Fuji Tag

Fuji X-series owners please crowd around.The new 23mm f:1.4 lens has just come into stock. This is every bit up to the superb Fujinon standard plus it has direct mechanical manual focusing for pre0selecting your distance.Street shooters in particular will appreciate this - they can estimate a distance, set it and then get a blazingly fast first shot. If they are discrete they can get a blazingly fast second one, too, and then run for it.The historical focal length equivalence of this is 34.5 mm - classic wide angle and people viewpoint. It could well become the one go-to lens for travelling photographers. The fact that it also focuses as close as 28cm means that it can cope with table-tops.Come in with your X Pro-1 or X-E1 and give it a go....

An old colleague came in to test out zoom lenses yesterday - he's thinking of some travel photography that might involve long-distance wildlife. Wise man - he hired out the lens he was interested in and tested it on his own camera. Then on to his own computer and he gets to see the results for himself. Better than any internet advice ever could be...

Never mind the quality - feel the width. Boom boom.Those of you with Linhof Technorama cameras may grin now. Widely. Now back to the regular digital camera world.Never mind the specifications. Pick the damn thing up and see if you can find the shutter button with your finger. If you can't see it from behind, ask someone to look from the front and give you hand signals - like steering a tank onto a transporter. if neither of you can find out which bit sets it off, set it down and move on.Are you right handed or left handed? If the former you will be able to operate any camera easily - if the latter, give up all hope of photography. Since the demise of the Exakta, you have been cast into outer darkness. This is one of the meanest of decisions in today's electronic world. All that would be needed is a simple electric switch on the left to fire the shutter - even if it did double duty as some other control for the right handers. Maddening, isn't...

Never mind the Canon rumours. Never mind the Nikon rumours. Never mind the Fuji, or Olympus, or anyone else's rumours. They are nothing, now that the Flapoflex Rumour mill is up and running.Flapoflex goes far beyond speculation about a retro-styled camera - Flapoflex cameras are retro all the way through, from the glass-like substance used for the lens to the sensor overlain on genuine mahogany, harvested while the Philippines were still Spanish. Style that ravished them in the Gay Nineties can still set hearts aflame. Flapoflex remembers the look! Flapoflex remembers the feel! Flapoflex remembers the MAINE!There is no portion of the rumour market that Flapoflex does not serve, from the persons who want more supposed bokeh than their brother-in-law to the tourist who may or may not be going to Asia, Africa, and Alaska in two days time. If you want the latest fantasy, before anyone else gets it, un-touched by human hands, at a price that is less than the internet, look to Flapoflex. At Flapoflex we invent the future...

LISTEN UP YOU!Oops, sorry - I had my elbow on the shift key there. Todays's topic is the delicate art of the flame war - specifically as it applies to photography. Those of you who are skilled already may sit in the coffee shop until the next class. The rest of you - LISTEN UP!The first rule of the internet war is there is no first rule. The internet allows you to be as rude as you like to anyone with no fear of retaliation. If you use a pseudonym or anonymous  or just photocopy your backside and submit it as an avatar you are allowed to insult, traduce, and appall the entire connected world. Of course a great deal of your audience is composed of teenagers sitting in Mum's basement, and they are going to be able to post snide comments all day long, but persist and you will eventually be able to reach the photographers out there.Select one who has been adventurous enough to submit some images to Flicker or another site, and who has mentioned the camera...

In Texas, you can get a permit to carry a revolver in your car. Likewise in Nevada and Montana.  Unfortunately in Perth there are a series of picayunish laws that make this difficult. The best you can do in your car is have a compact camera in the glove box and a Chuck Berry CD in the player.I suggest you do, because you never can tell when a picture will roll by. It might be a woman wrapped up in snarling dogs or a cyclist riding wrong-way through 4 lanes of the Freeway or, as you can see, replacement wheels for shopping trolleys being conveyed along Leach Highway early in the morning.Do not endanger your life by trying to set up a tripod and a view camera in he front seat of the car as you go along. It is useless to spot-meter the scene and calculate the Zone-System exposure between lights - even slow moving trucks go faster than Ansel Adams ever did.Get yourself a Fuji X-10 or X-20, a Canon G15 or G15, or one of the fine...

Pardon me appropriating the title of a very bad motion picture for a blog, but it really does express a great deal of the emotions involved in photography today.Photography has always been faster than most other forms of visual expression - with the possible exception of Niepce's pewter plate, you could always make a photograph faster than you could paint the same scene. Also you could be faster than a sculptor doing a portrait in marble, even if you had to wait for the mercury in the darkroom to start boiling...