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Why Fujifilm Mirrorless? | G. Dan Mitchell

I purchased a Fujifilm XE1 near the beginning of 2013. My initial thinking was that I wanted a smaller system for some overseas travel, so I got it well ahead of time in order to run it through its paces. The primary Fujifilm alternatives to the XE1 at that time were the X-Pro1 and the X100 bodies. All are wonderful cameras, and all use essentially the same 16MP sensor. (Fujifilm’s tends to use the same sensor across their entire line, at least among cameras using the same sensor format.) 16MP is plenty for most purposes, particularly for handheld photography. I know this because I had made rather large fine art prints from earlier cropped sensor cameras and later from the 12MP Canon 5D. Here is a quick rundown of the three models at that time. The X100 (along with its successors the X100s and X100t) was a simple fixed lens rangefinder style camera with 23mm lenses, equivalent to 35mm lenses on 35mm film cameras or full frame. The X-Pro1 was an interchangeable lens rangefinder style camera that provided an ingenious hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder system. It was introduced as the high-end camera in the set. The X-E1 (like its successors the X-E2 and X-E2s) is a very small (almost as small as the X100) rangefinder style camera with an electronic viewfinder and interchangeable lenses.Recently, after relying on the X-E1 for over three years, I upgraded to the X-Pro2. I’ll have more to say about that below, but for now consider it much like the X-Pro1, though with a 24MP sensor and other improvements……

Source: Why Fujifilm Mirrorless?G Dan Mitchell Photography

Instax Share SP-2: first impressions | FUJI LOVE

When Fujifilm announced the Instax Share SP-1 printer I asked myself what I would use it for, and for long couldn’t find an answer that would justify the relatively high cost of each print. Later I realized that I could utilize it as a marketing tool, and all of a sudden I had so many ideas popping up that I just had to get one. Among other neat ideas I use Instax prints as my business card – could you think of a better business card for a photographer than…a photo? I couldn’t. But every coin has two sides and the SP-1 sure has its quirks, so the news that Fujifilm were about to release a new version of this printer caught my attention right away, leaving a bad taste in my mouth.The batteryIn my opinion the only real improvement is that the SP-2 has a rechargeable battery. The CR2 batteries used for the SP-1 are relatively hard to get (especially abroad when travelling) and expensive and last for only about 60 prints. The new SP-2 printer comes with a rechargeable NP-45S battery but – at least from what I can see from the official press releases – without a charger. Considering the fact that the printer has a USB port I hope that standard USB chargers can be used with this product. This would also allow for firmware updates unless charging is the only purpose of this port. For travel I would recommend the purchase of at least one more NP-45S battery……

Source: Instax Share SP-2: first impressions | FUJI LOVE

Nikon D500 | Back to Nikon from Fuji? | Rick Lewis

This is not a review, but rather a collection of some thoughts for the serious non-professional photographer, about the Nikon D500.  I say for the non-professional because if you are making money with photography you pretty much know what is going to work for you and what is not.  And, by “serious” I mean folks that tend to shoot mainly or always in RAW.  If you are shooting in Jpeg, and there is nothing wrong with that at all, I still recommend Fuji cameras over all others.  Again, this is not scientific, just my thoughts.  Your milage will vary! A few days ago I took delivery of the D500.  I’ve shot quite a number of images now, using most all of the features that are touted by Nikon.  One exception is shooting fast action.  I don’t get much opportunity to do so, and, to be quite honest, if this thing has the same focus system as the D5, well, my guess is it’s pretty darn good at tracking……

Source: Nikon D500 | Back to Nikon from Fuji? – Rick Lewis Photography

The Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-2 Can Add Filters to Your Prints | The Phoblographer

When Fujifilm launched their Instax printer a while back, we honestly couldn’t imagine a way that it could be improved or reworked. But Fujifilm has proven us wrong with their announcement of the Share SP-2 printer. The company claims that it has improved WiFi connectivity, quieter operation with a print appearing in 10 seconds as opposed to 16, and an improved app to work in conjunction with it. But that’s not all. According to the press release issued today, they’re also offering the new printer in a silver and gold option. Beyond this, much of the new functionality comes with new app itself. You can now apply filters and templates to your photos. Additionally, you’ll have control of the brightness, contrast and saturation of each photo. On top of that, you can form a collage of up to four images on one print. More specs are after the jump.…….

Source: The Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-2 Can Add Filters to Your Prints

Good News for Fujifilm Shooters! – Adobe Updates Lightroom and Photoshop | Dan Bailey

Well, good news! Adobe updated both Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC this month, and it looks like Adobe has dramatically improved their X-Trans processing capabilities. It’s not something they announced, but after a few tests, I’m pleased to report that both programs now produce much shaper conversions of Fujifilm RAW files, and they’ve even added color profiles for the new Acros black and white film simulation that were included in the X-Pro 2. Adobe apps automatically apply their own standard Adobe color profile to any RAW file. This means the Fuji film sim you chose for that picture is erased once you open the file in Photoshop or Lightroom. However, you can reapply whatever Fuji color profile you wish under the “Camera Calibration” tab in both programs. Note, they’re not perfect reproductions of the actual Fuji film simulations, but they’re pretty close…..

