Since so many people enjoyed the previous post of this event. I wanted to follow it up with yet another. More here.
The last week of October I went to Barcelona to see the Salón del Manga and since I had one spare day I did some walking around the city and some photos.
For full Sized images you can see the Flickr Album:
The Fujinon XF 90mm ƒ/2 R LM WR telephoto lens has been shipping since the summer of 2015, and we've finally had an opportunity to get it into our test lab. Up until now, our sharpest lens has been the Sigma 70mm ƒ/2.8 macro, but that crown is about to handed over to the Fuji 90mm.
Get a Grip
Do you own or use the larger f/2.8 Fujinon zoom lenses like the XF50-140 or the XF16-55? Do you come from a DSLR background? Then you might have noticed that the Fujifilm camera bodies can actually be a little bit too small.
The X-T1 is a great camera, but for the typical hands of a more or less normal sized male, the camera is not quite high enough to give the right hand a full and positive grip. This isn't much of a problem when using the very compact Fujinon lenses like the XF14, XF18, XF27 or XF35 (both versions), but it becomes apparent quickly when you mount the brilliant XF23 or the even better XF56 - which are medium sized lenses in the XF system. Add the XF90 or one of the larger zooms I mentioned above and the system feels just not quite right. For me it got to the point where I started realizing that the size and heft of my Canon DSLR are a real benefit when holding it with larger lenses.
Now, there are many options out there to add "more grip" to an X-T1. One of the options is the Metro Case Multi-Grip for Fujifilm X-T1. A well designed grip for the Fujifilm X-T1 that incorporates cutouts for all access doors of the camera, an enhanced front grip for the right hand, an elongated thumb grip and an ArcaSwiss type quick release base.
That's a lot of features in a single grip - so, how does it work? In one word: great. In more words: I depends. I personally really like the positive feeling the grip gives the user especially when larger lenses are mounted. The largest Fujinon lens I currently own is the XF56 f/1.2, still a small lens by DSLR standards but much larger than the cute and tiny XF35 f/2 that is mounted in the photos here. I have used the grip during a photo shoot I did in London last week where I used mostly the new XF35 lens but also mounted the XF56 quite often to give some different perspective and to be able to frame a little tighter without getting too close to my model.
Normally I have a Really Right Stuff ArcaSwiss base plate mounted to the camera to give it just enough more height so I can use all fingers of my right hand to hold the camera steady. Taking this plate off and mounting the Multi Grip one of the first thing to note is the very light weight of the grip. Given its beefy grip extension and having the ArcaSwiss plate in the other hand, you'd think the Multi Grip would have to weight much more than it does. But it's light. Very, very light. It's made from ABS material that feels warm to the touch and gives great friction - your fingers won't slip off that one.
I've read that a good grip can give you some advantage in handholding larger lenses at lower shutter speeds, but I haven't noticed this for me. I have gotten so used to my X-T1 + ArcaSwiss that using the new Multi Grip felt a little bit weird at first. So much surface contact, so much friction, such a large feeling grip on a small camera, I needed to wrap my head around this and get used to it. It took me a few hours but I appreciated the grip overall. I think it feels a little bit like my Canon 40D in the right hand, but there is still a much smaller camera to the left. Don't take this as a negative, it's just something the mind needs to adjust to.
I was also able to mount the camera with the Multi Grip to my ArcaSwiss equipped tripod without any issues, I was always a bit careful when tightening the clamp though as the ABS material doesn't feel as strong as it probably is. There was absolutely no problem using the quick release feature, it's probably only a perception thing in my head that makes me think it might be a bit fragile, but in a week of use I haven't noticed any problem.
The grip fits very tight to the camera, getting it on requires quite a bit of wiggling and trying but once it's on, it sits right where and how it should. A well designed and well executed shape.
For me personally, the feeling in day to day use was very good. I liked the additional size, the high friction and the features overall a lot.
The grip helps with handling larger lenses for a longer time, my hand didn't tire as fast with the grip than without it as it was in a more natural position and the shape of the camera is improved to a more ergonomic one. Unfortunately it doesn't (and it can't) overcome the one big ergonomic downside of the X-T1 for me: the placement of the shutter button. The button would have to move forward towards a more natural position where the index finger automatically goes to when using the camera - with or without a grip.
The one little thing to adjust to for me was the feeling I wasn't accustomed to and the slight hesitation I felt in my mind whenever I mounted the ArcaSwiss base in a screw or lever clamp.
The Multi Grip is definitely one of the best designed and thought out grips on the market. If you feel you need a bit more to get your hand on, especially if you own some of the larger Fujinon lenses, this grip is great. It provides the haptic feedback and positive feel of a small DSLR body without adding any noticeable weight or additional bulk.
