Yesterday I had the pleasure of using the XF23mm F1.4 lens for a day.
I’ve had a pretty eventful week. Last Saturday I photographed a wedding in Rome, then I was privileged to be invited out to Tokyo by Fujifilm for some R&D meetings, presentations and the chance to shoot with the XF23mm F1.4 for the first time. I’m going to blog more about the trip itself and my time with the very good people at Fuji next week. In the meantime, here are some images I shot with the XF23mm F1.4 yesterday whilst in Tokyo. The images aren’t in a particular order, but they end with a snapshot of my kids running towards me when I got home….. (they were interested in the presents I’d bought them I think). In due course, I’ll do a more concise overview of the XF23mm F1.4 itself but my opinion is not going to be anything other than – this is a FANTASTIC lens and a great addition to the X-Series mount lenses that Fuji have created. For me, 35mm is my perfect focal length and the 23mm lens on the X-Pro1, X-E1 or X-M1 works out at exactly 35mm. I love the extra stop of light available over the equivalent focal length in the X100S. The lowlight performance of this lens is smashing. Absolutely smashing. The bokeh, especially in low light is just beautiful and the feel of the lens is great. Combined with the focus peaking on the X-Pro1 and X-M1 I think this a great lens for street shooting and I’ll definitely be using it extensively for my wedding photography work. The images in this collection were shot on a combination of the X-Pro1 and the X-M1. I have to say Tokyo is one of the most amazing places I’ve visited. The people, especially, are genuinely so kind and hospitable. It’s a place I hope to visit and explore further in the future. I only had a day, so a lot of these images are snapshots to a certain extent but I did try and get a range of shots to demonstrate the lens including verticals and macro close up images…..
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Woke up to find a blanket of fog covering the valley this morning, and a garden covered in dew laden cobwebs. The spiders are so busy I am always amazed to see just how much work goes into a cobweb. The faintest breath of wind and the webs sway, making focus difficult. I shot these pictures this morning using the Fuji 55-200 which offers me better control over background detail as well as precise subject framing. The sun was breaking through but the light was still nice and diffused, I like shooting cobwebs contre jour as you get a nice rimlight on the dew….
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The shooting of the last film produced by Riflessifotografici in collaboration with Luigi De Filippis has just been completed. The work of director Gilles Rocca, together with the protagonist Miriam Galanti, was a good opportunity to test the new Zeiss Touit lenses coupled with the Fuji X-PRO1. The Zeiss optics will be subject of an in-depth review in October and published at the magazine “Reflex and Photography”. Afterwards riflessifotografici.com will publish a comparison between the Fujinon and the Zeiss Touit lenses…..
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BMW (or Bayerische Motoren Werke to give the acronym it’s full German title) is known world-wide and is headquarted in Munich. Producers of many prestige vehicles over the years, owners of the Mini brand and parents to Rolls-Royce, BMW cars have been admired by car fans for decades.Those of us not lucky enough to own one, you can always visit the BMW Musuem and see the models of yesteryear and recall the posters you had on your bedroom wall when you were younger. These cars are strictly off limits and you can only look from afar. For the avid fans of the propeller badge, with it’s Bavarian Blue and White colours, fortunately there is somewhere you can go to ‘play’. Situated just across the road from a BMW office tower (styled in the shape of a four cylinder engine) and in the shadow of the nearby Olympic Tower is the Double Cone shaped BMW Welt (BMW World). A showcase of all the latest prestige models that you can sit in, check out and imagine driving ‘one day’ in such a car. If your dream then becomes a reality and you’re in a position to purchase a car, you can arrange a meeting with one of the BMW executives about a possible future sale. You can even arrange for your new car to be picked up from BMW Welt where you will get the full BMW experience of having your new car presented to you on a spinning disc in front of your eyes so you can admire it from all angles before you drive it away home. Just be careful of the spiral downward ramp on your way out. Since it was first opened in October 2007 there has been more than one occurance of a new owner picking up their new car, only to mis-judge the width of the exit ramp and then proceed to scrape the side of their prestine car down the side causing considerable damage, all before leaving the building.
