My Photokina eye-on list

Here is what I am waiting from Photokina 2014:

Fujifilm

  • X-Pro2 or at least some news about the X-Pro1 successor.
  • X200, this will be very interesting one for me as I have the original X100 and have no intentions to buy X100S.
  • Not a Photokina news but the coming Fujinon 90/2 lens will be very interesting one!

Ricoh

  • GR successor or GR with different lens, i.e. normal or short tele version.
  • or how about B&W-only sensor?

 

So that is basically my short list. How about yours?

Old fire truck

I am posting this shot because it showed me once again the power of shooting in RAW. This capture was shot with Nikon 1 V1 equipped with Nikkor 1 18.5mm/1.8 prime lens (50mm equiv.). The truck was situated in a quite dark place which had brightly lid windows behind the truck. I was shooting from outside of that building standing in a bright sunshine using evaluative matrix metering. So quite tricky exposure conditions. The RAW result what I got was bright lid windows and a very dark truck. But because I shot in RAW I was able to open up the shadow area where the truck was located and got the result below. I know there is some grain but otherwise it is a nice capture after some quite easy post-processing in LR. Colors are very nice and the exposure just great, especially at those windows.

This kind of situations prove the power of RAW and may help you to get a decent shot even if the situation seems to be hopeless in the beginning.

Old fire truck at Outokumpu mine

Nallikari scene

I thought I should post something else than GRD IV shots for a change. Here is one shot with my Fuji X-Pro1 and 18-55mm zoom lens last June at Nallikari beach, Oulu, Finland. I really like how this zoom lens renders. It is very sharp and without any major distortions. People on the pier and the ship really make this capture special to me.

Nallikari lighthouse cafeteria

Two latest shots with GRD IV

I have been testing many things and options with my Ricoh GRD IV and the situation is the same I have with every new camera – I do not know which shooting options to choose. Basically I would like to use this kind of a small camera in JPEG mode and just shoot and make only very minor post-processing in Lightroom. I am quite much into B&Ws at the moment but I do not know if I am pleased to in-camera high-contrast ones. I made some adjustments for the in-camera HC B&W effect and I feel it is now going into the better direction. I have also been testing the normal in-camera B&Ws but they still are too “mild” to my liking.

There is also a possibility to shoot image effect bracketing with Ricoh GRD IV and that is a very nice option which I tested out but in the end I didn’t like the multiple JPEGs from every shot. Too much to go through in LR and too many decision to make. I would like to keep things as simple as possible. Occasionally I like the bleach bypass effect a lot but the problem is that I will get bored with it quite easily.

The easiest answer to all above would be to shoot RAW but I do not shoot RAW anymore even with my Fujis. Well, with my Nikon 1 V1 I do shoot RAW because I do not like its JPEG output. It seems I have to test more options with my GRD IV. Here are two shots to show the JPEG output in HC B&W mode and in bleach bypass mode. I like them both.

Mute and shoot

X100 and lenses

Shine of aluminium

I tested the in-camera high-contrast B&W last evening with my Ricoh GRD IV and there were few good shots but mainly the shots were too dark and contrasty to my liking. In other hand, the normal in-camera B&W is too boring having no punch. I really like the idea that GRD IV would be my JPEG B&W camera but I am not sure yet.

The shot below is SOOC. I adjusted the contrast to -1 (there are Max, -1, and -2 to select with), and sharpness to 7 (max is 9) in-camera. Also the square format is done in-camera. The center weighted exposure was used here.

Shine of aluminium