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    Lovely work Jim!

    One from yesterday in East Linton.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    I've heard others say that the 18mm is not up to par with the 35 & 60 but I just have not encountered issues with it. I often shoot wide so I am looking into the Voigtlander ULTRA WIDE-HELIAR 12mm F5.6 Aspherical

    Take a look at this group of photos taken with it: Voigtlander ULTRA WIDE-HELIAR 12mm F5.6 Aspherical - a set on Flickr

    And also this one: Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 Lens and the Fuji X Pro 1 | Mark Hilliard Atelier's Blog

    It's a pricey lens but from what I have seen online it works great with the X-Pro1 and results in an actual 18mm field of view.
    Those are nice, and I am familiar with the 12mm. I have and use the Voightlander 15mm on the X-Pro1 regularly. I love much about the XP1, but I'm not getting the sharp images I expected, especially from a camera with no anti-aliasing filter. Starting to wonder if it's just my copy.

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    Lovely work Jim!

    One from yesterday in East Linton.

    The old sign form the Drifters Inn.
    Love the textures in this one, David. Well seen and captured.

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    I love much about the XP1, but I'm not getting the sharp images I expected, especially from a camera with no anti-aliasing filter. Starting to wonder if it's just my copy.
    Maybe post some examples so we can see what you are seeing? Post at least 1200 pixel wide.

    So many of my photos don't even need to be sharpened. It is one of the things I like most about the XP1. Sorry to hear you are having this issue.
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    Thanks Jim. I'll do that soon. (Up to my elbows in a "honey do" project this morning.) Are you using any in-camera sharpening? I'm getting somewhat soft images even with +1 in Sharpening.

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    Lots of great pictures in this thread, I enjoyed looking thru them.
    I have to say that I really like draw of 18mm lens even more so than 35mm.
    I know it's been said that resolution is not the greatest, but it sure has some character. I wonder how the new zoom will perform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photomorgana View Post
    I have to say that I really like draw of 18mm lens even more so than 35mm.
    I know it's been said that resolution is not the greatest, but it sure has some character. I wonder how the new zoom will perform.
    Me too - I have both and as good as the 35mm is I actually really like the rendering of the 18mm too.
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    a few more from watkins glen state park in new york.



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    Halloween is coming...









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    A few silly faces to share (first in color and uncropped)

















    One IN BW, for the heck of it...

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    Putting the last 2 posts together

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    Serenity

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    Fun stuff, Ashwin! She is such a cutie. And, those shots of the leaves in the last set are terrific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photomorgana View Post
    Lots of great pictures in this thread, I enjoyed looking thru them.
    I have to say that I really like draw of 18mm lens even more so than 35mm.
    I know it's been said that resolution is not the greatest, but it sure has some character. I wonder how the new zoom will perform.
    I'm wondering the same, I'm very happy with the 35/60 pair, have an x100 I use at the wide end, but I just had a nice professional milestone and I'm in line for a present to myself -- vacillating between the 18mm, the zoom (maybe together with the XE1 as a second body) or the 14mm .

    Hmmm.
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    Some pix from over the weekend. All with the CV 15/4.5:





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    Available light B&W Portrait shot

    X-Pro1 with the 58mm Rokkor f/1.2

    Fuji, Please Give Us Focus Peaking

    I wanted to do an available light portrait in B&W for an online forum thread. This is what I came up with. The Minolta Rokkor lenses do a wonderful job. The only problem is my old eyes need assistance in obtaining critical focus, especially when you are dealing with fast glass and a shallow depth of field as in this shot. The X-Pro1 needs Focus Peaking. There are so many great manual focus legacy lenses available for next to nothing... and Fuji does not yet have a full spectrum of lenses. Many, like myself, have opted to use legacy glass to fill the gap. The EVF magnification is good but Focus Peaking would be so much better.

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    I get your point on the desirability of focus peaking, but it sure looks like you nailed the focus on this pic of Santa checking his list twice.

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    X-Pro1 with the 58mm Rokkor f/1.2

    Fuji, Please Give Us Focus Peaking

    I wanted to do an available light portrait in B&W for an online forum thread. This is what I came up with. The Minolta Rokkor lenses do a wonderful job. The only problem is my old eyes need assistance in obtaining critical focus, especially when you are dealing with fast glass and a shallow depth of field as in this shot. The X-Pro1 needs Focus Peaking. There are so many great manual focus legacy lenses available for next to nothing... and Fuji does not yet have a full spectrum of lenses. Many, like myself, have opted to use legacy glass to fill the gap. The EVF magnification is good but Focus Peaking would be so much better.


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    Plus one from me. Simply a gorgeous portrait, Jim.

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    +2, Jim....I'm not sure if you are making your own argument re: focus peaking...image looks quite sharp to me...
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    Braeside - Great shots and cool kit!
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    Jim - Awesome cool shots! Hope you came away unstung.
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    SciFi - Lovely moving water.. my fave of the two-
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    Ash - Great color! We don't have quite that much foliage coloration yet..
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    Lloyd - Great wide shots, making me think more and more about jumping back into a CV super wide ;-) This was my fave of the set.. expansive!
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    Thanks Steve.

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    Little bit of everything from me this weekend..
    All XPro1 & Fuji XF 35

    My weekend mornings..


