Fuji X-Pro1

A First Look at Capture One’s X-Pro 1 Support | Thomas Fitzgerald

If you’re a fuji user or even just a fan you’ve probably been reading the reports of upcoming X-Pro1 and XE-1 support to be added to Capture One, the high end Raw converter from Phase One. Reports had been steadily leaking out from people using the beta and the general consensus was that it was an improvement over Adobe’s implementation in Lightroom. They released the final version today, and I decided to have a look and see if it lived up to the hype. In case you’re not following this blog regularly, let me just tell you where I’m coming from with regard to this subject, just so you can put my opinions in context. I had been a relatively early adopter of the X-Pro1 but I had eventually sold mine, partly due to the lack of a good workflow for handling the raw files. It was actually the Lightroom support that pushed me over the edge. I was very critical of it, and found the “watercolour” artefacts to be completely unacceptable. Needless to say I got a lot of criticism for those comments (from both die hard Fuji fans who think the X-Pro1 is perfect in every way, and die hard Lightroom fans who believe the same thing about Lightroom.) I’ve done a lot of testing and playing around with settings trying to find a way to live with Lightroom’s conversions, but I stand by my opinion, that the quality of the raw processing of X-Pro1 files in Lightroom is seriously sub par. To be fair, I am hyper-critical when it comes to image quality. I have worked for years in broadcast television, and a critical part of my job is making sure the images I produce meet broadcast standards, so quality control is drilled into me. Anyway, I just want to put that out there, because I was so critical of the raw conversion to date, that it says so much more when I say that am blown away by the difference with Capture one. DP Review did some initial testing today and they were somewhat skeptical of the differences, but I have to disagree with their findings. I’ve spent a few hours with it now and I have to say the difference is night and day. There is still a degree of the watercolour effect with capture one, but it is much less obtrusive than Adobe’s. Images are also much sharper even with the default settings. In fact, in my opinion you need to turn the sharpness down a little. I don’t want to go mad with lots of comparison images because there are lots of them out there on the web already, and you can download a 60 day trial and try it for yourself if you want to do your own comparisons. But I do want to point out a few things. It should be noted that it’s not just the smearing that Capture one does better. The whole image seems to be much sharper, and also there is much better colour in details too……

See full article on blog.thomasfitzgeraldphotography.com

Old Summer – Landscape Photography with Fuji X-Pro1 |
Maciek Sokulski

If you have been listening to my podcast Shutter Time with Sid and Mac, you know how my workflow works.  About this time, I create a new Lightroom catalog, and start cleaning up my previous year catalog, getting it ready for archival.  While I was going through it, to see if maybe I missed something, I found a little stack of images, that I haven’t even touched.  They were taken last June, on one of our excursions into the country side.  I have no idea how I missed them, and forgot about them. Sacrilege! All these were shot with Fuji X-Pro1, and some are HDR as well.  The funny thing is, that I remembered that day very well, and always asked myself about the pictures from that trip.  Knowing my scatter brain, I always quickly forgot to look for them.  I’m glad I found them. So I took a cue from my boys, and instead of cleaning, I started playing  It’s a great feeling to be working on landscape photos from the summer, when it’s cold and snowy outside.

See on www.miksmedia.net

X-Pro1 RAW Comparison – Lightroom vs Capture One | Cody Hatch

I have been using the Capture One beta version 7.0.2 for a bit and wanted to share an example of the difference in processing RAW files from the X-Pro1 between Adobe Lightroom and Capture One’s beta. Yes, yes, I know the Capture One is beta. I’m not going to speak to the details of its stability, any errors, etc. Anything like that I would report to Phase One. Since I mainly shoot landcapes, I’d like to illustrate the difference between the two RAW processing engines using an image with a bunch of foliage. The image I’m showing is one I shot at North Fork near Ogden, Utah during autumn. There was great light but I wasn’t too happy with the lack of foreground interest when I took the photo. Since there is mainly foliage and grass in the shot, it’ll serve to illustrate the stark difference between Lightroom and Capture One. The image was shot using the 35 mm prime lens, ISO 200, 1/15 second, f/16, with a polarizing filter. In both Capture One and Lightroom, my standard sharpening was used. I cannot push the Lightroom sharpening much at all or details get even more mushy where it seems I can push Capture One as far as I’d like. Amazing. First comparison is a 100% crop of the trees, first from Adobe Lightroom 4.3 and the second from Capture One 7.0.2 ….

See full article on www.codyhatch.com

A Mute Reminder | Derek Clark on The KAGE COLLECTIVE

“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn At the going down of the sun and in the morning We shall remember them, lest we forget”
On the 11th day of the 11th month each year, they gather on the red square surrounded by sandstone buildings more than a century old. Some wear their medals proudly over the heart, while others display medals of the absent. With only the tweet of birds, they stand in silence to remember the fallen.

