A week or so back I shot another wedding predominately with my Fuji X-Pro1 system. I’ve just got to the editing stage and wanted to pop up a couple of images that struck me and explain why; The first image was shot with the 60mm macro lens. I love this lens, and in fact, I think it produces the best optically out of the three prime lenses available. It’s pin sharp and in macro mode it produces incredibly clear close up images. I’ve been taking it along to weddings with me for a while and have used it occasionally but rarely in anger. Focusing of this lens is relatively slow (which makes sense considering it’s a macro lens) but I wanted to use it in this situation as I was quite a distance away from the bride during the preparation photography. I’ve shot this in JPG and and decreased the exposure compensation to remove most of the clutter in the background (there was bright streaming light on the brides face from a window at the front). I shot a whole sequence of wedding preparation photographs using the lens and I remain immensely satisfied with this lens. The second image was shot on the 35mm lens. Again, I’ve used the exposure compensation to a certain extent to affect the structure of the image. I’ve cleaned up a few more elements in the background to make the image stronger still (I think). I’ll be sharing a lot more images from this wedding when I blog it later in the month but in the meantime the Fuji X-Pro1 remains a reliable workhorse for me as a wedding photographer. I’ve yet to see the X-E1 but the reviews so far are also very impressive.
Back in the summer, when I was spending time in New Hampshire, I talked about my inability to “see” in black & white. While I do convert a shot to B&W every now and then, it’s not something I do with any regularity. Funny thing is, I LOVE black and white photography when it is done well. When the Leica Monochrome was announced this spring, I found the concept of a digital camera that can only shoot in B&W fascinating. While the cost of the camera is crazy high, especially for a black and white ONLY camera, I’ll admit that there’s something appealing to me about only being able to shoot in black & white. I’m convinced that after a period of time with the Leica Monochrome, I would be able to see in B&W and my B&W photography would improve as well. Fortunately for me, I can use my X-Pro 1 set to “monochrome” as a “poor man’s Leica Monochrome.” Given my recent disenchantment with the X-Pro 1, setting it up as a B&W only camera for a period seems like a good way for me to continue to use it. Fortunately for me, I have one of the world’s most gorgeous models at my disposal every day. So, with the X-Pro 1 set to monochrome mode, I grabbed my girl and commenced with a portrait session. What’s so cool about the X-Pro 1 is that using the electronic viewfinder (EVF) I can see the photo in black and white as I compose it. So I LITERALLY get to see the shot in B&W before I take it. It’s sort of like cheating, but I found it helpful. I’m very happy with the results from this “shoot.” In fact, I think these are some of the best shots I’ve taken of Fenway. I’m confident that if I keep using the X-Pro 1 in monochrome and I become more comfortable shooting in black and white you’ll begin to see more monochromatic shots on the site.
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I recently took delivery of a nice and shiny Fujifilm X-Pro1 and today I got to really give it a good workout in some very testing conditions. We paid a visit to Warner Brothers Studios in Hertfordshire to see the Making of Harry Potter. Armed with just the 35/1.4 lens and the X-Pro1 I set about capturing some of the fantastic sites on the tour.
Without wanting this blog to become just another of many (and better) reviews out there, I’ll keep things really simple. To say the camera performed well would be an understatement, it was brilliant. A very capable camera, that simply worked in very dark conditions with a mixture of lighting. It didn’t trip it up at all and I can’t wait to put it to work on our next wedding. As always I have added some of the images from the day and I hope you’ll take the time to comment. All images have had some minor editing. But pretty much what you see below is what you get from the X-Pro1. PS: If there are any Harry Potter fans reading this that haven’t been on the tour, you really need to book those tickets, it’s fantastic!
