I‘ve had many emails and Facebook messages lately asking me if I have switched completely over to the Fujifilm X-series cameras. The Fujifilm X-series for those of you who have been living under a rock or are just not into camera gear, is the mirrorless, small somewhat compact camera system that has a retro rangefinder feel and look about it. They are an amazing group of cameras and are chock full of innovative technology to enhance both the user experience and the final image. The flagship camera for this new system is the X-Pro1 followed closely by the X-E1. Both cameras sport an APS–C size sensor thus giving an image quality of a DSLR. Continue reading
Last Friday I received a package from one of my friends at Fujifilm Malaysia. They were kind enough to send me a pre-production Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4R for a week to run it through its paces. I gotta tell you this is a great piece of glass. The XF 23mm on the Xpro-1‘s cropped sensor is the full frame equivalent of a 35mm lens. The most frustrating thing about this lens has nothing to do with its technical features. It is simply that I rarely use this focal length and so it became a stretch for me. I gravitate to much wider focal lengths in my work. As readers here will know, my go-to-lens is a 16-35mm. When I do shoot this lens it is almost always at the 16mm focal length. That’s not to say I can’t use and appreciate a 35 mm focal length lens.
Yes, it has been a while. My family and I went to the US for two and a half months to visit family, friends, check out universities and start a new non-profit. So while not a vacation, it did keep me away from posting almost anything here on the blog as well as on Twitter and Facebook. But, I am back and have a lot to share with you. With that said, I am not in a position to go into much detail about the new non-profit as of yet.
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My good friends at Think Tank Photo have set themselves up for yet another home run. They have just announced a new series of bags designed for the mirrorless camera crowd — that I am now fully a member of. Frankly, I love the City Walker 20 and have been using it for my Fujifilm X-Pro1 and X100. That is up until now. Because this new series of bags aptly called Mirrorless Movers™ is even more suited for your little mirrorless powerhouse. Mirrorless Movers come in four sizes that range in size from the Mirrorless Mover 5, which fits one small size mirrorless body with a small telephoto or pancake lens attached, up to the Mirrorless Mover 30i, which fits one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses and an iPad.
A day or so back I bought my new Fujinon. On the cropped sensor (Please Fujifilm make a full frame X-Pro1 equivalent! Please!) it functions closer to a 21 mm on a full frame camera. A confession: I am obsessed by wide-angle lenses–probably to a fault. Maybe this is a phase with me, let’s call it my “Wide Phase,” Hmm, that sounds more like middle age to me. I guess this is better than going through a “wild” phase. Whatever it is, I love shooting wide for several reasons. Continue reading
Under the heading of, Wouldn’t This Be Nice comes a concept by Mac Funamizu, an iPhone case and printer combo called Sophi1. To me it looks like it is based on the Zink inkless printers like the Polaroid Pogo. The Pogo is a printer I have been using on and off for the last several years. Lately, it has been more off than on. Why? Two reasons. First, it is cumbersome. You need to carry the printer and cable in another pocket as you photograph. Continue reading
There’s a lot of talk these days, both good and bad, about the Fujifilm X Series cameras: the X-Pro1 and the X-E1. I’ve been using the X-Pro1 for exactly one year now. Back when I first gave my initial impressions I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this camera long term. Well, the jury is out and the verdict is I love it… a lot! So much so, I took it for a month of shooting, an assignment in Africa for The Kilgoris Project then to India for my latest Rajasthan Photo workshop. Continue reading
As you can see from the past Bajau Laut post I had a new toy to play with while I was on the island of Borneo. The Nikon P7100 in a FP7100 Fantasea Housing. I was a little skeptical about this set up going in. I had seen several videos and still images that looked almost too good to be true. Continue reading
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This is an homage to the website, The Art of Manliness or in less poetic words, a complete rip off of one of their features as well as the graphic’s of Ted Slampyak. I thought this might be a nice list that someone might want to use as a Christmas wishlist or something similar. I really love The Art of Manliness Continue reading