In my bag shot - this is my main set-up when travelling but do take one or two when doing some random street shooting.
Here’s what’s what:
- Fuji X-Pro1 fitted with Gordy Camera strap and Gariz half-leather case
- Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4 R - this is my main lens and is usually welded to my Fuji. This is also my main lens when the sun comes down.
- Fujinon XF14mm f/2.8 R
- Fujinon XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS - I recently got this (as in just a few hours back). I am still getting used to this lens and how it behaves from end-to-end. However, I am planning to use this set primarily to 23mm. Great build quality and feel.
- Phottix Mitros
- Nikon SB-910 (not included in the picture as I used it to take this shot)
- Three Yongnuo RF-603C for remote flash triggering
- Extra battery for the Fuji
- Lensmate thumbrest for the Fuji
- Giottos rocket air blower
- Contax RX with Carl Zeiss Planar 1,7/50 C/Y Mount
- Contax G1 with Carl Zeiss Planar 2/45 G
- Assorted Films (I normally use Kodak BW400CN, Kodak Tri-X 400, Kodak Portra 400, Fuji Superi 400 and for low ISO - Kodak Ektar 100)
Looking forward to what Fuji has to offer next in their lenses. Currently, I am planning to get the 23 f/1.4, 55 f/1.2 and 10-24 f/4 lenses.
Portrait of my older brother - Randy.
Two light set-up with Phottix Mitros set to 1/16 at 105mm at camera left, Nikon SB910 set to 1/4 at 24mm with diffuser at camera right. Camera set at ISO 200 1/125s with Fujinon XF35mm1.4R at f/8.
Raw processed in RPP (still the best raw processor for Fuji RAWs in my opinion), noise control in LR 4.4 and monochrome conversion in Nik Silver Effex Pro 2 using custom settings.
I just love RPP (Raw Photo Processor) - I can extract maximum sharpness and detail out of my RAF files. The software, along with Fuji’s excellent X-Trans sensor is a match made in heaven. I love the tonal response of the sensor and the dynamic range I can get out of it. Yes, there is a bit of color noise but that can easily be controlled in LR4.4. It’s a longer work flow but for shots that I really like to extract the maximum resolution, it is all worth it.
I am giddy as a little girl can be.
The image above shoes the line-up of lenses that are released and will be released for the Fuji X System of cameras. I currently own a Fuji X-Pro1 along with the XF35 and XF14 and now I am certainly interested at the XF23 f/1.4, XF56 f/1.2 and XF10-24 f/4.
As for the Zeiss 1,4/32 - I am not sure if I will be getting a copy of it. The XF35 f/1.4 is already excellent as a normal focal length lens (the center sharpness at f/1.4 is great and it is insanely sharp at around f/4 already).
As for the normal and telephoto zooms, I’m not sure if I’ll be trying to get a piece of those. I can see the 18-55 as an all-around travel kit and the reviewers seem to be raving about the optical quality however, I am not sure if it quite fits the philosophy of the X-Pro1. X-E1 I can see, but for the X-Pro1? I am pretty sure primes would be more fitting for that body. That is unless the next iteration of the X-Pro body will have a better EVF (I would like to see something like that of NEX-7 or OMD EVF in there). Well, I can still use my Nikon and buy a 70-200 f/2.8 but that defeats the purpose of having a light travel kit. Oh well.
Hopefully, Fuji is with us for the long haul and develop this system further.
Image courtesy of fujifilm.co.jp