One of my favourite visual exercises is to venture out with the Fuji X100S. I usually do it on the weekends and in the early morning and it’s not only for the good light. You would be surprised how public spaces change when deserted. The lack of crowds and noise allows you to concentrate on the art of seeing, at least for me. Why the Fuji X100S? We have written extensively about this gem of a camera and why, in our view, it is still the best digital camera on the market. The greatest appeal lies in its size, simplicity and fixed lens. I walk around looking innocent and people don’t even notice when I take photographs. Many view me as a non-threatening tourist with his little point-and-shoot. The fixed lens, dedicated knobs and lack of camera bags let me focus on theme, light and composition! You may say that it is not a good idea to limit yourself but the longer I’ve been taking photographs, the more I think that constraint is one of the most important pillars of photography……
Fujifilm is following its plan to expand the XF camera system with high-quality lenses. Recently, the wide-angle zoom XF 10-24 mm was added. This lens will please especially landscape and architectural photographers. The widest aperture (f/4) is constant along the zoom range and adequate for typical applications of a wide-angle lens. The smallest aperture (f/22) will provide great depth-of-field without showing too much diffraction softness. The zoom ring has no marking for 16 mm (24 mm full-frame equivalent) but carries one for 20 mm (30 mm ffe), which is a little odd. Built quality is good and the lens feels solid. All rings operate smoothly without shaking. However, except for some parts (like the camera flange) this lens is mostly not made of metal. The provided lens hood is also plastic but feels sturdy and is nicely shaped. The front element and the filter thread do not rotate when zooming or focusing, which is important for a wide-angle lens that is often used together with a polarizer filter. Zooming and focusing are both performed mostly internally and so the lens never changes its size or shape (you can see some movement of the front element when zooming but the filter thread remains fixed)………
Für diejenigen unter Euch, die das erste Mal auf meinem Blog gelandet sind: Ihr werdet hier keine großartig reproduzierbaren Aufbauten mit mtf Charts, Verzeichnungen und Verkrümmungstests etc. zu sehen/lesen bekommen, sondern nur (m)eine persönliche Meinung eines Fotografen, der seine Objektive benutzt und sich auf sie verlassen will/muss. Für die technischen Details gibt es viele andere gute Seiten. Auch gleich zu Anfang will ich vorausschicken, dass ich das Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 wie auch die anderen beiden Touits von Zeiss Deutschland netterweise zu Testzwecken zur Verfügung gestellt bekommen habe. Das heisst, es wandert am Ende auch wieder zurück zu Zeiss Deutschland. An dieser Stelle hatte ich schon meinen Dank an Zeiss Deutschland bekundet. Es fließt also weder in die eine noch in die andere Richtung Geld. Das Touit 12mm ist ja in Bezug auf die Brennweite recht nah an dem Fujinon xf14mm f2.8 dran. Und auch wenn ich hier im Grunde keinen direkten Vergleich dieser beiden Objektive suche, so werde ich immer wieder das Fujinon vergleichsweise heranbemühen und es am Ende natürlich auch in meine persönliche Bewertung mit einfließen lassen. Aber jetzt erst einmal der Reihe nach………
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………