Friday, 19 August 2011


Well I'm happy to say that Hollywood has nothing to worry about - I'm just back from spending 4 days in Prague being filmed for an instructional DVD for Canon, and my acting skills still need a bit of polish :-) We were working some crazy hours but director Alun Pughe and the rest of the crew were great. Look for the DVD in October / November.

I only had a couple of hours to walk around and take pictures - here are a few of my favourites, all taken on a Canon 5D2 and 50mm:

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Monday, 8 August 2011

Fuji X100 review

Two weeks ago I finally cracked and bought a Fuji X100.

As someone who has used SLRs for the last 20 years, why was I interested in a £1000 compact? Quite simply there are times when I'm just shooting casually and don't want to carry an SLR, but I find traditional compacts, with their slow lenses, poor ergonomics and low image quality too limiting.

For the last 18 months I've been using a Panasonic GF1 with a 20mm f/1.7 for casual shooting. While it is much better than a compact, it still handles like one and so can be frustrating to use. The Fuji X100 was appealing because:
- it has mechanical controls for aperture, shutter speed an exposure compensation
- it has a proper optical viewfinder

Initial reviews were very critical of the firmware, but since Fuji made a major update a month ago that appeared to solve many of the issues, I decided to take the plunge. 2 weeks in and what do I think?

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