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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 first impressions product photos (5 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

With the release of Firmware 4.0 for the Fujifilm XT1, we’ve updated our review to reflect the changes. The new firmware brings with it a large number of autofocus upgrades like new tracking, zone focus, and improved speed to single AF focusing.

Indeed, the camera is significantly faster to focus, and we almost want to say that it’s about on par with the fastest of Sony’s APS-C mirrorless cameras and Samsung’s NX series. However, it still isn’t at Micro Four Thirds speed. We tested the camera with the 16-50mm f2.8 lens for the video after the jump.

Also be sure to check out our full review.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 review lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 6.3

A while back, Fujifilm announced that they’d be updating the X-T1 with a brand new firmware update that significantly boosts the autofocus performance. The Fujifilm X-T1 doesn’t have terrible focusing performance to begin with, but now they’re stating that it’s much better than it was before. The new firmware 4.00 includes new wide and tracking methods as well as performance boosts to single AF point focusing.

For portrait photographers, the camera will now have an Eye Detection focusing option too.

The full details are after the jump, and you can download the firmware right here.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Xpert Advice Shooting Low with Architecture (1 of 1)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 5.6

Think back to the last really cool building that you’ve seen. What was it? Did you simply just look up at it, point your camera and shoot? Most people do this when they’re so caught in the moment, and don’t think about how they can get a better photo.

The next time that you’re captivated by beautiful architecture, consider how you can make the building look even better. To quickly get this out of the way, expose for the highlights because you can easily bring back the shadows in post-production.

Before you even start to think about an interesting composition we’re going to implore you to get down low to the ground maybe even with a tripod. Most people tend to photograph a building from eye level, and to that end everyone’s images look the same. Assuming that you can’t afford a helicopter to fly you right above the building for you to get a much more breathtaking photo, get down even lower to the ground. What this does is get much more of the building in the field of view. If you’re not using a tripod, Fujifilm’s cameras like the X-T1 also have a tilting LCD screen that can help you get the shot in a tricky position.

Shooting from a much lower perspective can help you get even more details like doors on the ground floor, logos and so much more. It also allows you to get more interesting compositions not necessarily using the rule of thirds but also through a balance of positive and negative space.

When shooting lower, always use a wide angle lens. Amongst Fujifilm’s lineup, the 10-24mm f4 R OIS, 14mm f2.8 and 16mm f1.4 are great options that give the Fujifilm APS-C sensor a very wide field of view.

Xpert Advice is a monthly collaboration between the Phoblographer and Fujifilm designed to teach you photography tips and tricks in a bite-sized package.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon G1x product images (1 of 7)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

For the person that wants to get serious about photography, know that you don’t need a DSLR or a mirrorless camera or even one with interchangeable lenses. You won’t necessarily get better image quality and for what it’s worth there are other cameras with DSLR sensors in them that give you a more compact size and great performance. That and you won’t need to figure out the big problems like why you shouldn’t put a lens in one pocket and a camera body in the other pocket with no caps (we can hear the experienced shooters shrieking) or like the intricacies of your diopter.

Indeed, there are fixed lens cameras that can do an incredible job that can take professional quality images and that you can probably even do pro-style work with.

Here’s our list of the best cameras that will help you get serious about photography.

PS: Yes, you want pro-quality. But absolutely nothing will make you shoot like a pro except having creative ideas, vision and knowledge in addition to some very good marketing skills. True pros can shoot with anything you hand them.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 27mm f2.8 first impressions (14 of 18)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Fujifilm lenses tend to be a bit pricier than most others–but at the same time they’re arguably better than their closest competitors in any situation. Each lens of theirs features a working aperture ring, a super close focusing mode that can be activated through the camera, and excellent build quality with many of the lenses being made of metal instead of plastic. Then there are the optics–which are typically solid. But if Fujifilm has any big strength in the photo industry, it’s that they have the best APS-C sensors in their cameras.

Over the years, we’ve been working on reviewing various lenses and we’ve had time to try lots of what Fujifilm and third parties offer. So despite this list not featuring lenses that are anywhere as cheap as other camera systems, here are the most bang for your buck Fujifilm lenses.

Also be sure to check out our entire guide to their system.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 review lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 6.3

The Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 is a lens that makes a lot of sense in the company’s lineup. Fujifilm’s strengths are with their primes, though their zoom lenses have started to become spectacular in the higher end category. However, very little else will appeal to the retro-smitten photographer like Fujifilm’s prime lenses–and the 16mm f1.4 is no exception. With nine aperture blades, a weather sealed body, metal exterior, a clicky aperture ring, and a depth of field scale that you can use for zone focusing, what’s not to like?

While you can surely start off by saying that it costs a heck of a lot, you can also point out to a single major flaw that we found with the image quality. But overall, that’s just about all that you can hate about this lens. Even then, it’s very easy to stay in love with it.

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