Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Fujifilm GFX: It is finally here!


Well here is the new beast for a three week test.  I'll be taking the Fujifilm GFX50S to Spa-Francorchamps and Monza for some pitlane / motorsport action and also up into the Highlands of Scotland for some landscape work.  I had seen the new camera when I had a meeting at Fujifilm HQ in Tokyo last October but I wasn't allowed to keep any of the images I shot inside the building.

I used to shoot Medium Format back in the 1990s with a Fujifilm GA645 and a Bronica ETRSi and I used these cameras for landscape, portraits / weddings and even shot sport on the Bronica, so I was very much looking forward to giving the GFX a good test run.

The camera has arrived with the three lenses that were originally launched - the 32-64mm f4 zoom (25-51mm equivalent), the 63mm f2.8 (50mm) and the 120mm f4 macro (95mm) - which gives me a range of lenses to use.


Belhaven Bay - Fujifilm GFX50S + GF32-64mm f4R LM WR

To test the camera out I went local here in East Lothian, out to Belhaven Bay and also along the coast to Aberlady and Tantallon Castle to test out the various settings before I use the camera in anger.  I have to say the GFX is very much like the X-T2 and any Fujifilm X Series user picking the GFX up would get to grips with it in no time at all.

The camera is big, it is Medium Format after all, but it is no bigger than my old Nikon D800 with a sensor that is 1.7x bigger - it's massive.

I have tried all three lenses and the zoom is my favourite so far.  The results are impressive but they do take a while longer to download even on my super fast iMac (I've not attempted a download on my laptop yet!  

The only concern I have is the camera only came with one battery and they are different to the type used in the X Series cameras.  I might be keeping an eye on the battery meter on Friday!

Anyway here is a few test shots and I will report back once I have given the camera its first real world test on Friday in the Highlands.


Aberlady - Fujifilm GFX50S + GF32-64mm f4R LM WR


Belhaven Bay Bridge - Fujifilm GFX50S + GF32-64mm f4R LM WR

Fujifilm GFX50S + GF120mm f4R LM OIS WR Macro
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

VIDEO: Le Mans Cup Tracking Shots



I have just spent the weekend at the Autodromo Internacional Algarve for the pre season collective test for the 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup.  

I had two big photoshoots to arrange, the first being the static shoot of the cars on part of the circuit with me six metres up in the air on a 'cherry picker'.  The second, and much more interesting, picture was the traveling / tracking shots of eight of the cars taking part in this year's series - four LMP3 and four GT3.

I was strapped into a SUV and we traveled around the track at 60-80kph, which on the twists and turns of the Algarve track was fast enough!

Here is the resulting video -

Tracking Photoshoot from Fuji X Adventure on Vimeo.

The video was shot on two GoPro Hero 5s.  The GoPro Hero 5 Session was placed on the underside of the rear door using a suction clamp facing rearwards.  The camera was set to record a time-lapse video.  The GoPro Hero 5 Black was set inside the car also facing backwards and set to record 4K video. 

The still images were all shot on the Fujifilm X-T2 and the XF10-24mm f4.

The music on the video is a track called 'The Wind is Rising' by Pipe Choir and was used via the Free Music Archive website.

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Shooting Sports as a Spectator Part 3: Canoe Slalom


In the third feature in a series about shooting sports as a spectator for the Fujifilm blog I went along to the Canoe Slalom event at Grandtully on Saturday 8 April to shoot the DIV1 / Pan Celtic meeting on the River Tay.  Canoe Slalom offers great action and unrivalled access for anyone with a camera.

The feature on the Fujifilm Blog, which was published today, outlines how to shoot this fantastic sport and the 'dos-and-don'ts' with regards to getting in close to the action.  Be mindful of the officials and don't be tempted to use fill in flash, because that is a big no-no!   



Shooting Sport as a Spectator: Canoe Slalom from Fuji X Adventure on Vimeo.



As you can see I was very lucky with the weather with a bright sunny day giving me enough light to shoot with a high shutter speed.  However bright sunlight does create it's own problems and the contrast between the highlights and shadows was quite high.

All in all I had a great day and I came away with some great action images.  The next event I am covering is water skiing, so be prepared for some more water sports action next month!

