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This camera reminds me of a SLR I used to use a lot in the days of film. About the same size. Same basic controls behind the taking of a picture. A whole lot better image quality, convenience and supplemental settings. The camera has evolved.


 

April 20,  2012  Dominick

I am loving the 35mm lens as an impromptu portrait lens. It is exceptionally sharp. The top image was cropped quite a bit but the image quality is so wonderful it still has plenty of pixels to spare.

Fuji X Pro 1  35mm   1/50" @ F 5.6 ISO 200

April 19,  2012  Dimo and His Accordion

Fuji X Pro 1  35mm  1/110"  @ F 5.6   ISO 200

 

April 18,  2012  Soft Fountain

None of my filters fit this new camera but the long exposure at Callaway Gardens made me want to try some experiments. In these cases I manual focused and shot on bulb setting. I used the 60mm lens. The long exposure is by just holding the 10X 77mm ND filter over the lens with one hand and pressing down on the shutter with the other. Not the best set up but ok for a bored person home sick from work to experiment. The first shows as 58" the second 45 seconds. They were guesses based on how the jpgs looked in the view screen after they were taken. The images are jpgs out of the box. The slight orange tinge to the water is no doubt koi fish moving about in the pond. I will want to get either a step down adapter or a couple of new filters to play around with.

 

Note: a shot over 1 minute takes a long time to process after the shutter is released.


Long Exposure Experiment
The next two photos were taken minutes apart. The street is filled with people looking at the beautiful blossoms.
I opened the lens to F 1.4 to get a fast shutter speed of 1/480"
You can see many people.


This image was taken at about the same time. I shifted the angle slightly and used a 10X ND filter and stopped the camera down to F 13
The result was the camera needed 125 seconds to expose the image.
Apart from the red shift, the people who were moving did not register on the sensor
In some images they look like ghosts.
(The bright gold ball is the reflection of the afternoon sun on an apartment building window)


 

April 12,  2012  Chapel  - Callaway Gardens Georgia

The F 20 allowed long exposure - 6 seconds here to get the milky fog slowly swirling over the water  before dawn.

Fuji X Pro 1    60mm    6"    F 20     200 ISO       Post:   Silver Efex Pro 2  Orange filter applied

April 11,  2012  Butterfly House  - Callaway Gardens Georgia

Butterfly houses offer great opportunities to shoot these critters but even in controlled environments you are faced with natural challenges. The dynamic of the insect presents DOF issues. A narrow aperture requires more time and these things tend to fly away frequently. Tripods in a public space may be allowed but restricts motion. It takes time to set up and in an instant the shot can be lost particularly when a little kid runs by unexpectedly.

I shot these hand held, wide open with the 60mm lens. I used manual focus and while in the past I may have done better I was generally pleased. The detail of the wing scales is great on the last photo.  The great performance on ISO 3200 allowed hand held shooting with little evidence of camera shake. The lightweight camera allowed rapid compositions and in this light the manual focus was very good.

 

Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F2.4    ISO 1250



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/60"   F2.4    ISO 3200



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F2.4    ISO 320



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F2.4    ISO 800



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F2.4    ISO 2500



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F3.6    ISO 1250



Fuji X Pro 1   60mm  1/90"   F3.6    ISO 640

Detail

 

 

April 08,  2012  Happy Easter - Chapel  Callaway Gardens

This chapel is a pretty mature subject because it is a lovely building in the middle of the woods. This was shot first thing in the morning just before sunrise. It required over 2 seconds exposure so the camera had to be supported by the the tripod. I had an assistant open and stand behind the door for the light. This is a jpg right out of the box. I am hopeful that when raw support is released I may be able to bring out some light in the stained glass. Inside the chapel is this simple cross. I attached the 18mm lens and shot it hand held. It cam out acceptably sharp I think.


Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    2.1"    F 16     200 ISO



Fuji X Pro 1    18mm    1/15"    F 2     200 ISO  Hand Held

 

April 07,  2012  Warm Springs Georgia

This is an odd little town filled with nick knacks and curios. It is also home to the Roosevelt Little White house where President Roosevelt built a cottage so that he could enjoy the warm springs in hope that they would be beneficial for his polio. I gave the 35mm lens a good work out and in this series the 18mm appears only once. I may have used the 60mm macro but shots are not included here. The 53mm effective focal length of the 35mm makes it a good all round lens. It is slightly more intimate than the Fuji X100 effective 35mm. The F1.4 allows shots like in the interior of the museum and in the hotel lobby. I enjoyed the Velvia film emulation on the bright coloured odd things like the grate, clown etc. It is a good documentary lens and quickly snapped the signs with accurate colour balance and sharpness on the AF. Of course a polarizer may have helped with the newspaper but for the reflection shot I wanted the reflection. The last shot shows the good dynamic range. The contrast between the shadow and the white tile was 100%. To my naked eye I could see no detail in the dark. I was pleased how the camera could dig in and get something in the jpg right out of the camera. So too with the girl sitting on the sign leading to the Little White house. The sun was so hard she had to cover her eyes. The colours were rendered accurately.


Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/210"   F 4   200 ISO  Velvia Setting



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/52"   F 1.4   250 ISO  Velvia Setting



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/60"   F 1.4   200 ISO 



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/52"   F 1.4   320 ISO  Post Processing Silver Efex Pro 2

President Roosevelt Slept Here

Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/52"   F 1.4   320 ISO  Post Processing Silver Efex Pro 2



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/1100"   F 5.6   200 ISO 



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/210"   F 5.6   200 ISO



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/100"   F 4   200 ISO  Velvia Setting



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/480"   F 4   200 ISO  Velvia Setting



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/140"   F 4   200 ISO  Velvia Setting



Fuji X Pro 1    18mm    1/34"   F 4   200 ISO  Velvia Setting



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/420"   F 4   200 ISO  Velvia Setting



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/105"   F 4   200 ISO  Velvia Setting



Fuji X Pro 1    35mm    1/105"   F 4   200 ISO  Velvia Setting

 

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

 

March 27,  2012  Fuji X Pro 1 - Inside the Abandoned Transfer Station

Note: Images taken under challenging light conditions with the new Fuji X Pro-1. It was the first time out with the camera for me. Eric had it out the night before. The transfer station is now abandoned and mostly used by graffiti artists who sneak in and film companies for movies and commercials.

It is very dark. The noon sun was blazing through some open windows creating very high and hard contrasts. The place is usually locked up and I got in by surprise. I was without a tripod and wished I had one.  I used the 35mm and 60mm lenses. (about 53 mm and 96mm full frame equivalent) They are the two I had with me. Shots by Eric were done with the 35mm lens. The exposure comp dial was very helpful. I am delighted by the camera's great dynamic range. In spite of what I heard about auto focus in low light being poor, my experience was very positive. The camera's illumination light assisted the camera to find the focus and I'd guess it hit acceptable focus automatically about 24 out of 25 times. All of my images were on auto focus. The harsh light required the comp dial to reduce the light. Almost all of Eric's images were manual focus. He also needed the exposure compensation dial to reduce the light when one or more of the windows were in the image because the rooms were so dark. The images give the impression this place was well lit but that is because the camera is so good. For example the shaft of light hitting the blue bar. It is blown out but that took 1/25" with the lens wide open F1.4 and ISO at 3200 under exposed about a 1/3 stop. That means the room was very dark indeed.

The camera is very sensitive to light. Many times I shot into the darkness, my eye could not see anything but the camera picked up astounding detail. The lack of noise, or rather the way the ISO 3200 noise resembles acceptable film grain blew me away.  Those long exposure images into the dark suffered of course from hand shake but with a tripod or something to brace the camera I think there could be very impressive results. Excellent travel camera for shooting in dimly lit churches and museums, street shots in the evening etc. Wide open the F 1.4 35mm is still very sharp. On review of the photos unfortunately there was nothing I could post from the macro lens. That will be for another time.

I did not have a brace or much opportunity to steady the camera but the light weight and comfortable grip helped me keep it steady. Pixel peepers will no doubt see some softness in some of the longer exposures. I think that is operator error not to be blamed on the camera. The fact that the images of the furnace 1/9" and the wheel 1/27" are very clear is a testament to the good ergonomics, lack of mirror slap and lightness of the camera which is braced against the forehead when using the OVF.

  Very good beginning and I am delighted with the camera so far. There should be many more images with this camera on the blog in the coming months.

 

The Light (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/140" @ F4.5 ISO 200 EV-2

The Light  (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/50" @ F 1.4  ISO 320 EV-.33

The Light  (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/100" @ F1.4  ISO 200 EV-.33

The Light   (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/60" @ F 1.4  ISO 200 EV 0

Love (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/50" @ F 1.4  ISO 200 EV-.33

Doors and Bars

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/52" @ F 1.4  ISO 2000 EV - 0

(How the image may appear in the magazine- the negative space is for text)

Stairway To Heaven

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/52" @ F 2.5  ISO 640 EV-.33

Stairway To Heaven

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/52" @ F 1.4  ISO 250 EV-.33

Stairway To Heaven

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/75" @ F 1.4  ISO 200 EV-0

Wheel Of Fortune

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/25" @ F 1.4  ISO 3200 EV-0

Wheel Of Fortune

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/27" @ F 2.5  ISO 3200 EV-1

Inglis Supreme

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/9" @ F 1.4  ISO 3200 EV-1

Inglis Supreme (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/15" @ F 1.4  ISO 3200 EV-1.67

Bars and Windows

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/52" @ F 5.6  ISO 1000 EV-1

Bars and Windows

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/52" @ F 5.6  ISO 500 EV-1

Bars and Windows (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/300" @ F 5.6  ISO 200 EV-1.33

Bars and Windows (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/25" @ F 1.4  ISO 3200 EV-.33

Bars and Windows (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/420" @ F 6.4  ISO 200 EV-1.33

The Latrine (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/110" @ F 1.4  ISO 200 EV-0

The White House (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/50" @ F 1.4  ISO 200 EV- 1.33

The Stair  (Photo by Eric)

Fuji X Pro 1 35mm 1/75" @ F 1.4  ISO 200 EV-0


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