FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce that a new FUJINON LENS XF56mmF1.2 R APD will be added to the X-Series interchangeable lens lineup from December 2014. The FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R APD is an autofocus lens for digital cameras with APS-C size sensors and provides a focal length equivalent to 85mm*. The lens has a maximum aperture of F1.2 making it the world’s brightest autofocus lens for digital cameras with an APS-C sensor. In addition, the new apodizing filter makes it the perfect choice for portraiture, with every strand of hair visible and a unique bokeh effect. This lens is highly portable. When attached to an X Series camera body, it weighs about half** that of a single-lens reflex camera with a lens of the same focal length and F value, plus it’s quick to use thanks to the high-speed, quiet autofocus. It produces not only beautiful bokeh part, but also maintain the sharpness with accurate focusing even in a shallow depth-of-field. This is advantage of Mirrorless system over SLR thanks to focusing on image sensor itself rather than on separate PD sensor. The shutter sound on X Series bodies is equally quiet, so it’s easy to capture more natural shots of subjects……
I’ve visited Old Delhi twice in the past 6 days. On both voyages, I went with a photographer friend whom I enjoy exploring Delhi with…he does his thing, I do mine, we swap thoughts, and we generally move in the same direction…be it a busy road, shady alleyway, or a muddy lane leading to the “cheese market.” On the first day, we arrived in the old city via the Delhi Metro at 7:20am. We gradually rose from the deep via 3 escalators and exited at Chawri Bazar…the largest, most hectic intersection in the old city. Its screw hadn’t come loose yet, but people were certainly on the move…mostly tiny school children in tiny uniforms holding hands and more school children whizzing past on motorcycles and tightly packed bicycle rickshaws. There was a general mood of excitement in the air……
This weekend saw thousands of Australians take to the streets of cities across the country to protest the Tony Abbott / Liberal coalition government’s cuts to Federal spending in areas like education, health, the public sector, science and the environment, as well as their stance on immigration. Sydney was no exception – and the march, starting and finishing at Hyde Park, featured a brief concert by local band The Jezabels at the conclusion of the event. I thought it was a good chance to test out the 56mm f/1.2 a bit more, and a few with the 18mm f/2 as well; but I was really enjoying the creativity of some of the signs & costumes people had made – and a few more that were added at the site, too……
I think it’s pretty safe to say that “out of the can,” Irident Developer produces the sharpest, most detail-rich images from X-Trans sensors. It’s actually pretty astounding. The developer seems to have figured out just the right amount of sharpening to apply to his demosaicing algorithms. I can’t believe this is one guy (with a little help from the open source RAW decoding program, dcraw). If you’re a Photo Mechanic or Bridge user on OS X, and you want the most acuity form your images with essentially zero effort, you’d be crazy not to take a long hard look at Iridient Developer. It’s fast, delivers excellent image quality, has the right controls, and the right level of fine-tuning. It could use a few usability tweaks and maybe a visual upgrade here and there, but the software is in very active development so perhaps those tweaks aren’t too far off. PhotoNinja is the runner up as an out of the box solution in terms of detail. I think I prefer the default colour rendering of PhotoNinja as well. There’s a richness and depth to it that’s only exceeded by Capture One, in my opinion. PhotoNinja is also $54 more expensive than Iridient Developer, is a pixelated mess on retina displays, and while it looks like a bit more detail can be pulled out of images with minimal editing, it also does some weird things to more delicate details like clouds. I’m also not convinced that the same results couldn’t be achieved with Iridient Developer with a bit more fine tuning. We’ll soon find out…….
Some nine years ago, when I decided to pursue photography as a career, it soon became clear to me that I needed a good base level in my work. An amateur photographer gets judged by his best images, a professional gets judged by his worst. I realised that I had to learn how to make my worst pictures good enough. I’ve spent lots of time and energy to raise that base level and over the years I’ve became capable of returning with at least usable images from pretty much any assignment, even when things go wrong. I still believe that this is a good thing and an essential skill for a professional photographer but we all know that playing it safe isn’t creativity’s best friend. About two years ago, I embarked on a long term personal documentary project about hunting in Belgium. I’m hoping to turn it into a book and an exhibition in 2015 but even if it turns out to be a success, I probably won’t make any money on it. The topic of hunting is rather controversial here in Belgium, so I don’t expect the project to become a showcase towards potential clients either. But it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time: use my camera as a passport to satisfy my curiosity and the fact that I had a hard time understanding why anyone would hunt in this country. And even more importantly: no assignment, no client, no pressure, only … the luxury of failure……..
