I had in my hands the new Fujinon 18-135mm lens for a short test. No situation could be better than the street photography during a rainy day of Soccer World Cup in Brazil. I took the train with the argentinian and holand supporters and arrived in the stadium neighborhoods. The new 18-135mm is a solid piece of glass, bigger than the other Fujinon X lenses, but still aceptable in therms of mirrorless standards. Personaly I don´t use zoom lenses on my personal work, but I think there are some photographers profile who loves it and keep it always in the bag. I used this lens with my Fuji X-T1, that is water sealed, as the new lens. It was a great test and it worked perfectly. For still situations, the new Optical Image Stabilizer is superb, I could shoot very low speed on my hand. I liked the quality of the lens wide opened, didn´t see noticeable aberrations or vigneting. Its a perfect glass for advanced amateurs, who want a solution for travel, street, portrait (with no bokeh because of the closed aperture). It lacks a wider aperture, mainly for social events as weddings, and for portraits could be better for who loves the bokeh. This lens is the perfect match of versatility and quality……..
This past week, Fujifilm sent me a sample of their new, weather-sealed, high-magnification zoom lens, the XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, to try. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to use it as I believe it is intended. I took it with me on a day trip to a nearby island for the Saturday market. Fortunately, it was raining, so I tested it in optimum conditions (for a weather-resistant lens, that is). I also tried it for work this week, when I was photographing a protocol event in Vancouver…..
I get a lot of hate mail. Ok hate is a bit strong but let’s just say quite a few people have taken issue with my many declarations that the DSLR as we know it is the past. Medium format too for that matter. For the most part I ignore the rude ones and give the more reasonable of the writers a quick reply which goes something like this: GAS: Short for “Gear Acquisition Syndrome”. I used to suffer from it big time and collected more camera and lighting gear than any photographer in my position needs to have. It’s like a condom I thought…better to have one and not need it, than need it and not have one. Camera companies (mainly DSLR and Medium Format) fuel that with the old megapixel race, more and more frames per second, mega-high ISO etc. They convinced me that I needed all that stuff to be successful, or at the very least to be taken seriously as a professional photographer. Well I found out that was mostly BS…..
Well I’m not exactly getting rid of my SLRs and my army of lenses, but all that gear has been locked away for the past week. A little viewfinder camera has hit the market that scratches me right where I itch. Since the advent of digital cameras, I’ve been waiting and waiting for the killer small camera to hit the scene and that day has finally arrived. While the original Fujifilm X100 was off to a good start, it was plagued with a long list of shortcomings, and these weaknesses have been addressed in the new X100s. This baby is hands-down the best camera around for its size. I’m talking to you, Leica. The X100s is modeled after the beautiful classic 1954 Leica M3 rangefinder and does a great job recreating the retro look. She’s packed with many of the same classic dials and switches of yesteryear, but upon closer inspection, not everything what it appears. For one, the timer lever is really just a toggle to switch between optical and digital viewfinder while the timer functions are handled via digital display. But other controls like the shutter and aperture dials remain true to their functional origins, completing that nice analog feel. But despite the deceiving looks, the X100s really is an honest-to-goodness rangefinder thanks to the digital rangefinder focus option……..
Last month, Fujifilm introduced the brand new Weather Sealed XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS WR lens. It’s the first of their lenses to feature weather resistant construction, which is designed to keep out rain, dust, and water splashes when you’re shooting out in the environment. In other words, the outdoors. You know, when it’s not sunny. We all know that’s when the best pictures often happen. Designed as a companion lens for the weather sealed X-T1, it can be used on any interchangeable Fuji X camera body, like the X-Pro1, X-M1 and X-A1. (The 18-135 features 20 points of weather sealing on the lens barrel.) Since Alaska is not known for it’s exceptionally clear weather, especially in the summertime, I was excited to have the chance to try out a prototype version of this lens. During the past few weeks, I’ve shot a variety of landscapes and adventure with it on my trusty X-T1, and even rain into some rain and wet conditions, even a brief summer snow storm in the mountains……..
