Reviews

Fujifilm X-E2 REVIEW | Skyler Burt

We purchased a Fujifilm X-E2 recently, mainly because we liked the Fujifilm X-E1 so much, that we wanted to have two of these badass cameras for when we travel or shoot food. The two cameras are so very similar, you can’t really tell them apart whether by looks or specs. So I find it a little difficult to say anything more than my previous review of the Fujifilm X-E1. Originally, I thought of doing a comparison like when I pitted the Fujifilm X-E1 against Canon’s 5DMKII and 7D. I wanted to try to beat that very unscientific post, by doing and even more unscientific post. I wanted to compare the Fujifilm X-E2 with a completely ridiculous contender the Mamiya 645 AFDII with a ZD Digital Back. Alas, I’m having some CF card issues with the Mamiya (as it’s 10 years old) so that idea was tossed. So what am I going to talk about now, you ask? Well, since Fujifilm has put out a new camera that is basically the same as it’s predecessor, I’ll have to expound on more of the same, which is surprisingly good……….

Source: weeattogether.com
 


Fujifilm XE-2

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Das Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm f1.4 ZM | Mehrdad Samak-Abedi

Auf der Photokina 2014 kündigte die Carl Zeiss AG das Distagon 35mm f1.4 ZM für das Leica Bajonett an. Bei einem Straßenpreis von knapp 2000 Euro kann man es nicht unbedingt als Schnäppchen bezeichnen, jedoch ist es recht offensichtlich, welchen Kundenkreis Carl Zeiss mit diesem Objektiv ansprechen will. Vergleicht man das Distagon mit seinem Leica Pendant, das Summilux 35mm (ca. 4500 Euro), sieht das mit dem Schnäppchen schon ganz anders aus. Wie immer ist das eine Frage des Standpunktes. Ich gehöre zur ersten Gruppe, also zu der, die das nicht als ein Schnäppchen sehen und eher mit Objektiven vergleichen, die preislich weiter unten angesiedelt sind. Aktuell fällt mir da im Moment nur das Voigtländer  35mm f1.2 Nokton II oder das sehr charaktervolle Voigtländer 35mm f1.4 Nokton ein. Das Nokton II habe ich von einem Fotofreund derzeit geliehen bekommen, aber bitte erwartet hier keine Vergleiche, ich komme derzeit nicht so zum Ausprobieren des selben. Hier soll es aber eh nur um das Distagon gehen. Und bevor ich das vergesse zu erwähnen: Ich bin kein Technikfreak, will sagen: Das ist hier ist ein Nutzer-Erfahrungsbericht. Ich verliere mich hier weniger in technischen Details (ganz einfach, weil ich davon auch viel zu wenig Ahnung habe, aber psssst!!) als mehr in aus dem Fotoalltag gewonnenen Erkenntnissen…….

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Fuji X-Pro1

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Leica M60 Edition Review: Gorgeous steel-grey retro pushes
all the right buttons | Mike Evans

Leica’s M60 Edition is truly an object of desire. It celebrates the golden jubilee of the the M3, the first Leica with a combined viewfinder and rangefinder in one window, and comes in the form of the all-steel but very oddball version of the M Type 240. I’ve had the good fortune to borrow one for review from my friends at Red Dot Cameras in London. The M60 isn’t a camera for the faint of heart or the loose of purse. It costs all of £12,000 but comes in a tremendously impressive and commodious presentation case, together with an exquisitely crafted grey leather half case and strap. This is just as well, because Leica forgot to equip this costly commodity with strap lugs. To compensate for this omission you get the case and strap—plus a pair of white fondling gloves. For your £12k you receive a smooth, shiny steel version of the M240 together with a unique steel-finished version of the legendary 35mm Summilux ASPH lens. I like to think of it as the Steelilux. The price doesn’t seem quite so daunting when you compare this rig with a standard camera and lens. Choose off-the-shelf stuff instead and you are still in for more than £9,000. The premium isn’t totally ridiculous. In fact, in comparison with some previous Leica editions, the M60 is a positive bargain………

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Leica M Monochrom

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Why I love and hate my Fujifilm X-T1 | In Babzowski’s Eye

Recently, I made a round the world trip with my wife and my 2yo boy. Not an adventurous one, more like a long tourist travel (it’s hard to really backpack with a baby). I new this travel would be an awesome opportunity for me to get incredible photos. So, I made a big decision, after long months of reflection: I sold my Canon 5DmkII and all my gear, to buy a Fujifilm X-T1. I’m gonna explain you how PM2S (aka Fujifilm France, Belgium and Luxembourg Customer Care) refused to repair my under warranty Fuji X-T1 and sent me a 700€ quotation. Since October, they didn’t answer any of my email, tweet, Facebook private or public message. I even contacted M. ABUAF, head of Camera Products at Fujifilm France, and got no answer from him neither. I own a Fuji X100s since the release day. This is my best photo gear investment. So I decided to buy the X-T1 at it’s first day of release, blinded eyes. I have to be clear with on point before I go further: i LOVE this camera. I love the photos it produces (that’s the most important), I love how it feels in the hands, and I love how it looks a good travel camera… or at least I thought so. Because, after only 2 months of travel in New Zealand and Australia, the problems began…….

Source: babzowski.com
 


Fuji X-T1

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Closer – An MCEX-11 review | Jonas Rask

Not a macro photographer, not a macro photographer, not a macro photographer. But I need to try this! Thats me in a nutshell. My disciplin prohibits, but my curiosity prevails. I guess this is a good thing, since expansion of skills is valuable to an extent. Whats great about todays photography world is that tech gives you limitless options. There’s an easy-to-grab way for every need, style and imagination. Always a bit annoyed with the close-focus distance of many of my Fujinon lenses, though not as bad as the old Leica/Voigtlander rangefinder lenses, I saw the focus charts and thought this would be fun to try out. Little did I know, that this little tube would make my lenses so incredibly versatile. The MCEX-11…….

