In meinen ersten Eindrücken zur X-T2 muss ich mich irgendwie etwas undeutlich ausgedrückt haben. Nicht diese Kamera, sondern die X-Pro2 ist der eigentliche Grund für meinen endgültigen kompletten Wechsel zu nur diesem einen System. OK, das ein oder andere Objektiv vielleicht auch noch. Die so betitelte “endgültige Entscheidung” bezog sich nur noch auf das Tüpfelchen auf dem i, nämlich das Vorhandensein einer zweiten, etwas DSLR-artiger ausgelegten Kamera, also der X-T2. Ich weiß, das klingt etwas seltsam, ist doch diese neue Kamera aktuell wahrscheinlich die kompletteste und perfekteste Spiegellose auf dem Markt. Die Konkurrenz hat entweder dann doch auf einen etwas zu kleinen Sensor für manche Bedürfnisse gesetzt (das war für mich letztlich der Grund) oder hat vielleicht sogar größere Sensoren im Angebot, weiß jedoch nicht wirklich, wie man Kameras – von Objektiven mal ganz zu schweigen – für Fotografen baut. Und dann gibt es noch die, die es mal wussten, jetzt aber lieber Sammlerobjekte oder Spezialeditionen ihrer Kameras mit von Werk aus abgeschrammeltem Lack für reiche Menschen auf der ganzen Welt bauen… traurig genug…..
Ok, so the X-T2 is now available and now every Fujifilm photographer who doesn’t already own an X-T2 or X-Pro2 finds themselves in a bit of a dilemma, do you go for the X-T2 or the X-Pro2. On the surface it would seem like an easy decision, the X-T2 has virtually everything that the X-Pro2 has and more, including 4K video, and all while being the cheaper of the two cameras. So clearly, the X-T2 is the better choice, right? Well, as with many things in photography, that is not the whole story, so today we wanted to focus on a few of the reasons to still consider an X-Pro2 now that the X-T2 is available. Though with two cameras as evenly matched in most ways as these cameras are, we fully admit that the list below to be pretty subjective and you may disagree on one point or another. But lets get into it….
- Film: Leica M6, Summicron 50mm f2, Fuji Neopan 100 ACROS 35mm film
- Digital: Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF 35mm f2, ACROS Film simulation
I’ve wanted to do a comparison video for a while now, comparing the Fujifilm ACROS film simulation with the actual Neopan 100 ACROS film. This is that video. It’s not a debate between which is better, digital or film, that’s subjective and up to each person to make up their own mind on which is better for them. This video just shows the two mediums back to back……
Source: ACROS vs ACROS : Film vs Digital
I’ve covered a lot of ground in my posts about the X-Pro2 body in various situations. In this post, I’m concentrating on one lens- the Fujinon XF 23mm f1.4. I offer the pros and cons working with this lens which is a focal length (35mm full frame equivalent) often considered the ideal one for all-around versatility. You see this focal length on many higher end fixed lens cameras such as those from Fuji, Sony, and Leica. I must admit that for the whole time I was shooting at the fair I didn’t feel like I wanted another lens, with the exception of a few shots at the very end when I did the series of face painting. I think much of this is due to both the simplicity and freedom of using a rangefinder and not having to think about changing lenses. I think I would have felt similarly with my XF 35mm f2.0. However, once I use a focal length much longer than 35mm (FF equivalent = 50mm) I limit the situations where I can get away with only one lens and conversely going too wide limits potential for portraits and candids of people. With the exception of one shot, every shot in this post and almost everything I shot at the fair, I used rangefinder viewing on my X-Pro2……
One of the main reasons I like photography is it allows me to explore a subject whilst hiding behind my camera. It’s like a shield, an excuse to go and do things I would not normally do “naked” without it. I wanted to meet some Sadhu, the holy men of India who dedicate their life to the Hindu religion. Giving up their past, to the extent that the person they were before is officially dead to the Indian government. I wanted to know all about them, any regrets, why do it and what’s it like to sleep on a marble floor for the rest of your life? Ever photo assignment delivers its own unique set of issues. After all, good photographers are part creatives, part story tellers and part problem solvers. This trip was to be no different. I had heard of holy city of Pushkar before and had always wanted to visit…….
Well, I’m 25 years old and currently in my final year on my masters in Industrial Design Engineering, here in Gothenburg Sweden. So studying to become an engineer is what I spend most of my time doing actually, although what people see is probably mainly my photography. If I could I would probably want spend most of my life exploring the world as I feel that is the most rewarding and humbling experience you can have. That is also perhaps my biggest goal with my photography – exploring and trying to capture inspiration that I can forward to people among me that see my work. Forwarding the inspiration so to speak……
Last time out (click here) I talked about why I chose the X-Pro2. Sure GAS… blah blah, but in real terms; more ISO, more shutter speed, better manual focus aids and a clever hybrid view finder greatly aid the way I use the X-Pro series cameras. I very much enjoyed the X-Pro1 image quality, in fact I’ve written about it many times! You can read some of my thoughts on the X-Pro1 IQ here and here. Although the X-Trans II sensor cameras produced technically superior images (cleaner, better Dynamic Range (DR), 14 bit RAW) I preferred the original X-Trans I look. So to say that I was concerned about the IQ of the (X-Trans III) X-Pro2 files was an understatement……
Sorry for the delay with the next installment of the XPro-2 field reports. Last time I was gushing about all of the feel of the camera and the smoooooth sounds it makes when you fire the shutter, and all sorts of unspecific things. You know that happens when you get a new bit of kit that you bond with instantly. This time around it will be a little bit of the same with hopefully a few specifics mixed in for those about to flip the coin and decide on an XT-2 or maybe possibly the old hat XPro-2…..
Source: XPro-2 Field Report No. 2
Note to fashion photographers everywhere: Pigeons make horrible models. Even with the snappy new Fujifilm X-Pro2 digital camera, I was constantly frustrated by the inability for even the most lethargic pigeon to hold his or her pose for more than a fraction of a second. I chose to test the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, shooting Duke Riley’s latest (and largest) art installation, Fly By Night. Riley, a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist and pigeon fancier, has worked extensively with pigeons before—even training a squadron of 50 homing pigeons to fly from Key West, Florida, to Cuba to retrieve some cigars—and he has been raising them since he was a boy after rescuing one while he was a child, living in Boston…….
Wieder einmal ging es für mich und meine Freundin raus aus der tristen Großstadt, weg von Lärm, Dreck und Gestank. Unser Herz schrie nach den Bergen und somit packten wir unsere sieben Sachen zusammen und machten uns auf den Weg Richtung Schweiz, die man schon fast unser zweites zu Hause nennen kann. Mit an Bord war ein neuer Begleiter, die Fuji XPro-2 mit dem 18 mm f/2 und dem 35 mm f/2 , was man natürlich umrechnen muss, da es eine APS-C-Systemkamera ist. Auch bekam ich von Fuji als Support das XF 100–400 mm f/4.5–5.6 zugeschickt, was mit seinen fast 2 kg nicht gerade leicht ist. Stets nutzte ich Kameras der Marke Canon und Objektive der hochgelobten SIGMA-Art-Reihe, doch diese waren auf Dauer einfach zu unhandliche Begleiter und nahmen viel zu viel Platz im Gepäck ein, also musste etwas Neues her…..