Shooting with the Fujifilm 55-200 lens on my Fuji X Pro 1

Today I shot some pictures at Melbourne’s zoo. The occasion was to test out and learn the pro’s and cons of the Fuji 55-200 lens.
I have to say I was really impressed by its performance . Bokeh is lovely. Auto focus in my opinion is probably the best I have seen in the X system to date. I found the image stabilisation to work fantastically well. That being an important feature for myself as I have never had the steadiest hands. The lens is heavy compared to other X system lenses. But it is very light compared to full size SLR lenses. DSCF4248

The pictures here are edited in Lightroom using VSCO film filters for Fuji Cameras.
The lens was very well balanced in hand and I also have to say I wear a black rapid camera strap . It never felt to weighty hanging by my side.
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The lens is very very sharp especially around F8. I think this is the best aperture to shoot with the lens. Since the XPRO 1 can shoot so clean in high ISO’s I feel keeping it at F8 is very workable on a shoot.

The focus ring is quite stiff as noted in other reviews but you soon get used to it. Although I am not a fan of getting rid of the aperture marks on the lens , this again is something you get used to.

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The lens is fun to shoot with, you can track moving objects and focus, With practice. All in all I am very happy with it. It delivered or exceeded my expectations.

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A trip to Nobu restaurant at Crown Casino Melbourne on my big birthday a review

So today it was my birthday. I had the great pleasure of having one of the most incredible meals ever at Nobu at Crown Casino Melbourne.

You are greeted at the front desk by some of the most friendliest and warmest staff. Then shown to your seat. I should also mention that eating here is an experience to savour. As it was my birthday I was given birthday greetings by the staff. Each dish is described in the upmost detail and matched to your own personal tastes by the wait staff. I chose to share a sashimi bento box with my mother. sashimi bento box

You start at the bottom of the box and work your way forward as you move forward the flavours change and develop and work off each other. The cured fish sashimi was spectacular , even the salad was spectacular.
The moving onto the desert we had a platter of decadent delights it was like something out of charlie and the chocolate factory. With My favourite being a small cup with coffee ,lacquer and milk so light and fluffy with a cake bottom and ooozing chocolate. The sorbet just fizzled in your mouth and was so fresh and fragrant it left a smell of fruit in your nose.

decadent delights for all

decadent delights for all

Nabu is a stunning place unto itself the styling classy and becoming of its fusion origins . We are so lucky to have places like this in Australia. Our restaurant scene is world class and what I ate today is rite up there with some of the best food I have eaten around the world.
5 stars all round.

Out and about shooting panoramas with my iPhone

Today I was out and about. I was in the city having the most amazing lunch for my birthday. I pulled out my iphone to have a play with the new camera app in IOS7 . Its so simple and fun so I thought I would post the result. Its not to shabby for a camera phone. I am quite impressed. melbourne pano iphone 5

Yarra Valley Victoria with My X pro 1

Today I took this picture in the Yarra Valley with the X pro 1 and the 18mm lens. I shot it using the 1.1 mode in camera . I am just amazed how the latitude in the pictures. The lighting was difficult so getting things balanced was difficult. I then treated the Picture with VSCO film filters to get that filmic look.

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Fuji 55-200 mm on a 720nm IR converted X Pro 1

Review of the Fuji 55-200 I shall have mine by weeks end.

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Finally, a LONG X Lens for the Fuji Family!

Yes, the new Fuji 55-200mm lens arrived for my fuji camera systems!  I am currently shooting with a color X-E1, a color X Pro 1 and a IR converted (720nm) X Pro 1.   I know how well the 55-200 works on the color bodies but what I really needed to know how did it work with the IR system!  Would it give hot spots as so many of the Fuji lenses do?  This post is the report of my findings.  The final verdict is that it works very well and as long as you do not go higher than f/16 there are no hot spots to worry about at any zoom range! To me this is a really big deal.  

So far only the 14mm and 35mm Fuji lenses are usable in infrared. So the addition of another lens…

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Paul McCartney & Wings Rockshow For The Ages

Cool review of rockshow

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Music DVD Review: Paul McCartney & Wings – Rockshow

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Rockshow, the long-awaited concert film documenting Paul McCartney & Wings historic 1976 Wings Over America tour, is better than it really has any right to be. This isn’t so much because of the surprisingly high quality of the video and audio restoration (particularly considering its near forty year vintage), nor of the performance itself (which is excellent start to stop).

Rather, what makes Rockshow a particularly stunning achievement is when you take into account the venue where the bulk of this concert was actually recorded. Seattle’s enormous Kingdome was a gigantic, indoor structure made entirely of cement. A domed stadium built primarily for Seattle’s then NFL expansion team the Seahawks, the Kingdome was the sort of acoustical nightmare that was never meant to play host to rock shows, even of the stadium-sized variety.

Over time, the NFL eventually figured out…

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