Monday, 9 May 2016

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 on assignment #2

To continue on from the last post about the X-Pro2. After capturing the Cosplay models at ComiCon – it was off to a 15 hour St. Paddy's Day day party for my next assignment.

This would be a run and gun shoot – no time for off-camera flashes, just an external flash on manual setting on the camera hotshoe.

The Amsterdam BrewHouse is located on Pier 4 of an old converted Boat house that has been modified into a 14,000 sq ft pub / micro brewery.

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The party was put on by ElectriCITY Events and it was a St. Paddy's Day event but no green beer!
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SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day
SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 St Paddy's Day &emdash; Amsterdam BrewHouse on St. Paddy's Day

Having an external flash on the camera really throws the balance off and makes it really top heavy. Guess a camera designed for street photography isn't supposed to have a big external flash sitting on the top of the camera...

Coming out of assignment 2 - the 77 PDAF points really came in handy - not much issue with big lit subjects. When shooting with the X-T1 in the past - only the PDAF points could handle back lit subjects and there was only 9 of them in the middle of the frame.

Not much issues with the X-Pro2 with the 18-55mm kit lens on assignment #2. These images were shot as jpg and minor processing in Lightroom.


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The search for the Holy Grail - Part III

Its been awhile since I posted anything on this blog as my photographic adventures has taken me in a new direction this past 12 months. So let’s try to restart this little blog.

Let’s start by going revisiting an old topic. The Search for the Holy Grail Part III. The search for a smaller, faster and cheaper camera than my DSLRs. To see Parts I & Part II – please use the links.

The current search has stopped at the Fuji X system. From Part 2 - the search stopped at the X-T1 and at initial use - I was happy with it but as I used it long term - I wasn't too happy with the AF-C mode or the EVF in high speed shooting modes and those D-pad buttons just drove me crazy and I just used it less and less.

So when the new X-Pro2 was released and Fujifilm Canada was kind enough to loan me their flagship X camera, I was going to really use it for longer than an hour before fully committing to it. So I took it out with me on some freelance assignments.

Assignment 1:
Toronto ComiCon

Some outdoor photography with the X-Pro2 and the 18-55mm kit lens
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Makenzie Smith "Bubbles" as MJ & Else Laurenne as Venom

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Hannah & Amy

Indoor natural light with the X-Pro2 and the 18-55mm kit lens
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On camera manual flash shots
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SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

Off-camera flash shots
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SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

SVPhotography.ca: 2016-03-19 ComicCon &emdash; Toronto ComiCon

I had carried the DSLR as a backup in case I had any issues with the X-Pro2 but the big and heavy DSLR stayed in the bag all day long. I was very impressed with image quality coming out of the new 24MP sensor. Focus wasn't an issue on this assignment - fairly bright settings - not too much of a challenge for the X-Pro2.

For this assignment - the X-Pro2 worked great - you can judge the images for yourselves.

PS: If you know who any of these cos-players are please drop me a note and I will credit them for the images.