If you reference camera sensor ratings published by DxOMark, you may have noticed that the France-based company doesn’t test Fujifilm cameras. It’s surprising, given that Fujifilm sensors have been praised by many reviewers in recent years. No, DxOMark doesn’t have anything against Fujifilm, and no, it’s not something fishy going on behind the scenes. The reason is simple: DxOMark isn’t currently able to properly test X-Trans sensors. If you look at the DxOMark database, you’ll see that the last Fujifilm camera they reviewed was the Fujifilm XF1 in 2012. That’s the year Fujifilm launched its new X-Trans sensor technology in the X-Pro1, and X-Trans sensors have appeared in Fuji X-Series cameras ever since…….
If you want to get up close to your subject, closer than you can by setting your lens to its minimum focusing distance, then extension tubes are an excellent way of doing so. When you turn the focusing ring of your lens away from infinity, the front element moves out from the lens body. The distance between the front element and the sensor (or film) plane is called extension. When your lens is set to its minimum focusing distance, the front element can move no further forward. You have reached the limit of the lens’s design. An extension tube is a hollow tube that fits between your lens and camera body. It moves the lens further away, increasing the extension of the front element……
The Fujifilm XF 90mm f2 is a bright telephoto prime lens for X-series bodies. Announced in May 2015, it’s the longest prime in the X-series, delivering classic telephoto coverage of 135mm that’s ideal for portraits at a comfortable distance, along with capturing close-range sporting action. The f2 focal ratio allows you to easily achieve shallow depth-of-field effects at this focal length while the seven-bladed rounded aperture promises well-behaved bokeh as you stop down. A newly-developed quad-linear motor claims fast and quiet autofocus, and like most recent Fujifilm lenses, the XF 90mm f2 is sealed against dust and moisture. The XF 90mm f2 fills an important gap in the catalogue for those who, like me, prefer to shoot with primes than zooms, and promises to become a natural partner for the XF 56mm f1.2 for anyone who shoots a lot of portraits or chases shallow depth-of-field effects. In my in-depth review I’ll put it through its paces, paying particular attention to the rendering of blurred areas as I believe this will be of utmost importance to potential owners…….
The Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR is the best Fujifilm lens that we have tested so far. It is exceedingly sharp straight from f/2 and the low amount of lateral chromatic aberrations provides an extra kick here. Distortions are basically absent and vignetting isn’t an issue under in most situations as well. Unlike most mirrorless lenses, it is fully corrected and doesn’t really rely on any digital image auto-correction. The quality of a the bokeh is also very good although it stays a tad short of greatness. The amount of bokeh fringing is low for a lens in this aperture class. The goodness continues in terms of build quality. It’s a weather-sealed, all-metal construction with tight build tolerances. That being said we don’t really like the loose AF group which rattles when „shaking“ the lens (although … who does that really …). Fujifilm mentions that its linear quad AF motor uses 4 magnets to drive the AF group. The high AF speed may require such a -say- relaxed implementation. Once the camera is switched on the magnets seem to pick up the focus group keeping it sturdy in place (that’s our theory anyway). Some may not like the comparatively big dimensions and weight of the lens but then it’s not really a brick yet……
Fuji users have been spoilt of the past few years with release after release of high quality glass. The lens line up is pretty much complete now covering all the classic short, normal and mid tele focal lengths a photographer could need. The lens choice is pretty straight forward for most users, need a 85mm equivalent ?….get the 56mm 1.2, need a macro….. get the 60mm 2.4, need a 70 -200 equivalent? get the 50 -140 2.8…and so on. One decision is not quite so simple though. If you need a 35mm equivalent, do you get the Fujinon 23mm 1.4 or an X100S/T? The decision is not a easy one. You can purchase the prime lens with its nice a bright f1.4 aperture or go for the X100S/T with its fixed, not so bright and not so sharp f2 lens. If you shop around carefully you can pick either up for a very similar price and I went through the very same dilemma. I wanted a 35mm for street and weddings. I weighed up the pro’s and cons and chose the X100s…….
