… though the Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 is expensive, could be sharper wide open, and faces off against competitors with better bokeh it is being awarded our Editor’s Choice rating. Why? Overall, it is the most versatile lens that you can use for the Fujifilm X series system and we considering to be the single best lens for Street Photography using mirrorless cameras out there. This is due to the autofocus offering and the clearly readable depth of field scale on the lens when shooting with the zone focusing method. For what it’s worth, the lens will help you to create beautiful images that you’ll be incredibly proud of. We also believe that it may becomes your everyday lens that you can use to document all of life’s happenings. Indeed, you can use this focal length for food, portraits, candids, etc. When combined with the still very good performance of the lens, the 23mm f1.4 is still the most versatile lens that the company has ever created. And for that reason alone, you should be ecstatic about what Fujifilm is doing for the system…..
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A couple of weeks ago I already shared my first impressions about the new Fujifilm X-E2 with you and I followed up with my observations after the lens firmware was updated. Originally I was only supposed to test out the camera for a couple of days but Fujifilm Belgium was so kind to let me keep it a bit longer so I could take it with me for a week of teaching at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai. I knew I could give the X-E2 a proper test drive during that week that goes beyond taking some pictures of my family. I saw my first impressions pretty much confirmed, so I won’t be repeating everything here. I’ll just add what I think is important in this post. The most important improvement is the sum of all the small things that have been improved or added. There may not be any really spectacular big new things to be found but everything just works a bit better and faster which creates a much more comfortable user experience. The X-E1 was a very capable camera in the right hands but it need some getting used to and an investment in time from the photographer. The X-E2 is probably a lot easier to get to know for someone who want to get into the X-series…..
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Weekend in the US. My fist experience with long exposure shoots at the pacific cost at the Santa Cruz area.
Fuji X-Pro1 | Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS
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…. the latest addition to the X-series line-up is the XF 23 mm F1.4. The first thing that struck us about this lens was its size. It is even larger than a wide-angle XF 14 mm. When attached to the Fuji X-Pro1 it feels bulky but solid. Its build quality is superb with all-metal mounts and a high-grade barrel. The focus ring is nice and smooth. The only let down is a plastic hood, which feels cheap. One of the most important features of this lens is the traditional aperture ring on the lens barrel. This attribute allows a photographer to have a special connection with the lens when shooting. It not only enriches the photographic experience but let’s you indulge in the process of image creation. Kudos to Fuji for going this route! While physical attributes may or may not appeal, image quality is something everyone wants and this lens delivers! Attached to our Fuji X-Pro1, this lens produces razor sharp, three-dimensional imagery. We have been shooting with the best professional-grade glass from Canon (L) and Nikon (ED). We are familiar with Zeiss and Leica lenses. But this Fuji lens is among the best. If you own the Fuji XF 35 mm F1.4 you already know the potential of this lens in the right hands. Like other Fuji X-series lenses, it is corrected for distortion. The resolution is great at 1.4, gets very strong at 2.0, and becomes heavenly between 5.6 and 11. For me personally, the 23 mm focal length is a sweet spot. If I were to choose one focal length to shoot with, that would be it. Not only does it allow you to capture beautiful landscapes and work on documentary photography and streetscapes but you can go ahead and take some creative portraits with it…….
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I bought the Fuji X-Pro 1 during the first week it became available. I was excited to own and use something different from a DSLR or Micro Four Thirds camera. I loved using it. I passed on the X-E1 as it did not offer me more than what the X-Pro 1 was already providing other than a better EVF. I did not think that the Fuji X-E2 would be enough of an improvement over the X-Pro 1 to warrant its purchase either. I was wrong. Good things come in small packages. That saying has never been more true than when I use it in reference to the Fuji X-E2. What an amazing little camera… at a good price point. I am a still photographer so I cannot speak to the video capabilities of the X-E2 nor do I care about them. That said, let’s get on with my thoughts about the Fuji X-E2. First and foremost.. it’s a fun camera and you can carry it all day without shoulder or back pain.. this is important to both young and older photographers. One of the reasons I ditched my Canon 5D MK II was the bulk and weight. No such worries with the X-E2.
The X-E2 is a small nonthreatening camera, easily carried in a small bag. Perfect for those who wish to travel light and still be able to get very high quality photographs. The IQ is truly stunning. The photos produced by the X-E2 have amazing detail, great color rendition and dynamic range. Noise is kept to a very comfortable minimum once you pass ISO 800 and little or none below ISO 800. The noise control appears to be better to my eye than what the X-Pro 1 offers (and it is good) and also appears more manageable with noise reduction software at higher ISO settings. The EVF on the X-E2 is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of using. It is much better than the EVF on my X-Pro 1. The X-E2 has a built-in diopter. The X-Pro 1 does not. You must use a screw-in diopter on the X-Pro 1 and they don’t always stay screwed in…….
