6 great photographers shoot with the X-Series

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William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Ryan McGinley, Martin Parr, Terry Richardson, and Stephen Shore shoot with the X-Series for a show at Aperture Gallery simply called “Photography”. Look at the images here. (thanks for the link Adam).

It was Eggleston’s first time ever shooting digital!

“The exhibition consists of approximately 25 new prints that are reflective of each photographer’s distinctive aesthetic, from William Eggleston’s iconic Americana; Stephen Shore’s intensive snapshot documentation; Nan Goldin’s poetic self-reflection; Martin Parr’s whimsical observations of contemporary living; Terry Richardson’s stark, blunt simplicity; and Ryan McGinley’s images of youth and beauty.”

Dean from Fujifilm X-series thoughts has already seen the shots and says that

“I could envisage several possibilities. Foremost in my mind was the possibility that it might simply be a cold and cynical ploy from a marketing department. Happily however, that was not the case. Clearly, all involved are benefiting from this. The photographers (presumably) get access to free equipment (and possibly more), and both sides of the party get exposure. But the whole deal had more of a mutual “this is exciting” feel to it, rather than cold calculation. I was quite taken by some of the photographs, and the whole day’s adventure was well worth the effort.”

 

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XF14mm at ebayUS (Buy Now) and AmazonUS (preorder) + review

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Slidoo notified me! The XF14mm is now available in the USA through ebay (direct link to ebay shop).

And now also Amazon US is listing the 14mm (not 3rd party). However quoting 1-3 months delivery. Click here to preorder.

The XF 14mm seems essentially free from any sort of field curvature, there is virtually no detectable chromatic aberration and only the barest hint of purple fringing along extremely high-contrast boundaries, for example, with power lines or branches against a white, blown out sky. Even the edges of the frame are essentially tack sharp wide open at f/2.8, with the extreme corners following by f/4 already.” Read more and see a lot of test shots (X-E1 and XF14mm) on Mike Manders website here.

Some samples of this “very, very sharp and distortion free” lens can be seen here at sgoldswoblog.

You know the quality of riflessifotografici reviews. Now, Massimiliano Angeloni has the 14mm and is shooting with it. Let’s wait for the results. In the meantime you can read his very first considerations here (translated version).

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XF14mm in stock status at AmazonUS/ B&H / Adorama / Amazon GERMANY / Amazon ITALY / or on ebay worldwide via slidoo

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Reader reviews and galleries

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I decided to post a small Fujirumors reader reviews/galleries article! Thanks for sharing your rumors, work, reviews and news with the Fujirumors community!

Now let’s start:

– “I got back last week from a visit to Cuba, a heaven for street photography. I took with me the Fuji X-E1 with the 18mm f/2 lens and the Oly OMD EM5 with the 12mm f/2 lens. Both cameras are excellent and preformed great at all the shooting conditions I was working. I used AF and MF with both cameras with no problem. It’s true that the OMD is faster to focus but honestly, in real life situations for the most part the Fuji AF is fast enough. It’s not fast enough for sports photography but I’m not shooting sports… I published a short post on my visit on my blog, I usually do not discuss equipment as I do believe in the cliche that It is the photographer and not the camera. There is a presentation clip embedded in my post of my work from my visit to Cuba. All pictures are taken with the two cameras and lenses that are mentioned above. You can tell which photo was taken with which camera by the picture ratio format, the 3:2 (wider) were taken with the X-E1 and the 4:3 with the Olympus.” Thanks Sagi!

Sagi

– “I have had a loaner X-Pro1 for a few months now. I have been shooting around Sydney Australia with it along side my Canon and Sony cameras… It is not extensive but represents quite a range of photographic techniques including stitching, stacking, wide open, high ISO. All shot on the 35mm F1.4.” So click here to see Ian’s shots.

Ian

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– “From May to September 2012 I had been making night landscapes using both the Fujifilm X-Pro1 with 35mm lens and Nikon D800e with 16-35mm. I found myself using the X-Pro1 more and more the color rendition was amazing and quality of the images were comparable with the D880e. Can you tell the difference? I purchased the X-pro 1 exclusively to shoot night landscapes and I have been so impressed that the Nikon has stayed at home. I have included a link to my blog with all the images. The DSCF files are the Fujifilm and DSC files are the Nikon.” Click here to see Scott’s night shots.

Scott

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“- Wanted to share some photos from a concert last night its a band called “He’s my brother she’s my sister (website of the band)” (album and reviews at Amazon) taken with X-E1 and 35 1.4.” Look at how the X-E1 performed in low light conditions at the concert here. Thanks Enrique.

Enrique

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“- I have a lot of shots for testing with X-Pro1 and the 35mm f1.4 + 18mm f2. I’ve tested the bokeh af f1.4 on 35mm with a lot of sea winter details. And now exploring the long exposure over 30″ of shutter speed”. See Renato’s shots here.

