Fuji X-T2 and X-T1 – a New Perspective on Myanmar in 2017


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Monks playing “Chinlone”, early morning Hsipaw, Myanmar, 2017 (Fuji X-T2 and XF 18-135)

Myanmar Today
As I sit reflecting on my just completed photographic expedition, it’s been quite an amazing experience having spent a month photographing the wonders of Myanmar. I think for me the huge difference has been (compared to when I was there last five years ago – or especially 12 years ago), everybody now has a device in their hand. For weal or woe change is coming quickly to Myanmar. The changes are obvious as people rush to catch up to the rest of the world. It’s a shock to see everybody with a device in their hand – in a country where the average wage is only $2-$5 per day (sim cards and devices must be very cheap there). I preferred it to how it was on my last two visits but nobody can blame them for wanting to catch up with the new millennium. However, for now it’s still a very special place. I am not sure how long that will last, but at least for now I leave with some very special memories and 6 times 64gig SD cards filled with the evidence of those experiences.

I have travelled Asia now extensively for over a decade shooting street and environmental portraits. Even having been to Cambodia over 12 times, and countless times in Vietnam and other places, I can still say that Myanmar is the most special in all of Asia. I think it’s the combination of the lovely friendly people, the gorgeous little kids running around with the Thanaka paste on their faces, the men spitting their disgusting beatle-nut everywhere, and the gorgeous light – oh that light. It seems that every corner one walks around or every step one takes, another photo opportunity presents itself. Where I live in Australia is like a moonscape (photographically speaking), compared with the photographic opportunities in Burma – no wonder my cameras stay locked in their cupboard for most of the year!

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Fujifilm Camera Remote APP Update ver. 2.2.0 Available for Download Now – Adds GFX, X-T20, X100F Support


Fujifilm just release the Fujifilm camera remote App ver. 2.2.0. You can check it out at iTunes here and Google Play here.

What’s New in Version 2.2.0: Update supported cameras.


The FUJIFILM Camera Remote is an application provided by FUJIFILM that can operate wireless-equipped digital cameras by remote control to shoot images and to view images and movies in the camera and to transfer them to smartphones or tablets.

[Features] -This application provides the following functions:
1. Transferring images and movies to a Smartphone
2. Browsing the Camera from a Smartphone
3. Downloading Location Data from a Smartphone
4. Shooting Images by Remote Control(*)
*How to change the setting depends on your camera.

[Supported cameras and supporting functions] [Supporting functions: 1, 2, 3, 4] FUJIFILM GFX 50S, X-T20, X100F, X-A10, X-A3, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E2S, X70, X-T10, X-T1, X30, X100T, X-E2(firmware version 3.00 or later),
FinePix XP120, XP90, XP80, S9900W, S9950W, F1000EXR, S1

Please Visit FUJIFILM Web pages for more details and usage.


Zack Arias Impresses His Audience with ISO 12,800 and Crazy Sharp Samples Taken with FUJIFILM GFX at his GPP Stage Talk


GFX Launch NightZach Arias – X-Photographer

Geplaatst door Fujifilm Middle East op woensdag 15 februari 2017

As you read here, Zack Arias is considering to sell all his X-gear to get the GFX.

In his recent GPP talk, he introduces the GFX in an interesting one hour video. Here some excerpts:

  • He will start telling you why he chose Medium Format and his first steps in with Medium Market.
  • He goes through his personal issues that, amongst the others, also influenced his work…. and shares his way out of that.
  • At minute 31:00 he starts sharing his recent work with the GFX
  • 32:25: He shares pictures that his 18 years old son took with the GFX.
  • 35:00: “I’ve shot every format, but Medium Format has this look. It’s how the highlights and shadows are retained, the soft transitions between those two, how the focus falls off. I can’t describe steroscopic bokeh at all, but I can see it. […] I want that different look.”
  • 39:00. Pixel Peeping Time… and you will hear the people just say “WOW!!” when they see the amazing sharpness and details.
  • 42:30: The MF Phase One is amazing. Has 1 AF point, though. He goes at 1,600 ISO at max with his Phase One now.
  • 43:55: Zack shows an image taken at ISO 12,800 (JPEG)… and again another WOW goes through the audience.
  • 48:00: A Fuji Representative says that Capture One will support the GFX

Check out the video at Fujifilm Middle East facebook here. For more GFX videos at the GPP by Fujifilm Middle East click here.

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Fujifilm GFX: The Good and the Bad in Bryan’s First Impressions ** 3D Printed Tilt-Shift Adapter ** and More!


