Fuji Film X Pro 1 Review

Fugi X Pro 1

Fugi X Pro 1

We Check Out The Badass, Big Brother to the  FujiFilm X10 , The Fuji Film X Pro 1

At a glance

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • EXR image processing engine
  • Full HD video recording at 24 fps
  • Contrast detection TTL auto-focusing
  • Revamped color filter array, no OLPF
  • 3” LCD monitor with a resolution of 1.23 million dots
  • Continuous shooting speed of 6 fps
  • Maximum ISO range of 25600

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Fuji’s undeniably successful range of mirrorless systems and the continued patronage of its loyal customer base resulted in the promulgation of the series and the launch of the X-Pro1. The X-Pro1 marked the beginning of a new camera system, one that still continues to fuel the development of large sensor mirrorless and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.

Fuji’s X series compact and mirrorless systems have always been somewhat of a reminder of the good old days of film cameras. With tough metallic bodies and body mounted dials the X-Pro1 absolutely continues with that bygone era look. The X-Pro1 has a die- cast aluminum top and bottom panel. Generous amount of a leather-like material give the camera a distinct old school feel.

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True to its billing the camera has several manual controls, including manual shutter speed and exposure compensation dials. There is also a hot-shoe to mount an external flash.

Under the hood the X-Pro1, however, is a completely different beast. It boasts an APS-C sensor and is capable of shooting large fine JPEGs and RAW frames plus full HD movies. The new camera had, what was at that time a new lens mount system – the X mount. Existing XF mount Fujinon lenses, however, will work without issues.

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A big thing with the APS-C sensor on the camera is the absence of an anti-aliasing filter. The lack of which guarantees that images shot with the X-Pro1 would be much sharper than traditional sensors with an anti-aliasing filter. How did they manage to do this? Well they used a different color filter array that does not necessitate the need to use an OLPF filter.

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More modern touches, in case you are still not convinced that this is a digital camera. At the back of the camera is a 3” LCD screen with a resolution of 1,230,000 dots. The non-articulating screen gives 100% frame coverage. A hybrid viewfinder rounds off the feature list of this beautiful photography tool.

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5 Canon 5Ds Features to Take Note of Before Buying

After Nikon breached the normalcy of 12 – megapixel cameras with their D800’s 250 – megapixel, Canon is now climbing up the ladder slowly but effectively with one of their latest, the EOS 5Ds. Photographers then came to wonder how is this different from the EOS 5D Mark III? How will it be able to outstand its predecessor’s all around capabilities? The Canon 5Ds actually has a lot to offer on its own but as opposed to the latter version, it exceeds in the field of portrait and studio photography.

5Ds Appears Much Like Its Predecessors

Design.  For those who are expecting massive difference in terms of appearance for this Canon EOS, there isn’t much for them to see. However, for the loyalists of Canon’s 5D models, they will be more than pleased to find that not much has changed for the latest 5Ds. The changes are pretty minor with the application of magnesium alloy as its body. With a reinforced baseplate, chassis and tripod lug, it managed to highlight an improvement in the gear’s stability.

5Ds Lets You Have Your Way

Handling. Just like any other full frame DSLR, the Canon 5Ds lets a photographer do a whole lot of customizations as he would please. Present with numerous custom menus and a rapid control screen, fast access to settings has never been this interesting.

An extra feature that most photographers would notice at the use of this Canon EOS is the moment they click the shutter button, quietness follows. Yes, the Canon 5Ds managed to quiet the usual shutter sound after they redesigned the camera’s mirror vibration control system. In doing so, they reduced the occurrence of having the mirror bounce and the camera shake. This results to the maintenance of the 50-megapixel sharp image processing.

Just like the previous models, Canon 5Ds’ optical viewfinder is great for traditional compositions and for its LCD, it packs an overlay that displays shooting information as a photographer would see fit for the previews. Electronic levels, AF Points and grid lines are as present as ever. When it comes to photo previews, the outputs can be seen as praiseworthy. However, many have commented that a flip screen would be more convenient and suitable.

5Ds’ 50 Mega – Pixel Brings in the Magic

Imaging. Reviews came and some photographers thought that there wouldn’t be much difference between a 36 mega-pixel camera and a 50 mega-pixel one. They were greatly mistaken as the 14 extra mega-pixels packs a punch in the image. Given the proper subject with the right amount of lighting and a solid angle, the image would reveal an added level of texture and this is without any instance of third party image enhancement software.

When it comes to image cropping, instant photographers would be delighted with 5Ds’ built in 1.3 and 1.6 crop modes. Moving on to the low light capturing capability, its ISO 6400 may come to bother some OCD pixel viewers but to the regular onlookers, it can still deliver. Much to the disappointment, its IS0 12800 is just a pretentious addition to make an impression for the camera’s overall specs. Be that as it may, in gauging its overall image capturing performance Canon 5Ds offers the best dynamic range for a DSLR of the same brand in a normal ISO range setting.

