Category: Equipment

Witsand in Infrared

Published on: 24th May 2017

I find that I very often get stuck on certain equipment and totally forget to explore other opportunities. I think one can call it "one track minded". But is it a bad thing?

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Long Exposure Landscape Photography in China

Published on: 2nd Apr 2017

On most of my trips to China everything is arranged for me. Even when I take a group of photographers to China, the planning of the photo opportunities is centred around the members who will be going on the trip and not necessarily on what I would like to photograph as a landscape photographer – remember I am trying to take the photographers to places I have visited before. I always have in mind that I must try to get the best for the other photographers with my own photographic needs playing second fiddle.

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I love my Fujifilm Infrared Camera - I am selling it...

Published on: 8th Aug 2016

No, this is not a paradoxical statement, it is an elaborate plan!

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Travels in China with the Fujifilm X-T2

Published on: 19th Jul 2016

The Fujifilm X-T2 Launch event took place on 14 July 2016 in Johannesburg and I was asked to tell the audience about my experiences with the camera during my travels in China in June 2016.

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The lesser known Fujifilm Virtual Reality accessory

Published on: 9th Mar 2016

Ever since I changed my normal darkroom for a digital darkroom I have been experimenting with stereo photography. The easiest way (and still the only way I can show it to a full audience of up to 200 people) was to use the anaglyph technique.

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Converting a Fujifilm X-E1 to infrared

Published on: 23rd Oct 2015

In July 2014 I ordered an infrared filter for a Fujifilm X-E1. In September 2014 I actually bought a Fujifilm X-E1 camera for the filter.

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Why I prefer PhotoNinja as my RAW converter

Published on: 22nd Mar 2015

I am a pixel peeper. There you have it, I said it. Now I feel better!

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Fujifilm X-T1 camera review

Published on: 16th Jun 2014

In 2013 I was privileged to be invited to form part of the judging congress of the China 15th International Photographic Art Exhibition. My fellow judges were from all parts of the globe and were a very diverse group of distinguished photographers. Although most of our time was taken up judging the 153 000 photographs, we did get some time for photography. One thing I noticed on these photography outings, was that I was the only person with huge photo gear (Nikon D700 with 14-24, 24-120 and 70-200 lenses). Most of them were using smaller cameras and two of the four fellow judges in the Visual Arts category were using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera. This obviously created some debate and they tried their best to convince me that they nowadays prefer these over their professional medium format gear - even for commercial jobs. One judge (from the UK) is a profession model photographer with Hasselblad equipment, and he showed me some of his photos asking me to tell him which were taken with the Hasselblad and which were taken with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera. Based on the image quality and tonal range I could not find any obvious differences, but in some cases the shallow depth of field was a giveaway for the medium format sensor! (In my research I later found out that Fuji manufactures the Hasselblad H series cameras and all Hasselblad lenses).

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Nikon DF - First Impressions

Published on: 3rd Jan 2014

When the Nikon DF was locally announced on 5 November 2013, I requested to evaluate it and received one of the Nikon demo models on 9 December. The first impression is that it is very different from all previous digital SLR Nikon cameras. It actually looks and feels very much like a film camera when one uses it. If you follow some camera forums on the Internet, you will be aware that this camera has split the typical Nikon followers into two camps, namely those who want it because of the nostalgia around a retro looking camera, and those who do not want it, because of its looks! For the past month, the Nikon DF forum has been the most popular forum on dpreview.com.

I mentioned on Facebook that I was going to test it, and received responses such as "Why test it? You know it will be good". Currently I own a Nikon D700, so testing the Nikon DF will be beneficial in helping me to make up my mind whether or not this will be my next replacement /upgrade body.

I agree with the "You know it will be good" remark on Facebook as it is based on the 16 megapixel sensor used in the Nikon D4, but there is more to a camera than just the sensor.

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