I’ve been a loyal Canon user since I’ve started photography, and I have nothing but praise for its cameras. I shall still retain my Canon 5DII and a bunch of lenses for as long as I can. However, I realized that my style of photography has evolved during the past few years…prompting me to splurge big time on a Leica M9, and not too long ago on a Fuji X-Pro1. The evolution of my way of seeing, the lightness of these two cameras and the quality of their images laid the foundation for my being ready and very receptive for a DSLR replacement. Traveling to photograph Holi in India earlier this year, and having to hold the 5DII at shoulder-length to photograph inside temples and avoid color powder/water bequeathed me a short-lived tennis-elbow like pain, but it made me realize that DSLRs are really heavy computers with lenses attached to them……
Tonality Pro Verdict
There’s no doubt that there is a lot of functionality here for quite a modest stake. The ability to use layers to stack effects and the texture overlays make it possible to get lots of creative effects. Some of the film emulation presets look pretty much like the others, but there are enough presets across the board to give you specific effects that suit everything from portraits to landscapes and HDR projects. It’s also a bonus that a number of effects actually use colour as well as mono. The app is fast at providing previews and has a lot of different looks it can bring to your projects. It’s not as wide ranging as Alien Skin’s Exposure but then it is a great deal cheaper and easily represents the best budget option for those wanting stylish or grungy black and white conversions.
Just to make things really clear at the beginning, I have never had much time for one-size fits-all Swiss Army lenses. My prejudice came from seeing the results from an early Nikon 18-200 VR whatever. It was a superb lens for portraiture, which gave no risk of ever being sharp or accentuating skin blemishes. It had an (unintentional) soft-focus built in, Any aperture, any focal length. It barked. As did the Tamron I also tried. AND the Canon EOS equivalent, which had more bark than a gang member’s pit-bull. I have stayed away ever since. And there is a reason. I prefer primes and short distance focal length zooms (16-35, 24-70, etc.). My rationale has to do with the number of elements in the lens. Every time light transitions from air to glass or vice-versa, refraction occurs, and a small amount of clarity is lost, due to scattering, Those of you who slept through the optics section of school science and want to catch up can read more here. Every piece of glass is 2 opportunities for loss of quality. A lens with 6 elements has only six transitions; a 21-element lens has 42……..
With so much love, I bought this camera twice. I sold it twice. The first time I sold this camera, I thought I was better than that. Then I realised, I wasn’t. It’s the second time I sold it, I’m in love with someone else now. So, this is to tribute my love towards Fujifilm X-Pro1. The camera is brilliant. It’s quite big for a snap camera, but it’s not as heavy. It’s got great controls, but it’s not really a one-hand controllable camera. It has a great optical viewfinder, but I stopped using it almost straight after I got this camera. It has awesome dial controls, but they’re a little too easy to turn and number of times you have to check if the EV dial hasn’t been moved. Or if you’re using manual shutter speed, you have to check you are still in that same speed……
The X100T is the third iteration of the ever-popular X100 series of cameras from Fuji – an APS-C sensor compact camera with retro-chic looks – and the successor to the X100S. But what?s new and is this a worthy upgrade? The team went to the Occupy Central protests to test out the camera……
Six months into using the Fuji Xt1, I thought I would update my initital review. Over the years I have used nearly every Nikon model from film through to digital, my last Nikon was the D3, a truly superb bit of engineering, and a very well thought out camera. After 4 years of ownership I was becoming tired of it, not only down to the weight of the beast and attached glass, but because I felt the camera was owning me and not the other way around. I felt my photography was being done by the camera, with very little input from me. I wanted to be inspired again, remove myself somewhat from the electronics. Hard to believe this camera appeared in the Uk late 2007. So my journey of re discovering my photography came through the purchase of the Fuji x100, yes that bloody quirky camera !, that little camera delivered superb images, set me on the Fuji path. Given my photographic needs I followed up that purchase with the Fuji X pro 1, and started to aquire some lenses. The 55-200, and the 14mm, along with some legacy glass from Olympus zuiko. Still I felt for some professional assignments where speed was required the Fuji’s were a little lacking. Though image quality had never been an issue. So when the Xt1 was announced I jumped for joy, no more carrying the D3 around for that moment when a little action occurred. I can now honestly shoot a portrait session or wedding day without worry….
Ich kenne keinen anderen Kamerahersteller, der soviele Fans und Bewunderer hat wie Leica. Genauso gibt es zahlreiche Fotografen, die Leica Kameras nicht leiden mögen, teils weil sie aus Erfahrungen schöpfen, teils weil ihnen die Firma und ihre ganze Preis- und/oder Imagepolitik auf die Nerven geht. Hüben wie drüben sind die Gründe jedenfalls zahlreich. Eines ist jedoch all denen, die Fotografie auch nur ein wenig über den „grünen A-Modus“ hinaus betreiben, gemein: Jeder hat eine Meinung zu Leica! Unabhängig davon, ob er oder sie jemals eine Leica in der Hand hatte oder genutzt hat. Alle kennen Leica und sehr viele nennen den Namen mit einer gewissen Bewunderung. Leica ist demnach natürlich auch mir schon seit Beginn meines fotografischen Interesses ein Begriff, aber die Kameras und Objektive aus dem Hause Leica sind einfach finanziell, damals wie heute, weit weg von dem, was ich mir leisten kann/will. Natürlich schürt das auch die Neugier, und das mittlerweile schon seit nunmehr 30 Jahren……
I don’t know if that has to do anything with the fact that first camera ever I was given to shoot was a rangefinder. Sure, it was a “copy” of the “original”, my Dad’s Russian made Zorki… Chrome body with 50 lens and full leather case. Smell of that leather I count as one of “the smells from my childhood”. I struggled with that camera to make it in focus. For a teenage kid, rushing to press the shutter button it was unbearable to “wait” and line up that “double image” in the little “window”… But I did it! And I photographed my first celluloid images with that camera… After Zorki, many other cameras came in to my bag, some stayed longer some not. I was a “Canon guy”, then “Nikon guy”, then “Hasselblad guy”, then “Nikon guy”… You get the picture…….
Leica chose its first prime lens for the T mirrorless camera system wisely. The Leica Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH. ($1,850) matches the field of view and light gathering capability of the quintessential Leica optic, the 35mm Summicron that has adorned many of its full-frame digital and 35mm rangefinder cameras. This new Summicron is an autofocus lens that covers a smaller APS-C image sensor, but it’s quite compact and can focus closer than its M-mount cousins. And, while it doesn’t deliver quite the impeccable performance that its price would dictate, it’s a solid prime lens option for the T system, and one that does a better job capturing images with a shallow depth of field than the Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom that is also available for the T……
Without doubt my biggest frustration with the Leica M cameras is the rangefinder focus system only focusing as close as 0.7M. After coming from a Nikon D800 DSLR camera I was used to working very close to my subjects to either create a shallow depth of field and/ or to crop tight to improve my composition. I now have some nice Leica M lenses but I never seem to be able to get as close as I would like. I can get shallow DOF with lenses like the Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 and Leica Summicron 90mm f2 but both these lenses only focus as close as 1M. My closest focusing lenses are the Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 and Leica Summicron 50mm f2 both of which focus as 0.7M but that is still not near enough for say detail shots at a wedding…….