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Photographer
Bare Essential Photos
Posts: 3,252
Upland, California, US


Would like to hear from any of you who are shooting with this camera. Entertaining the thought of getting one.
Dec 28 12 08:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,217
Salem, Oregon, US


is it similar to the x-pro1? we love our x-pro1 for non-action shooting. it outperforms the 5D MK II to some extent. it does chew through batteries and in general is somewhat sluggish compared to a d-slr. at weddings i arm the wife with the x-pro1 and she wanders around doing available light stuff (mostly with the 35f1.4 although some with the 18) while i worry about flashing everyone with the 5D MK II. the wife cranks that thing up to ISO 5000 (and beyond) and mostly it looks pretty good (faces can get a bit melted at high ISO).

several local wedding photographers have the x-pro1 now, not just us. if i shot weddings solo i would use it as a 2nd body, but not a main.
Dec 28 12 08:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bare Essential Photos
Posts: 3,252
Upland, California, US


To Twoharts --

Yes, it's very much like the X-Pro 1, but slightly smaller, slimmer. About $300 less than the X-Pro 1. Uses the same mount.
Dec 28 12 08:32 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Shane Noir
Posts: 2,332
Los Angeles, California, US


twoharts wrote:
(faces can get a bit melted at high ISO).

scary!

Dec 28 12 08:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,217
Salem, Oregon, US


we do a lot of shooting t-shirts and products for web catalogs and i switched to doing those with the x-pro1 and the shots looked better than what i was getting before with the 5D MK II (more detail, truer colors). we've also had people mistake our x-pro1 shots for film. there's just something nice about that sensor (and no low-pass filter on the x-pro1). but good luck trying to shoot sports with it!

we have had a few times where it went wonky and we had to take out the battery. and it does this weird thing where if you are in PLAY mode and go past the end of the card it says "card read error" (but the images are ok).

Bare Essential Photos wrote:
Yes, it's very much like the pro X-1, but slightly smaller, slimmer. About $300 less than the pro X-1. Uses the same mount.

Dec 28 12 08:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bare Essential Photos
Posts: 3,252
Upland, California, US


To twoharts --

No, it's for studio and street shooting.

How do you like the lenses? 35mm f1.4 and the 18-55mm f2.8-4 zoom? Is the camera easy to navigate and do custom white balance?



Gabby
Dec 28 12 08:39 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,217
Salem, Oregon, US


we have the three primes: 18, 35 and 60. the 35 gets the most use followed by the 18. the 60 claims to be a macro lens but really isn't that much better than using the 35 with the camera's macro mode enabled. the 60 is better for blurring backgrounds.

i'd like wider and longer. and image stabilization (too bad they couldn't put that in the body like olympus).

it's easy enough to use. ISO is through the menus but there is a "func" button up top that you can assign ISO menu access to. there is an auto ISO but i couldn't find a way to program in a safety shift on the shutter speed (auto ISO lets the shutter drop too slow for people).

my family put us to work xmas eve shooting indoor shots and the x-pro1 did way better than my stepmoms' canon 40D (for some reason my dad got her an older model for xmas). i don't usually lug my 5D MK II to family events but we always take the x-pro1.

the wife loves the x-pro1 dearly. for my part i still shoot mostly with the 5D MK II but i'm always happy when the wife takes a break at weddings and i can run around a bit with the x-pro1 (it has a nice b&w mode).

aperture still can't parse the x-pro1 raw files although adobe can.

also the focus can be a little iffy on the x-pro1 (not so much locking focus as where it decides to put the focus). definitely get more mis-focused shots with it than with the 5D MK II (but some of that may be the wife). it's definitely a camera that tries to hit home runs but strikes out sometimes swinging for the fences.

Bare Essential Photos wrote:
How do you like the lenses? 35mm 1.4 and the zoom? Is it easy to navigate?

Dec 28 12 08:50 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bare Essential Photos
Posts: 3,252
Upland, California, US


To twoharts --

Okay, been thinking of going either with the new Canon EOS-M or the Fuji E-X1. Can purchase the new Canon with the adapter since I already have the lenses, but would like to entertain the thought of going with the Fuji and breaking away from Canon. Canon doesn't seem to have any plans for fast lenses for the EOS-M canon. Time will tell.
Dec 28 12 08:57 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,217
Salem, Oregon, US


with the fuji you can get a leica adapter although i guess leica lenses are expensive.

i guess the way i'd describe the fuji is quirky but brilliant. it's really fun to shoot with so long as you understand what it was built for (and what it wasn't built for). it's not the camera for those once-in-a-lifetime moments that happen in the blink of an eye.

one thing we've noticed at weddings is that the wife can pretty much go around unnoticed with the x-pro1 whereas my 5D MKII always draws attention.

for my next body i'm lusting after a nikon D800E. gear lust never ends. sigh.

Bare Essential Photos wrote:
Okay, been thinking of going either with the new Canon EOS-M or the Fuji E-X1. Can purchase the new Canon with the adapter since I already have the lenses, but would like to entertain the thought of going with the Fuji and breaking away from Canon. Canon doesn't seem to have any plans for fast lenses for the EOS-M canon. Time will tell.

Dec 28 12 09:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bare Essential Photos
Posts: 3,252
Upland, California, US


Yeah, it would be great to get the E-X1 for street photography. May get myself one with the two lenses (1.4 35mm and 2.8-4 18-55mm) and play around with it.

twoharts wrote:
with the fuji you can get a leica adapter although i guess leica lenses are expensive.

i guess the way i'd describe the fuji is quirky but brilliant. it's really fun to shoot with so long as you understand what it was built for (and what it wasn't built for). it's not the camera for those once-in-a-lifetime moments that happen in the blink of an eye.

one thing we've noticed at weddings is that the wife can pretty much go around unnoticed with the x-pro1 whereas my 5D MKII always draws attention.

for my next body i'm lusting after a nikon D800E. gear lust never ends. sigh.

*Nice pic BTW: )

Dec 28 12 09:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bare Essential Photos
Posts: 3,252
Upland, California, US


Is there anyone else using the Fuji camera?
Dec 29 12 05:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Art Silva
Posts: 8,948
Santa Barbara, California, US


Try here, I started the same thread earlier this month. It was just released and nobody seemed to have it yet but has opinions via the X-Pro1
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=871311
Dec 29 12 07:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Happy Guy Photos
Posts: 1,116
Upland, California, US


To Art Silva Photography --

Thank you : )


Gabby
Dec 29 12 09:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,217
Salem, Oregon, US


we shot a pre-wedding reception tonight and it was dark out and they had most of the lights turned off and the father of the groom-to-be asked the wife how she was getting anything with "that camera". what he didn't know was that she was happily clicking away at ISO 6400 f1.4 and getting some nice images from the fuji. the 5D MK II got tied up servicing the photo booth so i took the couple outside with the fuji in the dying light and got some nice shots.
Dec 29 12 10:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Happy Guy Photos
Posts: 1,116
Upland, California, US


To twoharts --

twoharts wrote:
we shot a pre-wedding reception tonight and it was dark out and they had most of the lights turned off and the father of the groom-to-be asked the wife how she was getting anything with "that camera". what he didn't know was that she was happily clicking away at ISO 6400 f1.4 and getting some nice images from the fuji. the 5D MK II got tied up servicing the photo booth so i took the couple outside with the fuji in the dying light and got some nice shots.

Hope you share some of the wedding pics : )

Nice to know that the E-X1 works well in low light.

(aka: Bare Essential Photos)

Dec 29 12 11:58 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,217
Salem, Oregon, US


we have the x-pro1 but if they are substantially similar cameras ...

Happy Guy Photos wrote:
Nice to know that the E-X1 works well in low light.

Dec 30 12 12:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Blaneyphoto
Posts: 545
New York, New York, US


Bare Essential Photos wrote:
Is there anyone else using the Fuji camera?

I've ditched the 5DmkII and L glass for the Fuji X100 and X-Pro 1. Fantastic results in the studio and on the street. I'm using the 35mm and 60mm. Both razor sharp. 60mm is dreadfully slow to autofocus,  however.

A few examples...
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5038/6922334636_3c1fbe3b35_z.jpg
Fuji X-Pro 1 Studio Test by blaneyphoto., on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8447/7742611858_509d2cf28d_z.jpg
Untitled by blaneyphoto., on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7238/7184161076_f91b49d05c_z.jpg
Fuji X-Pro 1 test portrait by blaneyphoto., on Flickr

Dec 30 12 12:31 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,217
Salem, Oregon, US


nice work! the 60 can take good pictures but i've been a bit disappointed by its performance (both in terms of AF and macro). i'd really like to get a leica adapter and try a leica lens.

Blaneyphoto wrote:
I've ditched the 5DmkII and L glass for the Fuji X100 and X-Pro 1. Fantastic results in the studio and on the street. I'm using the 35mm and 60mm. Both razor sharp. 60mm is dreadfully slow to autofocus,  however.

