David Cleland

Using the X100T with Elgato Smart Power | David Cleland

My first accessory for the X100T comes in the form of the Elgato Smart Power device. In today’s modern, battery powered living we spend a lot of time looking at battery indicators and trying to conserve power, the Elgato Smart Power is a mobile charging solution, (admittedly with iOS and mobile devices owners in mind) that could offer a whole new set of opportunities for the modern photographer. Out of all the enhancements, upgrades and improvements to the Fujifilm X100T I am particularly excited about the introduction of charging over USB and it made perfect sense to partner the Elgato Smart Power with the X100T. Firstly I should explain that the Elgato Smart Power is a lightweight, slimline battery pack that allows the connection of any device that charges over USB. It’s a powerful mobile charger that when fully charged offers 3 complete charges of my iPhone 5C. The Elgato Smart Power sounds simple but it is actually a sophisticated device with a number of bells and whistles that make it special compared to other mobile charging devices. Firstly it really is travel sized, it’s light and doesn’t feel like your carrying a brick in your bag when out and about. The Elgato Smart Power is designed for general USB charging and although isn’t specifically designed for the X100T I have been successfully charging my camera over the last few days……….

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Elgato Smart Power

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The Fujifilm X100T Review | David Cleland

The Fujifilm X100T is the 3rd generation of the brilliant retro-styled X100 camera. The X100 was the camera that first attracted me to Fujifilm and to mirrorless photography back in early 201 and from then I upgraded to the Fujifilm X100s and it literally went everywhere in its little brown leather case documenting some of the best memories of 2013 and 2014 including Jim Broadbent, Two Door Cinema Club, and Vivian Campbell to name just a few. You can read my X100S experiences in: The X100S One Year On. When Fujifilm announced the X100T I assumed it was an incremental upgrade to the X100 range and I began to wonder what they would change and how they could improve on the the X100s which I considered to be a work of brilliance. I read comments from other photographers considering there might not be enough of a change on the X100s to justify the upgrade as, after all it was the same lens, the same sensor, and it is almost identical in physical appearance. Within a few minutes of using the X100T the differences were obviously apparent, it’s a leap but please don’t consider this statement me writing off the X100S, it remains a brilliant camera but where the X100s is smart, the X100T is a genius. It feels like Fujifilm have packed a supercomputer into the X100T both in terms of features and performance……..

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Fuji X100T

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10 Reasons to own a Fujifilm X Camera | David Cleland

I have been a big fan of the Fujifilm X range of cameras ever since I bought my first X100 back in June 2011. It was a big change from my DSLR, and although it had its quirks it was a joy to use. Fast forward a few years on I am literally hooked on the small form factor, versatility, performance and image quality offered by the growing Fujifilm X range of cameras. Two or three times per week I receive emails from photographers asking advice on things like, “Would the X range replace my DSLR?”. They are hard questions to address as, everyone’s needs are different, I only sporadically use my DSLR but when I do it tends to strengthen my draw to the X-range of cameras. For this reason I have decided to list just ten reasons why the Fujifilm X range is my first stop camera system…….

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Fujifilm 27mm Review | David Cleland

I have been using the Fujifilm 27mm pancake lens for almost a year and I am yet to actually give the lens the attention or acknowledgement it deserves. The Fujifilm 27mm lens has in a sense, become my much loved ‘off duty’ lens, tending to be my go-to lens for general days out exploring. As one of Fujifilm’s least expensive lenses the 27mm is deserving of attention especially by those photographers who really want to travel light. During this year’s annual holiday I used just the X-T1 and 27mm to document days out to the beach, amusements, walks and outings, with the 27mm making the X-T1 feel more like the X100s in form factor but with the option of additional lenses. That said the Fujifilm X100s will always remain an exceptionally special camera in my mind. ….

