Fuji Tag

As is our wont, we looked at the DP Review site this morning - it contains a survey for the most important or popular cameras and photo features of 2012. While I did not see the Flapoflex D listed, I did see many of the other cameras that we feature here in the shop.The real eye-openers were the comments below the main posting - looks like some people got very irate that their own favourite was sidelined or some other system touted. It was almost like reading a football paper - but not as well balanced and forgiving. There was real rage there.Folks, these are just inanimate objects - the cameras, not the football players - and they have a real purpose in  life - the cameras again, not the football players. They take pictures. ALL of them make better images than you could do with a box of coloured pencils and a block of paper and they do it faster than you could ever sketch. If you put your pictures on the computer they ALL can do a good...

The big yellow Kata stand is up in the shop and the new bags are blooming on it. It has been a little time since we have had such a variety of this product and in the interim, the Kata people have added some very useful products.The following is my own take on two bags as the perfect answer for two problems:1. The photographer who takes a Canon G1X or G15 - or a Fuji X-10, or an Olympus E-P3 on holidays wants a protective case that does not weigh a tonne and does not take up the entire cargo hold of the airliner. Thus the Kata ZP6 DL bag is the best recommendation for them. This is a light but padded bag - with rip-stop cover so that you can safely stow it amongst the knives and coshes in your pocket as you board the plane - and fitted with a draw-string tie that can serve as an impromptu belt. The case is perfectly sized and is bright yellow inside. This is more than just brand recognition - it...

Well, that is an unusual combination - a major camera manufacturer and a firm that makes cleaning supplies - but bear with us and you'll see.I bought a Fuji X-10 earlier this year and took it away as a tourist camera - thoroughly pleased with the results of shots taken in the normal 2:3 aspect ratio in all lights. If you can stand looking at my hot rod photos come in and see the results here in print form in the shop - you'll see that the Fuji is a very capable performer.One of the bells and whistles parts of the X-10 is a panorama feature. Basically, you tell the camera whether you would like to take a 120, 180, or 360 degree photograph - then you follow the screen prompt to turn yourself and camera around evenly in a small period of time and the camera stitches it all together into a panorama. It really DOES work, as evinced by the picture heading this post. I do not claim art, as I have not yet got my head around...

I watched an old Hasselblad go out today with a new shooter and reflected that he was very lucky. In my day you had to have serious money to buy a 500C/M to take square pictures and impress girls.. Nowadays the 500C/M has become passe and you need a gold Lunar with diamond shutter release button to achieve the same effect - and I'm not even certain the pictures are square.Of course if you can afford to leave the girls out of the equation, you can get square pictures with one of the Fuji X series cameras. You just pop into the menu and order it to do your bidding. Or you go to the crop tool in whatever image editing program you use and ask for 5 x 5 or 1 to 1. This is fine but if you initially shot in 2:3 you needed to mentally compose for the square at the time you shot. I suppose the days of putting a couple of strips of black graphic line tape on the viewfinder or LCD screen are long...

All Aboard this Sunday - the 2nd of December - at Shoot Photography -  for the Fuji Train. This is sort of like a sushi train but we don't put the little piles of fish roe and bright green jelly stuff on your camera - we train you how to use it.Dr Michael Coyne will be the presenter for what is officially called the Fuji X Series Workshop 2012. He is a photojournalist and Fuji X Series Ambassador and will be showing how to use this form of camera for on-street shooting and photojournalistic essays. He'll be doing it hands-on too, and the participants will be out on the Oxford Street strip practising what he preaches.You won't be doing it on an empty stomach - lunch is included in the $ 195  price - and you won't be left to puzzle your way through - Michael will be there to assist and to critique the results later. There will be pro reps from Fuji, staff from Camera Electronic, and lots of Fuji equipment to experiment on.Ring to 9228 8232 or...

An email came through today that wanted to us to go on a course dedicated to gamification. It was a new word - I tried to look it up. Webster's and the New English dictionaries were no help so I resorted to opening the hatch of hell and peering in. Sure enough - "gamification" refers to bringing game rules and concepts to other aspects of life. It spoke of engaging people's attention by making things fun.Anyone who remembers standing in the rain on a soccer pitch while the school coach screamed at you has a pretty good idea of the sort of fun that games bring. It wasn't just the rain, and it wasn't just the soccer, because when we moved indoors to the smelly gym the coach screamed the same fun at us during basketball. I regret not being back in my home town as the dear old gentleman was buried some years ago and I wasn't there to do it. I would have screamed with fun.But we must bring some of the fun of games here to the...

Bless the lady who bought the bag yesterday - she was very pleasant to deal with and knew her stuff - she is going to make a dedicated journey to take travel photographs and needs to pack a lot of gear into a backpack. I do hope the one we dediced upon does what she needs and that she has a safe and productive trip. Most of all I hope she does not lean over sideways on a slippery road in the jungle because the weight of all the stuff in her bag is going to pin her to the ground - and I told her this as she went. We laughed.I too am going to make a journey to take photographs but I do not intend to fall over, unless it is in the 1809 cocktail bar. I plan to take my Fuji X-10 camera in a small shoulder pouch and enjoy the freedom of movement and expression it provides.See what happened when I went to Melbourne last year? Despite the Melbourne weather the pictures of the cars came...

We used to get lies, misconceptions, and innuendos from our companions and relatives. Since the advent of the internet we can now be supplied with these by authoritative strangers. It is sort of like having Monsanto send you a railway car full of chemical sludge for free.Oh, did I just use a lie, misconception , or innuendo to slander Monsanto? Yep, I did. And while it got a laugh, I hope, it was neither fair nor right. I use lots of things in my daily life that have been developed or made by Monsanto and I think I have benefited from it. My jibe was just me trying to be smarty-aleck.So it happens with a number of photographic manufacturers. Based upon net reports - in themselves based upon people we have never met doing things we have not seen them do - we retail common wisdom of how bad this camera is or how bad that lens is. Worse - we sometimes reverse the coin and trumpet as good what we have never tested. You understand, of course, that I...

Settin' by the roadside on a summer's day.Chattin' with my daughter, passin' time away. Lyin' in the shadows underneath the trees.Goodness how delicious - jpegs are for me!Apologies the Georgia militia - and the peanut industry. But I am really pleased to be able to report that the humble jpeg has come back into fashion - at least with the right camera and the right situation.I went to the Hot Rod Show this year but as it was in Melbourne, I didn't fancy taking the entire Nikon D300 outfit with the extra Sigma lens and the flash unit - it is great gear and I have used it at our local shows with entire satisfaction but it has a weight and size penalty. As a traveller I want to go light and easy.So I took the Fuji X-10 with me. I was new to the camera but not so new to photography that I made the mistake of trying to buy it duty free and learn how to use it on the plane. I got it a couple of weeks prior...