Bags for your X – part II

Hey hey!

Do you remember the “bags for your X” post here? There was a lot of interest for this (vintage) bag-collection. (thanks again Martin)

Many of you added their own bags in the comments. So I thought it could be nice to update the post. You’ll find the most clicked bags of the last article, some new suggestions from the comments, the new Think Tank mirrorless mover and TurnStyle 5 bags.

At the end you’ll find a poll where you can vote your 3 favorite bags.

But before we start, FR-reader Dave wrote me that “I was looking at the new Think Tank Mirrorless Mover bags, but it wasn’t obvious from Think Tank’s website that the X-Pro1 would fit in the smaller models. I got a hold of the three smallest bags and took a few images which I posted at the link shown above. I’m thinking that your readers might also be interested in this information?” So check out his flickr [update: the link doesn’t work anymore. I hope Dave will sent me an updated one] here to see how the X-PRO fits in the various mirrorless mover bags.

But now let’s start!

all the best
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1) Think Tank Retrospective 5: your eBay / your Amazon / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline

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2) Gariz Leather Bag (website / ebay via slidooyour Amazon)

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3) Billingham Hadley Small: your Amazonyour eBay / composinghands review

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4) Domke F-series: your Amazon or ebay worldwide via slidoo)

(picture: Domke F-803 (ebay worldwide)

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5) Think Tank Hubba Hubba Hiney (ebay worldwide or your Amazon) – review here.

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6) Kalahari L-21 at AmazonGER or ebay worldwide.
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7) Ona Bag The Brooklyn (AmazonUS)… (Ona Bag overview at AmazonUS)
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8) National Geografic NG A2540 (your Amazon / your eBay)

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9) Rollei DSLR Vintage bag at ebay via slidoo

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10) Montgomery Street Courier (your Amazon or ebay worldwide via slidoo)
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11) Think Tank Mirrorless Movers: your eBay / your Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto / Uniquephoto
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12)  Lowepro hatchback 16L: your eBay / your Amazon  photo lovepro_zps77db5ea1.png

13) Think Tank TurnStyle 5: your eBay / BHphoto / Adorama / your Amazon  photo turnstyle_zps32825347.png

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Feel free to tell your friends via facebook and twitter to vote the bag-poll.

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So what’s next? Maybe tripods? Just tell me in the comments your favorite tripod.

Fuji Guys X-A1 first look

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at the moment customers seem to prefer the X-M1 to the X-A1 as Fuji’s entry-level camera to the Fuji X series (source AmazonUS CSC ranking).

X-A1 PRE-ORDERS XC 50-230

X-A1 with XC 16-50: USA: AmazonUS: blackblue /BHphoto: blackblue / Adorama: blackblue / Pictureline: blackblue / EUROPE: AmazonUK: black – blue – red (via DR)

XC 50-230 : USA: AmazonUS: blacksilver / BHphoto: blacksilver / Adorama: blacksilver / EUROPE: AmazonUK: black – silver (via DR)

Fuji X-M1

Fuji X-M1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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Billy of the Fuji Guys will take you through the X-A1 here. For the top feature video (the same of the X-M1) click here.

For Rico’s first look “Using the X-A1 (and X-M1) click here!

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“I can tell you… the future of the X-series looks very exciting” (Bert Stefani after his visit in Tokyo)

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there are only 2 X100S in stock at AmazonUS via third party at normal price right now!

Bert Stefani was part of the fellowship of the X-photographers selected by Fujifilm and invited to Tokyo in order to present them their own suggestions to make the X-series even better and more complete. They continue to share their experience on their blogs.

So, after Kevin Mullins (article here) now also Bert Stefani wrote about how the company listens to the feedback of customers to improve the X-system and he gives an insight of what’s going on behind the scenes. Read Bert’s blog post here.

“[…] What struck me most is that the technical part doesn’t seem the starting point in the development process. It’s not about: “let’s produce a sensor with as much pixels as possible”. Instead they start from what kind of colors, contrast and “feel” people like in pictures. And only then they start looking for a technical way to capture that. A fine example of this philosophy is the fact that one of the main guys in sensor development has been involved in the development of some of the iconic films that Fujifilm produced like Velvia, Astia and Pro. He moved from chemicals to microchips but his job is still the same: making sure the image is pleasing, has character and the right “feel” […].

