X-T1 when the shutter is half pressed the Focus Zoom operates and you can’t see the whole picture, so my normal method of working is no longer permissible when using the AF+MF mode…….

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Fuji X-Pro1

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Macro Photography with Fuji 16mm Extension Tube | Mac Sokulski

New year, brings new directions.  At least I can hope since a little Fuji addition which was supposed to be a Christmas present arrived well into the new year.  The Fuji 16mm extension tube.  It’s a little piece of hardware that moves your lens away from the camera.  The nice thing is that it has all the electronic contacts, so auto focus works as normal, and the camera knows which lens is attached.  It allows for the lens to focus closer to the subject, which makes practically any lens a macro lens.  The one caveat of the extension tube is that the lens looses focus at about 1 meter.  Then again I was expecting to shoot with this tube normally anyway.  Most of the images were taken with the Fuji 56mm f1.2 and it worked very well as a macro lens.  I also tried my old Pentax 100mm f4 Macro lens.  It worked very well. I wanted to compare the results with a Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro, which is considered a true macro lens as the level of magnification is 1:1.  Both Fuji 60mm Macro and the old Pentax 100mm Macro are only 1:2 which is half the magnification of the Canon lens……

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Fuji MCEX-16 macro extension

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How Famous Street Photographers Got Over
Their Fear of Shooting on the Street | Julius Motal

Street photography isn’t the easiest discipline. The idea of bringing one’s camera into an uncontrolled situation, where anything can happen and the scene is never the same, can be intimidating, and that’s understandable. What we thought would be helpful is a collection of experiences from several prominent street photographers about this very topic. So jump in and hear from some of the biggest names today. What is street photography? To keep it short and sweet, street photography is photographing people (although some may argue it does not need people) in their everyday lives who aren’t posing for you. If you take a photo of a street…this is not street photography. You just have to try and tell a story or capture something exceptional. It’s the biggest challenge: to make your photo interesting to the viewer. But I’m not too keen to discuss the in-depth definition as it’s just another rule / barrier to stop you shooting. I prefer to think of myself as an urban photographer rather than a street photographer. Being pigeon holed into street photography is a little too limiting considering it’s only a part of what I do, which I like to refer to as London Urban Photography. I shoot London’s diversity, in urban landscape, in people, architecture…….

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Street Photography – London | Mark Richards

Street photography can be a strange and intimidating experience. One technique you can try to make it easier and more focused is to set out with a specific subject in mind and then allow the shots to form around that.  In this case I chose shop fronts at night. This approach allows you to capture some good street photos without appearing obvious and looking for interesting shops to photograph will keep you alert.  Here are a few I took earlier this year (click on the photo to see full size).  All photos taken with a Fujifilm X-T1 and 18-55mm zoom lens…….

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0

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A Closer Look at Fuji’s New Weather-Resistant
XF 16-55mm f/2.8 Lens | Jaron Schneider

Last week at CES, Fuji announced the awaited weather-resistant 16-55mm f/2.8 zoom lens, which they have engineered to inhibit ghosting and flare from edge to edge to appeal to outdoor photographers who will have to battle different and ever-changing qualities of light and the placement of the sun. The XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR uses a light weight Internal Focusing System and a Twin Linear Motor for high-speed autofocus (AF) and whisper quiet AF as fast as 0.06 seconds. When combined with the near-silent shutter sound of the FUJIFILM X-T1, photos can be taken unnoticed in quiet and sensitive locations. The 16-55mm focal range is equivalent to a 24-84mm on a full frame sensor that offers 14 sealing points that makes the lens extremely resistant to water and especially dust. With that 24mm equivalent field of view at the widest, the lens should be pretty useful for outdoor photographers shooting landscapes, but equally useful for something like a portrait when fully extended to the 84mm equivalent……..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8

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Samyang 135mm f/2 Now Official: It’s a Fast,
Manual Focus Portrait Lens for $549 | Michael Zhang

After weeks of being teased through an enigmatic campaign, the Samyang 135mm f/2 has now been officially announced. It’s a full frame manual focus portrait lens with an attractive price point. The lens is available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Sony A, and Sony E mounts. On the outside of the lens is a large manual focus ring and a manual aperture ring. The Nikon F version of the lens also comes with an AE chip for focus confirmation, something that isn’t offered in the other models…….

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Fuji X100T and X-T1: Choosing the right camera for street photography |
Mike Evans

After extensive experience with the Fuji X-T1, especially using it with the 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens for street photography, I now have my hands on the new X100T. The X100 cameras, launched in 2011, are probably the most popular modern digitals for street and the T is the latest iteration with electronic shutter, an improved hybrid viewfinder and higher-resolution screen. But first, back to basics. Many consider a Leica M, from the original M3 to the latest M240, to be the natural choice and I wouldn’t entirely disagree:  I love all Ms. But this little X100T is a great alternative with a cartload of bells and whistles if you like that sort of thing. The Leica offers simplicity and, without a doubt, this can be a positive thing. The X100T is a far more complex digital camera but it can provide an equally rewarding experience if you take the trouble to get to grips with the features. In reality, while comparisons may be made, Leicas are in a class of their own, if only on price, and cannot be directly compared with digital mirrorless cameras such as those from Fuji. Biggest direct competition for the X100T actually comes from its siblings, the X-E2 and X-T1……..

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Fuji X100T

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