When Fujifilm Australia offered me a loan XF56mmF1.2 lens, I jumped at the opportunity to have another try of this much-acclaimed piece of kit. I say another try as I have owned this lens in the past. Actually, I have owned almost all of the Fujifilm XF primes and most of the zooms at some point. But as many of you will know, I have recently trimmed my kit way down. To focus more on the art and skill of the shot, rather than rummaging in my bag looking for the perfect lens. I shoot with what I have and personally, I think it has made me a better photographer.
All too often, when reviewing gear, or even buying new gear, we focus on the big items. The cameras. The lenses. The tripods. But there is a massive industry of photographic accessories out there for us to consume. Some, are amazing. Some, are trash. And having been a member of this community since the beginning, I see lots of people asking questions about what are the good bits and pieces that make the photographic experience easier. Fortunately, we have members such as Robin Mascall who find the devil in the detail and love their photographic gear at all levels. So let’s hear a little about Robin’s photography journey and his first review on the bits and pieces. G
I originally started photography back in the mid-1990s and learned how to develop film in the school’s darkroom. Fast forward to 2010 and I picked up my first DSLR, a Canon 1000D. I’ve shot with Canon, Nikon and Panasonic, with varying results. My change to Fujifilm happened after I had two, second-hand Nikon D7100’s die in 12 months. I sold the gear off and made the move to mirrorless, with an XT20, the 18-55mm, 55-200mm and the 27mm pancake. I was so impressed with the quality of the images and the camera system itself, that I sold it…. and picked up an XT3.
Recently I attended the Photo Live expo, that was run by Camera Electronic here in Perth. During the photo walk, the camera I had borrowed, a Fujifilm GFX50s, had a Peak Design strap. I had never actually had hands-on time with one and was impressed with the comfort and functionality of it. So much so, that I purchased a strap, a cuff strap, and today I picked up the Capture Camera Clip.
I currently own the Fujifilm X-T3 and before that the Fujifilm X-T2 and before that the Fujifilm X-T1! I love this series of camera. I love the design and how I have full top dial access to ISO, Shutter Speed and Exposure Compensation. I shoot a lot of street with this camera, and as a result, I fully utilise the dual-direction tilting screen. I can shoot from the hip or lower. I also find that when paired with the Fujifilm “Fujicrons” it is a perfect balance, size and weight for me. The “Fujicrons” are the current set of smaller, and weather-sealed prime lenses in the Fujifilm XF16mmF2.8, XF23mmF2, XF35mmF2 and the XF50mmF2. They are much smaller and lighter than the older, faster primes of the equivalent focal distance. Of which I currently own the XF23mmF2 and the 50mmF2. Both perfect for my style of work – both professional and casual.
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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.
A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to receive a loan copy of the brand new Fujifilm XF16mmF2.8 lens from Fujifilm Australia. You may already be aware of this as at the time I published a little preview blog about my first impressions of the product itself. In short, I highlighted that it is an incredibly solid build quality with the same style as the other smaller Fujifilm lenses. The ‘Fujicron” F2 lenses in the XF23mmF2, XF35mmF2 and the XF50mmF2. Light, compact and weather and dust sealed. And at around $700, almost half the price of the original XF16mmF1.4, it brings this style of lens in the reach of many more Fujifilm shooters. That is all lovely and given my past praise for this lineup of smaller primes, not surprising. But how does it actually perform? Keep reading here!
Rain, Hail, Thunder, Lighting, Fire!!!
Well, maybe not fire but the “Agua series Stormproof ” bag by Miggo suggests that it is storm proof. I am using the AGUA-90 Stormproof Versa Backpack. It is rated IPX 3, so it is water and dust resistant.
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!
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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.
Camera bags have come a long way, what started off a just a simple means of carrying your camera, lenses and basic accessories have now become an extended part of our photography kit. If you’ve invested in expensive cameras, lenses or even filters you’ll want to make sure that they remain safe and secure while […]