Reviews

Fun & Frustrating Fuji X Pro-1 | Foto Gizmo

First of all I should tell you that I love looking through a lens to compose and shoot. I have always been partial to reflex cameras, and 4X5 ground glass viewing for that matter, and the few times in the past I have tried rangefinder cameras I was quick to give them up. The little focusing squares in the viewfinder would drive me bananas. In the early 70’s I tried the Nikon S2 and SP cameras. I liked that the controls were the same as the Nikon Ftn I had at the time, but the focusing and parallax issues were distracting, I could not work fast. I am also one of those guys who tries to use every millimeter of the frame for composition. You might be surprised but I find I do very little cropping when I know where the frame boundaries are.
 
Two years ago I had a brief love affair with the Leica M9. I loved the size, the images were fantastic and the Leica glass, well, do I need to tell you? Again, I was vexed by the RF and less than a year after shelling out way too many shekels I bid it farewell….

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Review: The Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Feels Un-Zeiss-Like. Don’t Touit |
PetaPixel

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I’d love to say the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 should be purchased for your Fuji without question, but I can’t. As the pronunciation of the lens family implies, Zeiss would like you to just run out and do it today. I wouldn’t. I’d put the Fuji 14mm f/2.8 ahead of this particular lens. It’s less expensive and doesn’t have an aperture control ring that spins whenever the wind changes direction. On top of that, the Fuji 14mm sports a very useful depth of field scale and, despite being lighter, actually feels denser and less toy-like then the Zeiss. Out of the box I really, really wanted to love this lens. I love ultra wides, putting the 12mm right up my alley. Maybe if the price was $900 to $1,000, I could see past the minor flaws……

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 | Alex Lagarejos

Fuji have been making some incredibly exciting cameras of late, I owned the fujifilm x100 and loved the handling and simplicity of it. I’d been looking for a walk around camera that could produce excellent images, handled well and was digital. I have a wealth of film cameras that live up to this billing but I wanted digital for quick access to the photos. I loved the x100 but found myself constantly wishing for interchangeable lenses. When the x-pro 1 was announced it seemed to answer all of my wants Relatively lightweightChoice of lensesA workable viewfinderGreat image qualityNot spend Leica money to get it

The viewfinder was what lead me to the x100 in the first place, it uses a hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder changed at the flick of a switch. The fuji x-e1, which is practically the same beast as the x-pro 1 only has the electronic viewfinder. So, I sold the x100 and got the x-pro 1. It’s incredibly well constructed, solid and has the feel of a Leica M. The lenses so far from Fuji have been excellent, the 35mm f1.4 being the pick of the crop, it truly is an excellent lens and is a joy to use. From all accounts the 18-55mm zoom lens that was released recently is incredibly good. Due for release this year is the 56mm f1.4 which I can’t wait to get hold of. Here’s the proposed line up from Fuji. As with the other x series cameras the out of body jpegs are incredibly good, outstanding even, which seeing as right now there are no great options for raw file handling, is essential. I’m an Apple aperture user, as with most software choices it’s what I’m comfortable with, Ive used it so long that I find it quick and unobtrusive in my workflow. Due to fuji’s use of the x-trans sensor, Apple don’t support it as yet, I’m not even sure if they ever will, as trying to get a definitive answer from Apple is difficult. Adobe Lightroom supports the x-pro 1 raw files, but I’m not too happy with how it handles them and neither are others. There are a few other options, Capture One, Silkypix and Accuraw, I haven’t used Capture One for the x-pro raw files yet, but Silkypix and Accuraw are absolutely horrible. For me, this is a serious limitation, I’ve never shot in jpeg before, I came straight from film to raw and my entire way of working is based around raw. All that said, the x-pro 1 does some things so well that I’ve so far never cursed not having the raw file for an image, namely –

  • High Iso performance

The Fuji x-pro 1 is incredible with high iso, these two were shot at iso 6400, and the last one at iso 3200. Completely usable and noise free, couple that with the 35mm 1.4 lens and you’re all set for low light photography. My first digital camera, the full frame Canon 5D, as amazing as that camera still is, couldn’t hope to compete with the fuji x-pro at high iso and my 5D mkii just about keeps up……

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Back to old habits…or looking foward…? Leica or Fuji? | Nicole Struppert

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My opinion is, that the xPro1 is doing a very good job but the M is a bit better.

The question now is,  would I go back to Leica?

Well, a though question – I still love the Leica feeling, the way to take pictures and the Leica look of the M – but after shooting for one hour with the rangefinder, my eye problem were back. But, even if I wouldn’t have the issues with my eye, I am not sure if I would purchase the new M. With a 35 mm lens the M costs around 8000€ – 9000€.  That is a lot of money!

