I haven’t gone out and photographed much personal work since returning from Europe a month ago with one less appendix. Couple the appendectomy recovery with a bit of “nesting syndrome” (my wife is about to give birth to our first child any day now), I’ve spent most of my time organizing my home and streamlining my Lightroom catalogue (guided by Gavin Gough via his great eBook w/video tutorials - A Photographers Workflow). The south end of Bogmalo Beach, Goa, India. Fuji X-Pro 1, 18mm (wishing there was a wider lens available from Fuji). Whilst keywording my library, I came across some images I took last October in Goa. To break the metadata monotony, I decided to run the images through some Lightroom presets I just acquired from Visual Supply Company called VSCO Film Emulation 01 & 02. I’ve never been a big preset user, but have always liked the way these presets have worked with photos I’ve seen from other photographers. These images were photographed in RAW with the Fuji X-Pro1. They were then imported into Lightroom to develop. When I started applying some of the VSCO Film presets to these RAW files, I didn’t like what I was seeing at all. I didn’t understand why the presets looked so terrible compared to when I used them on some of my Pushkar Camel Fair photos. I realized a few minutes later that the only difference was that I was applying the presets to the JPEG files I photographed in Pushkar (I photographed RAW+Jpeg that week), not the RAW files. The rocks on the south end of Bogmalo Beach, Goa, India. 18mm lens
To see what would happen, I decided to put the 3 month old RAW images (whose names I’ve changed by now) back on my SD card in hopes to process them into JPEG images in camera. Thankfully the images popped up on the back of the X-Pro 1 and I processed the RAW files into JPEGs with the Velvia film simulation applied in camera. I then imported the JPEG files back into Lightroom and BOOM, it made a world of a difference. I applied various VSCO Film presets and eventually settled on the look of the Kodak Protra 160 VC++. Lightroom doesn’t have camera profiles yet for the X-Pro 1 like it does for my Canon 5D Mark II. Since buying the X-Pro 1, I’ve tried to tweak the Lightroom settings to try and create a profile to match the X-Pro 1 in camera Velvia film simulation, but haven’t figured it out yet. So, long story short, these images were photographed with the X-Pro 1 in Raw and converted to Jpeg in camera with Velvia film simulation applied. They were then imported to Lightroom where I applied the VSCO Film preset Kodak Protra 160 VC++.
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A few random twilight and night shots captured with the Fuji X-E1, the Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 and 18mm f2. When my favorite all-round camera, the Nikon D800E remains shelved due to weight and size (crazy good refurbished Nikon deals, including D600, D800, click here), I reach for the Fuji X-E1, a serious lightweight alternative. I admit, shooting without an AA filter can be very addictive
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The X-Pro1 was 2012’s most fun new camera, but if you’re one of those people that thinks saving money is fun too, Fujifilm has the answer. By reducing the X-E1’s footprint and stripping out the novel—but unhelpful—hybrid viewfinder, the company has shaved $400 off the X-Pro1’s already-reduced price tag, all without sacrificing much of that model’s stellar performance. For better or worse, our most enthusiastic praise is reserved not for the camera itself, but for the new kit lens. When the X-mount debuted, Fujifilm showed a commitment to high quality glass with its first three prime offerings, but many wondered if this performance would extend to a zoom lens. Now we know the answer. The X-E1’s 18-55mm kit lens is almost exactly as sharp as the XF 35mm f/1.4, which is really quite amazing for a zoom lens. We only wish the aperture and focus rings were mechanical. As for the most important tests, many scores match the X-Pro1’s numbers. Noise reduction is almost as strong, and white balance is nearly equivalent between the two. Dynamic range is also roughly equal, although the X-E1 is able to carry its performance further down the ISO range. We were surprised by the camera’s just-okay color accuracy score, and our high weighting of this test will drag the overall score down, however this is but one blemish against a backdrop of impressive results. Minus the X-E1’s smaller frame, hardware is also similar, most notably the “X-Trans” APS-C sensor, which omits a low-pass filter to trade video moire for sharper stills. Video is sort of an afterthought on this camera anyway, but at least continuous shooting speed is still a respectable 5.5-ish frames per second. Of course the X-E1 is still a lot of fun too. All of the retro mechanical dials are back, and they turn everyday photography into an empowering, hands-on experience. Apart from these dials, the button layout is not without its quirks and problems, and we do wish Fujifilm had made at least some effort in this area, but rest assured the X-E1 has wholly carried over the X-Pro1’s distinct shooting experience. Autofocus is also fixed. The X-Pro1 got a lot of flak for its lackluster focus system, especially when compared to the Olympus OM-D E-M5, its close competitor. While the X-E1 is still no match for Olympus’ autofocus efforts, and the camera still probably isn’t appropriate for fast action, excessive hunting isn’t nearly the problem it was for the X-Pro1. The Fujifilm X-E1 is all of the fun and none of the frivolity of the X-Pro1. The decision to exchange the hybrid OVF for lower costs will make a lot of consumers happy, but keeping performance at basically the same level is the real achievement here. We loved having this camera in-house and hate to see it go. Anyone who’s been watching this series but put off by the price should take a second look. We recommend this camera for those hoping to more fully enjoy the photographic process, or really anyone who wants to capture sharp photos and have a good time while doing so.
