Reviews

My affair with Fuji… | Bill Gekas

As most people know I’ve been shooting with the Pentax system since I started photography when I was shooting film using a Pentax ME-Super and K1000 bodies which I still have in some cupboard somewhere. I never considered switching systems as the Pentax system was always adequate for what I was doing and once they brought out their digital bodies I continued with their digital cameras as I could use my older manual focus prime lenses on their latest bodies. By that time I also had invested enough into the system that switching to any other system would have been a costly exercise with no real gain or benefit with my work so i’ve been happily doing what I do with the system, but after almost 20 years of shooting with Pentax i’m now at a crossroads…..

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Fujifilm X100s & Accessories

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Fuji X100T long(ish) term user report | Andrew Tobin

A couple of months ago I was having that urge to own another Leica M. You may know what I’m talking about – it’s very hard to resist. I went as far as visiting a few of the second hand retailers in London like Aperture, RG Lewis and Richard Caplan. I loved my M9 but in the end I couldn’t justify it so sold it on, happily before prices dropped like a stone with the M240 release. The image quality from the Zeiss Planar 2/50 I put on it was something else, but it was the user experience that I enjoyed more than anything. People talk about the simplicity of the picture-taking experience with a Leica rangefinder and it’s true – it’s very engaging and rewarding, even though you could take a fairly indistinguishable picture with many other cameras……..

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Fujifilm X-100T & Accessories

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Fuji X100T Review | Switch to Manual

Conclusion

The X100T is a beast to learn. Don’t think you’re going to know this camera overnight; you’re not. You don’t have scene modes to work with and there’s only “auto” setting (Program). You’re going to have to work a bit to get know how the X100T works. I know I still have a lot to learn about how this thing focuses and how to take best advantage of the custom settings. Read the manual. Read all the reviews you can. Learn this thing. Be patient. You’ll be rewarded for sure. I think this is one of the best cameras I’ve owned in the over 35 years I’ve been shooting. Being that I’ve spent more of my life shooting film than digital in that time, I believe Fujifilm has done a fantastic job of blending the two genres. The camera reminds me of the rangefinder film cameras of old, while giving me all the great advantages of digital capture. It’s a great “every day” camera but I haven’t been afraid of using it on a job (which I did the first week I got it – not recommended, but the results were great)…….

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Fujifilm X100T & Accessories

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Living With The Fuji X-T1 | Luminous Landscape

Back in October I published an article about my experience with the Olympus E-M1.  As you learned from the article, I really liked the Olympus, my experience with it but even more so the images I made with it.  At the end of that article, I mentioned I was going to take the Fuji XT-1 on my next trips and work with it.  So, I was off and running.  First stop was Chicago, followed by a trip to Scotland and then Amsterdam.  I felt this was a good opportunity to put the X-T1 through its paces.  Wow, did I have fun with this camera. The Fuji X-T1 made its debut earlier this year, and it was received extremely well by photographers.  I jumped on the Fuji band wagon with the introduction of the X100 and then quickly migrated to a full Fuji X-1Pro system with three lenses.  I loved the X-1Pro as it brought back the nostalgia of shooting with a rangefinder, but with all the modern day features of auto-focus, auto-exposure, and a very clever hybrid viewfinder……….

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Fujifilm X-T1 & Accessories

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One Year with the Fuji X-Pro1 | Peter Dareth Evans

The above photo – taken a couple of days after grabbing the X-Pro1 with the bundled 18mm f/2 lens, that was when I kind of fell in love. It’s plenty sharp with beautiful colours and a natural filmic character to its unobtrusive noise at high ISO. What’s more, the quiet shutter-click and compact old school styling made it completely unobtrusive. After a chat about the curious camera, the blacksmith just let me work the scene, with nary a further glance. Yes, it’s been one year now that I’ve been shooting with my X-Pro1. Here are some thoughts on my time with Fuji’s first X-Trans camera and how I’ve found the shooting experience, and whether it might be the right camera for you…

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Fujifilm X-Pro1 & Accessories

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Fujifilm X100T Review | Digital Photography Review


Overall conclusion

The ‚T‘ in X100T is generally taken to mean ‚third,‘ reflecting the camera’s iterative nature. This presents two ways of looking at the camera: as the highest point in the X100 series‘ evolution to date, or a warmed-over X100S to let camera stores stick a ‚New‘ badge next to it on the shelf. Having used the camera for several months, we’re able to take sides on that question. The X100 was a breakthrough camera, when it first appeared: making good on the large sensor, small camera idea first pursued by Sigma. It was attractive, engaging and capable of taking beautiful images. Did I say engaging? Perhaps ‚infuriating‘ is a better word. It was a potentially great camera, riddled with quirks and inconsistencies. However, Fujifilm continued to develop the camera’s firmware (even after it was discontinued), and the X100 today much closer to being the classic that its looks imply. The X100T is a continuation of that process of polish and refinement. Whether it’s the addition of Wi-Fi, the provision of 1/3rd stop increments on the aperture dial or the move to dedicated directional buttons, rather than the cheap-compact style wheel on the back of the camera, there are plenty of changes that make the camera better. Equally, the addition of an electronic shutter option and a greater degree of camera customization make a big difference to how you can use the camera. Oddly the biggest change (the in-viewfinder tab) is the one that makes the smallest difference to the shooting experience. Regardless of how I used it, I didn’t find it added much to the shooting experience…….

