With the announcement of the first zoom lens for the Xpro1 coming tomorrow. This is the lens I have been waiting for. Fuji have managed to keep the side down and keep it light reports say.
At 699 is very reasonably priced and also has image stabilisation . If this lens turns out to be as good as the other in the range it should also be very sharp. I intent to use it for portraits and as a travel zoom. A preorder will go in as soon as they open. Join my 35mm 1.4 – 18-55mm f2.8 and 60mm macro.
I had a chance today to go shoot some stuff out in Fitzroy.
It is a meca for street art and alternative life styles here in Melbourne.
With the new firmware the camera was very fast. It started very quickly and auto focus didn’t miss a beat.
Everything below was shot with the 35mm 1.4.
The work is extremely cool and artistic . As you can see I also operated the camera in panorama mode.
I also noticed this mode to work a lot faster. It did not freeze or stutter as it did with the original firmware.
I found it a lot easier to use. As well as the faster focusing this mode is now very usable and fun to boot.
So this picture is shot at iso 6400 . Remarkable considering the high iso rating.
It is definitely usable. If it was a matter of getting the shot or not 6400 is the way to go. I was using f1.8 and getting 110th of a second which isnt to bad at all.
I am continually being impressed by what the camera can do.
All Pictures here are Jpegs with no processing either in camera or out.
The Fuji X pro 1 shoots some the the finest most natural jpegs I have seen in my time in photography. The colors are rich the files are not over processed or sharpened .
The X pro’s files tend to have a warmer more filmic look. I would compare this to a fine grained slide film of yesteryear.
This image above I shot with the provia film simulation it tends to make things look quite blue but hey if that is what your after the x pro can do it.
What amazes me is even in my days shooting with the canon 5d mark 2 I would never of considered shooting Jpeg as I never considered the engine good enough to produce color that didn’t need tweaking.
I whole heartedly believe I could work in Jpeg if I was away on tour with no computer. I feel the results would satisfy my demands.
As there are limited options for processing raw files from the X Pro 1 I am not in any hurry to stop using the jpeg’s.
You have silkypix , adobe bridge and not much else as options . Not even Apples Aperture yet supports the X Pro 1. Very disappointing Apple.
Yesterday I took the X Pro 1 out and did some shooting at the queen victoria market.
The light was lousey it was busy and a lot of fun. The thing that is so great about the camera is I can have it around my neck always at the ready. Because it is so small no one takes any notice of it.
The camera’s high ISO performance is nothing short of amazing. No longer do I have to be concerned about dull light or non existent light. Set the camera at say 3200 ISO and you can shoot in situations unimagnable before,
Also of interest I was shooting with the 18mm f2 lens which has some interesting quirks. Its best sharpness in my non scientific test was around f5.6 and above . As noted elsewhere it can be a bit soft in the corners wide open. I definitely believe also the auto focus is at its weakest with this lens. The strongest auto focusing is to be had with the 35 1.4 which is very snappy.
Lastly I just wanted to mention that my camera body and lenses are all working with the latest firmware.