Fuji X-Pro1

X-Pro1 still delivers

I do not use my X-Pro1 often but every time I shoot with it I’ll get some nice shots. The camera is quite slow but it has nice user experience (as I stated also for my Leica Digilux 2 in an earlier post) which is very important for me when I am shooting. Of course Fuji X system has some very nice lenses to work with. I have the beautiful XF 35/1.4 which is still very competitive lens even if it was the first one introduced in X system. I also have the XF 18-55mm/2.8-4 zoom which is nice if you want to take only one lens with you. It has a moderate size and great image quality, and its IS helps especially in indoor shooting. Its 27-82mm equivalent range is very nice for general shooting situations.

Kaapo’s portrait below was shot with XF 35/1.4 prime and church interior was captured with the XF 18-55 zoom lens.

Let me play PS4!

 

Church interiors
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Agents dancing

“Agents” was Kaapo’s dancing group’s performance this year. They did all the choreography themselves and decided the clothing, music and all. It was so great to see their joy and to be a proud father. There were altogether 13 different groups performing (about 70-80 children) and Kaapo’s group had all the boys! So, only two (2) boys. Dancing is a fantastic hobby also for boys, believe me.

Agents dancing

1/250, f/2, ISO 800

Gaming glow

Don’t let them play console or computer games too much. Interfere with some other things. Remember school work. Remember to go outside and feel the weather and nature. Thanks.

Gaming glow

Am I a B&W photographer?

I have been lately heavily into B&W photography. Nowadays, every time I shoot a color shot I have a need to convert it to a B&W capture. And I have been shooting in-camera B&Ws a lot lately. It also seems so that others like my B&W work more than my color shots. Recently five of my latest B&W shots have been in Explore in Flickr. My shots have been in Explore now and then but this kind of explore rush hour is not normal for my photos. Not that I am that much into Explore but of course it is nice that people are interested in my photos.

This shots has got 26 500 views in Flickr in less than a day. All I can say is Thank You.

A fly

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

Towards classics and smaller sensors

Earlier digital days I was craving for full frame sensors. I thought they would provide some additional value for my photography. But FF mainly provided frustration. Well, of course I have to admit that I got some nice narrow DoF and bokeh shots but many times I was struggling.

If I now go through my present camera gear, it seems that I am going towards smaller sensors. Few years ago I would never believed this to happen. Now my cameras have the following sensor sizes: 1/1.7″, 2/3″, 1″, and APS-C.

And all of my present cameras are kind of classics or even cult devices. I have Leica Digilux 2 (introduced 2003), Fuji X100 (introduced 2010), Nikon 1 V1 (introduced 2011), and Fuji X-Pro1 (introduced 2012).

Oh, almost forgot that soon there will be Ricoh GRD IV too. 🙂

Long-awaited Auto ISO and some other stuff

Yesterday I downloaded firmware 3.1 for my Fuji X-Pro1. This newest FW includes the long-awaited implementation of the minimum shutter speed for Auto ISO. And I have to say that I am very much pleased to it. The fastest shutter speed that you can select is 1/500 s which is great. I usually like to use something in range of 1/125 – 1/320 s to freeze the action and keep the ISO in the acceptable range in the same time. Another big feature addition in this FW is the possibility to change aperture and shutter speed when the shutter button is half pressed and get immediate feedback of those changes in the viewfinder or LCD. Very cool and so needed feature. After this FW I am enjoying my X-Pro1 even more.

Yesterday we were at the skiing slopes and I had my X-Pro1 with me. All had great time.

Kaapo and Niilo at the slopes

At last…

…the minimum shutter speed can be selected for Auto ISO in Fuji’s X-Pro1! New 3.10 firmware is coming out on 5th of December and it will include this important and so much expected feature. After this FW the Auto ISO is really usable in X-Pro1 and I will be using it instantly. You will be able to go down to 1/500 seconds which is great.

Another great improvement will be that aperture and shutter speed can be changed once AE lock is selected. Cool!

Thumbs up for Fuji for caring and listening their customers.