Why the Fujifilm Natura S Is the Perfect, Care-Free Camera for Parties

My affinity with the Fujifilm Natura S has blossomed into carefree, truly fun shooting.

How many of you would buy a pink camera like the Fujifilm Natura S? If you wouldn’t then that’s fine, but it’s a great camera that forces the photographer to really put their trust in it. You’re not worried about apertures, shutter speeds, etc. There isn’t even an option to allow you to care about that. And at parties, the result is a purely fun experience that helps you keep your mind focused on having fun. That’s not at all to say that being serious about your photography can’t be fun, but we’re talking about a party. Think about what you think about when you do party photography and how many photographers are totally in their zone when shooting vs. also knowing how to enjoy what’s happening. And that’s why I think the Fujifilm Natura S beats any camera out there when it comes to party photography.

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Vintage Camera Review: Fujifilm Natura S (The Best Point and Shoot You’ve Never Heard Of)

The Fujifilm Natura S is quickly becoming my favorite point and shoot camera.

When you look on the market, you’re going to find stuff like Contax T2 to be very pricey. The chances that you’re not looking for the Fujifilm Natura S are high. But, the Fujifilm Natura S potentially has a lot more going for it than you’d think. This small point and shoot is easily pocketable and despite its very compact size, it sports a 24mm f1.9 lens. Yes, that’s right; that’s one of the widest and fastest lenses you can get on a point and shoot. It also comes in a variety of colors like green, the pink that I’ve gotten a hold of, and there is a variant called the Fujifilm Natura Black. There is also a version with a zoom lens simply called the Fujifilm Natura. But the Natura S is really where it’s at; its simple interface and not serious look is going to guarantee that you take it with you everywhere.

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This Fujifilm 24mm f1.9 Natura For Leica M is Incredibly Rare

This Fujifilm 24mm f1.9 Natura was removed from the camera and rehoused in Leica M mount.

You could say this is a one-of-a-kind, and you’d be totally right! The lens in the Fujifilm Natura S is legendary. We’ve even featured photographers who’ve used and loved the camera. Besides the great metering, the small size and the fun colors, the main appeal is the lens. At the heart of the small point and shoot is a Fujifilm 24mm f1.9. This is the smallest variant of the lens perhaps ever made. That’s what makes this very rare eBay find every more fascinating. 

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How Fujifilm Natura Can Become the Greatest Film Simulation

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If you’ve looked at Fujifilm’s stable of films, you’re probably wondering what the next Film simulation will be. In our minds, there’s only one big one left: Natura. It’s nowhere as famous as the company’s other film emulsions. The reason for this is it was only available in Japan. But I’d argue that this is the most revolutionary high-speed color film ever made. I adore the look of Portra 800. And CineStill 800T is also pretty dope. But Natura 1600 was even better.

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Here’s Your Chance to Grab an Unused Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9

If you’re ready to empty your pockets for yet another coveted item, this Fujifilm Natura Black up for grabs should certainly be up your alley.

Looking for yet another rare camera to shoot with and add to your growing collection? Today’s vintage find is definitely something that today’s generation of film photographers have on their cool camera checklist: a gorgeous Fujifilm Natura Black F1.9. One of the most impressive premium film point-and-shoots ever made, the main draw of this popular ultra-wide shooter is its f1.9 aperture.

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Dear Fujifilm: Please Give Us a Digital Fujifilm Natura Black Point and Shoot

One of the most perfect film point and shoot cameras should find new life in the digital world: The Fujifilm Natura Black.

While I’m still a big lover of the Hexar AF, I have to admit that the Fujifilm Natura Black has always been a camera I’ve lusted over for fantastic reasons. With much talk about Fujifilm and their point and shoot lineup, I decided that I’d look back in their history. Obviously the T-X2 is on the list of cameras that folks think about, but circles of photographers in the know perhaps have kept the Fujifilm Natura Black a secret for years. If you find them on eBay, they’re often in good condition or heavily discounted due to the slightest ding. But those slight dings aren’t to worry over, especially when you consider just how great this camera is.

