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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD Lens Review | ePhotoZine

This lens is a fine addition to the X-series lens line up. It is incredibly sharp, whether you’re shooting with the aperture wide open, or not. The APD filter, which sets this lens apart from the standard 56mm f/1.2 is a really interesting addition, which truly helps to improve the appearance of out of focus areas, with no loss of sharpness where the image is in focus. The main penalty is with the loss of light transmitted through the lens. If you require fast apertures, for low light shooting, this may make the standard non-APD version the better choice for you. If however, your choice to shoot at fast apertures as a creative decision, and you’re not struggling for light, then this is the lens for you. The difference in this respect will be worth the extra to those who appreciate it. The price of £1000 seems quite reasonable when compared to alternatives produced for other camera systems, and especially if your shooting suits fast apertures as a creative decision. This is especially true, as one criticism I levelled at the standard 56mm f/1.2 was the busy appearance of out of focus areas.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD Pros

  • Outstanding sharpness in the centre at maximum aperture
  • Outstanding sharpness across the frame when stopped down
  • Lightweight
  • Traditional design
  • Excellent build
  • APD filter improves appearance of out of focus areas

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD Cons

  • Slight loss of light due to APD filter makes the choice of this lens a creative decision over the standard lens

Source: www.ephotozine.com

Zoom! At f2.8 | Don Craig

It has been a while in arriving, but I finally own the new Fujinon XF50-140mm f2.8 lens. This is the one lens that my work kit has been missing since I switched to Fuji X-cameras. Earlier, I resorted to using the work Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 lens on the D600 when I have needed a longer zoom. More recently, I used the XF55-200mm variable aperture lens, which has worked well in certain circumstances. However, the new XF50-140mm lens is and will be my go-to lens when I need the reach. I was so certain of the quality of this lens, I ordered it without having tried it or even seen it. I had every confidence that Fujifilm would once again produce a stellar piece of glass. They have. The XF50-140 lens is robust. It is robust in size and build. Although smaller and lighter than it’s full-frame counterparts, it is still a significant lens. You will not wonder which lens is attached to your camera body when you grab it from your bag…….

Source: doncraigphoto.com
 


Fujifilm Fujinon XF50-140mm F2.8

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Field test | In the zone with the Fujifilm X100T | Basilimobile

I became a fan the first time I looked through the viewfinder of an X100 in a camera store in Singapore in 2011. I never did buy one, but handling that camera was the reason I became a Fujifilm shooter, starting with the wonderful compact X10 and moving onto the steadfast X-E1. I resisted the pull of the improved X100S when it was introduced and bought an X-E2 instead. The newly released X100T with its various internal and external refinements was, however, too much of a temptation and I’m now the very happy owner of an outstanding example of Japanese engineering. I’ve read a lot of reviews of this camera, and there’s a lot of love out there for it. Rather than review the X100T, I decided to test it out on the streets, and in the tradition of classic street photography, using zone focusing. It wasn’t a particularly scientific test, but it was an interesting experiment and a lot of fun. veryone gushes about it, but it really is a beautiful little camera, a piece of industrial art. The latest refinements, particularly the enhanced viewfinder and new rear button design and layout, have pushed this camera closer to perfection. For me, as far as user experience goes, this camera is about as good as it gets, although I have added a Fujifilm thumb grip and a small soft release button – both of which I use on my X-E cameras as they dramatically improve the ergonomics of these types of camera bodies. I’ve also fitted a simple black leather wrist strap that will become more supple as it ages. It secures the camera but is less cumbersome than a neck strap…….

Source: basilimobilephotographs.com
 


Fuji X100T

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Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition: So good they coloured it twice |
Adam Oxford

Pity the poor copywriter who works for a paint manufacturing company. It’s got to make the brain sore when you have to think up unique names for 50 different shades of beige. You’d think it would be easier if you’re making cameras for a living: they tend to be black or grey or, in extreme cases, shouty neon pink. And yet no: Fujifilm is so proud of the soft matte finish on the refresh model of its X-T1 flagship mirrorless camera that it’s neither graphite nor silver. It’s Graphite Silver, and it’s ace. Graphite Silver. A matte finish to the hard metal edges of the original black X-T1 which has a slightly soft, plastic feel and frankly oozes class. It looks great and feels good in the hand too. But is it worth the premium you pay over the vanilla X-T1 which is, let’s face it, only a year old anyway? Other than the respray, the X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition is, for almost all functional and physical purposes, identical to the existing X-T1. The body is the same size and weight, with the lines of a classic SLR before they started getting outsized. The button layout is the same and every last piece of hardware inside is identical. The only slight differences are that the rubberised grip is slightly stickier than the original and the back buttons feel marginally more responsive……..

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Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver

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Fujinon XF 56mm 1.2 R APD | Adam Oxford

The relationship between aperture and depth of field is one of the first things you learn when you start to take photography seriously. Controlling this is relationship is a good portion of making your pictures look more professional. A narrow aperture means more of the photograph will be in focus, a wide aperture creates those lovely out of focus backgrounds and keeps just the subject sharp. Portrait photographers have to balance keeping the aperture of their lens low enough to blur details behind the person they’re shooting and keeping the whole face in focus. Having a speckled ‘bokeh’ backdrop is no use if the ears are slightly out of focus too. Which is why Fujifilm’s latest high speed lens, the XF 56mm 1.2 R APD, includes a built-in ‘apodisation filter’ designed to both enhance image sharpness at the wide apertures used for portraiture and simultaneously smooth the bokeh in the background. And it works. The bokeh really is even creamier and smoother than the standard XF 56mm lens (which also has an F1.2 aperture). It’s best to let the pictures do the talking here, so click through the sample gallery below…….

