FUJIFILM X-T2 CAMERA - X Photographer Johann van der Walt

The Fujifilm X-T2 camera features for travel photography

On my recent trip to China I was privileged to test the new Fujifilm X-T2 (pre-production model) camera.  When I received the camera I was told that there will most likely be firmware updates every couple of weeks, but being away and without a PC I had to live with the firmware I received with the camera.  I was brave enough to leave my X-T1 at home (but like always did take my X-E2 backup body along).  I was lucky enough not to experience any serious issues with the installed firmware.

The trip was planned to be a landscape focused trip but the itinerary did include many opportunities for typical travel and street photography.

Knowing me, you most likely are expecting some statistics, so let me start there.  I took a total of 8600 photos over 22 days with the X-T2.  This is much more than what I normally will do but it is easily explainable;  being in a landscape environment during many sunrises and sunsets, I also took several time-lapse series.  In fact, if I count each time-lapse series as a single photo, the total number of photos came down to just about 6000. Of these 6000 photos about 2000 are people photography while the rest are landscapes specific.  Thirteen of the 22 days was planned sunset and sunrise scenes, and as is normal in this digital age, I took multiple photos of the same scene at each sunrise and sunset.  This all lead to the fact that I guess I have a ratio of about 10 to 1 unique street versus landscape scenes.  This ratio will be visible in the themes of my articles of this trip.

My reviews of the camera will be focused on the features I found different / better than what I am used to on the X-T1.  Each article will only look at one specific feature.  These reviews will for two reasons not at all look at image quality, namely firstly the fact that the photos come from a pre-production model and I was told to put a disclaimer in any article to emphasise that the image quality may change in the final production version.  Secondly, I am not an Adobe Lightroom user and I am currently unable to open the RAW files in my RAW converter (PhotoNinja).  I am therefore using the jpeg photos, and in this first review I will only resize the photos without any other post processing.

After long deliberation I decided that the new tilt screen is the feature I liked the most.  It can now tilt in both landscape and portrait mode.  This will come in handy for very low angle landscape photos, but I also found it very useful in some street photos. 

I’ve learned that waist level street photography seems to be less intrusive and I therefore get much more candid photos than when bringing the camera up to my face.  It also creates an unusual point of view to a street photo which may add to the impact.

All the photos in this first article were taken using the tilt screen in landscape or portrait mode.

Stealth mode tip:

I sometimes use my camera in stealth mode and on this trip I did it twice.  This is how I do it:

·        Use a reasonable wide angle lens

·        Use F8 or F11 for a greater depth of field

·        Manual focus 2 meters in front of you

·        Activate the interval timer and set it to take about 100 photos one every 15 or 30 seconds

·        Activate the electronic shutter

·        Now walk with the camera hanging around your neck and use the tilted screen to compose        some images, never put your finger on the shutter.

·        Afterwards delete most of the photos and keep only the really good ones.

Photo & Film Expo : Top Things to learn at the Fujifilm Pro Stage

Friday, 20 November 2015

 Transforming: Old into the New
Patrick Furter

10:00 Talk

Coming from the time when film was king, Patrick takes us full circle in his journey from analogue to digital. Now shooting with the Fujifilm X-T1, the old school look and feel plus the Film Simulation settings are features that Patrick explores in his talk.

Going off-camera flash with mirrorless
John Armstrong

11:30 Active Shoot

For many the lighter weight and compactness of mirrorless cameras have come as a major blessing. In this live shoot, John talks about the proper use of off-camera flash with mirrorless cameras to achieve maximum results.

Lighting for Emotion
Mardee Maree

13:00 Active Shoot

As one of the top fashion photographers in the country, Mardee's photos evoke a strong emotional response in viewers. Much of this is achieved through correct lighting, and in this active shoot, he shares some tips and tricks for success.

Fashion Shoot in 3D
Pierre van der Walt

14:30 Active Shoot

In this highly informative talk, Pierre does a fashion shoot in 3D using two cameras. From live shooting to using software to create the 3D effect, Pierre shows how to take your photography to a different level, or is that dimension?

From Light comes Atmosphere
Zeno Petersen

16:00 Talk

For Zeno, the appropriate light is the first thing he thinks about when composing a photo. Indeed, using light to create the correct atmosphere is key to his success. In his talk he takes us through a trip that explores light in ways that have not been done before. 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Corporate, Interior, Product and Fashion
CJ Rademeyer

10:00 Active Shoot

Exploring a number of subjects the modern day pro photographer might be required to shoot, CJ guides visitors through the basics of interior design and corporate photography, while also touching on fashion photography (with a model) and product shoots.

Woman in Photography
Yolandi Jacobsz
11:30 Talk

Could it be that female photographers hold a key advantage when shooting both male and female subjects? In this talk Yolandi looks at why this might just be the case, while also talking about her recent successful Breast Cancer project.

