Omar Z Robles: Pointe of Focus (Smugmug)

Smugmug's latest video features Omar Z Robles who shoots on Fujifilm. The following film shows his passion for photographing dancers. You can check out the full interview on Smugmug's website https://news.smugmug.com/smugmug-films-interview-the-worlds-a-stage-for-omar-z-robles-8ca1dbd91ad7

 


Fujifilm XF10

FUJIFILM XF10, a premium compact digital camera with a high quality FUJINON 18.5mm* F2.8 fixed lens.  The camera features an APS-C sized sensor which is 14 times larger than the sensor in a standard smartphone. The XF10, which will be available in August 2018, includes all the hallmarks of the X Series system, combining simple manual operation with superior image quality and versatile picture-taking options.

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The 24.2 megapixel APS-C sized sensor combined with FUJIFILM’s proprietary colour reproduction technology allows the XF10 to produce high quality images that will suit a wide variety of needs.

 

In addition, the XF10 is the first X Series camera to feature a number of new functions.  It has an updated way to automatically transfer images to a smartphone and the “SQUARE MODE” which allows you to switch to 1:1 format with a single flick on the touchscreen, to name just two.

 

Despite its pocketable size and minimal weight of only 280g, thanks to the high quality components and new functionality, the XF10 is the perfect companion for smartphone users and photo enthusiasts alike.

 

Main Features

 

FUJIFILM’s superior image quality, in a pocket size camera, weighing only 280g!

Equipped with an APS-C sized sensor, the XF10 has superior image quality and wide dynamic range. It produces sharp, high resolution images that are certain to fulfill the demands of any type of photographer.

 

High quality FUJINON lens covers a wide range of subjects from landscapes to snapshots.

The 18.5mmF2.8 FUJINON lens, equivalent to 28mm on 35mm format, ensures that every image is sharp from center to edges. The optical design of the lens is perfectly matched to the sensor in the XF10, meaning there is no compromise due to compact size.  The “Digital Teleconverter” function means the camera is capable of taking photos with equivalent focal lengths of 35mm & 50mm on a 35mm format.

 

Enhance your creativity with FUJIFILM’s unique Film Simulation and Advanced Filter modes.

The XF10 offers 11 Film Simulation Modes unique to Fujifilm and 19 Advanced Filters, including the two new Advanced Filters: “Rich & Fine” and “Monochrome [NIR]”. These modes will allow photographers to easily add artistic flair or film-like colour tones to their photos.

Both “4K Movie” and “High Speed Video” are available, meeting the increasing demand for advanced movie functions.

 

Specification

 

Model Name FUJIFILM XF10
Number of effective pixels 24.2 million pixels
Image sensor 23.5mm×15.7mm(APS-C) CMOS with  primary color filter
Storage media SD Card (-2GB) / SDHC Card (-32GB) / SDXC Card (-256GB) UHS-I*1
Lens FUJINON single focal length lens
f=18.5mm(35mm format equivalent : 28mm)
F2.8
5 groups 7 lenses (2 aspherical glass molded lens included)
Aperture F2.8 – F16 1/3EV step (controlled with 9-blade aperture diaphragm)
Focus distance Approx. 10cm – Infinity / 3.9in. – Infinity
Sensitivity     Standard Output Sensitivity : AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3(up to ISO6400) / ISO200 to 12800(1/3 step)
Extended output sensitivity : ISO100 / 25600 / 51200
Continuous shooting Approx. 6.0 fps (JPEG : max. approx. 13 frames)
Approx. 3.0 fps (JPEG : max. approx. 13 frames)
* Use a card with UHS Speed Class 1.
* Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames.
Movie recording 4K 3840 x 2160 15P, Continuous recording : up to approx. 30 min.
Full HD 1920 x 1080 59.94p / 50p / 24p / 23.98p, Continuous recording : up to approx. 30 min.
HD 1280 x 720 59.94p / 50p / 24p / 23.98p, Continuous recording : up to approx. 30 min.
High Speed Movie 1280×720 1.6x / 2x / 3.3x / 4x, Continuous recording : up to approx. 7 min.
*For 4K movie recording, use a card with UHS Speed Class 3 or higher
* Although movie recording will continue without interruption when the file size reaches 4 GB, subsequent footage will be recorded to a separate file which must be viewed separately.
Digital Tele-Converter 28mm*(Normal),35mm*,50mm* (*35mm format equivalent)
Power supply NP-95 Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions 112.5 (W) mm x 64.4 (H) mm x 41.0 (D) mm / 4.4 in.(W) x 2.5 in. (H) x 1.6  in. (D)
(Minimum depth: 25.9 mm/ 1.0 in.)
Weight Approx. 278.9g / 9.8 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 241.2g / 8.5 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Battery life  for still images*4 NP-95 Li-ion battery (included)
Battery life for still images*4
Approx. 330 frames
Accessories included NP-95 Li-ion battery
AC power adapter
Plug Adapter
USB cable
Hand strap
Lens cap
Owner’s manual

 

 

*1  Please see the Fujifilm website (http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/compatibility/card/x/) to check memory card compatibility.

