A last test I wanted to do with the Fujifilm X-E2 I had on loan from Fujifilm Middle East, was a Street Photography shoot. Spending 36 hrs in Hong Kong earlier this week, was perfect to see how documenting the streets with the new camera, compares with the Fuji X-E1 ! Fujifilm Middle East also lend me the tiny 27mm 2.8 pancake lens; a great companion for my street photography needs. All images below were shot with this very sharp prime lens. I’ve written on this blog several times, that Hong Kong is a Street Photography paradise; after New York it is clearly my preferred place to document daily life on the street!….
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In the second (and last) of my tests between the new Fujifilm X-E2 and X-E1, I take a look at the image quality over the ISO range in RAW, using Lightroom 5.3 RC. I’d like to do the comparison in Capture One 7 (and I may revisit it later), but right now Capture One doesn’t support the X-E2 RAW files. The Fujifilm X-E2 has a number of improvements over the X-E1, though almost none of them relate to image quality. The X-E2 has a newer sensor, the X-Trans CMOS II, but the primary difference is the addition of phase detection pixels, rather than an improvement in the imaging properties of the sensor. However, the X-E2 RAW files are 14-bit, vs the 12-bit X-E1 files, so there is potentially an improvement to be had, at least in extreme circumstances. Let’s take a quick look. To set up the test, I took the X-E1 and X-E2 with the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 at f/5.6 and placed each camera on a tripod, focusing on my bookshelf. I then took the same exposures (same ISO, aperture and shutter speed) for ISO 200, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 and examined the output……
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Sometimes life takes us by the hand and helps us to see what otherwise might be missed. It shows you one thing to allow you to see another. You might not realise it at the time, you might not realise it until after it happens, but the aha moment shows it’s face and makes you wonder just how the universe nudges us one way or another as we stumble through life. The divide between rich and poor was projected on the walls of shops and houses, but first I would be taken on an unexpected journey with the Chinese workers of Taipa and Macau. I woke early and slipped out of the hotel room with my shoes in my hand and my camera bag over my shoulder. This was fast becoming my MO, up early and out either before, or as the sun comes up, leaving the others to sleep. I slipped my shoes on and stepped into the elevator and hit G. The lobby was empty, nobody on the desk and nobody on the door. I stepped outside and felt the Asian heat hanging from the night before. The sun had just came up, but was nothing more than a bright spot in the thick fog. I was in Taipa, but I has heading to Macau, the Chinese gambling capital……
S-21 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was one of 150 execution centres spread across Cambodia. The site is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. All photographs taken with Fuji X-Pro 1 & X-E1 with 14mm, 35mm & 18-55mm lenses.
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So there I was, making the leap to mirrorless after years of lugging various Canons everywhere.
It was a surreal moment when I first held the box containing my new Fuji X-E1. Obviously, I knew the camera would be vastly smaller than my beloved Canon 5D Mark II, but I was still taken aback by the sheer tininess of the thing. And the weight — wow. Things were going to be different. The second indication that I was living in a different world was, upon connecting my Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 lens to the X-E1, I was prompted by the camera to download and install new lens firmware. Not the sort of thing I’m used to, but I’m not complaining. One of the reasons I took the plunge was the chorus of “Fuji is leading the way in post-purchase support” I’d heard over and over. For example: recently — literally years after releasing the X100 — Fuji posted new firmware for the camera that makes major improvements, even though the X100 is long-replaced by the X100s (which may itself be supplanted next year, if the “X200″ rumors are correct)……
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The big wheel dominating the Petrusse valley in Luxembourg, at sunset, create really interesting light trails and I tried to play around this subject to catch unusual frames. I was there just few minutes after the sunset so i can still see some clouds, is not too dark, and I can have the “star” effects on the light lamps, closing the diaphragm at F/22, ISO 200, tripod and, of course, my beloved Fuji X-E1 plus the Fujinon XF 18-55…..
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To get an idea of the performance increase with the X-E2 vs the X-E1, I shot high-speed burst mode using RAW to fill the image buffer and then timed the release. Since the X-E2 uses 14-bit RAW files and the X-E1 uses 12-bit RAW files, the X-E2 files are larger, but the X-E1 can handle a few more photos in burst mode before filling. The X-E2′s RAWs are 30% larger (32.2MB vs 24.9MB) than the X-E1s, while the X-E1 can shoot 11 frames vs the X-E2′s 8 frames before filling the buffer… Total write size in the buffer is approximately the same, though the X-E1 is writing 6% more data…if write speeds are equal, we’d expect a 6% performance improvement on the X-E2. The third column in the table below are extrapolated times based on this difference. I think both share an approximately 280MB buffer. I also tested three different SD cards. First, a SanDisk Ultra, “Class 10″ 15MB/sec card; Second, a SanDisk Extreme UHS-1, 45MB/sec card; Finally, a PNY Elite Pro UHS-1, 90MB/sec card.
