f8,shutter 1/160 sec, ISO 400
Some backyards just grow on you. There’s a certain out of control beauty here…but maybe its just the light or perhaps the camera.
I think the foremost ingredients for making a good photo is the light and what the shadows are doing. Without these, a photo will be pretty flat and uninteresting.
Colour is, perhaps my next consideration.
The recent post on the Fuji X-100 S skimmed over the other camera that I have in the Fuji stable, the Fuji X-Pro 1.
This is the camera I have been using a lot lately and I am loving it for many reasons.
I have had it now for about six months and while a lot of photos taken with it haven’t appeared on these pages, I have put a few of the more recent ones in the Overflow section of this website.
f14, Shutter 1/1100 sec, ISO 800
Workmen bringing down the big top at the Circus de Soleil in Adelaide some time ago.
It is the first professional level mirrorless camera from Fuji and like the X100 and the 100S, the X-Pro 1 has outstanding image quality which is the prime consideration for me. It has sharp focus and has easy accessible controls. It is not bulky so even though it is a DSLR camera it is easy to tote around.
Despite its relatively small size it is sturdily built.
Both the above photos were take with the f 1.4, 35mm prime lens which, with the sensor size, equates to about a 54 mm lens. I am totally hooked on this lens. It’s fast, it’s sharp and I could happily leave it on the camera permanently.
All of the pix in this article have been shot with the 35mm.
The sensor itself is a 16 megapixel unit with a unique Fuji designed chip that renders colours so well and works wonders in low light.
f2.0, shutter 1/320 sec, ISO 3200
Take for example the photo of this dude. In my humble opinion low light rendition and colour are awesome.
The same goes for this unusual sunset sky shot at f16, shutter 1/50 sec, ISO 400
The X-Pro isn’t without its faults though.
The thing that irks me the most is the length of time it takes to buffer a shot. After taking a shot, I have to wait for what seems an eternity till I can see it on the back screen. I guess it is a good cure for “chimping”.
I also can’t get much joy from its manual focus. I don’t use it much so my opinion is unlikely to objective.
I tend to steer clear of manual focus. It’s too fiddley (is that a word?) and anyway auto focus in “Single” not “Continuous” mode is fast enough and accurate.
f2.8, shutter 1/125 sec, ISO 2000
I have no vested interest in writing this review. I purchase these cameras at my local camera store and apart from a 10% discount ’cause I buy a lot of my gear there, including the Fuji 100 S, I receive no freebies.
My camera purchases are pretty limited. I am more interested in making pictures than the technical aspects of the gear, so I have not included much technical information here. There’s plenty of sites on the web for that and I’ve mentioned a couple of them before.
My purchases of cameras, lenses and other equipment are carefully considered as they are bought with the intention of having them for a long time.
I tend to let the pictures do the talking but throughout this website I have included plenty of information about the cameras and lenses, both Canon and Fuji, that I use.
The bottom line though is that the X Pro-1 and the X100 S have both added a whole new level of excitement to my photograph and I am still getting a real buzz out the results.
f4, shutter 1/170 sec, ISO 800
Would I use it on an assignment – you bet? I have used the X-Pro-1 at a reception (not quite a wedding but tough enough) and while it is not something that I would use for the dance floor or boisterous kids, it worked a treat in most scenarios.