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Fujifilm XF 18-135mm First Impressions | David Cleland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Fujifilm make announcements about new cameras or lens I always react with acute excitement. Ever since the release of the weather sealed Fujifilm X-T1 I have been longing for the release of their first weather sealed lens. When Fujifilm announced the XF 18-135mm lens with image stabilisation I couldn’t wait to have a completely weather sealed system for out in the Northern Ireland mountains. Please note:  that all of the images in this post were captured with a pre-production version of the lens and, Prototype 7 (as I knew it) felt as close to a finished product as I would imagine and a great lens it was to. Weather sealed, image stabilized and a range of 18mm through to 135mm (f/3.5 to f/5.6) it is a versatile beast. Having updated the firmware on my X-T1 to 1.10 it was time for some initial testing. I should say I am not going to get into the technicals of the lens, it is pre-production, the images are processed in Lightroom and for a number I have used the “upright” correction as no lens profile exists at this stage. For a preproduction lens I have to say it performed amazingly well and the images required very little work……

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Dunluce Castle Long Exposure with the X-T1 and 10-24mm |
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Dunluce Castle on Northern Ireland’s Antrim coast is said to be the inspiration for CS Lewis and the royal castle of Cair Paravel. More recently the castle (with a number of other Northern Ireland locations) was featured in the brilliant Game of Thrones television series. I had a fifteen minute opportunity to capturing the castle during a family visit to the coast. I was only able to capture six images in total so I am considering these photos to be test shots given the extra struggling of capturing during the mid afternoon sun. Using the Fujifilm X-T1, the 10-24mm lens and the lee filter system I decided to try some long exposure photography………

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The Fujinon 56mm – Bokeh Master | David Cleland

In Conclusion

If you are looking for a lens that captures sharp images and stunning bokeh the 56mm is definitely the lens to go for. The perfect partner to the 23mm it has to be one of best lenses I have used in terms of performance and image quality. The 56mm is a bokeh machine that is perfect for people photography. It is a joy to use and will be a firm favourite on my X-T1 for sometime to come. I have set up a 56mm flickr set here that will grow over time……..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2

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Belfast and Donegal with the Fujinon 10-24mm lens | David Cleland

There is a school of thought, I think incorrectly suggests that landscape photography needs to be a wide as possible. Although I disagree with this school of thought I’m aware there are times that an ultra wide field of view is essential to capture a scene. Sometimes the need to go ultra wide is down to an inability to get the correct distance from the subject other times it is about capturing the vastness of a scene. I’ve been using the Fujinon 10-24mm as the only lens locked to the Fujifilm X-T1. You can see just how wide you can go with this photograph of Poison Glen in Donegal. You can just spot the church in the left hand side of the frame and this was shot at 19mm!! …..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF10-24mm F4.0

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The Fujifilm X-T1 Review | David Cleland


Conclusion

Does the X-T1 deserve the hype? Definitely. The X-T1 is a powerhouse that delivers stunning, pin sharp images with the almost breathtaking dynamic range we have grown to associate with the Fujfilm X-Range. I struggle to find fault and I hope you understand what I mean when I say I could look at it for hours, it is a remarkable piece of technology. The controls are extremely accessible on the body of the camera and there isn’t hardly an aspect of the device that isn’t customisable or adjustable. The viewfinder and LCD screens are stunning and if that isn’t enough you can even control the camera via live view on a mobile device. The X-T1 has all the bells and whistles and underneath is a powerful, remarkable image maker that is as usable in the hands of a new photographer as it is in the hands of a pro. The X-T1 is not only a top performer but it is a joy to use and the ergonomics are excellent. I am in awe of the Fujifilm X-T1 and don’t have the capacity to see where the company will take the X range from here. I know the lens roadmap is very exciting and I can see the X-T1 making a considerable dent in the digital SLR market. Notable is the fact that every photographer I have spoken to (who has used the X-T1) has nothing but love for what has to be the most desirable camera of 2014…….


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Remote Photography with the X-T1 | David Cleland


Cameras featuring WIFI connectivity are a relatively new phenomenon. The X-M1 was the first camera I used that offered a wifi connection to a mobile device such as iOS or Android phone. The Fujifilm mobile app enables the user to use the GPS feature on their phone to add geo-location data to images via wifi. This is quite a useful feature and I have been using it ever since the Freedom Through Photography project. See my review of the X-M1 for more information. Fujifilm have taken the wifi feature a step further with their latest app “Fujifilm Camera remote” for both iOS and Android. Although I have the other Fujifilm mobile apps (Fujifilm Photo Receiver etc) installed the new Camera Remote App is my personal favourite. The image below shows the X-T1 on a tripod with what the camera is seeing displayed remotely on my phone…….


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