The other day I took delivery of the iShoot grip for the X Pro 1.
This is a copy of a grip made in europe which is more than double the price of this one made in China.
The camera grip comes in at $69 so what is the quality like? It is quite incredible that this grip is a Chinese knockoff. It is made of well made metal everything is tight and fits wonderfully well. I decided to get this grip after being very frustrated by the official X Pro 1 grip. That grip covered up the card and battery compartment , where this one allows complete accsess to change your battery or card without taking the grip of.
Where this grip really impresses is the hand grip . It has indentations for 3 fingers and just makes the camera feel more secure and comfortable in my hands.
The Grip really doesn’t feel any more heavier than it did with the official fuji grip.
All in all a really worthwhile purchase they can be found by doing a search on Ebay.
Today I shot some pictures at Melbourne’s zoo. The occasion was to test out and learn the pro’s and cons of the Fuji 55-200 lens.
I have to say I was really impressed by its performance . Bokeh is lovely. Auto focus in my opinion is probably the best I have seen in the X system to date. I found the image stabilisation to work fantastically well. That being an important feature for myself as I have never had the steadiest hands. The lens is heavy compared to other X system lenses. But it is very light compared to full size SLR lenses.
The pictures here are edited in Lightroom using VSCO film filters for Fuji Cameras.
The lens was very well balanced in hand and I also have to say I wear a black rapid camera strap . It never felt to weighty hanging by my side.
The lens is very very sharp especially around F8. I think this is the best aperture to shoot with the lens. Since the XPRO 1 can shoot so clean in high ISO’s I feel keeping it at F8 is very workable on a shoot.
The focus ring is quite stiff as noted in other reviews but you soon get used to it. Although I am not a fan of getting rid of the aperture marks on the lens , this again is something you get used to.
The lens is fun to shoot with, you can track moving objects and focus, With practice. All in all I am very happy with it. It delivered or exceeded my expectations.
Today I had the fortune to go and have lunch at the peoples market in collingwood. Its an inner city Suburb known for its funky food and atmosphere. The peoples market serves funky urban street food with a real home grown quality. Everything is second hand and reused.
I took along my X pro 1 with the 35mm attached. All I can say is I am continually amazed at how good this camera is. With every firmware update it has become more responsive and so joyful to use.
Recently I upgraded to a zoom lens on my Xpro 1.
So I sold my 18mm wide angle prime on ebay.
When I listed the lens I said it was in perfect condition and clean.
Once the buyer had received the lens, I got a nasty shock.
He requested his money back as it said it was scratched and marked.
Believing I had the proof that he was wrong I stuck it out and let paypal decide.
They came down on his side. Keep in mind the following
I said I didnt accept returns.
The lens was near new and perfect.
it went to him anyway. He submitted a macro shot picture of a few micro dust particles that had fallen on the lens when he unpacked it.
He also said he had wiped it and used a blower to remove the dirt.
Fast forward to today I get it back.
One wipe with a non static cloth and all those 5 or 6 dust particles gone. Yes gone.
Lesson learned . You cant appeal . It will go the buyers way every time no matter what.
I am now down $50 dollars in fees and shipping for something that wasn’t my doing.
I also have a lens that I dont need and money in a lens that now I cant afford.
It is the last time I ever sell on Ebay I just cant afford to screwed like this.