Patrick Leong

Match Technical Thumbs Up EP-7S Review For The Fuji X-Pro1 |
Patrick Leong

Like almost everything else in the world these days, camera equipment can be customized to suit one’s needs.  This customization goes further than just picking what kind of lenses or film you prefer (if you shoot with film).  Nowadays, there’s a huge market for little trinkets, such as, neck straps, hand grips and even soft release buttons.  One popular accessory for rangefinder and mirrorless cameras are the Thumbs Up devices made by Match Technical.  I’ve heard of only great things about Match Technical’s Thumbs Up devices but never used them because I was content with how my cameras felt in my hands.  As they say, “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”  So, why am I writing a post about the Thumbs Up EP-7S for the X-Pro1?  Well, one of my friends, who’s visiting from California, recently bought an EP-7S for his X-Pro1, and told me I need to try it out.  I figured, why not?  Who am I to say no to trying out new gear, right?

Match Technical Thumbs Up EP-7S Build Quality:

The great thing about the EP-7S is that it looks like an OEM product on my X-Pro1.  It doesn’t look like a cheap aftermarket part nor does it feel like one at all.  The EP-7S feels exactly how it looks in the photos.  It’s an extremely well-made, solid piece of brass that matches perfectly with the Fuji X-Pro1.  It slides into the hot shoe surprisingly very smoothly, and it’s an absolutely perfect fit.  It’s tight but in no way does it feel like it doesn’t belong in there.  The EP-7S also has two silicone rubber inserts on the inner part of it that provide stable contact with the camera, and protects the camera from marks and scratches……

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Zeiss Touit 12mm F2.8 Review For The Fuji X Series | Patrick Leong


I absolutely LOVE the Zeiss Touit 12mm F2.8.  In fact, I was using it so much, I didn’t get to use the 32mm as much as I wanted to.  Apparently, I wasn’t the only person that had so much love for this lens; two of my family members decided to purchase this lens after checking out my copy.  Using an 18mm is just plain out fun, and there is just so many photographic possiblities with a lens this wide. But it doesn’t stop there because optically, this lens is simply fantastic.  It renders very nicely, and it’s so incredibly sharp.  Optically, I don’t really think you could ask for more from a lens.  A super wide angle lens like this takes some time to get use to, so if you’re not sure if this is a lens for you, go to a good local dealer (I go to Bergen County Camera), and ask them if you could try it out.  Any good dealer will let you shoot with it before you buy, and it might not be such a bad idea, since the asking price is $1,250…..

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Artisan & Artist ACAM-301 Woven Silk Cord Camera Strap Review |
Patrick Leong

Nowadays, camera straps are a big thing in the camera world.  And why wouldn’t they be?  The world today is about personalization.  Everything we buy can be customized to our satisfaction.  Some car companies now will even paint your car any color that you would like (for a small fee, of course  ).  We now have more camera strap companies than ever before, and that is not a bad thing.  Some may say it’s a waste to “bling” your camera out but hey, it’s YOUR camera, and you can add whatever you want to it.  I remember when I first received my M3, I wanted a leather strap so badly for it.  I wanted that old school look to really resonate from my camera.  I was 12 then, and at that time, they didn’t really have any third party camera strap companies.  Now, they do, and one company that has earn the respect of many photographers is Artisan & Artist.  I spoke of Artisan & Artist straps before in my ACAm-280 Kobe Strap review, and today, I will be showing you the Artisan & Artist ACAM-301 silk cord.

Artisan & Artist ACAM-301 Woven Silk Cord Build Quality:

One of the reasons for why Artisan & Artist can command such high prices on their straps is because you really get a quality built product.  The Artisan & Artist ACAM-301 woven silk cord is no exception to this rule.  You’re first greeted with a plain, and simple black box.  When you finally take your strap out, you know you bought a quality product because you can see all of the intricate detail, and craftsmanship that goes into making this wonderful strap.  The photos of this silk cord do not do it justice; the silk cord looks absolutely awesome in person.  Seriously, this is a really nice strap…in my opinion,  a better strap than the leather ones that Artisan & Artist makes……

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Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens Review | Patrick Leong