GFX Facebook Member Bryan wrote a very nice first impressions review about the GFX (prototype). Since the first look is visible only to people, who are members of the group, I will share the whole text here on FujiRumors. But you can find this and a lot more at the GFX facebook group. I really can’t keep up with all the news and hands on shared over there… so you better check out by yourself ;)

At the bottom of this post you will find a few more GFX links to Fuji Guys videos.


Got to mess with the GFX a bit today. Some notes:

— It’s super light. Lighter than an FF DSLR. A bit bigger than I expected, but still very small. The vertical grip is great, and unlike other cameras, and because the battery door is on the side of the camera, there are contacts right on the bottom of the camera, so you don’t have to remove battery doors when adding the grip. You can quickly and easily just add or remove it whenever you want.

— The lenses are large, but also impossibly light, too. I don’t know what kind of sorcery this is. Even the zoom and the 120 macro were way lighter than I expected them to be.

— Because of the above, it kind of feels like a toy, which was a bit of disappointment. Sans grip and with the 63 f/2.8, it’d be a good (albeit expensive) “walkaround camera” with an amazing sensor because of its size and light weight, provided you can deal with the slow, deliberate, method of MF shooting.

— The Contrast-Detect Focusing is faster than I expected it to be, but it does hunt quite a bit, racking focus back and forth two or three times before it acquires focus – even in a relatively well-lit indoor space (like a camera shop). When it does lock on, using the smallest focusing area, focus is accurate and the results are sharp [ADMIN NOTE: keep in mind the firmware is not yet final]. The joystick is awesome to quickly navigate the 425 focus points.

— Viewfinder blackout seemed incredibly long. It got a little annoying. VF does not blackout during continuous shooting. [ADMIN NOTE: I wonder if High Performance mode was on and if that, along with a newer firmware, can shortn the black out time a bit] [ADMIN NOTE 2: Here are 2 videos, where you see the black out – video 1 / video 2 @ 1:33 ]

— Coming from using and owning a few Fujis, I was able to pick it up and manipulate everything without really having to wonder “how” to do something.

— Both screens are awesome. The e-ink display for the top of the camera is awesome and easy to read. The tilt-screen is the same as the XT2, so it can tilt to the right as well, Kind of cool to be able to use it as a pseudo waist-level finder. Touch screen works well for selecting focus points, as well as swiping through and pinch/tap to zoom in.

— I still don’t really like EVFs. It’s good on this camera, but not any noticeably better than my XPro2 or an XT2 (I still use the OVF on my Xpro, mostly). The EVF seemed to be laggy, but it was a “pre production” model.

— It’s comfortable-ish. I wish the grip was deeper to get a better grip on the camera.

— It’s well balanced – with the 63mm f/2.8 only. Put the 32-64 f/4 on it or the 120 f/4 macro, and it becomes fairly front-heavy. This is sort of alleviated a bit with the grip in place.

— I didn’t get to take any photos home on my own card, but going off of the rear screen during review, it’s really clean through ISO1600, and 3200 is usable.

— I was teetering (if I did buy one) between the 63 and the 32-64 zoom – The 63 is very sharp, and super light. I think the body (without grip), and a 63 would be the the best combo available at launch. I think the 45/63/110 would be the direction I’d go, if I decide to get one later on.

— Overall, I was hoping it’d sell me completely on the GFX, but I’m not quite there yet. The 1/125 X-sync is still something that concerns me, as well as the (lack of) weight and my lukewarm feelings about about EVFs.

UPDATE: Check out Brian’s First look also at thebroketographers

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Andy’s 3D printed tilt shift Adapter… it works! See the samples at the GFX group

Fujinon GF63mmF2.8: USA: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, WexUK, PCHstore AUS: CameraPro
Fujinon GF32-64mmF4
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Fujinon GF120mmF4 Macro
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World Press Photo Awards :: Only the Fujifilm X-System Breaks the DSLR Hegemony


The Spanish site photolari (translation) analized which cameras snapped the 2017 WorldPressPhoto Award winning pictures.

It’s still an absolute hegemony of DSLR’s (especially Canon). And what about mirrorless? photolari writes (google translated):

Only two Fujifilm X-T1’s question the absolute DSLR hegemony [Admin: see one image here]. Unless you want to include Peter Bauza ‘s Leica M (third prize in Contemporary Issues) as one without a mirror.”

Oh, and the good old X100 snapped the second prize in the Sports category – see image here.

Also in the 2016 edition, Fujifilm was the only MILC to snap make it at the worldpressphoto awards… with the Fujifilm X-Pro1.

Fuji X-series cameras also already made the cover of the TIME magazine (story here), won the World Photography Arts&Culture Award 2015 (story here), were good enough for God’s work (story here), captured America’s most hated man (story here), made the front page of the Wall Street Journal (story here), distracted a French presidential candidate during his interview (story here) and more…