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long exposure

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Have a great sunday!

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Tested! the Speed Booster test of dpreview

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image courtesy: dpreview

From the conclusions: “Image quality is very impressive, with results that compare exceptionally well against a full frame sensor. You do pay a small price in terms of corner softness and CA. The biggest remaining challenge, however, with the Canon EF to Sony NEX mount is AF speed, a direct consequence of pairing a PDAF-optimized lens on a CDAF sensor.” Click here.

I’ve received also an email from Daniel, who linked me his article posted at Steve Huff’s website. “The Metabones Speed Booster adapter: A COLUMBUS EGG“. See his shot and read his impressions here.

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5 new Fuji compact cameras released

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  1. F900EXR (specs & price)
  2. F850EXR (specs & price)
  3. S6800 (specs & price)
  4. S4800 (specs & price)
  5. JX680 (specs & price)

These are the 5 new compact cameras announced by Fujifilm. Here the specs:

FinePix F900EXR

Read the digitalcamerainfo preview

• 16MP ½-inch EXR-CMOS II sensor with Phase Detection and EXR Processor II
• 20x optical zoom (25-500mm*4) with CMOS-shift Image stabilization
• 3.0” LCD screen with wide viewing angle
• EXR-Auto (with auto optimization for 108 different scene permutations)
• Full manual controls
• Intelligent Hybrid AF (World’s Fastest AF of 0.05 seconds*1)
• Start-up time of 1.1 seconds*2
• Interval between shots of 0.5 seconds*2
• RAW shooting (RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG image capture modes)
• Wireless Image Transfer to PC, tablets and smartphones
• 11 frames/second*2 (max 5 frames) continuous shooting (at full resolution)
• Advanced Filters
• Motion Panorama 360
• Full HD 1080p Video (60fps)
• Available in black, and indigo blue
• 260 shots*4 per battery charge

FinePix F850EXR

• 16MP ½-inch EXR-CMOS sensor with EXR Processor II
• 20x optical zoom (25-500mm*4) with CMOS-shift Image stabilization
• 3” LCD screen
• EXR-Auto mode (with auto optimisation for 108 different scene permutations)
• Full manual controls
• Fast AF of up to 0.21 seconds*2
• Start-up time of 1.1 seconds*2
• Interval between shots of 0.5 seconds*2
• 9.0 frames/second*2 (max 5 frames) continuous shooting (at full resolution)
• Advanced Filters
• Motion Panorama 360
• Full HD 1080p Video (60fps)
• Eye-Fi Card Compatibility
• Available in black
• 250 shots*2 per battery charge

FinePix S6800

• FUJINON Super zoom Lens (24mm wide-angle to 720mm telephoto lens, f/3.1 to 5.9)

• 16MP 1/2.3” BSI-CMOS sensor
o Autofocus speed of up to 0.3 seconds
o Continuous shooting; 8fps (10frames, full resolution), 60fps  60 frames, image size 1280×960) ,120 fps  (60 frames, image size 640×480)
o Start-up time of 1.0 second
o Shooting interval time of 0.5 seconds
• Optical Image Stabilization (Sensor Shift)
• Full HD movie 1080i/60 fps with stereo sound and slow-motion capture at 480fps
• Bright 3.0-inch LCD screen ( 460K-dot)
• Manual exposure control(P/S/A/M modes)
• Super Macro to 0.78”
• Dual zoom control
• Instant zoom and Zoom Bracketing
• 4×AA alkaline batteries with an approximately 320 shot battery life
• Available in black, white, and red

FinePix S4800

• FUJINON Super zoom lens (24mm wide-angle to 720mm telephoto lens, f/3.1 to 5.9)
• 16MP 1/2.3” CCD sensor
• Optical Image Stabilization (Sensor Shift)
• Scene Recognition Auto with 6 pre-set scenes
• Autofocus in 0.3 seconds*1
• HD Movie 720P/30fps with Video Scene Recognition
• 3” LCD monitor (230k dots)
• Manual exposure control (P/S/A/M modes)
• Instant Zoom
• Mini HDMI output
• 4×AA alkaline batteries with an approx. 320 shot battery life
• Available in Black

FinePix JX680

• 5x FUJINON optical zoom (26-130mm*) with Digital Image Stabilization
• 16MP CCD sensor
• 26mm* wide-angle
• 3.0” LCD screen
• Creative Advanced Filters
• Individual shutter 3D
• Motion Panorama
• Easy to use GUI with large buttons
• 720p HD movie recording with dedicated “Movie Recording Button”
• Advanced video editing features
• Super slim and pocket-friendly (just 20mm*2)
• Battery charging via USB cable

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