We were presented with the question: “Which five lenses should we design next?”. This triggered a lengthy discussion. […]

Throughout our visit, we were given the chance to give feedback on top-secret prototypes in various stages of development, from early ideas to almost production ready products. We didn’t have to sign any NDAs or contracts but I’ll leave the honor of announcing new products to the people who design them with so much passion (so dear rumor sites, there’s no reason to keep e-mailing me). But I can tell you is that the future of the X-series looks very exciting. […]”

Now it’s our turn. As we’ll never be that lucky to be invited by Fujifilm to Tokyo, Fujirumors could be the place where you can raise your voice and let all your wishes arrive to the Fuji headquarters.

Feel free to give your own answer to the question at which five lenses should Fuji design next? Or what would be your dream camera? What should the next firmware bring?… the debate is open in the comments! And I know that someone in Tokyo will read it.

cheers
Patrick

P.S.: now lemme see if I can dig up something about the exiting X-series future for you  ;)

Follow Fujirumors tomorrow via facebook, twitter and RSS feed.

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FR-readers zone: travel-X, switch to the X and manual focusing with Fuji X-E1 and 35mm

It’s Sunday! Time to share some of your great images and stories you sent me via email at fujirumor@gmail.com, facebook and twitter. Keep it up!

let’s take some awesome pictures today ;)

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Mehrdad

Dear fujirumor Team,

my name is Mehrdad Samak-Abedi and I am a semipro photographer based in Berlin, Germany. I found to Fujifilm in 2011 with the x100 and since then I realy appreciate the hightquality image quality the x cameras offer me. I own a x-pro1 and a x100s and prefer landscapes-, street- and urban-photography.

My Canon 5D MkII is finds the way into my bag only when I do studiowork and some of my professional stuff but the x cams are alwways with me and I really mean always.

Anyway, I wonder you might be interested in some of my free works and I would appreciate when you are considiring posting some of my pics via your rumorsite or facebook?.
My website
www.qimago.de

My 500px.com sets
http://500px.com/MehrdadAbedi/sets

95% of the shots in my profile/sets/stories are shot with a Fujifilm x camera.

By the way I frequently visiting your rumors site. Gooooood job!
And keep on posting news etc.!

Cheers

Mehrdad

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Giacomo

Hi there,
I just wanted to share my flickr account, I’ve been shooting for the last 2 years with Fuji Cameras, first with an X100 and starting last Jan with an X-E1+35mm f1.4

http://www.flickr.com/photos/90193008@N04/

hope you enjoy it

regard

Giacomo

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Geoff

Hi Patrick. A great resource you are providing in the Fuji Rumours site. Like others have stated, I too check back often, in fact daily. I bought into the Fuji system in January 2013 and have in the last month decided to sell off my FF Nikon and associated lenses as they had not been used in 7 months. I have a web presence dedicated to the imagery from my X system. www.xtographer.weebly.com

Geoff (XF 14mm)

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Photo Sama

Manual focusing with Fuji X-E1 and 35mm f/1.4:

“Hello, First of all thanks for your work on fujirumors… it’s realy helpfull. I contact you because I wanted to share with you my first samples with Fuji-XE1 and 35mm f/1.4 used in full manual. http://www.meghiref.com

I’m a canon user for years now with lenses from 17TSE to 300mm 2.8, I also owned a GF1 for the same raisons I decided to go for a fuji. And honestly the only missing steps for fuji today, is full frame and a true 35mm (like 23mm f/2). For marketing and investment return reasons, they will not reach my expectations soon. For 23mm if they launch a 23mm/2 they kill the Xhundred market, so it will be a near 40mm f2.8 (I can live with it), just as I can live with a Cosina voigtlander 25mm f/4. Witch is for me the best compact solution today with a 38mm f/4 equivalent.

