I would like to show you some of my first landscape photos with the X-T2 from my trip to Iceland some weeks ago.
Before I changed to a mirrorless system camera I had a Canon EOS 6D before. I have to say going back to APS-C was a hard decision for me, I've never had any problems with the image quality of the 6D even Canon build not the best sensors at the moment, but as a travel camera and in some other situations I wasn't that happy anymore with it. I used parallel to it an X100T which I loved, but I needed a system with interchangable lenses. I had so much fun with the little Fuji and read so many positive reviews about the newer X-Trans III sensor that I decided to sell the Canon and all my lenses to buy an X-T2.
With my, at the moment, four primes and the great body I had never so much fun before while photographing.
Iceland was a great test for the system and I'm looking forward to the next holidays with it.
But now enough words and time for some photos of the trip (most with my girlfriend on it) - hope you like it!
Skaftafellsjökull #1 / Iceland by Sebastian Warneke
Búðakirkja / Iceland by Sebastian Warneke
Diamond Beach / Iceland by Sebastian Warneke
Selfoss / Iceland by Sebastian Warneke
Thakgil / Iceland by Sebastian Warneke
Thakgil #2 / Iceland by Sebastian Warneke
Brunnhorn / Iceland by Sebastian Warneke
Stokksnes / Iceland by Sebastian Warneke
The reason I ask, is that I am interested in the lens for portraits, but it is by far the most sold Fujinon lens on the most popular used market site in my country, which makes me wonder why its not a keeper for so many people? Any ideas? It is supposed to be SHARP, but does it lack character or whar else might cause it?
I returned the first Fuji XF 90mm lens I ordered because it had dust inside right out of the box. The replacement was clean but after 3 months: specks of dust all over – I counted around 20. I am aware this does not affect image quality but for a weather resistant (WR) lens, I find it hard to accept. Never had such problems with my Canon L lenses (that I have used extensively in all conditions for 10 years) or my other WR XF lenses (35mm and 16mm). I’ll pay the Fuji Service center a visit tomorrow and ask for a replacement, let’s see what they say… My guess is that dust settles in during the manufacturing process and starts spreading after use
Photo there: http://www.benoa.net/2017/06/xf-90mm-and-dust.html
My current thoughts on continuing to use Fuji.
I have been using various Fuji cameras for a number of years professionally, however I have reached something of an impasse. The chief issue I have is the lack of in body image stabilisation (IBIS).
I am a great fan of Fuji cameras (with the exception of the X-pro series which I have tested extensively but decided that the X-T1 and X-E2 suit me better). I love their lenses, particularly the primes (I have an extensive set of both zooms and primes) but I cannot understand why if they won’t stabilise the prime lenses they don’t have at least one body with IBIS?
The argument that IBIS may result in a slight deterioration in edge image quality has been put forward by Fuji and I can see the point they make, however, if the whole shot is ruined because of camera shake nothing is gained. Those seeking ultimate quality can always switch off IBIS after-all. The 90mm is a prime candidate for inducing camera shake in my experience. When shooting in good light levels this is no problem but when using available light such as photographing a play or for candid work in the evening the problem becomes real. My solution is to use higher ISO to allow higher shutter speeds, but this has resulted in noisier images than I like or want to accept.
The Fuji zoom lenses have image stabilisation but this is of no comfort to those who need the extra speed a faster prime lens allows. 2.8 zooms whilst lovely, do not compare to lenses such as the 56/1.2 for example. Also there are those who have chosen prime lenses simply because they suit their photographic style and habits better. Traditionally fast primes are the weapon of choice for the available light photographer and to have neither IBIS or lens stabilisation in prime lenses seems to be a retrograde step. Just about everything these days seems to have stabilisation of some sort, and this is a great boon, so it baffles me why Fuji persist in depriving us of this advantage.
As a professional I have the budget to access to other systems and have tried both the Sony A7 series and the Olympus Pen F and have found that they are both at an advantage because of IBIS.
Granted the Micro 4/3 size sensor of the Olympus may be at a disadvantage compared to the Fuji in terms of noise, dynamic range and shallow depth of field and the Sony is handicapped with a smaller lens range, but they both excel when it comes to low light photography because of IBIS.
I recently photographed a play professionally. I used both my Fuji cameras and also the Olympus Pen F and to Fuji’s shame the Olympus produced superior images. The reason for this was simply down to the Olympus’ IBIS. Each Fuji image was slightly softer than the Olympus versions. I noticed that the Olympus was just a tiny little noisier, but only when viewed at 100%. I did a similar thing at a wedding with the Sony A7SII and my Fuji cameras and again the Sony gave a sharper image.
I love Fuji colours, I love their sharpness in good light, I love the size and ergonomics of the cameras, I love their prime lenses, I love the feel of a Fuji camera and lens in my hands, I love working with the images in post-production but the lack of IBIS is killing it for me.
As a professional, I need to use the equipment that delivers the results that satisfy both me and my clients. Sadly I am increasingly reaching for my Sony A7 series equipment. My heart doesn’t want to do this, but I cannot sacrifice image quality for loyalty.
So this is a heart felt plea to Fuji, please introduce an X series camera with IBIS before it is too late.
just a quick introduction of myself. I'm a portrait and fashion photographer based in Florence.
I've recently switched my professional equipment to Fuji, since I've used for one year the X100T and I found it was working very good for me.
Here's my first session i took in my studio with the xpro2 and the 90mm.
I shoot it with the natural light coming from the big window in my studio and with a beauty dish helping the light on the eyes.
The picture has been shoot in raw and edited in Lightroom with Classic Chrome Color Profile.
Soon on my blog I will post an extended first review with more photos from this session,