It seems that there is a ton of interest in the Fuji cameras, which is a good thing. There should be. I thought I’d offer an update now that I’ve had the camera for 6 weeks. Since the earlier post, I’ve used the X-Pro1 for 2 model shoots (for portions of the shoots, anyway), Christmas snapshots, a foggy day landscape shoot, as a second body for a concert at a local club, a photowalk around the NC State University campus, and carried it with me on various family outings (“just in case”). I would have shot more, but I spent a big chunk of the last month dealing with the flu and its aftermath. But, all in all, a good cross section of the sort of shooting I like to do. One thing I noticed (when I wasn’t sick), something about having this small camera makes me want to get out and walk around and shoot. I can’t wait to take a trip to NYC with this thing. I always felt so conspicuous with a big camera. I thought it best to divide my comments up in terms of the specific type of shoot. Photos from each (except my holiday snapshots) are included in the gallery…..
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Unlike other mirrorless system providers, Fuji follows a top down approach in terms of target audience. Thus they are creating interest among professionals and prosumers first. After the release of 3 high quality prime lenses they are now tackling the mainstream market with a standard zoom lens – the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS. You may argue that it is just another kit lens but unlike its remote cousins it is obviously one stop faster. If you buy it as part of a camera kit it is pretty affordable but its naked price tag of more than 650EUR/US$ makes it obvious that Fuji still doesn’t want to play in the low end market. Interestingly the lens features an image stabilizer which is the first time Fuji has implemented this in a XF lens…..
The Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS may be the hottest reason to enter the Fuji system. It is amazingly sharp throughout the zoom and relevant aperture range. The amount of lateral CAs is generally quite low with the exception of 55mm @ f/4. The Fujinon is not without flaws, of course. Technically it suffers from a high barrel distortion at 18mm and the vignetting is a bit too high at max. aperture. However, these aspects are taken care of either by the camera itself or external RAW converters so you don’t need to worry from a user perspective. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus) blur is pretty good for a standard zoom lens but it cannot rival the best prime lenses, of course. The build quality is on a very high level but then you also expect no less from a lens in this price class. It is a bit worrisome, however, that this is the 2nd out of 5 tested Fuji lenses with a rather significant centering defect. We hope that this is not a trend that we will have to confirm once more in the future. Interestingly Fuji has modified the AF mechanism in this new lens. Unlike the gang of 3 prime lenses (18mm, 35mm, 60mm) it is quite fast and basically silent so Fuji is definitely on the right track here. Fuji’s new image stabilizer is, of course, also a welcome new feature. In a nutshell – you can’t go wrong with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS … if you can get a good sample.
Optical Quality: 3.5 to 4 / 5
Mechanical Quality: 4 / 5
Price/Performance: 4 / 5
See full review on www.photozone.de
This week’s photos are taken with the Minolta Rokkor 50mm F1.4 lens mounted on the Xpro-1 via an adapter. The camera was set to manual focus, auto ISO and a mixed shutter speed of 250 to 500. The EVF was sufficiently bright for focusing and once I fixed the plane of focus, I can switch to using the OVF to conserve battery. Despite the age of the lens, the focusing ring is smooth and responsive and I was able to achieve a relatively fast “focusing” speed that is sufficient for action and street photography.
Shooting with a manual focus lens is different. You need to be more deliberate and choose your subjects and environment carefully. Anticipation, pre-focusing and letting the subjects walk into the scene are important elements to nail a shot. Focusing manually also preoccupies your mind with the technically aspect and free your mind of the fear of shooting people up-close. I have a higher percentage of people shots while “struggling” with focusing.
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Nothing too definitive as yet, just a few samples from my new 14mm lens. It seems very, very sharp and distortion free. It isn’t a 35mm equivalent focal length I’m familiar with (21mm) but it is wide, which is why I wanted it. All I can say is that I’m very happy with it thus far, I just want to find a landscape to use it on.
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Last week in Omotesando Hills, near Harajuku Station in Tokyo, I saw an exhibition of photographs produced by some quite famous photographers (“heavyweights”) using Fujifilm X-Series cameras.
And the photographers certainly are heavyweights – namely, William Eggleston, Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, Stephen Shore, Ryan McGinley and Terry Richardson.
