Nov 29

The Leica M9 – Summilux 50mm ASPH

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The Leica M9 – Summilux 50mm ASPH, back to basics. Is this the holy grail of photography? that is all up to you, some love it some don’t. I like it 🙂

The Leica M9 – you can still get it brand new, but I don’t see any reason to buy a new one. Then the M240 would be a better choice since the price is more or less the same ( tons of cash ). Second hand you can get a mint copy barely used for about the same price as a new Sony A7r.

So what do you get? is it still competitive in today’s market( as of November 2013 )?

With the Leica M9 you get a camera geared at taking pictures, no video on this lump of german brass. The controls and menu are simple and don’t get in the way. Apperture is controlled on the lens, shutter speed is set with the control wheel on the top of the camera. ISO speed is easily accessible with a dedicated button on the left side of the LCD screen. ( more to come…)

Some portraits using the excellent Summilux-M 50mm ASPH.
Feverish...
Shot @ f/1.4

Precious...
Shot @ f/1.4

Jan 31

Some autofocus tips for the X-PRO1

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Posted here:

http://www.oh-oh-yeah.com/articles/fuji-x-pro1-autofocus-tips/

Jan 31

The Fujifilm firmware updates are here…

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The latest firmware for the Fujifilm X-PRO1(2.03), X-E1(1.04) and the XF35mm f/1.4(2.02) lens are here.

XF35mm f/1.4

XF35mm F1.4

XF35mm F1.4

 

I have the Fuji X-PRO1, updated the camera, with no lens attached. The update went without a glitch. I then updated my XF35mm F/1.4, also without a glitch. The correct firmware version was displayed on the camera, for both updates.

XF18mm f/2

XF18mm f/2

XF18mm f/2

XF18mm f/2

 

I read on Fujirumors that some people noticed more noise and slower autofocus after the update and that the version number did not show correctly , I did not experience any of that on my camera/lens.

XF35mm f/1.4

XF35mm f/1.4

My subjective non scientific feelings about these updates, after trying the X-PRO1 with the XF35mm, XF18mm and the XF60mm, are..

XF60mmF2.4 R Macro

XF60mmF2.4 R Macro

I think the camera seems more responsive, faster. The autofocus too, seems better on all the lenses. I have only tried in good lighting conditions, still some hunting in low contrast areas, but overall I would say this is an improvement.

Jan 26

Waiting for the Fujifilm X100S…

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Having owned and used two Fujifilm X100, I am eager to see the new X100s in action.

The beautiful X100

The beautiful X100

The X100 was and is capable of taking some stunning pictures. But for me it was not quite there, I like to capture the moment not the moment after the moment. So the X100 was for me a bit to sluggish, performance wise. Even after the latest firmware upgrade. So I am hoping Fuji will get it right this time, with the X100S. The Fuji X100(S) is one of the best looking cameras on the market IMHO, with a great sensor and lens. Fuji really knows how to make great lenses and sensors and with the new EXR II technology,  things are looking promising for the new Fuji X series

X100 shot at f/2.8 2000s

X100 shot at f/2.8 2000s

No tripod, shot at f/4 1/10 sec

No tripod, shot at f/4 1/10 sec

The X100 is capable of taking some really nice pics.

The X100 is capable of taking some really nice pics.

Jan 23

Rant about depth of field…

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Why do so many say great depth of field, when they are talking about lenses with large aperture?

The Fuji XF60mm f/2.4 Macro lens

The Fuji XF60mm f/2.4 Macro lens

Most lenses have “great” DOF. Large aperture lenses don’t have “greater” DOF then say lenses with smaller max aperture. So what do lenses with large aperture give you? They give you shallow DOF(wide open, or close to it) and the ability to separate the main subject from the background. The blurry part of an image is often referred to as bokeh. The quality of the bokeh, is a matter of taste or preferences. I personally like the bokeh from Carl Zeiss, Leica, Fujinon, to name some.

Here are some examples of “great DOF” or as I prefer, shallow DOF with some nice bokeh 🙂

The Fuji XF60mm creates some really nice bokeh

Shot at f/2.4, this Fuji lens is great!

Shot at f/2.4, the Fuji XF60mm f/2.4  is a keeper.