As an X-Photographer I was invited by Fujifilm UK to have my X-Pro1 re-skinned in their range of X-Signature colours. As far as I’m aware this is a service only currently available in the UK. I was also keen to get my X100S re-skinned at the same time as a matching pair so cheekily asked if I could have my X100S done as well! I went back and forth over the colours, the orange really appealed to me right away but I wasn’t really sure if I was ready for an orange camera! I initially asked for both of them to be done in the red lizard, which I think works well with the black finish of both cameras, but the red wasn’t in stock and available when I went down to Fuji HQ to have them done. However, now I’ve had them both done I’m so glad it wasn’t! In the end as you can see, I opted for and orange X-Pro1 and a dark blue lizard X100S…….
Cuba, an interesting mixture of beauty, problems, friendly people, culture and complex history. There are 11 million people living in Cuba, 2 million are living in Havana. Many cities, such as Cienfuegos, Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba exists of many squares and churches. But compared to Havana, the other cities are small towns. It’s huge, vibrant and easy to stay a week there without getting bored. Cuban people are very friendly and love to talk. Although there are many mixed races, I didn’t notice any racism. Life is tough enough without it. The more you drive west, the richer the country appears. You’ll see nicer cars, better clothes, better food and bigger stores. Go east and you’ll go more rural. You’ll see more donkeys, smaller buildings and also poorer people unfortunately……..
Es ist 22.30 Uhr, ich sitze nach über 30 Stunden auf den Beinen im Hotel und kann es immer noch kaum glauben. Es schien immer in so weiter Ferne, doch die letzten Wochen vergingen sehr schnell, und der Termin für unser Abenteuer rückte immer näher. Heute, bzw gestern war es dann endlich so weit. Wir fuhren mit dem Auto nach Frankfurt, bestiegen dort den Flieger nach Taipei/Taiwan, unseren Zwischenstopp auf dem Weg nach Hanoi/Vietnam. Der ganze Weg verlief komplett entspannt und reibungslos, auch wenn ein Sonnenuntergang um 15 Uhr schon etwas komisch ist. Dennoch war der Flug einfach nur zermürbend. Irgendwann will man einfach nur noch aufstehen und sich etwas bewegen. Der Zwischenstopp war besonders frustrierend, da wir fast an Hanoi vorbei geflogen sind. Taipei ist gute 2000 km weiter im Westen. Aber das war so einfach viel günstiger als ein Direktflug. Über den Wolken schien die Sonne dermaßen stark, dass die Reflektor der Wolken einfach nur strahlend weiß war. Unter den Wolken jedoch stellte sich die Wolkendecke als sehr dicht und grau heraus. Es war zwar nicht kalt, Aber auch nicht so warm, wie erwartet. Außerdem nieselte es ab und an ein wenig. Aber wir sind ja nicht aus Zucker und Kummer in Deutschland gewöhnt………
Opening the box of a new Fujinon lens is an adventure. Every lens has a different set of bells and whistles and, unless you are already familiar with the range you are likely to in for a surprise. From the minimal 27mm pancake to the more complicated 14mm and 23mm lenses with their push-pull switchover from manual to auto focus, these optics demand an open mind. Sometimes, I imagine that the boffins at Fujinon work in hermetically sealed bubbles. Apart from the trademark shiny black-metal surface, their lenses are individualist and, dare I say, often a little eccentric. Leica M lenses, in direct contrast, all have the same basic layout. Everything is in its place, just where the gods intended. Focus ring? Aperture? They are precisely where you left them last time you picked up any M lens……..
Ever since I saw some photos by Alex Lambrechts, I’ve been wanting to do a shoot mixing street and fashion photography and finally the dream has become reality. A few weeks ago, I contacted a friend of a friend who does some modeling and hired her for a couple hours. We went to Milan and I asked her to just walk around or interact with people on the street, pretending to ask directions, sitting in a café, looking at books in a stall, or talking on the phone. In the end I got some nice ones. Even though they are staged, I think they have a candid street look to them, whereas I wasn’t really able to convey the fashion aspect. I just can’t pretend to be as good as Lambrechts after one day, but I’m reasonably happy with the results and we had lots of fun doing this. An experience to be repeated, for sure. I shot everything with the Fuji X-E2, alternating between the 35mm F1.4 and the 60mm F2.4 lenses. We also shot some posed portraits that aren’t included in the gallery below, but are in this Sticky Album (open the link on your mobile device to add the album to your home screen)……..