5Ds Puts Everything into Place

Focus. The Canon 5Ds autofocus is built with an impressive 61-point system that comes with 41 cross-type points. Through this advancement, most images turn out quick and accurate. The camera offers features like the selection for groups of AF points into movable zones. This makes multiple subject focusing easy and tracking moving subjects for capture very much achievable.  However, just like every issue on most full frame DSLR, the 5Ds is not excused in the issue of getting AF point to cover more of the frame.

The Canon 5Ds comes off to be limited in continuous shooting speed with just 5 fps. However, if given a high class memory card, it can apply such feature to about 510 JPEG or 14 RAW outputs.

5Ds falls impressively short for motion captures

Video recording. Despite the Canon 5Ds capacity to deliver quality images with its 50 – megapixels, the maximum capture for its video recording is set with a limited 1080p at 30 fps. Focused video shooters might want to look the other way for this camera but to those who only wish to knock off a few video recordings, the 5Ds could still deliver a dramatic footage if paired with a lens that has a fast and quiet focusing – much like what a 24-70 lens would.

The Verdict

Ultimately, the Canon 5Ds is the destined camera for those who are looking towards a 50 megapixel ranged DSLR. With its image capturing capacity, it managed to set the bar higher for its kind. Portrait and studio photographers would be very pleased with the details it presents for a full frame DSLR. However, this kind of camera will not be for everyone given that its’ images massive file size will not only require high end, fast memory cards but will also give post processing computers a heavy run in their RAM. Then again, for those who are willing to go through that – and more – the 5Ds will shine out to be one impressive gadget.

Best Nikon Lenses to buy for your Full-frame DSLR Camera

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Nikon’s celebrated FX format (35mm / full-frame) DSLR lenses have been highly rated by professionals and amateurs alike. For years Nikon has been producing top of the line optical products that have the driving force behind some of the greatest images ever made. They have a vast range of excellent lenses to choose from. In other words, this was not an easy list to come up with. Here is our list of the best nikon lenses , you should have in your collection.

Some of the best nikon lenses ever made  like the 28mm f/1.4D are not available brand new anymore only second used. You will have to look for them at stores selling second hand lenses. If you often sell camera equipment that are old don’t consider selling these as they are still the best even after all these years.

The 135mm f/2 AF DC-Nikkor

If your bread and butter comes from shooting portraits, you need to have this lens before you even choose a camera! This lens was born to shoot portraits. It has the perfect focal length for full-frame cameras. It has this wonderful defocus control option that lets you choose the degree of out of focus effect for your backgrounds. To accentuate the background or bring it into prominence, all you have to do is turn the defocus image control ring. Setting it to the same aperture that you set the lens to gives you the best background bokeh.

Notwithstanding what you do to the background, subject remains sharp as ever. The Nikkor 135mm f/2 AF DC is a well-built lens and an investment that will last you your lifetime. The 135mm f/2 AF DC is one of Nikon’s sharpest lenses ever and thus price for this even at stores selling second hand camera lenses tend to be high.

The AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

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This has to be one of Nikon’s finest lenses ever. Sharp, reliable and a real workhorse, the best thing about the 50mm f/1.8D is that it costs less than £120 brand new. The only problem with this is that it won’t auto-focus on any of the newer crop DSLRs. But we are not bothered by that, are we? The 50mm f/1.8G costs slightly more, but this one’s just fine. For those who love to work with manual controls the 50mm f/1.8D comes with an aperture ring and a focusing distance guide.

The 50mm f/1.8D gives you a standard view. The lens is suitable for most everyday photography needs. It works as a great street photography lens because of its ability to collect a lot of light even in dimly lit conditions.

The AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

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Arguably Nikkor’s current king of the medium zoom lens segment, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED is your answer for all wide angle to medium tele photography work and definately one of the best nikon lenses. For best results, however, you should consider buying the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED and the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II to complete the holy trinity of lenses that you will ever need.

The AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED is a feature rich lens and Nikon engineers have really decked it with everything that you come to expect from such a highly rated lens. It features Nikkor’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology and is super-quiet during auto-focusing. It has both Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements as well as aspherical elements to control chromatic and other aberrations. Nano crystal coating ensures flares and ghosting is suppressed too.

 

For more information and details about any of the best nikon lenses please visit our secondhand camera lens shop

Happy Snapping!!

In the battle ring of cameras, Canon faces Nikon once again in a toe to toe comparison between their  popular full frame models. In this article, we look at the features in the new Canon 5DS and Canon 5DS R and compare them with the already in market Nikon D810 Camera. While both are considered an upgrade cameras from their popular predecessors the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III, the specifics might outline which camera is better full frame camera for you to upgrade to.

