Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I have given my Fuji X10 a Thumbs Up, literally, a Thumbs Up device from Match Technical Services that fits in the hot shoe of the camera. The Thumbs Up ( model EP-5S ) a unique little device that adds an extra grip where one's thumb rests on the back of the camera. The device is beautifully made of machined brass and comes in black or silver. I really like it on the Fuji X10 I think it works really well and gives the camera a "sure" grip, I wouldn't be without it.To see more of my work go to: www.garynylander.com
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The Fuji X10 camera is a great walk about companion while I was visiting Vancouver, B.C. for a couple days while visiting friends, I had break from the rain and had some glorious sunshine mixed with a few clouds and I took that weather advantage to get out and see the city walking around the downtown area to the waterfront. I have to say that the little Fuji is a great camera for exactly this purpose, I'm not bogged down with a lot of camera gear and the camera is light and easy to carry, did I mention that the camera is capable of producing fantastic high quality images? in the right hands and with a good eye, a photographer can really make this camera produce some outstanding images, here is a selection of a few of my "snaps"…..also here is sosme of my other work click here: www.garynylander.com
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
***Disclaimer, I am not a camera reviewer, I am a photographer who likes to take pictures, this my impressions of the Fuji X10 ***( to see my black and white fine art photography go to: www.garynylander.com )
I have had my eye on this camera ever since it was announced recently. Surprise, surprise, when I stopped by my local London Drugs store where I live in West Kelowna, BC the clerk had never even heard of the camera, but she went to one of the computers at the till and looked it up and told me that a Fuji X10 was on a delivery truck for expected ETA of later that day, "Great"! I said, put my name on, and later that evening I got a call to come and pick the camera up.
A bit of back ground, I am a fine art photographer that shoots landscapes, I enjoy shooting 4 x 5 black and white film ( large format ) and I have been looking for something to integrate into various my hiking trips or just as a camera to take with me on walks or when I am with family and friends. I don't want to lug around a lot of gear, so this camera is perfect.I love the retro look to it, its simple clean and has not big lettering on the front. What really sold me on the camera was the manual zoom, I like it, simple easy to use and set at just the right focal length.
So far I have been very impressed with the little Fuji X10, it's well built and has a solid feel to it, the outside casing is all metal, the lens looks superb and the photographs made from the lens including the sensor is very good, for what it does it's great, although I have only just started using it and the images posted were taken with the "EXR" setting, coming from a Nikon background I need to get my self up to speed in terms of the various menus. It handles very well, but I should mention that I have customized it somewhat by making a small wood grip, using Ebony wood, I know some people might be saying "Huh?", as I made a small compact camera bigger by adding a extra 15mm to the bottom, but I like it. I am also using a leather strap that I made, as the strap that came with it seemed a bit cheap, the only other item I would like to add down the road is one of those Thumbs Up devices, I believe that they make one for the X100, so maybe they will make one for the X10.
I'm not sure what else to mention about the camera, other than its fun to use, there are plenty of technical reviews with far more in-depth technical talk than I would ever post on my blog here, I am hoping to go out a create some great photographs with it which is the name of the game !
Update November 13, 2011:
If you really want to go retro you can set the camera to ERX "auto" mode then you can turn off the rear LCD screen using the "display/back" button its the only mode that I could find where the LCD can be completely turned off, one can be very stealth like with the sound tuned off too if doing street photography or in a concert setting, plus I would think it would save on battery power, not having the LCD on all the time. Although I don't mind using the EXR mode, the camera is about as automatic as one can get, in working practice I would probably prefer to use a combination of manual, shutter or aperture priority and use the the exposure compensation dial on the top of the camera to adjust exposure.
I have never really cared for using an LCD viewing screen on the back of theses point and shoot cameras, although the optical view finder is adequate on the X10, it has no parallel correction and only shows about 85% of the frame, I think in time I will could get used to it, I like the fact of having a camera up to my eye, much easier to hold steady ( I am old school ). As I use this camera I will use a combination of the LCD and the OVF.
One thing that I have found, which perhaps other owners may have found is that when in EXR mode one can not shoot in "Raw" mode, even though on page 129 of the manual its says it possible , it does say that Raw is automatically turned off, but even when it's turned back on in the menu , one can still not shoot in a combination of EXR and Raw.
I have finally loaded the Silkypix Raw converter on to my Mac, I have an older Mac laptop and I am running OS 10.6.8, well the Silkypix is okay….barely , its not something I care for much to be honest, I will look forward ( hopefully ) when Adobe and Apple will include the Fuji X10 in their support of Lightroom and Aperture and also Adobe's DNG converter.
The little battery get exhausted quite quickly, a wise idea to have at least a spare or two.
***Plus a couple new pictures from the Powers Creek area near my home***
Update November 14, 2011:
I have been playing around with the focus modes, in Manual Focus and Auto Focus Single one can turn the rear LCD completely off no matter what exposure modes one is in, I guess it would have some interesting uses. Manual focus I think has some useful applications, one can use the AEL-AFL button on the back to lock focus on anything inside the highlighted rectangle on the LCD the highlighted rectangle can be moved around using AF button on the rear left of the camera.
Update November 15, 2011:
I received a reply from Fuji Digital Camera Support in regards to shooting RAW with EXR Auto, here is what they wrote…."Dear Customer,Thank you for your inquiry.There may be a typo in the manual but when the camera is set to EXR Auto shooting in RAW is not possible."
Update November 20, 2011:
While out for a walk earlier today with the Fuji X10, I made some images of the snow covered ground a this beautifully coloured bush, the picture combo shows a 100% cropped area ( bottom image ) from the full frame top image, I applied a bit of un-sharp mask in PS.
Update June 30, 2012: I have had some interest in the wood grip that I have made for my X10, here is a link to my video I posted on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaT2NyrAsJY
BTW, I am still enjoying my X10.
Gellatly Bay Nut Farm, West Kelowna , BC
Old Barn, West Kelowna, BC
Powers Creek, West Kelowna, BC
Powers Creek, West Kelowna, BC
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Thursday, November 03, 2011
This an article I am posting in response to a post on the The Online Photographer, about collecting cameras ( click here ), the article raises some interesting points and questions , recently I bought my own little collectable camera, I would appreciate your thoughts…..
A few weeks ago I was in Victoria, B.C. and I bought a black-paint 1936 Leica III ( see picture above ) from a local camera dealer, it was owned by a local man, it doesn't seem to have been used much, just stored in it's leather case, or perhaps it was brought out for when the Queen visited ! as the camera was purchased in Great Britain. Right now it sits in repair shop in Toronto ( Kindermann Canada) as it needs a CLA ( clean, lube and adjust ) it would appear that the camera is all 100 % original, but its possible that it could be a "re-paint" its hard to to tell, it looks very clean, with no brassing, it doesn't ever seem to have been taken apart, the slow shutter speeds don't work, and film advance knob is a bit stiff and squeaky…… so do I have it stripped down and taken apart so it can be cleaned , lubed and adjusted or do I leave it as is ? in terms of a collectable, it's not a particularly rare model, but its kinda rare in the sense that the camera has hardly had any use for the past 75 years, I have been told by some people that it would be worth more in it's original condition and that taking it apart would de-value it. So I'm not sure, all though I am leaning towards getting it tuned up and operating properly, I have already run a couple of rolls of film through it and its a lovely camera to use ( see image below ) I have always felt that a camera should be used and not sit inside of a glass display case. Thanks for reading and again I welcome your thoughts, especially any Leica aficionados I will keep you posted as to what I will do with the old camera.
Royal Roads, Japanese Split Leaf Maple, Oct, 2011