Mario Cruz Documents the Heartbreaking Living Conditions in Manila

Living Among What’s Left Behind is a project that explores two deeply worrying narratives and combines them into one extremely important story.

“The experience of walking on the top of the floating trash in the Pasig River was shocking,” says Portuguese photojournalist, Mario Cruz. He adds, “But even more shocking was realizing that I was the only one shocked by it.” In 2018, after stepping foot onto the Pasig River in Manila, Philippines, Cruz began to tell a story that focuses on our destruction of the environment and our neglect of humanity. Heavily polluted and transformed into a waste ground, Pasig River was declared biologically dead by the 1990s. It’s no place for human existence. Yet, after being failed by their dreams, a community of settlers has had to call one of the city’s most toxic environments their home.

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Cheap Photo: Save Big on These Fujifilm Black Friday Camera Deals!

These Fujifilm Black Friday camera deals will put a massive smile on your face.

Are you looking for some great deals on Fujifilm cameras this Black Friday? We’ve got you covered. Fujifilm has announced that you can pick up several of their cameras with huge discounts for a limited time. Have your eye on the X-Pro 2? You can get it for just $1,299.95. That’s a $400 discount. The X-T20 is down to just $499.95 for the body, or only $599.95 with the 16-50mm lens kit. The X-T30 with the 18-55mm f2.8-4 kit lens can be yours for $849.95, and the X-E3 and X-T100 can be picked up for $499.95 and $349.95, respectively. Join us after the break to see all Fujifilm Black Friday deals. Continue reading…

How The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 Can Become Even More “Pro”

The New Fujifilm X-Pro 3 is slated to launch later this year, but will it be “pro” enough?

One of the most anticipated Fujifilm cameras in 2019 is the X-Pro 3. The X-Pro 2 is one of the most loved cameras in Fujifilm’s current line up, and expectations are high for its successor, but will it be “pro” enough when it finally hits the streets later on this year? Let’s take a quick look at what’s expected, and what we think would absolutely put it over the top and would make it truly a pro camera. Continue reading…

What We Hope Will Be in the Fujifilm X-Pro 3

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The Fujifilm X Pro 2 has developed a cult following, and the expectations for the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 are high.

The Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is used and loved by photographers all over the globe. The Rangefinder style camera with the excellent X-Trans III sensor is loved because of its gorgeous retro looks, ease of use, and the quality of the images it produces. Expectations are high for the Fujifilm X-Pro 3; nothing but the best will please Fujifilm fans. A recent report suggests that the Fujifilm X-Pro 3 could hit store shelves later this year. There’s a lot riding on this release, and below is what we think it will take to win people over. Continue reading…

Lens Review: Rokinon 21mm F1.4 (Fujifilm X Mount)

Affordable manual focus lenses like the Rokinon 21mm f1.4 are a great way for a photographer to try out a new focal length, or to add capabilities to their kit without breaking the bank.

The Rokinon 21mm f1.4 is a fast, wide angle (30mm FF equivalent) lens capable of being used in a wide variety of purposes from travel, street, portraiture, and even landscapes. But is this lens worthy of investing in, or is it just worth it to save a little longer in order to purchase a native Fujifilm lens like the 23mm f2 or the 23mm f1.4? Let’s have a look…

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My Wishlist: What I Want in the Fujifilm X Pro 3

I tend to skip a generation when it comes to cameras, so the Fujifilm X Pro 3 is next on my list.

I’ve never found it reasonable to constantly upgrade to the next generation of cameras that come out, and that’s why I’ve been holding out for the Fujifilm X Pro 3. I still own the Fujifilm X Pro 1, and to this day it is in my eyes one of the best cameras ever made in the past 10 years. The image quality still holds up as you can easily make the raw files look like film or have them be really high end. While Sony cameras are what I’d use for most of my work, Fujifilm is what I use for studio projects and for my hobby photography. I’ve always preferred the rangefinder style of cameras as they simply just conform better to my hands.

With all this said, here’s what I want out of the Fujifilm X Pro 3.

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Review: Fujifilm X-H1 (The Perfect Fuji with a Big Problem)

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The Fujifilm X-H1 is the company’s most curious camera yet.