    Saturday..


    Planters maintained by my building




    Later in the park..
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg284 View Post
    Little bit of everything from me this weekend..
    All XPro1 & Fuji XF 35
    Very nice set, Steve. I particularly like the first two shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    +2, Jim....I'm not sure if you are making your own argument re: focus peaking...image looks quite sharp to me...
    Ashwin, yes, it is sharp but I really had to take my time to get it there. Focus Peaking would have made it much quicker. Also, after a while the old eyes get tired and that makes manual focus a bit of a pain sometimes.. focus peaking would really help, especially when the subject may not present itself long enough for slow and thoughtful focus.

    Since Fuji is obviously after those users with Leica glass then it would seem a no brainer to add focus peaking to help with critical focus.
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    I don't use the XPro 1 nearly enough. I keep thinking about selling the whole kit, but when I do use it, it is always rewarding. It somehow encourages me to shoot more when it's in my hand.

    The above image will likely not render well on an uncalibrated monitor.

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    Wow! That's a stunner, Paul. Truly.
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    Some Vietnamese carved artwork:

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    As close as I can get to a Portra type rendering. My daughter.
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    She's a cutie, Paul, and that's a wonderful portrait.

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    I challenged myself to go out on the street and ask strangers if I could take their picture... my "Stranger Portrait" self-challenge... and the only rule was that they had to give me permission.

    Here are some samples; all taken the same day:

    35/f1.4:


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    Lovely stuff Lloyd. It takes a bit of courage to ask total strangers too! Well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Braeside View Post
    Lovely stuff Lloyd. It takes a bit of courage to ask total strangers too! Well done.
    Thanks David. Yes, it was unnerving at first for sure. The young woman in the top shot was the first person I asked, and had she been unwilling, I might not have continued. I was surprised that only a few people turned me down. I actually had some people who saw me shooting someone else ask me to take one of them.

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    As close as I can get to a Portra type rendering. My daughter.
    Paul,

    DO NOT sell your kit......but keep taking photos like this.

    Beautiful.

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    Rich, Lloyd, thanks for the kind words!

    Lloyd, I've always wanted to go out into the street and give that a try, but always seem to find an excuse not to, when I'm out there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Me too - I have both and as good as the 35mm is I actually really like the rendering of the 18mm too.
    To me, it looks like, 18mm lens has OOF bokeh rendering similar to a symmetrical Double Gauss lens, which I like a lot. However, 35mm lens produces images more similar to a Sonnar type lens, which is good as well, but not what I personally prefer.

    Hope new 23mm will be more like 18mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    I challenged myself to go out on the street and ask strangers if I could take their picture... my "Stranger Portrait" self-challenge... and the only rule was that they had to give me permission.

    Here are some samples; all taken the same day:


    Great job.
    I really like the 18mm for portrait work. (I think 28mm equivalent is the best for wide angle portrait work, I would not go any wider) it really shines in OOF rendering, in my opinion. But also stopped down to f5.6 I also saw some excellent landscapes shots. Seems like a winner to me.

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    As close as I can get to a Portra type rendering. My daughter.

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    Voigtlander 50mm/f1.1, taken at f2.8 or maybe f4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photomorgana View Post
    To me, it looks like, 18mm lens has OOF bokeh rendering similar to a symmetrical Double Gauss lens, which I like a lot. However, 35mm lens produces images more similar to a Sonnar type lens, which is good as well, but not what I personally prefer.

    Hope new 23mm will be more like 18mm.
    When I first got the X Pro setup I wasn't so enamoured by the 18, perhaps the 35 has too much character and too easy to nail the focus compared to say an M9, you immediately compare the two. But when walking around with the camera it has definitely has a classic fujinon sharpness and look that has grown on me considerably. No doubt the 18 is a fine lens. Actually my preferred lens setup is 28/50/90 (exactly what I have on my M9) and the X lenses 18/35/60 are all stunners, the contrast and colour are wonderful and the whole lot cost me less than one lens on my Leica. It's an unfair comparison as those Leica lenses are worth more today than I paid, whereas the X Pro is losing value, however I think the X Pro is the best value for money set up out there when you consider the quality you can attain for what you pay.

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    Welcome kuujinbo! Looking forward to more of your photos with the Voigtlander lens.
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    Last one of this trip, with the 60mm. Vietnamese silk embroiderer. Processed using Alien Skin Exposure
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    Nice one, Paul. Wonderful color, and the camera handles the DR of that scene very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braeside View Post
    Welcome kuujinbo! Looking forward to more of your photos with the Voigtlander lens.
    Plus one from me on both counts.

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    Xpro-1 and 80 summilux R, a cream machine...













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    Wow! No kidding! Nice. Love that last one especially.

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    Oooh bokelicious. I love the claw reaching out of the screen in what must be #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braeside View Post
    Welcome kuujinbo! Looking forward to more of your photos with the Voigtlander lens.
    Thanks for the warm welcome David.

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    Plus one from me on both counts.
    Thanks Lloyd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
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    Great bokeh Ashwin. I used to have this one with elmarit 28 and lux50e60 as my 5d set. I would not have sold them if it was not for Mirrorless revolution. But no regrets, maybe a little, when I see shots like yours.

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