When Fuji announced that they were coming out with the X-Pro1, it got many photographers out there excited because finally, there was a digital camera that reminded them of how cameras use to be built. The Leica M digitals evoke the same feelings but they also cost a lot more. The X-Pro1 was a camera that really allowed photographers to take an active role in the photographic process instead of letting the camera do everything for them but for several times less than something like an M9. Furthermore, the X-Pro1 had many of the same attributes of a traditional rangefinder even though it was in the mirrorless class. Many thought that just like a traditional rangefinder, only fixed focal length lenses could be used. Then Fuji surprised us by announcing that they would be creating zoom lenses for the XF Series lineup. The first of these zoom lenses is the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R Lens, which is the lens that I have here today for review, and the lens that came with my X-E1 kit.

Honestly, even I was a bit surprised when I heard the news that Fuji was coming out with zooms for the X-Pro1/X-E1. First off, most people who are going to buy a camera like the X-Pro1 or the X-E1 are more interested in fast primes. I know I was because I grew up with fixed focal lengths. Optically, they’re just better, faster, and most importantly for a rangefinder type camera, smaller. But as my interest grew for the Fuji X-E1, I began looking at the price of the new zoom. If I bought the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R Lens separately, I would have to cough up almost $700 for it. However, if I bought it packaged as a kit with the X-E1, I would only be paying about $400 for it.
 
The Fuji X-E1 with XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R lens.
I’m pretty traditional in terms of what I like in photographic equipment, and everyone who knows me knows that I can be pretty stuck in my ways. Look at my blog.  You’ll see Leica, and Fuji X series cameras, which are all cameras that rely heavily on user input. I’m not trying to rat on anyone else’s preferences; that’s just my style. I like these kinds of cameras because they’re basic, and the controls are manual allowing me to fully concentrate on the photo. I really don’t like electronics getting in my way, and in terms of lenses, I really believe that all you need is a fast prime to take care of 90% of your shots. For me, the ultimate setup to this day is a Leica M9 with a 50 Summilux ASPH. So what made me try out this zoom?  Well, for me, the fact that the X-E1 had only an electronic viewfinder bothered me a bit because I like having an OVF. But the features of the X-E1 got me to take the leap, and buy it so I figured that since I’m giving the EVF a chance, I might as well go for the zoom, and see what I’ve been missing. Plus, again, the zoom cost me only an extra $400 if I bought the Fuji X-E1 kit, which to me was a great incentive to give the zoom a chance.

Did I regret my decision? No, not at all. This is one awesome lens, and in my opinion, Fuji shouldn’t label it as a kit lens because that’s very deceiving. I love using this lens. Is it perfect?  No but it definitely expands the range, and usefulness of the X-Series system, and gives the X-Series system one more reason to love it.
 
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The Fuji X-E1 Review: An X-Pro1 For The Mainstream Audience |
Patrick Leong

So again, overall, the build quality of this camera is what I have come to expect from Fuji.  When compared to the X-Pro1, I would say that the X-Pro1 has a more solid or confident feel to it.  This could be because the X-Pro1′s entire body is made out of magnesium where as only the top and bottom plate of the X-E1 are made from this material.  The X-Pro1 feels slightly better built but what do you expect?  It’s priced 40% higher than the X-E1.  But this should not deter anyone from purchasing the Fuji X-E1 because it is a solid, and wonderful camera that’s very rewarding to own. What are other differences between these two cameras?  Well, while the LCD on the X-E1 is smaller, and lower in resolution than the X-Pro1′s, the X-E1 does offer a few things that the X-Pro1 does not.  For example, the X-E1 offers an electronic remote release, built in diopter, an external microphone jack, and a built-in pop up flash.  However, the X-E1 does not offer an X-sync terminal, and it also does not have the shutter speed dial lock of the X-Pro1 that I mentioned before.  The X-E1 also does not have a hybrid viewfinder but Fuji found a great way the remedy this…..
 