Dec 30 12 01:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,217
Salem, Oregon, US


the x-pro1 LCD has a wide viewing angle so i can hold it up high or down low and still see what i'm doing. with my 5D MK II i just have to hold it up and guess.

my 5D MK II is a workhorse but the fuji is the first camera i've loved since i had to leave my olympus e-300 behind (it was only good until about ISO 400).

Blaneyphoto wrote:
and on the street.

Dec 30 12 01:11 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bare Essential Photos
Posts: 3,252
Upland, California, US


To Blaneyphotos --

Thanks for sharing : )



Gabby
Dec 30 12 06:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bare Essential Photos
Posts: 3,252
Upland, California, US


Yes, Fuji's new sensor really seems to bring out more clarity without any unnecessary noise and the E-X1 has that adjustable LCD whereas the EOS-M doesn't.
Jan 01 13 07:27 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jason Haven
Posts: 38,283
Washington, District of Columbia, US


The X-E1's LCD is not adjustable. Unless you're only talking about brightness.

I have the X-Pro1, liked it so much, I decided to get an X-E1 as a back up body and go DSLRless. I miss having a DSLR at times, but I'm getting way more use out of the X series than I ever got out of DSLRs.

Note: I do not do this for a living. I tend to shoot subject matter that works for the sort of cameras the X series is. YMMV, greatly.
Jan 01 13 10:10 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ontherocks
Posts: 22,217
Salem, Oregon, US


for me it's a complementary camera. it doesn't replace my d-slr. it's just not fast enough for that (plus if you put a heavy flash on top it's unbalanced). but i need to be able to use flash and capture moments that happen in the blink of an eye at weddings. if i were shooting solo i'd have my 5D MKII and my x-pro1 around my neck.

ASYLUM - Photo wrote:
I miss having a DSLR at times

Jan 01 13 10:17 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Happy Guy Photos
Posts: 1,116
Upland, California, US


To ASYLUM --

ASYLUM - Photo wrote:
The X-E1's LCD is not adjustable. Unless you're only talking about brightness.

I have the X-Pro1, liked it so much, I decided to get an X-E1 as a back up body and go DSLRless. I miss having a DSLR at times, but I'm getting way more use out of the X series than I ever got out of DSLRs.

Note: I do not do this for a living. I tend to shoot subject matter that works for the sort of cameras the X series is. YMMV, greatly.

My bad. Was mixing up the LCD screen with the Sony NEX-6.

I'm thinking of using this more as an outdoor (street and natural light) camera. May not be using it for studio shoots because its flash sync speed is only 180th sec.

[(aka: Bare Essential Photos) Sometimes I forget which account I'm on when I reply.]

Jan 01 13 02:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bare Essential Photos
Posts: 3,252
Upland, California, US


It looks like the Fuji E-X1 would make a great natural light (indoor or outdoor) camera. I've been doing more of that lately.
Jan 02 13 11:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jason Haven
Posts: 38,283
Washington, District of Columbia, US


twoharts wrote:
for me it's a complementary camera. it doesn't replace my d-slr. it's just not fast enough for that (plus if you put a heavy flash on top it's unbalanced). but i need to be able to use flash and capture moments that happen in the blink of an eye at weddings. if i were shooting solo i'd have my 5D MKII and my x-pro1 around my neck.


Yeah, in the ideal world, where money is no option, I'd have both kits. But for what I shoot, I needed to be realistic about budgeting. smile

Jan 03 13 03:46 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jason Haven
Posts: 38,283
Washington, District of Columbia, US


Bare Essential Photos wrote:
It looks like the Fuji E-X1 would make a great natural light (indoor or outdoor) camera. I've been doing more of that lately.

That's where it excels at. smile

Jan 03 13 03:47 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bare Essential Photos
Posts: 3,252
Upland, California, US


To ASLYUM --

Yeah, it seems like the Fuji E-X1 is a poor man's Leica M9. I think it would be nice to have one on the side.



Gabby
Jan 03 13 07:07 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Bare Essential Photos
Posts: 3,252
Upland, California, US


Was thinking of getting an E-X1 but it now seems as though Fuji doesn't have a factory repair location in California like Canon does. Has anyone in Calif. had to take in their digitial Fuji camera in for repair? Did you go to an authorize Fuji center?


Gabby
Jan 04 13 11:55 am  Link  Quote 
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