Shoebox Memories
Neill Soden

13:00 Talk

The Fujifilm system makes it easy to have your camera around to capture everyday moments. Neill investigates how to use your camera to produce the best images without spending hours in post processing and stuck with a long workflow.

Mirrorless Wildlife Photography
Peter Delaney

14:30 Talk

While mirrorless cameras might be frowned upon in some circles for wildlife photography, Peter is out to prove differently with his award winning photos. He takes us through his work, exploring some of the finer details of wildlife photography and relating some of the intriguing tales behind his best shots.

Narrative Storytelling via Instagram
Heinke Kriel

16:00 Talk

Instagram has become the go-to app for social sharing of photos, becoming a hub for photographers who is after more than just the posting of an image. Heinke explores the possibilities of Instagram through the use of narrative storytelling.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Fujifilm X Series for Travel Photography
Johann van der Walt

10:00 Talk

Fujifilm's X-Series of mirrorless cameras has been praised for the compact size, which makes them prime candidates while out travelling. Johann knows all about this, taking us on a journey exploring the X-Series for use in travel photography.

Intro to off-camera flash
Ett Venter

11:30 Talk

In this introduction to off-camera flash, Ett covers the basic of this often overlooked technique. Why would you want to go off-camera?, what do you need gear wise?, and what are the best camera settings and light positions? 

Posing and Directing
Yolandi Jacobsz

13:00 Talk

Want to get the most of your models or subjects? Having them pose correctly and using effective communication to direct them properly are key to amazing photos. Yolandi knows all about this and talks us through this important process.

The Photo & Film Expo takes place from 19-22 November at the Ticketpro Dome. Tickets are R100 for Adults and R50 for Pensioners and Students at the door, while Webtickets provides discount to tickets purchased online.  

Fujifilm at the Photo & Film Expo : 5 Must-Go Reasons

The Photo & Film Expo comes but once a year and for Fujifilm South Africa the 2015 show promises to be bigger and better than ever before. With some Fujifilm owners eligible for free access to the Expo, here are five more reasons to join us at the Fujifilm stand.

1. Testing the Best

For those who do not quite believe what the Fujifilm X-T1 and the new, more affordable X-T10 can do, now is the time to come and experience it for yourself. On display will be a vintage bike with a model, complete with lighting setup on which to test different Fujifilm bodies and lenses (a limited number of SD cards will be available to take home after shooting). Got some questions? Fujifilm experts will be on-hand to answer any queries about settings, specifications or performance.

2. The Talk of the Town

As anyone who has attended Fujifilm events can attest, our X-Photographers are never stingy with their knowledge. This year we go even further with the Fujifilm Pro Stage, where photographers will be sharing tip and tricks, plus conduct actual live demos.

Joining us will be amazing photographers such as wildlife pro Peter Delaney, fashion pro Mardee Maree, wedding pro Christelle Rall, and Instagram pro Zeno Petersen. Space for talks are unfortunately limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis. Need any further encouragement to attend? A lucky Pro Stage attendee will be the winner of an awesome Fujifilm X-T10 camera!

3. The Fabulous Fujifilm Once-Off Sale

What would the Photo & Film Expo be without amazing specials? For those who are considering joining the Fujifilm family, or Fujifilm owners looking for a second body, now is the chance. The Once-Off Sale includes the following bodies:

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-E2

Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-M1

Fujifilm X-A1

Fujifilm X100S

Fujifilm X20

Fujifilm X-F1

Fujifilm X-S1

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W

Fujifilm FinePix S4500

Stock is limited and only two units per client will be allowed. There is a one year warranty on all Once-Off Sale purchases.

The premium Fujifilm X-T1 (black) will be selling at R16 199, with the promotion offering buyers the ability to claim the Fujinon XF 27mm lens for free. The Fujifilm X-T10 with XC16-50mm lens is going for R10 999, with an extra battery and Half Case included to sweeten the deal.

4. The Exhibition to See

On-screen photographs do not always reveal the precise detail that Fujifilm cameras offer. Join us at the stand to see what some of the best local photographers can do with Fujifilm by their side, as we present an exhibition of their best work. With photographs blown up to A3 size, pixel peepers should be able to satisfy their curiosity and leave more than inspired.

5. Free Sensor Cleaning

Go into the holiday season all freshened up with a free sensor clean at the stand. Bring your Fujifilm camera and our experts will give it a good once over to ensure that it’s immaculate. Cleaning doesn’t take too long, leaving you with some time to explore the rest of the stand.

The Photo & Film Expo takes place from 19-22 November at the Ticketpro Dome. Tickets are R100 for Adults and R50 for Pensioners and Students at the door, while Webtickets provides discount to tickets purchased online.