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Jun 062012
 
Leica on a Budget: Part 1

I had a reader ask me what camera would be the best camera for his older M mount lenses that didn’t cost over $5000.00 USD. He had an assortment of Leica M mount lenses as well as a few Voigtlanders. So basically he wants a Leica M9 on a budget. I’ve been wondering what the answer to this question is for a long time also, so I decided to do some tests. This will be a multi part review that will test the two latest contenders the Sony NEX-7 and the Fuji X-Pro1 with various M mount lenses and compare […]

Jun 042012
 
Zeiss 35mm F2.0 vs. Fujinon 35mm F1.4

As a follow-up to the Zeiss 18mm F4.0 vs. Fujinon 18mm F2.0 lens review, I figured I’d do the same test for the Zeiss 35mm F2.0 vs. the Fujinon 35mm F1.4 lens. I’m sure there are many of you out there are curious to see how these lenses will stack up against each other on the Fuji X-Pro1 and an APS-C 1.5x crop body. The Buzz around the internet as well as here on Photohead Online, has been the Fujinon 35mm F1.4 is a very good lens with amazing performance. In a previous article on portraits, I used the Fuji X-Pro1 […]

Jun 032012
 
Zeiss 18mm F4.0 vs Fujinon 18mm F2.0

I wanted to test the Fujinon 18mm F2.0 lens and see how it would stack up to the Zeiss 18mm F4.0. The Zeiss 18mm F4.0 has a large following and is very poplar with the Rangefinder crowd. How will to perform on the Fuji X-Pro1 and an APS-C 1.5x crop body? Let’s take a look. Setup For this set up, I used ISO 100 in full daylight, I shot the Fujinon 18mm at: F2.0, F2.8, F4.0, F5.6, F8.0, F11, F16, F22 and then the Zeiss 18mm at: F4, F5.6, F8.0, F11, F16, F22. For each shot I took a 100% […]

May 312012
 
Fuji X-Pro1 w/ Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Aspherical: Samples

For the past week, I’ve been testing many M Mount lenses on the Fuji X-Pro1. I will have these tests in the up coming days, but for the time being, I wanted to give you a sneak peek of some “real world” shots. These images were made with the Fuji X-Pro1 with the Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 Aspherical Lens. The Fuji X-Pro1 has a APS-C sized sensor with a 1.5x Crop Factor. So the Voigtlander 15mm F4.5 lens would have the 35mm film equivalent of a 22.5mm lens. This is the closest you can get to the very popular 21mm focal […]

May 242012
 
Finally! Leica Lenses for the Fuji X-Pro1

Man! A day after I review the Kipon adapter, that I just got, for my Fuji X-Pro1 to accept Leica M Mount lenses, and Fuji announces that they have finally released their version of the adapter. That will teach me to be overly excited and impatient. The difference Fuji’s adapter has over the Kipon or Rainbow Imaging, and other third-party adapters is that is will have electronic signal contacts on the adapter along with a function button on the adapter that will tell the camera to automatically set the Menu option of “shoot without lens” to on and bring up […]

May 232012
 
Fuji X-Pro1: Leica M mount to Fuji X mount Adapter Review

***Update*** June 12, 2012 With the release of the body firmware 1.10, Fujifilm has added custom frame lines to the optical viewfinder. So if you read the issues section below you will find that originally, there were no frame lines for your custom focal lengths. With the firmware upgrade, if you set the camera to 50mm or 18mm or 75mm you will get an approximate frame line that is fairly accurate. With lenses that are 15mm and 12mm the angle of view is wider than what the optical viewfinder shows so the camera lets you know this by putting a […]

May 212012
 
Photography for Memory

I would like to apologize to my dedicated readers, that haven’t had a new post from me in a couple of days. If you have been following the site for a while you may have read that my Grandmother had a mild stroke and was in the hospital. Unfortunately, she has passed. As she did in life, she passed the way she wanted. Long story short, she recovered 100% only to pass in her home the same day she was released from the hospital. She just didn’t want to die in the hospital, very poetic. I apologize to those of […]

May 182012
 
Fuji X-Pro1 - Mom Approved??

Continuing with our very popular “Mom Approved” articles, this time we’re looking at the Fuji X-Pro1. We want to see if this camera is truly “Mom Approved”. In the “Mom Approved” Series of Articles we focus on: Ease of Use Focus Handling Value to Cost Ratio I’ve been shooting the Fuji X-Pro1 for a couple of weeks now and I must say that I’ve been pretty impressed by the lenses, that Fuji has put out for this camera. This camera being an interchangeable lens camera the lenses are a big part of the performance of this camera. Fuji has started […]

May 172012
 
Delightful Diffusion

This article is just a quick overview of using diffused light in your images. Specifically in this case, Portraits. I will be doing more in-depth articles and tutorials and show you how to make diffusion panels on your own, for cheap. So make sure to subscribe to our site, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates. Shameless self promotion aside, let’s get to it. Using diffusion in a portrait setting is a great way to get nice even light on your subjects. It’s great for shooting models and portraits because it minimizes blemishes […]

May 152012
 
Macro Shootout: Fujinon 60mm F2.4 vs Sony 50mm F1.8

We’re having in shootout! In the Blue corner we have the Fujinon 60mm F2.4 Macro Lens for the Fuji X-Pro1, and in the Red corner we have the Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS lens for the Sony NEX-7 or NEX series cameras. For this review I wanted to give you some feedback on the handling of the Fuji X-Pro1 and Sony NEX-7 in macro mode, show lots of sample images with the focus point in various areas of the frame, and give an overall conclusion. We want to know who is the king of close up. You may be surprised and […]