Meine erste Liebe zur Fotografie begann 1973 mit dem Kauf einer Canon F1. Seinerzeit schrieb ein gewisser Nörgelmann – alias Alexander Borell – einen Praxistest im Foto Magazin über eben diese Kamera von Canon. Zur Auswahl standen damals nur die Nikon F oder die Canon F1. In einem Mannheimer Fotogeschäft wollte man mir partout die Nikon schmackhaft machen. Ich ließ mich nicht beirren und verließ – stolz wie Oskar – den Laden mit einer nagelneuen F1 und einem Normalobjektiv von 50mm mit Lichtstärke 1,4. Zu dieser Zeit war das 50mm Objektiv die Standartbrennweite. Kein Mensch dachte damals an ein Kit-Zoom. Das Umfeld beneidete mich um diese Kamera, hauptsächlich bei der Bundeswehr. Dort war ich während meines Wehrdienstes der einzige gelernte Werkzeugmacher unter lauter Fotografen, Retuscheuren und Reprofotografen…….
A few months back I procured the well regarded Zeiss Sonnar 90mm F2.8 (G fit). I was suitably impressed with this somewhat small marvel and the review is buried on this site somewhere! It was small, well made, EXTREMELY sharp – and ultimately convinced me that buying the Fujinon XF90mm may not actually be necessary. I’m not saying it was better (it likely wasn’t/isn’t) but seeing as that focal length is not really what I use anyway (I do mainly street stuff and use the 23mm nearly all of the time) I figured the £600 I saved by not getting it could be put to better use. So I went to Whitstable for a few days with my bird…had a great time. I have always been a fan of the Contax G1/2 – I worked in photo retail for many years, straight out of school, in fact, and this titanium tank still has a huge following today. One of the reasons people bought these beauties (and still do) was the lenses available. The most popular of which was the Planar 45. Years later, as bench tests became more advanced and sensors started to out perform film emulsion etc, this optic became something of a star, especially in the digital mirrorless world…..
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to cover the dress-rehearsal and première of Amaluna, by Cirque Du Soleil. For the summer they have set up their big top in Knokke-Heist. Awesome show, so go check it out! I’ve been shooting Fujifilm for a couple of years now so I dare to say I know the ins & outs of the system. I was confident enough about the camera’s but I shoot primes only… I guess I looked like the odd-one-out arriving at the venue next to guys from the associated press & getty. (think Canon/Nikon and heavy glass) Gear Used: Fujifilm X-PRO2, Fujifilm X-T1 (with grip), XF16, XF23, XF35, XF90…….
We will talk a little more on the evolution of autofocus for X-T2 and X-Pro2 Ver.2.00 by comparing it to the AF performance of X-Pro2 Ver.1.00. First, there are more AF points. Take a look at the screenshot below. You will notice that there are two additional lines of AF points at both right and left end of the display. The number of AF points for the phase detection pixels remains the same. They are for the contrast AF, but with the 384fps readout capability of X-Trans CMOS III, the fast processing power of X-Processor Pro, and the newly designed lens range will make the contrast AF fast enough that we are certain you will see the difference. X-Pro2, Is the AF faster? This will especially be valuable if your style of photograph is to have the camera on a tripod and compose your picture carefully before deciding on the focus point…….
One of the cool things about Cactus is that they are constantly consulting photographers how to improve their flashes and remote triggers to make the photographer’s life easier. Most importantly, they listen and execute. Cactus has recently upgraded its V6 wireless transceiver system to allow flash sync speeds of up to 1/8000 sec. I have been waiting for the HSS (High Speed Sync) for my Fujifilm cameras for a long time. I’ve been using a pre-production Cactus V6II trigger since May. So I tested the Cactus RF60 flash with V6II trigger at one of my cycling races assignments couple weeks ago. As usual, it is not a technical review. I share with you how I set up the shoot, what works and what does not and feel free to browse the photos to see the result. I first picked one corner that I like the most from this course. I wanted to shoot it beyond the fence but stopped by the volunteers who secured the race track even I was one of the media photographers and weard the media vest. I could understand their concern. As a sports photographer, I do know the risks when covering different sports…..
Ten years ago I was yet again a dying man. Regular dialysis kept me alive but drained my body of precious energy so I paid almost weekly visits to the Emergency department. I felt tired, depressed and very sick. This physical and emotional end-of-the-road exhaustion came exactly three years after my multi-month stay in an intensive care unit. That was when I was dying the first time. It all started one ordinary Sunday afternoon when I was playing soccer with my friends. During the game I suffered a small scratch on my leg – one that you would probably ignore. So did I! However, within hours I started to feel unusually weak. That evening I knew something was horribly wrong. By the time I got to a hospital and got a diagnosis, deadly flesh-eating bacteria had already eaten a great chunk of my leg. Who knew it would be just the beginning…..
Digital cameras are notoriously difficult to design and get right. Where do you start? Who is the customer? What features do you include on the camera? There are uncountable ways to approach a camera development and design programme. For example, you can create a spreadsheet listing current and near-future ‚must-have‘ specifications and cross them out one-by-one to please the techno-consumer. Or you can specialise and excel in specific areas—a more difficult proposition altogether. For the X-Pro2, Fujifilm chose the latter simply because of their heritage of crafting cameras for particular needs.If you take a look at Fujifilm’s history of cameras, you get a sense of a company that sees photography not only as a technological endeavour but also an artistic one. For example, I have in the past used two remarkable Fujifilm cameras — the GX680 III and the GA645. The GX680 III is the largest roll-film SLR ever made…….
Recently I got this pop-up on my MAC informing on new Creative Cloud App updates, so I downloaded ´em & was looking at some high contrast images after import using Lightroom´s ACR (Adobe Camera RAW). Here FYI the JPEG SOOC, with totally jacked highlights & shadows. But when opening the RAW´s with ACR – what the … ??? ;-) Hey, could it be that Adobe´s now finally gotten their Fuji X-Trans rendering act together ? Intrigued by this performance I decided to (again … yawn ;-) compare Adobe´s Camera RAW (included in Lightroom & Photoshop CC) with the best external RAW converters out there (Iridient & Photo Ninja) – ya just gotta keep on your toes here ;-) please read on if interested! I´ve been using Photo Mechanic for culling / key-wording & Lightroom for (mobile) image management / processing since way back…….
I’m just going to note down my thoughts good and bad about the X-Pro2 rather than write a full review on it. There are loads of reviews out there already, and I don’t think we need another. Let’s get to it then!I saved my money for an X-Pro2. I waited and waited and waited, Fujifilm promised something amazing, they told us it was delayed because they only wanted to release it when they had something special, something different to show us. I respect that a lot, unlike Sony, Olympus who release a new camera every 9 months to boost sales, Fujifilm make us wait, they keep our old cameras alive with occasional firmware updates and sometimes huge boosts to the camera performance with a major update…..