Review: Fujifilm 10-24mm f4 R OIS (X Mount)

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For the past 10 months, I’ve worked with the Fujifilm X-E2 and a rotating series of lenses. For a long time, the 35mm f1.4 was a mainstay, but I’ve worked the 18-55mm f2.8-4, SLR Magic 23mm f1.7, 27mm f2.8 and 55-200mm f3.5-4.8. For the past several weeks, I’ve had the good fortune to also work with the Fujifilm 10-24mm f4, which is a heavy lens for a camera with as small a profile as the X-E2. With a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 15mm-36mm, the 10-24mm occupies a fairly wide focal range with solid results.

As the company’s first wide angle constant aperture zoom lens, we can expect lots of photographers that shoot landscapes and architecture to take advantage of its seven aperture blades and four aspherical elements. The company also incorporated optical image stabilization into the lens–one of the current few in the series.

But at a very steep price, we’re not sure it’s a lens that everyone needs.

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Creating the Photograph: Chris Aust’s “Stormy Beach”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

When we ran into the work of Chris Aust on 500px, we were intrigued and wanted to venture further into more of his portfolio. Aust is part of the growing number of photographers that are ditching the DSLR and sticking with mirrorless cameras, their creative vision, and lighting knowledge to create the best photos that he can. The 28 year old Ohio based photographer has shot fashion and portraits with a tendency to usually contrast with urban decay.

His Stormy Beach photo and the story behind it is a lesson in blending natural light with flash for all those that really wish to become a better strobist.

Here’s his story.

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5 Tricks for Stunning Landscape Shots & an Online Photo Class Giveaway

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Capture superior landscape photos during sunrise, midday and sundown with seven tips from award-winning photographer Rick Sammon, who has traveled to and photographed almost 100 countries. Plus, enter for your chance win Rick’s online Craftsy class Landscape Photography: Shooting From Dusk to Dawn here (a $59.99 value!)—an exclusive offer for The Phoblographer’s readers!

Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored post from Craftsy 

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Life in the Surreal with Giulio Musardo

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All photos taken and used with permission from Giulio Musardo.

Eighteen-year-old Italian photographer Giulio Musardo is definitely on his way to greatness judging from his wonderful portfolio of surreal images. He’s inspired by mostly everything he sees around him, an ability that many fail to acquire, and he’s joining the ranks of several young conceptual photographers on Flickr who weave images, nay visual stories, with their cameras and their well-honed post-processing skills.

Most importantly, he’s created some of the most rousing and expressive images you’ll see on Flickr. And he’s only just begun. Get to know the man, as well as his thoughts and motivations, behind the photographs in what could be his first US interview.

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Creating the Photograph: Alexia Sinclair’s “A Frozen Tale” Series

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All images by Alexia Sinclair. Used with permission

Alexia Sinclair is a photographer and artist that hails from Australia. When we heard about her work on the Profoto blog, our jaws dropped. Alexia worked on a series called “A Frozen Tale” that took place in an old European Castle. The series turned into an extremely complicated production that involved quite literally chasing the sunlight from room to room on top of story boarding, makeup, and lots of post-production.

Here’s her story.

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Review: Olympus OMD EM10

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As the entry level camera in the OMD lineup of the camera, the OMD EM10 is a camera that many looking to get into the mirrorless world will want to reach for. With some of the fastest focusing performance that we’ve seen from a mirrorless camera and a great JPEG engine output, what more could one ask for?

When Olympus created the EM10, they took a bit of their EM5, EM1, and the EP5 and put it in a budget conscious camera. Indeed, we think that most folks should skip what a sales person will tell you about buying a DSLR and just spring for this camera.

With that said though, it still isn’t the best at everything.

Editor’s Note: 4/8/2014 we’ve updated to include RAW file findings.

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Review: Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 (X Mount)

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When Fujifilm first unveiled their 56mm f1.2, lots of folks were excited about what would be coming to the system. When we first heard about it, we believed that it needed to be a faster aperture offering due to the fact that the APS-C sensor will have around the same depth of field of an f2 lens on a full frame camera. Then we got the lens in, and began to fall in love with what it could do in the studio.

And after a while of reviewing the lens, we believe that X mount users have a great reason to be excited. But with that said, we recommend it only to those who can make the absolute best of its abilities.