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 APD

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Leica M Monochrom review | Techradar

The Leica M-Monochrom is like no other camera on the market and it’s extremely difficult to pass judgement on it by way of comparison. This test provided one of those rare occasions where I enjoyed looking at the pictures produced more than I did actually using the camera. The Monochrom is an awkward beast to handle and demands that you alter the way you see as well as the way you work. Essentially it offers little in the way of flexibility. The images it produces are extremely good, and even the noise is attractive, but the tonal characteristics are dark and moody, and find light and jolly subjects a challenge. It shoots like a TV news programme – full of dramatic grit, dirt and death, with only the occasional positive story. The question of whether it’s worth its price tag is redundant – of course it isn’t, but that won’t stop Leica selling out, because there are more than enough people with money to spend who will want one.

We liked
Exceptional detail and versatility from the raw files allows dramatic post-capture editing, so you can remodel images the way you want. And the Monochrom is built to last forever.

We disliked
The viewfinder information and menu system are prehistoric, while the rear screen really has no place on a camera that offers such image quality and demands such expense……

Source: www.techradar.com
 


Leica M Monochrom

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Review: Fujifilm 11mm Extension Tube MCEX-11 | Jordan Steele

Fuji surprised the market by releasing something that is both the first of its kind and something that people have been waiting for since the beginning of mirrorless: Native OEM extension tubes. It’s surprising to me that it took 6 years for the first original equipment manufacturer to create extension tubes for their system.  In November 2014, Fuji announced the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16: 11mm and 16mm extension tubes for their X-Series cameras.  Third party manufacturers have made a handful of extension tubes for various mounts for some time, but these two are the first from the camera manufacturers themselves.  In this short review, I’m going to take a look at the Fuji 11mm extension tube, the MCEX-11, which retails for $99 ……

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Fuji MCEX-11 macro extension

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My love affair with a fujifilm xe2 (noob review) | XCB photography

I always say that camera is just a tool,make it your slave not the other way around. And im kinda 100 percent sure that im spot on this one. If you cant shoot with a decent cheapskate cam, you cant shoot with a billion dollar cam either. I got nothing to do so might as well post a review. Finally im a member of fuji x club. Its not really a “club club”, i just mean i got a fuji xe2 for myself. Lol.this is a review in layman’s term cause being an idiot who is not fond of technical terms,i really suck at explaining the evf ,is or camera button stuff thingy. I must admit,coming from a full frame slr it did not impress me at first.there are heaps of adjustments to make. I even compared it to iphone5 (sorry fuji) but then as time goes by,i started to appreciate it. First is the weight! Its light so i dunn have any excuse not to bring a camera whenever i step out of the house. I cant imagine how weightless it would be if ever i pair it with a prime lens. (Fujifilm should give me one for free cause im too cheapskate to buy and im promoting them with this post) me keed. I got the 18-55 kit-lens btw,a zoom lens that i never use beyond 18mm.i was shocked with this kit lens price too,quite costly to be called just a kit-lens. Im used to nikkor 20mm prime so i really dunn know how to zoom. Im ignorant like that. Chuckles im not planning to learn to zoom either cause i like zooming it with my feet. More walking,less fats……..

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Fuji X-E2

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Fuji X-T1 – The perfect travel camera? | Where’s Wheels

As a photography enthusiast I get asked from a lot people which camera they should buy. Often they are buying a new camera because they are traveling and want to document the trip. Is there such a thing as the perfect travel camera for everyone? No I don’t really think so. Everyones needs and budgets are different. I’m going to write a few of these posts to give you some options. For the first post though I’m going to tell you what I use and what I recommend for someone who has a larger budget and is really dedicated to taking more than just snapshots on their trip. Since I was a teen traveling with my parents until recently I’ve always used the same general type of camera system. That is a Nikon SLR of some kind and a few lenses. Now of course over the years I made the move from film to digital but the setup was mostly always the same. Mostly recently this was a Nikon D600  Always an SLR with a wide angle zoom as well as a 50mm and a longer lens, often my 105mm if I felt the need to bring it for whatever reason.  Of course this was never a light system to carry but the image quality it provided always seemed worth the trouble…….

Source: www.whereswheels.com
 


Fuji X-T1

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Fujifilm X-E2 Review – Hands On Review | Gabriel Malachi Ajose

Welcome to this review of my ‘dynamic duo’. I wanted the review to be organic, realistic and useful for photographers. This won’t be a large list of technical specifications, but rather, this review is on using the camera and how it performs. Here goes… It’s important to note that I wrote this review before the December firmware release and I added the 35 mm section after the release. One of the thing’s that I love about the Fujifilm community, is that they listen to their buyers. If something isn’t great with the current firmware they endeavour to fix it within the next update. As a photographer this is important, it makes you feel like your opinion is valued, and it makes for a better user experience. I used to shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 5D. I used Canon as it produced the images that I wanted at the time. As a photographer I purposefully stay away from the gear hype and ‘Canon v Nikon’ wars. If a camera company produces something that meets my requirements, I’m going to invest in it, despite the brand……

Source: www.malachiajose.com
 


Fuji X-E2

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