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Likes and dislikes about FujiFilm Cam Remote App Review

Now that I have used the FujiFilm Cam Remote App for more than three years I can finally rate it and discus everything that I like about it as well as dislikes. Now before I go on, this is my personal opinion about it and yes in the past I have used CamRanger which I did like to some degree. Even though Fujifilm Cam App was recently updated nothing really changed, just the look is a little bit different.

The Pros:

  • Very easy to use: the first time I have installed FujiFilm Cam Remote App it was at a job site and I had no problems to navigate around the app.
  • Access to the features of the camera while using the app: You can pretty much access all main camera functions which you will need to do stills or video. Things such as ISO, Film Simulation, White Balance, Flash Mode and Self Timer. Now some functions I don’t really use as Self Timer or Flash Mode but other features I do use on regular basis.
  • Live preview: Yes, I think this is the best feature of this app is that you can see exactly how it is. This makes it much easier when photographing for architectural projects because I can determine if I need to move something or wait until something is out of the frame without running back and forth to the camera and adjusting it. Also it will show you what your white balance is and exposure as well in live view, best thing for real estate photography.
  • Preview/Import Mode: This does come in handy when photographing for interior designers because you can select an image and zoom in to see if anything needs to be moved or adjusted. Also the import feature is great because instead of photographing with iPhone and posting on social media FujiFilm Cam Remote can just save the image and then you can adjust it in any editor app to post. I do like that.

The Cons:

There are few more cons than pros which is not surprising since I don’t think the developers where focusing on the app as much as they should have.

  • You need to have your white balance preset prior to opening the app. This one thing really bugs me. Yes it does have white balance access to the camera but not to the full extend. All you can do is preselect white balance options but you can’t adjust as you would in camera. For example if you want to photograph outside and you need to select nice warm color balance of 5600K but then realized that it’s not enough and need to now adjust to higher or lower number there is no option to do so in the app. Only presets. 0_o
  • Bracketing, Bracketing and yes Bracketing: No you don’t have an option to select bracketing for multiple exposures. Why not? I don’t know. Yes you can manually adjust the exposure but every second does count when doing outside photos. Now for interior design photography this doesn’t bother me at all but for architectural and real estate photography when you have moving cars or trees due to wind yes this does irritate me a bit.
  • Auto focus only: On the screen you can only select where you want your green box to be in the photo for focus. I have tired to do manual focus first then turning on the app and photograph but then the app just crashes by giving me unreadable files. If FujiFilm can fix this one issue of maybe lock-in the focus while using the app this would be so helpful.
  • Range: While they they say it had a long distance for it to work I have found out that it only works best at maybe no further than 50 feet and if you have walls around you then even shorter distance. This does complicate the shoot especially when I do real estate photography and have to go to other rooms to hide or even when doing dusk photos outside. The app developers really need to improve the wi-fi connection in this area.

What can I say: I love Fuji and their cameras but their app is a joke. Maybe they need to take a lesson from CamRanger app and improve it but I am afraid in reality this will not happen any time soon. Overall it’s a very useful tool while photographing especially if you are a street photographer or when using it for architectural photography.

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Lens Review of XF 50-140mm f/2.8 for Fuji Cameras

Here is my input or a review of Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR which I have rented recently for few jobs.

Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

Fuji X-T1 with Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

I would like to start with pros of this lens: Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR is a good lens and it has few features that I like such as image stabilizer (by the way the previous lens for my Nikon D300 didn’t have this and it would very difficult to shoot with once your hand gets tired), ED element which reduces dramatically chromatic aberrations and color fringing. Also the inner zoom is great since nothing on the outside moves when you are zooming in and out which WR is good for as well. The WR stands for weather sealing and I don’t know how well it’s sealed but when photographing in Chicago there was light drizzle in the morning and the lens was still in a good shape after that.  The F2.8 feature is great with low light and for a nice bokeh (background blur) when photographing portraits. Now I did use this lens for event photography and architectural use when I went to Chicago and to me it seemed very good if it’s on a tripod for both photoshoots. The OIS (image stabilizer) is great and I was able to photograph at 1/60 and below that and the images did come out sharp without tripod. The other great thing about this lens it doesn’t feel cheap, yes there is a little bit of plastic and rubber but most of it is metal casing. Also this is a very sharp lens and I mean very sharp with little bit of or almost none of distortion at the corners of the photos.

And this is a good way to get into the cons of this lens: coming back to the sharpness of this lens and autofocus is just ok. I had lots of trouble when photographing event and architecture that it would just try to focus and I could hear the motor working but had trouble focusing. I understand if there was not enough of detail to focus on but Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR should have been able to focus when there is lots of contrast to pick up on. When photographing event which I was hired for, it was low light conditions in some rooms but in the main hall there was plenty of light but the lens just panics and doesn’t want to focus at all not only because of low light but because the subjects moving and for this reason this is not a good lens for weddings because you could miss the shot while the lens is thinking. Also the motor is kind of loud and I didn’t notice this until I was photographing inside the church in Chicago because of almost dead silence you will hear the motor working not only when its trying to focus but even when just standing still and already it found the focus.

Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

Since I didn’t have model release for this event all I can post is close up images, which for very close up images is where the lens had a hard time to focus.

Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

The images on the left is with wide angle lens but the image on the right is with the 50-140mm lens (which I did have to come a little bit closer to get this close up shot of balconies).

Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

This is the church in Chicago where I really heard the motor of the lens working.

Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR

The main big image on the right is where the lens struggled to focus even though there is tons of area for the lens to focus.

Over all this is a good lens, it’s not light but then this is a tele-photo lens so I was not expecting feather light lens, and one last thing don’t try to use it as a micro lens. The closest you can get is up to 3 meters and after that it will not be able to focus so use this lens as a tele-photo lens and if you know how to quickly manual focus then this is the best lens.

Photos Provided By: Denver Architectural Photographer and Dever Wedding / Portrait Photographer

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Fuji X-T1 Review by Shutter Avenue Photography

So now that I had my Fuji X-T1 with XF 10-24mm F4 IOS lens I can finally say something good and bad about it. But first off all just like good review of anything I will start with good part(s) about the camera and the lens.Fuji X-T1 and Fuji XF 10-24mm F4 IOS Review

Fuji X-T1 the good stuff:

I LOVE THIS CAMERA!!!! Sorry had to get it out of my system. By this time I photographed everything with it from Architecture, Interior Design, Real Estate to Portraits, Weddings and so on. It’s a bit smaller from a regular DSLR camera like Nikon D300 but it’s light weight. I love it that is light because when I was photographing my first wedding I didn’t even get tired from having two X-T1s’ on me. They are light, and fast. What I mean is: I would just have one on left side and one on right side of me and also so that I would not kill the battery so quickly (since I don’t have battery grip) I would turn it off and then when I needed to turn it on and it’s fast to do the job.

Fuji X-T1 and Fuji XF 10-24mm F4 IOS Review

The ISO on this camera is amazing and because of dynamic range option they have it is great. The image quality even with high ISO is just wow. Shooting photos at a wedding in dark rooms was a piece of cake. I didn’t have to worry that ISO will overwhelm the photos and I will need to do lots of post production to correct this issue.

Fuji X-T1 and Fuji XF 10-24mm F4 IOS Review

Now for Architectural photography, it’s even better. I love it that I can customize the white balance on this camera (meaning not only select the K value but also customize even that value if I want more or less blue, yellow, green and red). By this time some of you will say “Just shoot RAW”, well I could but if I can get it out of the camera right why waste hard drive space. Yet for interior design or specific architectural project I will shoot in RAW but for real estate photography, not even once.

The features of the camera lets me customize to my likings of how it should photograph to even specific buttons to do what I need them to do. Also the adjustable-tilt screen is fun to have. There are times in portrait or wedding photography where this is very beneficial. For real estate, architecture, interior photography not really since I use my iPad to photograph.

Fuji X-T1 not so good stuff:

Battery, battery, battery. They need to do something about this, I have no words to explain how the battery’s life is only good for short period of time (up to 300-500 photos if turning it on and off but is the camera is on all the time then maybe 3-4 hours before the batter starts to die).

Wi-Fi mode – good but only for short distances. I found out from out in the field testing I can get range from 50 feet to 200 feet depending if I am inside or outside the building. This is a good time to talk about Fuji X-T1 remote app. Its very hard to say lots of good stuff about it because it need major update. The app is slow sometimes, and you get only 25% of options while photographing from full potential of the camera. The best way I found out to use it is make sure that the camera is fully set to the setting you need then connect the app.

Fuji XF 10-24mm F4 IOS lens:

Love this lens! Its sharp all around, almost no bowing effect at the edges, and its fast. Now this is a good portrait lens for wide angle but not the best. This lens is best for architectural style of photography. I have been using this lens for the past few months and from every other lens which I have used in the past (in the same aspect ratio) this is far by the best lens. I don’t know if I have anything bad to say about this lens.

Well this concludes my short review of Fuji X-T1 with XF 10-24mm F4 IOS lens hope to get more lenses and maybe update my review some time later next year.

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Change of Camera (Nikon D600) by Shutter Avenue Photography

This is going to be short post or maybe not. Anyways, last week when photographing family session my camera Nikon D300 autofocus broke. Of Course I’m use to photographing with manual focus but there are times when manual focus just doesn’t cut it. For example when photographing a wedding there is no time to do manually focus especially during ceremony, cake cutting, or even first dance. Well I had to say goodbye for short period of time to my camera while it’s being repaired (and professionally cleaned) at Nikon facility but in the mean time rented a camera.

Short review of Nikon D600 by Shutter Avenue Photography

The camera that I have rented is Nikon D600 as you can see in the image above. I know this camera is about 3 years old and maybe in photography world it’s like 10 years old but I still wanted to try it since its full-frame camera. Now do I like it? Not really, the autofocus is sloppy (it pans in and out A LOT) it seems like it needs ALWAYS a good contract to focus, the buttons are small and the placement of them is just weird. It just doesn’t feel right while holding it. Now you might say who cares, you got used to your Nikon D300 and that is it. But I tell you I have played with many cameras and rented few for some time and this camera (Nikon D600) is on the bottom of my list now. Yes it does have good features such as: good handling of ISO, quieter shutter noise, the big round dial on the top left side is well thought through, and of course it’s full frame.

So in the end I will not feel guilty for departing with it soon, and I will still be looking into a camera that I really want to spent my money to upgrade. Maybe it will happen soon so check on back this blog post and see what happens.

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