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

REVIEW: From T to F for the Fujifilm X100


The X100 line of cameras has a special place in my heart as it was the original X100 that I bought in 2012 that started me on my Fujifilm journey.  I currently shoot with the third generation of the camera, an X100T, which compliments my X-T2 and X-Pro2 perfectly.  

When Fujifilm announced the new X100F (F for fourth apparently - T is for third) I was interested to see what improvements Fujifilm could make to this already superb camera.


Fujifilm decided to leave a few things alone and quite rightly in my book.  The Fujinon 23mm f2 lens is the same as the previous three generations of the X100, with its built in leaf shutter for silent operation and flash sync at all shutter speed. 

The hybrid viewfinder, which was a unique feature at the launch of the original camera, also remains largely unchanged but with a much better EVF.  

The overall size of the camera stays pretty much the same as the 'T' despite accommodating the larger WP-126 battery instead of the slimmer NP-95s on the previous models.  


Using the WP-126, which is the same as the ones used in the X-T2 / X-Pro2 / XE2s etc is brilliant because it means you only have to carry one type of battery and charger.  At the moment I have to pack two spare NP-95s and the extra charger when I travel.

So what has changed?  Well the 'F' gets the X-Trans III 24 megapixel sensor found in the X-T2 and X-Pro2 and the more powerful X Pro Processor to cope with the faster operation and larger files. 



The buttons on the back of the camera have all been moved to the right hand side of the screen 'a la' X-Pro2 and the 'F' also gains the toggle that is found on it's bigger brother.  Both these changes get a big thumbs up from me as I love the ergonomics of the X-Pro2.


Another couple of carry overs from the X-Pro2 is the addition of a front command dial and also the ISO dial inside the shutter speed dial on the top plate.


The inclusion of an ISO dial rather than having to dive into the menu to change is a good move but I am not a huge fan of the design on the black X-Pro2 as it is difficult to see in poor light and it remains to be seen if the silver finish on the X100F improves that situation.  But I do welcome the addition of a physical dial to set the ISO.



The exposure compensation dial also gains a 'C' setting so you can set the exposure compensation using the front command dial and this is also +/- 5 stops like on the X-T2 and X-Pro2. 

There is one omission from the body of the X100F and that is an 'F' logo on the front of the camera.  The X100S and X100T gained a letter to the right of the lens but this has been left off for the 'F'.  I think it looks better without the letter and harks back to the original X100.

The X100F is a familiar camera to anyone who has used a previous generation X100 or even an X-Pro2.  The layout is intuitive and anyone picking this camera for the first time will get to grips with the controls in no time.

Well I went out to Innerwick Castle and Barns Ness Lighthouse to give the X100F a first test.  Tomorrow I will be flying to Portugal for this weekend's Le Man Cup pre season test at Portimao. I will be using the X100F in the garages and in the pitlane and will write a second blog on my X100F experience next week on my return.  However my first impressions are very positive with the X100F operating like a fixed lens X-Pro2.

For more information on the Fujifilm X100F CLICK HERE

Here are some images from my initial test today here in East Lothian.

















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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

On the Grid at Silverstone


The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur with the start of the World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series seasons at Silverstone last weekend.

I apologise to the readers of the Fuji X Adventure blog for the lack of content this month but I have lots of things planned with tests of the X100F and the GFX media format cameras.  I will also post the third part of the 'Shooting Sports as a Spectator' features in the next few days, which will be on Canoe Slalom.

Here is a quick video from the grid walk last Sunday ahead of the 6 Hours of Silverstone, round 1 of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. 

The video was produced for the FIA social media feeds but here is my Fuji X Adventure version -  enjoy!

Silverstone Grid Walk from Fuji X Adventure on Vimeo.

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Dunbar Photo Walk 2017


On Friday evening I organised the first Dunbar Photo Walk of 2017 which is open to all the members of the Dunbar in Pictures Facebook group.

The first event was held at Dunbar harbour and 22 people turned out on a glorious spring evening.  The idea of the walks is for a bit of a social event with a spot of photography thrown in.

We started at the RNLI Station on the harbour front and walked around Victoria Harbour before catching the sunset on the other side of Dunbar Castle.

The next event is on Tuesday 23 May at John Muir Country Park and anyone is welcome to come along on this free event.  CLICK HERE for more details.

All images shot on with a Fujifilm X100T or X-T2.












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