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The Fuji X-Pro1 and I get acquainted… | Paul Archer

So i have had the Fuji XPro-1 camera in my hands for about 5 days now, i instantly fell in love with it. Now i am not really a technical photographer, i know what i like and generally like what i know. So changing my work flow is a challenge ,I use Capture One Pro, a Canon 5D Mk2/3 and a Hassleblad with P65 DigiBack when Budget allows… but for this little box of magic i was going to change my processing ways, but now i dont have to, Capture One will support this beauty. I only have the 18mm lens for now and i don’t really like a wide lens, but, i LOVE this… Its simple. This isn’t a review, more a proclamation of love. But all this is pointless really so lets look at some picture. (BTW i have never done any street photography so this is a first for me, encouraged by the Fuji XPro-1
 

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Fuji X-pro1 winter pictures | Lakeview Man

On Christmas day I was out testing my Fujifilm X-pro 1 in a cold condition again. I was out for about 2 hours, and it was – 13 degrees celcius. The camera worked flawlessly. I love using this camera. All of these shots are done with Fujifilm X-pro1 with either the 18mm or 35mm lens (27mm and 53mm full frame). They are JPG shots using the Black&white yellow filter output option. The shots are from the Trysil area in south eastern Norway.

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Fuji X-E1 Review with images from Burma | Peter Lueck

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Schon allein der Bildwirkung wegen verwendete ich unterwegs am liebsten das universelle XF 35mm f/1.4 R. Mit Offenblende zeichnet es eine schöne Bildtiefe, die man bei Normalbrennweiten sonst eher an Kleinbildkameras gewohnt ist. Aber auch das XF 18 mm f2.0 R machte viel Freude. Durch seine für den Bildwinkel recht hohe Lichtstärke war es auch während der Dämmerung und in Innenräumen sehr gut verwendbar. Überhaupt meistert die kleine Fuji Situationen mit wenig Licht rasch und spielend. ISO-Werte bis 3200 sind auch bei Nachtmotiven allgemein gut aufgelöst und sehenswert. Eine Performance, die für ähnliche Kameras nicht eben selbstverständlich ist. Etwas langsam erschien mir nur die Schreibgeschwindigkeit der Kamera (mit SanDisk Extreme III, 30MB/s 16GB). Zwar kann man bis zu 6 Bilder pro Sekunde zügig hintereinander aufnehmen, das Abspeichern auch von Einzelaufnahmen, um diese direkt am Display betrachten zu können, dauert jedoch einige Sekunden. Betrachtet man nach dem Ende einer langen Reise gänzlich unvoreingenommen das Material aus der Fuji X-E1 und den dazugehörigen Objektiven, so wird man überrascht sein. Das unkomplizierte Handling, die Einfachheit in der Bedienung und die hohe Qualität der optischen Komponenten wird in den Bildergebnissen sichtbar. Fujis neuentwickelter X-Trans CMOS Sensor zeichnet klare Farben und saubere Strukturen mit einem außergewöhnlichen Dynamikumfang auf. Die Kamera arbeitet schnell und diskret. Das Resultat sind Bilder weit über dem üblichen APS-C Durchschnitt mit bestechender Schärfe, ansprechendem Bokeh und farblicher Brillanz. Trotz einiger Kritikpunkte, bezogen auf das Verhältnis von Preis, Leistung und Gewicht, kann man derzeit wohl nichts besseres kaufen!

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Fuji X-Pro1 More to learn | Gene Lowinger

To date Adobe Software hasn’t come up with reasonable raw processing for the Fuji X-trans sensor. The way the new sensor captures and processes light requires new thinking on their part and as yet Adobe has been satisfied to rework their current formula to produce acceptable, but not outstanding images. The jpeg processing in the Fuji camera can do it, SilkyPix can do it (albeit through a rather arcane user interface), and Phase 1in the beta release of their raw processor – Capture 1 – has apparently been able to do it. I gave a beta version of Capture 1 (which includes updated processing for the X-trans sensor and Fuji X series camera profiles) a test run. If it works as well as touted, I’ll have to think long and hard about switching from Lightroom which for me so far has been OK …. just. To have two different cataloging systems – for Lightroom and for Capture 1 – is a bit daunting for me.

Now onto the XP1 and the 18-55 zoom lens. I was out on the streets in New York City yesterday with the intention of shooting most of my images at the 55mm setting with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) turned on. Previous to my outing yesterday, I discovered information about how the OIS works between the camera and lens, and understanding how to use it affects both image quality and battery life. There is a new setting in Shooting Menu 5 called ‘IS Mode’ for which there are two settings with descriptive names of IS1 and IS2 – oh so helpful. In the IS1 option OIS is on and running continuously whenever the camera is turned on and a lens which has the OIS functionality is mounted and the function on the lens is acctivated. In the IS2 option OIS is activated only when the shutter is depressed half way before shooting.

Ah me, there’s always trade-offs in life, and especially in photography.

If IS1 is selected, the OIS runs continuously which creates a serious drain of battery power. But it also means that the teeny weeny gyroscopes in the lens are always engaged, running, and ready to stabilize without the slightest delay. This, not surprisingly, results in a very large percentage of the images shot in this mode being completely unaffected by lens motion or shake at slow shutter speeds.