When the rumors of the Fujifilm X-H1 were circulating, it seemed as if all were good, at least on paper. The Fujifilm X-H1 is being billed as the flagship X series camera and addresses a number of concerns photographers and users have had for a while. It has 4K video at a number of frame rates and with high-quality options including F log and 200MB/second. Then there have been enhancements to the autofocus, weather sealing enhancements, and some ergonomics changes to make the camera more like a DSLR without a mirror and pentaprism. At the heart, it’s using the same 24MP APS-C sensor many of Fuji’s other cameras use. And in truth, the Fujifilm X-H1 is a really excellent camera. But at the same time, this is hands down the camera with the worst ergonomics I’ve ever felt from Fujifilm.

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Unraveling the FUJIFILM GFX: How a Medium Format Sensor Affects Depth of Field

Photographers who love bokeh in their photos will love to understand its relationship with depth of field

If you listen to the ramblings of so many photographers out there, they’ll tell you about how and why full frame is the way to go; and they’ll rarely talk about depth of field. but we all know that somewhere deep down inside, they’re thinking about it. Indeed, when you go from an APS-C sensor to a full frame 35mm sensor, your depth of field at a given aperture or focal length changes. The general consensus is that bigger is always better. If you’re a street photographer, photojournalist, or a portrait photographer then you probably really care about some sort of shallow depth of field in your images. This doesn’t only have to do with how the sensor on the camera you’re using works, but also deals with your lenses.

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Review: Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

The Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR is the third lens addition to the f2 weather sealed compact prime offerings from Fujifilm–and in many ways it’s an excellent portrait lens. But it’s also great for much more than that. You see, Fujifilm developed the Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR lens to be pretty versatile. It can focus fairly close and it has weather sealing built into the design. Combine this with naturally sharp optics, fast autofocus performance, and the not too large size and you’ve got yourself a pretty powerful, compact longer focal length.

Most photographers picking this lens up may opt for shooting portraits. In all honesty, there are better options for portraiture in the Fujifilm X series system, and also a few fantastic third party options. But if you’re the type of photographer who shoots candids on the streets and like to do street portraits, you may want to give this lens a try. Yes, the street photographer and the street portrait photographer are the ones who will want to go for this lens.

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Xpert Advice: How to Effectively Focus and Recompose When Capturing Candid Moments

While companies put loads and loads of autofocusing points into their newer cameras, veteran photographers may still prefer the tried and true focus and recompose method. Sometimes it’s just flat out faster vs trying to move your Fujifilm X Pro 2 or Fujifilm X-T2’s joystick to get from one focusing point to the other. With these cameras, focusing and recomposing works really well simply due to the way the system is set up.

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Which One? Sony a6500 vs Fujifilm X-T2 vs Fujifilm X Pro 2

If you’re a photographer that’s been looking at the high-end APS-C mirrorless camera options out there, then you most likely know that Sony and Fujifilm are the ones that continue to duke it out over and over again. The Sony a6500 is the company’s latest offering while Fujifilm has two flagship cameras in the form of the X-T2 and the X Pro 2. All of these cameras are highly capable, have the same megapixel count and have similar features. But which is the best?

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Review: Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

Compare the Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens to anything else on the APS-C camera market, and you’ll find pretty much no sort of equivalent product. It’s weather sealed, has optical image stabilization, doesn’t change its aperture very much throughout the range, and is built incredibly well. Then tag onto it the fact that it’s made by Fujifilm–one of the best lens makers of all time. Keep moving forward, and consider the fact that you’re putting this glass in front of the company’s excellent X Trans Sensors; designed by Fujifilm but manufactured by Sony. If you’re a sports, photojournalism, wildlife photographer or professional creeper then this lens may indeed by an option that you’ll want to consider.

Announced quite a while back, the Fujifilm 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR may also be the company’s most expensive lens. But if you need something like this, it’s worth every penny.

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Which Fujifilm X Series Camera Is The Right One For You? The Easy Answers

Fujifilm is another mirrorless brand that has received a lot of attention from the photography community in recent years, with their X Series bodies and unique X-Trans sensor technology not only setting them apart from DSLRs in terms of their size, weight, and appearance, but also from other mirrorless brands in terms of their unique color rendition and image quality.