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Review: Sony 20mm f2.8 (APS-C E Mount)

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Who doesn’t like pancake lenses? They’re small, perform well, and often are stuck to our cameras because of their portability. So when Sony created the 20mm f2.8, we just had to get it onto a camera for a try. Pancake lenses often trade performance for size, and the 20mm f2.8 isn’t an exception. It ranks on the bottom of the company’s prime offerings, but also is still better than their zoom lenses when it comes to image quality.

But that’s not why you’ll want to keep it on your camera.

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Creating the Photograph: Lindsay Adler’s “Golden Goddess”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

Photographer Lindsay Adler needs no introduction–she’s an in demand fashion photographer, a social media maven, and an instructor. Based in NYC, Lindsay Adler travels a lot for her job and will be at WPPI 2014 giving classes about her craft and teaching folks tricks and tips on how to improve their workflow. But as a bit of a teaser, we talked to her about how she created one of her favorite photos: the Golden Goddess.

Here’s her story. But also be sure to check out her class on How to Flatter Anyone, No Really Anyone and other seminars.

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Review: SLRMagic 17mm T1.6 (Micro Four Thirds)

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SLRMagic has always been right up there with Rokinon on offering cine lenses at an affordable price. So when they offered us a chance to look at their 17mm T1.6 lens for Micro Four Thirds, we were naturally curious. Many of their previous lenses were quite sharp but in the recent years the company has been trying to take on a higher end audience. And when we got this lens, we were a bit confused by the results that we were getting until we realized that it is a lens that isn’t about the chart numbers.

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Andy Fabrykant’s Black and White Images Have a Shy, but Beautiful Look

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All images by Andy Fabrykant. Used with permission

Andy Fabrykant is a photographer that was born in Argentina but now lives in Paris. His work has been in four different galleries and tends to explore the human side of life. Though he shoots color, Andy’s most mesmerizing work is his black and white collection. Most of his work is in cinematography though, but the way that a cinematographer and a photographer look at the world can be quite similar.

We decided to talk to Andy a bit about his photographs and about shooting in the streets.

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Photographer Conor Harrigan on Creating Scenes Based On His Vision of the World

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All images by Conor Harrigan. Used with permission.

Conor Harrigan is a photographer that hails from NYC and is one of those shooters who when you stumble upon his work are absolutely dumbfounded. Harrigan not only utilizes some of what NYC offers in terms of locations, but much of what the connected Long Island does as well. His work teaches us that there is a lot that goes into the production of an image–and that each image should have a ton of effort and feel like a production. He puts a high emphasis on the lighting, composition, etc. but mostly goes along with the flow to create the best images that he can.

We had some time to talk with Conor recently about his work. Be sure to also check out his Instagram.

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Photographer Mark Hemmings on Shooting All Around the World

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All images by Mark Hemmings, used with permission

Mark Hemmings got his start in photography with a trip to Japan in 2000. With a film camera in hand, Mark set out to photograph the beautiful environment around him, first in Nagano and then elsewhere. Those first rolls showed that Mark had a knack for the craft, and steadily his career gained traction. Largely self-taught, Mark has had the opportunity to travel the world to both photograph and teach workshops. He is also the Director of Photography at Hemmings House Pictures, an international media company based in Canada.

Be sure to check out Mark’s interview on The Candid Frame. You can find Mark’s photography on Instagram and his website.

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Quick Tips To Get More Comfortable With Yourself As A Portrait Photographer

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If you have ever played an MMORPG, then you know that there are important lessons it teaches. You get better with experience. There are very few who start off at the top. This is ultimately true in portrait photography. Sometimes people think they can just shoot portraits without sitting for one. They are afraid of being in front of the camera and are either uncomfortable with themselves or with the process. Portrait photography can be its own world in photography. If the photographer can’t make the subject comfortable, it will show in the final image. To truly make your subject comfortable, you as a photographer have to be comfortable. The best way to do this is to get comfortable with yourself.

So we’re going to start out by saying this: do not take selfies. Take self-portraits. If you are not really comfortable with yourself, you are probably taking selfies. However, making self-portraits can teach you a lot.

We have many posts on portrait photography that you can check out. But here are a couple of short and quick tips for you.