Resolution-wise, Canon 5DS takes a whopping resolution of 56.5MP or an image size of 8688×5792 pixels. Nikon D810 offers its best at 36.3MP or an image size of 7360×4912 pixels. In the arena for focus points, Canon has 61 focus points while Nikon D810 produces 52.  It’s important to note that Nikon features 15 cross-focus points at f/8 while Canon has 41 cross-focus points for f/4.

Continuous shooting is important especially for fast movement photography shooting sports or dancing, and Canon offers 14 raw files or 510 jpegs at a five frame per second feature with three in-camera crop shooting modes. Nikon reaches 7 frames per second in the cropped DX format with the image size reaching 15.3MP.

In the category ISO or light sensitivity, Nikon champions it by offering ISO 64 up to ISO 12800. Canon only reaches ISO 100 up to ISO 6400. Using a Dual Digit 6 for its image processing, Canon also lags behind Nikon that boasts of four processing engines.

Video-wise, Nikon takes pride of its slow-motion 60fps in full HD. Canon offers shooting at 1080p at 30fps. Battery life is critical especially when shooting outdoors, and Nikon offers an extended version even when live mode is used.

When it comes to weight, Canon 5DS is lighter and more weather-resistant. Nikon D810 is 35 grams heavier (880g), but offers a higher resolution rear screen.

Depending on the key features you want to buy camera, Nikon D810 and Canon 5DS and 5DS R are worthy contenders for casual and serious photographers alike.

On a budget? Trade in a used camera you have that’s outdated and treat yourself to an upgrade. Happy shooting!

How to choose the best new or second hand digital camera lens for your photography

The digital camera world is a jungle. Too many choices often make it difficult for a beginner to make up their mind as to what gear they should invest in.

It’s not just the camera that one has to decide upon, there’s the question of the right lens, the right external flash, a tripod;  and things get more and more complicated as the list goes on.

Speaking of lenses, you need at least one to get started. Most entry and enthusiastic models come bundled with a kit lens. A kit lens is one that the camera manufacturer feels is the right option to make optimum use of the camera. It is usually a general purpose lens that meets most everyday photography requirements; something like the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II. However, you may opt not to accept what’s being thrust upon you and instead choose a lens which you feel is better suited for the kind of photography that you do.

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What are the main factors that should influence your decision?

Focal length – if you mostly shoot group photos, family events, vacations or do everyday photography, a standard zoom lens something like an 18-55mm is right for you. If the camera that you are buying is an APS-C format (crop sensor) you’d get a standard zoom lens bundled. My suggestions is to go with it. If you are buying a full-frame camera, opt for something like the Nikon 24-70mm Lens for the same reasons.

If you love to shoot wildlife and that’s basically why you are buying a camera, opt for a telephoto lens. You should choose a 300mm at least or even a 400mm if your budget permits. Telephoto lenses can be very expensive though so if budget is tight, consider buying a used lens for the price saving.

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Image stabilisation – image stabilisation is sometimes an overrated thing. It is, however, only required if you are shooting without a tripod. Additionally, if you shoot at a shutter speed of at least one over the focal length or faster you will not need it. Image stabilized lenses costs slightly more and they are heavier than the non-stabilized versions too. Having said all that, if the price between the stabilised and non-stabilised versions of a lens is not much you’d rather go with the stabilised version, because you will need it when shooting in low light conditions.

Auto-focusing – auto-focusing has definitely become better and better over the years. One of the reasons for choosing a DSLR is that you can shoot great stills as well as great videos with them. With the advent of 4K video shooting in DSLR cameras things have become pretty interesting. It is possible to shoot cinematic quality at less than half the price of studio cameras. Auto-focusing plays a big part in that. Canon’s dual-pixel AF system which debuted on the 70D is considered a trend setter in the market for its superior performance.

Though you may not find too many Used Canon lenses/cameras with that technology in the used camera lens market yet, you may find some other excellent choices. It is not hard to come across old manual focusing lenses which are tack sharp and comply with your camera mount.

SO Cameras Bonus buying tip – If you don’t have big budget check out our second hand camera shop. You can get the photography equipment you are looking for at a bargain price.

Need Some New DSLR Camera Equipment?

As your photography develops you most its likely that the there will come a day where you might.

Maybe you are upgrading from a crop sensor to a full frame camera or maybe just switching from Nikon to Canon or maybe moving to a lighter weight mirror less format that is becoming increasingly popular.

In any case one question to ask yourself is whether you want to buy new or used digital photography equipment. There are many things to consider when choosing whether to invest in second hand or brand new DSLR camera equipment.