Source: 06-24-2016 – Good News for Fujifilm Shooters! – Adobe Updates Lightroom and Photoshop

It’s Not Your Camera, It’s Your Lens: How Glass Can Change Your Perspective | Keenan Hastings

Through my short time of shooting I’ve always been faced with the question „What camera do you shoot with?“. When I had my Canon T3i, I hated this question, I felt answering it honestly would cause other photographers to think I was less of a professional. I didn’t know much about the business then, I just knew my camera was one of the cheaper ones, I myself felt inadequate, and because my camera was considered a consumer option I rarely shot with it. After a few months went by I noticed the Canon 60D starting to significantly drop in price, I was able to pick one up a second-hand unit for $500. The first thing I noticed was that it had the dial on the left-hand side of the camera, I remember someone telling me that only the professional cameras had that option, so I was ready to take over the world at that point.At the time I didn’t know this too was an APS-C sensor, I thought I was walking around with top quality, and my lens collection was A+ as well. I had the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 and the Canon 24-105, I was covered in every area and my images were great for my level of experience……

Source: It’s Not Your Camera, It’s Your Lens: How Glass Can Change Your Perspective — KeenanRIVALS

Fuji X Buyer’s Guide II | Greg Rafferty


This is part two of my three part Fuji X Series Buyer’s guide. Please visit part one to read my introduction to this series and read my thoughts on the wide array of Fuji X cameras that are on the market. As stated in my camera post, the following information is simply my personal opinion on the Fuji lenses that I have used thus far. This isn’t going to be a comprehensive look at every Fuji lens made or third party lenses simply because I haven’t used every single lens out there on the market. I have used a good number of them, though, so I feel this will be a pretty good overview of what’s available along with some information about why I haven’t used some of the others. I’ll give some links at the end of this post to other resources for you to research this topic more if you choose to…….

Source: Fuji X Buyer’s Guide :: Part 2 :: Lenses · DEDPXL | Greg’s Webvault

What To Expect with Fujifilm’s Latest Firmware Updates | Leigh Diprose

By now its common knowledge that Fujifilm are famous for bringing the best functionality to X Series equipment through firmware updates. Today is a day you most likely have been waiting for – a huge release of updates to a range of X Series cameras and lenses. Online right now, you will find a total of 18 different updates, which have been released for a line up of current and older camera bodies and lenses. These products range from the older X-Pro1 to the newly released XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens. In order to get the most from your Fujifilm X Series camera body or lens it is recommend you update the firmware as soon as possible. Below you will find a short summary of what you can expect when you perform the firmware update on the relevant piece of gear. If you are unsure on how to perform a firmware upgrade read this article here………

Source: What To Expect with Fujifilm’s Latest Firmware Updates – The Fujifilm Blog

Re-Thinking the Raw File Workflow with Mirrorless | Lee Varis

Its been a very busy month with travel, multiple workshops and a brand new Fuji X-Pro 2 to test! I’m finally getting a moment to post before we run out yet again. Today I’m going to be talking about how the mirrorless camera systems are changing the way photographers approach the photo workflow, and I’m suggesting that we can re-evaluate the traditional raw-file workflow. Now, what I’m talking about here can apply to many mirrorless cameras, but I am most excited about the Fuji X system cameras and specifically Fuji’s latest camera, the X-Pro 2, which I feel is the ultimate expression of the mirrorless approach to photography today……

Source: Re-Thinking the Raw File Workflow with Mirrorless | Varis Photomedia

Review: The Fuji Instax SP-1 Printer | Ian MacDonald

In February I wrote an article about the Fuji Instax SHARE SP-1 Printer called “A photograph needs to be real:  The beauty of the Fuji Instax printer“. In that article I shared my thoughts about “growing up” in the era of digital photography and how, recently, I had come to realize the value of the printed photograph.  I discussed the impact an amazing printed photograph has on me, and also my desire to print more often. While thinking about some upcoming photography projects I was planning, and a photography trip I was about to take,  I realized how valuable the Fuji Instax SHARE SP-1 printer would be.  Thankfully it worked out that I could receive one before I left for my trip. I have to admit that I was like the little kid on Christmas day waiting for the courier to deliver the printer.  I will always be the guy who nerds out on new gear, but this time it had special meaning to me……..

Soucre: Review: The Fuji Instax SP-1 Printer – Ian MacDonald Photography

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