*2  Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.

*3  The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects. Flash can not be used.

*4  Approximate number of frames that can be taken with a fully-charged battery based on CIPA standard.

 

The FUJIFILM XF10 will be available from August 2018, in Champagne Gold and Black.


Africa Oye 2018

So, the weekend in June very year that Matt, Richard and myself always look forward to arrive last weekend (16th and 17th) Africa Oye 2018.

For those who have never been or heard about Oye it’s held in Sefton Park, Liverpool every June and is a festival of African Music and culture. It’s been voted one of the best free festivals in the UK on more than once. I for one feel like a little kid on the lead up to Christmas Day once the end of May and beginning of June comes every year.

The Saturday came and I made my way to Matts to meet up with him, Richard and Claire, our “Oye virgin” (Claire was attending her first Africa Oye)

Once at Sefton Park we picked up our Photo passes from Ally, one top guy who always sorts us with passes every year. Ally we can’t thank you enough and of course the boss man himself Mr Paul Duhaney for all the help and assistance you have given us in the years we have been covering this wonderful festival.

It’s also nice to meet up with some fellow music photographers who I personally only meet in dark venues and have very little time normally to chat to. The first day got off to a great start by the brilliant “Movema” who now seem to have a permanent dance section to open up the festival every year.

We then had a heavy but thankfully brief downpour of rain just before “Kasai Masai” came onto stage. High light of day one for me was the return of the fabulous kora player and singer “Sona Jobarteh” who last played Oye two years before.

Claire seemed to have really enjoyed her first taste of Oye, dancing away with Matt at “Freetown” and “Trenchtown” but called it a day once the music had stopped to leave Matt still at it all night until the Sunday Sunrise at the Oye after party at Constellations in town!

The Sunday late morning came and Richard picked me up just as we got a message not to pick Matt up as he was still snoring in bed after his all night dance marathon. So we made our way to Sefton Park and got there with a little time to spare before the first artist so got some much needed breakfast from one of the many excellent food stalls set around the festival sight.

Highlight of Sunday and (for me personally) the whole weekend, was the Cape Verde singer “Lura”. This lady owned the stage with a beautiful voice. She made a lot of new fans at Oye without a doubt.

Headline were The Bad boys of Reggae “Inner Circle” who closed Africa Oye 2018 in fine style. If you not sure who these guys are search “Sweat” (A La La Long) or “Bad Boys” by Inner Circle and you will know who they are.

So what can we say about Africa Oye? well here’s one word AWESOME!

If you have never been you really should, in fact if you book onto my Gig Photography Workshop you can even be in with the chance of shooting at Africa Oye 2019 from the Press Pit thanks to the wonderful people at Oye I will be having a draw from everyone attending my work shop to shoot with me and my fellow Fujiholics with press pit access! link below.

Please also visit the Africa Oye Web site and buy some merchandise from the shop as it all helps to keep this amazing festival free

Love and Peace

Warren

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shooting-gigs-and-live-music-with-warren-millar-tickets-45972810915

 

https://www.africaoye.com/


Fujifilm X-T100 announced

Introducing the FUJIFILM X-T100, the stylish new addition to the X Series range of mirrorless cameras

With a sleek and retro design, the small but mighty X-T100 boasts outstanding image quality thanks to its 24.2 megapixel sensor, combined with Fujifilm’s signature colour reproduction technology. Featuring advanced automatic scene recognition, three way tilting touch screen, and the latest Bluetooth®*1 technology, it’s the ultimate everyday photographic companion.

For pre-order, please click on the image below

Today, Fujifilm have announced the new X-T100, a 24.2 MP APS-C camera which sports a sleek, retro & stylish design. The camera will come in three colours, Black, Dark Silver and Champagne Gold.

The Fujifilm X-T100 will feature a high magnification viewfinder, a new horizontal tilting rear LCD and battery life up to 430 shots.

The camera also features a phase detection autofocus system and a newly developed autofocus algorithm which should offer a faster and more precise focusing.

In addition to the autofocus system, the camera has the latest Bluetooth technology which makes taking a photograph and sending it to your mobile device much more easier and faster.

The Fujifilm X-T100 consists of an anodised coating which gives it a high quality, retro and stylish finish.

On top of the camera body you will find the classic three dials which is featured on other X series cameras.

The Fujifilm X-T100 utilises the 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor with the image processing engine to achieve Fujifilm’s renowned photo quality. The X-T100 will be supplied with a Fujinon lens which Fujifilm state will boast ultimate image resolution, lowlight capability, wide dynamic range & outstanding colour reproduction.