The exhibition itself, produced by Fujifilm (& some co-sponsors), was called “⎡Photography⎦ Fine Art Photographer x Fujifilm X Series.” It will open in New York at the Aperture Gallery (opening reception tomorrow evening), where it is simply called Photography. I must admit that I felt somewhat ambivalent about the whole affair as I was travelling into Tokyo. Upon learning of the show, my first thought was “cool!” Later however, I began to feel sceptical. Clearly, there was a marketing element to this whole production, and I started to wonder just how much I would be seeing of “art” and how much would be “images as advertising?”
I could envisage several possibilities. Foremost in my mind was the possibility that it might simply be a cold and cynical ploy from a marketing department.
Happily however, that was not the case. Clearly, all involved are benefiting from this. The photographers (presumably) get access to free equipment (and possibly more), and both sides of the party get exposure. But the whole deal had more of a mutual “this is exciting” feel to it, rather than cold calculation.
I was quite taken by some of the photographs, and the whole day’s adventure was well worth the effort. So much so, that I want to talk more about the photographs themselves in a separate post soon. Here’s some overview shots of the show (click on them to see larger).
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Just because I had nothing to do this afternoon and Hanna found something to play with(and not jumping on my back) I baked a blueberry tart(or sort of). Didn’t feel like having an espresso so I decided to brew a light filter coffee for myself with Aeropress.
Hanna was still busy playing so I grabbed couple of flashguns, triggers, a softbox and some light diffuser and did a few coffe and cake shots. All images were made with the Fuji X-Pro 1 and the 35mm f1.4 lens and processed in Lightroom.
My wife loved the cake too, but probably she’s going to kill me for my “nothing to do” opening line.
Bon appetit mon ami!
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On the morning of 29th of December 2012 I visited a little village just south of Kovalam, Kerala India. It is called Vizhinjam and life takes place in and around a fishing harbour. Vizhinjam seemed like a self-containing mechanism, despite the very basic livestyle lived here. It is located a maximum of 10 minutes by taxi south of the tourist spot in Kovalam, the Lighthouse Beach. And as such it is a huge contrast to the clean beach, the hotels etc. on Lighthouse Beach. Vizhinjam is a “real” village. I have tried to give an honest portrait of this little village with kind, but poor and hardworking people. The boats had already landed after fishing during the night. Nets where fixed. Boats was maintained. Some of the fishermen relaxed. The women sold the fish at the local market place. And the very small village even had a small churh with a church square surrounded by religious flags. As always in India the colours where great. But, I was mainly caught by the authenticy and roughness found here.
All photographed with Fuji X-Pro1 + Fujinon 35mm f/1.4.
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We here at IR thought Fujifilm’s X-Trans sensor was one of the top camera tech innovations of 2012. Now, in the figurative blink of an eye, the company has turned around and launched the X-Trans II sensor plus two new, exciting X-series cameras at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. IR founder and editor-in-chief Dave Etchells recently sat down with Kayce Baker, director of marketing for professional digital cameras at Fujifilm North America, to get the scoop behind Fujifilm’s blazing pace of development and the success of its X-series cameras, as well as to get some answers to reader questions….
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Oh goody! I just received my Fujinon 14mm f2.8 lens today. I’d been waiting for it since September. Hopefully, if the temperature is not too brutal for my old bones, I’ll get out and shoot with it this weekend. When I was shooting film with my Leica M6 my favorite lens to use was the Leica 21mm, the equivalent to the Fuji lens in focal length. So I’m going to have a chance to dig deep into my bag of tricks (that’s a euphemism for trying to remember old techniques). We shall see…..
Both these shots were made with the 18-55mm zoom lens. I would like to have been able to zoom out wider for the first image, but street happens so fast that’s not always possible. Would have been a much better shot with some space at the top of the frame. But I still like her expression. I caught this gentleman with the very cool beard on 34th Street just after leaving a critique session at B&H Photo. There’s just something about facial hair, whether on a man or woman, that’s so much fun to shoot.
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Inside the gates to cimitero the Bonaria so struck by two things. It never ends. The match continues. The national temperament shines through even after the journey now. The place is almost a little magic this rainy and windy day in January. Anywhere you see something. The eye receives almost panic. The area is filled to bursting with statues and crosses in all its forms.
The wealthy have not let conserve wealth. The poor have carved the name of the family in the wet concrete.
And everywhere portraits. Small photographs of the rest in the wall or under the surface. At first a little morbid sense but after a while it falls into place. Why would a people totally without shyness avoid this when it comes to memorials.
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