Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fuji X-Pro1: What Focus Problem Are You Talking About?

This afternoon I attended an event sponsored by Unique Photo in Fairfield, NJ and by Sony. It was an opportunity to photograph bikers and their bikes, along with some models who posed provocatively for the edification and titillation of the attendees. I usually stay away from events such as this, but the opportunity to try out the new focusing flexibility available from the latest Fuji software update for the X-Pro1 was too much to resist.

I usually process my images in Lightroom and with Nik plugins, and present them as b/w images. But I was so totally blown away with the images out of the camera, that I decided to present a number of the images with just a minimum of Lightroom adjustment. The images were shot with the Fuji 35mm lens, RAW, Single focus, with the exposure set to auto ISO, aperture at f8, and shutter at 1/250th second. I did no sharpening or noise reduction processing on these images. Below each image I've noted the ISO speed that the camera selected for the exposure. It was a heavily overcast day, and I did no white balance processing in Lightroom. After framing the image I just quickly depressed the shutter in one fluid motion without waiting for the camera to 'find' the focus (which was lightning fast). Here are the images:

ISO 320

ISO 320

ISO 200

ISO 640

ISO 320

ISO 320

ISO 320

ISO 1000

ISO 640

ISO1250

ISO 2000