“Still the dark stain spreads between their shoulder blades A mute reminder of the poppy fields and graves When the fight was over, they spent what they had made, but… In the bottom of our hearts we felt the final cut” – Roger Waters

The KAGE COLLECTIVE is an international group of independent photographers focused on visual storytelling, essays and documentary projects.

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Sipping Agua de Coco and kicking cobblestones in Paraty, Brazil |
Adrian Seah

A hop, skip and jump (ok, 4 hour bus ride) from the world famous Rio de Janeiro along the Costa Verde (Green Coast) of Brazil lies the little UNESCO heritage town of Paraty, sometimes spelt Parati, but always pronounced Para-Chee. A little piece of Portugal in tropical Brazil, Paraty was a blast from the past, chock full of old colonial architecture, cobbled streets, horse drawn carriages and old men peddling sweets in carts. A port town, Paraty is decidedly working class, and the simple, almost rough hewn architecture reflects that fact. In the 1800s when gold was still flowing from the mines up in Minas Gerais, Paraty was the port the Portuguese used to ferry the loot out of the country and to imperial coffers in Lisbon. When that gold dried up, Paraty fell in importance and faded into the annals of history, a mass exodus left the town almost empty, but it also meant that the buildings remained preserved in time without too much degradation all these years.

A relatively small town, Paraty can be covered by foot, and we spent few days there wandering about the cobbled lanes an amidst the beautiful buildings with their trademark windows. Late afternoons were spent sipping Agua de Coco on the beach, with Samba blaring from tinny speakers hung up in the trees on the sand. After our crazy time in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, it seemed a rather stark contrast that nobody seemed to be in any kind of hurry in Paraty.

And it suited us just fine.
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How to win and loose the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest
with a Fuji X PRO-1 | Harry Fisch

For a short period of time, one week perhaps, I have felt the pleasure and sorrow of being the winner of the 2012 National Geographic Photo contest and being later disqualified.If you are interested here is the story: “National Geographic, how I won and lost the contest in less than one second”
In any case this proves that the FUJI X-pro 1 is more than capable of reaching all kind of high summits in the photographic world.

This photograph was taken at Asi Gaht, Varanasi, more or less 5:45 am. I usually stay next to this precise Gaht when in Varanasi. I just had finished my leading my last expedition to India with Nomad Photo Expedition. This said, I obviously know the place :-) . The extraordinary thing about the ghats is their tremendous transformation which lies on the level of the Ganges. On this opportunity – one month ago- the level was low and, unfortunately, the image, from the steps of the Gaht, was not very pleasant: mud, garbage, etc… I decided to go down, next to the Ganges.

Even with the  XPRO-1 outstanding low light performance, I did not want to risk the picture and decided not to go beyond 2.500 ISO. This shot was done with the 18mm (27 mm equivalent) 1/8th of a second , 2.0 f.  As you will surely understand, the low speed made the things even more difficult. As well as the mixture of lights: I had to put together threee sources of light, a moving scenario and all this with only twenty minutes of “good” lighting. My main concern was to decide on the exposure. In theory I should have set everything to a right hand side histogram to prevent the grain should I need to work later on the picture with LR or PS. My decision was -and I think that it was, for once, the right one- to underexpose (you do not have time for a serious measuring) two stops less than what my “multi-I don’t knowwhat ” exposure setting was telling me, in order to prevent as much overexposure on the candle lights as possible. I knew that the candles would be out of range if I did not underexpose.  The different sources of light were a bit tricky: candels, lamps from a nearby street, the night. And the fog, wich is also an issue as it reflects the light, normally fools the meter readings which will, again underexpose. I keep visiting the Gaht each morning, early in the morning and at dawn, with my camera, a Fuji X-pro1, and two prime lenses: a 18 mm  and the 35 mm. I feel more at ease with the wide.

At this early time, before dawn, you have barely time for, perhaps, four to five different framings as the light that I want lasts for no more than 20 minutes. It is quite stressing to decide the setting depending on the things that are happening around you: lights, candles, people, specially knowing  that there is not much time left and everything will disappear as people move and change position continuously.

On this opportunity, suddenly, a big group of pilgrims, obviously coming from villages (they are more prone to be photographed) came into the Gaht. I literally run to fight for my position in the middle of the mass. I have lately discovered that the ” I am a professional photographer” approach works far better than the “shy” approach: cameras, tripods, lens bags, an Indiana Jones hat :-) . With the poor light and the mass, people have little time to care about me: they came to Varanasi for their ritual morning bath, they are not in the mood of loosing their time arguing or discussing with an -obvious- foreigner in disguise (disguised as a photographer). All this to advance that I was well before the “final” shot at the place. Probably at 5:00 am for the “final” shot taken at 5:45 am.

