The focus advantage of a Fuji X camera for lifestyle photography |
Tom Grill

One feature I am starting to really appreciate on the X cameras is the way the focus point can be moved into even the furthest corners of the image frame.  When photographing people I like to put the focus point on their eye. With most other cameras this is often difficult to do when the model’s face is near the edge of the frame. The X cameras have 49 focus points scattered over most of the image frame making it easy to place one close to the edge of the frame. Plus the size of the focus rectangle can be change on the fly by turning the rear command dial.  While many pro DSLR cameras have even more focus points than the X cameras, these points are usually grouped towards the middle of the frame leaving a large border along the edges of the frame without any focus coverage. DSLR photographers have learned to „grab focus“ and then move the frame to compose the shot.  With a Fuji X camera that isn’t necessary, and that is one reason I like it for lifestyle photography……..

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Sculpting with Light | Ed Jones

That’s what I’m about. Thats what drives me, thats where I find my bliss in photography. But really, what does that mean? What is that really about? I suppose when you get right down to it, that is my method, that is how I would describe my style. But my motivation, my aim, my story…. the purpose behind my portraiture is to reveal a persons character, to reveal their mood, their personality. To do that I sculpt with light. Why sculpture? why do I compare my photography to that art? not painting or drawing?

„Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.“  Michealangelo

This is how I look at the space in which I photograph.. I place my subject in it, and I try to carve away at the darkness in such a way that as they are revealed to my camera, their character and mood becomes apparent. I look at different environments the same way a Sculptor looks at different media. For me the studio is a block of pure flawless stone, where I can totally control what each flash of light will do, where I have total control over how the darkness is chiselled away. Shooting on location is sculpting from a flawed, cracked unpredictable rock, you have to study it carefully as you plan how you are going to reveal the person inside. This is how I think about every image I create, and that is why I am sharing this, to give you an insight into the passion I have for creating images for my clients. Whether it is a model, a mum, a family or a CEO, I look at every image as if I am trying to reveal the statue inside, to reveal who they are……..

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Why I left Nikon for Fuji X | Jiri Ruzek

Maybe you have noticed on Facebook or elsewhere that I have sold my complete Nikon photo equipment and switched to mirrorless Fuji X in November 2013. I promised to write this article, explain the reasons that led me to the change and share my first impressions with the new camera. I know, there are tons of articles about Fuji X around the internet, but I hope also this information may help someone in his/her decision making…….

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The great switch. From Canon full frame to Fuji X-Trans |
Carlo Milani

A review of the Fujifilm X-Pro after one year. How the Fuji mirrorless cameras has become a photographic system 2.0.

It was not a downgrade. The decision to try Fuji has been long and thoughtful, after reading numerous reviews on sites, blogs and magazines, having evaluated opinions of early adopters who have ventured with this brand. A forum that I follow carefully is, in particular topics dedicated to images taken with a particular brand. In truth, the cause was when I picked up my old Praktica BC1 of 1989 (a Zeiss clone produced in the former East Germany: really another age). I did the first shots of my life with this camera, I was a child. What a feeling of freedom and lightness. Within that bright viewfinder I discovered the world of photography……..

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Fuji X-Pro2 Wish List, X-E2 and Thoughts on the X-T1 |
Andrew Newson

It’s been nearly 2 years since the Fuji X-Pro1 was released and I have owned that camera pretty much since it’s launch. As you can see, the camera has a few wear marks due to constant use over that time period. I thought it was time to put down some more thoughts on the system now that Fuji have pushed forward again with some new cameras. These articles that I write from time to time are meant to be useful to people who are contemplating buying in to the X system or maybe looking for some tips. So what qualifies me to write this article? Well firstly I should say I don’t work for Fuji or have any connection to them. I work as a private photography tutor here in the UK, offering a wide range of photographic courses both physical and some online too, like Creative Assignments. Of course I shoot too, I’m very passionate about art photography and spend a lot of time working on my personal projects and also still shoot some commercial work too……

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Which Camera to take…today? | Dennis Post

Life would be simpler if there wasn’t so much choice. Which movie to watch, which sunglasses to wear, which hamburger to pick. As to the question, which camera to choose is an entirely different one. The challenge with camera’s is that the technology in the digital photography world is so fast developing that sometimes it seems better to wait. Wait for the next big thing out there. Really? Years ago, I was shooting with a Nikon D90. Simple, reliable, operating to full satisfaction. Shooting at 12MP, simple medium range zoom, JPEG only, and I-Photo post-processing. Happy, happy. So, what the heck happened? A friend of mine, an enthusiast photographer talked to me about Leica, how wonderful the camera operates, and how brilliant the rangefinder experience was. So, instead of renting one and see for myself, I jumped the gun, sold my D90, and obtained a real Leica M8 on E-Bay with a Zeiss ZM 50mm 2.0. I happened to had a trip planned to Paris, and what could be nicer than going to Henry Cartier Bresson territory armed with my new classic, yet digital rangefinder…….

