Sunday, December 8, 2019

Fujifilm photo walk with Fujifilm X-Pro 3 camera + 16mm f/2.8 lens

Hello All, it had been a while since I posted here...things changed.

In the government building where I work, the high security access had been implemented with X-ray machines and all the cavalry, it became a hassle to bring my film inside; I had to choose a digital replacement to my work-day-downtown-location film cameras.

I tried Leica M10-D and liked it but it is just a tad :) expensive for what it does.

I handled Sony fullframes (A7 III and few others) and actively disliked its ergonomics; so Fujifilm it is.

Yesterday I went for a walk with Fuji team around Wynwood Art District in Miami, FL. There were few of us, most chosen big SLR-form-factor-top-of-the-line mirrorless like Fuji X-T3, accompanied by substantial zoom lenses.

I took, of course, X-Pro 3 and little 16mm F/2.8 lens, a very compact setup, smaller than my Leica M2 with 35mm lens.

We went around the area which had been buzzing with activity due to Art Basel Miami time. I switched the camera's jpeg to ACROS BW film simulation with large grain I like my film photos to have and took some pictures along the route, a few of them presented below.

This was not a formal evaluation of the system, but my impressions are that this is very robust setup:

  • Lens/camera provide quick auto focus;
  • reaction time of the system is acceptable;
  • good flare resistance;
  • I liked the way LCD build with small one in the back and fold-out main one, nice idea which fits my shooting style.

While I usually shoot in black and white only now, I did processed some RAW files using FUJIFILM RAW app; hence some color images in the sequence. I was curious about Fuji film simulations, so all these color images are film sims. I liked the look of "CLassic Chrome" and "Standard Neg Hi", but that of course highly subjective, YMMV. Anyway, till next time...