But with Fujifilm now into their second generation (or third, depending on who you ask) with the release of the X-Pro 2 and the X-T2, there are many options for photographers looking to get into the Fujifilm X-Series. Today we break it down for you and rank each camera based on your intended use for it. Obviously it is not this simple for everyone, but these breakdowns and rankings should at least give you a good starting point in terms of what cameras to research further depending on where you feel you fall in our ‘use case’ spectrum.

Also be sure to check out our feature on pretty much every lens for the Fujifilm X series system.

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Review: Fujifilm X-T2

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Editor’s Note: This review is now complete.

“Should someone really upgrade?” is a conversation that I had with a colleague of mine about the Fujifilm X-T2 after getting a chance to look at it for a little while. On paper, the camera seems to have a number of significant advantages over the X Pro 2 such as the addition of 4K video and a heat sink that can do this. Plus there are more autofocus points. Of course, both the X Pro 2 and the X-T2 are better than the X-T1.

When you look at the Fujifilm X-T2 what you see is a camera that essentially looks and functions the same as its predecessor. A few things are beefier like the SD card door for example. The camera’s finish also lends itself to a more solid feel. But otherwise the camera will feel very much at home in the hands of an experienced Fujifilm camera user. However, there isn’t much of a reason for a hobbyist to upgrade–at least from our initial thoughts.

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The Fujifilm X-T2 has 325 Autofocus Points, Shoots 4K Video

For some odd reason, it always seems that someone can’t keep their mouth shut–as the rumors we all heard about the Fujifilm X-T2 all seem to be true. The camera is the follow up to the award winning Fujifilm X-T1 and brings with it a number of new changes that were only to be expected.

The Fujifilm X-T2 boasts the same 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor inside the Fujifilm X Pro 2. However, the camera will come standard with 4K video recording along with the ability to use each film simulation–including Acros. As such, it lives besides the X Pro 2 as a flagship camera.

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Review: Fujifilm X-E2s

Years ago, Fujifilm released the X-E2. This year, they announced and released the X-E2s–which is essentially just a couple of changes and updates that have been incorporated into previous cameras. It hosts a 16MP APS-C sensor, autofocus performance boosts from its predecessor, and the new menu style that Fujifilm embraces.

But in many ways, this is a camera that should have come out a while ago.

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My First Shoot with the Fujifilm X Pro 2 (NSFW)

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This is a syndicated blog post from Ideas and Images. All images and content are being published with permission from Dave Kai Piper.

When you have a new camera to play with, there are few better people to ring up, invite over and shoot than the wonderful Rachel Bowler.

By no means is this a review of the FujiFilm X-Pro2 – just a first impression of the camera during a shoot and files from it.

There will be one coming in a day or so, but I wanted to just document  my first hands on shoot with the new camera. Please note that the camera I that I’m using in this is a prototype that I received directly from Fujifilm Japan.  I received this camera in  October 2015.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is Reportedly Coming Early 2015

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 product images for review (5 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 3.5

Past rumors of a X-Pro 2 have claimed Fujifilm’s next flagship mirrorless camera will be full-frame camera while later reports denied this notion. Now according to one of Fuji Rumors’ sources that attended a Fuji Event, a company representative said we could expect the X-Pro 2 will be announced in the early half of 2015. Considering the original X-Pro 1 was announced at CES 2012, it seems very likely the second rendition could be unveiled at the big tech show next January.

Previously the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 was thought to be a full-frame system, however, these rumors were quickly squashed by conflicting reports. Fuji Guy Greg Poole said Fujifilm X-Pro 2 won’t be full-frame, but “worth the wait” in an interview with The Luminous Landscape. Add in the fact that Fujifilm is still filling out their line of XF lenses for APS-C sensors. It simply would not make sense for the Japanese camera company to split its resources into developing two lines of glass.

Other than a few more details about the X-Pro 2, the same rep purportedly said Fuji is working on a high-speed sync flash. If there’s one thing the X-System lacks, it’s good lighting gear and previous reports have suggested this flash will be a high-powered strobe with remote communication.

We can surely expect a megapixel bump, improved autofocusing, new firmware updates for the lenses, and perhaps something that the X series can’t do yet: tethering.