In today’s blog we hear from Fuji X Aus member, Mati Beetson, on his experience using the GFX 50S and the newer and smaller GFX 50R. It is nice to see some love for the X-Series bigger brothers especially from someone who shoots with both. Mati has a truly unique photographic approach to his landscape, seascape, wildlife and even aerial photography. Let’s hear what Mati has to say.
When I first picked up the 50r body it was definitely a wow moment for me, having used the 50s on and off over the last 12 months I thought I had really gotten used to its bulk. So, it was a bit of a shock/nice surprise to immediately feel a lighter medium format body in hand.
Apart from the fact there is a 145gram difference compared to the 50s with standard EVF (minus the tilt adaptor), the balance of the camera I find to be a real blessing…I won’t miss the brick on the back of the 50s!
Being a long-ish term user of the Xt1/2 with a mixed bag of lenses, using the 50s and now 50r has reminded me of the times when you ‘slowed’ down to use medium format film cameras. Using such a high megapixel camera (much like their film MF counterparts) it really does show up poor technique quite brutally!
To continue reading Mati’s full and complete blog, please click here.
Igor Vyvey is a man of many photographic talents. You would be mistaken to think that he just shoots macro. Getting in close and personal. And that is very true. He does shoot some amazing macro shots – stay tuned for an upcoming blog about that! But he is my favourite kind of photographer. The kind that will have a go at any genre. I have seen him walking the streets of Melbourne in a bid to capture some street photography. He has more recently been experimenting with model photography too. He is also a regular at Fuji X Aus events in Sydney. And, of course, he loves his nature photography. Birds and wildlife. Which is why he recently took a new set of Fujifilm binoculars out with him on a wildlife shoot. Let’s hear what Igor though about the experience and the product.
Recently I was introduced to a filter kit by a company called H&Y whose filter holder uses a clever magnetic design to mount their filters. They use materials like Corning Gorilla Glass (lightweight, tough, used in most smartphone screens), and German Schott glass (one of the best optical glass in the world, owned by Zeiss) in their products. I was offered the chance to take it for a test-run so click on the video above for a quick mini-review.
One of the greatest things about our particular photographic community here at Fuji X Aus is the delight we take in meeting up with one another. Be it for a more formal event such as People With Cameras – as organized by Fujifilm Australia. Or just our regular meetups with a bunch of locals for an afternoon. Delightful. In recent months we have had a number of interstate members make the trip down to Melbourne for various reasons. But we always aim to make an event out of it and organize some time to meet and greet, a bit of photography and a great meal where possible.
Landscape photography has become one of my favourite genres of photography since I changed over to the Fujifilm X mirrorless camera system. It’s hard to go wrong with the combination of experiencing nature and its beauty with the creativity of photography. When I heard from our fellow FXA Perth reps Gus and Chong that they were looking into organising FXA Perth’s first ever landscape photography workshop down in Margaret River, I was stoked! I was also excited to hear a fellow FXA Facebook community member James Posilero will be running the workshop. I’ve long admired his beautiful landscape photography that he shares in the group. It was a fun and educational weekend down in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. It was also the perfect sized group of 6 photographers. We got to know each other, our photography interests and also learned from each other.
To read the rest of Janice ’s amazing experience, then please check out the rest of her blog here.
Welcome one and all to a new year of blogs and content on the Fuji X Aus site made especially for the Fuji X Aus community. 2019! When I was a kid, 2019 was the far distant future where we all had flying cars and jetpacks. Whilst no jetpack, not to worry, as we have access to the best camera system currently on the planet. To kick things off, we have a guest blogger today in Stephen Vincent-Grace. Stephen is a travel photographer and blogger of his own amazing site and today he shares with us some of his journey and experience with Fujifilm X Series. Stephen, the floor is all yours…
When I first started out my foray into the world of neutral-density (ND) filters, I was more than a little intimidated by the various types and brands out there. What was the difference between the brands? Why are some so expensive and some so cheap? Which one should I get?
Imagine yourself front and centre at a packed venue. On stage is an amazing live band. You have better than front row access. And you are drenched in sweat, some yours, some the bands. Your ears are pounding. The lighting flicks from full dark to dim, to bright glare and back in the space of a few seconds – nor does it stop for the whole performance. The band’s energy is moving them up and down the stage. Unpredictable movement in doubtful light can be a photographer’s worst nightmare. Not to mention the amount of distraction around you. Yet you must capture the shots. For some, this would be a nightmare. But for others getting in close to this kind of energy and opportunity is a dream come true.
Something a little bit different from me this time around. Not going to interview anyone. Not going to review any gear. Just going to talk about what was an epic day. A day, for me and I am sure my fellow participants, that was all about community, friendship and of course photography. What more could you want? Oh yes, there was plenty of fine coffee. And of course, a day spent in Melbourne always includes amazing food. And the weather turned out to be not too bad after a drizzly start. So let me tell you all about the most recent Fuji X Aus Melbourne photo walk.