For most people Fuji might not sound like a worthy contender when they consider getting a camera in the world of Nikon’s and Canon’s. Where it is always about the big 2, Fuji hit the sweet spot since the launch of X100 which I have been drooling over for a long time. Since the X100, there has been X10, X-Pro 1 and very recently X-E1. You don’t say No to Fuji when you are offered to take the amazing X-Pro 1 for a ride. Thanks to my friend Brian for recommending me to Fujifilm Middle East and a big thanks to Fujifilm ME for letting me have the X-Pro 1 along with the fantastic prime lenses to cover the 41st National Day Celebrations in the UAE.Its been a couple of weeks with the equipment and I was surprised how my initial ‘jeez’ changed to ‘omg’ in a short while when you spend some time the the camera. I am primarily a Nikon user along with my always in the bag cam being a m4/3 lumix. I do keep trying various brands very often, so I didn’t really need to open up the users manual to figure out the X-Pro. Most stuff you need is right there at your finger tips. All we basically need for making a picture is a good eye and nailing down the exposure triangle (Aperture, Shutter, ISO). Selecting focus points could have been improved as its a bit of hassle to dig in deep. And how I wish I had spare set of batteries for that day. Focusing, a bit on the slower side but you get used to it and can figure out how to make it behave to your liking. Patience pays off when the images pop up on you big screen. The X-Pro 1 has been in the market for a while now and there will be enough reviews that show the Pros & Cons, so I don’t have to talk about most of the things all over again……
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“I think I see still images the way others perceive a film sequence. It’s all a movie in my mind. Scenes & stories.” Patrick La Roque
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Today attention for the FujiFilm X-E1 or as I call it the Sexy-1.
It’s no secret that I absolutly love the FujiFilm cameras. It all started when was handed an FujiFilm X100 during a Photowalk and although at that time I did not like the focus etc. (was solved later) I fell in love with the fact that it felt like a real camera…. now what do I mean with a “real camera”. In most smaller cameras you are getting a camera that feels like a digital brick that can take photos, but the whole feel of a camera is gone. Want to change the exposure compensation? go into the menu, want to change the zoom? press a few buttons and it zooms, want to change ISO? go into the menus, want to change … etc.
In other words I love a camera that has a more real camera feel and the FujiFilm cameras have this.
For example the Exposure compensation is right on top of the camera (where it should be), setting the aperture is on the lens itself, zooming (even on the X10) is done on the lens and not via a weird feeling button system, also shutterspeed etc. is all set on top of the camera and if you want everything to be auto… no problem set both on A and you’re in auto mode. So now that this is out of the way, let’s look at the “sexy-1″……
Frank is an international Fashion and Glamour Photographer and born in Amsterdam (Netherland). He still conducts magazine and advertising shoots, with a particular interest for artists and high fashion, however his main focus is teaching workshops throughout the world.
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The Travel Photographer Does Leica & X Pro-1 …..
Tewfic El-Sawy is a NYC-based travel photographer, photo-expeditions leader, multimedia teacher, and a pontificator :-)
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Home to the largest carnival in the world, the fabled Carnaval and set enviably amongst the stunning natural surrounds of Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in South America. The stomping ground of the rich and famous as well as the more budget constrained traveller, Rio was the next stop for us after São Paulo along the well worn tourist trail..
We prepared for our arrival in Rio by watching José Padilha’s Tropa de Elite (gang violence in Rio and the elite police squad tasked to combat them), City of God (gang violence in the Cicade de Deus suburb of Rio) and Rio, the animated feature. Not sure to expect drug lords with AK-47s ruling the streets and street kids toting handguns or colourful macaws singing and dancing along to a Samba beat when we arrived, we got off the bus with expectations for pretty much both ends of the spectrum.
I have to report that fortunately (unfortunately?) we saw neither, the few macaws that we saw at Jardim Botanico were gorged full on bananas and lazily preening themselves, they could hardly be bothered to fly, let alone sing and dance, and the kids we saw on the beach were more interested in selling us Caipirinhas than crack coccaine. We hear that things have been cleaned up significantly in recents times, ostensibly for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics and that favelas, traditionally the hotbed of crime, had mostly been ‘pacified’.
Caipirinhas for 5 reals on the beach anyone?
