Golden hour has always been a firm favourite amongst phototographers, but placing the sun behind the subject generally opens up a wonderful world of golden hues and contrast yielding images.
I’ve been covering a variety of subjects for 13 years and while I love photographing weddings in my documentary style, I have loads of fun shooting skateboarding for magazines. I’m an old skateboarder myself and have an unfair advantage in that I know skateboarding and can often figure out the best angle to capture a trick from to make it look even better.
National Geographic recently released a list of their Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travellers, and we are proud to say that 2 of our FujiFilm X-Camera Systems made it onto the list, those being the FujiFilm X-T1 and the FujiFilm X100T.
National Geographic give their reasons as to why these two cameras systems are ideal for travellers.
Classy, retro styling in the form of a 1970s film SLR. But instead of optics, the camera uses a pentaprism, which holds one of the best electronic viewfinders yet. This camera is quick—its autofocus is quick, its image review is quick, and it shoots tons of pictures in a row without hanging up. The small size of the camera and lenses means that, even if you decide to carry the whole system with you on your travels, your bag will be less than half the size of a standard DSLR's.
If you aren’t interested in carrying a full camera kit when you travel but still want to exercise your artistic side, go simple. Try this non-interchangeable-lens camera that boasts a 35mm-equivalent field of view and a hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. This retro-looking camera boasts FujiFilm’s X-Trans CMOS sensor array. It's a radically different way of separating colors, leading to small-sensor image quality that rivals its full-frame competitors. Only having a single field of view might seem too simple, but limited choice can often lead to better pictures. It’s nice not to be burdened with carrying too many lenses and accessories.
"This short Fuji XF 50-140mm review are my observations and feelings of using the lens in the field. And I will answer the important questions that working photographers want answered aboutFuji XF50-140mm" - Peter Delaney
Without further ado...
- Weight (40% less than my old 70-200) and gives a solid feel in the hand.
- Aperture ring made of metal and wide rubber grip good torque and click movement.
- The lens is weather sealed. I tested it by the sea, in the rain, and hailstones and I can confidently report it does as it says.
Down to the nitty gritty, is the lens sharp?
Yes Yes and Yes… I found the optics as one would expect from one of the worlds prime optic manufactures to be sharp from F2.8 to F22 with no visible vignettingor distortion. I am so impressed by the XF 50-140mm sharpness and contrast, truly impressive.
I tried out Fuji XF50-140mm lens with my Fuji XT-1 on Surfers at a stormy Victoria Bay on South Africa’s Garden Route.
Now I predominately photograph African Wildlife but from time to time I love to photograph surfers in action.
On this particular day I wanted to test the Fuji XT-1 Continuous tracking Focus with Fuji XF50-140mm lens.
Now there has been lots of comments about FujiFilms Auto Focusing and Tracking system. Personally I have no issue with it. I found it responsive and never felt I would never miss any action. Using a fast SD card is a must as this will limit the buffer time.
I love shooting this lens wide open @ F2.8 the images were tack sharp good contrast and nice bokeh.
As with any camera gear it is important to have good technique and be aware of pros and cons of your equipment. This way you will get the best photographs possible.
I really enjoyed using this lens and with FujiFilm updating the Auto Focusing in June it is an exciting time to be a Fuji owner.
I am looking forward to the "Big Zoom” coming soon. I am sure it will be as good as the Fuji XF50-140mm.
We would like to congratulate Pierre vd Walt of The Photo Academy on being one of the few selected X-Photographers to appear in the FujiFilm X-Photographers book for 2016.
Well done to all involved, there are some truly stunning images in the book!
I was skeptic at first, but in a fast paced life I couldn’t imagine going back to a bulkier camera.
I bought my first real camera when I was in Iraq, back in 2004, I was 20 years old. My job back then with the US Army was to be an infantryman. Meaning I was on the ground every day walking around, sitting in the back of tanks, conducting raids and searches, meeting people and seeing the country. When I first arrived I had a little Sony Cybershot, and I used it all the time. During my time there I decided to upgrade to a DSLR. I had the eye for shots, and the DSLR helped me capture better quality photos.
Since my time in the Army and owning my first DSLR my love and passion for photos has grown more and more every year. I’m clearly not a full time photographer, but no matter where I go or what I do I always have a camera by my side.
What has been difficult for me is the bulk of the camera and all the gear to come along with it. Not being a full time photographer means that I really can’t justify bringing a lot of gear with me.
6 months ago I started using a Fuji X-A2 (and currently an X-T1). At first I was a bit hesitant to use it because it was much smaller than what I was used to and I didn’t think it was going to meet my expectations. I was wrong.
I had to re-learn shooting on this new camera and it was a bit of a challenge. On my DSLR’s I shot on full manual, and with the X-A2 I had to learn my way around a new camera trying to figure out all the buttons. I enjoyed the challenge of learning something new and just about every night I would google/troubleshoot all my issues and they would get sorted out quickly.
I eventually got to know the X-A2 on a very intimate level and I was able to make it work exactly how I needed it to. It came with me and the family on our trips, monthly rides with #BonafideMass, used it with product shoots for Bonafide Beards and what I really fell in love with was the fact that I was able to carry it around my neck while riding the bike.
In December last year I hosted a motorcycle run called the Sabie Bubble Run. There were 25 of us that went to the mountains, and the theme of it was “If it doesn’t fit on your motorcycle, it stays behind.” We camped, we got to know one another, we talked bikes and most of all we got to ride.
On the second day of the run I happened to sling my Fuji around my neck on the way back from the store. My buddy was riding beside me and I decided to take a pic. When we got back to camp I synced a few of the photos directly to my phone, edited them and realised I was onto something.
For the next 2 days of the run I slung my camera with me no matter where we went. I’m a very skilled and confident rider so riding with one hand and snapping photos of the guys while riding through the mountains
was not a challenge for me. It was a thrill.
There’s no way I’d be able to enjoy my riding and photographing if I was using a normal DSLR. Having a light and mobile Fuji around my neck makes it very easy for me to do what I need to.
Along with the mobility of the FUJI, having the wifi capability really changed my life with taking photos. I now had the ability to work with these photos instantly. At our barber shop (here at Bonafide Beards) I’ve been able to take photos of clients that come in, send them to my phone, sync them instantly to my desktop, quickly edit and push them out on our social platforms.
This functionality is vital for our business in providing our customers with quality photos, real time.
For detail about all the functions of No. 1-6, refer to "X-T1/X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition New Features Guide [Ver.4.20]".