I started using the X series in August 2011. The attack and capture of Gaddafi’s barracks in Tripoli, Libya drove the fall of the dictator. I was using an X100 and unfortunately, to protect myself during a rocket firing, I threw myself among the stones broke the LCD. It would have been the same with any another camera, but the need for me to switch from DSLR to Mirrorless was obvious from this day. The files were already substantial at the time despite the sensor size. I did not wait long then I became the first Fujifilm French Ambassador in January 2012. A year after I won a “Visa d’or” award of photojournalism for my work in the Photo festival of Perpignan and several pages published in the Figaro Magazine……….
Long time Canon shooter who added an XT1 and several lenses over the past 2 years. My latest addition is the Fujinon 100-400 and the 1.4 extender and I’d thought others might find it helpful to hear of my experience and thoughts. Received the lens and extender last week and had the opportunity to put it through it’s paces this past weekend. I should note that I have experience with long lenses as I currently own the Canon 300mmf4L (non-IS) and 400f5.6L along with both the Canon 1.4 and 2x extenders. In the past I also owned Canon’s first version of their 100-400 but did not shoot with it often as I was never pleased with the AF speed or IQ. I do shoot wildlife in Florida (mostly shore birds) and birds in flight (BIF) along with airshows, bike races and trains. I’ve always been drawn to long lenses as I like to extract subjects and compress distances and I appreciate the subject isolation that can be achieved with long glass and proper technique…………..
Maybe it’s too early to write a review of the Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR since I’ve only had it for a short period of time, but this is my site and I do what I want. Anyhow, this is a very unscientific review, the scientific ones can be found elsewhere, this is about how it feels to work with and it’s a short review. Like I said, I’ve only had it for a short period of time, I’ve done two model shoots with it (the first two in my Portraits section, they are exclusively shot with this lens, at f/2) and I was booked for another shoot today but my model (not Hanna, my favourite model) never got back to me. First I thought I should go to Copenhagen and try the lens for some street photography, but I got delayed so I couldn’t be bothered travelling there today. Instead I took it out for just some test shots around my home town. This lens is awesome. End of review……
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Yes, I’ve let my blogging stagnate for a while. I was shocked to discover that the last time I posted anything was in May of last year. I may not have been blogging but I’ve certainly been busy. Something I’ve enjoyed in the past is shooting with “vintage” lenses attached to my “modern” camera bodies. Why? All kinds of reasons, the main one being it’s a lot of fun! But there’s also the different look that each lens creates, different renderings of colour, distortion, weird “bokeh” (the out of focus portion of an image). Plus it’s possible to pick up some really very capable old lenses for not very much money at all. I recently took the plunge and bought a Soviet made Helios 44-M 58mm f2 lens, manufactured in 1978 and snapped up from eBay for around £30 (and that was one of the more expensive ones on offer)…….
PEOPLE FREQUENTLY ASK WHY FUJIFILM NEVER OFFERED CLASSIC CHROME AS A RENDERING OPTION FOR THEIR X-PRO1 AND X-E1 CAMERAS. I confess that I’ve googled to see if this update is available on a few occasions. It isn’t, or at least the availability is not obvious. In fact, both the X-Pro1 and X-E1 are boxed with a custom version of SilkyPix a RAW converter that is specially adapted for the Fujifilm X-Trans sensor. Classic Kodachrome was included within the rendering options available from the end of February 2015. This is often overlooked, however, because the .jpg files from all the X-Series cameras are so good many, especially professionals, avoid using RAW. RAW processing increases workflow time, and when you’re busy, rather than a hobbyist, time is money……..
This is my Fujifilm XF35mm f/2 WR lens review and real-world write up with a gallery of images taken with that lens. I think many people question why Fujifilm have decided to release a second 35mm lens, when the existing f/1.4 35mm lens is so highly praised and so damn good! Optically the original 35mm f/1.4 lens is fantastic, it was the first lens I bought to go with my X-Pro1 on the day it was released and that combination remains a firm favourite despite the X-Pro1 going on for 4 years old. I’ll shoot happily with it despite the fact that newer cameras are faster and technically ‘better’, there is a special place for me for the X-Pro1 and XF35mm f/1.4 combination, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that. Having said that, it’s hard to not see with a objective mind that the original 35mm is somewhat outdated compared to the latest lens offerings from Fujifilm. The AF motors are slow and noisy, it hunts more than newer lenses, and it does have the feeling of being an ‘early’ lens rather than the more refined ones that have been released since then…..
Being half term for schools in England, and as per usual raining it’s difficult to know what to do with the kids to keep them occupied. As it happens the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire is not too far from us so we decided on a quick trip down there to see what it had in store having had a bit of a make over recently. Being home to the largest collection of British motor vehicles it’s home to a lot of different vehicles so is a great opportunity to explore the the good, the bad and the ugly of the UK motor industry. I wanted to travel light for the day, so just took my Fuji X-Pro1 and 18mm lens on a neck strap which was perfect for slinging over a shoulder and using as and when needed. No need for a bag or rucksack, just a lightweight system for an easy day out……..
I tested Fuji’s 16-55mm f/2.8 zoom when it first came out, and wrote a review of it where I praised the versatility of its design for myriad uses, and noted that it was one of the few zooms I know where the optics are as good as a prime lens. What I hadn’t done was pick one up for myself, pretty much because I would use if for lifestyle and I already had most of the faster aperture Fuji primes and this zoom would be redundant. With the advent of the new Fuji X-Pro2, however, I see myself needing a zoom with superior optics to match the upgraded IQ of its new 24mp sensor. Fuji’s latest rebate offers tempted me to pick up the zoom this week. A 16-55mm (24-83mm equivalent) focal length is a very versatile zoom lens that has been the staple of photographers ever since zooms became available………
The first Fujifilm lens I purchased was the 23mm f/1.4 R. Then, I picked up the 18mm f/2 R. I no longer own the 23mm. Why? Although the image quality and performance of the lens was great, I really wanted a smaller, more compact lens. I nearly replaced it with the 27mm f/2.8 R, until I borrowed a friends. The 41mm equivalent focal length felt very odd. It wasn’t for me. I also didn’t like giving up 2 full stops. I got my hands on the 16mm f/1.4 R WR and fell in love, but I decided to spend less so I could pick up some other accessories. Do I regret settling on the 18? Not a bit. he 18mm is nearly identical in length to the 35mm f/2 with hoods installed. Without the hoods, the 18mm becomes nearly a pancake lens……