20 Years With Fujifilm Medium Format

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Fuji GX 680 bellows and finder hood | Fujifilm X-pro2, XF 35mm 2.0, extension tube, Acros |photo: fotogw.nl

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guest post by Gerhard Witteveen – fotogw.nl

Last January marked my 20th year as a self-employed photographer. A lot has changed in those years. But there was, however, one constant. From the start on I made most of my images with Fujifilm. Of course, back in 1996 the Astia, Provia and FP100C was ordered in bulk. Those films where loaded in the one camera I used from the very start, and I still use, on a daily basis, today.

Fuji GX680

My true workhorse. Even though it regularly feels like the workhorse is me… Nope. It’s the Fuji GX680. (Not the Fujifilm. The Fuji. Ironic; the cameras that used film did not have the “film” added in the name, the digital camera’s are FujiFILM cameras…) It was one of the biggest investments I made when I started.

A brand-new Fuji GX680, with 65mm, 100mm and 210 mm lenses. and some accessories: An extra long bellows for close-ups, rail extender for the same purpose an a wide-angle bellows. It was actually a little to expensive for a starting business, but I wanted it! The other big investment was lighting equipment. Since I am a fan of quality gear I chose Broncolor lights. I still use many of those lights today. So choosing quality gear paid off for me.

A camera system still in use after 2 decades is remarkable. Sure, some lenses where repaired or replaced, because of broken internal flash-contacts. But the reliability after so many years exceeds my expectations.

Now, in 2016 the camera and lenses can not be repaired anymore. But there is a reasonable amount of second-hand gear out there. I even bought brand-new lenses for it on Ebay. Bought a spare camera just to be sure. Had the battery-packs adapted and the cells renewed. But it is still there. In daily use. Not with the film-back, but with the Leaf Aptus 65. A 28 megapixel back, top of the line in 2006. Still the old Fujinon lenses are superb. The focusing is great. The tilt-shift the GX680 offers is awesome.

Tilt-Shift | Fujifilm X-pro2, XF35mm 2.0, Extension tube, Acros

Tilt-Shift | Fujifilm X-pro2, XF35mm 2.0, Extension tube, Acros |photo: fotogw.nl

Fujifilm X-pro

Fast forward: X-pro. To answer the question that pops up in Fujifilm users heads; Both. First the X-pro1, with the XF18mm and XF27mm. Later a XF56mm was added. The X-pro1 taught me to shoot in a different way. Very different from the DSLR’s I worked with earlier. More intuitive. Less menu’s. Superb feel.

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“Fujifilm X-T2 Updated Firmware Showing Mature Video Colours” – cuckoo

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submitted via guest post feature by cuckoo

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Hi,

I’ve been reading FujiRumors for a few years. So after I spotted the news of the X-T2 Firmware 1.35 update seeping out into the hands of testers I felt it only natural to share this video with all of you passionate about Fujifilm.

It’s showing amazing strides in the video colour reproduction on the X-T2. Whereas the videos from the unveiling were hard and contrasty, with crushed blacks and blown highlights, here’s a fresh video showing that they’ve taken video really serious the last month. I think it looks amazing now. I’m not hesitant at all anymore about the X-T2 as a video camera.

https://vimeo.com/180197898

Take a look for yourself.

cheers
Cuckoo

Admin Note: Cuckoo is refering to the fact that Fujifilm is constantly releasing new Firmware updates in the pre-release time, in order to fix bugs but also to improve IQ. In this case he is refering to FW 1.35, one of the latest if not the latest pre-release FW [Update: the latest version is 1.42], as mentioned by Ken here.

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Rico’s Fuji X Secrets Ultimate workshop in Phuket is Open for Registration

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dscf5267Fuji X Secrets Ultimate is a unique workshop experience for Fujifilm X-series enthusiasts from all around the world. This workshop will be conducted by Fuji „X-Pert“ Rico Pfirstinger in English and takes place from Nov. 12 – Nov. 19 in Phuket (Thailand). A second workshop from Nov. 19 – Nov. 26 will be available in German.

A Stunning Place for Sharing X-Secrets

We have rented one of Phuket’s most beautiful villas exclusively for our small group of delegates and their respective guests – a beautiful place where we, a fellowship of like-minded X enthusiasts, will have ample space for photo shoots, training lessons and informal discussions. It’s a place where we can not only learn from each other, but also relax, enjoy great food, refresh in the infinity pool, sip a cocktail at the bar or simply have a great time.

Daily Training Segments and Excursions – and Bring Along a Friend!

02-pool-terrace-level-4-1030x684In addition to daily seminar segments, we will also offer daily photo excursions in and around Phuket in cars and drivers that belong to our villa. Also, each delegate can share his or her room with one guest, such as a friend, family member or loved one. So there’s no need to leave your partner behind.

Fuji X Secrets Ultimate is an unforgettable “X-perience” for everybody who wants to live and breathe the spirit of the Fujifilm X-series together with a small group of like-minded fellows in a unique environment. This comprehensive workshop will be truly special, and it will certainly tell you Everything You Always Wanted to Know About X, But Were Afraid to Ask.

Please click here for more details.

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Ending Soon: 82% Price Drop on Franzis’ HDR Projects 4 Professional

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HDR Franzis

The Special Deal for FR-readers is ending soon (Aug.31). You can get one of Franzis’ most popular software, the HDR Projects 4 Professional, with a 82% discount ($35 instead of $198). HDR Projects 4 Professional is currently rated with 5 out of 5 stars at AmazonDE.

Learn more about the software here (with Trial) / Purchase here

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The Complete Fuji X Series Guide Online :: Includes XF23mmF2 WR and X-A3

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Complete Fuji X Series Guide

Fujifilm just made the Complete Fuji X Series Guide available for download here. It includes the brand new XF23mmF2 WR and the X-A3 – LIVE BLOGGING HERE.

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Lenses

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