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Fujifilm Natura 1600 Comes to RNI Films iOS App

If you can’t seem to get your hands on Fujifilm Natura 1600, then RNI Films just released an update that will give you a brief glimpse of what the hard to get film is really like. In today’s RNI Films update, you’ll get Fujifilm Natura 1600 added to one of the Negative Film packs. More specifically, the pack is associated with Fujifilm’s negative emulsions. It’s not going to replace Natura 1600 or the actual experience that shooting film gives you, but it’s going to give you a fair preview.

So what’s so awesome about this film? It’s a low grain 1600 color negative film with very life-life color and that offers very beautiful image quality in the right conditions. We’ve reviewed it, but you should also read the musings of photographer Simon Chetrit.

More image samples are after the jump.

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Review: Fujifilm Natura 1600 (35mm film)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Natura 1600 film (27 of 28)

My buddy Simon Chetrit personally introduced me to a film that really only spoken about in legends here in America. It’s called Fujifilm Natura 1600: available only in Japan, you can ship it over here to the US–though it’s a tad expensive. But it’s quite a special film. Lots of photographers shoot Portra in 35mm, but very few have tried this.

Fujifilm Natura 1600 was designed to offer very life-like color and also give a fine grain for a 1600 35mm film. It’s one of my favorite color films in addition to much of the stuff that CineStill puts out. Getting a 1600 color ISO film is tough, but getting one with little grain is even tougher. Indeed, the grain looks like that of a couple of other lower ISO films.

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The Beauty of Fujifilm Natura 1600 Film


All images by Simon Chetrit. Used with permission.

“You’ve got to try this stuff,” says photographer Simon Chetrit to me the other night in his Williamsburg apartment. Then he hands me a small, colorful paper box. It’s Fujifilm Natura 1600–a film I’ve heard about and seen incredible images with, but have never had the pleasure of trying. The film, which is only manufactured and sold in Japan, is legendary for its excellent colors and fairly fine grain when it comes to a high ISO film.

Simon is known for shooting film and usually sticks to a Pentax 67, but when he had the chance to pick this stuff up he was immediately enamored of it.

Considering the images that he produced with them and keeping in mind that he’s working with film, we can totally see why.

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The Best Fujifilm Lenses for Those Who Love Primes

We think it’s universally accepted that if you shoot Fujifilm, you know the best Fujifilm lenses are their primes. Fujifilm is used by anyone who desires a unique look that stands out from the rest. With that said, the lenses will still produce image quality dictated to them by the cameras. But their lenses and the overall image quality is still really beautiful. Check out the best Fujifilm lenses, and know that we’ve tested all of them.

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Alejandra Rajal’s Eye for Important Stories Landed Her a Fujifilm Grant

“It’s a very internalized process and usually takes me months before I even start sharing my ideas,” says documentary photographer Alejandra Rajal when talking about her motivations for a particular story. She adds, “I also try to feed the idea, mostly through literature and visual art…” Rajal isn’t one to rush into a project, especially those that are delicate and need telling in a certain way. It’s this level of patience and attention to detail that’s making her a leading name in the field of documentary photography.

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The Fujifilm Lenses with the Best Bokeh Every Photographer Will Love

If you love bokeh, then you should know that Fujifilm cameras and lenses tend to add a little extra sparkle to what a photographer shoots. Fujifilm lenses have been considered excellent long before their foray into mirrorless cameras. And if you really want that film look, then you also really want beautiful bokeh. So we’re rounding up the best Fujifilm lenses that give beautiful bokeh.

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How to Shoot Better Portraits with Your Fujifilm Camera

There are tons of great camera systems out there. In fact, it’s impossible to shoot with a bad one. But the Fujifilm camera system is truly unique for portraiture. It can be a slower process, but slowing down isn’t always a bad thing. Instead, it can be all about the colors and focusing on getting the best photos. So. we’re sharing a few tips on doing all this and more. Find out how to shoot better portraits with your Fujifilm camera right after the jump.

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4 Cameras I’m Lusting After Right Now! Goodbye Fujifilm?

