Is the X-T1 the Only Camera Fujifilm Makes?

It’s interesting … if you look at the various photo sites around the web, it seems that everyone’s completely forgotten that Fujifilm make cameras other than the new X-T1.

Of course, the reality is that Fujifilm make a whole line of great cameras — everything from the fixed-lens X20 and X100s through a selection of “rangefinder” interchangeable lens cameras and, of course, the X-T1.

But, everyone seems to have forgotten that.

20140412-_DSF0075-2

The Paddock

I was at the Maryland State Fairgrounds today for a model train show. Since I’m an “exhibitor,” I was able to get some special parking, and I chose to park in the paddock area. As I was walking back to the car, I glanced into one of the stables, and noted some interesting patterns, and decided to take use the X-E1 to make some pictures of something more interesting than a Dr. Pepper can.

 

I’m particularly impressed with the sharpness of the 18-55mm kit lens. This is shot at 18mm, wide open at f/2.8. Close examination will reveal tremendous detail in the chain link fence that is across the road outside the far end of the stable, which you can see in this crop:

20140412-_DSF0075-2_crop

I’m sorry it doesn’t get any bigger, but if you look, you can see the fence. Pretty darned impressive.

I was also pretty amazed at the dynamic range in the raw file, which I processed in Lightroom 5.4. I was able to pull out most of the detail from the nearly-blown-out area outside the doorway, If I’d’ve underexposed by a half-stop, I probably could have gotten all the detail back without having to push so hard that the greens blocked up as much as they did.

Lightroom Mobile?

This image is the first I’ve done using Adobe’s new Lightroom Mobile for iOS. So, does it live up to the hype? Meh. There are many image editing apps for iOS that have a better feature set, more adjustments, etc. But none offer the ability to sync automatically to my desktop and laptop computers (once I update to the latest Lightroom 5.4 at home).

This was taken with an iPhone 5, which synced over to my iPad Mini through iCloud. I edited the image in Lightroom Mobile, saved it to the iPad, and then posted it here.

Frankly, I’m much more interested in the functionality of Lightroom 5.4, which promises increased functionality with Fujifilm raw files — Fuji’s in-camera film simulations are now supported by Lightroom (and the newest Adobe Camera Raw). Of course, they dropped these new versions today, when I have to work extra-late…

Handy Photo for iPad

861427_10203079387573241_267746474_o

I was poking around on Derrick Story’s web site, The Digital Story, yesterday and found his commentary on Handy Photo. For $1.99, I figured I’d go ahead and give it a try. It’s available for iOS devices from the iTunes store. As Derrick says, it’s a fun little app that does a nice job of “artifying” and otherwise manipulating a JPEG. It doesn’t do layers or real HDR are anything like that, but if you’re looking for quickie edits on your iPad, this is a lot of fun. And, ain’t art supposed to be fun?

Fuji X-E1 First Shot

20140401-DSCF0022

Fujifilm X-E1, ISO 3200, 1/4 second, hand-held

Shopping at B&H is probably the next best thing to supporting a local camera shop. I ordered my new Fujifilm X-E1 on Monday at around 3:30 in the afternoon, and last night, I was sitting at my kitchen table, eating dinner and fooling around setting the camera up.

The picture is certainly no award-winner, but I was just wanting to see what real-life, crappy lighting conditions could yield. The image is a JPEG straight from the camera, including the 1:1 crop. The only thing I did in Lightroom was to add the copyright, and re-size to 1080 pixels for the blog.

The picture itself won’t win any awards. But it does demonstrate how usable an image the camera can make in bad lighting at ISO 3200.

Fujifilm X-E1, ISO 25,600, 1/100, f/4, 55mm

Fujifilm X-E1, ISO 25,600, 1/100, f/4, 55mm

For giggles and grins, I did take one image at the camera’s maximum ISO of 25,600. The result was an image that probably wouldn’t hold up to print, but would be okay for web use (the thumbnail is gorgeous, and the enlarged image looks better than my Sony at ISO 6400). In other words, I should not be afraid to really push the ISO with this camera, as I have been with all of my previous cameras. While most of my work won’t call for doing that, it’s nice to know I can if I need to.

Fujifilm X-E1, in-camera double-exposure

Fujifilm X-E1, in-camera double-exposure

And, here’s another cool thing: I can now do double-exposures in-camera! I haven’t been able to do this since I stopped shooting film. Actually, the last camera I had that I could do a double-exposure with¬†(if you don’t count Hipstamatic on the iPhone) was my Canon AE-1! I don’t necessarily have a lot of use for it, but I could conceivably create “Orton images” in camera, which could be fun.

images and words from geren w mortensen jr

%d bloggers like this: