Recently my mother returned from a amazing trip shooting in Sri Lanka. There she shot with her X Pro 1 and a Variety of lenses the 18-55 2.8 the 55-200 the 14mm. I as her son and fellow photographer processed and edited her pictures in lightroom. I applied VSCO filters. I mainly utilised the Kodak Portra settings which together with mum we found the most pleasing. http://vsco.co
She found the focusing very frustrating with the camera. My point of view is its very quirky and you have to learn a whole different thought process when focusing with the camera. But when it worked boy did it work well. The lenses are sharp.
When you see the pictures there is grain present. I have put that in myself as we both like the aesthetic . I realise its not to everyones taste but I think they came up really well.
From her pictures we have completed a book project produced by Albumworks HD book. http://www.albumworks.com.au
There books are lovely unlike most book manufactures they print at a very high DPI of 2400 which producers super sharp and detailed printing. The whole process only took 4 days .
Recently I have started shooting using a Blackrapid Metro strap. I have to say until you have shot using one of these things you dont know what your missing. This model is on of the most cost effective at US$39.
The strap goes across the shoulder and spreads the weight of the camera evenly across the body. When you want to take a picture the camera comes up the strap, take the picture then put the camera down by your side. I have long struggled with heavy gear around my neck causing my neck and back pain. The strap is equally comfortable whether your using a heavier lens such as a 55-200 or a much lighter 35mm lens . The strap keeps everything well balanced and feeling comfortable across your body.
The strap screws into my shoot grip via the tripod mount . Its tight and secure.
Coupled with the X PRO 1 and this strap shooting has become far more enjoyable and less taxing. I am also getting shots I didnt get before because my camera is far more accessible than it was either in a bag or around my neck. The strap can be adjusted for all body types and heights making its very useful for all. At $39 its a great buy.
The other day I took delivery of the iShoot grip for the X Pro 1.
This is a copy of a grip made in europe which is more than double the price of this one made in China.
The camera grip comes in at $69 so what is the quality like? It is quite incredible that this grip is a Chinese knockoff. It is made of well made metal everything is tight and fits wonderfully well. I decided to get this grip after being very frustrated by the official X Pro 1 grip. That grip covered up the card and battery compartment , where this one allows complete accsess to change your battery or card without taking the grip of.
Where this grip really impresses is the hand grip . It has indentations for 3 fingers and just makes the camera feel more secure and comfortable in my hands.
The Grip really doesn’t feel any more heavier than it did with the official fuji grip.
All in all a really worthwhile purchase they can be found by doing a search on Ebay.
I went shooting Today with the Fuji X pro 1 at Healesville sanctuary in Melbourne I thought I would share a couple of shots. Again this lens is a stunner sharp focuses well. I am just loving it enjoy.
Click to view bigger wallaby shot with the 55-200 fuji lens
Click to view bigger fuji 55-200 zoom
A quick Post.
I have just got back from a few days in Sydney.
There I shot the picture below with my Fuji X pro 1 and processed with VSCO film filters for the X pro 1.
I really like the mood the grain and added warmth brings. Enjoy
Sydney Darling Harbour
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 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.
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.