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Fujifilm X100T & Accessories

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The „Indecisive“ Moment – Leica M 240 Review | Mirrorlessons

When it comes to Leica cameras in the digital age, people are usually divided into two groups. The first group is composed of those who are against it because the cameras are too expensive and aren’t as advanced as cheaper alternatives. The second group is made up of those who still appreciate and embrace the philosophy behind the brand and care less about specifications. There is probably also a third group that is interested but can’t afford the investment and a fourth group that simply doesn’t care. As for me, I think that it was curiosity more than anything else that attracted me to the brand. After all Leica is an extremely important icon in the history of photography. Now that I run this website, it was just a matter of time before I could finally satisfy that curiosity. I had a couple of opportunities to try the Leica M9 in the past along with some M lenses but this was the first time I was able to shoot exclusively with it for a longer period. So what is it to shoot with a Leica M camera? Is it that different? Does it give you something that other cameras don’t? To answer the questions above, I decided to skip the guidelines of the conventional review and write something more personal in chronological order, from the first days of use until the day I sent it back to the Leica office. Two weeks of intense use that perhaps weren’t enough to deliver complete verdict but enough to understand if there was any chemistry between us……….

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Leica M

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The Leica M-A – 35mmc | Hamish Gill

I read on a forum somewhere a comment relating to an individual’s initial response to the Leica M-A as being – in their words – “underwhelming”. When I first read this comment I didn’t think a great deal of it, it was just another comment on just another forum; I dismissed it as an empty or shallow opinion from just another naysayer. That’s pretty much the usual response to forum commentary I feel in someway doesn’t echo my own views, there is so much of it that it’s easier just to filter and disregard as much of it as quickly and effortlessly as possible. Of course, dismissal of this comment on my part was at best unfair to this person, but it was also entirely shortsighted. I hadn’t even seen a Leica M-A in the flesh at the time, so how could I possibly judge the validity of the statement? Well basically I assumed that being underwhelmed by something that’s pictures I had all but drooled over would be impossible. I was wrong, when I first played with a Leica M-A, I was also somewhat underwhelmed…..
 
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Leica M

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Testbericht der Leica M Monochrom | Jonas Hafner

Ich weiß gar nicht mehr, was mich eigentlich dazu bewogen hat, die Leica Monochrom zu testen. Reizte mich der Gedanke, einmal in jene elitäre Welt einzutauchen, in der ein einzelnes Objektiv mehr kostet als meine gesamte Fotoausrüstung? Etwas nicht haben zu können, weckt schließlich Begehrlichkeiten. War es die Kompaktheit dieser Vollformatkamera, die mich ansprach oder einfach nur der Wunsch, wieder einmal ins kalte Wasser geworfen zu werden? Was es auch gewesen sein mag, irgendwie landetete die Kamera am Ende in meinen Händen. Nachdem ich alles ausgepackt und das Summicron-M 50mm f/2 aufgeschraubt hatte, fiel mein Blick auf die beiliegende Preisliste. Noch gäbe es die Möglichkeit, das Paket aus Wetzlar zu verscherbeln und sich von dem Geld eine Südseeinsel zu kaufen. Aber dann hätte ich ja wieder keine Leica. Und Sand mag ich eh nicht. Nicht mehr lange und es würde dunkel werden, weshalb ich den Sandgedanken beiseite schob, das kleine Lederband durch die passenden Ösen fädelte und mich auf den Weg hinaus in den Schnee machte. Ich hatte keinen Testbericht gelesen, hatte noch nie eine Leica in der Hand und bereute es plötzlich, mich ausgerechnet in dieser Kälte mit der Bedienung auseinandersetzen zu müssen. Memo an mich: Kameras nur noch im Sommer testen…….

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Leica M

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Review: Leica M7 with the 35mm Summicron | Paul Coates

I have shot with several film cameras before, but this is my first usable rangefinder. I say usable, because I have had a Vivitar 35EE since I was a kid, but it isn’t really usable, and I only ever used it as a toy. Some of the cameras I have shot with in the past include the Canon AE-1 Program, Canon A1, Lomo LC-A+, Holga 120CN, an Olympus SLR ( I can’t recall exactly which), Canon 400D and a Canon 7D. There are some others but these have been the main ones I have used. Now I have a Leica. The Leica M7, and a 35mm Summicron to go with it. Here’s what I think! …..

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Leica M

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