Overall Score: 7.6
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Fujifilm’s 14mm f2.8 was announced a while back, and the lens is now starting to ship into the hands of reviewers and buyers everywhere. To date, this is the company’s widest angle lens–rendering a 21mm field of view in full frame terms, and when you incorporate the aperture’s depth of field on 1.5x crop APS-C sensor on the X Pro 1, it really comes out to around 21mm f4.5 (1.5 stops away from f2.8.) This is the lens that the company is marketing to street photographers, landscape shooters, and architecture shooters. Fujifilm has a long history of making lenses, but how does this one stand up?
In our tests so far, we’re fairly impressed with the image quality but still don’t think that this lens can touch the 35mm f1.4. However, we love the fact that Fujifilm decided to put a working depth of field scale on this lens. The build quality is also the best of the X series lenses released so far.
We’re a bit disappointed with the autofocus performance on the X Pro 1, so far, with the latest firmware updates.
I’ve been shooting with this lens for a couple of days so far and I can’t truly pinpoint who would buy this lens. While the focal length appeals to certain photographers, it has its caveats that we’re going to need to explore more in the full review. Stay tuned.
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Another series, during the same weekend as the China Light event.
This hotel is a beauty and a good place to test the Fuji X-E1…..
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For me, taking the time to watch the sunrise is a spirit-lifting experience in itself. Every day is new, untold and full of possibilities. To be out there facing that iconic view, seeing the day being born out of the darkness and lighting up the city where I’ve spent my entire life is quite an evocative thing to witness. That said, it’s not always such a calming experience because as the sun rises and its rays dance over the clouds, occasionally, and perhaps only for a few fleeting seconds, the sunlight skims the atmosphere at just the right angles and your eyes are treated to a fantastic explosion of colour. It’s at those times when my sleepy mind is suddenly very alert and I’m most likely darting between two cameras I’ve got set up on tripods making sure their shutters are firing and the exposures are looking good. And when I see those rear LCD previews glowing with same radiance, well, that’s when I don’t mind losing a bit of sleep so much. My usual kit for these sunrise shoots has been a Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70mm with an assortment of Lee filters (ND grads and a Big Stopper), a Fuji X-Pro 1 with the 35mm and 18-55mm XF lens and B&W 10-stop filter. Let’s not forget the many layers of warm clothing, a flask of something hot and many hours to stand around waiting! The 4-year old D700 still has a place in my heart despite higher resolution offerings from younger siblings and rivals. It’s reliable and predictable in so much as I know I can get extremely satisfying results from it. Like a faithful old dog who knows where my favourite slippers, newspaper and pipe are. The Fuji X-Pro 1 on the other hand is still a very new camera, fashioned with classic and retro lines, but underneath its cool, dark exterior lies technology which would make the Borg salivate. The X-Trans sensor is innovative with its lack of anti-aliasing filter and funky colour array filter, but software companies have had decades to perfect their algorithms to render ‘traditional’ Bayer pattern sensor data so it’s no surprise there are still improvements to be had. It’s not all bad news, though, and the X-Pro 1 still has a legion of fans with me being one of them. Personally, I don’t find the raws that bad when processed in Lightroom. Certainly, not as bad as some might claim. The styling is great, the handling is great, the autofocus is decent for a contrast detection based system, the sensor is relatively huge for such a small body and in my opinion packs just the right number of megapixels (16). Crucially, the lenses are excellent (aherm, Sony) which makes the XF system such a great one. To me, great lenses are the foundation of any system because they’re the pieces of equipment you carry over from one body to the next. The JPG processing in-camera is good, but I’m still going to continue shooting raw because that leaves me the option of processing in-camera afterwards and because I believe raw support will improve. With all that said, what matters is the end result and whether I like it. I do. Very much so.