Amazing photo shoot with the very beautiful and talented dancer „Renelle Snelleksz“ using the X Pro1 and the 18-55 f2.8 fuji lens. This is my first attempt to capture dance in a studio environment. Most comments from users say that the X Pro1 is not fast focussing or is unsuitable for sports. It is true its not as fast as the new generation nikon or canon but for most purposes its fast enough. Renelle was moving fairly fast with the ribbons making patterns in the air. the X Pro 1 was set to 1/125 to sync the studio flash and f 11 for most captures. lighting was with two soft boxes in front set to half power and a spot from the rear to provide the rim light and highlight the ribbons. Focussing was set to „C“. In the majority of the Raw files the pictures are sharp but out of a total of about 650 captures about 10% was out of focus. Even with flash the ribbons show movement which adds to the image. I am sure that with the new X Pro2 the success rate will be much higher. This shoot calls for anticipation as I need to release the shutter just before the ribbons reach the peak. otherwise its too late and the moment is gone for ever. Not easy as you dont know where the ribbon is going to be. overall very pleased with the result……
During the 15 or so years I shot motorsport professionally I always used fast aperture telephoto lenses including a 70-200mm f2.8, 300mm f2.8, 600mm f4 etc. I had never considered a 75-300mm lens in the past due to the slow maximum aperture, cheap construction and compromised image quality but when I was building my FujiFilm X-series outfit the Fujinon XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS telephoto zoom lens made perfect sense. The Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS is my workhorse lens for landscapes but the 55-200mm (84-305mm full frame/35mm format equivalent) is ideal when I need a longer reach and also the 4.5 stop image stabilisation, plus the reasonably compact size and weight (580g), make it an excellent option for hand held shots as well……
If you go through the portfolio of Rinzi Ruiz, you’ll sort through loads of black and white street photographs. But some are in color. He became known for a blog called Street Zen, in which he posts images he makes on the street. But more than that, the dude just does some incredibly solid work. The Phoblographer has had Rinzi on the ISO 400 podcast before, and has been familiar with his work for a while. But what street photographers will really apprecaite is his candidness. “After working at a company for 10 years one big lesson was how to live as a freelancer or I suppose some might call it unemployment.” says Rinzi–which sums up the life of a photographer being self-employed……
The XF 35mm F2 is a small lens, even by mirrorless standards. It measures 1.8 by 2.4 inches (HD), weighs just 6 ounces, and supports 43mm front filters. It was also a happy outing for the good old Fujifilm X-Pro1. I had to admit, I’d been neglecting it a little of late in favour of the faster focusing X-E2, which has the irresistible Classic Chrome simulation. But when the upcoming X-Pro2 was announced back on the 15th of January, I began to get a hankering to go back and start playing with my good old X-Pro1 a bit more. Its form factor and layout is very pleasant to handle after all, and that first generation X-Trans sensor does still deliver beautiful images – even if it is a little long in the tooth in camera terms. So after a delicious breakfast of Eggs Benedict at Deli Rouge in Cardiff, we drove up to them thar hills with few illusions as to returning dry and sane. And despite the chill, cloying damp and slippery muddy path, I felt no fears for my camera. It may not be weatherproof like its new imminently released incarnation, but it’s still a rugged little beast. My only fears revolved around getting hopelessly lost in the endless mist…
The Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR ($399.95) is the second 35mm prime for Fujifilm’s mirrorless camera system. It’s smaller and less expensive than the 35mm f/1.4 that launched with the system, and adds weather sealing to boot. It doesn’t capture as much light as an f/1.4 prime, but the XF 35mm F2 is an optical gem, even when shot wide open. If you’ve got a Fuji X camera and are in the market for a standard-angle prime lens, it doesn’t get much better than this one. It’s an easy pick for Editors‘ Choice honors. The XF 35mm F2 is a small lens, even by mirrorless standards. It measures 1.8 by 2.4 inches (HD), weighs just 6 ounces, and supports 43mm front filters………