The camera will work with Fujifiln’s X mount system which includes over 24 high quality lenses.

Specification

Model Name FUJIFILM X-T100
Number of effective pixels 24.2 million pixels
Image sensor 23.5mm×15.7mm(APS-C) CMOS with  primary color filter
Sensor Cleaning system Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage media SD Card (-2GB) / SDHC Card (-32GB) / SDXC Card (-256GB) UHS-I*1
File format  (still image) JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3*2)
14bit RAW (RAF format)/RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant, DPOF-compatible)
                      (movie) Movie File Format : MOV
Movie Video Compression : H.264
Audio : Linear PCM  Stereo
Number of recorded pixels L: (3:2) 6000x4000 / (16:9) 6000x3376 / (1:1) 4000×4000
M: (3:2) 4240x2832 / (16:9) 4240x2384 / (1:1) 2832×2832
S: (3:2) 3008x2000 / (16:9) 3008x1688 / (1:1) 2000×2000<Motion Panorama>
180°: Vertical: 2160 x 9600 / Horizontal: 9600 x 1440
120°: Vertical: 2160 x 6400 / Horizontal: 6400 x 1440
Lens mount FUJIFILM X mount
Sensitivity     Standard Output Sensitivity : AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3(up to ISO6400) / ISO200 to 12800(1/3 step)
Extended output sensitivity : ISO100 / 25600 / 51200
Exposure control TTL 256-zones metering, Multi / Spot / Average
Exposure mode P(Program AE) / A(Aperture Priority AE) / S(Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M(Manual Exposure)
Exposure compensation -5.0EV – +5.0EV, 1/3EV step
(movie recording : -2.0EV – +2.0EV)
Image Stabilizer Supported with OIS type lens
Face Detection Yes
Eye Detection Yes
Shutter type Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter speed   Mechanical Shutter 4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.(P mode), 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.(All modes)
Bulb mode(up to 60 min), TIME : 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
      Electronic Shutter*3 4 sec. to 1/32000 sec.(P mode), 30 sec. to 1/32000 sec.(All modes)
Bulb mode(1 sec. fixed), TIME : 30 sec to 1/32000sec.
       Mechanical + Electronic Shutter 4 sec. to 1/32000 sec.(P mode), 30 sec. to 1/32000 sec.(All modes)
Bulb mode(up to 60 min), TIME : 30 sec. to 1/32000 sec.
                             Synchronized shutter speed for flash 1/180 sec. or slower
Continuous shooting Approx. 6.0 fps (JPEG : max. approx. 26 frames)
Approx. 3.0 fps (JPEG : max. up to card full)
* Use a card with UHS Speed Class 1.
* Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames.
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing (2/3/5/7/9 frames) ±1/3EV-±3EV, 1/3EV step
Film Simulation Bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100% · 200% · 400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)
White Balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3)
Focus      (mode)
Single AF / Continuous AF / MF / AF+MF
             (type) Intelligent Hybrid AF: TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF, AF assist illuminator available
       (AF frame selection) Single point AF: 7×13 (Changeable size of AF frame among 5 types),
Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 91 areas on 7×13 grid,
Wide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area)
* AF-S : Wide
* AF-C : Tracking
White balance Automatic Scene recognition / Custom1~3 / Color temperature selection (2500K~10000K) /
Preset: Fine,Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White),Incandescent light, Underwater
Self-timer 2sec. / 10sec. / Smile / Buddy (LV.1 – LV.3) / Group (1-4 subjects) / Face Auto Shutter
Flash Manual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)
Guide number : Approx 5 (ISO100・m) / Approx 7 (ISO200・m)
Flash modes Red-eye removal OFF: Auto/Forced Flash/Suppressed Flash/Slow Synchro/Rear-curtain Synchro/Commander
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto/Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash/Suppressed Flash/
Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro/Red-eye Reduction & Rear-curtain Synchro/Commander
*Red-eye removal is active when Face Detection is set to ON.
Hot shoe Yes ( dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
Viewfinder 0.39-in., Approx. 2,360K-dot OLED color viewfinder, Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area : Approx. 100%
Eye point : Approx. 17.5mm ( from the rear end of the camera’s eyepiece), Diopter adjustment : -4m – +2m-1(dpt)
Magnification : 0.62x with 50mm lens[(35mm format equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1m-1.
Diagonal angle of view : Approx. 30°( Horizontal angle of view : Approx. 25°) Built-in eye sensor
LCD monitor 3.0-inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1,040K-dot 3 way Tilt-type, TFT color LCD monitor
Movie recording 4K 3840 x 2160 15P, Continuous recording : up to approx. 30 min.
Full HD 1920 x 1080 59.94p / 50p / 24p / 23.98p, Continuous recording : up to approx. 30 min.
HD 1280 x 720 59.94p / 50p / 24p / 23.98p, Continuous recording : up to approx. 30 min.
High Speed Movie 1280×720 1.6x / 2x / 3.3x / 4x, Continuous recording : up to approx. 7 min.
*For 4K movie recording, use a card with UHS Speed Class 3 or higher
* Although movie recording will continue without interruption when the file size reaches 4 GB, subsequent footage will be recorded to a separate file which must be viewed separately.
Mode dial Advanced SR AUTO / P / S / A / M / Night / Sports / Landscape / Portrait Enhancer / SP(Scene Position) / Adv. / Panorama
Film Simulation mode 11 type (PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, CLASSIC CHROME, PRO Neg Hi, PRO Neg. Std, MONOCHROME, MONOCHROME+Ye FILTER, MONOCHROME+R FILTER, MONOCHROME+G FILTER, SEPIA)
Dynamic range setting AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%
ISO restriction (DR100%: No limit, DR200%: ISO400 or more, DR400%: ISO800 or more)
Advanced filter Toy camera, Miniature, Pop color, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Fish-eye, Soft focus, Cross screen, Partial color (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple), Fog remove, HDR Art
Touch screen Shooting Mode
Touch Shooting, AF, Focus Area, OFF
Touch Function, EVF Touch Screen Area Settings(ALL, RIGHT, LEFT, UPPER RIGHT, UPPER LEFT, LOWER RIGHT, LOWER LEFT, OFF)
Playback Mode
Swipe, Zoom, Pinch-in / Pinch-out, Double-tap, Drag
Power supply NP-W126S Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions 121.0 (W) mm x 83.0 (H) mm x 47.4 (D) mm / 4.8 in.(W) x 3.3 in. (H) x 1.9  in. (D)
(Minimum depth: 33.4 mm/1.3 in.)
Weight Approx. 448g / 15.8 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 399g / 14.1 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Battery life  for still images*4 NP-W126S Li-ion battery (included)
Battery life for still images*4
Approx. 430frams (Normal Mode) When XF35mmF1.4 R is set.
Actual battery life of movie capture*4
*Face detection is set to OFF
4K: approx. 90 min., FULL HD: approx. 100 min.
Continuance battery life of movie capture*4
*Face detection is set to OFF
4K: approx. 150 min., FULL HD: approx. 170 min.
Starting up period Approx. 0.4 sec., when High Performance mode set to ON
Approx. 0.8 sec., when High Performance mode set to OFF
* Fujifilm research


