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Fujifilm Love Hate !

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I have lent out a lot of personal Fujifilm kit over the last five years and the result has always been some love hate relationships and personal battles with the kit. I always find this very interesting. I remember my first time with the X100 and how it wound me up no end that the sensor was giving me better black and white images than my Nikon D3s but how hard it was to get used to the camera and menus. Most of all the focus system was hard work and so much more. This all made me question my choice but the images spoke for themselves ! It felt like a toy camera compared to the mighty D3s ! But who cared about the feel when the images were just so great …

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XPro2 50mm f/2

On a recent trip to Edinburgh I was having a facebook conversation with a friend who had brought an X100T on my recommendation for her Street Photography. She hated it out of the box and many times I looked at her comments on social media saying how she wanted to get rid of it. One day it was driving her nuts the next it was fine. I could see the personal battle taking place this Marmite camera was tearing this girl apart !

She even asked me when the XPro2 was out and then the X-T2 and the X-T20 but all the time she went out shooting with the X100T. On this trip to Edinburgh she messaged me and said ” I love this camera Matt I really do, but it’s taken me 18 months to make it work for me”  I laughed and said I know ! I said to her the problem with the X100 series is you have to adapt your style to the camera and no one can help you with that. It’s up to you to decide on every setting from Jpeg to focus mode. You can’t just look up what other people do on the internet or blogs you just have to go out every day and have a personal battle with the camera and almost fight over who is in change !

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XPro2 50mm f/2

I have taught over 200 workshops over the last two years and so many people come on the workshops who have the same battle not just with the X100 series but some of the other Fujifilm models.

I was talking with another friend tonight who has my X-T10 and she said I am getting there but I am having a love hate relationship with this camera ! I just laughed and said I know…

I would say 99.9% of the people that have this battle win and they fall in love with the X Series Camera system.  I know a few people who have lost the battle and gone back to their chosen brand. I have noticed one thing though, the people that battle on don’t just learned how to adapt to a new camera system their work changes for the better too.

I think the the personal battle teaches them more than just how to use a new camera it makes them look at the way they work as well. It’s all too easy to pick up a DSLR out of the box and go out and shoot on auto, it’s not so easy to use the X100 you have to start to understand your craft more and in doing so your work improves.

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XPro2 50mm F/2

Quite a few people love the way the X Series slowed them down at the start but then became frustrated by that very fact ! Fujifilm responded to customer feedback and have made the  XPro2 and X-T2 but you still have to know what you are doing to get the best out of these cameras. You can use them out of the box on Auto now but once you really learn how to set them up you take a great big step up on your photography journey.

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XPro2 50mm f/2

The shame is that most people just look at these cameras on the internet or for a few minutes in a shop ! They never get to use them for 12-18 months and so never get to experience love hate battle and that is such a shame.  So many people don’t like change but I think that is where the X100F comes in. You can buy it as a back up camera and take it everywhere. Some days you will want to throw it in the river or bin some days you will want to hug it and kiss it ( possibly a bit far ) but when you look at those images you know you have an amazing bit of kit in your hands that you can stick in your pocket and take everywhere !  Take the X100F challenge buy one or borrow one  and see how you get on, then come back on here in 18 months and leave a comment.

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XPro2 16mm f/1.4

I think I am in Love !

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Fujifilm X-T1 XF16mm f1.4 WR ISO1600 1/250sec f/8
Fujifilm X-T1 XF16mm f1.4 WR ISO1600 1/250sec f/8

I am lost for words and that does not happen very often, this new Fujinon XF16MM F/1.4 WR is just stunning ! One of my biggest reasons changing over from Nikon to Fuji was the Glass and size of the system of course but the glass and future glass was the draw so I took a leap of faith away from Nikon’s amazing pro glass and it looks like I landed on a bed of four leaf clovers ! Fuji are just making one amazing lens after the other.  I have only had limited time to try out this new lens as I have been so busy but here are a few images from last weekend. I will aim to get some more images in Brighton this weekend if I can sneak some time in for myself.

Its full frame equivalent of 24mm is just stunning for Street. I have been going with the trend in Street for a while were getting close is not close enough but have always wanted to go back to my old film ways of something wide and something long. Here she is the something wide, boom the 16mm is in the room and this could be my very latest bolt on the camera and leave it there lens taking over from my 35mm f/1.4 that found itself welded to my camera for so long.  All I need now is the 90mm f/2 and I will be all set to shoot Street all day and night anywhere in the world. I think I am a little in love with this lens, and that has not happened for a very long time.

Fujifilm X-T1 XF16mm f1.4 WR ISO250 1/250sec f/5.6
Fujifilm X-T1 XF16mm f1.4 WR ISO250 1/250sec f/5.6
Fujifilm X-T1 XF16mm f1.4 WR ISO1600 1/250sec f/5.6
Fujifilm X-T1 XF16mm f1.4 WR ISO1600 1/250sec f/5.6
Fujifilm X-T1 XF16mm f1.4 WR ISO5000 1/250sec f/8
Fujifilm X-T1 XF16mm f1.4 WR ISO5000 1/250sec f/8