Well It’s hard to believe I know, but it’s been a year since I sold my Canon 5D MkII and 50D and moved over to Fujifilm. I already had an X-E1, but it wasn’t until I went to the Birmingham Photo Show and got my hands on an X-T1 that I made up my mind. When I held that solid little black box and looked through the Tardis of a viewfinder I instantly fell in love with it. What was it about the X-T1? It’s compactness, its size, it’s usability, it’s functions, and above all it’s ability to capture such high quality images. I shoot RAW, always. but every time I have experimented with SOOC Jpegs I have been hugely impressed, in fact more than that, they are outstanding. I remember taking a photo of my wife on the beach in Spain. it was about 9.30 in the evening, so it was dark. I had the ISO on 6400 and I took a few shots hand held. That night when I had a look at them on the computer I just couldn’t believe the quality. So why do I shoot RAW now. To be honest, I don’t know. I could easily switch the dial to high quality jpegs, and be able to take thousands more shots on a card. But I have an inherent nagging feeling that one day it will be a mistake. That and, although I don’t do it much any more, but sometimes I like to play around with images, so having the RAW’s there would be a good idea. I love the layout of the camera as well. Love, love, LOVE it. Everything I need is there at my fingertips. No hunting through layers and layers of menu options. I have a physical dial at my fingertips. My first camera was a Russian Zenit B, so I blame them for my dial fetish……..
A decision that did not came immediately but was inevitable from the beginning…
Leica cameras were introduced to me by a friend of mine somewhere back in 2005. At this time I was looking for a relatively inexpensive way to record memories of the first upcoming child. Leica’s brand name came in the conversation because even thought I could afford only inexpensive digital camera I wanted to see what is the best on the market. Back in 2005 digital was such a huge thing that I did not even think about the option of getting a film camera. Looking back at the photos now I can really see what a mistake that was. With a decent camera with real lens and aperture f2 you could do a much better job scanning the negatives at high resolution using a professional scanner. Not to mention we had 2 SLR film cameras in the closet one of which I used already at age of 11. I guess compared to the digital compact they were SLR monsters. One of the two was actually a Zenit E which was a smaller size SLR but had a problem with the mechanics. Still have that camera……
Leica M Monochrom
The Leica M Edition 60 is the company’s 60th anniversary limited-edition version of its latest M rangefinder. It costs around $20,000 and has no display and no buttons (aside from the shutter). To some, it’s ridiculous. To most, it’s unaffordable. But after shooting with it for a couple of hours, I can say that if nothing else, it’s incredibly charming. Inside the minimalist exterior of the M 60 are the same set of guts found in last year’s M Type 240 and its 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Attached is a 35mm f/1.4 Summulix ASPH, the ne plus ultra of Leica’s 35mm offerings. There are only 600 of these rigs being made, and one of them was at Leica’s Brooklyn studio last week. We were lucky enough to borrow it for a short stint……..
Equipped of a M9 since few month, I started a reflection to choose his successor, the M Monochrome or the M? We must choose so I propose to share with you the path who allows me to decide. To immediately fix things, I precise than I don’t attach a vital importance at the brand of my equipment. I’ve owned equipments of brand quite different (Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Fuji) and my choice for Leica equipment’s was made on the only fact of the result camera / lens. To precise that, I would develop by saying that if the Leica camera are beautiful tools in cosmetic point of view and in manufacturing terms, they not crush the competition when we stick to the image quality. The other marks, strong of their experience and often of means superior to Leica, have brought to the digital photo to a level of excellence and maturity which cannot be discussed. Previous cameras I’ve owned have given me some beautiful photographic joys and I won’t denied to have appreciated them…..
Leica M Monochrom
Thank you for letting me share, once again, with the readers here on this site. I am a Fujifilm camera user (X-Photographer wannabe….I can dream, can’t I?). I sold off all of my DSLR equipment and the XPro1 was my main camera. Like many Fuji enthusiasts I, too, got one of the X-T1 cameras when they came out. While I was less than thrilled with the form, the performance was as described and I happily shot away with it all spring and summer this year. In fact, the XPro1 was gathering dust and as August rolled around, I was considering letting it go. As I thought it over I remembered one photo I took this summer with it. On an outing to The Huntington in Pasadena, California, I took the XT1 and the XPro1. I put on the 18mm lens on the XPro1 “just in case”……..