Here are the results:
Times required to clear image buffer after high-speed RAW image burst
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We’ve been blessed with some spectacular colour this Autumn here in Ireland. Apparently, according to the news, the weather conditions were just right that the colour of the trees here rivalled that of those in New England. Certainly where I live the colours have been amazing. I’ve been keeping a good photographic document of the progress of my favourite season as it affected one of my favourite parks in the city, and I’m working on making this into a book. However, as the final days of fall give way to winter, the foliage has one last gasp of spectacular colour, and I did my best to capture its grandeur. The following photos were all captured with my little Fuji XE-1 and the 18-55mm lens. I’ve been pretty skeptical of this lens in the past, but as I’ve recently discovered, processing your images in Iridient Developer (or Capture one or Photo Ninja apparently) can have a pretty big effect, I decided to give the lens another chance. I was not disappointed, and I’m completely re-evaluating my opinion of it. Technicalities aside, the Fuji’s ability to capture colour and the vibrance, made it a perfect choice to chronicle the beauty of the Autumn leaves . I’ve tweaked these a bit in both Iridient Developer and then further in Lightroom, but I haven’t altered the spirit of the images…..
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FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) will be releasing firmware upgrades for its premium X-E1, X100S and X-E2 models to enhance operability and functionality. This latest firmware upgrade is being released in response to customer demand and will offer users the chance to update their models to incorporate functionality available on the most recent X series cameras launched in October 2013. Fujifilm is striving to keep the level of technology offered on these products as up to date as possible so that purchasers of the X series models will have greater longevity of use.
[Release date of the new firmware]
19th December 2013 (Thu.) GMT 05:00/JST 14:00
FUJIFILM X-E1 : Ver.2.10
FUJIFILM X100S : Ver.1.10
FUJIFILM X-E2 : Ver.1.10
[Contents of the firmware update]
For an overview of improvements to each model please refer to the list below.
<Updates now available for the X-E1, X100S and X-E2>
- New fuctionality allowing you to edit image filenames
An image filename (DSCF***) is automatically allocated to each picture when shooting, this can now be changed to your filename of choice.* This added functionality is useful when organising the images after shooting, and sorting the images into groups. * It can be changed to a 4-letter filename when selecting “sRGB” and a 3-letter filename when selecting “Adobe RGB” for the color space.
- Improvement of RAW file conversion function
When developing RAF images in-camera using the built-in RAW file converter, the firmware upgrade improves the flow by taking you back to the original RAF image once the conversion has been done, whereas before it left you with the converted JPG file on screen and the user had to go back to the next RAF file manually.<Updates available for the X-E1 and X100S>
- See the exposure setting in live-view and histogram
The images and histogram will reflect current exposure levels (with the shutter speed and aperture set during manual exposure also displayed on the image). In scenarios where the live view and the final shot will appear differently, eg: when using flash, this setting can be turned off.
- Change of numbering for images shot using continuous shooting
When shooting using continuous shooting, only the first image is currently displayed in full screen and subsequent frames are displayed in small on the bottom right, and the file number was set as “S+7-digit number”. With the new firmware, all frames in continuous shooting are displayed as full screen shots in playback. The file number has also been altered to follow numerically as per standard single shots, thereby allowing uniform management of images after shooting.
- Aperture and shutter speed can be changed once AE lock is selected
The aperture or shutter speed can be changed while maintaining exposure (EV value) with the AE lock button. The photographer has the ability to tweak settings down to the very last moment before shooting.<Updates available for the X-E1>
- The default and maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed can be set when ISO AUTO is selected
When selecting “AUTO” in the ISO setting, users can also set standard ISO, Maximum ISO and a low-speed shutter limit. The Low-speed shutter limit has been extended to 1/500 seconds.<Updates available for the X100S>
- Improve the cover range and accuracy of the bright frame in the OVF
By maintaining the position of the bright frame with parallax compensation during AF lock, the shooting area can be checked even when letting go of the shutter release.
Please visit the following URL for details on other changes.
** This firmware is exclusive to the FUJIFILM X-E1, X100S and X-E2. Firmware is software that controls the camera body.
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