I’ve said before, I like to shoot street candids like a ninja. I’m not all “In your face.” I’m like the wind, completely unseen. When I heard about the Fuji X-T1 and the Camera Remote App I was intrigued. Being able to shoot photos through my iPhone or tablet? I would be a complete ninja.
My successes have been hit or miss. The Fuji Camera Remote App is a well-crafted utility. You can change ISO, EV, shutter speed and aperture. You can complete control the camera and focus by touching the live view preview on your device screen. All good.
The main problem: Lag. The live view preview doesn’t lag, pressing the shutter button and taking a photo does. Frame up a great shot, press the shutter button and then maybe it will shoot immediately or maybe not. The Fuji Camera Remote App is not for fast snap shots, it takes some anticipation. The app is not at all like a Cam Ranger – which is super-responsive. Maybe Cam Ranger will release a Fuji version?
Another problem: Focus. Pressing your device screen to set the focus point is also hit or miss. Shooting people, trying to focus on faces is sometimes a frustrating endeavor. Press again, and again, trying to get that pesky focus point exactly where you want it.
All that said, I took to the streets yesterday with the Fuji Camera Remote App. The X-T1 with the 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens hung across my body on a Peak Design Slide Strap. This is a great strap as it is quickly adjustable. If I want to shorten the strap and only a quick pull on the metal ring is required. The camera on my right hip allowed me to walk along the sidewalk and use the app with my iPhone 6+.
Some days you’re just “on.” You can do no wrong. Every shot seems to work. It’s these days that keeps us going, compared to those days when everything you shoot is absolute shite. Yesterday, with the Fuji Camera Remote App, I was ” On.” Every shot worked. Maybe not the photo I wanted, but the app worked and what I shot at I captured.