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I like this camera, more than I thought I would. After a bit of time with the Olympus E-M5 and Sony NEX-7, I really see the Fuji X-E1 as a clear winner in the IQ and usability areas. It would outright lose in an AF battle, so keep that in mind if that is truly a deciding factor for you. It does seem to be a slightly sexier (physically and IQ wise) option than any of its current competitors. Being the optical viewfinder kind of guy that I am, I would still go for an Fuji X-Pro1 over this (especially with the recent price drop!). But, if squeezing out an extra $400 really isn’t an option or you don’t care for the hybrid viewfinder on the X-Pro1, this camera is the most viable option on the market for serious shooters looking into the mirrorless market and craving a true manual control experience with a good EVF built right in. Also, if you are one of the millions who are adapting older lenses for use with the X-Series, this camera really is a better choice over the X-Pro1 because of its improved EVF would be much more usable in manually focusing those gorgeous Summicrons. All in all, I would totally see this camera in my bag in the near future, but only after there’s an X-Pro1 in there first.
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Nearly 3 months ago I swapped all my DSLR gear for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 as I mentioned in my earlier posts. I’m now 2278 shots in and this post shows you the gear that I’m using along with the X-Pro1 body. Also included in this post is an overview of the settings that I’m using to get the most out of the X-pro1 in terms of speed, battery life and image quality……
FUJINON FUJINON FUJINON!
High quality lenses, probably the only thing I really care about when I’m looking for a new camera body. The last few years I’ve only shot with Zeiss glass on the Nikon and Hasselblad and it’s hard to go back to the ‘regular’ brand connected lenses. Luckily Fujifilm has a long history in making great lenses for their own 35mm and 120 film bodies and Hasselblad H series. At this moment Fuji released 3 Fujinon primes and 1 zoom lens for the X-mount.
I started with the 35mm 1.4 on the X-Pro1 because it had the same equivalent as a 50mm on the D700. The 40° field of view that you get from the 35mm is baked in my head so making this my first lens was a no-brainer. It’s all metal casing makes this lens feel like the Zeiss glass that I used to own and it certainly adds a decent amount of weight to the body. Optically it’s about the same as the Zeiss only with less CA and better sharpness in the center and corners! Shooting in small spaces or interiors with a ’50′ has been killing me since the beginning but I never wanted to invest in a wide angle prime because I married to the ’50′. BUT I became the owner of the 18mm last month. I haven’t reached the 100 mark with the 18mm, so the only thing that I can say is that it’s a lovely tiny lightweight pancake. It’s not as sharp as the 35mm in the corners but the AF performance is better.
All the X-mount lenses feature AF/MF, a focus ring and Aperture ring. Aperture settings are changed on the lens and not on the body. The AF performance is okay once you get used to it but the wired MF is a joke. Wired MF means that the focus ring sends a digital signal to the body and the body forwards the action to the AF motor. The result? a 1 second lag in the actual focus action and a 9000° ratation angle from close to infinity.
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At the end of the day, on the now iced shore of the Hudson Strait, the dogs are hungry. They are chained on the edge of the village because they are inuit dogs sleds, specially trained for the hard life of traditional sled pulling and race. As the sunset below the mountains, the cold and dark night sets.
Johnny Angnatuk from Quaqtaq drive his truck to get near the pack. He comes to feed them and they know it. They pull on their chain, anxious to see what he is bringing.
Tonight, it’s going to be frozen seal meat. He cut big piece with his ax and the dog get their share.
Johnny has been training his team for five years for the Ivakkak race, a traditional dog sledding race of 300-500 km in the harsh winter of Nunavik. Not satisfied with his last year performance because of a too young team, he hopes that they will be stronger this year, led by the big “Kajuk” (The Brown one).
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Deandre Scott is a a friend and photographer in Tokyo, whom I often bump into in the street. He shoots both digital and film. For a while now he has been shooting the X-Pro 1 and I wanted to get his thoughts on the camera. And here they are. Thanks Deandre
The Fuji X-Pro is a camera that you must cater to your particular style shooting. It can frustrate you at times but this frustration mainly is due to the focus by wire auto focus system. Imo that is truly the only down side of the camera. If you are thinking of purchasing the X-Pro 1 one and expecting fast auto focus this might not be the camera for you. But, if you are a person who likes to take your time and compose your image through the view finder you will feel right at home with the X-Pro.
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Baltimore is a cozy little village in western County Cork, Ireland. It is the main village in the parish of Rath and the Islands, the southernmost parish in Ireland. It is the main ferry port to Sherkin Island, Cape Clear Island and the eastern side of Roaring Water Bay (Loch Trasna) and Carbery’s Hundred Isles. And mostly, it’s only about 10 Minutes away from where we live.
The last time Rebecca and I went to Baltimore was in August 2012. This time it was completely quiet. No tourists around, only a couple of locals and some fishermen. I liked the atmosphere a lot.
All the shots below were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Fujinon 35mm 1.4 lens
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