As a long-time Fujifilm shooter, I’m guilty of waxing lyrical about the brand and the cameras it makes. Although unfounded, we at The Phoblographer are often accused of having Fujifilm bias. (Maybe it’s because Chris, Hilary, Brittany, and myself use Fujifilm cameras.) But that doesn’t mean we don’t lust after other manufacturers too. Chris is in an open relationship with Fujifilm and Leica. Hilary enjoys Nikon, while Brittany will use Canon and Leica too. As for me, well, you’re about to find out.

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How Can the Fujifilm X100V Successor Be Made Better?

Honestly, Fujifilm got the Fujifilm X100v nearly perfect. It’s difficult to top a camera like that when it does almost everything a photographer could want. But, it can be made even better. The compact camera world is seriously lacking because manufacturers forgot how to make cameras that foster passion. One of the major exceptions to this is the Fujifilm X100V. To this day, it’s still on the wish list of many a photographer. So how can Fujifilm make it better? Well, we’re going to share our wish list here.

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A New Fujifilm Flagship Is Coming. This Is What the Next X Camera Needs

When the Fujifilm X-H1 launched in 2018, it was heralded as Fujifilm’s flagship X Series camera. But, that was five years ago and, since that launch, the X-H1 lost flagship status as cameras like the X-T4 and X-Pro3 arrived with better specs. The years that have passed without an upgrade to the X-H1 — outside of firmware — have Fujifilm fans wondering if an upgraded X-H1 is even in the cards. But, as Fujifilm prepares to celebrate ten years of the X mount series in 2022, the rumors have started up again, with hopes that Fujfilm celebrates double digits with a new flagship.

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The Best Lenses for the Fujifilm GFX 50s II

A while back, we reviewed the Fujifilm GFX 50s II. For its price point, it provides a level of performance that’s very difficult to beat. Photographers who want something bigger than full frame might really appreciate what it can do. Lucky for you, we’ve also reviewed nearly every GF mount lens made by Fujifilm. So we dove into our reviews index to find the best lenses for the Fujifilm GFX 50s II. We hope this helps!

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How Fujifilm Classic Negative and Classic Chrome Look

Classic Chrome and Classic Negative have some big differences.

We took a look at what you folks were typing into our search engines. Apparently, many of you are curious about the differences between Classic Chrome and Classic Negative with Fujifilm cameras. So we headed into our archives of Fujifilm GFX 50R photos. These images were rendered in Classic Chrome and Classic Negative. Let’s talk about some of the differences.

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What a Value! Fujifilm GFX50s II Review

Fujifilm’s quest of making medium format accessible has revolutionized the industry. And now, they continue their pursuit of making quality medium format systems more attainable than ever with the Fujifilm GFX50s II. It will make its debut as a bundled kit with the Fujifilm 35-70 f4-5-5.6 lens or as a body only option. The competitive price is on par with many Full-Frame offerings and is sure to entice photographers looking for more real estate. If the optics are what we’ve come to expect and love from Fujifilm, this will be a great camera to make the switch. Spoiler alert, they are. Keep reading to find out why.

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How the Next Fujifilm X100 Camera Can Be Even Better

In 2022, the Fujifilm X series will be hitting a few milestones. The X100 series will be 11 years old, and the X Pro series will be a decade old. A lot has happened since the original 12MP Fujifilm X Trans sensor. The processors and sensors have majorly improved. What’s more, a lot more film simulations have come out. Fujifilm made their best improvements yet with the Fujifilm X100v. We reviewed it positively, and they can’t even keep them in stock. But how else can the x100 series improve?

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It’s Wonderful! Fujifilm 18mm F1.4 R LM WR Lens Review

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It’s easy to see why photographers keep making the switch to Fujifilm. The X-System brings nostalgic joy back to photography. Their film simulations let photographers be photographers again, and their lens roadmap keeps expanding. The new Fujifilm 18mm f1.4 LM WR lens provides the classic 28mm equivalent focal length paired with a fast aperture. It’s an ideal focal length and is speedy enough to take anywhere, making the system even more enticing.

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