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X-Pro1 - FF Lens Turbo Adapter w/Minolta MC 24mm F/2.8 - Wide Angle

I finally took the plunge and went for the Zhongyi Lens Turbo Adapter for Minolta. Rather than going into details already well written by Jonas and Jordan Steele of Admiring Light, I’ll just add to what they said in my initial findings using this adapter for a short period of time so far with a Wide Angled Lens, in this case the Minolta MC 24mm F/2.8, ( one hell of a lens ) I will be testing this adapter with tons of other Minolta lenses as time goes by so check back often.

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X-Pro1 - Time

Jus a quick post, Time... Click on photo to launch!

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X-Pro1 - Lens Sharpness Delusion

Lens sharpness has nothing to do with photography, yep! I just said it... It’s got nada, zilch as to how a true photographer makes images, one trip down memory lane confirms this in a big way. Take a look at the work of the masters, everything was about composition and light not how sharp the lens mounted on their camera was, and I have yet to see a photograph from one of the icons that was perfectly in focus or should I say sharp?

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I don’t know and can’t tell when this sharpness photography crap reared its head, could it be a wild fire that just spread with no attempt to quell it that it has almost become mainstream belief? I check out my favorite blogs pretty much everyday, the loudest drumbeat is almost always about how this lens is sharper than this or that with commenters getting in a sultry debate about pure nonsense. Hey, lets see a comparison of this and that, show us that at 100% crop, this has amazing detail, yeah I can see one strand of hair buried in that dudes nostril, the pores... I can go on... Pixel Peepers! Read More...
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X-Pro1 - Replichrome + Jpegs - Kodak BW 400CN--

Since my recent foray with Replichrome, I have been shooting in Raw as suggested by Totally Rad, the creators of Replichrome a film emulation plug-in for LR and ACR. On Totally Rad’s FAQ page for Replichrome, the question - Do I need to shoot Raw to use Replichrome? The answer - Yes. Replichrome’s camera profiles only operate on raw images. Accurate film emulation is not possible with jpegs or other “developed” formats.

What if one is not trying to achieve accurate film emulation and shooting Jpegs, could the results be OK for artistic effects? Of course it is and the files look damn good at least to my eyes. So go ahead and shoot in JPEG and experiment like I did with the shots below. All shots JPEGs tweaked in LR5 for exposure then burned with Kodak BW 400 CN--

Original just to give you a feel for what I am working with…

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X-Pro1 - What a Measly 15 Quid Lens Can Do

Just a quick post on what you can get for $15… I won a bid on an almost brand new Minolta Zoom 28-70mm F/3.5-4.8 lens last week from eBay, I will be updating this post with my thoughts on this cool lens soon…

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Fuji - Enough Already! - X-Pro2 + X200

October has been one heck of a month with new camera releases from Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Fuji to name a few. A quick overview of the big newsmakers; Oly released EM1, I will not be talking about this since my days with M/43rds are simply over, no matter how good. Nikon updated the D600 to D610, no more DSLRs for me either. Fuji released the XA1, XQ1 and now the X-E2 none of which I am particularly excited about. Then we have Sony with the A7/R which in my opinion is the most exciting and ground breaking release of any ILC compact camera to date.

Let me focus on the Sony A7/R for a minute here and why this post. First off, I am not a fan of Sony cameras period, why? Because to me they seem like gadgetry rather than a real camera - again thats just how I feel about them, but the A7/R though still a gadget - it is beastly on paper. For one it is Full Frame ILC first of its kind, as of this writing, the jury is still out on the IQ. If Sony had put a Shutter Dial on top of the camera rather than the standard PASM dial and simplified the system somewhat in terms of the menu, it would have been more of a killer IMO. The other good news with the Sony A7/R is that Sony did what was said could not be done, a FF ILC, well now that we know that it can be done, who will follow suit? Let me also add that if the A7/R lives up to the hype, Leica should look out unless they have a sensible response and better act fast. The A7/R will no doubt chew on sales from any M in Leicas arsenal.

So the reason for this post is that I believe Fuji should be the one to follow suit or lead with a new X-Pro2 and X200 or whatever they choose to call it rather than releasing bodies like the XA, XQ crap. As a Fuji fan, heres what I would like to see; lets start with the X-Pro, make it FF and Weather Sealed, release a new line of FF lenses 2/3 to start with preferably a 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and keep the size the same with a bit of heft, done! Don’t change anything else… I know some may want to add this or that, faster AF and so on, thats fine but not that necessary IMO. If faster AF is a big deal, get a M/43rd or DSLR they make brilliant images and call it a day.

