Archive for September 2013
Fujifilm is one of the industry leaders for mirrorless camera systems; from compact cameras to professional cameras, Fuji offers a great selection in their X-Series lineup. As the only Premiere Elite Dealer in Colorado, Englewood Camera would like to invite you to test out this excellent camera system on October 11 and 12, 2013. You will be able to have a hands-on demo of all X-Series cameras, including the X100s, X-E1, X-M1, and X20, plus all of the lenses that are currently available. Meet with our Fuji rep for tech support and questions about the system in the store too! There will be in-store promotions available as well. Englewood Camera hopes to see you for Fuji Days!
Looking to expand your lens collection this fall? In need of any upgrades? Check out some great used gear now available at Englewood Camera.
Canon Used Equipment:
- Canon EOS 60D (Body Only)
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
- Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
- Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM with hood
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
- Sigma 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye
- Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L
Nikon Used Equipment:
- Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6
- Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
- Nikkor AF 35mm f/2
- Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.4
- Sigma 85mm f/1.4 HSM
- Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Nano
- Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 (Manual Focus)
- Nikon Speedlight SB-800
- Nikon AF-S TC-14E 1.4x Teleconverter
Other Used Camera Gear:
- Yashica Mat 124G
- Sony A55 w/ 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
- Leica D-Lux 6 with EFV-3 and Leather Case
- Sigma SD-1 with Battery Grip
- Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM
On October 5, 2013, join Barry Andersson and planetMitch to learn the ins and outs of shooting video with DSLR cameras. You can save $30 if you register off this blog post!
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Fall is in the air! For portrait photographers, this is the season for family pictures amidst fall colors in Colorado. Englewood Camera is proud to offer a hands-on workshop to learn the essentials of shooting portraits on location, with award-winning photographer Matthew Jonas. Check out his upcoming workshop in October. You can register for this workshop and find more information on our website.
Looking to learn the tricks of the trade in a studio setting? There is still space in Englewood Camera’s Studio Lighting & Portraiture workshop with Grant Leighton this weekend. Learn how to work with studio lights and models in one of the coolest studio spaces in town! Find more information or register on our website.
Englewood Camera just brought in some great used Olympus micro 4/3 gear! We guarantee all of our used equipment with a 6-month warranty.
Olympus E-P5 with 17mm f/1.8 and VF-3
Olympus M 45mm f/1.8
Olympus M 12mm f/2
Olympus M 17mm f/2.8 Pancake
Olympus M 60mm f/2.8 Macro
Olympus M 40-150mm f/4-5.6
We also have:
- Olympus Macro Arm Light MAL-1
- Olympus RM-UC1 remote cable
- Olympus E-PL5 (Body Only)
- Olympus FL-300R Flash
Looking for other brands? Englewood Camera has some great deals on Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fuji equipment right now too, including:
- Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II
- Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4 VR Nano
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
- Sony A100 with 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6
- Sony A55 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
- Sony A 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM
- Fujifilm XE-1 with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS
- Fujifilm X10
Stop by the store to check out our great selection of lenses and cameras this weekend! Hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday.
Back in May, we posted a review on the Fujifilm X100s camera. This was our most viewed post in Englewood Camera’s blogging history, but since we’ve changed our blog URL, we decided to share the review on our new site.
At this point, Englewood Camera has sold more than 45 of these popular cameras; this has been our best selling camera in such a short amount of time. The X100s first hit the shelves at the end of March 2013. Englewood Camera currently has the X100s in stock, but hurry! These cameras don’t stay on the shelves for long. Cheers!
By Erin Brinkley-Burgardt
I was lucky and able to borrow a Fujifilm X100s, the newest and highly coveted camera in Fuji’s X-Series lineup for a recent trip to San Diego, California. For the past 5 years, I have been shooting a Canon 5D and 5D Mark II full-frame DSLR, which we all know is a cumbersome setup. I’ve lugged my camera gear across the world, shooting with heavy L-series lenses. For the last year, I’ve been keeping an eye on the Fuji X-Series system, contemplating a smaller, lighterweight digital system, but I haven’t taken the plunge because of the APS-C sensor size. Never one to compromise quality, I’ve packed around (what feels like but probably isn’t) 50lbs of camera equipment to ensure the best images I can make. For this trip, I was offered a loaner X100s camera, and could not say no!
A blurb about the Fuji X100s: this camera is a compact, with an SLR type APS-C sensor, 23mm f/2 lens, and a optical/digital viewfinder reminiscent of classic rangefinder cameras. This is the replacement for Fuji’s first camera of this type, the X100, and Fuji made some serious upgrades with this new model. The camera has a 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS Sensor, similar to the X-Pro 1 and XE-1 models in the line-up, but added a new feature on the sensor called on-chip phase detection, which allows faster auto focus (a big improvement from the X100). In addition, Fujifilm added a new processor, the EXR Processor II, for overcoming lens diffraction and peripheral aberrations. Fujifilm also added two tools for more accurate manual focus–focus peaking and digital split image focusing. The first, focus peaking, is a display that outlines the in-focus elements. Digital Split Image Focusing, on the other hand, shows a black and white area within the viewfinder, much like old viewfinders, that line up when in focus. You can find a full review, with the technical specs, on dpreview.com.
