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Finding Goldilocks Pt II--On The Road with the Fujifilm X-H1

Finding Goldilocks Pt II–On The Road with the Fujifilm X-H1

  Ahua, Geikie Snowfield, Franz Josef Glacier Fujifilm X-H1, XF 16-55/2.8 LM WR ISO 200, 1/1600s @ f9       Introduction For a long time, I have heard the “wisdom” that the photography gear you use does not matter, and that it is the 150mm behind the camera which makes the difference. To a […]

New Seeing-how I (finally) learned to love the Fujifilm X-T2

New Seeing-how I (finally) learned to love the Fujifilm X-T2

  Ahua, Rawene Fujifilm X-T2, XF 55-200 LM R OIS ISO 200, 20s @f5   Background I don’t do tech posts much anymore, however this time I want to make an exception, because there are things I want to share, not so much why Fujifilm gear is better than any other manufacturer’s equipment, but for […]

The X-Pro 2 Pt III-a jolly good slapping

The X-Pro 2 Pt III-a jolly good slapping

Approaching Rawene Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 16-55/2.8 LM WR ISO 200, 1/60s @f8 Tena koe: I have a confession. I hate tripods. I have 2 of them and I don’t particularly like either. One is a lovely little foldaway and the other is a big Induro with a 229 head. Both of them are great tripods, […]

Walking the X-Pro 2 Pt II- it’s getting under my skin

Walking the X-Pro 2 Pt II- it’s getting under my skin

Ute, Rawene, early am Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 16-55/2.8 LM WR ISO 400, 1/850s @ f8   Tena koe: It has been a while since I had a camera that got under my skin in the way that this one has. I have, over the years, handled more than my fair share. Some I hated from […]

Mind and Heart-walking the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 for the first time

Mind and Heart-walking the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 for the first time

Jared Wahake, Panguru Tavern Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 16-55/2.8 LM WR ISO 10000. 1/60s@ f5.6 Background Tena koe:  This review is a few days overdue. On Saturday, a big storm blew through Hokianga and took out the power, along with crippling the ferry upon which the district depends. Power was restored only in the early hours […]

The Nisi Filter System-Chinese manufacturing at its best

The Nisi Filter System-Chinese manufacturing at its best

Homage to Timothy O’ Sullivan, Waimamaku, Aotearoa/New Zealand  Nikon D810, Tamron 15-30 VC USD. Nisi Soft Square Grad GND 0.9 + Nisi Square ND1000 Filter ISO 64, 15s @f5.6     Introduction I blinked when I opened the package and saw written on the box: Made in China. Made in China? At this price? I […]

Framing the X-T1- Firmware Version 4.00

Framing the X-T1- Firmware Version 4.00

Wandering Albatross, Kaikoura Fujifilm X-T1, XF 16-55/2.8 @16MM ISO 200, I/400S @ F16     Introduction If you haven’t already installed the much-anticipated new firmware 4.00, then do it now. You owe yourself a new camera. One of the great things (among many) about Fujifilm has been the support they provide once you have made […]

The Fujifilm X100T- the best just got better

The Fujifilm X100T- the best just got better

Alien, Cathedral Square Fujifilm X1ooT ISO 200, 1/2700s@ f8 But is it worth the (facelift) upgrade? I am coming to the conclusion that Fujifilm X100/S/T owners are a quirky lot, somewhat prone to minimalism and probably into the small home movement. They definitely sit at the opposite end of the kitchen sink approach to photography […]

Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 LM R WR- a working dog worth the money.

Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 LM R WR- a working dog worth the money.

 Keiran O’Neill and his dogs, Ranfurly, Central Otago Fujifilm X-T1, 16-55 F2.8 LM R WR ISO 200, 1/125s @ f11 Background I have been waiting for this lens for some time. When Fujifilm entered the market with the X-Pro 1 and its 3 old-school prime lenses, a 28, 50 and 90mm full-frame equivalent, they were […]

The Fujifilm 50-140 LM OIS WR- a first look

The Fujifilm 50-140 LM OIS WR- a first look

 Tiwai Smelter at dawn, Bluff, New Zealand Fujifilm X-T1, 50-140/2.8 LM OIS WR ISO200, 1/35s @ f8     Completing the Total Trifecta Introduction I am sorry, but gear does matter. Especially if you are a Pro. Nikon owners talk about the Holy Trinity. In my brief experience with a D800, I used all 3 […]

The Fujifilm XF 18-135 -The Swiss Army knife of lenses?

The Fujifilm XF 18-135 -The Swiss Army knife of lenses?

Window, George Street, Dunedin Fujifilm X-E2, XF 18-135 LM  OIS WR ISo 1600. 1/100s @ f11  Introduction   Just to make things really clear at the beginning, I have never had much time for one-size fits-all Swiss Army lenses. My prejudice came from seeing the results from an early Nikon 18-200 VR whatever. It was […]

The Fujifilm X-T1-the wheel comes full circle

The Fujifilm X-T1-the wheel comes full circle

 Fujifilm X-T1, 60/2.4 R.  ISO 200, 1/80s @ f2.4 As soon as the X-T1 was announced, a friend emailed me rather grumpily. I suppose, he said, you are going to do a rave review of it. It would be nice if you could point out a few shortcomings. Well, X ( you know who you […]

X-T1- how do I love thee? Let me count five ways...

X-T1- how do I love thee? Let me count five ways…

  Bumblebee in red hot pokers. Fujifilm X-T1, 60mm/2.4. 1/160s @ f2.4   Kia ora tatou; After less than 48 hours with Fujifilm New Zealand’s pre-production X-T1 DSLR, I am excited and, given the emails and phone calls I have been receiving, I have decided to put up a super-first look. I have it for another […]

 The Fujifilm X-E2: evolution or revolution?

The Fujifilm X-E2: evolution or revolution?

Mask, Oamaru. Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55 LM OIS, ISO 400, f8 @ 1/125s From time to time I write reviews for f11 magazine, over and above my monthly column. As part of that, the Honourable Ed. gets first dibs on reviews. I dutifully wait  until it has been out in the wild for a couple of […]

The Fujifilm XF 27/2.8 pancake lens-a mini review of a mini lens

The Fujifilm XF 27/2.8 pancake lens-a mini review of a mini lens

“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers These days I get asked a lot, it would seem, what camera to […]

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