Even though the AF and Manual focusing has been greatly improved with the recent Ver 2.00 firmware update it is still extremely hard to focus either manual or with the AF at close range. I found the closest focusing distance to be around 28cm and it only magnified by 0.5x rather than 1x like my old the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens which meant I had to crop a lot of my images to create a macro effect. However as a portrait and beauty lens this is exceptional, the overall image quality and sharpness far outdo the 60mm Canon.
Here are some of the shots I took with the lovely Naomi from Milk Management and my thoughts on each.
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Last week I was shooting a private, commissioned job in Paris. I was over the moon at this opportunity as this would be me and the Fuji X pro 1′s first trip abroad and what better city to consummate our affair than Paris:) I have visited Paris many times, sometimes for work sometimes for pleasure. It was the first city I visited alone at the age of 19 and because of this Paris will always have a special place in my heart. I love It’s cobbled streets, the smell of fresh coffee and croissant, the endless treasures found at the local pharmacie and how it manages to retain a village like charm yet posses the excitement and pulse of a major city. Paris will forever inspire me… I took these shots on a impromptu moment whilst having lunch with a friend. This is a tribute to my love of french cinema….
Today was education day. I had not taken a class in a long time. Seeing that Sandy Puc was coming through Indianapolis, I looked at my schedule and made it happen. Being that this was a hands on workshop, question to myself, what gear will I bring. These types of classes are always fun. The sponsor bring all their goodies for us children, umm I mean Professional Photographers, to play with. For my portrait work I have moved almost exclusively to the X Pro 1 camera system. My Nikon gear has moved to my events and group work. Now the timing could not have been better. Tuesday morning arrives and the first thing I do is update the Fuji firmware to version 2. I think its great how Fuji keeps the updates coming. But gosh guys, do you have to wipe all the setting after every update? ANNOYING. That alone has stopped me from making a whole bunch of custom settings knowing they may not be there long. So I show up at the Sandy Puc class with my small bag carrying the X Pro 1, 35mm and 60mm lens. Everyone else is toting their Canon and 70-200 lens around. When its my turn at the first model I rip out the camera and everyone goes HUH? What the hell is that? For the next ten minutes I spend answering questions. Funny…..
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A Collection of Helmut Newton on Pinterest
Helmut Newton, born Helmut Neustädter (October 31, 1920 – January 23, 2004) was a German-Australian photographer. He was a prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of Vogue and other publications
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Today some images we shot last week during the glamour workshop with Simone. Shot with the Fuji X pro 1.
These shots were all done with two strobes on the background metering 3 stops over the main light (2.5 is in theory enough but in practice 3 stops makes sure everything is nice and even), remember that is metered reflective, not incident. For the mainlight I used the Elinchrom Maxilight with grid placed behind the model aimed at the surface of the cube and her face. This is a setup that is very nice for this kind of shots and gives a nice edge light on the model.
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As much as I love my canon 5D mark ii, I have to admit that after my trip to New York I was starting to resent it somewhat. Not only was it weighty and a heavy burden to lug around all day. It also stuck out like a proverbial sore thump, not a good thing if you’re a street photographer, where discretion is key. I also accidentally whacked myself in the face with it at one point, this was NOT a pleasant experience! No wonder I started to covert the Lecia M9 the smallest full-format digital camera in the world, but as desirable as this lightweight camera appeared I just couldn’t justify spending around £10,000 on a new piece of equipment so back to London I went with my 5D between my legs. ….then a few weeks later, as I was walking down Wardour street, cupids arrow struck….there it was, sitting in Calumets window display: the Fuji X-pro 1….
Nice short video from Frank Doorhof on shooting during the middel of the day when the light is so harsh! One of his tips, don’t shoot in the harsh light but in the soft light of the shadows. On and there is a short review of the Fuji X Pro 1.
So I like the camera… well yes. Are there things I don’t like…. yes. I love RAW and although the JPEGs are really (and I mean REALLY) nice I still want to be able to use my RAW files natively. At the moment I have no other option than use Silkypix, not even the Adobe DNG convertor supports the files, the X10 has the same problem although there at least I can convert them to DNGs (ok scenario but still not preferred). Silkypix is ok but let’s be honest it’s another program and time is limited so I would love to just open them up in Aperture or lightroom. At the moment (again only after 2 days of use) this is my main objection to the camera and it’s something that Fuji told me is being worked on so I believe them and I hope that within a few weeks we will have an option to go to DNG or even better an update from Apple that will support the X10 and X pro 1 natively.
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