Fujifilm X70 – Quick Hands-on Review

Shot with the Fujifilm X70
Shot with the Fujifilm X70

I had the pleasure of trying out the new Fujifilm X70 during Gulf Photo Plus 2016. The recently announced X70 features (via Fuji’s website):

  • The Ultimate APS-C sized sensor compact X
  • New 18.5mm wide angle lens
  • X-Trans™* CMOS II & EXR Processor II
  • Manual Dial Operation
  • Auto Mode Selector Lever
  • Fastest AF 0.1 sec.
  • New Tilting LCD & Touchscreen Monitor
  • New Digital Tele-Converter

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Beijing and Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8

Beijing thoughts and the Fujifilm 16-55 f/2.8
Beijing thoughts and the Fujifilm 16-55 f/2.8

I  have been traveling for the last six weeks. I have shot very little. I been around the globe and have few images to show for it.

Luckily I had some time in Beijing last weekend during the P&E show to shoot a few images. Inside, outside, anything candid. I used the Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8 with my X-T1. I scorned the models on the tradeshow floor, I’ve shot enough models, thank you very much. Beijing is not my favorite city (understatement). I go once a year and that’s enough. I’ve seen all the sites, the Forbidden City, various temples, the hutongs, everything famous you think of in Beijing. Continue reading “Beijing and Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8”

Fuji X-T1 Wifi and automatic photo resizing

I’ve been stymied for a while now transferring files from my Fuji X-T1 wifi to my IPad. Although the files were shot as Large Fine JPegs (4,896 × 3,264) when I imported them to the iPad they were sized as 1776 x 1184.  Most of my street photography workflow avoids the use my MBP.  Camera to iPad, into Snapseed and then onto Flickr or 500px.

While 1776 x 1184 is fine for online work, I really wanted full resolution photos that I could print if need be. I figured the dark and mysterious inner workings of the iPad and it’s benign yet malevolent OS were responsible. Or perhaps the Fuji Cam Remote App. Continue reading “Fuji X-T1 Wifi and automatic photo resizing”

Fuji Camera Remote App for Street Photography

Shot with Fuji Camera Remote App
Shot with Fuji Camera Remote App

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. Continue reading “Fuji Camera Remote App for Street Photography”

Fujifilm 50-140 Review

Very crisp, the Fujifilm 50-140 Shot at f/2.8
Very crisp, the Fujifilm 50-140 Shot at f/2.8
Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8
Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8

I added the Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8 lens to my X-T1 arsenal.  Let’s be correct for those that are completely anal: I bought the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR. It’s a big lens, but not as heavy as you would expect (although Louis Pang thinks differently). At 3.26 x 6.93″ and 2.19 pounds it dwarfs the lithe body of the Fuji X-T1. I’m not an overly techy guy.

From Fuji’s press release back in September 2014 the Fuji 50-140 is touted as:

  • FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-resistant design with more than 20 sealing points
  • Triple Linear Motor for high-speed, quiet AF and nearly silent operation
  • Comprised of 23 glass elements in 16 groups with five ED lens elements and one Super ED lens
  • Seven rounded aperture blades for smooth, circular bokeh
  • Uses new Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology, that alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare
  • Powerful optical image stabilization minimizes shake and blur in low light

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Hong Kong Rain and Luck

No Spray and Pray in the Hong Kong Rain

I’m not one to proclaim my photography skills from a mountain top. There’s not many photographers I know that act like all-knowing Gods. Those that do, I usually avoid. While I am not laden with obvious skill – I will admit to a lot of luck. Some of the best photos I have taken have been sheer luck: Right place, right time, that split-second chance of pressing the shutter button at that the perfect moment in time. Or, the luck of having a vision for a shot, reading the light, and then being blessed by the previous. I have never subscribed to spray and pray. Continue reading “Hong Kong Rain and Luck”

Fuji X-T1 on the streets

Fuji X-T1 - Playing in the Park
Fuji X-T1 – Playing in the Park

I drank the Kool-Aid and bought a Fuji X-T1. Damn you RC Concepcion and Zack Arias.

Let’s step back, this wasn’t a momentary lapse of reason (or GAS, gear acquisition syndrome). I’ve been looking for a smaller system to replace my Canon 5D Mark III for some time. Every system I looked at – Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3, the Fuji X-Pro 1 – none of them I liked enough to buy. There was always something missing that I needed. People rave about the M4/3 sensor, for me it’s too small. Let’s not talk about Nikon’s 1 series… Continue reading “Fuji X-T1 on the streets”

Fuji x100s: I wants me one

I wants me a Fuji x100s
I wants me a Fuji x100s

I want a Fuji x100s. When I look back at my efforts over the past few months I have seen great success with my my Fuji x100. More than the XPro-1 and Canon 5D Mark III. Why? I have no idea.

It’s a maddening camera, even with the latest firmware. The focus is as slows as workers returning to factory jobs after Chinese New Year. It locks up for no apparent reason. The menu layout is bizarre. Yet, the little beast has grown on me. Purchased secondhand, I’m happy with what it’s done. Most of the prints framed in my home were shot with the x100. Continue reading “Fuji x100s: I wants me one”