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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Fuji 18mm f2 Review – or – How I’m learning how to like shooting wide

Shooting with the Fuji 18mm f2
Shooting with the Fuji 18mm f2

Can I learn to like shooting wide? Here is my Fuji 18mm f2 Review I make no qualms about my love of shooting telephoto lenses. I’ve never liked shooting wide. Trying to force myself to like my Fujifilm x100 was a challenge. I was happiest when I learned Fuji would release a 50mm tele-adapter for the x100. I was born with a Canon SLR equipped with a 50mm lens in place. I know that length (and longer) better than anyone else. Continue reading “Fuji 18mm f2 Review – or – How I’m learning how to like shooting wide”

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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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”