Note: All photos were taken with the Fuji X100
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It has been a couple of weeks I have been able to field test the Fuji X-Pro1, and I am already using it as main camera for out work as London Boudoir Photography. I have been in love with that camera for a long time, and now that I can use it regularly I love its concept even more. I have used a specific word, “concept” as it is very important to understand that the Fuji X-Pro1 is not a DSLR and if you expect it to behave like one you will be highly disappointed by it. That said, my journey with this camera had been phenomenal so far, with just few hiccups when I expected it to behave like a DLSR. Lately, I have been looking for a camera that was “less” than my Canon 5DMkII. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean a cheap point and shoot, but a camera that was lighter, less bulky and that would allow me to be more important than the camera itself. When Fabiana had the possibility to have it in her hands, she immediately noticed the difference in weight: its six hundred grams, comprehensive of the lens, were absolutely nothing compared with the almost two kilos of the 5DMkII with a 85mm lens on it. Keep your camera in your hands for hours and hours and you will notice the difference as well! There is also another huge advantage I have found in the Fuji X-Pro1 and its unobtrusiveness: being a left-eye shooter, I have always given my right eye a minor impact in the way I photograph. Now that I use this camera, which is much smaller than the others, I have moved my right eye in the viewfinder; why? That’s simple; I use my right eye for checking the exposure, locking the focus and framing, but then I switch all my attention to my left eye. That one sees the real photograph I want! I am still a left-eye shooter, but I can now focus all my attention to my subjects with an eye unobstructed by a viewfinder that limits my ability to see the moment. We specialise in Boudoir Photography, so you have to expect our subjects to be quite intimidated of posing half naked in front of our cameras. A smaller, unobtrusive camera works wonder in lowering the gap and relaxing our customers! This is an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G thing that the Fuji X-Pro1 allows me to do…..
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The sun was shining so we headed up to Hollow Ponds and took a rowing boat out on the water. It was a lot of fun although I had to do all the rowing. A few shots below all processed with VSCO Film 04….
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As I’m generally using the Fuji X Pro 1 in controlled environments with either models or actors following my direction what better way to test out the Auto Focus speed and accuracy than to test run it with my new kitten Marlon…as you can guess he’s extremely hyperactive and doesn’t take direction too well. I mainly took advantage of the fantastic ISO and set it around 500 to 1250 so I could have a fast shutter speed to capture movement…..
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Its been said many times that if you want interesting light, you need to get up early. This morning I decided to get up before the sun and head out to my parent’s place. Instead of taking the highway, I wanted to take some more scenic back country roads and since the forecast was calling for a nice sunny day, my camera also went for a ride. Here are a few shots i took along the way, hope you enjoy these….
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Coming from the DSLR camp I used APSC-sized and full frame sized sensor DSLRs for years. Some day I bought my first CSC with a fixed lens the Leica X1, because I want something compact, light-weighted, with an APSC-sized sensor for every day use and I don’t want to compromise in terms of image quality. However it was a short love: the not so good high ISO performance, the not so fast lens and the slow auto-focus were not good enough for my own style of photography. Hence I look for other options with an APSC-sized sensor. Here we go: I decided to buy the Fujifilm X100 and I sold the Leica X1. As soon as I got my X100 in my hands I took her to her first travel abroad: Hong Kong. She was my ‘backup camera’ for my Canon 5D. You know what kind of weather conditions you can expect in Hong Kong: hot and high humidity. I always had both cameras with me but mostly I like the convenience of the X100….
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Today was a rainy, dark day. I took my Fuji X-Pro1 out in the rain, brought along an umbrella to protect the camera and myself a bit. Usually sundays in Copenhagen are rather sad and borring. Shops are closed, streets seems empty. Today though, lots of tourists in the streets, a viking market (Not sure, I think that is what was going on) And also a Ironman contest! – Did not expect that.. That gave me something to photograph, try out the focus speed trying to catch focus on the runners, wich went pretty damn bad (I don’t blame the camera, more the photographer… me) My camera was set to 16:9 raw+jpeg, but I ended up editing the raw files and cropping to 16:9. Just wanted to try this format, since I never have tried anything else than the standart. All shot with the Fuji 35mm f1.4…..
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