This is definitely a grip that I can highly recommend if the X-T1 is too slim or just too small feeling for you. The Multi Grip will fix this in an admirable way while adding useful features to the camera body.
Will I buy one? No, but not because the grip isn't a great addition to the camera - more because I got used to how my camera feels with just the ArcaSwiss plate. My setup is definitely ergonomically inferior to the Multi Grip, but my brain has been wired to how the camera feels and I will keep using it that way.
The Multi Grip is available through Amazon and from Robert directly and probably more channels that I'm not aware of right now.
I have received this grip free of charge for review purposes and have used it for some day to day shooting and a lifestyle photo shoot while I was on a trip in Europe. I'm not affiliated with the manufacturer and I'm not being paid to write this review.
Using a grip provides, well, a better grip of my camera but it also adds bulk. So which is it with you and why. Grip or no Grip? You do not need to have an X-Pro1 to answer.
Newbie here from the UK.
I am thinking of heading into Fujiland from m4/3'sland.
Having just returned from a trip abroad I have decided I am not happy with the performance of my current cameras. Currently I have a couple of E-M1's. I have recently started to notice the noise in the blue sky and I can't wipe it out of my mind and its driving me crazy. Having gone from FF to micro 3/4's I am also not happy with the subject isolation I can get with the m3/4's.
On the crazy front should I be buying a X-T1 now or should I be waiting for the mark 2. It looks like such a great camera and I really want to get one but if there is an update coming out soon I would rather wait.
sorry for the stupid question, but I have been away from a camera for a good few years.
Could someone explain what a teleconverter lens is for.
One I got this evening out with the dog, shot RAW, edited in LR to give it a Lomo feel.
X100T, 1/100 @ f/5.6, ISO 2500
Lomo Sunset by , on Flickr
Question…. Large print size from 16mb Fuji X. I know all about the charts and BS about print size from the different file sizes, pixel inch etc.
But……. I’ve seen some pretty spectacular metal prints from some low megapixel cameras. What size has any of you, in our group, enlarged to, getting a great looking sharp photo from “real world” viewing distance? We know the newer Fuji’s will have 24mp which will help a little.
I've caught some of this daytime soap since my stroke, and recently Dr Jimmi has taken up photography. So, what camera has he got?
FUJIFILM FUJINON XF 27 mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens
If anyone was thinking about putting a pancake on their bodies... Only misleading bit is that the page mentions the £75 cashback - the 27mm is NOT part of the cashback offer. Would have been ridiculous walking away with the lens for 112 quid!
When I launched my latest guide book for processing X-Trans images in Lightroom, I promised that I’d publish a few excerpts from it, so here, as promised is a small segment….
I continue to enjoy my new 14mm lens. Now trying out different edit plugins. Have been playing with Silver Fx Pro 2 after reading about it in posts on this site. Here is one I like and share for comments. Today my 14 day trial expired... so I guess I will have to buy the Nik collection ....
Earlier this month I posted that I sent my X-T1 body, carefully packed in an Express Post bag (for next day delivery to Fujifilm Australia - the connector door was buckled & needed replacing) at my local Australia Post office.
I spoke to the Fuji service folks & they hadn't yet received the X-T1 - 5 days after posting. Express Post tacking showed that the parcel appeared to be going back & forth to a number of parcel handling depots.
Australia Post were polite and explained that from what they could 'see' there appeared to be an address issue - for some unknown reason, the automated readers couldn't read it properly. Further, when this happens, the robots make a number of attempts and then send the package to another facility to see if they can read it. The other facility then repeats the process and if it can't read the address it flicks the package back and so on.
The Australia Post helpdesk person explained that these facilities are totally automated and there are humans that she can call to intervene. Eventually, the robots will tire of their ping pong game and send the parcel back to the sender - assuming thy can read that address. She launched an investigation.
Long story, short, the parcel was found & delivered to Fujifilm. From arrival at Fujifilm to the date it returned to me, 10 days elapsed. Not too bad after all - 17 days from me posting to return to me. I can live with that.
May you all be at least as fortunate.
Recently picked up a very clean - and little used - Nikon D700. It's one big and heavy hunk'o'junk but will be a nice old thing to use alongside my Fuji kit. Anyway, a few shots off the first few rolls as it were...
Lincoln Cathedral Guided Tour
Lincoln Cathedral Nave
Castle Hill & Cathedral
Fuji by Nikon via Sigma Art
Pair of Floggers
Make My Day
All shots taken using either Nikkor AF-S 50-f1.8G or Sigma 24-105 Art.
Found this in my online wanders and found it really interesting...