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?……..
We had a great turnout of people to the Fuji photowalk event at the Evergreen Brickworks…or the “Old Brickworks” for you Toronto photographers who remember the days of sneaking strobist shoots there back in the day. Many thanks the Fuji Guys (Billy & Greg) and the other fantastic staff who made the weekend events a success. There were plenty of Fuji cameras snapping away but the star of course is the new XT-1. I’ve been using it regularly for the past few weeks as I make my rounds through portrait sessions, graduations and proms, baby portraits and commercial assignments. Stay tuned fro an in-depth review coming shortly. I occasionally do some portrait work at the Brickworks but rarely go into the buildings on the far side. I was pleasantly surprised at the way it’s been transformed from old to new with a nice mix of the old tones and textures with a new modern design. A lot of buildings in Toronto were constructed with natural resources from this complex. Some of them aren’t even around anymore or have themselves been rebranded by new owners…remember the “Standard Bank”?…I don’t lol. Long gone by the time I moved here from the United States. The Brickworks itself was abandoned well before I learned of it……..
This is my 4th day designing a street photography course in Budapest, my companion, for this trip a Fuji X-Pro 1 Its another searingly hot day with very little breeze, it’s in the mid 30s with a high humidity, quite unpleasant for this chap from England, nevertheless I want to explore the Jewish Quarter. Budapest has the largest Jewish community in Central Europe so I head there to check it out. My first port of call is the Great Synagogue, a magnificent looking building from the outside and literature tells me that it is one of the largest synagogue in Europe. As a street photographer I wouldn’t normally pay to enter a tourist attraction but this is more than that, I wanted to find out about the history. It costs 2800 Hufs to enter which is about £8 at the current exchange rate. I have to say it is worth it. It’s stunning inside, almost theatre-esk with its balconies and what look like private boxes that seem to go all around, it beautiful and ornate. You are also allowed to take photographs as long as you don’t use flash. On entering all ladies have to cover their shoulders and the men must wear a Kippah which are provided. Part of the entrance fee allows you to go to the Jewish museum which has important pieces of art from Hungary and Eastern Europe. Part of the museum has quite shocking images of the persecution of Jews suffered during the war……..
This spring I bought the Canon FD 85mm f/1.2 from Ebay and a Metabones adapter for my Fuji X camera. Not the speed booster one. I wanted to get something close to a 135mm full frame equivalent on my APS-C sized sensor. A 90mm lens would have been ideal, but most 90mm’s out there have an f-stop of f/2.0 and I wanted something faster. I started looking at different 85mm lenses which would give me a 127,5mm FF equivalent. After some research, I decided to go with the Canon FD lens – The predecessor of the first generation Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L lens. Since I wouldn’t be able to use autofocus anyway, I went with the non-AF version……..
How do the 3 Ultrawide lenses compare? Are the primes worth more than the zoom? My opinion is the center of all 3 lenses are about the same and good at all apertures. The Fuji and Zeiss have preferable contrast to the 16-50mm, but not by much. The corners show the strengths of the primes, and the fact the 16-50mm is being corrected for about 6 of 8% barrel distortion. Without the correction the cheap zoom is just as sharp in the corners and actually the same diagonal field of view as the Fuji 14mm. The primes are definitely better overall than the 16-50mm, but you get 80 or 90% with the cheap zoom. This is typical with any pro quality lens. You pay 3 or 4x as much to get that last 20% performance. I am getting another 16-50mm to test with an X-M1, so will compare that to my existing 16-50mm which is decentered and has a softer edge at large apertures. The first show the field of view difference, and also add spacer to get down past the ads on the right…….