søndag den 15. september 2013

August 31. A wedding and more thoughts about the X-Pro1




These bad boys did not let me down once!

No focus problems, or anything.
Not only did I get a lot of great shots with these, my shoulders and arms were just fine when I got home after the wedding reception.
Earlier on my body would be a mess after shooting for a couple of hours with a Canon 1ds mark III, but now I could run around shooting and not feel a thing.

I love the dual strap (cheap Q double strap from ebay) and u bought some new connecters, more in Black Rapid style, because the plates that comes with the Q strap are way to massive for the X-Pro1.

Fun fact/observation:
I thought that I got a lot of attention from the guests, when shooting with a huge Canon camera and a 70-200mm f2.8 lens, but no! - Try walking around with two of these beauties and you will see what attention is.
Before when guest were asking and talking to me about my gear, they were like: "Oh, yeah... I got a Canon as well" (note: I had a Canon 1ds mark III, not some Rebel)
Now guests were like: "What is that camera?! IT IS SO COOL!"
Here I am thinking a black X-Pro1 is a stealthy camera.... it's not!






I would never shoot a wedding or any paid job with just one X-Pro1 camera, but neigther would I do that with a Canon if I only had primes. I used zoom lenses for my Canon, and with those I was never too limited when leaving one camera body in my bag.
If Fuji made something like a 18-50mm f2.8 lens I would leave one of the bodies in my bag (some of the time)
It simply takes to long time to change lenses when shooting a reception.
Right now I only have the 18mm f2 and a 35mm f1.4 and a couple of manual lenses.
I might sell the 18mm and get a the 14mm 2.8, because a find the 18mm a bit too "normal" not wide enough when in a small room or in a crowd.
The 35mm f1.4 I will never sell. I love 50mm equivalent lenses and I always have.
I Can't wait for Fuji to release the 56mm f1.2, - Really need that lens for portrait stuff.
I have a manual Canon FD 50mm 1.4 that I use, but a autofocus f1.2 new designed lens would be so great!
And will i buy the new 23mm f1.4? - sure if I have the money for it. But I do prefer 50mm equavilent lenses to 35mm equavilent.

Trine and Kim were such a kind, nice couple, and very easy to work with.

Enough talk!
Here are a couple of shots from the wedding.
Any questions and comments are welcome!



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Copenhagen botanic garden / Kings garden



Dark clouds over Copenhagen today.
All shot with Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm f1.4 and 18mm f2.0

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fredag den 6. september 2013

Cheap 77mm ND fader on Fuji.

I can't live without nd filters!
With a max shutter speed of 1/4000 and my love of shallow depth of field and bokeh, I really need ND filters.
I bought a set of cheap nd filters off ebay, but I just could not live with them. Heavy red tonal messed with my whitebalance and the colors in general.
I started saving money for some really high quality filters.

But in the meantime  I found a Camdiox 77mm ND filter, that I bought for my Canon 24-70 2.8 L lens, but never got to use it.
It might be the cheapest nd fader you will find on ebay. My expectations were low but I bought a 52-77mm adapter, so I could mount the filter on my Fuji lenses.
I could see that the filter did not have the same red tonal as my cheap shitty 52mm nd filters.
I hardly ever shoot at higher f stop than f/8, so the problems with fading nd filters and the cross problem does not seem to hit me.

Well....
I tried the 77mm ND fader on my Fuji and did a small test to see how much it sucked.
I am no pixel peeper, but I do want sharp pictures.
Comparing the shots without filter and with, I was very surprised and pleased with the results!
Yes it is not quite as sharp at 100% crop, but it is still very usable!
Yes the colors change a bit, but nothing a tiny bit of lightroom could not fix.
Bokeh seems pretty much the same, just a tiny bit more grainy.
- I'm definitely going to buy some new Camdiox nd faders in 52mm size.

Camdiox nd fader is more than good enough for me, but other photographers might say it is = SH#T!
With the 77mm nd filter, shes not the hottest girl in town though...
I will recommend the Camdiox nd fader for any non pixel peeping photographer who wish to save a bit of money and mostly shoot wide open.

Side by side samples and test results are below pictures of the camera.
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Here are the test results/ side by side:
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On left: without nd filter (shutter speed 1/2200 sec)
On right: nd fader set to max nd8  (shutter speed 1/18 sec)

Settings:
Fujinon 35mm f/1.4
f/1.4
Iso 400
Raw


 Here are the same just zoomed in (100% crop, I think)
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Same but at f/8:
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On left: without nd filter (shutter speed 1/80 sec)
On right: nd fader set to max nd8  (shutter speed 1/6 sec)

Settings:
Fujinon 35mm f/1.4
f/8
Iso 400
Raw


 Here are the same just zoomed in (100% crop, I think)
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This is the bokeh/out of focus area:
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On left: without nd filter (shutter speed 1/2200 sec)
On right: nd fader set to max nd8  (shutter speed 1/18 sec)

Settings:
Fujinon 35mm f/1.4
f/1.4
Iso 400
Raw




 And at f/8:
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On left: without nd filter (shutter speed 1/80 sec)
On right: nd fader set to max nd8  (shutter speed 1/6 sec)

Settings:
Fujinon 35mm f/1.4
f/8
Iso 400
Raw


søndag den 18. august 2013

A different format, a walk around the streets of Copenhagen.

Today was a rainy, dark day.
I took my Fuji X-Pro1 out in the rain, brought along an umbrella to protect the camera and myself a bit.
Usually sundays in Copenhagen are rather sad and borring. Shops are closed, streets seems empty.
Today though, lots of tourists in the streets, a viking market (Not sure, I think that is what was going on)
And also a Ironman contest! - Did not expect that..
That gave me something to photograph, try out the focus speed trying to catch focus on the runners, wich went pretty damn bad (I don't blame the camera, more the photographer... me)
My camera was set to 16:9 raw+jpeg, but I ended up editing the raw files and cropping to 16:9.
Just wanted to try this format, since I never have tried anything else than the standart.
All shot with the Fuji 35mm f1.4