We put together this guide ; giving you a few of the major pros & cons:

 

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**Please note that most of  the cons given mostly relate to buying second hand equipment from private buyers or on ebay /gumtree etc and do not come into play when purchasing quality used cameras and lenses from a second hand camera shop like SO Cameras; where all our equipment has been highly checked and serviced and comes with 6 months used DSLR equipment warranty as standard for your peace of mind

 

Buying a Second hand lens can be one of the best ways to make the Hobby/Profession of photography a whole lot more affordable. If buying a top notch used lens you can typically expect to pay 30-50% less than you would pay for the new lens equivalent.
However for the novice photographer buyer there are many possible pitfalls to buying a pre owned lens. At SO Cameras used photography gear is our trade and we spend a whole load of our day checking the quality cameras and lenses that people send in to us to Sell or part exchange photography equipment. We’ve made an art of it; so of course if you looking to Shop for a used lens that has been checked service we can help you with that; but in case your buying from a private seller, from ebay or gumtree

Here’s our 6 step guide on what to check so you don’t get stung!! Enjoy!!

What you need to know about buying a used Lens

Photography can be an expensive hobby from the get go, with the initial cost of investment in the equipment; and there comes a time when every photographer looks to expand his arsenal and skills by buying a new lens. Increasingly these days a lot of photographers are choosing to buy used or second hand lenses rather that purchase new. There is nothing wrong with this as, the build quality and durability of many nikon, canon and sigma lenses are so high; you can expect them to last decades. Also by buying a used lens you can be looking at massive savings..sometimes up to 50%. With some new lenses priced in the thousands, the potential saving is nothing to be sniffed at.

Here are a few things we think you should know about buying a used lens from us and how we make the process easier and safer for you:

1. We always check the source of the used lenses we buy:

We always want to make sure that the equipment we buy has not been reported stolen; so we always ask for original receipts or proof of purchase before purchasing any used stock; to ensure you get the safest possible experience when buying a used lens.

2. Warranty Given on all used stock (6-12 months depending on the item)

A major concern photographers have when purchasing a used lens, is the worry that the lens may have something wrong with it, stop working and they will be left out of pocket. At SO Cameras we provide all of our used lenses with at least 6 months warranty; to give buyers that piece of mind that their equipment has been highly tested and they have a good amount of cover period , to get the lens replaced or repaired free of charge should anything go wrong

3. Condition – High Quality

At SO Cameras we test all of our used lenses; putting them through our rigourous 24 point checking systems where we :

– Check for wear and tear
– Light test the optics for Dust and debris
– Aperture Blade Test (For oil and damage)
– Filter thread testing
– Contant points and mount rings
– Zoom Testing
– Focus testing amongst many other

Remember a good lens stays a good lens if properly cared for and maintained, so enjoy finding those great deals on used lenses; there are huge price saving to me made. Just make sure you protect yourself by knowing your glass is coming from a reputable source and that it has been thoroughly checked.

Happy Snapping!!

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3 Top Reasons why you should buy a Used DSLR Camera

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Been thinking about starting photography as a new hobby? Or maybe photography has been a passion of yours for the past few years now. and are looking to upgrade your kit. Either way you are excited about the great images you could take and can’t wait to get your hands on that Digital camera….

Before you do though…… ‘Tut Tut’…..Here are the top 3 reasons why you should buy a used DSLR camera over a new model

1. PRICE:

Let’s face it as hobbies go; photography is one of the more expensive ones; initial investment is very high, with enthusiast often having to spend hundreds of pounds on a digital cameras as well as £££ more on the various lenses, depending on what type of photography you are in to.
Unless you happen to be a rich russian oligarch or one of the cast members from ‘the only way is chelsea’ buying a new camera is a lot like buying a new car….a very bad financial decision!! and the reasons are predominantly the same; 1. you will pay a heck of a lot more for the same model and 2. that camera with depreciate in value from the moment you take your first click.

At SO Cameras we sell top quality, technician checked used cameras for a fraction of the price you would pay for a new camera.
And if you buy from our ‘MINT’ Condition range (No Signs of use) you won’t even be able to tell the difference between our cameras and a brand new model.

SO Cameras also provides 6-12 months warranty on all our used photography equipment, so you get the same level of cover and peace of mind as you would from a standard Nikon or Canon Camera manufacturers warranty.

Here’s an example:

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A New Nikon D800 Camera Body would cost you a whopping £1849!! On the other hand a Mint condition, boxed, used D800 camera body (Pictured above) from SO CAMERAS would cost you £1280. Thats an outstanding saving of over £530. Do you know what you could buy with £530 ?? An extra couple of lenses for your ‘mint, second hand camera for starters, with change left over for SD cards and a case to boot. No brainer really…wouldnt you say?

2. PART EXCHANGE:

Unlike many high street retailers, SO Cameras will put the value of any old equipment you have towards your new upgraded second hand camera; saving you time and effort and upgrading your camera equipment in record time

3. CONVENIENCE:

Whether buying from our range of top quality used cameras online; or part exchanging/upgrading buying from an online photography retailer like SO Cameras means the process couldn’t be easier.