L’Homme

On St. Jean’s day last Wednesday, we went to Parc Jean Drapeau to have a picnic.  While i was there, i decided to take some greyscale photo’s of the sculpture known as, “L’Homme”. AJMP5098

These photos were taken with the X-Pro1 and the XF 27mm f/2.8.

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Beautiful Lines

At long last, here is the last lot of photos from the Grand Prix weekend festival in Little Italy.

There is just something about classic cars that today’s cars don’t have.  When i look at these classic cars, they have such beautiful lines.  I don’t see that in today’s cars.

I hope that you enjoy this final installment of photos from the Grand Prix weekend.  It was great fun taking these photos and i was able to try out a few different techniques in taking the photos, as well as post processing them.

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First Photos From The 18-135mm.

A few weekends ago, we went down to the old port to have a look at the science fair they had going on.  The fair was held by various schools and government agencies, in order to promote the learning of science by kids.

As mom and daughter went around to the various tents at the outdoor science fair, i went off to go and test the XF 18-135 on my X-Pro1.

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I had actually traded in my lenses this same day.  Aside from the 35mm, i also traded in my 60mm for the 18-135mm.

In getting the 18-135, i simply wanted a walk around lens where i would be prepared for anything if i did not have one particular subject in mind.  The 18-135 will also be a great lens for going on vacation with, instead of bringing multiple lenses to cover the same focal range.

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I had to get used to using a zoom again as an “everyday” lens.  I have been so so used to using only the 35mm for so long, it was somewhat strange to have a big hunk of glass on my camera.

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Despite it’s size, it is far more versatile then the 35mm or the 60mm.  The focal range of 18-135 pretty much covers the normal focal lengths that most people will use on a daily basis.

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Along with the X100T, the X-Pro1 with the 18-135, will make a killer combination.  The X100T will be the camera i will go to for when i don’t want to stand out, when i want to shoot in silence, when i want the razor sharpness of a prime lens and when i want to go extra light.

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So far, it has been a joy to use and shoot with.  I really do miss using zooms.  Obviously, with zoom lenses like the 18-135, there will be some compromises made, especially in respect to sharpness.  However, you will have to pixel peep to see any noticeable difference between this lens and some of Fuji’s prime lenses.

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Unfortunately, Canon and Nikon gave the “all-in-one” lens, such as the 18-135, a bad name.  Their attempts at making a really good lens with this focal range somewhat failed in my opinion.  This is the reason why so many people are hesitant in buying this lens.

Well, the Fuji 18-135 has broken the trend of “all-in-one” lenses being mediocre.  From this shooting experience and from shooting with the lens again this past weekend, i can tell you that Fuji has set the bar very high when it comes to this type of lens.

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In a later post, i am going to write about my first impressions of the XF 18-135mm, just as i did for the XF 27mm.

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One thing that i must warn you about, is the weight of the lens.  It is a heavy piece of glass and when mounting it on any X camera, you are going to want to use a grip.  You can certainly shoot with the lens without using a grip, but i find it far more comfortable on my X-Pro1 when i use the grip.

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If you are looking for a versatile lens for your photo walks or to take with you on vacation, the XF 18-135mm is the lens for you.  Combined with an X-T1, you will have a weather-proof kit that you can use in all the elements.

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Fuji XF 27mm F/2.8 – First Impressions

A couple of weeks ago, i traded in my 35mm f/1.4 for the 27mm f/2.8 “pancake” lens and i have not looked back.

Now, obviously some people may be wondering why on earth would i sacrifice an f/1.4 lens for an f/2.8 lens.  Well, for one, i very rarely shot at f/1.4, even indoors in low light.  My style of photography really did not have a tremendous amount of use for a lens that “fast”.

I know, i know, for some people it’s cool to be able to say that they have an f/1.4 or f/1.8 lens.  Though, if you are not using that end of the aperture scale, what is the use of having a lens that “fast”?

Well, i did not see much point.  Therefore, i traded in the 35mm f/1.4 for the 27mm f/2.8 and i could not be happier.

I have been able to shoot with the lens a bit and i must say, i am happy with the results.  However, for this post, i will give you my first impressions of the lens and will share some photos later on.

Packaging:

The lens comes in a small, corrugated cardboard box with identifying lettering on it.

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Inside, you will find a molded, cardboard insert where the lens sits.  Along with the lens, you will get a lens cap for the front and back of the lens and a lens wrap cloth.  No lens hood is included.

Build quality:

The lens is very well made and does have a metal lens mount like all other XF lenses in the Fujinon line-up.

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It is very light weight and compact, hence the name “pancake” lens.

Features: 

Well, there really is none, unless you get excited about a focus ring.  Fuji kept this lens very simple and understandably so.  If they did otherwise, it would not be a “pancake” lens.

There is no OIS, no aperture markings, no switches and no aperture ring.  Who needs all of that on a 27mm pancake anyhow.

For those of you who just don’t know what to do with themselves without an aperture ring, then perhaps this lens is not for you.*  For those who have a bit more of a grip on themselves, the aperture is adjusted with the command dial at the back of the camera.  Oh no!!  The horror!

