This lens was once an excellent value from the inception of the X-Series system until now. Unfortunately due to Fujifilm's push to dominate in video, the introduction of the ƒ/2 lens, and the announcement of the 33mm ƒ/1, the 35mm ƒ/1.4 has lost all reason to exist in its current form. A complete redesign, implementing these features, could create a lens that outsells all of their other lenses by appealing to the widest range of users and without having to compromise.
It's on like Donkey Kong! On the way out this morning to Wallace Falls for a shoot and the news shows up on my twitter feed. I know I shouldn't mess with the firmware at this hour right before a shoot, but the excitement over the list of improvements got to me. Autofocus improvements, especially the increase in sensitivity down to -1EV is exciting...
The question, "why don't the photos on my (insert model) camera show up in X RAW Studio?" has popped up far too frequently but wrong answers have been popping up even more. The X-T20's firmware was updated recently, bestowing upon it compatibility with X RAW Studio, leading to a surge in people downloading the firmware but not downloading the updated user manual linked directly below it. So now they seek people to give them the answer to their boggle in exchange for minimal effort expended, their keyboards lacking a button to activate any "search feature." The most popular response has been, "you must transfer the RAW files from your camera to a folder on your computer first." Wrong.
When I review a product, I want to make it plain that I do not receive products to review nor am I paid to do these reviews. When I review a product, it's something I've bought with my own money after days or weeks of research to ensure it will meet my needs. Because of that, my reviews will usually end positively, and that's the only reason why. I don't review things I have never owned, been gifted or am paid to write about. I don't seek out manufacturers or sellers and attempt to persuade them into gifting me a product in exchange for a review and "exposure." I am not a "mommyblogger" or an unemployed housewife with a camera. I will never shake down a product manufacturer nor refer to myself as a "social influencer." I review products because I like doing it, I enjoy trying new products and prefer to use brands that are less popular. It's these choices that I hope give my reviews a little more value due to scarcity. These are my opinions and my opinions only...
My review of the ONA "The Prince Street" camera messenger bag. ONA offers sizes ranging from single camera models up to accommodating 15” laptops. Their standard material offering uses waxed cotton canvas with leather trim for effective waterproofing and durability. Nylon is offered for less while leather is offered for more...
I’ve just bought my second “travel” tripod and I spent far more than I was expecting. the Benro TAD28C ended up being my primary tripod due to it’s well rounded feature set, despite it's size.
JJC, Haoge and Vello have come to market with their own line of metal lens hoods that closely match Fujifilm’s optional designs but significantly undercutting them on price. I review three of them.
Beginning with a Fujifilm X-T20, a cold, wet November hike to photograph Twin Falls enlightened me to the benefits of a weather sealed camera. It was then durability surpassed convenience in priority and I bought my Graphite Silver Edition X-T2. 90 days later, I feel I’ve spent enough time with it to render a proper judgment, so here’s my own review of what I’ve experienced and ultimately learned.
Went for a hike up to Twin Falls with a friend to take some photos. The goal was to use our filters to take slow shutter shots of the landscape. Our original plan was to do this at Keekwulee Falls above Denny Creek Campground but weather and an impassable road forced us to use our... Continue Reading →
Light trail photos from Pike Place MarketFront in Seattle. The ability to shoot this photo will soon disappear as the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be replaced with a tunnel in 2018, then torn down in 2019, eliminating most traffic light trails in this scene. I wanted to catch this defining Seattle scene before it ceases to exist.
I decided to go out and practice some street photography on halloween day. it was early afternoon when I walked down to Cafe Umbria in Occidental Park with my gear. I ordered a latte and sat down at a table outside to see how many people I could capture in their costumes.
My first ever digital camera was a Fujifilm FinePix MX700, purchased from the BX while stationed at Misawa AFB, Japan in 1998. I used that camera long after far better cameras came out; the pace of digital imaging back then moving at breakneck pace. It appealed to me because of its all aluminum chassis and... Continue Reading →