Tuesday, October 29, 2013

First shots with production Fuji X 23mm 1.4

You may have seen in a previous post I had a chance to play with a pre-release Fuji 23mm 1.4 lens and I sheared my initial impressions there.

Today I got my hands on the first sample of this lens to ship here in New Zealand. Rather then load you up the post with lots of internet sized jpegs Ive got a couple of RAWs here so you can make up your own mind on the lens. They are nothing artistic but I tried to get objects across the frame in the stopped down sample.

The results I obtained from this sample basically mirrored what I had seen in the early sample we received. Wide open I have found not to be as great as other glowing reviews Ive read on this aspect. Maybe Ive just spent too much time with the Sony RX1 shooting wide open but I find the Fuji a bit mushy wide open. Bokeh looks pretty good though.

Here is a RAW sample that you can download and try for yourself. Its overexposed slightly as it topped out the shutter speeds but can be corrected in your convertor


Stopped down is a completely different story! WOW... Fantastic... Check out the edges on this RAW and you will see what I mean. It really holds up well all through the frame. I believe the best X series lens Ive tried is the 14mm but this is right there wth it. Here is the file for you to play with..


Sunday, October 27, 2013


Well the migration to my new eCommerce website http://www.proimagenz.com is coming along nicely. Hours of readjusting HTML code and uploading new material is finally starting to pay off as I see everything slowly migrating to the new site. Specializing in New Zealand Landscape photography and global travel photography with the ability to seamlessly purchase prints for your home or office.

Below is a preview of the homepage but be sure to click the image and come for a look around!! And make sure to follow me on Facebook for updates..Facebook Page

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sony NEX Full Frame A7 and A7r released...

Probably not one of the greatest secrets in recent times but Sony has officially announced the new NEX A7 & A7r full frame mirrorless models. My main interest is how the A7r with Carl Zeiss 35mm 2.8 stacks up against the Sony RX1r. I'm not looking for another complete system but a small, powerful, take everywhere camera.

Ive been using the RX1r extensively over the last couple of months and absolutely love adore its files. Ive had 30x20 inch prints made which are as good and probably better then ANY camera currently on the market.The thing that immediately appeals with the new A7r is the potential for further growth and the built in viewfinder. Immediate downsides are the shutter noise and the loss of the f2 aperture that Ive grown to love. Also the RX1 lens is a proven performer and its still a matter of 'wait and see' on the new FE lenses.

Time will tell, but we hope to have a sample fairly soon so not long to be put out of my misery! :-)