Aufgenommen wurden alle Fotos mit einer Fuji X-T1.Dazu das XC 50-230, XC 18-55, XF 10-24, XF 35 und XF 60.Einige sind JPEG aus der Kamera, einige sind in Lightroom aus RAW’s entwickelt.Für mich das ideale System…fotografieren macht wieder Spaß! Wir erreichen unseren Anschlussflug und landen in Evenes dann doch noch pünktlich genug um den Leihwagen knapp vor Geschäftsschluss in Empfang nehmen zu dürfen.Der Weg nach Stamsund ist allerdings nicht – wie von Google berechnet – in 2 Stunden geschafft.3,5 Stunden werden es und wir erreichen unsere Unterkunft um 23:30 – es ist taghell ….
Ok, the tittle says it all and the city is still Dublin. When I go for a photo walk I normally use my little X100s, that’s is the camera I always have with me. Although it took a little while to get use to it, I was always a 50mm guy, rather than 35mm, but now I love to shoot streets with both focal lengths. What about the 56mm f1.2 lens that I acquired last summer. Well so far I used it for weddings, portraits and product shots, but not during my photo walks. And I love this lens, it’s fast, super sharp, still small and doesn’t weight a ton. It’s probably not people’s first choice for street photography, on Fuji’s APS-C sensor it translates into 85mm, but needles to say I really enjoyed using it on the streets. The last couple of occasions I headed into the city I limited myself to the Fuji X-T1 with the aforementioned lens attached to it and here are some of the results from this experiment, they are also part of my Streets of Dublin collection. Enjoy. …..
I have the Zeiss Touit f/2.8 50mm Macro until Christmas and there is a funny reason why. Since the official French Zeiss supplier went bankrupt, it currently is not possibile to order a Zeiss lens in France. This was bad timing for one of my French relatives who was on the verge of buying the Touit 50mm for her Fuji X-T1. Luckily, I found one sample in Turin thanks to our friends at the Riflessi Camera Shop. I phoned her up, asking if I should send it to her by post, but she said, “Ne t’inquiètes pas, Mathieu, bring it at Christmas-time instead.” This article about the Touit 50mm revolves around my first impressions of the lens. I decided to shoot a series of “minimalistic macro shots” of nature at Valentino park. I thank Reba Baskett whose blog post about Macro Minimalism inspired the idea. I wasn’t always looking for sharpness (partly because of the wind) but more shadows and an intermingling of blurred colours. I also tried to make some close-ups look like a landscape of sorts. I am not an expert macro shooter so I’ll leave it to you to judge the results. It was an nice nice afternoon spent with the lens and the light was very beautiful……
I am no expert in the politics or issues of my country. Nor am I a pure street photographer. But I do like to tell stories of my country’s people and the city I live in with my images. Now, in my city Johannesburg – Jozi or Joburg as locals call it – we have areas where you would avoid going alone, especially with a camera. But there is a number of good things happing all over the city, thanks to some very cool and interesting projects. I took a few other photographers for a little walk in one of these areas, called the Maboneng Precinct. It is safe, has a good vibe and is a great place for food and social……..
It’s a very well known fact that Fujifilm camera owners don’t have the best selection of TTL flashes available.But that’s slowly changing–as is evident with the newest offering from Nissin. Their i40 flash now supports Fujifilm cameras and has all the choices and options that you’d expect from a more consumer friendly flash. The i40 features analog dials on the back, slave mode, rotates left and right to 180 degrees, has an LED video light, and is pretty powerful at guide number 131. The head also tilts upwards to 90 degrees. While this is a bit of a start, much more advanced flashes are indeed needed for Fujifilm’s cameras. We hope that Phottix will one day deliver on this as Yongnuo’s options tend to be very hit or miss…….
Six months ago I bought the ultra wide XF10-24mm f4 Fujinon (15-36mm equivalent), the sixth lens in my Fuji line up. I have always had an ultra wide angle lens in my photographic arsenal and while the Fujinon 14mm f2.8 (21mm) is an excellent wide angle lens, there were times when I missed the extra field of view offered by my old full frame 17-35mm f2.8 Nikon. So I decided to add the newly launched Fujinon wide angle zoom to my inventory in May of this year. The zoom range of 10mm to 24mm is very flexible making this lens a good all rounder…..
I have a new camera! It’s YELLOW !! and it matches my case !! It’s the small things like this that make me happy. Ever since the X-pro was announced, even before I had one, it was my favorite camera. It looked right, felt right, shot right and has been updated, firmed up and now it has been pimped up on the outside to match the updates Fuji made for the inside. My X-Pro is now Lizard Yellow, with the grip and thumb grip……
I am sorry, but gear does matter. Especially if you are a Pro. Nikon owners talk about the Holy Trinity. In my brief experience with a D800, I used all 3 lenses. They are, after all, the basis of the standard kit for a working photographer. Most of what we are asked to shoot will involve using one or more of them. The 14-24/2.8 was stellar, a genuine match for the camera’s humongous sensor. The 70-200/2.8 VRII was very good, apart from the fact that it vignetted badly at f10 at 200mm, and the 24-70/ 2.8 is best not discussed. The 5 different versions I tried were all mushy in the corners at any focal length and any aperture. Until now Fujifilm really haven’t had a Holy Trinity of their own. When they first introduced the X-Pro 1 it came with the classic 3 prime lenses; a 28, 50 and 90mm equivalent. It was a brave move and one which had a lot of people scratching their heads. WTF? However for a camera which was, in effect, going up against the Leica rangefinder gestalt, it was in my opinion, a logical move. Fujifilm have continued to round out the lens range with primes, and zooms have come later……..
The journey to mastery of landscape photography in the deepest sense, is paved with spirituality. It is about finding resonance with nature’s theatre, visual discovery, self-expression; fundamentally, landscape photography is a metaphor for the human condition. I make no apology if this all sounds a little romantic, landscape photography deserves to be romanticised; when done well, it can capture emotion in it’s most primeval guise and preserve it for eternity. There’s an overwhelming preoccupation with gear in much of the photographic press, and for good reasons. If the commercial cogs keep turning and camera clientele consume, then design develops, technology thrives and we all continue to benefit: that’s how consumerism works. For many of us though, this perennial obsession with the latest cameras and accessories can become a little distracting, some may even say ‘irritating’. We would suggest, that it’s not the camera you use, but the photographs you make with it that count, or that the best camera is whichever one you have with you, or that photographer’s make photographs, not cameras, right? …..
At the time of writing the 50-140 is just around the corner, and the 90f2 will be here next year some time. The 55-200, still deserves respect. This lens is sharp, light, cheap, fits into the light-weight portable fuji mentality as best a zoom of this nature can. The image stabilization is incredible, tripod-like. I have to really think about what I use this lens for. Generally I use it for shots where people aren’t moving much. Maybe they are walking, but mostly they are stood still. With its great compression you can isolate a bride in a busy room. The 55-200 focus is plenty fast enough to focus on people walking, it wont catch kids running, but I dont think any Fuji lens will. What shocks me is the image stabilization. It is truly incredible. I have been used to the Nikon 70-200 2.8 vr ii. The image stabilization on the Nikon is mild at best. On the Fuji its like its saying “let me take care of that for you” and it just freezes completely. Quite incredible…….