On May 15, 2012, Fujifilm did something that was unexpected – they announced their new Wide Conversion Lens – WCL-X100 for their X100. It attaches directly to the X100 camera and would multiply the fixed focal length by 0.8x, converting it from 23mm (35mm in 35mm equivalent) fixed focal length to a 19mm wide angle (28mm in 35mm equivalent). Needless to say, I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to try one out.
As promised, this is a continuation of the previous article (Part 1) on how to get the most out of your Fujifilm X-Pro1. This has become my main camera system when I travel and since have shot at least 10,000 frames with it over the past 4 months, I have discovered a few things that have made my life a lot easier, which I would like to share with you.
Here are the remaining 12 tips I have found to be very useful during the 4 months that I have used this camera system.
I have been using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 (and the “X” mount lenses) since February 2012 – Fujifilm kindly let me use a pre-production camera for review purposes plus I have had my own copy since they were first released in Canada.
It has become my main travel camera system and I have had plenty of opportunity (and at least 10,000 frames) to put it through a very thorough workout. In the past 4 months, I have discovered a few things that have made my life a lot easier when using this camera, which I would like to share with you.
I had originally written one very long article with all of the tips and tricks I have learned, but it became too long and unwieldy. So, this will be the first of a two part series on how to get the most out of your Fujifilm X-Pro1.
Back in late February 2012, Fujifilm Canada was kind enough to lend me a pre-production X-Pro1 and lenses to shoot the promotional images for their Canadian product launch. I enjoyed using the system so much (and loved the image quality even more) that I put down $3,500.00 (plus tax – hey, the government wants its share too) to purchase a complete system.
I also have a Fujifilm X100 and just love that little camera, despite its quirks. Actually, Fujifilm released a number of firmware upgrades in the past couple of months which resolved many of the issues I had with the camera. So, it is not as quirky as it use to be.
Part of my excitement with these cameras is that they are small in size (relative to DSLRs and their fast prime lenses) but big in the image quality department. I decided to put them to the test – I took them both as my primary cameras on a recent trip to China and Hong Kong. Specifically, I took:
This was the first time I was going to shoot commercially solely with compact system cameras. Gulp.
How did they perform? Read on to find out …
It is no secret that I am always looking to simplify my camera kit when I travel. In fact, many people feel the same way – they appreciate good image quality in a robust and functional camera body, but they do not want to schlep a big bag of equipment every time they go away on vacation. I can definitely relate to their pain.
Several weeks ago, I had a chat with Greg of the Fuji Guys who told me about Fujifilm’s X-S1 camera (Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo/Video) – he thought it was an excellent travel camera and worth considering for my next trip.
The X-S1 is a “bridge” camera as it has a fixed lens (i.e. you cannot change it) and it is positioned somewhere between a high-end point & shoot and a DSLR. It uses the same sensor as the Fujifilm X10 and incorporates a fairly fast (starts at f/2.8) variable zoom lens with a massive focal length range of 24mm to 624mm. Yes, that is a 26x optical zoom which also uses image stabilization.
I had to say I was more than intrigued and given I was about to head out to China and Hong Kong for a trip, I decided to take the XS-1 along with me and put it to the test.
After using a pre-production model of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 in late February 2012 (to shoot some promotional images for their Canadian product launch), one accessory for this camera system caught my interest. Fujifilm provided me with the X-Pro1 Hand Grip (B&H – Amazon – Adorama) and I did not think I would use it much – and I ended up using it all of the time and eventually bought one for myself.
Why did I like it so much?
For our regular readers, you will know by now that I was hired by Fujifilm last month to shoot the promotional images for the Canadian X-Pro1 product launch in early March 2012. I was honoured that they gave me the chance to use a pre-production camera and lenses for about two weeks and I wrote about my experience in these two previous articles on this blog:
Now that I’ve had my
grubby little hands on a “production” copy of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 (B&H – Amazon – Adorama) for about a week, I wanted to share a few additional thoughts I have regarding this new camera system. This is by no means a formal review of the final product as everything that I wrote about previously is still valid, so I won’t include that information here.
Before I start this post, I want to thank everyone who visited this site over the past week after I published my article, Fujifilm X-Pro 1 – A first look. Since then, we have had an additional 35,000 visitors to this site plus I received over 300 emails/messages from our readers. I must apologise first – given the volume of correspondence I received, I was not able to respond to everyone given my time constraints.
Fujifilm Canada held a press event in Toronto today and I was fortunate enough to be a part of it – I was present to answer questions regarding my experience with this new system plus show off some of the images that I shot with this camera over the past two weeks. Many of the questions posed by the journalists and camera dealers present were similar to those of our readers, so I will attempt to answer the most commonly asked questions about the X-Pro1.
Please keep in mind as I type, I was using a pre-production copy of the X-Pro1 and “X” mount lenses.
As many of you know, I wrote a “working” review on the Fujifilm X100 a few weeks ago and it is no secret that I really
like love this little imaging machine, despite a few small quirks. When I first received my X100 and used it for a while, I spoke to my camera dealer as he wanted some feedback. I told him how much I was enjoying the camera and if Fujifilm ever came out with an interchangeable lens version of it, I would seriously consider buying it.
I am also incredibly fortunate that I have been able to use some of the finest photographic gear ever made – all from different manufacturers. I currently use cameras from three different companies, so I guess one could say that I have no brand loyalty.
That is a very impressive list. Could this be the (compact) camera system that I have been waiting for?
I was really excited about this announcement. As a working photographer, I need to use tools that allow me to produce images that will satisfy and exceed my clients needs. And – image quality is of the utmost concern when using a camera – provided there are no major operational flaws getting in the way of producing images.
I travel a lot for work and at times, I want to hire a sherpa to schlep a DSLR (or two) along with my fast, large and heavy lenses. I am always happy when I get home and review my images, however, it comes at a cost – namely my aching back and shoulders. Also, airlines are getting pretty militant these days about how much gear you can take as carry on luggage (I will never check in my cameras and lenses) so I am always looking for ways to lighten the load in my camera bag. Hence my interest in compact camera systems.
Last week, I spent a very pleasant afternoon with Greg of the Fuji Guys. He is a senior manager at Fujifilm Canada and upon the conclusion of our meeting, he handed me a case with a complete X-Pro1 system to use for a couple of weeks. Needless to say, I was excited to have the opportunity to test drive this new camera.
So… having used the camera for about a week now, I have decided to provide some feedback on it. The underlying question as I used (and continue to use) the X-Pro1, “Is this a camera system that I would be happy to have in my camera bag – be it for commercial work or for personal projects?”
Read on and find out.
In December of 2010, I had the honour and privilege of visiting Antarctica for the first time. It was an unbelievable experience and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to take this 3 week trip.
On our way to the Antarctic Peninsula, we stopped for 5 days at someplace very special – the island of South Georgia. Prior to this trip, I did not know much about South Georgia other that it was a British Overseas Territory and that in the early twentieth century, it was home several (now abandoned) whaling stations. It is within the Antarctic Convergence in the southern ocean which means that is a Sub-Antarctic island.