If IS2 is selected, the OIS kicks in only when the shutter is depressed half way. So power from the battery for the OIS is used only at that time which, of course, results in a significant saving of battery power. However, in the time it takes for the battery to get the gyros up and running, and to stabilize the image the camera can still fire the shutter if the button is depressed quickly in one continuous motion. This resulted in a significant number of images shot on Friday (in this mode) being not optimal.

Sometimes the story or the expression of the person in an image is significant enough that I process and post it even with its technical shortcomings. So here’s what I got from my outing on Friday. The first was shot at 55mm and, with the OIS set to IS2, was one of the few at that focal length that were spot on…..

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Chicago | Mehrdad Abedi

So kurz vor Weihnachten wurde ich von meiner Firma für einen schnellen Stop nach Chicago geschickt. Das passte alles so gut zusammen! So konnte ich noch schnell die letzten Weihnachtseinkäufe tätigen, und da ich leider nur bis 5 Uhr morgens schlafen konnte, nutzte ich die Zeit, um durch die fast menschenleeren Strassen rund um die Michigan Ave zu wandern, bis endlich die ersten Konsumtempel aufmachten. So ohne die Tausenden von Menschen auf der Strasse will ich sogar sagen, dass Chicago eine richtig (!!!) schöne Stadt ist!

Ich wünsche Euch allen eine besinnliche Weihnachtszeit und einen guten Rutsch in ein noch besseres neues Jahr für uns alle!
 

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Fuji X-Pro1: Great Travel Camera…..or Greatest Travel Camera? | David Mcgaughey

For years I shot with Canon DSLRs. From the D30 to the 20D to the 5D. I always had a lightweight set of primes – last holding the Canon 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4, and 100/f2. This setup weighed a touch over 2 kilograms. The Fuji X-Pro1 with the Fujinon 18/2, 35/1.4, and 60/2.4 weighs less than a kilogram. Half as much. You really feel that kilo after several hours on your feet with the gear hanging off your shoulder. Which is is the primary reason I made the switch from DSLR to mirrorless. The other reasons are detailed here. Now, is the X-Pro1 the greatest travel camera made? Of course not. There is no greatest travel camera. The greatest travel camera would be some full-frame mirrorless lightning-AF body with a nice selection of compact, high quality, and weather-sealed lenses. Something like this may be available in a few years – but I prefer taking photos to waiting. So what makes the X-Pro1 a great travel camera for today? Well, it’s a very light setup for the quality. The lenses are high caliber, light, and compact.  The image quality is good enough for fairly large prints, even at higher sensitivity. The OVF is both comfortable to shoot with and much more energy efficient than an EVF. Still, this is a theoretical list. How does it perform on a real trip? That’s when you discover that batteries don’t last long enough, dust appears every time you switch lenses, and the camera freezes up at awkward times. I just got back from a trip from China, taking over 1700 photos over two weeks. After a lot of culling I ended up with about 120 photos to display. I also learned a lot about how the camera performs in cold and dirty conditions – in short, very well. It never had any weird glitches. The core controls are easy to use, even with heavy gloves on. Two batteries gets you through a few hundred pictures with a lot of chimping….

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Lapin luonto, Inari | Utsjoki – North Finland | Juha Periniva

“From 11th. of August 2012 I starting to shoot with Fuji X-Pro1 and four lenses.” Juha Periniva

Great pictures by Juha Periniva from Finland – enjoy!

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The Fuji X-E1 Review: An X-Pro1 For The Mainstream Audience |
Patrick Leong

So again, overall, the build quality of this camera is what I have come to expect from Fuji.  When compared to the X-Pro1, I would say that the X-Pro1 has a more solid or confident feel to it.  This could be because the X-Pro1′s entire body is made out of magnesium where as only the top and bottom plate of the X-E1 are made from this material.  The X-Pro1 feels slightly better built but what do you expect?  It’s priced 40% higher than the X-E1.  But this should not deter anyone from purchasing the Fuji X-E1 because it is a solid, and wonderful camera that’s very rewarding to own. What are other differences between these two cameras?  Well, while the LCD on the X-E1 is smaller, and lower in resolution than the X-Pro1′s, the X-E1 does offer a few things that the X-Pro1 does not.  For example, the X-E1 offers an electronic remote release, built in diopter, an external microphone jack, and a built-in pop up flash.  However, the X-E1 does not offer an X-sync terminal, and it also does not have the shutter speed dial lock of the X-Pro1 that I mentioned before.  The X-E1 also does not have a hybrid viewfinder but Fuji found a great way the remedy this…..
 
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A Trip to OldTown | Jonas Rask

Took a trip way back down memory lane today. In Århus, we have a huge 1:1 scale museum depicting old city life around the 1900′s. Some great scenery to be found there. I gave the images an authentic S-Curve processing to make them look dated. I think they turned out quite well. All images shot with X-Pro1 w/35mm f1.4 lens.
 

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Cold, Wet and Magical – Prague in December | Tim Steadman

Below are a few photos taken in Prague during the Christmas Market this past week.  It is a magical city that really turns on its charm during the Christmas season (maybe except for the time the local school kids danced to Gangnam style on the large stage :) ).  All photos taken with the Fuji X Pro-1 with 18mm or 35mm lens.  Photos processed in Lightroom.

Tim Steadman is a freelance photographer based in New Delhi, India, specializing in portrait and travel documentary photography.

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