After a short rest I have finally got my user review of the Fujifilm XT-1 under-way. I apologize to all the people who have emailed me for my thoughts on the camera. It’s been a perfect storm…pardon the pun. Busy work schedule combined with the weird weather, the lighting hasn’t exactly been attractive for any shutter therapy. It’s clear skies for a day or two, quickly followed by haze and rain. I took it with me to The Bahamas where I figured I could take the weather variable out of the equation. Well If you live on the East Coast or the Caribbean you already know how well that plan turned out. Hurricane Arthur brushed across the region making everything dark and wet for a few days. The sun came out enough for a great time and some cool pictures…….
Wie kürzlich hier bereits berichtet, habe ich nun – so hoffe ich – meine Weitwinkellösung für das Fuji-X-System gefunden. Was folgt, sind ein paar Artikel in einer Art “rolling test” zum neuen Samyang. In Teil 1 beschreibe ich das Objektiv und gehe auf Verarbeitung und Haptik ein. Ein 12mm-Objektiv mit einer Lichtstärke von f/2.0 muss man lange suchen. Es zeichnet als APS-Objektiv den Bildwinkel auf, den ein 18mm-Objektiv am Kleinbild-Format beleuchten würde. Die Blende f/2.0 ist – was die Lichtstärke betrifft – eine echte Blende f/2, was das Freistellungspotential angeht, wirkt es, als würde man mit einem 2.8/18 auf Kleinbild fotografieren. Das ist schon beeindruckend………
I’ve been a Canon user since I started photographing seriously in 2007. For the last 6 years I’ve been using the Canon 5D Mark 2/3. Overall I’ve been very happy with the 5D. The image quality is terrific, and the controls are very well laid out and intuitive. It’s a very usable camera and a great performer. However I was finding that its size and weight meant that I would often leave it at home. For dedicated landscape photography trips I’d take the big bag with me, but for everything else – family days, day trips, commuting, a leisurely stroll – the only camera I had with me was my iPhone. My desire for a second camera coincided with the release of the Fujifilm X-E1 which promised great performance in a much smaller package. There was a lot to like about this camera. Although small and laggy, I loved the histogram and the focus peaking in the EVF. The image quality was excellent even ignoring its small form factor. And of course its smaller size and weight meant I was now carrying a very capable camera around with me……..
Last year at Africa Oye I was shooting with a Nikon D3s and a variety of Nikon Pro glass, as well as my favourite Sigma 300mm lens. I also had a Fuji X100 with me. I was thinking about trying out Mirrorless but had not made up my mind. I managed to get a few shots with the X100 and one got published. I was worn out after two days shooting at Africa Oye 2013! If you have never shot an event believe me two or three days shooting all day with a heavy DSLR body takes its toll on your back and shoulders. I had been exploring the Fuji option for a while but felt I could not give up my D3s and 300mm f/2.8 ! But as most of you know from my previous posts I did give up my D3s last year at the end of the festival season. I went over to Fuji from Nikon and then spent the rest of the year shooting Fuji but in the back of my mind I was worried about the festival season. My first event in the 2014 calendar was Africa Oye, this will be followed by Brazilica, the Giants and LIMF. Even after spending quite a while shooting with the XPro1 and the X-T1 I would not have a fast enough lens for the job in low light. The 55-200mm is fine but it’s not a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 so would struggle in low light and is a little slow at times. The Fuji bodies only go up to 6400 ISO so my fear was as the light dropped I would run out of light and not be able to shoot……
Online prices for the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 X-Mount prime vary hugely, from £570 to £700, so a mean figure of £635 has been quoted here. But even the bottom end of that range is a lot of money for what is simply a conventional standard lens – albeit a very good example of the genre. Nevertheless, with Nikon’s AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G available for under £200, and offering almost equal image quality in many respects, Zeiss’s lens looks distinctly over-priced…..