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Fujifilm EF-X500 Shoe Mount Flash Review – Part One



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Boxing is typical Fujifilm X Series fashion, big black elegant boxes, white letters and graphics

The brand new Fujifilm EF-X500 flashgun arrived yesterday straight from Fujifilm Portugal – actually I received a pair of these units.This the first part of a detailed review that I started straight away, after all Fujifilm was missing a proper, professional grade flash system and the EF-X500 promises to deliver.

The first part of this review will focus on the design and perceived quality, first impressions to put it simply and I have to say that straight out of the box the EF-X500 is impressive. Build quality is second to none, Canon and Nikon are clearly overshadowed: touch, materials, dials and buttons are top notch, but flaps and hinges are a step further and there is no sense of fragility whatsoever. These units seem to be build to last forever. They are made in China, not in Japan, but that doesn’t seem to make any difference regarding build quality.

Enjoy the first set of pictures, part two will cover essential features and functions of the EF-X500, soon.



Finishing resembles X-Series cameras, leather like material, good standard and incredible looks for a flash


Battery chamber-cover is solid and well designed, easy to operate on the go


To attach the diffuser you must remove the accessory mount cover – clever, thus reducing diffuser size


The guide number is 50m at 100 ISO @ 105mm


Control buttons are backlit – the LCD in standard flash mode provides plenty of information, well laid out and easy to read, backlit in green


LDC in standard flash mode, backlight off


LCD in remote flash mode


LCD in master flash mode


LED light is powerful – this shot was made without any further lighting. It be used for video, AF low light beam and/or catchlight


Made in China – this time Fujifilm opted to leave Japanese manufacturing out of the equation


Owners manual included… Good old paper version


Good quality soft case included – it holds the EF-X500, mini-stand and diffuser


EF-BP1 will be available as an external power source – it will be connected to this socket



Catchlight and wide panel (minimum coverage 20mm focal length in 35mm equivalent, which is basically 14mm in APS-C terms)


Mounted on a X-Pro2: perfect balance and size, given the guide number and available functions

Photographs: one LED light source, Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Fujinon XF35mm f 1.4

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John Gallo is a social documentary photographer, writer and essayist.
He truly believes we need to focus on people, on human beings; that we need to humanize the planet, to change our relationship with Nature and assure next generations a much brighter future.

John was the winner of the 2015 The Guardian/Royal Photographic Society's Joan Wakelin Award.


Mid-nineties: Back in those days Street Photography was not a concept as defined as it is today - Porto was an incredible city to photograph and John spent days on end discovering the city streets

1998: Hasselblad Austrian Super Circuit: Shortlisted and included in the final catalogue

1998: Collective Exhibition, Linz, Austria: Hasselblad Austrian Super Circuit

2000: Museu Carro Eléctrico do Porto, Portugal: Commissioned for book publishing about the Museum’s legacy and rolling stock

2000: Winner of the Category Urban Landscape, Practical Photography, UK

2001: Published “Carris de Ferro”, John’s first book

2002: Solo Exhibition: Museu Carro Eléctrico do Porto, Portugal

2002: Solo Exhibition: FNAC Norte Shopping, Matosinhos, Portugal

2002: Solo Exhibition: FNAC Colombo, Lisboa, Portugal

2003: Commissioned by Epson to produce images for their Iberian HQ in Madrid, Spain

2004: Solo Exhibition: Epson Iberian HQ, Madrid, Spain

2004: Produced, filmed and directed corporate film for Porto Calém, one of the oldest, respected Port Wine brands

2005: Produced, filmed and directed TV Commercial for TV Cabo featuring Portuguese top model and actress Soraia Chaves

2005: Filmed and directed biographic documentary about the life and work of Natércia Campos, the iconic theatre producer from Lisbon - this documentary starred Portuguese attorney João Nabais, producers João Brites (Teatro O Bando), João Mota (A Comuna, Research Theatre) and Zélia Afonso (Zeca Afonso’s widow), amongst others

2006: Filmed and directed promotional film for Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos

2006: Filmed and directed biographic documentary about the life and work of António Capelo, famous Portuguese actor.

2007/2008: Produced and photographed catalogues for world famous Portuguese fashion brands featuring Portuguese top models Diana Pereira, Soraia Chaves, Erica Oliveira, amongst others

2011: Founded Chappa agency, with Guida Rolo

2012: Worked for Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Cannes Lions is considered the largest gathering of worldwide advertising professionals, designers, digital innovators and marketers. London, UK

2012/2013: Worked for D&AD Professional Awards (recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade, entered and attended by the best from around the world). D&AD, formerly known as British Design & Art Direction was founded in 1962 by a group of London-based designers and art directors including David Bailey, Terence Donovan, Alan Fletcher and Colin Forbes. London, UK

2013: Hipa, Creating the Future, shortlisted

2013: Partnership with Calumet Photographic: Seminars and workshop development for Calumet British network of shops & retail

2013: Solo Exhibition, CLMT Gallery, London

2014: Published “Inside Out”

2014: Solo Exhibition, Pop-up Gallery, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, UK

2014: Commissioned to portrait HRH The Duchess of Cornwall official visit to the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft (where Edward Johnston’s world famous typeface original drawings for London Underground are kept)

2014: Commissioned to photograph Keymer Tiles factory and legacy – founded 1588, one of the oldest brands in the UK, supplier of HRH The Queen Elisabeth II

2015: Commissioned to photograph Eric Gill’s “Omnia Per Ipsum” by the Art Fund UK via The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft

2015: Published “The Last of the Tile Makers”

2015: Solo Exhibition at the launch of Keymer Brand, Surrey, UK (inaugurated by Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Housing and Planning)

2015: Partnership with Chappa and Fujifilm: Seminars and workshop development nationwide, Portugal

2015: Winner of the 2015 The Guardian/Royal Photographic Society's Joan Wakelin award

2016: John and Guida Rolo relaunched Chappa as a collaborative agency, focused on producing projects in the field of photography, video and imaging arts

2016: "Pilgrims, Chapter One: Walking to Fatima" was considered by Publico newspaper one of the best photo-essays published in 2016

Clients, commercial photographer (2001/2007)

Ara Shoes, BMW, Camara Municipal de Matosinhos, Cheyenne, Croft Port, Ducati, Epson, Exponor, Fonseca Porto, Freyssinet Sustainable Technology, Honda, Kawasaki, Mateus Rose, Porto Calem, Sogevinus, Taylor’s Port, TV Cabo, Sogrape, Sandeman, amongst many others.

Publications & Media

The Guardian, Guardian Environment, Público, P3, Diário de Notícias, Jornal de Notícias, Canada News Agency, Social Traveller, Royal Photographic Society Magazine, TVI 24, SIC Notícias, Hasselblad Magazine, Wine Spectator, 3rd Dimension, Art Fund, Foto Digital, Motociclismo, 2Ride, Formula Moto, Pratical Photography, SDN, Vines Magazine, Freyssinet Magazine, About Town, Lens Culture, Foto Visura, Viewfind, All About Portugal, Douro Valley, Wine Tourism Portugal, Guitar Salon International, Instituto Português da Cultura, amongst others