*You can read about real reasons for having an aperture ring here: (https://d7100shooter.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/aperture-rings/)

Having no OIS is no big deal.  At a focal length of 27mm, one does not really need it.  Besides, if Fuji did incorporate OIS into the lens, it would be a larger lens then it is.

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Mounted on the X-Pro1:

It looks great on my X-Pro1.  Very compact and light set-up.

Having no aperture ring, it may take time getting used to reverting to the command dial to change aperture.  Though, it really is not a hard transition.

The auto focus is pretty snappy and locks on to the subject as it should do without any issues.

Image quality: 

I am not a pixel peeper, so don’t look for any 100% crops, side by side comparisons, ISO tests, MTF charts, etc.  Look at your photos as they were meant to be looked at.  If you are worried about being able to see fine detail on a flies ass from 40 yards away, then perhaps photography is not for you.

The 27mm lens is not going to be as sharp as the 35mm.  Though, you would have to press your nose up to your monitor to notice the difference.  If that’s your thing, then knock yourself out.

What i concern myself with, is overall image quality when looking at a photo as it should be looked at and i am very pleased with the results that the 27mm has given me.  I am quite confident that any prints would hold plenty of detail to appreciate.

Protecting the front element:

There is no Fuji lens hood for the XF 27mm.  However, if you do want to protect the front element, you can either screw on a 39mm UV filter or try to find a screw in 39mm lens hood.

Personally, i would go with the UV filter.  A lens hood on the 27mm would just make the lens bigger and that would defeat the purpose of such a compact lens.

Conclusion:

The XF 27mm lens is an awesome little addition to your lens line-up.  Mount it on your X-Pro1, X-T1, X-E1/2, etc. and you will have a very compact and light set-up.  Even better, is that you can fit the lens very nicely in any camera bag or in your jacket pocket.

In a future post, i will put up the photos that i took today with the 27mm.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s day to all the Fathers around the world, especially mine.  Thanks for being there.

I can’t believe that we are already past mid-June.  However, we just started summer and we have some great months ahead of us.  More festivals are to come, which means more photo opportunities.

I think most Dads like cars to some degree; therefore, for today, i am going to continue with the photos i took when we went up to Little Italy on Grand Prix weekend.

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Don’t worry, the Ferrari was not harmed during the procedure to make it pink.

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It was a very sunny day when i took these photos.  There was not one cloud in the sky.  It did make for some tough shots when the sun was shining off some chrome; but on the other hand, it really brought out the shine in the paint jobs.

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There were some pretty cool bikes on display as well.

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Not only did one guy have the 1:1, life size real car, but he had every other scale of the car as well.

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I have mixed feelings about the paint job on this Audi TT.  But, that’s just me.

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“Am i a Fiat or a Ferrari…. Fiat or Ferrari…. help!!”.  Identity crisis.

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I Was Mentioned On FujiRumors.Com

Okay, so no, i was not personally mentioned on FujiRumors.com by name, but my website was, so close enough.

Personally, i like FujiRumors.com.  I always find the articles posted there to be interesting and good reads.  I actually go to FujiRumors.com every day to see what is new.

Today, i was checking out my statistics to see what sites were referring people to my site and i saw FujiRumors.com was one of the referrers.  That made my day for sure.

Out of all the websites about Fuji cameras on the internet, it feels good that someone picked yours to refer people to.

Here is the link to the page on FujiRumors.com where my website is mentioned, not once, but twice: (http://www.fujirumors.com/mixed-zone-fuji-x-t1-vs-sony-a7r-a7s-10-days-with-the-90mm-riflessifotografici-x100t-review-more/)

You have to scroll all the way down and you will find the mentions just above the YouTube video with Billy from FujiGuys.  Here is a screen grab for you:

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Thanks FujiRumors.com!  It’s a pleasure to be mentioned on your website.

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Behind The Scenes Of The Montreal Grand Prix, Mid ’90’s.

For some time now, i have wanted to share the following photos.  I have been keeping them in a photo album (yeah, remember those?  They still exist) for many years and just decided to scan them last night.

The photos are a glimpse of the activity that takes place in the garages of the F1 teams.  The photos were taken in the mid ’90’s (sorry, i don’t remember the exact year, but Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve were teammates on Williams) and to be honest, it was unbelievably easy to get inside the garages.  I don’t think i would be able to pull off the same stunt these days.

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If memory serves me correctly, i used a Konica 35mm, automatic, compact camera to take these photos.  It was nothing fancy, but it served it’s purpose.

The scans did not come out all that well.  You can see lines on the files and i think that is from putting the photos through the auto feeder of my scanner.

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It was really cool to be able to get behind the scenes.  I was able to walk around quite freely and no one took a second look at me.  I simply stayed out of peoples way and concentrated on taking the photos.

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Check out the computers in the below photo.  I suppose it was the best there was back then.  Twenty plus years on, we have certainly seen a giant leap in technology.

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It was great fun to be able to get inside the garages.  To be up that close to the cars was something else.  I know they have an open-house these days, but i took these photos right after the main race on Sunday.

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