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Wildlings P1

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.” — Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods Shot with the X-T1 and XF 23mm f/1.4R

xtasy Curated by xtasy Wie finde ich eigentlich….die Zeisslinge?

Wie finde ich eigentlich….die Zeisslinge?

Ich bin ja mittlerweile komplett auf Fujifilm x-Kamera umgestiegen, einfach weil mich die Kameras, die Objektive und vor allem die Ergebnisse dieser Kombinationen immer wieder aufs Neue überzeugen. Und dennoch, wenn ich eins in all den Jahren Fotografie gelernt habe: Es gibt viele schöne Töchter anderer Mütter! Natürlich ist auch mir als echter Fujinon xf-Glas Fan nicht entgangen, dass mit Carl Zeiss einer der Top Objektivhersteller auch in das Fujifilm x-Mount Objektivangebot eingestiegen ist. Derzeit gibt es drei Zeiss Objektive für das Fujifilm x-Mount Alle drei sind sehr nah an den von Fujifilm bereits bedienten Brennweiten, welche ich alle auch habe. [...]

xtasy Curated by xtasy Fujifilm X-T1 Grip and Arca-Swiss Plate Kit

Fujifilm X-T1 Grip and Arca-Swiss Plate Kit

L-shaped Quick Release Plate Bracket and Grip Kit for the Fujifilm X-T1 Order from PhotoMadd here . This is a custom made CNC machined aluminium plate designed specifically for the Fujifilm X-T1.  Standard tripod plates if left on the X-T1 block access to the battery compartment, this arca-swiss plate can be fitted and left on the X-T1 without interfering with any of the functions of the camera allowing quick attachment to a compatible tripod head and yet still giving access to the battery compartment. The plate does not block access to the battery, SD Card or access doors. The side door can [...]

xtasy Curated by xtasy Fujifilm X-T1 Review write-up from the real world | Photo Madd

Fujifilm X-T1 Review write-up from the real world | Photo Madd

I have had the X-T1 for a while now since my first impressions  went up about it, it is time to sit down and write-up a proper full review of how I’ve used it over the past few months.  Over that time I’ve played with it, I’ve travelled with it and I’ve used it for professional work and shot everything that I’d normally shoot with it from casual family time to professional interior room shoots with full lighting.  That all gives me a fairly broad view to judge the X-T1 on its performance as an all-rounder.  This is my [...]

xtasy Curated by xtasy Fujifilm X-T1 Review write-up from the real world

Fujifilm X-T1 Review write-up from the real world

Fujifilm X-T1 Review and Write Up I have had the X-T1 for a while now since my first impressions  went up about it, it is time to sit down and write-up a proper full review of how I’ve used it over the past few months.  Over that time I’ve played with it, I’ve travelled with it and I’ve used it for professional work and shot everything that I’d normally shoot with it from casual family time to professional interior room shoots with full lighting.  That all gives me a fairly broad view to judge the X-T1 on its performance [...]

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FUJINON XF 56mm ƒ/1.2 – Handling

At the last FujiTuesday , we had the privilege of having early access to Fuji’s latest kit, the 56mm ƒ/1.2 , the 10-24mm ƒ/4 , and the just announced FUJIFILM X-T1 . I had planned to do reviews of FUJIFILM’s lenses—separate from my “Versus” articles—so I figure I’ll kick things off with the lenses people are clamouring for the most these days. I’ll start with initial impressions, and get into the nitty gritty from a handling perspective, but I won’t go too deep into peeping at pixels as the lenses are still pre-production units. Let’s start. If you’ve visited [...]

xtasy Curated by xtasy Heavy Cream: In Search of Bokeh with the Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 OIS | Mark Schueler

Heavy Cream: In Search of Bokeh with the Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 OIS | Mark Schueler

Some­where along the line, I decided that the ideal every­day Fuji kit for me was either the X-E1 or X-E2, the Fuji­non 18mm f/2 XF R , the Fuji­non 35mm f/1.4 XF R , and the Fuji­non XF 18–55 f/2.8–4 R LM OIS . I was prompted to blog about this lens after I did Google search after Google search look­ing for opin­ions and exam­ples of real-world exam­ples of the lens’s bokeh at 55mm. Obvi­ously, the 60mm macro is going to have ‘bet­ter’ bokeh with it’s faster aper­ture and slight focal length edge, but I wanted to quan­tify things [...]

xtasy Curated by xtasy Tilt-shift adapter on the Fuji X-E2, X-Pro1, and X-T1 cameras

Tilt-shift adapter on the Fuji X-E2, X-Pro1, and X-T1 cameras

One of my favorite lenses for still life photography is the Nikon 85mm tilt-shift macro. I like working my lenses with wide open apertures, but at close distances where the depth of field is at it narrowest I often lose too much detail in the subject. Stopping the lens down increases the depth of field for to include more in focus, but it also destroys the totally out of focus bokeh of a wide open aperture. The tilt shift lens allows me to selectively include more areas in focus while still maintaining a wide open aperture and good bokeh. [...]

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Vertueux Shoot

Recently, a colleague put me in touch with the guys from Vertueux Management. Vertueux is a Tasmanian based model management company, run by Astri Arifman-Kirkland, and Cynthia Hawkins. I won’t give you the full spiel about them or their business here, you can visit their website (http://www.vertueuxmanagement.com) and check out the details for yourself. The timing of this contact was serendipitous, as it truly fits the direction that I am taking my photography. Part of what I want to do with my studio and portrait work, is shooting professionally for fashion and editorial work. And this is one of [...]