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………
Last week, Fujifilm announced several new products including two major new cameras – the X-Pro2 and X70. DPReview was at the launch event in Tokyo where we made time to sit down with two senior Fujifilm executives – Mr. Toru Takahashi and Toshihisa Iida. As well as the new cameras, we also spoke about Fujifilm’s long-term ambitions, which cameras sell best in which countries and Samsung’s apparent exit from the camera market.The following transcript has been edited slightly for clarity.
The X-Pro2 clearly replaces the X-Pro1 but is it the new flagship? Or does it sit alongside the X-T1?
Toru Takahashi (TT): We have two flagships. The X-T1 and the X-Pro2. [Even after] the launch of the X-T1 the X-Pro1 still had a function. We have two different kinds of photographers to cater for……….
I haven’t really covered Iridient developer much since version 3 was released ( a good while ago now), which I must apologise for, as there’s actually some cool features in the updated version. I actually don’t use it as much as I used to any more, which is why I haven’t really written much about it, but there is one really good feature that I’ve been meaning to post about, and so here it goes. If you’re using X-Trans files with Iridient Developer 3, there’s a special demosaicing mode for black and white images, which maximises the quality of monochrome images from the camera, and it has a really nice look to it…….
Well I can finally unveil my findings on three months of testing the new Fujinon superzoom for the Fujifilm X-Series. Fujifilm Japan asked me and three fellow X-Photographers John Rourke, Andrew Hall and Dirk Bogaerts to try a very early prototype of the lens at the WEC event at Fuji Speedway last October. The results were very impressive despite the fact that Fujifilm had only assembled the lenses we were using two days prior. We fed back our initial findings on returning the lenses to Tokyo on the Monday after the race. CLICK HERE to watch the video featuring the four photographers testing the 100-400mm shown at the press conference on the 15th January. We received updated lenses for the season finale in Bahrain in November and we have been using these prototypes over the past two months and giving our feedback prior to the launch of the lens in Tokyo last Friday. At the press conference I was on stage talking about my use of this lens and one of my images was printed and hung above the stage for all the delegates and press to see……
To commemorate the 5th anniversary of FujiFilm’s X camera series FujiFilm hosted a small photography festival at their head office and showroom in Tokyo’s swish Midtown complex. Since the x100 hit the market, FujiFilm have, in quick succession, released an impressive array of cameras. The latest of these is the much anticipated X-Pro2, which was available for photographers to try out, and yes, I had a play with it myself. FujiFilm also organised an impressive exhibit of photos from 100 photographers who use the X series cameras as part of the X-Photographer programme. It was great to see work from my friends Matt Brandon and Piet Van den Eydne in the exhibit. There was also a booth where you could take you X series camera for a free inspection and clean. And, finally a series of talks, from Japanese and international photographers and FujiFilm’s own engineers and marketers. Unfortunately the weekend was a busy one for me – the only full weekend at home for my family this month – so I had to pick and choose which sessions to attend. As it happened, I made it to the three foreign speakers, which really wasn’t by design, but did mean I got to hear some very different perspectives on creative photography……