X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3 & X100F firmware updates

Fujifilm have announced a new round of Firmware updates for the X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3 & X100F.

Firmware Version

FUJIFILM X-E3 (Ver.1.2.0) - due late April 2018

 1. Supports “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”

After connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro. Fast batch processing will also be available. The “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” can be downloaded from the FUJIFILM website for free.

 

  1. Support for backup/restore of camera settings via FUJIFILM X Acquire

Once connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X Acquire” allows users to backup/restore camera settings to/from a file. Copying all camera settings from one camera to another is available.

 

  1. 3. Compatible with the newly developed FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens

The upgrade will add compatibility for the newly developed FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens.

 

1) MF ring can be used as zoom ring

2) Maintain the lens zoom position during interval shooting

3) Maintain the lens zoom position in playback mode to shorten the startup time for the next shooting

 

4.Improve radio flash controller usability

The upgrade allows users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync. or TTL mode via their radio controllers.

 

5.Enlarged and customizable indicators or information

The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor.

This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.

 

6.Enhanced Bluetooth®* connectivity via FUJIFILM Camera Remote app.

The upgrade allows users to utilize the following functions with the latest “FUJFIILM Camera Remote” app.

 

1) The upgrade allows users to select multiple smartphones or tablet devices by paring the cameras.(Up to 7 devices)

2) Update the firmware** of compatible cameras that offer Bluetooth® capability via smartphone or tablet devices.

3) It supports Bluetooth® wireless remote control camera shutter release** for cameras that offer Bluetooth® capability.

*The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by FUJIFILM Corporation is under license.

**An upgrade to the “FUJIFILM Camera Remote” that will be available in May 2018 is required to operate firmware update and camera shutter release.


FUJIFILM X100F (Ver.2.1.0) - due late April 2018

1.Enlarged and customizable indicators or information

The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor.

This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.


FUJIFILM X-H1 (Ver.1.1.0) - due May 2018

 

  1. Addition of “Focus Bracketing”

The update will enable the photographer to shoot focus distance bracketing up to 999 frames. When the photographer begins shooting, the focal location is shifted with each activation of the shutter by the step of focus shift set from 1 to 10.

