For this blog i’m going to break one of my “blog rules” and talk about a camera. As you know I dont really talk about kit unless its serves a particular purpose. I’m much more interested in talking about how and why a shot was taken, the story and experience behind a photo is what photography is for me. However for this blog i’m going to talk a little about the Fuji xpro 1. Why?
Well I have never used a camera that has changed the way I photograph, the camera has always been nothing more than a tool. This changed when I got my hands on this little box of joy. There was a specific reason I made this purchase which I will go into. But after a week of shooting this thing, how would I sum it up. Quirky, awesome, annoying, frustrating, amazing, old school. They are just a few terms I have used to describe this camera….
If you’ve been a long time reader of this blog then you’ll know that I had a love hate relationship with the Fuji X-Pro1. I was discussing this topic with a friend recently. You see, I bought an X-Pro1 a while ago but I eventually ended up selling it as the bugs in the camera were driving me mad. I’ve already written about it and I don’t want to go over all that again, but anyway, I think in some ways, some people misunderstood my position. I loved the images you could produce with the camera. They had a unique look to them. Punchy colours and rich sharp contrasty images. There was something unique about it and I still look back at the shots I took while I had it and I still marvel at the quality. But the combination of buggy firmware, overall camera lag and terrible raw processing led me to draw a line under my experiences and move on. I never hated the X-Pro1, but for the type of photography I was using it for I needed something that was responsive and predictable, and the X-Pro1 for me, at the time wasn’t it….
I’ve had the Fuji X-Pro1 since April 2012 and like anything it takes a while to really get to know it. So for this reason I wanted to add some further thoughts to my first blog post, the review of the X-Pro1. I have been impressed with the image quality of this camera from day 1, in fact beyond impressed, blown away sometimes. The resolution and detail that the sensor can record is really something else. Low light (high ISO) capability is really great. I just had this image printed at 18×12 inches as a digital c-type print on lustre paper. The shot was taken at ISO 1000 and you cannot see a spec of noise in the final print. The detail level is also great, you can see every leaf. The image was taken with the 18mm Fuji XF lens at f/2.5….
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So, the X-E1 is now official. I’m not going to go into details and I suggest you head over to Thomas Menk’s incredible Scoop.it page [thx's for your appreciation Patrick :-)] if you’re looking for info. But basically we’re talking same sensor and technology as the X-Pro1 without the hybrid viewfinder, which means no OVF. The EVF has a better resolution while the LCD has a lower resolution. It’s all about trade-offs folks. But it IS sexy and my feeling is that this is essentially the X200. I don’t think Fuji will be releasing a direct successor to the X100. It makes a lot more sense to keep the form factor and leverage the new XF lenses, which is exactly what the X-E1 does. As Derek Clark and I were discussing this week, if this is the case it’ll make the X100 a true classic. The first and last of its kind. Which is somehow fitting — the camera that launched a thousand ships…
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With the recent rumors about a new firmware update and lenses that will speed up focusing and boost performance, as well as the addition of a few new X series cameras coming to the Fuji line-up, I have begun to find it difficult to justify keeping more than one DSLR camera body. As it stands I own two Canon’s. A 5DMKII and, as a back up, the 7D. The decision to rid myself of the 7D would be an easy one if I didn’t depend on the video function on the both of these Canon bodies. If I only shot stills it would be a no-brainer. The 7D would be on Ebay!
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One of the more common questions I’ve been asked recently (aside from what my Photoshop workflow looks like) is what my thought process is when shooting. This basically breaks down into two streams – am I in control of the situation photographically, or not?
By that I don’t mean whether I’m out of my depth or not; it’s about whether I have the ability to direct exactly the elements in my frame. The order doesn’t mean that one item is hugely prioritized over another; it isn’t. It’s more a case of if I have no choice,then which comes first? …
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When you think of going to a National Park in the USA, what camera equipment comes to mind for your bag? Canon or Nikon’s top Full Frame SLRs perhaps? Gitzo tripods? Think Tank Photo bag? I say hell no! Why should you carry heavy cameras, heavy tripods in your heavy camera bag when traveling though one of the most beautiful places in the United States? Camera technology has advanced so far over the last few years and I think its about time for people to really start re-evaluating their gear….
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Greg Kahn and Lexey Swall spent the last month and a half on a road trip with the Fuji X-Pro1 traveling around the United States. The story of Greg’s experience on the road trip.
The trip jumped into full swing. Washington DC, New York, Rhode Island… places I knew well not long ago… but despite driving through former stomping grounds, I couldn’t stop seeing connections to where I had spent the last five years. Palm trees in windows in New York City, or the street vendor cutting up mangos, around every turn I felt myself reminiscing. I decided to embrace that feeling and look for things to continue that photographic thread….
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Plenty of other people and websites have reviewed this camera, but it was Zack Arias’s post about it which pushed me over the edge on making the purchase. I’ve been looking for a good travel/backpacking/street photography camera for a while. Much as I love the 5d Mk 2 and 3, carrying around that and a couple of lenses can be hell on your back after a while. I needed something I can throw into a bag to carry around, and I wanted a less intimidating camera for photographing people on the street.
So, I’ve been shooting with the X-Pro1 for a month or so now, and my love affair with this camera has only begun. Fuji recently announced their upcoming lens roadmap and the future looks bright. Currently I only have the 35mm 1.4 lens, but am already planning to expand my kit for this camera and plan to start using it at weddings…..
Tristan Crane is a San Francisco based wedding, portrait, and lifestyle photographer
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I wanted to share some initial thoughts and opinions after a few days of observing and using the X-Pro1. As some of you know I’ve replaced my big DSRL with this new camera. So what do I think of it after the first few days with it? How does it stack up against my full framed Nikon D700? Does it focus too slow? (one of the main things you’ll read about it) – and basically – do I like it? Read on to find out!….
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