As for the X-200 same goes, FF ILC. If a fixed lens, make it a 50mm, I am convinced it can be done so get on it Fuji. Enough Already with the mediocre recent releases, we know you are listening as you have always done and we commend you for that - its time you throw us a bone! Sony just did...
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X-Pro1 - More Replichrome from Kodak Color

It should be no secret by now as to how much fun I am having using Replichrome. Below are some snap shots of my older daughter and spouse… All photos X-Pro1 w/Minolta MD 50mm F/2 49mm Thread - a fantastic lens period.

Kodak Portra 800 -- Frontier -

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M8.2 - WWII Memorial - Replichrome Fuji Color

The last few days have been totally crap weather wise, rain and more rain continuously… Yesterday it finally stopped though with an overcast, a chance to get out the house for a walk to the nations capital to see if I could catch some protesters, you know, the whole senseless government shutdown nonsense. My first and only stop was at the WWII Memorial where they were expected to be. I started my walk from the Lincoln Memorial side, at the time I arrived, the protesters had moved on to the WH so I was told by some lady but there was some event with veterans going on by the WWII Memorial side of the mall so I proceeded to that end. Yes, part of the park was opened, walking up to the Lincoln Memorial itself was barricaded with park police standing guard at the foot of the top tier steps. I overheard one of the park rangers saying that the park was opened because it was funded by some private corporation or whatever.

Armed with my X-Pro1 w/Minolta 50mm 1.2, X100 and M8 w/90mm Summarit 2.5 I was ready to capture some moments. Below are photos from the veterans event, to see these folks that have served this country so proudly is truly something to behold, hear their stories and you will be touched. Honestly, I don’t know if there are enough words to thank them.

All photos M8.2 ( Raw ) - Processed in LR5 Replichrome Fuji Color - Fuji Pro 160S Frontier-

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X100 - WWII Memorial - Replichrome Kodak Color

The last few days have been totally crap weather wise, rain and more rain continuously… Yesterday it finally stopped though with an overcast, a chance to get out the house for a walk to the nations capital to see if I could catch some protesters, you know, the whole senseless government shutdown nonsense. My first and only stop was at the WWII Memorial where they were expected to be. I started my walk from the Lincoln Memorial side, at the time I arrived, the protesters had moved on to the WH so I was told by some lady but there was some event with veterans going on by the WWII Memorial side of the mall so I proceeded to that end. Yes, part of the park was opened, walking up to the Lincoln Memorial itself was barricaded with park police standing guard at the foot of the top tier steps. I overheard one of the park rangers saying that the park was opened because it was funded by some private corporation or whatever.

Armed with my X-Pro1 w/Minolta 50mm 1.2, X100 and M8 w/90mm Summarit 2.5 I was ready to capture some moments. Below are photos from the veterans event, to see these folks that have served this country so proudly is truly something to behold, hear their stories and you will be touched. Honestly, I don’t know if there are enough words to thank them.

All photos X100 ( Raw ) - Processed in LR5 Replichrome Kodak Color - Kodak Portra 160 Noritsu-

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X-Pro1 - WWII Memorial w/Minolta 50mm MD 1.2 - Replichrome B&W

The last few days have been totally crap weather wise, rain and more rain continuously… Yesterday it finally stopped though with an overcast, a chance to get out the house for a walk to the nations capital to see if I could catch some protesters, you know, the whole senseless government shutdown nonsense. My first and only stop was at the WWII Memorial where they were expected to be. I started my walk from the Lincoln Memorial side, at the time I arrived, the protesters had moved on to the WH so I was told by some lady but there was some event with veterans going on by the WWII Memorial side of the mall so I proceeded to that end. Yes, part of the park was opened, walking up to the Lincoln Memorial itself was barricaded with park police standing guard at the foot of the top tier steps. I overheard one of the park rangers saying that the park was opened because it was funded by some private corporation or whatever.

Armed with my X-Pro1 w/Minolta 50mm 1.2, X100 and M8 w/90mm Summarit 2.5 I was ready to capture some moments. Below are photos from the veterans event, to see these folks that have served this country so proudly is truly something to behold, hear their stories and you will be touched. Honestly, I don’t know if there are enough words to thank them.

All photos X-Pro1 ( Raw ) w/Minolta 50mm F/1.2 @ F/2 - Processed in LR5 Replichrome B&W Film Emulation Kodak Plus-X 125 ++

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