OK let’s go back to our topic the 35mm in full manual mode, (applicable for street photography )

Why use manual focus when AF work well, (and improved since last firmware)? Because even the fastest AF ever will never be as fast as no AF. For me the goal of street photography is to be able to freez the moment without interacting with the scene. The main rule, what ever you shoot with, is anticipation. When you have to pre-focus (lock the af on your subject, you have to select the right AF point, to point the contrasted zone in your subject, then go back to the scene to compose and wait for the right moment. All this steps are sources of fail, and the one that make you 80% of time change the course of the scene, is when you turn your point your camera to the people you want to focus on.

Here is the process with full manual. ISO is auto, aperture is fixed, shutter speed also. Now compose you scene, and open both eyes to evaluate the distance of your subject wait the right moment and shoot, with this method you miss less than the half of your shoots, and people don’t even care about what you’re doing.( A positive point for X-E1 with his retro look you are considered as a film shooter…)
So now the point is that the 35mm 1.4 is not the most comfortable manual focus lens I had. the number of ring turns between to distances is too high. but here again it’s not impossible see pictures in the top link.

The easiest way is to set aperture to 4 or more, then set the distance between 5 and 10 meters, and shoot, shoot, shoot every thing will be in.
An other point is battery saving mode that turns of you camera… for this point practice the half shuttr button speed, when you feel the moment…
Last point, don’t be too attached to sharpness, you never watch a picture with a magnifier it’s the content (the moment) and the message that counts…

A special message for pixel peepers, … have break take a kitkat, and try manual focus without 100% zoom. you’ll sped more time living the moment ! Here we are hope this could be helpful for any one.
See you.

Photosama

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miXed zone: Kaizen, reviews and some tips

Talk about the X + Kaizen

– X-Photographers David Hobby and Zack Arias talk about their experience with the X-series here. These two photographers were part of the expedition invited to Tokyo from Fujifilm in order to give them honest feedback about the X-series. The other two X-photographers were Bert Stefani and Kevin Mullins. I’ve already shared the 23mm first impressions of Bert (here) and David (here) on Fujirumors (for a great first look at the 23mm check Rico’s X-pert corner post here). Now it’s time to read what Kevin Mullins thinks about Fuji’s Kaizen spirit (read his article here):

“See the guys in the blue shirts?  These are the people that design, manufacture, make, forge and breathe life into the X-Series of cameras. You know what they are doing here?  They are listening feedback from “us”.   The guys that actually build the systems, design the software and produce the cameras that we use on a day to day basis are listening to our feedback.  Feedback that all four of us took to them from many hundreds of photographers.”

– Also photographylife (click here) admires Fujifilms devotion to its customers and says:”Fuji has quickly become a manufacturer that feels involved with its clients more than any other camera maker no matter how well-known or popular. It feels as if they want to do good by their customers, as if you are using gear that real people design and improve, rather than a faceless company.”

PhotoLive

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Can you change your mental mindset and be a better photographer?  Come along to PhotoLive and sign up from a selection of over 200 seminars from 35 Pro Photographers and see what interesting tips can be picked up!!” If you are interested to learn from great photographers as Dave Kai-Piper then consider to participate to this seminar in London on the 26 and 27 of October. You can also profit from a discount. Dave Kai-Piper will tell you more about it here.

X-M1

Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Bert Stefani’s X-M1/16-50 review and lot of beautiful samples can be seen here: “So far this compromise, make the X-M1 the perfect companion for people on a budget who are looking for a small camera system with great image quality. But there’s more, the X-M1 is not all compromise, it has two features that none of the other X-cams have: a tilting screen and build-in wifi. […] having the same sensor as my main camera, the X-Pro1, it is well suited as a backup camera. The extra functionality with the tilt screen and wifi, gives me extra options that my current backup camera, the X-E1, doesn’t offer. […] About the 16-50 lens […] if you take the low price into account, I believe it’s not a bad deal at all. The image quality is surprisingly good. It’s a great starting all-round zoom for photographers on a tight budget. And if you add some better, more expensive lenses over time, it’s still a good backup lens. […] Despite my initial reservations about the X-M1 I’ve decided to give it a permanent place in my bag where it will replace my hardly used X-E1 as my backup camera. ”

