Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS

I am happy to announce that a new member has joined the family today… the Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS! The lack of a very wide-angle zoom has been the big missing link ever since I started to use Fujifilm’s X-mount cameras, and now the gap has been filled 🙂

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS

See you with more thoughts in a while, right now I am just too excited by this new arrival and need to get out to shoot some samples with it 😉

Fujifilm X-T1 ISO Range Test, and comparison with the X-E2

Fujifilm latest X-Series cameras are well known for their quality of image at high ISO, and the X-T1 is no different, as quality of image remains the priority rather than joining the race for more Megapixels… All the images below are JPEGs as processed by the camera with all the default settings. The last 3 images are not native ISOs (H ISO mode, available in JPEG only), and the quality deteriorates sharply there, but the noise is well managed up to ISO 6400. Click on each image to enlarge it if you wan to pixel peep 🙂

X-T1 ISO 800

ISO 800X-T1 ISO 1600

ISO 1600

X-T1 ISO 3200

ISO 3200

X-T1 ISO 6400

ISO 6400X-T1 ISO 12800

ISO 12800X-T1 ISO 25600

ISO 25600X-T1 ISO 51200

ISO 51200So how does this compare with the X-E2? Same thing, click on each image if you want to enlarge it. Note that there is no 51200 High ISO on the X-E2, but given the way it looks on the X-T1 it does not really matter…

X-E2 ISO 800

ISO 800

X-E2 ISO 1600

ISO 1600X-E2 ISO 3200

ISO 3200X-E2 ISO 6400

ISO 6400X-E2 ISO 12800

ISO 12800X-E2 ISO 25600

ISO 25600So what do you think, are you satisfied with the way the noise was handled in those samples? Do you see any difference between the X-T1 and X-E2? The sensor is the same, but Fuji claims that some tweaks on the circuits should improve the quality of the image on the X-T1… Leave me a comment below with your thoughts.

I will be back soon with more infos/articles on the Fujifilm X-T1, meanwhile if you liked this article share it with your friend, subscribe to this blog to be notified when I publish new content, or follow me on Twitter @greenbalbo. Talk to you soon…

2014 Coming of Age Day

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The ceremonies of the Coming of Age Day (成人の日, Seijin no Hi in Japanese) are held every year on the second Monday of the year, to celebrate the young people who have reached the age of majority over the last year. On this special day, most young women will wear a kimono with long sleeves (called furisode), which indicates that they are not yet married. Some young men will also be wearing traditional clothes on this occasion, but truth be told nowadays most of them are wearing western suits. While heavy snow was covering the streets of Tokyo last year, the weather was excellent this year.

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While the main events of are usually held within city halls or hotels with large meeting rooms, many among the young adults will also chose to visit a temple or a shrine after the official ceremonies. Meiji Jingu is always a popular choice, and you will without a doubt find there some “new adults” immortalizing in pictures this special day for them with their parents.

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To be perfectly honest, I highly suspect that some of the women wearing kimono at Meiji Jingu are models whose role is to attract tourists and the mass of photographers (or maybe they just came there because they like their picture to be taken or because they represent a kimono rental shop for all I know…), so that regular people joining the ceremonies don’t get overly bothered. It might just be a conspiracy theory of mine, but it would be a good idea indeed, that could be used in other occasions instead of having some security guard running after photographers… Anyway, from my experience anyone wearing traditional clothes on that day will easily let you take his/her picture, as long as you speak the international language of “a nod of the head with a smile”. 😉

Talk to you soon…

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