There was a customer at the Leica store who was asking me if the new M is worth it?

If you have the money and you love shooting with Leica YES! Instead purchasing the new M getting a used M9 or M-E – NO! The M9 is not as good as the xPro1! You get the much better package & deal with the Fujis! I will stick with Fuji! They make a brilliant job! Using the xpro1, x100 etc. is fun, it is light, fantastic lenses and the IQ is awesome and I don’t have any eye problems!

…so, what about the RAW workflow?

Last week I decided to give another try – to work just with the jpegs and change a bit my settings. But it seems that the RAW file issue is now solved!  Today Adobe released the new version of Lightroom. It includes now a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the X-Trans sensor. YEAH – problem solved! I just downloaded the new version and I am thrilled!  The files look awesome… I can get now the look I want and cant wait to start my editing process. My pictures are getting back their soul and that feels damn good!

So, back to old habits?

No – I am looking forward to I stick with Fuji – for two reasons: First of all they make fantastic cameras and lenses and secondly they hear what customers say! They improved the X100 after getting feedback from Pro photographers and customers and worked together with Adobe to solve the RAW Processing problem. I just purchased the new x100S and I’m very curious to find out about the faster AF and improvements!

Is Fuji the new Leica?

In my opinion, NO – Leica will always be Leica. These are 2 different camera systems and brands… Owning a Leica is much more than owning a camera or a tool to take pictures with. You’ll get a hand crafted camera with soul. It is a lifestyle and everyone who ever owned a Leica knows what I try to say.

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6 mois avec le X-Pro 1 − 3ème partie | Jean-François Vincent


 
Après avoir brossé un tour “technique” du Fuji X-Pro 1 dans mes 2 précédents articles, qu’en est-il de son utilisation au quotidien? Plus généralement, presqu’un an après son lancement commercial, faut-il toujours craquer pour le X-Pro 1 ou bien choisir son petit frère, le X-E1?
 
Sur le terrain
 
Rarement je n’ai pris autant plaisir à photographier qu’avec le X-Pro 1. Cette phrase doit évidemment être mise en contexte avec mon style de photographie. Comme tout hybride, le X-Pro 1 ne se prête pas à la photo d’action / sportive (focales trop courtes, réactivité insuffisante de la détection de contraste). Mais pour le photographie urbaine ou de voyage, le X-Pro 1 est une révélation, un retour aux sources par sa simplicité….

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Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R (Fujifilm) – Review | Photozone

Fujifilm keeps on rolling out interesting prime lenses for the X mount – 4 out of 5 lenses have a fixed focal length and looking at their current road-map there are two more ahead in 2013. The next building block in their lineup is the new Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R thus an ultra-wide lens equivalent to 21mm on full format format cameras. The combination of wide field-of-view and comparatively high speed comes at a price in the true sense. At 900$/EUR it is the most expensive Fujinon as of the time of this review. The Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8 EF IF, an APS-C SLR lens, costs about 25% less just to provide a reference. So we can be curious whether the difference in price also translates in high(er) quality….
 
Verdict
The Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R is a highly attractive ultra-wide lens with few shortcomings. The most important factor for an ultra-wide lens is certainly image sharpness and the Fujinon delivers here. It is bitingly sharp in the image center and good to very good in the outer image region. The very low CAs contribute to the high quality perception. Distortions are basically absent – even in RAW data – which is surprising for such a wide lens and even more so for a mirrorless one. The primary weakness of the Fujinon is the very high amount of vignetting. Most RAW converters as well as the camera (JPEGs) can (mostly) compensate this automatically though. Looking at the close focus results, the bokeh is rather typical for an ultra-wide lens – it’s rather nervous – which probably originates in the aspherical design.

The build quality of the Fujinon is very high and as such in line with the other Fujifilm offerings. It’s mostly made of metal but since Fuji tried to minimize the weight it doesn’t feel as rock solid as a Leica lens for instance. However, this is mostly a subjective impression. Objectively there’s little to complain except for the lack of weather sealing. Some users may not like the fact that it is comparatively large which is certainly true compared to a pancake lens such as the XF 18mm f/2 R. However, it is no brick either and the bigger the better in terms of potential image quality. The AF isn’t really a decisive factor for such a lens but Fuji did a good job here actually – it is both quite fast and near silent.

The pricing feels a little steep but it is fair enough in relation to the high performance. Therefore also highly recommended!
 