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Als kleinen Auftakt für die neue Website, möchte ich mit einem Post über meine Ausrüstung beginnen. Ich bin kein Freund von pauschalen Empfehlungen, daher werde ich meinen persönlichen Entscheidungsweg beschreiben, ich hoffe ihr könnt etwas für euch daraus ableiten.
Ich begann meinen Weg in die Fotografie mit einer digitalen Einsteiger-Spiegelreflex und ersetzte diese immer, wenn ich an seine Grenzen stieß. Dieser Weg führte über diverse Modelle, bis ich schließlich bei der Nikon D700 landete. Vollformat – Wow! Dachte ich, und diese Kamera ist auch unbestritten ganz hervorragend. Doch es begann der Siegeszug der spiegellosen Systemkameras und ich erwischte mich immer wieder, wie ich mit einem Auge die Entwicklung dieser Modelle verfolgte, war es doch immer wieder eine Quälerei die D700 + Objektive mit sich herumzutragen. Es gab aber immer etwas, dass mich davon abhielt, mich ganz auf ein solches System einzulassen. Voraussetzung für einen kompletten Umstieg war für mich vor allem, keine Kompromisse im Bezug auf die Bildqualität eingehen zu müssen.
Bei der Sony Nex-5n wagte ich dann zumindest einen Versuch als Zweitkamera. Es ist auch zweifelsohne ein wirklich gutes Gerät mit sehr guter Bildqualität, aber irgendwie ist sie mehr Computer als Kamera und die verfügbaren Objektive waren unbefriedigend, ich konnte sie als “Arbeitsgerät” nicht so recht ernst nehmen. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt kam mein Ausflug in die analoge Fotografie dazwischen, in der ich die damit verbundene Arbeitsweise zu schätzen lernte. Konzentration auf die Basics der Fotografie ist die Devise. Ich begab mich also auf die Suche nach einer Kamera, die die Vorzüge beider Welten so gut es geht in sich vereint. Naheliegend hierfür wäre wohl eine Leica M, doch die Recherche nach Preisen für Kamera und notwendigem Glas ließ diese Alternative in weite Ferne rücken. Und dann kam Fujifilm mit der X-Pro 1 auf den Markt.
Nach sorgfältiger Recherche und Probe-begrabbeln vor Ort war die Entscheidung schnell gefallen, die D700 musste gehen, die X-Pro 1 würde sie ersetzen. Dazu kamen alle 3 der zu Anfang verfügbaren Objektive, also das 18mm f/2, das 35mm f/1.4 und das 60mm f/2.4, der passende Zusatzgriff und eine Tasche, die gerade groß genug ist, alles aufzunehmen, eine Retrospective 5 Pinestone. Es gibt bereits zahlreiche Reviews und Tests im Netz, daher möchte ich mich auch hier auf meine persönlichen Pros und Kontras beschränken:
- optimale Größe und Gewicht – portabel aber dabei nicht zu klein
- bei Bedarf sehr gute JPGshervorragende Bildqualität und High-Iso Fähigkeiten
- hochwertige Objektivetolles Design und Handling (Blendenring, Q-Button, etc.)
- “Unauffälligeres” bzw. “zurückhaltenderes” Fotografieren möglich
Aber auch die Nachteile sollen nicht unerwähnt bleiben:
- keine Einstellung der Mindestbelichtungszeit bei Auto-ISO
- AF-Geschwindigkeit nur begrenzt geeignet für Sport-/Actionfotografie
- Blitzsynchronzeiten nur bei 1/160 bzw. 1/180s möglich
- Freistellungsmöglichkeiten durch APS-C Sensor geringer als bei D700
- RAW-Verarbeitung in LR4 noch nicht optimal ….
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It seems that there is a ton of interest in the Fuji cameras, which is a good thing. There should be. I thought I’d offer an update now that I’ve had the camera for 6 weeks. Since the earlier post, I’ve used the X-Pro1 for 2 model shoots (for portions of the shoots, anyway), Christmas snapshots, a foggy day landscape shoot, as a second body for a concert at a local club, a photowalk around the NC State University campus, and carried it with me on various family outings (“just in case”). I would have shot more, but I spent a big chunk of the last month dealing with the flu and its aftermath. But, all in all, a good cross section of the sort of shooting I like to do. One thing I noticed (when I wasn’t sick), something about having this small camera makes me want to get out and walk around and shoot. I can’t wait to take a trip to NYC with this thing. I always felt so conspicuous with a big camera. I thought it best to divide my comments up in terms of the specific type of shoot. Photos from each (except my holiday snapshots) are included in the gallery…..
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