 

2.Compatible with the newly developed cinema lens FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 lens and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 lens

The upgrade will add compatibility for the newly developed FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 lens and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 lens

 

1) Aperture information can be displayed on the monitor. The upgrade allows users to select T-stop or F-stop.

2) The upgrade allows users to check the focus distance with the distance indicator shown on the monitor.

3) Automatically corrects the distortion and the color/brightness shading.

4) Camera automatically calculate the White Balance based on the lens position and deliver the color expressions with Film Simulation modes.

 

3.Enlarged and customizable indicators or information

The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor.

This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.

 

  1. Enhanced Phase Detection AF during movie recording

Enabled phase detection AF at smallest area size when in single point AF, making phase detection AF active all 6 area sizes both in AF-S/AF-C mode.

 

  1. Expanded Phase Detection AF Area options during still shooting

Phase detection AF is now available in the smallest size single AF point when shooting in AF-S and AF-C modes.  This takes the total phase detection AF areas to 6.

 

6.Enhanced Bluetooth®* connectivity via FUJIFILM Camera Remoteapp.

The upgrade allows users to utilize the following functions with the latest “FUJFIILM Camera Remote” app.

 

1) It synchronizes "date and time" and/or "location information" of smartphone and tablet devices when used with cameras with Bluetooth® capability

2) The upgrade allows users to select multiple smartphones or tablet devices by paring the cameras.(Up to 7 devices)

3) Update the firmware** of compatible cameras that offer Bluetooth® capability via smartphone or tablet devices.

4) It supports Bluetooth® wireless remote control camera shutter release** for cameras that offer Bluetooth® capability.

 

  1. Addition of Fn button support for “IS Mode”

The upgrade allows users to set the Fn button as “IS Mode” for quicker setting changes.

 


FUJIFILM X-T2 (Ver.4.0.0) - due May 2018

  1. Addition of “Focus Bracketing”

The update will enable the photographer to shoot focus distance bracketing up to 999 frames. When the photographer starts shooting, the focal location is shifted with each activation of the shutter by the step of focus shift set from 1 to 10.

 2.Compatible with the newly developed cinema lens FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 lens and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 lens

The upgrade will add compatibility for the newly developed FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 lens and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 lens

1) Aperture information can be displayed on the monitor. The upgrade allows users to select T-stop or F-stop.

2) The upgrade allows users to check the focus distance with the distance indicator shown on the monitor.

3) Automatically corrects the distortion and the color/brightness shading.

4) Camera automatically calculate the White Balance based on the lens position and deliver the color expressions with Film Simulation modes

3.Enlarged and customizable indicators or information

The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor.

This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.

  1. Addition of F-log SD card recording

The upgrade allows users to record F-log movie data into their SD card.

 

  1. Addition of 1080/120P high-speed video mode

The upgrade allows users to shoot 1080/120P high-speed video (1/2, 1/4 and 1/5 speed slow motion), ideal for recording spectacular slow-motion footage

 

  1. Enhanced Phase Detection AF

Latest updates to the AF algorithm provide the following performance enhancements:

 

(1) The low-light limit for phase detection autofocus has been improved by approximately 1.5 stops from 0.5EV to -1.0EV, raising the precision and speed of autofocus in low-light environments.
(2) The range at minimum aperture has been expanded from F8 to F11. For example, even when using the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with the tele converter XF2X TC WR, phase detection autofocus can now be used.
(3) Major improvements have been made to the AF-C performance while operating the zoom, which provides major benefits when shooting sports and other scenarios in which the subjects moves unpredictably.
(4) Finely-detailed surface textures of wild birds and wild animals can now be captured at high speed and with high precision as a result of improvement in phase detection autofocus.

 

  1. Addition of “Flicker Reduction”

For enhancing the quality of indoor sports photography, the upgrade allows users to reduce flicker in pictures and the display when shooting under fluorescent lighting and other similar light sources.

 

  1. Addition of “Select Folder” and “Create Folder”

Enables the user to choose the folder in which subsequent pictures will be stored. And also enable to enter a five-character folder name to create a new folder in which to store subsequent pictures.


FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (Ver.5.0.0) - due May 2018

 

1.Enlarged and customizable indicators or information

The upgrade allows users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor.

This upgrade will also enable users to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.

 

  1. Enhanced Phase Detection AF

Latest updates to the AF algorithm provide the following performance enhancements

 

(1) The low-light limit for phase detection autofocus has been improved by approximately 1.5 stops from 0.5EV to -1.0EV, raising the precision and speed of autofocus in low-light environments.
(2) The range at minimum aperture has been expanded from F8 to F11. For example, even when using the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with the tele converter XF2X TC WR, phase detection autofocus can now be used.
(3) Major improvements have been made to the AF-C performance while operating the zoom, which provides major benefits when shooting sports and other scenarios in which the subjects moves unpredictably.
(4) Finely-detailed surface textures of wild birds and wild animals can now be captured at high speed and with high precision as a result of improvement in phase detection autofocus.