steves-digicams.com published an X-M1 review. From the conclusions:  “[…] The biggest drawback to the X-M1 is its high starting price of about $800 with the kit lens. You’ll be able to find more powerful and more feature-rich DSLRs and ILCs for well under that price range. However many of those models cannot match the stylish look and feel of the Fujifilm X-M1. The X-M1 is small enough to be used comfortably one-handed, yet the camera has a sturdy build. It’s a comfortable model to use, and even though the camera body is small, the buttons are of a good size and are easy to reach and press. This camera’s image quality and performance levels are pretty good too versus other entry-level ILCs, although those aspects of the X-M1 aren’t quite as impressive when compared to all models in its price range. You can shoot in RAW or JPEG with this camera, which is a feature that doesn’t appear in every ILC model. The X-M1 does a very nice job with low light photos too, thanks to its popup flash and good performance at high ISO settings, as well as a large APS-C sized CMOS image sensor. […]”

X100S

Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

– “In episode #3 of All About the Gear, Doug Kaye and I dive into the famed Fuji x100s camera. Find out if this little beastie lives up to all the hype, and if it’s actually the perfect walk-around camera.” See the episode here.

– Mike Kobal: “Yup, I was just as surprised as you probably are, I rarely find moiré to be an issue and here we have a good example, from the Fuji X100s, nonetheless. 100% moiré crop after the break.” See the image here.

X-PRO1

Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

– Comparing X-PRO1 and X-E1 at Tom Grill’s website here.

photgraphylife’s in depth review of the X-PRO1 can be read here: “I have to praise Fuji engineers for going back and reworking the autofocus system of the Fuji X-Pro1 and fixing most of the issues via firmware updates. And I am happy to report that as of firmware 3.01, the Fuji X-Pro1 is a whole different camera compared to what it used to be. I was so frustrated with the autofocus system, that I practically disliked the camera just because of those issues. Autofocus speed has improved dramatically and AF accuracy has gotten a world better, even in low light situations.”

– The Fujifilm X-Pro1 for Landscape Photography at stephenip.com. A great camera for landscape photography combined with the 14mm but “there is one thing about the X-Pro1 however, that I really, really don’t like. The location of the tripod mount. For some reason, Fuji decided that it’s unnecessary to access the battery or memory card when a tripod plate is mounted onto the camera. As someone that uses a tripod often, having to remove the tripod plate every time I want to charge the battery or download my images is extremely annoying. For a company that did so many things right in the usability department with the X Series cameras, an oversight like this is quite surprising.

– “X-Pro1, my take on it” at neillsoden.co.za:”I just love this camera, and can’t state it enough. This camera and most of Fuji’s cameras have been reviewed to death. This model has also been out for over a year, but I am going to add to it nonetheless. When I show it to people, their first response is always that they can get a DSLR for cheaper. Yes, it’s more expensive than the entry to medium range of DSLR and a lot of them think that DSLR has better image quality and looks more professional.”

– A wedding and more thoughts about the X-PRO1 at louwit.blogspot.dk

– A review of Fuji X-Pro 1 (ver 3.0) with 14mm lens can be read here at bigheadtaco: “If it’s all about the image, then you will not be very happy with the Fuji X-Pro 1. Combine this with great ergonomics, the industry only hybrid viewfinder, and super sharp legendary Fujinon XF lenses, I think you have a winner.”

– Shooting Beauty Portraits – Fuji X-Pro1 vs Canon 5D Mk2 Review at roughly365 here: “The more I use the Fuji, especially with the 35mm f1.4 lens, the more impressed I am with it, I love it. But, as I have stated in previous posts, I personally wouldn’t have it as my main camera, but its the best second camera I can think of.”

lenses

Fuji XF 27mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

XF 27mm review at the Polish site optyczne here (translation).

dc.watch  took some shots with the XC 16-50. See them here (tranlsation).

… and some tips

– At thephoblographer you can read the “7 Tips for Photographing Strangers”: 1) start with a complimet… to be continued here.

– “5 questions you should ask yourself to become a better photographer” over here at photographytalk.com. 1) Where is the light coming from. 2) Why am I shooting this… and more.

lightroomkillertips explains how the previous button works in this video.

– 3 Ways to Improve Your Images With Composition at digital-photography-school.com:  1. Rule of Thirds / 2. Second Point of Interest / 3. Room for Copy Space

– Understanding your Cameras Histogram at ephotozine here.

– Architectural Photography Tips at photographytuts here.