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The Photography Show 2016

22nd March 2016
Just back from a fantastic day at the Photography Show at the NEC. After a very quick wander round a few stands I went to the Toute Suite for Carlie Waite’s talk which was very interesting and then onto the Fuji X Stand where Ben Cherry was assisting, I tried out both the X-Pro 2 and the new 100-400 lens. Impressive? Yes just awesome.

I had taken a clean memory card with me and brought back a few files to look over. Now I am primarily a landscape photographer so I often work with a tripod and have no need for very high iso - BUT - when you want it (like the the I went to Norfolk for a week and left my tripod at home) you need a clean file. The fuji X-T1 goes to 6,400 iso and produces clean files which print well and are acceptable to the most critical eyes; the X-Pro 2 takes it to a new level - check out this in-camera jpeg at 12,800 iso. No editing done to this whatsoever.

As for the 100-400 lens well it is heavy of course but weighing in at 1,375 grammes it is 265 grammes less than the Canon 100-400 and, because the Fuji is a crop sensor this lens equates to a 150-600 on a Canon full frame. So perhaps we should compare the 1,375 grammes of the Fuji with the 3,920 grammes of the Canon 600 and the Fuji costs less than 20% of the big Canon. In addition the Fuji is lightening fast in focussing.

I moved on to the Snapperstuff stand to say hello to Fuji X shooter Paul Sanders and finally bought myself a lightweight tripod at a special show price, well you can’t have enough choice in tripods can you and I don’t always want to heft the Aluminium Giottos with geared head about when I am wandering the countryside.

Will I be investing in the X-Pro 2 and that lens? Almost certainly and if I do the sale of the Canon 5D Mk 3 and associated glass will more than pay for it.

The 6000 x 4000 pixles file reduced to 1200 px wide.

A 1200 x 800 px crop, note how clean the image is throughout.

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