O.K. for all those folks that are sick of my talking about how happy I am with my Fuji X-System, this isn’t about that, well, maybe a little, but lots of cameras have APS-C size sensors and there are a number of reasons you should consider one! If only as a back-up body! First, over the past four or five years the push was to go to “Full Frame” sensors, actually all sensors are full frame, (they occupy the entire frame no matter what their size!), what people mean is a sensor that is approx. the size of a 35mm film frame 36X24! The push was because when they first became available they offered significantly better high ISO, low noise performance! Not so much today. The most recent top of APS-C size sensors have really been pushing the 35mm size sensors on noise, dropping the advantage to less than one f stop!!! The other advantage for the 35mm size sensor was that lenses were their “actual” focal length, meaning super wide lenses, wet actually super wide. Then the APS-C cameras got super wide lenses and super wide zooms, advantage gone. The last big advantage was that depth-of-field was more shallow, thus leading to nicer Bokeh. When the APS-C guys got very fast lenses, the APS-C depth-of-field more closely matched the 35mm sensors……
GQ Japan Magazine Shoot, May 2014. All shot on location in London, using natural light and my trusty Fujifilm X100S with wide converter, and XT1 with 14mm Fujinon & 50mm Leica lens. Art comes First shot for GQ Japan by Alex Lambrechts….
The streets in Europe are always full of people. I guess mostly because they are designed for walking, with wide sidewalks, and easy access to shops and restaurants. Unlike the city of Edmonton for example, and I would imagine most North American cities. I can walk my neighborhood, and see maybe 1 or 2 people every couple of hours. It’s silly. So naturally Europe lends itself to street photography a lot more than North America. It’s a lot easier to sit down in an outdoor cafe, and just point the camera at something interesting. This was exactly what happened. Walked around the streets of Nuremberg, doing a bit of last minute shopping, and sat down at the cafe, had some cappuccino, and just pointed the camera. Simple easy and quite rewarding. No wonder, that a very cool street photographer Valerie Jardin offers street photography workshops in Europe, among other interesting places…….
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2
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I was surprised and delighted to see that this issue of Inspired Eye features two photographers with whose work I am already familiar thanks to our social networks: Kevin Mullins, a wedding photographer from the UK, and Thomas Menk, who many of you will recognise as the curator of the informative Fuji X-Pro Scoop page. Both use Fujifilm X series cameras for all their work and are X Photographers. Fans of Kevin’s work will be interested to read how he started out in photography, what his primary influences are, and what his plans are for the future. Near the end of the interview, he makes brief mention of an upcoming project that would involve documenting the hours leading up to and following a cesarean birth, which I found interesting as I only just saw the incredible results of the project this morning. All I can say is that it is definitely worth checking out………
In 1984, the very first Winter Olympics taking place in a Communist state was held in the unique and remarkable city of Sarajevo – then a thriving metropolis in the now-defunct host nation Yugoslavia, but these days the modern capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2014 – thirty years after the Sarajevo Winter Olympics – the seaside Russian city of Sochi also held the attention of television viewers, in that unique way only a communist nation in a world entranced by western media is capable of doing, as it played host to 22nd Winter Olympiad. Yugoslavia doesn’t exist anymore, except in the minds of Yugo-stalgic lovers of all things Tito. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a democracy. Russia is hanging on to communism, but the one thing that the cities of Sochi and Sarajevo share, is an abandoned Winter Olympic site. As Sochi begins it’s inevitable decay, perhaps the abandoned Winter Olympic bobsled track, high on Mount Trebević above Sarajevo, will be an eerily accurate bellwether for the future of the area above Sochi’s Imeritinsky Beach………
Lange habe ich überlegt ob ich mein doch sehr geliebtes Fujifilm XF35 1.4 gegen das Zeiss 1.8/32 tauschen soll. Das Fuji Objektiv ist ja an sich schon eine absolute Sahnelinse. Mit einer großen Anfangsblende, der Blendenverstellung am Objektiv (wie bei den Fuji Objektiven ja üblich) und nicht zuletzt der Bildqualität. Das XF35 war auch das erste Objektiv mit der ich die 2012 X-Pro1 benutzt habe. Nur mit dieser Kombination war ich mit meiner Frau für einige Tage in New York und habe damit sagenhafte Bilder geschossen. Klar ist die Brennweite für eine so große Stadt wie New York nicht optimal geeignet, aber das Geld war knapp und das 18er nicht finanzierbar. Das XF14 war noch lange nicht in Sicht. Also hieß es mit diesem Objektiv versuchen die Stadt einzufangen. Es geht und zwar sehr gut. Klar verpasst man Motive, aber man gewinnt auch viel dazu…….
Well, I succumbed. I’ve been think about another prime lens for my Fuji X-Pro1 for quite some time, and having the XF 18mm f2.0 “pancake”, I just couldn’t make up my mind between the XF 35mm f1.4, the XF 23mm f1.4 or the XF 27mm f2.8. I tossed around the pros and cons of various Fujifilm X Mount Lenses, and finally decided on the Zeiss 12mm f2.8 Touit. It’s a solid, all glass lens that feels well made, and while it’s manufactured in Japan (as if that is a downside), it feels ‘German Zeiss’. It’s essentially an 18mm f2.8 equivalent on the Fuji X-Pro1 1.5x crop sensor. And it’s hand-built……..
The three-week hiatus in our blog postings was not the result of World Cup fever or some R&R. Quite the opposite! We went away for a photo trip to the spectacular Canadian Rockies and we worked hard (waking up at 3:30 AM everyday!) to get you the best imagery possible. We have a lot of material to share with you – including our latest thoughts about gear and processing. While we go through our work here are some teaser images shot with the Fuji X-T1 paired with the XF 14mm F2.8, XF 56mm F1.2 and Fuji X100S. Stay tuned……..
Il y a un peu plus de quatre mois, j’ai décidé de switcher de Nikon (D4) à Fuji (X-T1). Depuis ce moment, pour certains, je suis devenu un profond imbécile, un amateur, un fou et/ou un original (les murs ont des oreilles); et pour d’autres, je suis devenu un héro. Peu importe, je m’en fous de ce que les gens pensent de moi (vous devriez essayer, on vit mieux). L’important pour moi est d’avoir trouvé chaussure à mon pied. Certains aiment les grosses bottes renforcées, très lourdes et peu élégantes. D’autres aiment les chaussures anglaises faites à la main, en cuir et très coûteuses. Certains ont des besoins en fonction du métier qu’ils exercent. Un ouvrier sur chantier ne va pas porter des tongues. L’important est de trouver l’outil qui vous convienne en fonction de vos besoin. Dans mon cas, en tant que photographe, le Fujifilm X-T1 me sied parfaitement et répond à mes besoins…….
I suppose one of the reasons I shoot weddings as a documentary wedding photographer is because I’m interested in human interaction, emotion and I’m essentially an observer of life at these events. When I shoot weddings I’m constantly looking for touch, emotion, eye contact and humour. I love to watch. I love to photograph life. A wedding is huge part of anyone’s life, but it’s only a small part. Along the way will be sadness, happiness, pain, laughter and every other emotion that we all experience on a daily basis. We each have a story that forms the fabric of our lives and those stories are so deeply entwined with other peoples’ that sometimes we fail to see the real story of our own lives. I love to photograph life, and when I was given the opportunity to photograph the very beginning of a life, a caesarian birth, I was both humbled and excited……..