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X | Simon Goldsworthy

Admittedly, most cameras seem to have an X in their name these days ;-) . I further admit that I can’t see the point in owning multiple Fuji X cameras. I can see myself wanting two FF cameras to shoot events, but otherwise I’m glad I sold my X-Pro1. Cameras like that ought to be used, not sit on the shelf. Equally though, I’ve been through a period of not enjoying shooting so much with my Fuji X cameras. It’s fair to say I recognise the issue that Steve Huff described in his review of the X-E2 around image flatness, though I do not attribute it to the x-trans sensor like him, but rather to the metering/exposure defaults in the cameras. They suit some conditions but not others (notably really contrasty light) when the meter seems to go crazy (but you can still get decent exposures manually). That said, in favourable conditions the results from the x-trans sensor are stunning. I bought a X-E2 back in October last year and I was initially very impressed with the camera and its results. It was a big improvement in focus speed over the X-E1 in good light. The wifi (which I’ve rapidly come to the conclusion is an essential for new cameras) is excellent and easy to use, particularly when out and about. It had improved high ISO image quality over the X-E1 and X-Pro1. But it wasn’t so great in the mirk of dark winter (primarily because of the auto iso implementation – it was fine in manual), nor the extreme contrast when the sun emerged. In fairness, my poor photography abilities must take some of the credit, but there’s no doubt that I had some issues with image quality…….

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90 Days and counting with The Fuji X series | Ken Jacques

Any time a new system comes along there are always 3 groups of photographers. The first group will say it is not suitable for Professional work and probably never be. The second group will have a wait and see attitude looking at what be with the new technology.  The the last group will be the early adopters such as myself. I have always been this way. I remember switching to digital, one of the first in San Diego and trying with all of my ability to bring my client base along with me. Then after some months more and more were coming along with me. The same holds true with this, except for one fact the clients are all ready on board. I do not have to convince anybody that this is a great thing.I just find it REALLY interesting watching photographers divide into these camps and stake their territory. I have been reading the blogs now for about 6 months, fascinated by the division and by the passion this new movement has brought about. As I was sharing this with some on one of the blogs they mentioned that I couldn’t cover my 2 bowl games that I have each year. Well, you look at the results. I think this was one of my better years with the bowl games…….

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Let’s hope the Fuji X-Pro2 looks more like this | Simon Peckham

Having seen the first set of marketing images for the new Fuji XT1 the fabled weather safe wonder, I have been a little disappointed with its looks. Now I know we should never judge a book by its cover and I am sure this will be a stunning performer. However the X-Pro 1 is in my eyes simply perfect in visual design even with the cute hot shoe flash to trigger your main lights. When Fuji launched the X100 they made a historical classic, when Fuji upgraded it to the new phase detecting sensor then made all the changes to the electronics and internals and left the external alone apart for a little change to the button arrangement and out popped the X100s completely retaining its fantastic classic looks. I do hope that Fuji does something similar with the X-Pro2 when it’s launched. One of the main problems for me is that I am a left eye shooter I have tried many times to switch to the right eye but I just can’t, it’s just un natural. So seeing the XT-1 having the view finder in the centre of the body is not a good thing for me……

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Hopes, Thoughts and Trust: The upcoming Fujifilm X-T1 |

If the X-T1 is really that good concerning speed and AF, could it be the camera to trigger more ‘system switching’ than any other model?After all, a camera with these specs would certainly be the next best choice below a DSLR. An APS-C sensor that many photographers can digest better than Micro Four Thirds (which, we must say, is often wrongly underestimated). A compact system with very high quality lenses. A body that performs like a DSLR or close enough to it. Yes, with a camera like this, Fujifilm is indeed bearing a great responsibility on its shoulders…..

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