 

  1. Addition of “Flicker Reduction”

For enhancing the quality of indoor sports photography, the upgrade allows users to reduce flicker in pictures and the display when shooting under fluorescent lighting and other similar light sources.

 

  1. Addition of “Select Folder” and “Create Folder”

Enable to choose the folder in which subsequent pictures will be stored. And also enable to enter a five-character folder name to create a new folder in which to store subsequent pictures.


A guide to long exposure photography

Long exposure photography is something that many photographers like to try at least once. Using a neutral density filter to extend exposure time can be a great way to expand your creativity when it comes to producing great images. This basic guide should give you a head start and provide you with the knowledge you will need to get started.

Things you will need

  • A camera and lens, hopefully this goes without saying.
  • A sturdy tripod is important and buying one of poor quality rather than save for a bit longer is false economy. Buy the best that you can afford and look at it as an investment. I use the Gitzo Systematic Series tripods. I like the Systematic range due to the centre column being absent. The lack of centre column means maximum stability and the ability to set the tripod up really close to the ground when needed. If I look after them these will last me for decades to come.
  • A sturdy tripod head is also important, especially when using heavier cameras and longer lenses. Setting up your shot only to have your camera keep moving due to a head that is not up the task is very frustrating. It was exactly this that finally made me bite the bullet and buy decent kit. I use a Kirk BH-1 and Kirk BH-3 Ball Head on each of my tripods. They are simple but solid and very well made.
  • A neutral density filter I recommend the square type filters that use an adapter and filter holder to fit to your lens such as those in the image below. Screw in filters will also work but do have limitations. I highly recommend the LEE 100mm Filter System due to its high quality and flexibility when it comes to using different cameras and lenses. I use a single selection of filters for my Fujifilm X-T2, Fujifilm GFX-50s and even my large format film camera. The only thing I need to change Is the adapter ring that fits to the front of my lens. ND filters are available in many different strengths. A 10 stop filter is a good place to start and will allow you to reduce exposure time enough to make a significant impact on your image.
  • A remote shutter release cableIf you don't have a cable, use the cameras built in timer as this will help to eliminate any softness in your image caused my camera shake.

Optional extras

  • Graduated neutral density filters (For balancing exposure).
  • A circular polarising filter Can be used to reduce haze and control reflections.
  • 3 old CD's (These can be placed under the tripod feet to stop the legs sinking when shooting on soft sand or mud).

Camera and lens settings

  • Single shot mode and all bracketing options turned off.
  • Focus set to manual and if your camera has the option then turn focus peaking on as this will help you to focus easily.
  • Any image stabilisation turned off as this can become confused when your camera is mounted on a tripod and cause it to make corrections that are not needed resulting in a soft image.
  • ISO needs to bet set at the lowest native setting and not in auto ISO. For example on the Fujifilm X-T2 this will be ISO 200.
  • Aperture is dependant on many things such as subject, what lens you are using and how much depth of field you require. For now lets assume we are using a wide angle lens and set the aperture at between f/8 and f/11. This should give you enough depth of field to ensure front to back sharpness.
  • Long exposure noise reduction set to off. You can choose to keep this turned on if you wish and allow the camera to apply noise correction. The only problem with this is that for every exposure you make, the camera will take the same amount of time to process the file and apply the noise correction. This could mean a long wait in between shots and possible missed opportunities. It's easy enough to apply noise correction when post processing.
  • Shoot RAW if you want maximum flexibility when it comes to post processing your image. This, as with most other things is optional and if you don't wish to spend time at the computer and are happy with the JPEG files that your camera produces, then shooting in JPEG is fine. It does limit you though and due to the colour casts that can produced by some neutral density filters, having the maximum flexibility and information contained within the RAW file is going to ensure that you get the absolute best results possible. Most cameras now have the option of shooting RAW+JPEG so if you are unfamiliar with processing RAW files choose this option and you will have a JPEG file you can share straight away and a RAW file that you can come back to at a later date.

Let's get shooting!

So now that we have all the settings needed to make a long exposure lets put it into practice. My favourite place for long exposure photography is on the coast or anywhere that has water.

Long exposures can turn the roughest of seas calm and give seascapes an almost alien appearance.

 

Set the exposure

Set up your tripod carefully in a firm and level position and find a composition that you are happy with. Plug in your remote shutter release and dial in the correct exposure. We've already set the aperture and ISO as above so the only remaining part of the exposure triangle is the shutter speed. If you have a mirrorless camera such as the Fujifilm XT-2 this can be done with the ND filter in place but to ensure we nail focus and for the benefit of those not using a camera with this function leave it off for now. Keep an eye on your histogram as a good guide to correct exposure.