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Two weeks ago I boarded a plane east. A red eye, means hopefully a nap or three as you fly cross country, with the hopes of a safe landing and a productive fun-filled first day. And that for the most part is how it played out. My flight landed just before sunrise on Sunday morning, and before I knew it I was headed to Brooklyn. A couple of hours later the gal I was staying with and I headed towards the subway for a bit of a walk and an adventure. We ventured across the Brooklyn Bridge and through various parts of New York, above and under ground. I was there for a bit of work and as a result of this didn’t get out and about as much as I might have liked, but below are a variety of images captured along the way. It’s obviously taken a bit of time for me to create this post, some of these areas may well look different today, as a result of hurricane Sandy, which hit the New York area just a day after I left. If you can, please donate to the Red Cross or similar foundations to help provide relief for the families and individuals affected by events this past week…
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When Fuji first introduced X100 few years back, the photographic community got excited about new fresh approach. Reasonably sized rangefinder-like camera with big sensor and retro design was very appealing. Then, along came X Pro1 with it’s brand nex X-Trans sensor and interchangeable lenses. I’ve been waiting for something like this for a long time but again, after a while when reviews came through I was still bit confused and not entirely convinced. The price tag was quite hefty for camera with so many quirks but folks out there were still quite hyped about it. I went to a local shop to get my hands on it and boy it felt great. I pictured myself waking on the streets with this thing, unnoticed and free of DSLR bulk. But still, there was something that stopped me to pull the trigger. I guess it was mostly the price. Then Fuji X-E1 was announced and I was immediately hooked. I always wanted a camera that can be on me all the time. I do not care I cannot slide it in pocket. As long as I don’t have to visit chiropractor after caring it whole day I am fine. Initial hands on reports and early reviews were great, first image samples unbelievable so I was like sitting on the needles when it became available. I got it immediately being probably the first person in Singapore who bought it. They even took a photo of me in the shop. Just in time for my upcoming trip to Myanmar. There was not enough time to go through manual properly, I just skimmed through it. I purchased the 35mm Fujinon lens with it as the zoom lens was still unavailable at that time. I do have to mention that this is my first camera with EVF and apart from brief experience with Panasonic GF-1 I have no extensive experience with mirrorless cameras. Fuji X-E1 looks just gorgeous. I think after X100 this is the best looking camera on the market. I really liked the Olympus OM-D design but I think Fuji topped it, full stop. I picked the black version as I do not want to draw too much attention and it looks little less “flashy”. To me, it is more photojournalist-like camera. Fuji X-E1 feels great in hands, has a solid build and it doesn’t feel cheap. Yet it is still very light and one can barely notice it even after whole day wearing it on the shoulder or around the neck. And I know from experience that carying for example D800 with two lenses in hot day in Myanmar drains you pretty fast. With X-E1 there is sill a plenty of energy left in me even after whole day shooting. There is additional hand grip accessory that is available for purchase but I never had need for it. I have big hands, and never had trouble holding it or being afraid it gets knocked out of my hand……
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I ventured into Manhattan last night, walked across the Williamsburg Bridge to the Lower East Side. It was very surreal, as the lights in Brooklyn were all on, but as I reached the halfway point across the bridge……..darkness. Yes, there were cars, and on major intersections, large really bright lights on generators set up by the city. But there were blocks and blocks of pure darkness, only lit by the moon and occasional car. Very few people were out. Those that were carried flashlights or candles. My friend Michael and I spent about six hours walking around and shooting. From 9pm until 3am, and plan to return again tonight.
Excellent lens! Equivalent 42mm ( 35mm format ) i actually like this focal range quite a lot, for me it just seems to work with my style of shooting. This lens is sharp wide open at F2 with a slight touch of softness. Fantastic performance on the X-Pro 1. Very good correction of aberrations without light falloff also wide open. Between f2.8 and 5.6 the optical quality is absolutely fantastic. A complex floating lens elements design. Nice bokeh wide open at F2-5.6. The 28mm F2 Minolta MD has great mechanical construction as with other Minolta lenses of this era. This lens is a gem. Hard to find on the used market, get it if you can. The lens balances well but a tiny bit front heavy on the X-Pro 1 but nothing to be concerned about, would be fantastic with the optional grip which will add some extra weight though not in the territory of DSLR’s with comparable focal length. As can be seen on the photo above, its a bit long compared to other Minolta 28mm lenses, its an absolute joy to use, nice smooth rubberized focus grip. Aperture ring has half stops as well…
More reviews of Minolta MF Lenses:
24mm F2.8 Minolta MC
28mm F2 Minolta MD W Rokkor-X
28mm F2.5 Minolta MC W Rokkor SI – 1st Generation
28mm F2.8 & 3.5 Minolta MD/MC/Auto Rokkor
35mm Minolta MD/MC/Auto Rokkor f/2.8
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