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……
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…..
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……
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…….
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………
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……
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……..
To be honest I have kept away from the blog for a long period now as we have been concentrating on developing our wedding photography business. So please excuse the long winded article. I am not a fantastic blog writer so please bear with me. As always happy to answer any questions you may have which you can direct to me on Face Book, Twitter or indeed in the comments section of the blog. Moving camera systems is not a decision any professional photographer takes lightly. Once you choose a camera system for professional use the addition of lenses flash systems and spare camera bodies starts to represent a very significant investment indeed and as professionals we need to make sure we get a return on our investment as well as ensuring we have the right equipment available to do the specific job we need it to do…….
For a couple of weeks I have been inundated with emails about the rumor that Fuji has decided not to make the 120mm f 2.8 Macro lens that goes 1:1! First I do not know whether that is true or not. I’m sure Fuji will produce some kind of longer focal length Macro lens, until they do I have a my Macro System; the 90mm f 2!! Below is a series of images made with the 90mm lens, each are labeled. The 90mm f 2 is one of the very sharpest lenses I’ve ever shot, maybe “the most”! If you have the two Fuji automatic extension tubes ( the MCEX-16 and the MCEX-11), and if you can pick up a high quality two element diopters like the old Nikon 5T and 6T you can do a lot of close-up work to beyond life size or 1:1……