Well, I succumbed. I’ve been think about another prime lens for my Fuji X-Pro1 for quite some time, and having the XF 18mm f2.0 “pancake”, I just couldn’t make up my mind between the XF 35mm f1.4, the XF 23mm f1.4 or the XF 27mm f2.8. I tossed around the pros and cons of various Fujifilm X Mount Lenses, and finally decided on the Zeiss 12mm f2.8 Touit. It’s a solid, all glass lens that feels well made, and while it’s manufactured in Japan (as if that is a downside), it feels ‘German Zeiss’. It’s essentially an 18mm f2.8 equivalent on the Fuji X-Pro1 1.5x crop sensor. And it’s hand-built……..
The three-week hiatus in our blog postings was not the result of World Cup fever or some R&R. Quite the opposite! We went away for a photo trip to the spectacular Canadian Rockies and we worked hard (waking up at 3:30 AM everyday!) to get you the best imagery possible. We have a lot of material to share with you – including our latest thoughts about gear and processing. While we go through our work here are some teaser images shot with the Fuji X-T1 paired with the XF 14mm F2.8, XF 56mm F1.2 and Fuji X100S. Stay tuned……..
Il y a un peu plus de quatre mois, j’ai décidé de switcher de Nikon (D4) à Fuji (X-T1). Depuis ce moment, pour certains, je suis devenu un profond imbécile, un amateur, un fou et/ou un original (les murs ont des oreilles); et pour d’autres, je suis devenu un héro. Peu importe, je m’en fous de ce que les gens pensent de moi (vous devriez essayer, on vit mieux). L’important pour moi est d’avoir trouvé chaussure à mon pied. Certains aiment les grosses bottes renforcées, très lourdes et peu élégantes. D’autres aiment les chaussures anglaises faites à la main, en cuir et très coûteuses. Certains ont des besoins en fonction du métier qu’ils exercent. Un ouvrier sur chantier ne va pas porter des tongues. L’important est de trouver l’outil qui vous convienne en fonction de vos besoin. Dans mon cas, en tant que photographe, le Fujifilm X-T1 me sied parfaitement et répond à mes besoins…….
I suppose one of the reasons I shoot weddings as a documentary wedding photographer is because I’m interested in human interaction, emotion and I’m essentially an observer of life at these events. When I shoot weddings I’m constantly looking for touch, emotion, eye contact and humour. I love to watch. I love to photograph life. A wedding is huge part of anyone’s life, but it’s only a small part. Along the way will be sadness, happiness, pain, laughter and every other emotion that we all experience on a daily basis. We each have a story that forms the fabric of our lives and those stories are so deeply entwined with other peoples’ that sometimes we fail to see the real story of our own lives. I love to photograph life, and when I was given the opportunity to photograph the very beginning of a life, a caesarian birth, I was both humbled and excited……..
Inspired Eye Issue 11
I was delighted to be interviewed for the amazing Inspired Eye magazine this week :)
Inspired Eye is an online PDF magazine written by photographers for photographers. Unlike most other photography magazines, Don Springer and Olivier Duong’s creation focuses, not on the famous masters but on working photographers today….
Content Issue 11:
The 11th issue of Inspired Eye contains 6 interviews with photography educators. John Free graces the cover for this issue as he is interviewed in it, other great photographers you can learn a thing or two from includes Gene Lowinger, Ed Vatza, Kevin Mullins, Thomas Menk, David Holliday. As the travel feature, a superb travelogue piece by Carl Valiquet on the Sumba Island. Also included is a time period photo-essay on London in the 80′s. The issue also has the monthly columns of In the Streets with Street Shooter and the Reader’s gallery. Size: 340 pages in 171 spreads
Source: The Inspired Eye
The firmware update Ver. 3.30 from Ver. 3.20 incorporates the following issues:
- Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR”
To ensure that autofocus performs as expected, upgrade the firmware for the camera.
