Updated: November 27, 2015
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Wednesday, November 27, 2015
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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Fujifilm X-Trans System “Instant Savings”
If you follow this website and my photography, you may already know that I’m a big fan of the Fujifilm X-Series cameras and lenses. I rely on the little X-E1 plus a small set of the excellent Fujifilm lenses for my street and travel photography. This 1.5x cropped sensor camera system performs beautifully.
A Fujifilm “Instant Savings” promotion just started today (November 15, 2015), and it brings some excellent price reductions on all of the current X-Series cameras and a whole bunch of lenses. This is a great opportunity for anyone planning to acquire a Fujifilm system!
The list is too long for me to describe each piece of equipment. I’ll mention a few, but feel free to leave a comment if you have questions about anything on the list.
Fujifilm X Series Cameras
Summary: The X-Pro1 feels like an old-school interchangeable lens rangefinder camera. The X-Pro1 is the current high-end in this series — and probably the body I would get for my own use if I were buying right now. The X100T is a rangefinder body with a fixed 35mm-equivalent lens. The XT-10 shares many features with the X-T1, including its sensor, but at a lower price. The X-E2 is a very compact rangefinder-style interchangeable lens body with an electronic viewfinder. (It is the updated version of my X-E1.) The X-30 is a very small camera with an integrated zoom lens and a smaller sensor. With the exception of the X-30, all of these cameras use the excellent 16MP, 1.5x cropped sensor Fujifilm x-trans sensor.
X-Pro1: Fujifilm’s innovative interchangeable lens camera combining an optical rangefinder design with an electronic viewfinder.
X-T1: Fujifilm’s flagship interchangeable lens mirrorless camera
X100T: Fujifilm’s compact rangefinder fixed lens camera. Street photographer’s love it.
X-T10: A less expensive but very capable camera modeled on the X-T1.
- X-T10 (save $100)
- X-T10 + 18-55 (save $100)
- X-T10 + 16-50 (save $100)
- X-T10 + 18-55 + 55-200 (save $400)
- X-T10 + 16-50 + 50-230 (save $300)
X-E2: A very compact interchangeable lens mirrorless camera. (I use the X-E1, the predecessor of this model.)
X-30: A very compact mirrorless camera with a smaller sensor and a zoom lens.
Fujifilm lenses for X Series interchangeable lens cameras
Based on my own experience with a number of the lenses and confirmed by many other reports, the Fujifilm lenses provide first-rate optical performance. The range from very small prime lenses up to large aperture zooms that are competitive with the best from the DSLR manufacturers. I have marked lenses that I own and use with asterisks — *.
- XF90mm f/2 (save $150)
- XF10-24mm zoom (save $150)
- XF14mm f/2.8 (save $150) *
- XF27mm f/2.8 (save $150)
- XF35mm f/1.4 (save $150) *
- XF60mm f/2.4 macro (save $150) *
- XF16mm f/1.4 (save $200)
- XF18mm f/2 (save $200)
- XF23mm f/1.4 (save $200) *
- XF56mm f/1.2 (save $200)
- XF16-55mm (save $200)
- XF50-140mm zoom (save $200)
- XF18-55mm zoom (save $200)
- XF18-135mm zoom (save $200)
- XF55-200mm zoom (save $200) *
- XF 56mm APD (save $400)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Discount code for my California Fall Color book: PCAL
This year’s fall color season in the Sierra is now underway. My new book, “California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra” from Heyday Books focuses on where and how to find and photograph fall color in in the Sierra Nevada. In includes an overview/guide to where to find color, ideas and techniques for photograph fall color, and many of my photographs of Sierra Nevada autumn color.
Right now my publisher is offering discount code that will give you a 30% discount on the purchase price of the book. Click the link and use code “CFAL” to get the discount. (NOTE: I originally listed the wrong code here. My apologies! The error has now been corrected!)
If you like the book, please share this code with others!
Monday, June 15, 2015
The 5DS (including the 5DS R variant) is Canon’s new 50.6MP full frame DSLR. The camera provides the highest resolution sensor of any current full frame cameras, along with several other improved features.
(The 5DS R model cancels the anti-aliasing filter that has long been a standard feature of digital cameras. The “R” model is back-ordered, so those who want that version and don’t want to wait should consider putting in an order.)
Articles on the 5Ds and 5Ds R on this website:
- Canon 5DS R: A Printing Test
- Looking at Canon 5Ds RAW Files: Noise and Dynamic Range.
- Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R Release Near?
- Canon 5Ds and 5Ds R Pre-orders Available
Monday, November 24, 2014
- Canon’s new EOS 7D Mark II is now available from B&H
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Canon has announced the long-rumored replacement to the venerable 100-400mm L lens. It is the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II. (Click the link to pre-order from site-sponsor B&H Camera.)
The lens it replaces has been a very valuable “go to” lens for many photographers who wanted more reach, a reasonably small package, good optical quality, and the flexibility of a zoom. I’ve been an enthusiastic user of the older version for some time now.
Recently Canon has updated or augmented their lens line-up to improve the offerings in certain categories. For example, earlier this year they introduced their ultra wide angle zooms by adding a new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS lens. That lens has been a real success, not only adding image stabilization to lenses in this class for the first time, but also providing excellent resolution across the frame — more so than either of the lenses that many photographers used before it was introduced.
For some time, many have felt that there was a lot of potential for updating the 100-400. Although it is good performer in many ways, there has been room for improvement. More modern IS systems can provide up to 4 stops of stabilization, while the older lens only provides perhaps two. The older lens has good image quality, but it could be better in keeping with more recent lenses from Canon. In fact, rumors about the introduction of the updated 100-400mm zoom have been floating around for years.
We don’t know what the optical performance of the new lens will be yet. As I write this I have seen no real reviews. (I have seen some “reviews” that are mostly lists of specifications and speculation.) When we do see them, it will not surprise me at all if this lens provides valuable improvements in the same way that the 16-35mm f/4 has. Here is some of what we do know from Canon specifications:
- Rather than the “push-pull” design of the earlier lens, this one has a more familiar rotation ring to change the focal length.
- As was the case with the older model, the front of the lens extends as you zoom. This means that the lens is more compact when packed.
- Image stabilization has been updated to provide up to four stops of stabilization — especially important with longer focal length lenses.
- Other features include 9 blade diaphragm, the familiar 77mm filter thread diameter, and more.
The list price of the lens is $2,199. That may seem like a lot of money, but if it provides the sort of image quality we all expect it is actually a rather good deal for a lens with these capabilities.
Update: I have now had a chance to look at the MTF charts for the new lens (available at the Canon web site) and they suggest that the new zoom should be a very good performer in terms of image quality. The chart suggests better image quality than the existing 100-400 (which is quite decent) and the 400mm f/5.6 prime.
I expect that this lens will be in short supply at first — for the usual reasons related to any new product introduction, but also because of a pent-up interest in the update. The lens has been announced but is not yet available — though you may preorder it if you want to be first to get one.
As for me, there is a very good chance that I will get a copy of this lens before too long. In fact, I’m leaning more and more towards placing a pre-order — something that I rarely do.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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