Monday, January 27, 2014

Announced: Fuji X-T1

Fuji is at it again, today they release the X-T1 a more SLR type of camera, rather than a range finder style. This one with weather sealing and the promise of weather sealed lenses (16-55mm f/2.8 and 50-140 f/2.8). So far I am hearing very good things about this camera, I'm looking forward to getting one in my hands and perhaps replace my x100s with it.

Same sensor as the X-E2 and X100S but with an improved EVF and faster operating speeds with a claimed worlds fastest AF speed (for this camera type)

Got to hand it to Fuji, in the last few years they have produced an entire system of cameras and lenses that are top quality.

"DPReview's Andy Westlake expressed his disappointment that there's no option to directly move the AF point using the four-way controller, as is possible with cameras like the Nikon D7100 and Olympus OM-D E-M1. Instead you're always required to press the 'down' arrow first, to enter AF point selection mode - a small point, but something that's fairly unusual at this level."

Key Specs:

  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Image Processor II
  • up to 8 frames per second
  • 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder
  • Viewfinder magnification of 0.77x
  • 1.04 million dot high-precision 3” tilting LCD monitor
  • ISO 200 – 6400
  • Extended ISO 100, 12800, 25600
  • Built in Intervalometer
  • Die-cast magnesium body
  • Dust and water-resistant body with freeze resistance to -14°F

  • Fuji site here
    Reviews: ePhotozine, Photographyblog, Amateur Photog, PetaPixel,

    Buy it here at B and H


    Images In Light

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

    Lone Pine and The Whitney Portal

    5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8L, 65mm f/14 at 1/30th sec, tripod.
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    Images In Light: Latest Work &emdash; Lone Pine and Mt Whitney
    5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8L, 70mm f/11 at 1/60th sec, tripod. 
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    5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f/4L IS, 200mm f/7.1 at 1/500th sec, handheld. 

    Far east of La La land on CA 395 is the small town of Lone Pine a gateway to the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range and the tallest peak in the lower 48, 14,505 ft Mt Whitney. The Whitney portal road, which heads west out of town, leads you to the Alabama Hills, a spectacular landscape of boulders and sage brush. Many films have been made here and you have no doubt seen one, you just don't know it. You kind of expect to see Captain Kirk or The Duke around every corner.

    Not to be out done by Mt Whitney, 12,949 ft Lone Pine Peak rises prominantly to the south in a spectacular array of peaks and ridges, Mobius Arch a short hike from the end of Movie road makes a nice frame for either Lone Pine or Whitney.

    that would be me sitting in Mobius Arch

    The interesting thing about this mountain range, is how they thrust straight up out of the desert, shear cliffs rising hundreds of feet out of the Sage brush in front of you. It's reminicent of The Grand Teton and the Canadian Rockies,  Hiking in this area could be a lot of fun and make for some very interesting photography.

    more pics here at my Flickr site


    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    Nightfall Picture used on BBC television show

     This photo was chosen by the BBC for "Natures Weirdest, Series 2" television show.