Optical Quality: 3.5 / 5
Mechanical Quality: 4 / 5
Price/Performance:  3.5 / 5

See full review on www.photozone.de

Fuji X-Pro1 Portrait Review: Behind the scenes with Issy Ferris |
Paul Archer

Yesterday I was up before the sun to shoot a music video for a young folk singer/songwriter ‘Issy Ferris’. I serendipitously heard her song ‘My Treasure’ on youtube and knew instantly I HAD to make a music video for it. A lot of emails and production later I found myself on-set at dawn in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside ready to film and photograph this young rising star. I kept the Fuji X-Pro1 in my pocket throughout the day and recorded what was happening on my set! I hope you like the photos as much as I enjoyed the experience. Now this image has impressed me, not only because Issy is stunning and the light is beautiful but because the file is seriously impressive. This single picture has given me massive confidence in the Fuji X-Pro1. The file is of high enough quality to deliver to a client, with a size of 47.5mb processed with Capture One, its not the biggest but for a small camera it certainly is good. The sharpness in the eyes is great, recently I have been struggling with focus roaming the streets, but here with ample daylight and a bit of time its lovely and sharp and didn’t struggle to find focus. I chose not to use the Fuji for the press shots on this shoot but now I know I could with confidence should I need to. If I was doing a head shot session or some portraits the X-Pro1 would be the perfect kit, light, portable and very capable as long as you are able!! This backstage portrait was shot with a 18mm lens, I adjusted the perspective slightly in Photoshop to combat the wide angle. I can’t wait to shoot some portraits with the 35mm Fujinon lens, it’s on the shopping list! Would I swap my Canon Kit for the X-Pro1 kit?? NO….  I find the X-Pro1 to be the perfect camera to have in your kit as a backup/2nd/3rd/4th? camera or for situations you need subtlety.  There are definitely situations where the X-Pro1 is an advantage. I will be shooting my sister’s wedding in 2 weeks solely on the Fuji so keep an eye out for that post, I believe in that situation it will be the perfect camera for me to capture some magic moments. Now lets have a look at my behind the scenes images. I must comment on how professional Issy was for a 16 year old. Even running through mud barefoot on a freezing February day! ……

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Fujifilm XE1 vs Fuji XPro1 Camera | Ben Evans


 

English Photographer Ben Evans compares the Fuji XE1 and XPro1 cameras in Barcelona. Hand-on photography with several photographs made with the cameras during the review.

The balance is that the Fuji XE1, while lacking the hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder makes up for this with a cheaper price, upgraded EVF (electronic viewfinder), built-in flash and slightly smaller size. It was therefore the ‘winner’ in this little hands-on camera test.

Many thanks to Hiromi from www.HiromiTorres.com for shooting this video! If you’d like to get in touch and contribute to a microphone for her so that future tutorials and reviews sound better, she’d really appreciate it!….

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Mein Weg zur X-Pro 1 | Tobias Naumann

Als kleinen Auftakt für die neue Website, möchte ich mit einem Post über meine Ausrüstung beginnen. Ich bin kein Freund von pauschalen Empfehlungen, daher werde ich meinen persönlichen Entscheidungsweg beschreiben, ich hoffe ihr könnt etwas für euch daraus ableiten.

Ich begann meinen Weg in die Fotografie mit einer digitalen Einsteiger-Spiegelreflex und ersetzte diese immer, wenn ich an seine Grenzen stieß. Dieser Weg führte über diverse Modelle, bis ich schließlich bei der Nikon D700 landete. Vollformat – Wow! Dachte ich, und diese Kamera ist auch unbestritten ganz hervorragend. Doch es begann der Siegeszug der spiegellosen Systemkameras und ich erwischte mich immer wieder, wie ich mit einem Auge die Entwicklung dieser Modelle verfolgte, war es doch immer wieder eine Quälerei die D700 + Objektive mit sich herumzutragen. Es gab aber immer etwas, dass mich davon abhielt, mich ganz auf ein solches System einzulassen. Voraussetzung für einen kompletten Umstieg war für mich vor allem, keine Kompromisse im Bezug auf die Bildqualität eingehen zu müssen.

Bei der Sony Nex-5n wagte ich dann zumindest einen Versuch als Zweitkamera. Es ist auch zweifelsohne ein wirklich gutes Gerät mit sehr guter Bildqualität, aber irgendwie ist sie mehr Computer als Kamera und die verfügbaren Objektive waren unbefriedigend, ich konnte sie als “Arbeitsgerät” nicht so recht ernst nehmen. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt kam mein Ausflug in die analoge Fotografie dazwischen, in der ich die damit verbundene Arbeitsweise zu schätzen lernte. Konzentration auf die Basics der Fotografie ist die Devise. Ich begab mich also auf die Suche nach einer Kamera, die die Vorzüge beider Welten so gut es geht in sich vereint. Naheliegend hierfür wäre wohl eine Leica M, doch die Recherche nach Preisen für Kamera und notwendigem Glas ließ diese Alternative in weite Ferne rücken. Und dann kam Fujifilm mit der X-Pro 1 auf den Markt.