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Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn With My Fuji X-Pro1 And X100 | Patrick Leong

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Hey everyone, what a night! Hurricane Sandy sure left a mess here in New York! Some of the roads are just beginning to open up but no trains for quite some time. The stations are completely flooded! Mayor Bloomberg said there may be buses tomorrow but they will be limited. There are people still without power. Since I couldn’t get into Manhattan, I thought I’d walk around my neighborhood to check out the damage that Hurricane Sandy left here. Since my M9 is not with me anymore (it’s on consignment for the new Leica M), I decided to walk around with my Fuji X-Pro1 and X100. I carried my X100 with me because I wanted to use it a bit more before I sell it for the Fuji X-E1. Here are the photos, I hope you all enjoy them. I hope everyone is safe here in the East Coast! Feel free to leave a comment if you live in New York or New Jersey if you have anything to say about Hurricane Sandy (or anyone else ). Take care everyone and stay safe!


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New Zeiss Lenses Coming Out For The Fuji X-Pro1? | Patrick Leong

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I am so psyched for the new year to begin now, specifically spring/summer. I was waiting around for my girlfriend to get out of an orientation for a new job, and started looking up some stuff on the internet concerning the new Fuji X-E1, which I really want to get my hands on. I ended up running into some news from Zeiss that they will be producing some new autofocus lenses for the Fuji X-bayonet! Third party lenses from a respected lens manufacturer, such as, Zeiss for my X-Pro1?. How cool is that?

Three prime lenses are initially going to be released: a 12mm F2.8, a 32mm F1.8, and a 50mm F2.8 macro. The new lenses will come with manual aperture settings, and they will all cost around a 1,000 euros. Using my unit converter on my Mac, that’s roughly $1,300. Fuji will be releasing their XF 14mm F2.8 R lens (21mm equivalent) but I think I might hold out to see what the Zeiss 12mm F2.8 is going to be like first. Nothing against the Fuji lens but I always wanted something wide like an equivalent 18mm lens, and that’s what the Zeiss 12mm translates too. I had a 21mm for my Leica but I always wished I had something a bit wider. Also, it’s a Zeiss lens specifically designed for my Fuji X-Pro1! It’s gotta be pretty awesome . Right now, I have lens lust, and I can’t help but dream of my ultimate X-Pro1 system: the XF 35mm F1.4 R lens, the new Zeiss 12mm F2.8, and the soon to be released XF 56mm F1.4 (approximately 84mm). I think that kit would make a great wedding outfit.
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Fuji X-Pro1 Vs. Fuji X100 Vs. Fuji X10 : The XXX Shoot Out! |
Patrick Leong

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Hey everyone, I have a new three way comparison for all of you today. At one point, I had all three of these Fuji X series mirrorless cameras together. After shooting with them all for some time, I started to think to myself, “wouldn’t it be cool to write up some sort of comparison between the three?” Yes, they are completely different cameras in completely different classes but who hasn’t thought of how they actually compared with one another? You have the X100, which is the camera that many believe basically put Fuji on the map in the mirrorless world. Then, you have the X10, which is the camera that in my opinion rocked the high end compact world. Lastly, you have the X-Pro1, which is the camera that really put Fuji in a new league in terms of the mirrorless world. What are their similarities? Their differences? Do these cameras even have the same signature look? Well, just for heck of it, I thought I’d make this fun comparison between the three X series mirrorless cameras, and see what I come up with…
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Some Shots of Bermuda With The Fuji X-Pro1 And XF 18mm |
Patrick Leong

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For now, here are some shots taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and XF 18mm F2.0 R lens in Bermuda. Yes, these are some of my photos from my vacation to Bermuda. I will probably post more at a later time. The ones I shot with my Leica M9 will also turn up soon. I had so much planned in terms of photography for my trip to Bermuda but when I got there, I honestly just spent the time enjoying my vacation.
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The Settings That I Used For My Fuji X-Pro1 | Patrick Leong

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In general, I try to keep everything as simple as possible, which is actually one of the reasons for why I love the Leica M9 or in this case, the Fuji X-Pro1.  They are cameras that are purposely built with a lack of electronic wizardry.  I find that sometimes the electronics just get in the way, and it’s actually a bit liberating to use a camera in just its raw form.  It kind of reminds me of the film days .
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