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It’s been an awesome past two weeks with the Fuji x100s – wow is all I can say! A huge shout out to the kind folks at Fujifilm South Africa for letting me test this specimen out. I want to stress that this is by no means a technical review; there are plenty of resources out there that cover those aspects in-depth. I will however, highlight a few things I found interesting and thoroughly enjoyed about this camera. After looking forward to shooting with the Fuji x100s for so long, I’ll admit that I was slightly bummed -within the first five minutes of switching the device on I wanted to toss it against the wall… There – I said it… One can forget just how accustomed you become to using a DSLR, which I can pretty much operate with my eyes closed. After fumbling around with the controls and dials for a little while it all clicked (ha – pardon the pun). I was particularly impressed with the menu layout and the Q button (a real life saver); which allows you to access some of the most used controls. Anyway, rocky start aside, the x100s has a quick learning curve and is ergonomically very logically laid out. The amount of customization is astounding; in a couple of minutes everything was set up to my specifications. It was at that very moment that a gold ray of light shone upon me and the x100s (A-Ha moment possibly). This suddenly felt like a photographer’s camera. I managed to set up three different custom profiles that I could access on the fly. I got pretty close to my usual Photoshop look just by tweaking white balance and curves clippings. If you prefer the old-school vibe there are three focusing modes to choose from; standard, split screen and the Jedi-like focus peaking mode – which is the best thing ever. Accessing the menu without removing your eye from the viewfinder is genius thanks to the optical viewfinder (OVF), which is good news for all you chimpers out there – no one will ever know your secret antics…..
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This post is really special to me and has been a long time in the making, so I do hope with all my heart you like it as much as I do. Benny, my best friend, and I have quite a bit in common: a.o. our love for our families, photography, whisky and Scotland. He recently was blessed with a second child, the lovely Lucy, baby-sister to the now 3 y.o. absolutely adorable Jules. In order to celebrate our birthdays (both in July, only about two weeks apart), we decided to take a short trip together in June to the amazing city of Edinburgh. The main focus of this trip was to have a brilliant time, combining sightseeing, photography and various culinary expeditions ;-) Equipment-wise, we both traveled (relatively) light. I had only packed the Fuji X100S and the Fuji X-E1 w/ the XF60mm lens, while Benny brought his Sony Alpha 77 and (my constant infatuation with the X-series cameras may have something to do with this) his newly acquired Fuji X-20 :-) Usually preferring zoom lenses for this kind of adventure, I was quite a bit nervous at the thought of having to rely exclusively on the 23mm fixed X100S lens, with the 60mm X-E1 as a backup for some light tele shots. I can’t tell you how many times in the week preceding our trip I packed the excellent XF18-55mm lens, only to remove it from the bag a couple of minutes later. No safety net! …..
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Not the best time to have a new camera in my hands to give it a try and see how it feels. Got a cold that has kept me home for some time. Excuses… a top photographer can make wonders shooting in his living room. Must confess I’m not a Patrick La Roque like photographer. (Damn! How does he manage to do that at home?).
X-E2 in the pinewoods
Yesterday I began to feel better and took the X-E2 for a ride with two lenses: XF18-55mm and XF55-200mm. I love primes, but X-E2 came with the XF18-55mm and I wanted to give it a try with the other tele lens. Easy. A five minutes walk and I am in what’s left of the pinewoods that used to be in this neighborhood of Madrid. Winter light in the afternoon. Great quality, long shadows. You know that feeling when light is so amazing you feel almost dizzy and drunk? Does it ever happened to you? That thing …..
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Lately I’ve somewhat veered away from the technical aspects of photography in the blog, mostly posting short essays in between new Fuji gear reviews. But there is a point at which it might become too self-involved. I do realize that. So today I thought I’d break away from this and do a kind of anatomical review of one of those client shoots I never talk about, tech notes et al. I always ask permission to do it but I usually tend to shy away from posting client assignments. And since I’m usually knee deep in the immediacy of what I’m shooting, after a few months have passed it feels somehow irrelevant; I have a fetish for the here and now… Or maybe the two days ago ;) Last Spring I got a message via Facebook from Aida; she’d apparently been searching for a photographer for quite a long time, had just stumbled on my work and wanted to know if I’d be interested in doing a portrait session with her. We did a back and forth and I proposed that we meet to discuss what she had in mind. I don’t do cold sessions, ever — learned that one a long time ago. We had a wonderful time and settled on doing an exterior/interior shoot… But it was March: awful weather, crappy light and not a whole lot of it. Of course, when you don’t have a choice you deal with it, you make the best of what’s there; but if you can afford to wait, why bother? So we waited. And late April, the Gods of Light rewarded our decision……
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All of these shots were taken over a period of two to three hours on November 18 late in the afternoon with the X-E2 at my favorite auto graveyard near Denton, Texas. Weather was cloudy with a bit of sun every now and then. Most were taken with the 18-55, a few with the 35m. Post processed in Lightroom. These were quick edits. This was my first time out with the camera. No glitches, no lockups. All photos are JPG as Lightroom does not recognize the X-E2 RAF files as being legit RAW files… that should change before long. Guess I’ll have to load Silky Pix. Do I prefer the X-E2 to my X-Pro 1? Absolutely!
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