Fuji X Aus – Fujifilm Australia – Cocktails

On a chilly Melbourne night, we gathered in a dark private space, sipped cocktails and talked cameras. Sound like any photographic community event you have ever heard of? Well, it is true. Around a dozen members of Fuji X Aus were invited by Leigh, from Fujifilm Australia, to meet at the Waterslide Bar located discretely in the East end of Southgate. What followed was a risky experiment with cocktails and cameras. Cocktails & Cameras – that has a catchy ring doesn’t it?

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Fujifilm GF 100-200mmF5.6 Zoom – Mati Beetson

Hi All,

          here are my first impressions of the latest lens from Fujifilm for the GFX camera series; the GF100-200mm f/5.6 LM OIS WR lens.

I don’t really do technical reviews, there are plenty of tech head’s out there far better at spelling out the specifications than me, not forgetting there is a lot of useful information from Fujifilm’s own website.

I would, however, like to discuss the lens in use, in particular, my genres of choice Aerials, Landscapes & Nature. As a lot of the other review sites have suggested, this lens should be perfectly suited to my needs.

I was initially quite sceptical when this lens was announced on Fujifilm’s lens road-map, the focal length really appealed to me but the f5.6 aperture took some of the shine off my initial excitement. After reading through some of the reviews/first impressions from some Fujifilm X ambassadors and pre-production testers, I got the feeling I should really give this lens a go to see what it’s capable of.

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Fujifilm Professional Service (Australia) – My positive experience

FPS-000

 

Fujifilm: “Hi this is Neil.”

Me: “Hey Neil, Ian here. Thanks for returning my call. How are you?”

Fujifilm: “I’m well thanks… (pause) … is this THE Ian?”

Me (amused): “Yes! It’s me! Ian Tan from Fuji X Aus!”

 

It’s the first time in my life when someone has referred to me as THE Ian. Part of me is amused at the notion that I’m even mildly well-known. But I also feel a sense of affirmation that all the hard work we put in with the Fuji X Aus community is recognised by Fujifilm Australia and many of the staff there, like Neil Pash from their service department, recognise our names.

And the reason why I’m talking to Neil Pash from Fujifilm Australia over the phone is because I needed to organise a service for my X-H1 body and XF16-55mm lens. I’ve had my X-H1 for over a year now and it’s been with me all around Melbourne, to tropical Fiji and most recently to Cervantes, Western Australia, where I was filming some footage on top of some sand dunes. The XF16-55mm F2.8 lens is my most used lens and I’ve had it for 3 years. It’s a workhorse lens, but recently the aperture ring has started to stick a little, a sign that it was due for a visit to Dr. Fuji. I was recently approved for membership in the Fujifilm Professional Service (FPS) program so I thought it would be helpful to document my experience.

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Fujifilm X100F in 2019

On January 19th, 2017 the Fujifilm X100F was announced. Reviews and pictures of the camera could be found everywhere, yet I ignored and avoided the camera. The X-T2 plus the X-T1 met my professional and daily needs, so what was the point?

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Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Mini Review

Before I start this mini-review I would like to give a quick shout-out to Michael from Arahan Photos for this sending this amazing piece of glass for me to review, they have also offered an exclusive discount for FXA members, I’ll mention the details at the end of this post. As with all my ‘reviews’, they are not your typical in-depth reviews focusing on pixel peeping and colour charts there are plenty of those around, they are also not sponsored and what I write is my own personal opinion. In this mini-review, I will talk about what characteristics of this lens that sets it apart from the other prime telephoto lenses out there.

Viltrox is not a common household name in the world of photography unless you’ve been using their adaptors to mount other non-Fujifilm lenses. There are a number of key characteristics about the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 that make it enticing for enthusiasts but before we get into what those are, here is a quick list of the physical specs:

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Long Exposure Tip – A Must Know – Harmeet Gabha

In today’s blog I present to you long time Fuji X Aus member Harmeet Gabha.  I have long admired his work and also his desire to share his knowledge and processes with others via his YouTube channel. This kind of work is essential to support other photographers that are new to the field or seeking inspiration. You can check out his YouTube channel right here! Today, Harmeet tackles a problem that many Fujifilm X Series shooters come across when shooting long exposures. Let’s hear what he has to offer.

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Word on the street! A street photographer’s story – Trinh Le

I like to consider myself a street photographer. I do all other sorts of photography – parties, events, travel, landscape, portraits and more. But what I love most is street photography. That is my central groove. It is my art. That is what got me into photography in the first place. It got me out and about. It was also what led me to make the move to Fujifilm X Series cameras and bodies. I felt I had so much more creative control to capture my own style of art.

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Word on the street! A street photographer’s story – Abdullah Kececi

I like to consider myself a street photographer. I do all other sorts of photography – parties, events, travel, landscape, portraits and more. But what I love most is street photography. That is my central groove. It is my art. That is what got me into photography in the first place. It got me out and about. It was also what led me to make the move to Fujifilm X Series cameras and bodies. I felt I had so much more creative control to capture my own style of art.

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Street Photography at the Queen Victoria Euro Night Market

The seasons have turned rather quickly here in Melbourne.  It seemed like we were all complaining about the prolonged summer and the use or air conditioners and then all of a sudden it got cold. The older I get, the more it is evident that the seasons are messed up. Not like when I was a kid. So with this in mind, on the coldest day of the year to date, I went and organised a street walk with the crew from Fuji X Aus. As a reminder, I am one of the administrators of that exceptional group, and it is such a great community. They are my tribe, and most of my social events evolve around that group.

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