I am getting married and for our photoshoot we decided to save a bit of money and take the photos ourselves. I recently sold my Sony A7II gear and bought myself an aging but ever-so charming X100T. It was not about the image quality. I just have more fun shooting with an X100T. It’s like wearing a glove that grows on you and fits you more after a certain period of time. With the Sony A7II (I also owned a A7s prior to that) I never had the feeling I was holding an intimate tool, but rather a computing device. Not sure how else to express it. That was all. I knew, that the X100T is not really build for a task like that, but with the additional Teleconverter, I dared to give it a try…..
Hey all, I’ve been lurking quite a while and have recently come to the realization that I’ve been so obsessed with gear and have not been out taking pictures much at all. So as I was in the city running some errands, I took some ‚drive-by‘ shots. I wasn’t necessarily there to shoot, but I’d still like some CC on these pictures. I’m ready to learn. I do want to improve my photos. What I’m interested in is how YOU would capture the scenes. All of these are shot on the X-Pro 2 and Zeiss 32mm. Super sharp and good results. All are PP’d jpegs as I don’t have too much time at the moment. Neither do I have a RAW converter for the X-Pro 2. Cropped to 16 x 9 roughly. I am a fan of the ‚panoramic‘ look, especially for cities……..
The Fujifilm X70 is fixed-lens APS-C compact camera with a 16.3MP X-Trans sensor and a 18.5mm (28mm field of view equivalent) F2.8 Fujinon lens. It shares many design elements and some specifications with Fujifilm’s popular X100-series, but omits their hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder – or indeed any kind of built-in viewfinder at all. Instead, the X70’s user interface employs a Fujifilm first: a touchscreen. And a tilting one, at that. What the X70 does share with the X100 lineup is a metal chassis adorned with dials upon dials, putting camera settings exactly where you left them every time. It’s a setup that any vintage camera user can appreciate, but one that still makes sense in the digital age. It also represents a completely different approach to this camera’s closest competitor, the venerable Ricoh GR (II)*. Let’s see what else the X70 brings to the market……..
The X-Pro2 is one of the most expensive APS-C cameras now on the market but also one of the most specialized. The traditional looks and slightly throw-back handling of the camera are likely to dictate whether you love or are baffled by it. And, broadly speaking, this should dictate whether this is the camera for you. If you directly compare it against most of its peers, it risks coming up short in one respect or other. Its autofocus isn’t as sophisticated as the sportiest of its contemporaries (such as the Canon EOS 7D II or Nikon D500), its video isn’t as cutting-edge as it could be (Sony’s less expensive a6300 and Samsung’s swansong model both offer better footage). However, unlike the original X-Pro1, these aspects aren’t so uncompetitive that you have to completely write-off them off and hope they’re of little interest to the target audience. The X-Pro2 is a much more fully-rounded camera than its styling implies and one that can turn its hand to a wide range of tasks, it’s just at its best within its own, narrower milieu……….
Long time Canon shooter who added an XT1 and several lenses over the past 2 years. My latest addition is the Fujinon 100-400 and the 1.4 extender and I’d thought others might find it helpful to hear of my experience and thoughts. Received the lens and extender last week and had the opportunity to put it through it’s paces this past weekend. I should note that I have experience with long lenses as I currently own the Canon 300mmf4L (non-IS) and 400f5.6L along with both the Canon 1.4 and 2x extenders. In the past I also owned Canon’s first version of their 100-400 but did not shoot with it often as I was never pleased with the AF speed or IQ. I do shoot wildlife in Florida (mostly shore birds) and birds in flight (BIF) along with airshows, bike races and trains. I’ve always been drawn to long lenses as I like to extract subjects and compress distances and I appreciate the subject isolation that can be achieved with long glass and proper technique…………..
Last week, Fujifilm announced several new products including two major new cameras – the X-Pro2 and X70. DPReview was at the launch event in Tokyo where we made time to sit down with two senior Fujifilm executives – Mr. Toru Takahashi and Toshihisa Iida. As well as the new cameras, we also spoke about Fujifilm’s long-term ambitions, which cameras sell best in which countries and Samsung’s apparent exit from the camera market.The following transcript has been edited slightly for clarity.
The X-Pro2 clearly replaces the X-Pro1 but is it the new flagship? Or does it sit alongside the X-T1?
Toru Takahashi (TT): We have two flagships. The X-T1 and the X-Pro2. [Even after] the launch of the X-T1 the X-Pro1 still had a function. We have two different kinds of photographers to cater for……….
In addition to its X-Pro2 and X-E2S, Fujifilm also announced the X70, a compact camera with a fixed 28mm equiv. F2.8 lens (shown here with a lens hood). Focal length aside, the X70 is in many way a Fujifilm X100T minus the hybrid viewfinder but with the addition of a tilting touchscreen. It uses the same 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans II sensor as the X100T and features a similar layout of control points. We had the opportunity to get our hands on the X70 at a press event in Japan – take a look…….
Among all of its new cameras announcements, Fujifilm also made public the development of a new external flash. The EF-X500 is a high-end, weather-sealed model with a guide number of 50m at ISO 100, the ability to control up to three sets of TTL off-camera strobes, and a high-speed sync mode that supports the X-Pro2’s maximum 1/8000 sec shutter speed. The zoom head range is 24-105mm equiv., and can go as wide as 20mm with the wide panel pulled into place. It has a large, backlit display on its back side along with a control dial for easy setting adjustment. As you’d expect, the flash can tilt and rotate – 10° down, 90° up, 135° left and 180° right. It uses four AA batteries and also supports Fujifilm’s EF-BP1 external battery pack. The EF-X500 is expected to ship in May at a price yet to be determined…….
The X-Pro2’s higher resolution sensor also gains wider-spread on-sensor phase-detect AF coverage, which is another significant improvement. In addition it has a small, thumb-operated joystick that allows you to more easily select an AF point and, in turn, the camera lets you select from a any of the camera’s AF points. Other changes include allowing Auto ISO to extend up to 12800 and the ability to shoot Raw files at all the camera’s ISO settings (extended settings have always been JPEG-only on previous X-series cameras), as well as the ability to apply lossless compression to Raw files. The X-Pro2’s shutter has been improved, too, and can now shoot as fast as 1/8000 sec, with flash sync extended to 1/250 sec of a second. But much of what else made the original X-Pro1 stand out remains. The genuinely rangefinder-styled body, rather than just being a rectangle with a band of faux leather around it, mimics most of the control points and design accents of a 1960s camera. It still has the all-metal construction but more attention has been made to provide environmental sealing, as you’d expect in a camera at this price……
My Gear of the Year isn’t a product launched in 2015. Nor is it necessarily the absolute best option available. However, it is the product that I’ve grabbed whenever I wasn’t committed to something else we’ve been testing, and it’s a product I’ve really enjoyed.
What I love
- Classic portrait focal length 85mm equivalent field-of-view
- Bright maximum aperture for shallow depth-of-field or low light work
- Apodization filter to ensure smoother bokeh
- Well built solid-feeling without being too heavy
I’ve always liked the idea of classic 85-135mm equivalent portrait lenses but they’ve tended to be somewhat thin on the ground for the APS-C cameras I seem to end up testing. So I’m delighted to see Fujifilm go the extra mile and create a fast 85mm equivalent……..
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 APD
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