Source: jonasraskphotography.com
 


Fuji MCEX-11 macro extension

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Q+A: Fuji X on Assignment | David duChemin

You’d be amazed how many emails and comments I get that begin with the words, “I know you don’t like gear questions, but…” So to be clear, I don’t mind gear questions at all. I just don’t know why people think I’m the best person to answer them. I like gear. Hell, I LOVE some of my gear. But I ask of it some very specific, and limited things, and some of the people asking some of the questions are looking for a tool that can do the things that they themselves should be doing. Or maybe they’re looking for a justification to buy a new toy that maybe, just maybe, has the Un-Suck Filter. They don’t. My Fujis don’t, and neither do my Leicas or Nikons.  What I want my cameras to do is get out of the way as quickly as possible and let me do my job. So with that in mind, a few responses to some very sensible questions (I’ll spare you the non-sensical questions like: Should I get a Fuji? No one can answer that for you. Fuji. Leica. Nikon. Canon. All of them will make incredible photographs as easily as truly bad ones.)……

Source: davidduchemin.com
 


Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2

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A Year with the Fuji X-Pro1 – Review | Richard Nixon

The X-Pro1 had instant appeal; I had harboured a mild and ongoing interest in photography ever since I owned my first capable camera – the iPhone 4s – but had never been drawn in by the idea of the DSLR touting lifestyle. The X-Pro1 was the answer I hadn’t even realised I was waiting for – the image quality, performance “sex appeal” it offered was all there and everything I suddenly needed. However, a quick price check revealed that my student budget wasn’t letting this happen anytime soon. The article was bookmarked and forgotten. Cue 2014 – a couple of graduations and a few months of employment later – and I have an income, firmware updates have fixed the cameras biggest issues and Fuji are offering the X-Pro1 and their 18mm F2 at a discounted rate along with the offer to claim another lens of your choice free. It all came flooding back; I was sold. I chose the 35mm F1.4. Obviously. One year later and it’s apparent that was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It was my starting point as a photographer and my ability has come on leaps and bounds with it as my companion…….

Source: inlightofview.com
 


Fuji X-Pro1

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Review: The Fujifilm X100T Has Changes Galore,
But Should We Buy It? | Colin Peddle

When the X100 was first released by Fujifilm the camera world popped with excitement. It was revolutionary in the eyes of many photographers. When the X100S dropped, we lauded Fujifilm shouting “Yes! They fixed so much!”. Now with the December release of the X100T, we are tickled pink with excit… err… well… In a market now saturated with vintage-styled cameras, all of which are more than capable in every aspect, do we still care about the new Fuji offering? At first glance of the brand new Fujifilm X100T there is nothing that is immediately apparent as being different. Even with a quick comparison of the X100T side by side to the previous generation’s X100S it can be a chore to determine which is which. And when you get right down to it, when shooting photos many may find that there’s little reason to pick the X100T over the X100S, and anyone considering upgrading will have a hard time justifying the expenditure…..

Source: petapixel.com
 


Fuji X100T

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Fuji X100T | Brendan Ó Sé

Buy books not gear. That’s what those with all the best gear tell us. People owning Leicas costing thousands and thousands of Euro and they tell us not to have G.A.S – gear acquisition syndrome. So often these are the very same people who get gifted new cameras by the manufacturers. Buy books not gear, they tell us, but imagine all the books they could buy if they sold their Leicas. Anyway, for a quite a while I had been thinking of getting a more compact camera for street work. I was tired of lugging the heavy Nikon around with me and the idea of having a  little, discreet light camera appealed to me. I did my research and the camera that kept popping up as the best in the category was the Fuji X100T. The reviews all seemed to say the same thing: If you have the previous model – the S – then there is not much point in the upgrade, but if you do not have the S at all, then separate yourself from your cash (all €1,200 of it) and get yourself closer to that camera of your dreams. The reviewers raved about the X. Ken Rockwell calls it “The world’s best digital camera“. Eric Kim, who was gifted one, loved it. The Fro Knows Photo guy claims he “can’t say enough good stuff about this little camera”……..

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Fuji X100T

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The Fuji XT-1 and XC 50-230 meet Australian Wildlife |
Caveira Photography

Most of us are guilty of spending our dollars on getting that ‚perfect lens‘ or piece of gear that will ‚make my photos so much better‘. It’s bred into us via the internet and marketing and I am certainly guilty of such things considering photography isn’t my bread and butter, yet I own a pretty nice but simple Canon rig, and my Fuji rig is growing steadily. After recently adding more Fuji gear to my arsenal (XT-1 & XF56 1.2) I decided to check out a ‚cheap‘ Fuji zoom lens for testing my skills in areas I’ve not worked much in before – wildlife photography. For $240 AUD (~$190 USD) the XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 is a relatively compact and very quiet zoom lens covering a 76-350mm focal length and it also has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). As I’ve said to my best mate before and fellow camera and Transformer’s enthusiast, ‚I’m just like Optimus in that I’m a Prime kinda guy‘, so this is the first zoom lens I’ve ever purchased, which opens up a lot of opportunities and a different way of shooting compared to what I’m used to. Regardless, I had a lot of fun with it and was pleasantly impressed with the results……

Source: www.caveiraphotography.com
 


Fujifilm Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7

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