Murmurings that Fujifilm will be one of the next companies to introduce a full-frame mirrorless camera aren’t new. The X200 is supposedly going to be full-frame and Fuji’s executives themselves confirmed that they “would like to challenge” the full-frame market when they spoke to DPReview at CP+. Pilling on to all this talk is a new piece of info sent to Fuji Rumors that seems to indicate the X200 isn’t the only camera Fuji might be packing a full-frame sensor into. According to the tipster — who is a new source, so extra salt on this one — the X-Pro2 is also going to be a full-frame camera. The source was also kind enough to fill in some details, explaining that none of the current Fuji lenses will work with the full-frame model, and so Fuji will be releasing 3-5 new FF Fujinon lenses at the same time to make sure early adopters have some glass to play with in addition to Leica lenses via a detachable mount……..
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While these lenses are fairly close in focal length, they are clearly built for different purposes. I’ve been waiting for a portrait lens for almost a year now, ever since I sold my Nikon 85mm ƒ/1.4 AF-D. The FUJINON XF 56mm ƒ/1.2 fills that void admirably aside from the true focal length difference, and is actually usable out to the edges of the frame unlike the Nikon. Finally I can get back to portrait work. The FUJINON XF 60mm ƒ/2.4 Macro seems built for carefully considered images and precise focusing. It was always sort of a stop gap for Fujifilm shooters wanting a flattering portrait lens, and it still is the prime to beat for most flattering focal length in my view. It’s a very good lens and does what it does well, but it’s not a dedicated portrait lens, nor was it ever intended to be. I always figured I’d borrow a 60mm ƒ/2.4 for this comparison, but with the support of my awesome readers, I was able to afford to buy one, and I’m happy to have it. Not only so I can continue testing and adding to articles like these, but macro work is something I haven’t had a chance to do much of and the 60mm ƒ/2.4 is a great starting point. I can also see myself packing it instead of the 56mm ƒ/1.2 for landscape shooting since it’s so much lighter and very sharp edge to edge. 39mm filters aren’t exactly expensive either…….
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Is the Fuji X-Pro1 a camera suitable for wedding photojournalism photography?
I don’t like talking about equipment. As you surely know, in good photography the camera itself has really low importance. However I would like to talk about a camera who have brought to me (again and more) the joy to take images. Put it together an excellent lens lineup and you have the Fujifilm X Series. Briefly, I found this camera to be a joy of use thanks to the light weight, the silent and smooth operation and the ability to completely make me invisible, and this is a very important aspect for wedding photojournalism. The AF operation is good enough for capturing everything happens in a wedding day, from running kids to the first dance with low light. The only disappoint is the slow buffer operation that makes this camera not so good for those photographers who like “spray and pray”. This flaw was finally an advantage for me, I improved my way of shooting, letting me concentrate more to achieve the best image for that moment…..
In all my travels, Sydney has been the toughest opponent when it comes to jet lag. It will lull you to sleep, then dump cold water on you at 2am. This time I played it differently. You can’t fall asleep if you don’t stop moving. I landed in Sydney from LAX at 7am. I grabbed my camera and walked around a very quiet city, and for some reason, I chose to only shoot in black and white. I guess I wanted to see the city in a new way. There is something special about a city just waking up……
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On my return from The Sacred Cities Photo Expedition-Workshop last week, a handful of readers asked me these questions:
1. Why wasn’t I more thrilled with photographing the Holi festivities in Vrindavan and Mathura?
2. Why haven’t I used the Fuji X-Pro1 more often (only an estimated 10% of the time)?
Well, I certainly was excited to photograph Holi, particularly as the pink/fuschia, yellow and neon green powders being thrown in the air, smeared on people’s clothes and faces made for compelling color (and possibly monochrome) photography. However, something was missing….and I knew that that something would be missing much before traveling to India. The large majority of my photo expeditions are event-specific; whether it’s to photograph the mind-blowing annual death commemoration of Sufi saint Moin’uddin Chisti in Ajmer, the bloody rituals of Velichapadus in Kerala or large Ngaben (cremations) in Bali. These events are usually religious and spiritual, and masses of people attend them to express their devotion and faith…….
This lens has gotten a lot of attention over the past few weeks since its release and with good reason. It’s bee highly anticipated. Fujifilm was lacking a fast lens that could be used as a portrait lens. Being a 56 mm on a cropped sensor it gives an 85 mm focal length equivalent and at f/1.2 it is smoking fast. For those newbie photographers, a “fast” lens doesn’t mean how fast it focuses. It means it allows a lot of light in so the shutter speed can be faster in a lower light situation. With a wide open f-stop of f/1.2 this is really fast! As I have said in the past, when I was shooting Canon I always shot with two bodies over my shoulders: one camera with the 16-35 mm and the other with the Canon 85 mm f/1.2. I loved this lens. But it had its issues, it was slow to find the focus. It liked to hunt. But the dreamy bokeh it gave at f/1.2 made it almost ok… almost. The Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R is the X-System equivalent. But can it compare?…..
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My views from the previous trip haven’t change; in fact my affection for the X-series has been boosted by some hands-on time with the X-T1, 56mm f1.2 and 10-24mm f4 at the Photography Show in the UK earlier this week. For this trip I took the X-Pro1, X-E1, X100s, 14mm f2.8, 18-55mm, 35mm f1.4, 60mm f2.4 and the 55-200mm all in a Domke shoulder bag. I love compact systems purely for the space and weight saving possibilities! This trip is quite different to the last, though not in the baking tropical heat, it was still a very enjoyable experience in the relative wilderness that the Isle of Skye offers compared to the rest of the UK. January is often a tough month at the best of times, but combined with university exams it is the worst month of the year by far. However there was an opportunity to get away to my godparents house on the Isle of Skye, which offered some sanctuary away from the stresses of revising and a much-needed opportunity to take some photos. The weather was on my side during the trip, the strong winds that had battered the west of Scotland for much of December had receded leaving the week calm and almost dry! Unlike the previous trip I brought along both zooms and the X-E1. These ended up being used extensively, with the X-E1 often using the 55-200mm and the X-Pro1 usually with the 18-55mm while driving around the island……
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There is only one super-wide lens I know of that can remain perfectly sharp into the image corners with a full open aperture, and that is the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8. A super wide angle zoom is a tough optical design to compute and gets extremely expensive when done right, if it can be done at all. With that in mind, Fuji was facing an uphill battle against the odds with its new XF 10-24mm f/4 zoom lens. Admittedly, it is a fixed f/4 and not f/2.8, but even so Fuji has been raising the bar with each new XF lens it produces. Question is: Can they do it again?….
I went to the coast early Saturday morning to capture the sunrise but the weather was too good with hardly a cloud in sight, so tried some minimalist long exposure shots with the X-pro 1 and the B+W filter. Then on Sunday had a lovely family day out for mothers day at Suffolk owl sanctuary, Orford castle and the quay, I took the Fuji along as always and the Holga to shoot some film, which I’ll develop once I’ve finished the roll. All these were shot with the x-pro 1 with the 35mm and 18mm…..
It’s been a while since my last Berlin post. I headed back home to visit my mum and dad (doing fine, thank you) in their strange, dystopian world of no-internet. So for over an entire week there was no checking of emails, browsing of blogs or updating of my website. Instead I gleaned my information through the reading of words, printed in mysterious black fluid on a strange, flexible material made from the pulped remains of trees. You get used to it. So, back to Berlin! ……
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