Balancing exposure

As mentioned in the 'Optional Extras' section above. If using a filter holder a Graduated Neutral density filter can be used to balance exposure at this point if the dynamic range of the scene exceeds that which the camera can record in a single exposure.

This is where using screw in filters can be limiting and the options would either be to bracket exposures and blend together in post processing or decide whether to sacrifice details in the shadows or highlights. If you decide to use a graduated filter then ensure to leave the place in your filter holder closest to your lens free for the ND filter. Doing this ensures that a light tight seal is made between the filter and filter holder.

Focus

Check again that you are in manual focus and focus your lens. Zooming in to ensure critical focus is a good idea. Taking your time now and ensuring everything is right will save disappointment when sat at the computer later.

Take a test shot

Before placing the neutral density filter in place, take a test shot. Be sure to use either a remote shutter release cable or the cameras built in self timer. This will eliminate camera shake that can be caused by pressing the shutter button. Ensure that exposure is correct and zoom in around the scene to check focus. Make any adjustments that are needed and repeat this step until you are happy.

Fit the ND filter

Make a note of the exposure time without the ND filter and then put the filter in place. I like to remove the filter holder from the lens to slide the ND filter into place. This ensures that I don't accidentally mess up my composition by moving the camera and also means that I can check that it is fitted correctly with no gaps where I may get light leaks. If using a screw in filter then be careful not to move the camera or adjust focus accidentally.

Calculate the correct exposure

Calculating the long exposure is easy these days due to technology available to us. There are various applications that you can use and many filter manufacturers include a sheet showing adjusted exposure times. LEE filters have an app that allows you to select either their 6 Stop, 10 Stop or 15 Stop Filters that is excellent. For example if my un-filtered exposure time is 1/15th second my exposure time using a 10 Stop filter will be 1 minute. If you don't have access to a device that supports the use of these applications I would recommend writing down or printing out corrected exposure times on a sheet of paper and keeping them in your camera bag. This is good practice anyway as phone battery's do go flat at the most inconvenient of times.

Check again!

Make an exposure with the filter in place using the remote shutter release cable or built in self timer. Check the exposure is correct and that focus is accurate on the image you've just taken and make any final adjustments that are needed.

Practice

The more you use neutral density filters for long exposure photography the more familiar you will become with the effects that they produce. Taking into account the movement of clouds among other things that can add to your compositions. As with anything the more you practice the better you will get. Hopefully the information provided here will give you a head start and serve as a useful guide.

Matt

www.shootprocessrepeat.com


With the Fujifilm X100F through Southeast Asia

When it comes to Travel Photography I hear a lot of questions which gear may be the best. Should You switch to a DSLR and a whole parade of lenses, or is something small and compact better?

Being Familiar with Your Camera

I prefer to use the gear that I am already familiar with and wouldn't switch anything. In Berlin, I use the Fujifim X100F and even though You might be scared to only have a fixed-focal-length camera with You and might miss some shots, this isn't really a problem. I am facing the same "problem" while photographing in Berlin and so far I have not run into a scene, that was impossible to photograph with this camera.

Instead of buying new gear just for a journey, use the camera that You are already familiar with and use it its maximum potential.

Hanoi

My first stop was Hanoi and I absolutely love this city and its small alleys as well as the characteristic of the sun.

Hanoi is famous for its train track which allows for some great leading lines, but also coffee and relaxation. Especially in the morning or evening hours when the sun is lower, the long drawn tracks are a great opportunity to get decent shots.

Normally, Hanoi is a very busy place and the train tracks are a great change of pace.

In this city, the Fujifilm X100F can also show its great versatility. Whether You are out shooting on the markets in old-town, the train tracks or visiting the Hoan-Kiem Lake at night, the camera always performs well. Crowded places, low light situations or directly into the sun, the X100F is suitable for all these situations.

The hardest Challenge in Indonesia

After Hanoi, I visited Saigon and Jakarta, which were great cities also, but not that different from Hanoi when it comes to travel photography.

On the contrary, in East Java, a real adventure waited for me and my photography. I planned to stay for a few weeks in the Indonesian Jungle and wanted to document the life in a remote village, as well as the miners at the Mount Ijen nearby.

Already on the second evening, my homestay's host invited me to the wedding of his cousin. I didn't know what to expect and how a traditional Indonesian wedding would look like. So I brought also my external flash with me because it gets dark very early there.

It was the right choice and in combination with the X100F, I managed to get some decent shots of the bride & groom, as well of the wedding party.

On the technical side, I like to pre-focus my camera to around 1.5 ~ 2 meters and use an aperture of f/8 or f/11. In low-light, the auto-focus can be a little weak, but by pre-focusing, I can circumvent this problem and still get my shots.

