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April 06,  2012  Mostly Flowers   Callaway Gardens Georgia

Well I went to Callaway Gardens to shoot some flowers and here is a representative selection. I was in the past disappointed with the X 100 macro inability and difficulties I encountered with the manual focus. I expected great image quality with the X Pro 1 but the micro focusing and 60mm macro were deal makers/breakers for me. I was not disappointed. The images here are pretty much jpgs right out of the box. They are of course reduced in size for the web. I believe the colours are accurate. A lot of the images were composed and set on a tripod for micro manual focus. You will note a couple of long exposures 1/3" and 1/2". There you are trading DOF for possible wind movement blurring the shot. Fortunately it was fairly calm when we were there as can be seen in the lake reflections. Some shots like the water droplet and the tips of stamens in sharp focus could not have been done with any camera's auto focus because the point of focus is too small and the background too dominant. This is where I needed to see how good the fly by wire focus could be. It is not perfect but I would give it good marks.

That said I was not at all disappointed with the camera and eventually left the Canon 5D II with the 100mm F 2.8 macro lens in the hotel. On a tripod when you are not pressed for time and shooting deliberately for composition and light the manual focus works well. It is fly by wire and there is at times a frustrating lack of response until you go too far. Sharp focusing can be done however and very much easier than that on the X 100. (Thank God!)

I did not bring a ND filter so got the waterfall to blur stopping down to F16


Fuji X Pro 1    18mm    1/320"    F2    ISO 200



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/90"    5.62    ISO 400



Fuji X Pro 1    18mm    1/30"    F11    ISO 500



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/1.4"    F2    ISO 200



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/640"    F2.4    ISO 200



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/52"    F4    ISO 640



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/3"    F18    ISO 800



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/28"    F2.4    ISO 200



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/240"    F9    ISO 200



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/90"    F8    ISO 200



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/90"    F4    ISO 640



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/90"    F4    ISO 640



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/280"    F4    ISO 200



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/420"    F4    ISO 200



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/140"    F 3.2    ISO 200



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/150"    F 3.2    ISO 200



Fuji X Pro 1    18mm    1/30"    F 2.8    ISO 320



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/450"    F 2.8    ISO 200



Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    1/90"    F 2.4    ISO 320



Fuji X Pro 1    18mm    1/2"    F 16    ISO 200

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