Recently I have started shooting using a Blackrapid Metro strap. I have to say until you have shot using one of these things you dont know what your missing. This model is on of the most cost effective at US$39.
The strap goes across the shoulder and spreads the weight of the camera evenly across the body. When you want to take a picture the camera comes up the strap, take the picture then put the camera down by your side. I have long struggled with heavy gear around my neck causing my neck and back pain. The strap is equally comfortable whether your using a heavier lens such as a 55-200 or a much lighter 35mm lens . The strap keeps everything well balanced and feeling comfortable across your body.
The strap screws into my shoot grip via the tripod mount . Its tight and secure.
Coupled with the X PRO 1 and this strap shooting has become far more enjoyable and less taxing. I am also getting shots I didnt get before because my camera is far more accessible than it was either in a bag or around my neck. The strap can be adjusted for all body types and heights making its very useful for all. At $39 its a great buy.
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.
I have now had my new camera for a few weeks and have been doing some shooting.
The X pro 1 is a very quirky camera but hey for me that is one of its selling points.
What has blown me away is the level of detail captured by its APSC sensor
The picture above has no post processing no sharpening nothing. The lens is sharp even wide open. A lot has been written about the poor performance of the auto focus. In my experience after the cameras firmware was updated recently the autofocus works well.
I came from a 5D mark 2 and in my opinion the autofocus is on a similar par with the 5D which served me well for many years.
My other observation is the colour. The colours are just wonderful some of the most accurate colour rendition I have seen on a digital camera. They remind me very much of old Fuji transparency film.
The camera is about to get a whole lot more exciting. Coming soon are 7 lenses a couple of zooms and fast primes. For my work I am thinking about the 10-22mm for my landscape work or even possibly the 14mm . If these lenses perform anything like the 3 that are already out this system can only get stronger.
Now for my disappointments . The battery life is awful. To preserve battery life I turn the screen off completely and carry a spare battery. The strap that came with the camera is awl full to for a camera that costs over $2000 in Australia I expected better. The lens caps for the lens shades fall off and are plastic and cheap again I have replaced them.
I got this camera to lighten my load from my 5D big tick there
Low light performance big tick again
Lens and image quality even bigger tick
I am a very happy shooter so far over time I will add further impressions