Fuji X-T3 - Fuji 56mm f1.2

I’ve been taking some test shots with the new Fuji X-T3 and 56mm f1.2 - Adobe haven’t pulled their finger out as yet with regard to RAW support so for now you will need to put up with JPGs

Fuji X-T3 with Fuji 56mm f1.2
ACROS Film Simulation (Red Filter)

Fuji X-T3 and Fuji 56mm f1.2
ACROS Film Simulation (Red Filter)

The 56mm f1.2 was not the fastest focusing lens in the Fuji Line up but it is noticeably faster on the X-T3. The camera finds focus easily and AF-C tracking works well. I focused on the eye of this wooden duck with AF-C mode and focus set to wide/tracking taking shots as I panned in a circular motion. Each shot came out tack sharp. I’ve shown this below in the form of an animated GIF sequence. Impressive.

Fuji X-T3 Wide/Tracking

 Fuji X-T3 and Fuji 56mm f1.2 Animated GIF sequence of images captured with AF-C and Wide/Tracking enabled

Fuji X-T3 and Fuji 56mm f1.2
Animated GIF sequence of images captured with AF-C and Wide/Tracking enabled

Fuji X-T3 - Touch Screen

The X-T3 ‘finally’ comes with a touch screen. I’m not convinced how useful this will be to me but I found it useful to adjust focus when recording video. I’ve linked to a brief video below showing the effect of shifting focus with touch. X-T3 4k 60fps and 56mm f1.2

MIOPS Splash - Photographing Water Droplets

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MIOPS have just announced MIOPS Splash The world’s first smartphone controllable and stand-alone water drop kit designed to deliver the perfect water drop photography experience, with every drop and every splash!

I’ve long been a fan of the MIOPS products and the MIOPS Splash looks like an interesting addition to the product line up.

Fuji X-T3 Hands-On Review

Fuji have given me an opportunity to get an early hands-on review of the Fuji X-T3. The camera will ship in the UK from 20th September 2018 (In fact it was heavily implied that stock is already in place ready for sale in a number of stores)

The Fuji X-T3 is a promising upgrade to the Fuji X-T2 and handles very nicely. There are some example straight from camera JPGs at the end of this article.

Fuji X-T3 - If it ain’t broke don’t fix it

The X-T3 looks pretty much identical to the X-T2. There are some subtle changes including addressing the possibility of accidentally knocking the diopter or the exposure compensation dials. The Diopter now works much like the crown on a watch, pull out to adjust and push in to lock. The Exposure compensation dial has been shifted slightly inwards on the top of the body to reduce the chance of it turning as the camera is pulled from a bag. Overall the dials feel slightly larger and more robust than the X-T2 and the hand grip feels a little larger.

In use the camera feels noticeably snappier than the X-T2. The autofocus works well and latches on to subjects with ease even in low lighting situations.

Fuji X-T3 - Face and Eye Tracking

The Face and Eye Tracking seem to have benefitted in the upgrade from X-T2 to X-T3. I didn’t use these features very often on the X-T2 but in my time with the X-T3 I found that eye tracking was fast and effective. I recorded a short video clip (see below) where you can see the effect of eye tracking in practice during video recording.

Fuji X-T3 Eye Tracking Autofocus demonstration

Fuji X-T3 - Full Size JPG Examples

I took a number of photos with the X-T3 and have included some below for reference along with download links for the full-size JPGs. I used the 18-55mm ‘Kit’ lens as well as the pre-production version of the 8-16mm and 56mm f1.2

Fuji X-T3 - High ISO Example

I took this with my X-T3 - JPG at ISO 25600. The X-T3 and 35mm f2 did a pretty good job of grabbing focus in very low light.

Click on the image for a larger version. The noise is high and not noticeably cleaner than the X-T2 but that is to be expected to an extent.

Fuji X-T3 - Subject Tracking

I conducted an rather un-scientific test of subject tracking with the Fuji X-T3 and 56mm f1.2.

I locked focus onto the eye of a wooden duck and moved the camera in a roughly circular pattern. The X-T3 maintained lock on the subject and captured a sharp, correctly focused image for every shot. Animated GIF of the sequence below for fun

Fuji X-T3 and 56mm f1.2
Animated sequence of images showing subject tracking in AF-C mode

Fuji X-T3 Field Test - Santorini, Greece

I took the Fuji X-T3 on a recent trip to Santorini in Greece where I got an opportunity to capture the sun rising over the white rooftops.

