The Cure for GAS

Gear Acquisition Syndrome, otherwise known as GAS, is a real problem, but it doesn't have to be! In this video, I talk about a simple way to fight back at GAS, and maybe scratch that gear acquisition itch without breaking the bank. 

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REVIEW: Fuji XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Lens

If someone were to mention Fuji X-series zoom lenses, you wouldn’t be wrong to automatically start thinking at the longer range of focal lengths. Their XF 50-140mm and XF 100-400mm are some of the sharpest and most versatile mirrorless zooms around and they're very popular lenses in the Fuji lineup. The XC 50-230mm and XF 55-200mm also pack quite the punch. But at the completely different end of the spectrum, Fuji also focused some of their design prowess on creating a wide angle zoom to cover everything from landscapes to architecture to street photography. So how does this wide angle zoom, the XF 10-24mm f/4 OIS, hold up in usage?

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Hands On With the X-T2

A few days ago I had the chance to meet up with our local Fujifilm representative at a local camera store to get a look at the new X-T2. A few people have asked what I thought about it, especially since I’ve already pre-ordered one for myself. I went in armed with a lot of knowledge based on what I’ve read and seen so far, but there were still a few surprises that I didn’t expect.

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Counting Down to the X-T2

We're less than 24 hours away from the (rumored) launch of the X-T2, and all signs point to the rumors being right. There are Fuji hardware events scheduled for tomorrow in various cities around the world, and final product shots are being leaked onto the internet just as they were hours before the X-Pro2 was officially launched. This morning I remembered that I created a mock-up showing what I thought the X-T2 would potentially look like based on the (at the time) new X-Pro2...so how close was I?

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What the X-Pro2 Already Tells Us About the X-T2

I know what you're thinking: the XPro-2 just got announced. Reviews and first looks are still coming in and we haven't even had the chance to hold the physical product in our hands yet and I'm already talking about a camera that hasn't even been hinted at. You'll have to forgive me for peeking behind the curtain a bit while everyone else looks over the main attraction. I just can't help but feel like we've been given some insight into Fuji's next X-T camera, and I'm excited to see what could be just around the bend in a future X-T2.

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Sibling Rivalry: The Underestimated XC 50-230mm

There are many reviews on the internet about Fuji's well known XF zooms: the 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 and the 50-140mm f/2.8. I've even posted a recent review of the red-badged professional grade XF 50-140mm myself and noted its amazing quality, but you'd be hard pressed to find as much information about a third sibling in Fuji's lineup: the XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7. Labeled as a cheaper consumer product, this lens is often overlooked in favor of its two older brothers. Like most younger brothers who strive to compete with their older brothers, the XC 50-230mm packs a surprising combination of size, weight and immense reach that not even the 50-140mm can match. 

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What to Expect From the X-Series in 2016

As the final days of 2015 come to a close it's only fitting to look ahead and see what 2016 will bring to the Fuji X-Series. New cameras and new lenses are just on the horizon, but what else might we expect from Fuji, and what other ways might we get some added incentive to being X-Series users? Let's take a closer look at what we can expect in 2016 and share a bit of speculation about what might be just around the bend.

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Review: Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens

The 50-140mm f/2.8 lens is perhaps one of the most impressive lenses in the entire Fuji X-Mount lineup. This red-badged XF zoom combines impressive construction quality with outstanding optics, but it’s not without its quirks. I rented this lens as part of the Fuji Professional Rental Service and got to spend a few weeks testing it out. Read on to hear my thoughts!

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Review: Fuji Pro Rental Service + Q&A with Fujifilm

Let’s face it: modern camera equipment can get expensive. All of this highly sophisticated gear sells for hundreds and even thousands of dollars a piece, and as a result it’s become a wise move to rent before you purchase to make sure you’re comfortable with your choice. Fujifilm, already well known for their ability to listen to their users, now offers the Fuji Pro Rental Service that allows you to rent lenses, and even camera bodies, before you swipe that credit card for the full amount. I took the service for a spin and wanted to share my thoughts on the experience with you. Stay tuned at the end of the review for a special Q&A with Dan Scarola at Fujifilm about the program and what we might expect from Fuji in the future.