- Change of aperture display for zoom lenses
Display of aperture value when zooming with the shutter button pressed halfway will become same as the display when zooming without the shutter button pressed.
With a few weeks to go before the end of May, when I was due to fly out to Istanbul for a summer internship, I found that I was in the market for a new camera. I’ve been a Sony shooter for the past four years, and since I would be photographing quite a lot for the internship, I wanted to have another camera. If my a580 bit the dust, it would be far too expensive to replace it here in Istanbul, and I couldn’t take that chance. I was caught between an a99 and any of Fujifilm’s offerings. I ultimately went with the X-Pro1. Here’s why……….
Well, I’ve hinted, and I’ve posted some images taken with this beast, so I suppose I should give it a quick review thingy. Note that this isn’t a proper technical review – you’ll find those with all the resolution charts you could hope for on all the usual sites and even in print magazines. No, this is just about my early impressions of my latest X-mount lens. I’d been contemplating getting this lens for a while. If it had been somewhat cheaper, I’d have had no hesitation at all, as one thing I have missed since the move from Canon to Fuji was a nicely flexible wide-angle lens. Now I’ve got that nifty little Samyang 8mm Fisheye, which is fun but not really what’s needed for every job. And I’ve got the excellent Fuji 14mm prime, which I have to confess to not using as much as I thought I might. What I really wanted was something that would give a nicely clear wide angle view over a moderate range. And in the course of Fuji’s lens development, they duly provided one, albeit at a relatively high price. But before we moan about prices, it’s worth remembering that Fuji make very high quality lenses. It’s also worth mentioning that when new lenses are produced, Fuji provide firmware for the cameras which ensures they’ll do Clever Things with them, like correcting the distortion that’s generally regarded as the consequence of using a wide-angle lens. Another point is that unlike a lot of zoom lenses, this one maintains the maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the zoom range, which goes some way to explaining its size and weight. And it comes with Fuji’s excellent image stabilisation, which is always good to have……..
These days I use my Fuji X-series cameras almost exclusively and it was with this in mind that I took the decision to sell my Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR lens and replace it with Fuji’s new XF10-24mm lens. Both lenses are f4 and both include image stabilisation plus the angle of view on the smaller sensor is roughly the same. My first impression on opening the box was that the Fuji is quite large as an XF series lens but is still only around half the size of the Nikon lens it replaced. The lens feels well built and this is reflected in the weight but it feels ok attached to my x-pro1 and I think this is a lens that I will be using a lot. My other favourite lens is the 55-200mm and I can see myself using these two lenses for most of my general day-to-day shooting. These shots here are some of my first pictures with this lens. I’ll post a few more when I’ve given it a bit more of a work out………
I’m Lukas Schweizer, I am a 20 years old, Swiss-based Portrait & Advertising photographer who loves to work and interact with people. Everything started when I was 8 years old, my Parents lent me their analogue Minolta SLR. Since then my passion for photography grew and grew. My first own DSLR was a Canon EOS 400D and then upgraded step by step to full-frame Canon DSLRs. At the end I was using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Mark II. However, I’d always wanted to go Medium Format, so I sold my beloved Mark II to purchase an old Hasselblad H1D with a 22 Back. I was blown away by the quality of the sensor from this old digital camera. The downside was that I have to use an ImageBank connected to the camera to capture any images. No CF-Cards or something else. At one point I wanted to upgrade to something more powerfull and modern. So I tested a few cameras such as Hasselblad, Phase One und Mamiya Leaf. I totally fell in love with the Mamiya Leaf System. This upgrade changed my whole photography, my style and just everything. It was like a “reboot” and since then Photography become more than just a Hobby. After that I had the Chance to test the Nikon system, especially the Nikon D800 and it felt so good. So I switched completely from Canon to the Nikon brand. So the question everyone ask me is, which is best? DSLR v Mirrorless v Medium Format?……..