After shooting weddings exclusively with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and X100S cameras for about 19 months, here are my thoughts and findings on the Fujifilm X-Series for Wedding Photography. Now this is not a technical review but rather a general conversation with my good friend and fellow Wedding Photographer, Jonathan Ellis which segued into a discussion on my experience shooting weddings with the Fujifilm X-Series cameras. I decided to hit the record button on my phone and here is a transcript of some of the topics we discussed. I don’t even think this is a format for writing reviews, but I hope it works out OK and the topics discussed provides an insight for anybody out there considering the Fujifilm X-Series for Wedding Photography, be it exclusively or to supplement their existing DSLR systems.
What to expect:
Well my name is Vincent, but commonly known as V ; so whenever V appears before a body of text, that was me talking/responding to Jonathan’s questions. For consistency sake and laziness on my part, Jonathan will be J in this article. Jonathan asks the questions and I respond ; I share my experience on the Fujifilm X-Series for Wedding Photography, my likes and dislikes, the strength and weakness of the system as a whole, the things to improve on and my conclusion…….
This is our second Street Of The World segment where we focus on a specific location with a local street photographer. This week, you’re on a 48 hour layover in Hamburg, Germany and Marco Larousse is your guide. You’re in for a treat! Discover the best spots to shoot street photography in Hamburg, the best times to be there as well as the safety and cultural considerations to keep in mind. After you listen to the show, make sure you visit Marco’s website, and connect with him on Twitter @HamburgCam. Marco kindly made this great interactive Google Map to match the locations he mentioned on the show. he also marked a few extra buildings, churches and landmarks on the map that are not part of a specific quarter but maybe a bonus if someone is close to that area……
I’ve had my Fuji X-Pro1 for just about a year now so thought it would be a good time to review the past 12 months of living with it and jot down the highs and lows of life with the Fuji X-Pro1. Having made a decision to swap over from an all prime DSLR full frame kit, the X-Pro1 was a shoe in as a change. I did consider the XE1 initially, but as soon as I cradled the X-Pro1 in my arms I was sold. I was in search of something smaller, lighter, just as capable for image quality and the Fuji X-Pro1 fitted all of those criteria. Added to that was the customer service that Fuji was fast building a reputation for, continuing to take good care of its past client base through firmware updates for its camera bodies and lenses, long after they’d been superseded. Using the X-Pro1 you don’t just buy into a camera system, you kind of buy into a whole eco-system, care included……
Days before my trip to Taiwan with my wife and daughter; I was cracking my head on which lens to bring for this 9 days trip. On my daughter’s front; she is also cracking her head on which 2 precious stuff toys she is allowed to bring along to Taiwan. I am the type of photographer; that will hate myself if I don’t have the right lens when its needed. At the same time; I can’t possibly bring all. So my final decision; the Fuji XT-1 with 4 lenses. 10-24mm, 23mm, 56mm and 55-200mm. All this gears into a Billlingham Hadley shoulder bag plus space for 2 diapers, wet wipes, candy, 4 magic pens and 3 sheets of papers for Summer to draw when needed. We arrived at about 730pm at Madison Taipei Hotel after slightly more then 4 hours flight from Singapore. As we were checking in; to my horror, I realized I left one small luggage at the taxi stand at the airport! Inside the luggage there is one laptop and 2 lenses! The wonderful hotel staff, Irene Fang; is the person to look for when one have a dire situation to handle. She called the airport staff to trace for my lost luggage and arrange the hotel’s regular taxi to drive there to collect the luggage
back. What a way to start my holiday! When all the dust is settled down, Irene leads us to our hotel room; which is on level 12. She surprises us with a room upgrade! Suddenly I feel my holiday is really starting! A beautiful one……..
I have been wanting to do this comparison for quite some time but until now have never had access to the Panasonic Leica Nocticron. I could never quite justify buying it as it is one of the most expensive MFT lenses on the market and is about 5 times the price of the not too dissimilar Olympus 1,8/45mm lens. The Olympus 1,8/45mm is a brilliant lens but for some reason I didn’t really use it all that much. I have previously written about the Olympus images looking too “digital” and I think the Olympus 45mm was one lens that actually exaggerated that look. I decided to bite the bullet. I sold a number of my Olympus lenses, including the Olympus 45mm, in order to liberate some funds to be able to buy the Nocticron. Only time will tell if this was a bad decision, but at this early stage I have no regrets. My Olympus kit now only consists of only 2 lenses: the Nocticron and the Olympus 1,8/75mm. For what I generally shoot this is the perfect setup. I am considering re-buying the Panasonic Leica 1,4/25mm at some stage but it is fairly low down the list. As most of you probably know the Fuji X-T1 and Fuji 1,2/56mm lens is one of my favourite portrait setups. However, this shoot really highlighted the flaws of the Fuji and it did begin to frustrate me to some degree. The Fuji is slow to respond and the Auto Focus is poor compared to the Olympus O-MD E-M1 (and the Sony A7 and Sony A7s as well). Luckily it does make up for its flaws with amazing image quality and that unique Fuji look……