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Fujifilm Round Up - October 2015

October is shaping up to be a busy month for Fujifilm. Whether it be sweepstakes, giveaways, special offers or community events, Fuji and fans of Fuji are really going out of their way to get the word out about the X Series. Let’s do a quick run down of some of the best offers for this month as well as some check ins with some X Photographers and current events.

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First Steps for a New X-T10 Owner After Adobe Max

Fujifilm made a huge splash at Adobe MAX! If you’re one of the lucky 7,000 or so people who were just given a free Fuji X-T10 at the massive Adobe show, you might be thinking, “Now what do I do with this camera?!” First of all, welcome to the family. If you decide to keep your X-T10 (and really, you should, bit of a no brainer there) you’ll probably want a quick primer on some affordable and necessary accessories to get you going. After all, the X-T10 is a great camera, but it’d be pretty tough to start taking amazing pictures without a memory card! 

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An Unscientific Look at Fuji OIS

OIS stands for Optical Image Stabilization, a technology found in a few of the Fuji XF lenses that have been released to date. I decided I’d do a real quick test just to see how well the OIS performs on the Fuji XF 55-200mm lens. I’ll warn you now: the test is absolutely unscientific, consisting of me lounging in the backyard of my in-laws house in Florida while handholding the lens at a few static objects about a foot or two away from me. I wanted to see just how much flipping this switch was actually doing for these images.

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Zooms vs. Primes: Round 2

It was the holy trinity of Panasonic zoom lenses: the 12-35mm f/2.8, the 35-100mm f/2.8 and the 100-300mm f/4.0 - 5.6. Between the three of them, I was covered by the full frame equivalent of 24mm - 600mm, and it was fantastic to shoot with them. No matter what the situation called for, I was set! But then something unexpected happened. With a new VFX editing job sucking away any free time that I could previously dedicate to photography, I had very few opportunities to take this kit out and use it to it’s full advantage. Suddenly I fell into a rut, and the only thing that got me back up and shooting was a newfound interest in my new 35mm film cameras…and the primes that came with them.

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The Switch: m43 to Fuji X

Alright, time to come clean: I’ve switched camera systems. I know, I know, I can hear it now: “But Rob, didn’t you read your last post about fighting GAS and how your m43 kit was just fine?” And the answer is an emphatic YES! I know that my m43 kit was just fine, but that’s it: it was only “just fine”. This actually all started when I purchased a second hand X100s. It was meant to be the camera that would be my “once in a while” camera and would be my insight into the “Fuji look.” Instead of becoming a silent addition to my kit, the X100s showed me some stellar details and colors in files that made me take notice when compared to what I was getting natively from the G6. Around the same time, I got into the 35mm film camera world and once I was used to an all manual camera, going back to the G6 and it’s myriad of controls and buttons felt awkward. This was the first sign of trouble for my m43 kit.

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Gear Acquisition Syndrome

Gear Acquisition Syndrome is a funny and unfortunately very real thing. GAS, as it’s more well known in the photography world, is the result of an over-abundance of choice and constant upgrade cycles on camera bodies and lenses throughout the year. These upgrade cycles certainly aren’t unique to photography: smartphones, computers, game systems and even sports equipment go through constant upgrade cycles. No matter what your hobby or profession is, there’s always something bigger and better around the corner.

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Stepping Back to Film

Put yourself in my shoes for a moment: suddenly my camera’s playback screen wouldn’t work. I had no level, no histogram, no composition indicators. My autofocus stopped working, I couldn’t change ISO and I suddenly only had the ability to take 24 shots, not 2400. I wasn’t using my micro four thirds kit though - in this case I was using a late 1960’s film SLR camera called the Mamiya 500DTL, and it unlocked something that I had been missing in my photography up to this point.

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Gear Up!

One of the best things about the photography world on the internet is that it’s so easy to connect with other people who are just as passionate about their gear as I am. Yes, you read that right: passionate about their gear. There are countless websites dedicated to reviewing and discussing cameras, lenses, bags, straps, etc. - all of them are passionate about photography itself, but there’s an equal love for the technology of the craft that can’t be overlooked.

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The Long Shot: Zooms vs. Primes

Should I use a zoom lens or a prime lens? It's a question that many photography sites and blogs have covered at one point or another, and its usually answered one of two ways: either they recommend that you use what's best for your type of photography or that primes are somehow the decisive type of lens to use if you’re a “serious” photographer. it’s this second answer that leaves me shaking my head.

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