Nowhere has quite touched my soul like Cambodia. Four weeks of travels in ‘The Kingdom of Wonder’(The Cambodian tourist board slogan) has left me wanting more. The friends I made, the sheer fun of the place and the opportunities for photography yet fulfilled will ensure I return. Here is part one of a photographic diary of my adventure captured on the Fuji X-T1 and X-Pro1 cameras. Camera kit: Fuji X-T1 with 10-24 and 55-200mm zooms plus 14mm, 23mm, 35mm, 56mm and 60mm primes. I used the primes for my portraits (mainly featured in the next blog posts) and the zooms for landscapes……..
- solid casing,
- very good image quality in the frame centre,
- good image quality on the edge of the frame at shorter focal lengths,
- slight chromatic aberration for most combinations of focal lengths and apertures,
- good control of spherical aberration,
- moderate astigmatism,
- good performance against bright light,
- silent, fast and accurate autofocus.
- too weak image quality on the edge of the frame at 24 mm focal length,
- bad distortion correction,
- huge vignetting at the shortest focal length,
- exorbitant price
The Fujinon XF 10–24 mm f/4R OIS is undoubtedly a good lens – still we admit its performance left us a bit dissatisfied. As one of the most expensive ultra-wide angle device on the market it should have been beyond reproach in every category; instead we got several slip-ups which simply shouldn’t have happened at this price point. If this lens cost about 2,000-2,500 PLN I would recommend it to anybody but with its current price tag it would be really difficult to do so……..
I’m a photojournalist by profession, a documentary photographer by choice, and a street photographer in my heart, but before all of that, I just love photography, and l love to take pictures. Enter in the Fuji X-Pro 1. Not too long ago I sold all of my DSLRs, fast glass and long lenses and purchased two Fuji X-Pro 1 bodies, the XF 18mm f/2 (approx. 28mm equivalent) lens, the XF 35mm f/1.4 (approx. 50mm equivalent) lens, and the XF 18-55 zoom lens, and I couldn’t be happier. For nearly two decades I’ve wanted a Leica film body (M6), but in my career as a newspaper photojournalist, and with all of the professional sports I had to cover, I just couldn’t justify the cost. In the late 90s, I bought the amazing Contax G2 and loved it dearly. But as film started to fade and digital started to pick up speed, the M6 dream also faded. I finally sold the Contax in 2005 while it still had value. When Leica released the M8, I realized that the price was significantly higher than the already pricy M6 (the M7 didn’t interest me), and that it was not a full frame sensor (I really wanted a 35mm Summicron), so I lost interest. Then the Leica M9 was announced which caught my attention, but I knew that as a working photographer I could never afford nor justify the cost of one camera and one lens, let alone a complete system. I love Leica, but it simply cannot be warranted in its cost (for me personally), thus it was out of my reach….
Worcestershire is a very cool and stunning part of the UK its also my home. It’s also full of heritage, Sir Richard Elgar, Worcestershire Sauce,and the civil war which started in 1642 had it’s first full battle at Powick bridge between Malvern and Worcester. There is also the fact that Britain’s only privately owned car company is based in the ‘shire. Morgan Cars history is long and renowned among true car enthusiasts, started in 1909 for the first part of the company’s life the made three wheeled cars, from racing cars to hill climb even lorries and vans. Then in 1936 the four wheel Morgan debuted and the design has kind stayed true. The pursuit of quality coach building and engineering is in every corner of this magic place, and the Morgan family still run the company so all of the tradition and heritage continues…….
This was my countless time of visit to Putrajaya however taking photos of the Seri Wawasan Bridge was my first time. I crossed the bridge a few times but just sitting inside car, never thought the bridge is that gorgeous and marvellous after I review the pictures that I took. At first I was kind of lazy to travel so far from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya (~30kM one way) just to take the pictures of it. But, in the end of the day, it is worth every second of it and I will definitely explore more of Putrajaya again in the near future…….