The Fuji XT-1

I’ve been interested in a smaller form camera for awhile now and this weekend I decided to test out the Fuji XT-1. While attending PhotoPlus here in NYC on November 1st, I was able to get my hands on the Sony a7’s, Olympus OM-D and the Fuji XT-1.

I was surprised by the fact that all of these smaller form factor cameras were indeed a lot smaller than my Canon 5D. In fact, so much smaller that most didn’t feel comfortable in my gorilla mitt hands.

After playing around with all three models, the Fuji XT-1 felt the best to me. I think the Sony a7 could work with the battery grip attached, but straight out of the of box it feels tiny. As far as the Olympus OM-D, I really liked the look, but it also felt impossibly small while trying to handle it.

Another reason the Fuji won me over was the functional dials. All the settings such as ISO, F-Stop & Shutter Speed can be adjusted without the need of going through menus and to me that was a big plus. With the latest firmware update, Fuji added a bunch of features and functionality to the camera as well. I hope four days is enough to get acclimated!

I’m excited to get it in my hands today and start using it. It’s set to snow here tonight in NYC and you know I love snow. I’m hoping the snow gets light enough for some good powdery pictures. Either way, I’ll post some results after the weekend if I make it out of tomorrow’s food coma.

Here’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

I picked up a near new demo “Elinchrom Bxri500 To-Go Kit” the other week after I exhausted myself searching for the best deal on some studio lights. I’ve been wanting to shoot some portraits and a few self promotional pieces and decided to go with this kit to get me started. I can say I’m not generally the one to buy the cheapest and upgrade later or to buy something that will get me by for the meantime. I chose this kit to last based on multiple reviews and weighed the portability, cost/repair and replacement with the most “pop” for the buck. Hopefully I made the correct decision. More information on the kit here: http://www.adorama.com/EL20758KIT.html

Here are a few test shots that I took over the weekend of myself and of a rather delicious roasted chicken. So far, I’m pleased with the recycle times and the quality of the light, but I have far more tests to make. Nothing special as far as the setup goes with these, but I added any relevant info after each shot for those interested. I used one light for all of these shots.

1st test: Black cloth background. Light set 45 degrees from my head right of camera, slightly elevated. This is me after a long day…

2nd test: Paper white background. Light set 45 degrees from my head right of camera, slightly elevated. I cleaned up a little for this one. =)

Dinner night calls for photoshoot

3rd test: Same setup with paper white background. Light set 45 degrees from my head right of camera, slightly elevated.

Just testing an update from my phone.

Rocks and rails