Unbelievable how for so many years DSLR manufacturers were pushing bigger and bigger products when all the time, what we really needed was smaller and smaller. Even the flashes took this trip, look at the size increase from the old Nikon SB-28 all the way to the current SB-900. Since switching to Fuji I have been spoiled with smaller sizes and less weight. Now, thanks to the award winning Nissin i40, Fuji users get a small and light fully functional pro grade flash! Now that’s something to be joyful about! The flash itself is very small especially if you are coming from the world of DSLR’s. Its nearly 1/2 the height (85mm vs 146mm) and 1/2 the weight (200g vs 415g) when compared to my old Nikon SB-900. But thankfully size doesn’t equal output power since the Nissin is rated at 27m and my Nikon at 35m (ISO 100 & 35mm) – not as powerful but close enough. It comes with a very nice case…….
My gateway into the Fuji X series was through the Fuji X100s. Like many, I had initially started out looking for a small camera for those times where I didn’t want to carry the backpack full of DSLR gear. Not for “real shoots”, but for those times where I wanted to have a small camera with me that still delivered quality images. The X100s sold me on the Fuji sensor and Fuji’s image processing. I loved it, and soon developed a passion for street photography. I travelled often with it as my only camera and developed a small “take anywhere” travel kit around it. It wasn’t long after I purchased the Fuji X100s that I started looking at the possibility of replacing my Nikon gear completely with Fuji. As much as I loved the X100s, I knew I would need an interchangeable lens system for the portrait and landscape work I love to do. The timing ended up being perfect as Fuji released what is arguably their flagship model: The Fuji X-T1……
The Fujinon 18-135mm OIS is Fujifilm’s ’superzoom‘ for their X mount system. Love them or hate them, superzooms have a place in many photographers‘ bags because of their convenience and affordability. Weighing in at a little under 490g, this is one of the heavier Fujinon lenses, around 190g heavier than the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS kit lens included with their X-E2 and X-T1 and certainly heavier than all of their primes, the heaviest of which is the 56mm f/1.2, weighing in at just under 400g. However, it does weigh less than the 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 OIS telephoto zoom, which comes in at 570g. This lens is optically and mechanically excellent, as all Fujinon lenses are. Its image quality is great for a ’superzoom‘ and is more than sharp enough for day to day use. It’s well built and contains lots of metal, the zoom ring is rubber covered plastic. It’s also one of the few Fujinon lenses that are rated as WR – weather resistant. The only other lenses are the 16-55mm f/2.8 and 50-140mm f/2.8. So if you want to shoot in the rain and you don’t want to pony up for one of those beasts, then this is your only option……..
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6
Actually this is not so much about Fujifilm X100T camera but more about on why in certain situation it is better to have a small compact camera than using a big bulky DSLR camera. Most professional photographers doesn’t use a small compact camera as their main arsenal, most of them are using it as their backup or simply a second camera in case their big brother are in trouble but nowadays the image quality that you can get from a small compact camera like Fufilm X series and other brand with similar specification is good enough for serious task. Take a street photography for an example, if we were given a task to photographed or document a life on the street, I think nothing can beat small compact camera, simply because people don’t really bother, people don’t really care about you, you are not means serious business, you are just another “tourist” in the city. I’ve use DLSR all my life and whenever I take it out on the street, people will always pays attention to it and sometimes I miss a lot of great moment and most of the times I feel uncomfortable……
I’m not always rational when it comes to buying cameras, quite often I buy them just for the experience of owning and trying them. But when it comes to the Leicas, I’ve tried to be a little more rational, and when it came to the Leica M3, I’ve tried even harder! I try to buy a Leica as tools with a function, even though I often end up seeing them as more than that once I own them. Taking the two M-mount Leicas I otherwise own as examples: The Leica M7 – with its basic level of automation and superb light meter – was bought as, and remains, the ideal Leica for me. The step sideways to the Leica M4-P gave me something a little less “bling”, something fully mechanical, something I felt I could trust implicitly. So why a Leica M3? Why buy a third Leica M-mount camera? ……..