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Explore New Zealand Through Landscape Photographer’s New Video, “The Waters of Greenstone”

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Nathan Kaso of Melbourne has been an avid landscape photographer for a few years now, traveling around and exploring Australia and New Zealand to photograph their vast and proud landscapes. Often, he would capture them in a natural (never overproduced) glorious way, sometimes surrounded in early morning fog, sometimes basking in the golden rays of the sun, enticing those who look at his photos to come and discover those lands for themselves.

As amazing as his images are, however, Nathan hasn’t always been a photographer. He planted his roots in the art of capturing light working in video production in Melbourne. Taking advantage of this background, he has been making remarkable timelapse videos using his trusty Canon EOS 5D Mark II for about a year now. His short tilt-shift video, Miniature Melbourne, even won the APA Short Video Contest award for Best Timelapse in 2013.

Most recently, he released a new video entitled “The Waters of Greenstone”. He shot the video for over three weeks on the South Island of New Zealand, again with the help of his Canon EOS 5D Mark II.  Complete with video segments, timelapse sequences, and aerial footages, the video leisurely strides though some of New Zealand’s most majestic landscapes and their ever-changing, transitory elements.

From Arthur’s Pass in the center to the Catlins in the South, “The Waters of Greenstone” explores the majesty and lushness of this subcontinent down under. See the video after the jump.

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Review: Nikon 58mm f1.4G

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Nikon recently came out with the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f1.4G lens. It was released around the same time as the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4. That was pretty smart, since not everyone can afford the expensive Zeiss glass. If you are a Nikon shooter, you have an option to choose a lens that won’t destroy your bank account. Now, I’m not going to compare the two lenses past this point even though I’ve used them both. Nikon has come out with something new, so let’s see if it’s worth it.

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Life in Focus: Charles Glatzer in the Wild

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Five Creative Lenses for the Mirrorless Camera User

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There are some optics that just weren’t designed to be evaluated by DxOMark or other places. Instead, they’re all about creativity. These alternatives let you look at the world in a whole new way and also open your creativity up to new possibilities. Many of them are also designed to be used with mirrorless cameras since the natural design of these cameras makes it much easier to create something for.

If you’re looking to expand your horizons a bit, check out this list of alternative lenses.

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Introspective: A Photo Project Shot on Kodak Aerochrome About Self Discovery

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All images by Dan Zvereff. Used with permission

We first read about Dan Zvereff on Japan Camera Hunter, we were captivated by his images and his use of Kodak Aerochrome. The famous infrared film was designed for military applications and what it did was turn all greens into a shade of purple. But that’s just the short explanation, and we’ve got a more detailed and in depth analysis here.

Aerochrome was at the heart of Dan’s project called Introspective, where he travelled around the world for three months on a quest of self-discovery. Along the way he shot various landscapes and scenes in the Arctic, Europe, and Africa.

We talked to Dan a bit about the project and his incredible images.

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Danny Schaefer on Being a Young Street Photographer

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All images by Danny Schaefer. Used with permission

Danny Schaefer, more than many other current young street photographers out there, is someone that we consider to be a well kept secret of a shooter. When I met Danny earlier this year on a photo walk with Eric Kim, I discovered a very humble, smart, and artistic man that would soon be leaving the New York area to go all the way to the west coast. We’ve chatted a bit since until he recently showed off his latest portfolio of work to me on Facebook.

Danny possesses a special skill that is tough for others to attain: he can not only capture excellent images but also carefully select and curate them for a portfolio that he keeps on Tumblr. And did we mention he is only 20 years old? Not many people have this much clarity at an age like that. In fact, Danny is now the West Coast Social Media Consultant for Leica.

Daniel Sawyer Schaefer is a photographer and cinematographer, born and raised in Los Angeles surrounded by a family of writers and filmmakers. His interest in photography began while documenting live theater and moved to street photography, documentary, and portraiture, where his drive to create images that capture narrative naturally unfolded. Featured at 18 by the LA times Framework photoblog, now twenty, Schaefer has studied in New York City at Parsons school of design, and now SACI Florence as the recipient of the International Consortium Scholarship. Schaefer works as a freelance photographer and cinematographer, studio lighting specialist, on top of being the social media consultant for Leica Los Angeles.

Danny had the time to answer a couple of questions about street photography and about having a vision.

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