Cameras & Lenses (updated 16th Sept 2016)
It started with a Fujifilm X-E1 (which I still own) but now mainly using a pair of Fujifilm X-E2s (a silver & a black) with the following set of lenses:
1) XF 35mm f1.4
2) XF 23mm f1.4
3) XF 14mm f2.8
4) XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 LM OIS
5) XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 LM OIS
Three main reasons why I am enthused with the Fuji X-Series system:
i) The beautiful and life-like photos the Fuji X-Series system delivers. I am really impressed by the camera’s X-Trans sensor to capture colour and light level extremes beautifully, with excellent tonal range and smooth gradations. Really excellent image quality in a compact form. ‘Out of camera’ JPEGs is very good, with some additional effort on the RAW files, you get even more latitude with the images.
ii) The overall design, controls and handling of the X-E2, total (manual) control of all critical camera settings at the turn of a dial gives me full control over a scene and helps me to respond quickly to changing shooting conditions.
iii) Its comprehensive range of high performance XF lenses available to match the X-Series cameras, delivering detailed and sharp images with pleasing colour rendition.
Nothing is perfect in this world, the X-E2 did have its share of handling and performance idiosyncrasies at the outset, but most of the issues (like poor AF performance) have been fixed over time and new features added via firmware upgrades makes it a great little camera at present. I personally find the X-E2 a lot of fun and satisfying to use. It just encourages and compels me to do more, try more.
XF 35mm f 1.4
One of my favourite XF lens. A very sharp lens with excellent colour rendition, love its bokeh at wide open. With a +5 close-up filter, this lens double as a ‘light’ macro lens for close-up photography. Results is still excellent. Not as fast to focus as the new XF primes as it has an older generation focusing drive mechanism.
XF 23mm f 1.4
Another very sharp lens with excellent colour rendition, love its handling and bokeh at wide open. I opt for this when photographing in tighter surroundings where wider coverage is required.
XF 14mm f 2.8
Very sharp lens with excellent colour rendition. Perfect for wide landscapes or in tight surroundings where wider coverage is required. Prefers the 14mm for its compact size, lighter weight and a couple of wider stops compared to the XF 10-24mm.
XF 18-55mm f 2.8 – 4 LM OIS
All-rounder high performance lens, the one I will have with me if I am limited to bring only one lens. Remarkably sharp for a zoom lens and the OIS is truly superb. Sharp ‘camera shake’ free photos down to 1/15 of a second handheld (provided the subject stays still 🙂 ) is not a problem with this lens.
XF 55-200mm f 3.5 – 4.8 LM OIS
High performance lens, very sharp with nice (neutral) colour rendition. The OIS in this lens is truly superb. Sharp ‘camera shake’ free photos down to 1/60 of a second handheld at its longest focal length (provided the subject stays still 🙂 ) is a non issue with this lens.
There are plenty of Fuji X-Series cameras and lenses reviews on the net but if like to hear from a user’s personal experience and opinion on the Fuji X-Series cameras and lenses, feel free to drop me a line. Happy to answer them.
Velbon UT-43D II
A compact, lightweight and sturdy tripod which can be nicely folded down to about a foot high, weigh less than 1kg, which I find an acceptable weight to carry around when traveling.
(the trunnion system ‘twist lock’ rubber ring grip could do with a re-design to make it more robust and sturdy, as they can get loose with repeated locking and releasing)
1) Lightroom 6.6
2) Photo Ninja 1.2.5
(don’t use it much these days as X-Trans support on LR is getting better and better from LR 6 on)
3) Replichrome (hardly use them these days)