I took a selection of bracketed JPGs using the Fuji Velvia Film Simulation and merged them into three HDR files using Aurora HDR 2019. I used Adobe Lightroom to stitch the three X-T3 HDR’s into a Panorama. Click on the image below for a larger version.

Fuji X-T3 HDR Example

Fuji X-T3 - Eterna Film Simulation Examples

Adobe have not updated their software to read X-T3 RAW files just yet so I have been shooting JPG using the ETERNA film simulation. Here are some examples in a gallery and a link to a full size un-edited JPG straight from camera

Fuji X-T3 Full-Size JPG - ETERNA Film Simulation

Fuji 8-16mm

I had the opportunity to try out a pre-production copy of the up coming Fuji 8-16mm lens. This is a heavy piece of glass that reminded me very much of the excellent Nikon 14-23mm f2.8

The Fuji 8-16mm has the same domed front element as the Nikon which means that it won’t accept standard filter optins. You will have to wait for your filter manufacturer to come up with a solution.

I used the Fuji X-T3 with battery grip during my time with the 8-16mm and I would recommend this option as the 8-16mm felt un-balanced on X-T3 body only due to it’s relative weight and size.

Fuji X-T3 - 18-55mm f4 ISO 250
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Fuji X-T3 - Fuji 8-16mm (Pre Production)
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Fuji X-T3 - 18-55mm
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Full Size JPG

Full Size JPG

Full Size JPG

X-T3 In Depth Hands-On

There are some good reviews appearing in the press with a particularly in-depth hands-on review on Techradar that I recommend checking out.

Fuji X-T3 - Announced

Fuji have announced the Fuji X-T3 which is expected to ship at the end of September 2018. There are some reasonable trade-in and finance offers available through the usual suspects including WEX

DPReview have shared an initial review article which shows promising specs especially for those interested in Video. DPReview Fuji X-T3

Shoreditch Photo Walk

I spent an evening walking around the Shoreditch area of East London with the London Photography Meetup Group (LPMG)

There were around 40 Photographers on the day and we had a great time stalking the characters of the area and photographing the world famous graffiti

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Graffiti Artist at work in Shoreditch East London

Fuji X-T2
Strap and Scraper Barbers in Shoreditch East London

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All Smiles from a customer in a restaurant - Shoreditch East London

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Barber at work in Shoreditch, East London

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Coming and Going - Shoreditch, East London, UK

St Gilgen

I was lucky enough to visit the town of St Gilgen in Austria.

I captured these scenes by Lake Wolfgangsee at dawn. I like the way that the passing swan it returning the look of the swimmer. Shortly afterwards she was joined by a friend. I can tell you that the glacial waters in Lake Wolfgansee are very cold.

I converted the Fuji RAW images to black and white using NIK Silver Efex Pro

Fuji X-T2

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Fuji X-T2

Fuji X-T2 Firmware Rollback

Fuji has announced a roll-back to its recent X-T2 Firmware 4.0.  Firmware 4.1 effectively restores the camera to Firmware 3.0 features (and stability)

I have not experienced any of the defects listed by Fuji and am debating keeping 4.0 installed but as I have a shoot coming up I will plan to keep a spare SD card with 4.1 ready to go should I need it... 


Fuji X-T2 - Firmware 4.0 Focus Stacking Example (Landscape)

I updated the firmware on the X-T2 to Firmware 4.0 which includes the addition of a focus stacking function. The Manual is a little obscure on how to use this feature but a bit of trial and error results in good results.

I set up with the Fuji X-T2 and 10-24mm @ f8 - I focused on a foreground subject at about 1 foot from from the camera and focused on this.

 Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 10-24mm @f8 Focus Stacking Example with Firmware 4.0

Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 10-24mm @f8
Focus Stacking Example with Firmware 4.0

I set the Focus Stacking settings to 99 frames and 3 steps with a 0s interval. The camera took 5 frames to step from the focus on the foreground to infinity. I blended the 5 frames in Photoshop using Auto Blend Layers.

Fuji X-T2 Focus Stacked Landscape Example

Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 10-24mm @f8
Focus Stacking Example with Firmware 4.0 - Click on Image for Larger Version

I have taken a 100% crop of the wooden shed in the background of the image. This shed is appx. 60 feet from the foreground subject and in the un-blended shot (on the right) the focus is very soft due to focus point being 1 foot in front of the camera. It would be possible to get a better spread of focus with hyperfocal distance techniques but not the level of sharpness that can be achieved with a blend.

100% crop example of X-T2 Focus Stacking with Firmware 4.0

Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 10-24mm @f8
Focus Stacking Example with Firmware 4.0 - 100% crop