Mount Ijen

Then I arrived at the main reason of my journey - the Mount Ijen.

The mountain is best known for its "Blue Fire" at night and the reason why tourists, usually go there at the evening and leave in the early morning hours.

My purpose was different as I wanted to document the miners and their incredible hard job.

Mount Ijen is a volcano mountain and home to one of the largest sulfur source.

The miners carry manually up 70kg of sulfur on their back up and down the crater. What is already a difficult path without the weight on my shoulders and takes more than an hour, is even more of a challenge for the miners.

But they aren't satisfied with this one load, they do this tour four times during a work day, bringing around 280kg to the buyer.

Going down the crater and photographing at the same time is a huge challenge. From the bottom of the crater, toxic sulfur smokes rises and the wind is very unpredictable.

Apart from my own health, I was already afraid how my X100F would work in this environment. I didn't take any precautions for the camera aside from a new lens hood.

Of course, I wanted to get close and dive right into the scene, which meant that the camera was also exposed to the sulfur smoke and the dust.

Gas masks are mandatory when descending to the bottom of the crater, but my camera didn't have any additional protection.

Arriving at the bottom I photographed the direct mining of the sulfur, which normally no tourist is able to witness. Standing for around 20 minutes in the smoke, I could feel my lungs and eyes burn, but at the same time was very happy with the performance of the camera.

Escaping this surreal place I was very afraid that the camera would have taken damage from a long time in the smoke & dust.

Two months later, the camera still performs very well and has endured this tour very well. Some buttons are a little stiff, but this is honestly not a big problem for me and I am confident that with a little more time they will also improve again.

My conclusion is now, that it doesn't take a lot of gear or different equipment for such a journey where You are facing a lot of different places and events. For me, my Fujifilm X100F was more than sufficient and even survived toxic sulphur smoke.

I am sure, with any other setup I wouldn't be as happy and wouldn't change anything for the next trip."

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Lurking In Shadows

Photography and music have leapfrogged each other for almost all of my life. Photography kicked in during my early teens with adventures in the school darkroom. Music arrived not long after that in the form of the tenor saxophone and the battle to be my number one was on. Sometimes the photographer would be ahead, sometimes it was the musician in me.

Where the two overlapped was my love of music photography. Quite often that could be rock and roll photography in Rolling Stone Magazine form, but my true love of music photographs was jazz, especially work by the great Herman Leonard. But strange as it may seem I didn't think about mixing my two loves until April 2013.

I'm a member of The Kage Collective (pronounced Ka-gay) and I was looking for a quick project to use as content for our monthly output. I decided to contact Tommy Smith about going along to a Scottish National Jazz Orchestra concert (Tommy is the director of the orchestra) and documenting both behind the scenes and the actual performance. That one night developed into a long-term project that I am still working on to this day as their official photographer. I've also shot a handful of jazz CD covers and even had the cover of Jazzwise magazine too.

It's hard to explain what I'm trying to capture in my music photography, but every now and then, when I squeeze the shutter button, I feel I've captured a true moment, something timeless that would sit perfectly in any of the jazz photography books on my bookshelf. These moments only exist for 1/125th of a second and they're gone. There is nothing before and nothing after...it's a heartbeat. I see a lot of these moments in my viewfinder, but by the time I see them, they're already gone. That's why they come once in a blue moon. Sure, there are hundreds of keepers during a gig, but these special moments are much more elusive.

So I'll keep trying to find these pure moments as I'm lurking in shadows and hoping my trigger finger is one step ahead of my eye. In this age of the smartphone and the constant snapping of hundreds of thousands of pictures each day, I think we all question the relevance of our pictures. But with an archive of over 47,000 jazz photographs, I have to believe there is historical value in what I'm doing. Time will tell.


Fujiholics Sports Relief! get involved

Guys its sport relief soon and I have been asked to help promote Sport Relief with the Fujiholics. Sport Relief runs ( pun intended) from the 17th - 23rd of March.

So this years campaign is "What Moves You" and as part of this we’re challenging the nation to get moving and complete 1billion steps every day for the week of Sport Relief 2018, from 17th – 23rd March!

Our Job is the Rocky Pose to tie in with the billion steps challenge we would be asking you to gather as many people as possible at famous steps across the UK and run up and down ‘Rocky style’. Or even as a solo shot from yourself then post the images on Instagram and Twitter with the #Fujiholics and #TeamSportRelief

Here is the App you can sign up to https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sport-relief/id1322989652?mt=8 then join the Fujiholics League and lets show them how many steps we can do ! It's the photography show at the same time so we could get some serious steps in walking around the show !

Why not start now !!

Find out League here https://app.sportrelief.com/leagues/fujiholics-0078738b/invite