So, back to my review.
Once again, I loaded my Domke inserts into my Chrome bag to travel. I packed my 5D Mark II with two lenses and flash, and my Leica M6 with some film, and slipped the Fuji X100s into my pack. I was fortunate to have a rental car and not have to trek around on foot with all of this gear! My first day of shooting was along the southern California coast; I stopped at Laguna Beach to check out the tide pools, and slowly unpacked my bag, pulling out the 5D Mark II first. After shooting some frames with the Canon, I packed it away and settled on the X100s–and didn’t put it away the rest of my trip!
I started using the X100s in manual mode, controlling the shutter speeds and aperture myself, but it didn’t take long for me to switch to aperture priority. Though both the optical and electronic viewfinder on the X100s are clear and easy to view, I had a difficult time reading the light meter. It’s located on the left side of the viewfinder, and is a white overlay–a bad combination for those of us used to a green meter over solid black.
The response time of the auto focus, plus the response of the shutter was very quick. There is a slight delay with the shutter, but it definitely didn’t slow me down or bother me at all. The X100s is fantastic for street, travel or landscape photography–the lens is sharp, rivaling my L-series glass on the Canon. The color straight out of the camera is spot on; where my Canon leans towards the warm color spectrum, the Fuji remains neutral. In post, I didn’t have to adjust the color, or sharpness, at all. This is a welcome relief, as I prefer to shoot as best as possible in camera to cut back on post production time.
I never had time to test out the original X100, but from the reviews I’ve read and complaints I’ve heard, the X100s is a definite upgrade. I played around with the manual focus, using the Digital Split Image Focusing setting, and found it easy to use and quick to focus. I struggle with manual focus on most digital cameras because I can’t see what I’m focusing on very well. The split image lines up much like a rangefinder, and I’m used to that type of manual focus from my Leica. I mainly experimented with manual focus in lower light situations, as the auto focus preformed very well in daylight.
Let’s look at some example shots I made with the X100s. This first image was shot in macro mode, which works very well and retains detail across the frame. I was very impressed. The new X-Trans sensor eliminates color moire as far as I can tell, and the dynamic range is solid (good detail in the highlight and shadow areas across the image). Click on the images to see full size.
Another look from my examples was from an afternoon spent in Encinitas, CA, just north of San Diego. This is one of my favorite beaches–it’s home to surfers and not often crowded. There were kids taking surfing lessons after school, so I hung around to make some images of the surfers and the landscape. For this shooting situation, I was grateful for the X100s. My Canon would have been very obtrusive in making candid photos of people. The Fuji is quiet, small, and doesn’t look like much, so I went undetected in my picture making. In the picture below, the subjects were walking about 5 feet in front of me.
I also tested the X100s’ performance in low-light conditions. I visited the Bernardo Winery, one of the oldest wineries in California, and made some photos in their tasting room. The only lighting in this room came from a few old wine bottles that had been made into lights, and from natural light coming in through a few windows. I upped the ISO between 800 and 1250, and shot a few images hand held. Below is one example, shot at ISO 800, at 1/60s, f/2.8. The image is sharp, and retains detail throughout the whole image.
Here’s another example of glass grapes with lights, shot at ISO 1250, 1/60s at f/2.0. Pretty impressive for a wide-open aperture and faster ISO.
I also tried out a long-exposure with the X100s. While I was in California, I drove towards Palm Springs and stopped off of I-10 and Twenty Nine Palms Road in Desert Hot Springs to photograph the windmills by night. Silly me forgot a cable release, but I set the camera on the roof of my car to shoot a 30 second exposure of the windmills (with I-10 in the foreground). I was very impressed with the results. The reflection is from the car roof, but has an effect similar to water.
Now for a landscape shot that I wasn’t totally impressed with. I love to photograph palm trees; I spent my childhood in California, and palm trees are one thing I miss living in Colorado. The first shot below was taken with the X100s. It looks good at first glance, but look at the zoomed in version. There is definitely a loss of detail at infinity when comparing the shot with a similar version shot with my 5D Mark II.
This is the full image from the X100s. When cropped in (below), you can see a loss of detail in the palm leaves, as well as a halo effect around the trunks of the trees.
This is a similar shot from my Canon EOS 5D Mark II with an EF 85mm f/1.2L.
You’ll notice that the crop from a full-frame camera is much more usable. There’s detail in the palm leaves, and no halo effect.
