With the announcement of the first zoom lens for the Xpro1 coming tomorrow. This is the lens I have been waiting for. Fuji have managed to keep the side down and keep it light reports say.
Fuji 55-200 zoom lens
At 699 is very reasonably priced and also has image stabilisation . If this lens turns out to be as good as the other in the range it should also be very sharp. I intent to use it for portraits and as a travel zoom. A preorder will go in as soon as they open. Join my 35mm 1.4 – 18-55mm f2.8 and 60mm macro.
Ever since I started shooting digital, I have longed for the romance and look of film.
Today I purchased the VSCO 1 film pack for the Fuji X pro 1 and I have to say I am in love.
I shot Kodak Portra film for a good number of years and have to say the emulation in this film pack is bloody nice.
X pro one treated with kodak portra filter
I love the tones and the grain. I love the retro look and the warmth that can be achieved with a single click.
Most of the time shooting with the X pro 1 feels filmic in the way that you shoot. NOw with the VSCO film pack I can get the results I am after.
The pack isn’t cheap its $100 but in my opinion if your shooting enough and want what it offers its totally worth it. The packs can be purchased from there site at http://vsco.co/film
I am now 18 months back from my big adventure. I lived and worked in England for over a year and was only cut short by the industry I am in work wise and diminishing opportunities there. I miss London a lot. Yes I even miss the weather the bad food and the traffic.
What did I love about it? I loved the sense that nothing was predictable and anything was possible. I got to do things I only had dreamed about. I got to see a Beatle play a club. I got to see some of the greatest treasures of the world at the british museum .
I also loved the feeling of being close to everything the world has to offer. I fell in love with southern England namely Cornwell. Had clotted cream ate far to much fudge and was offered a cup of tea and a piece of cake by an elderly couple staying in St Ives. I celebrated my birthday with 60,000 music fans at the Hyde Park calling on a sweltering London day. I saw plays and even went to the theatre built into the side of a mountain in Cornwall. Never was I more creative photographically and in my work.
I walked the cobbled roads of Paris , dreaming in the warm glow of the sun.
I climbed a glacier in Switzerland pushing my body to its limit.
Jung Frau Joch Switzerland
Then Splendored in the majesty and history of Florence and Venice.
I have heard native inhabitants of different countries refer to a spiritual belonging an attachment to place. I felt very at home in England. I am half english having been born to a father of british decent. I have always loved everything English the music, the history. If it was English I have felt attached to it.
I consider myself slightly eccentric and different in my beliefs and tastes. The exciting thing about living in England then traveling is you find all sorts. The typical rude brit but then you find incredibly intelligent out there friendly people. I lived with a few in my time there. I guess the point of the post is to say, for me anyway. I am at my best as a person when I am challenged . In fact in my time away from all the emotional and physical comforts I was used to, I became more diverse more spiritual and grew a deeper understand of what its like to feel like a minority. Basically home comforts make me lazy. When I was out of my comfort zone I did things I never thought I would ever attempt. The feeling that comes from this increases confidence makes one better socially and makes one well rounded. I can only wish my friends and family could get to the level of consciousness I felt its feels pretty good.
Today I had the fortune to go and have lunch at the peoples market in collingwood. Its an inner city Suburb known for its funky food and atmosphere. The peoples market serves funky urban street food with a real home grown quality. Everything is second hand and reused.
I took along my X pro 1 with the 35mm attached. All I can say is I am continually amazed at how good this camera is. With every firmware update it has become more responsive and so joyful to use.
For more information on the market please visit www.peoplesmarket.com.au
I had a chance today to go shoot some stuff out in Fitzroy.
It is a meca for street art and alternative life styles here in Melbourne.
With the new firmware the camera was very fast. It started very quickly and auto focus didn’t miss a beat.
Everything below was shot with the 35mm 1.4.
The work is extremely cool and artistic . As you can see I also operated the camera in panorama mode.
I also noticed this mode to work a lot faster. It did not freeze or stutter as it did with the original firmware.
I found it a lot easier to use. As well as the faster focusing this mode is now very usable and fun to boot.
So this picture is shot at iso 6400 . Remarkable considering the high iso rating.
It is definitely usable. If it was a matter of getting the shot or not 6400 is the way to go. I was using f1.8 and getting 110th of a second which isnt to bad at all.
I am continually being impressed by what the camera can do.
Doggie waiting for mummy
I did a little walk around shoot today with my X Pro 1 and the 35mm lens. The dog above was at iso 1600 then tones in lightroom.
This one is a shop front believe or not you can buy this.
Lastly some street posters for you to enjoy. The 35mm is an amazing lens so sharp so much fun to use its a must have.
I am just posting a couple of interesting reviews of the X pro 1. I thought this one was most interesting about using the camera to shoot a wedding
Secondly this review reflects upon using the camera in a studio portrait situation again a very interesting read.
All Pictures here are Jpegs with no processing either in camera or out.
The Fuji X pro 1 shoots some the the finest most natural jpegs I have seen in my time in photography. The colors are rich the files are not over processed or sharpened .
The X pro’s files tend to have a warmer more filmic look. I would compare this to a fine grained slide film of yesteryear.
This image above I shot with the provia film simulation it tends to make things look quite blue but hey if that is what your after the x pro can do it.
What amazes me is even in my days shooting with the canon 5d mark 2 I would never of considered shooting Jpeg as I never considered the engine good enough to produce color that didn’t need tweaking.
I whole heartedly believe I could work in Jpeg if I was away on tour with no computer. I feel the results would satisfy my demands.
As there are limited options for processing raw files from the X Pro 1 I am not in any hurry to stop using the jpeg’s.
You have silkypix , adobe bridge and not much else as options . Not even Apples Aperture yet supports the X Pro 1. Very disappointing Apple.
It is now old news about the X Pro 1 lens roadmap, but it got me thinking.
What out of the roadmap do I think will suit my photographic needs?
Well I need a wide angle so my choices will be the 14mm prime or the 10-24mm zoom.
The considerations here will be do I want a prime lens which I will have to work a bit harder to accomplish what I am after?
Do I want the wider 10mm zoom ? In my opinion I believe the 10-22 will be more expensive than the x mount primes.
I am only making this judgment as I think it will be a more complex lens to keep optical performance through the zoom.
What appeals about prime lenses are that optically they are generally sharper and perform great.
If the 14mm is kept at the same price as the other primes, I think I will go with the 14mm.
I should also point out that the 14mm is 21mm in 35 mm format so it is very wide but not so wide you will suffer from distracting distortions.
To keep the weight and size of my kit down I will keep it to a 3 lens setup .
The next lens I am looking forward to is the 55-200.
What a piece of kit this will be . It is image stabilised and covers everything one needs to pull in closer and fill your frame.
My only concern here is , where will Fuji price the camera . My hope is under the $1000 mark . If it retains the performance of the other lenses it could be one of the strongest.
I also hope Fuji keep its weight down, so the kit doesn’t become unbalanced whilst in use.
Come mid next year my kit will be 35mm 1.4 , 14mm 2.8 , 55-200 f3.5 . So I will have a zoom a wide and a portrait lens.
Perfect to cover all my needs and wants.