This was possibly the 6th shot in the same position. I set the tripod, decided on the frame and light and, using my mechanical shooter, (Fuji Xpro1 does not have an electronic shooter !), and not looking through the camera, (as in old good time) I shoot..

Read more on: http://harryfisch.blogspot.com.es/2013/01/national-geographic-how-i-won-and-lost.html

Harry Fisch, polyglot and originally a lawyer and businessman, has been a photographer for more years than he cares to remember. He has photographically documented more than 27 countries through which he has traveled , concentrating since 2002, on Asia, especially Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal and India.

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Holiday Diaries I – C is for Cookies | Patrick La ROQUE

A blog from Montreal area photographer Patrick La Roque. Mainly focusing on essays, Fujifilm X-series cameras and Aperture tips…

… one of my favorite X-Pro1 photographer :-)

He has a really sensitive eye for emotional situations!

See more pictures on www.laroquephoto.com

Protect your Fujifilm X100, X100S and X-Pro 1 lenses with S-CAP |
Simo Väisänen

Fujifilm X-Series cameras X100 and X-Pro 1 are excellent instruments for taking photographs. As all man made things they,  however, have their minor quirks. Lens caps are one of them. Original  Fuji lens caps are designed badly, especially the rubber ones  that attach to metal hoods. Many people have already lost them, because they don’t stay on.

When I had picked the rubber lens cap of my XF35mmF1.4 R lens too many times off the floor I decided something must be done. I checked my camera cupboard and look what I found there! Two spare OP/TECH USA  Hood Hats sizes Micro and Mini. I first tried the a bit bigger MINI Hood Hat on my X-Pro 1 with the Fuji rubber lens cap on.  Let the photos prove it. It fits perfectly! The Fuji rubber cap stays firmly inside the Mini Hood Hat regardless how many times you take it off or put it on. Because of its size the Hood Hat also gives better protection to your expensive lens than an ordinary lens cap. Problem solved!….

The original Fuji X100 lens cap is also no good. To replace that I bought a 49 mm center pinch lens cap with a cap leash.  I always keep the round lens hood on.  When I put the OP/TECH MICRO Hood Hat on the lens I found it also was a perfect fit. The cap leash keeps the lens cap and the Hood Hat well together.  Even this combo has worked well from the first beginning and protects the lens beautifully. Fujifilm has already announced the launch of Fujifilm X100S, the successor to the Fujifilm X100. The S-CAP will be a great match also with the new Fujifilm X100S, won’t it?
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Billingham Hadley Pro with Fujifilm’s X-Pro 1 | Jon Adair

It’s been over a year since I took delivery of my Billingham Hadley Pro. In that time, I’ve acquired a completely different camera system than the Canon 5D Mark II that I started out with: Fujifilm’s fantastic X-Pro 1, complete with the 18mm, 35mm, 60mm and 18-55mm zoom. Read on to find out how I use my Hadley Pro with the X-Pro 1. While the Hadley Pro was great with the 5D, it is simply perfect for the X-Pro 1. The body plus all four lenses, spare batteries, filter and lens pen all fit without the bag being full, leaving space for a few more small accessories and even an iPad mini. With everything in place, there is still space to work with this bag – changing lenses and batteries is no problem. My setup is to have the 60mm lens beneath the 18 on the left hand side with one of the small dividers that Billingham provides to separate them. I use the 60mm far less often than the other lenses as it’s quite slow to focus (but is incredibly sharp). In the central space, I have the 35mm (my favourite of the 4 lenses) and in the right hand side is the X-Pro 1 body with the 18-55mm lens mounted. The iPad mini fits comfortably in the space between the inner padding and the front left pocket. The batteries, filters, memory card and lens pen all fit happily in the two front pockets, leaving plenty of space for a few other accessories.
Overall, the Billingham Hadley Pro works fantastically well for this type of setup, as well as for much larger cameras. I can’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for a classically styled, extremely high quality, buy-it-once camera bag.

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The trinity: Fujifilm X-Pro1 vs. X-E1 vs. X100 (Part 5)
The decision | Alexander Sasha Starcevic

This is the 5th (and last) part of my comparison of the “trinity”: the Fujifilm X100, X-Pro1 and X-E1. In the past posts I have covered some of the aspects that were most important tome. In this last post I will cover some remaining differences and will also let you in on my decision.

I am keeping the Fujifilm X100

First, I want to get this out of the way: although from the same “X-family”, I feel the X100 is quite a different camera than the X-Pro1 or the X-E1. It has a fixed lens and with that fixed lens  it is compact enough to fit into the pocket of my jacket. So I can always carry the X100 with me – whether I go skiing with my kids or for a drink with a couple of friends (the two photos in this page were taken in such situations).

Although 23mm (35mm-equivalent) is not my favorite focal length, it’s very versatile – and it has all the physical controls and a great viewfinder….

See full article on www.fujifilm-x-opinions.net

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