Nach sorgfältiger Recherche und Probe-begrabbeln vor Ort war die Entscheidung schnell gefallen, die D700 musste gehen, die X-Pro 1 würde sie ersetzen. Dazu kamen alle 3 der zu Anfang verfügbaren Objektive, also das 18mm f/2, das 35mm f/1.4 und das 60mm f/2.4, der passende Zusatzgriff und eine Tasche, die gerade groß genug ist, alles aufzunehmen, eine Retrospective 5 Pinestone. Es gibt bereits zahlreiche Reviews und Tests im Netz, daher möchte ich mich auch hier auf meine persönlichen Pros und Kontras beschränken:

  • optimale Größe und Gewicht – portabel aber dabei nicht zu klein
  • bei Bedarf sehr gute JPGshervorragende Bildqualität und High-Iso Fähigkeiten
  • hochwertige Objektivetolles Design und Handling (Blendenring, Q-Button, etc.)
  • “Unauffälligeres” bzw. “zurückhaltenderes” Fotografieren möglich
  • Hybrid-Sucher

Aber auch die Nachteile sollen nicht unerwähnt bleiben:

  • keine Einstellung der Mindestbelichtungszeit bei Auto-ISO
  • AF-Geschwindigkeit nur begrenzt geeignet für Sport-/Actionfotografie
  • Blitzsynchronzeiten nur bei 1/160 bzw. 1/180s möglich
  • Freistellungsmöglichkeiten durch APS-C Sensor geringer als bei D700
  • RAW-Verarbeitung in LR4 noch nicht optimal ….
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FUJI X-PRO 1 – “LEICA FOR THE POOR” | DAN VALICEK

For years I have been on the road with mainly DSLRs. They are unequivocally magnificent tools, but not only because DSLRs are relatively compact and not very heavy, making them extremely handy and the ideal travel companion. But I decided to shop around. The array of suitable cameras is vast and the numerous reviews don’t tend to help further a decision, especially if you don’t know what you want, or even better, what you need. After intensely deliberating and appraising, I finally arrived at the following “Wish List”:

– Full Control: I began photography when there were scarcely any digital cameras. Even today I love analog photography, which is why I am a bit old fashioned. I want to determine lens opening, shutter speed and film speed myself, as well as where I lay my focus. My camera must have an operating concept which allows these four options to be quick and easy.
– Portability: The best camera doesn’t get used if it stays at home. Therefore it must not weigh more than 1kg, including equipment, and at the same time be comfortable to wear/carry.

– Picture Quality: The picture quality should at least be 1600 ISO. Because I’m not very fond of using the flash, I predominantly work with natural light. Above all I prefer to shoot at night – so that’s a must. With an appropriate lens provided, the sensor size should enable the fixture with the focus depth, whereon I put much more value in the elimination of a lowpass filter.

– OVF: For six long years I only had an electronic viewfinder (EVF), which sometimes really pissed me off. An optical viewfinder is therefore high up on my wish list.

– Feel: It may just be a quirk of mine, but I expect technical gadgets to be decently built. What the specifics are, I can’t really describe. It’s more of a subjective feeling one formulates (or not) when considering equipment, holding it in their own hands. Hard plastic, for example, seldom complies with this requirement. The device must be solidly built and sit well in the hands.

Initially my choice fell with a Leica M9. I’ve dreamt of this camera for years, but the price always made me quickly stop and think. I wanted to give the Leica a chance, so I borrowed an M9. I was excited by the Leica, in fact a lot for me. So of course there was a 9,000 Euro start up cost, with only a 35mm lens. After intense consultations with my conscience and lots of sorrow on my brow, I came next to the M9 and engaged with the mirrorless system cameras. There were a good amount of cameras on my shortlist, which is rather unusual for me to have so many, and one of them was the Fuji X-Pro1. One of the chosen models had a decided advantage: it can use a Leica lens via an adapter. That opened up the possibility to just change the camera case after five more years, which actually brought Leica gradually to the forefront of the line.

After ages of deliberation, I finally chose the Fuji X-Pro 1, a “Leica for the Poor”, if you will. This should sound anything but derogatory, as I am only referring here to the manifold humbler price of this in comparison to the M9. So I am also now such an owner of an X-Pro 1. For my needs it’s sufficient enough for a lens to come out completely, and it’s here I turn to the Fujinon 35(52)mm f l.4. Now I have a case with my lens for a total price, which I never once received for the Leica 35mmfl.4 ASPH.

See on www.danvalicek.com

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