Overall, I’m very impressed with the quality straight of camera on the X100s. This is definitely a professional grade camera, and a good companion for street photographers and landscape/travel photographers (aside from the limitations seen above). 35mm is my go-to focal length, and is perfect for street and travel photography. I’d love to test this out at a wedding–I think the compact size and quiet shutter would allow for great candid shots. Again, I did not alter the color or sharpness of these images in post production; everything was shot in RAW and converted to JPG in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.
Englewood Camera sells the X100s for $1299.99 and is the Premiere Elite dealer of Fuji products in the Denver metro area. The cameras have been coming in and going out the door very quickly, so call for availability and to possibly have your name added to a wait list.
If you want to check out the archive on Englewood Camera’s previous blog, click here.
This morning, Fujifilm announced the newest member to its X-Series system: the X-A1. Details from Fuji’s press release are as follows:
Valhalla, N.Y., September 17, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-A1 compact system camera (CSC), the fourth interchangeable lens system camera introduced within the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Series. The ultra-light X-A1 gives consumers an affordable entry point into the X-Series line of digital cameras and delivers outstanding image quality using its large 16.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, easy operation and wireless image transfer for quick photo sharing.
The FUJIFILM X-A1 kit will ship with the FUJINON XC 16-50mm (24-76mm)*1 F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens. The XC 16-50mm is a versatile lens that is ideal for a wide range of photographic subjects, including clear low-light scenes, beautiful portraits and vivid landscapes. The lens consists of 12 all glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. The lens features seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 17 stops in 1/3 EV increments for precise aperture control.
“The lightweight X-A1 and versatile XC16-50mm lens combination gives consumers extraordinary value and the opportunity to experience the outstanding image quality that the X-Series is known for,” said Manny Almeida, senior vice president and general manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Together with a high definition tilting screen and wireless image transfer, consumers of all skill levels can capture truly memorable images that can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter quickly and easily.”
Large 16.3 Megapixel APS-C sensor and EXR Processor II
The FUJIFILM X-A1 uses an APS-C sensor and powerful EXR Processor II that captures rich tones, breath-taking dynamic range and stunning low-light images using its extended ISO range of up to 25600. With the X-A1, users can set the sensor sensitivity from ISO200 to as high as ISO6400 in 1/3 step increments, to obtain remarkably clear images even when shooting indoors and at night.
Together with the EXR Processor II, the X-A1 also gives customers fantastic speed with a start-up time of 0.5 seconds*2, a shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second (max. 30 frames*3).
Compact performance and advanced features
The X-A1 CSC combines advanced features in a go-anywhere design. The X-A1 weighs just 11.6oz*4 and is about a third of the size of a traditional DSLR body. With a slim profile of 1.3” at its trimmest point, the X-A1 is easily carried anywhere.
The X-A1 also features a 3” tilting high resolution LCD screen with 920,000 dots for easy image viewing and framing at various angles. The 3” LCD monitor tilts at variable vertical angles, facilitating both low-angle and high-angle shots whether on or off a tripod. The X-A1 uses a built-in high precision flash, with the guide number 7*5, and Super Intelligent Flash technology that uses scene recognition and automatically controls flash strength to reduce highlight clipping.
Easy Image Transfer with WiFi® button
The X-A1 includes a WiFi button that lets users transfer high quality photos and movies*6 to social media sites for easy sharing from the camera to smartphones, tablets and computers.
To connect the X-A1 to a smartphone or tablet, users can download the free dedicated “FUJIFILM Camera Application” to their iPhone™ / iPad™ or Android™ smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the X-A1. The app also lets users download movies, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera.
Intuitive design and easy operation
The X-A1 has its key operation buttons and dials positioned on the right side of the camera’s rear panel for easy use and quick picture taking. The Mode Dial for selecting the optimum setting for each scene gives access to the Advanced SR Auto function, which automatically recognizes each scene and selects the best settings for sharp and clear images.
The Advanced Filter function and Film Simulation modes give users a range of creative filters and film effects to apply and achieve unique and artistic looks.
FUJIFILM X-A1 key features list:
- 16.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- EXR Processor II
- Start-up time of 0.5
- Shutter lag time of 0.05
- Shooting interval time of 0.7
- 3” (920K dot) tilting high resolution LCD screen
- Full range of ISO100 – ISO25600
- Wireless image transfer
- Q Menu shortcut button
- In-camera RAW processing
- Film Simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Sepia, and Black & White)
- 8 Advanced Filters (Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key and Partial Color)
- Multiple Exposure mode to superimpose a second exposure on the first exposure
- Full HD movie 1080P\30fps and built-in stereo microphone
- Available accessories include: Leather Case, Hand Grip, and Clip-on Flash
Englewood Camera expects to have this camera later this month! Retail is $599.99 for the X-A1 and 16-50mm kit, which is available in Black or Indigo Blue.