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Bert Stephani’s First Impressions with the Fujifilm 90mm f/2 Lens

Photographer Bert Stephani might just be the luckiest guy on the planet as one of the first people in the world to use the much-anticipated 90mm f/2.0 portrait lens. The lens, officially known as the Fujinon XF90mm f/2 R LM WR is currently available for pre-order and will likely be shipping in mid-July 2015. In this video, Stephani gives a honest look at the latest and greatest portrait lens in the Fuji X-Series lineup and shares some really wonderful sample images straight out of the .

As an owner of a Fuji X-Pro 1 (or at least occasional borrower of one), I’m pretty intrigued by this glass, albeit not quite as much as the 56mm f/1.2. I’ll be really interested in messing around with it, although the 135mm equivalent may be a little long for my taste (I’m a huge 85mm buff). At $949 this lens certainly isn’t the cheapest in the lineup, but if previous lenses are any indication it’ll have the performance to back up the price tag.

As pointed out in the video, the 90mm isn’t quite as large as some had speculated and seems pretty manageable, especially compared to the 50mm–140mm f/2.8 zoom.

All the Fuji guys out there: what do you think of the newest addition to the tremendous X-Series line of glass? Will one be making its way into your bag? Let me know in the comments below.

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gah! I hate articles like this because it makes me miss my old Fuji X-T1. i just wish the cameras were more responsive. Maybe in a couple of generations…

Totally understand where you are coming from, But after my first Leica i became a much more forgiving photographer when it comes to whats in focus and whats not (for personal work, travel, street)

This year i will be making a big move, i will travel and not take my DSLR for the first time ever. Will be taking the XT-1 with a bunch of other lenses.

When i travel for pleasure, I always used to travel with two camera bodies, then i started traveling with two camera systems, Then i travelled with my Leica Only, realized that giving the camera to a stranger to take a photo of my wife and i is not the best option since most people won’t know what to do, plus its expensive to just hand it over like that., so went back to DSLR + RF or DSLR + X-Series, DSLR always had more attention, just because it was quicker. But on my next trip, i will take the XT-1 only and will be decide if the X series is a system i can depend on during my personal travels.

I like the color rendition from Fuji, its like no other. I always shoot raw, but fuji is the only system i can trust with in camera JPEGs using natural night.

I absolutely loved my XT1 for travel. I took it for a trip to Europe last summer. It was in my professional work that i found it unreliable. I might have kept it for travels but it just wasn’t economically sound for me to invest in 2 sets of lenses.

I am excited for this lens. I’m transitioning from to Fuji. I really love the 135L and was hoping that Fuji was release this lens soon. Yes it’s true that the Fuji bodies are behind “pro” DSLR bodies currently. However in one month the 1-year-old X-T1 will receive v4.0 firmware which will add additional features such as new AF tracking modes. Unlike Canon, the camera keeps getting better with simple software updates!

The camera is only good as the glass in front of it and Fuji is making some amazing glass. This means I can invest in the glass knowing that any bodies in the future will be able to take advantage of it. Unlike many Canon lenses which are great but were designed with film in mind and will not be able to resolve fine detail with future bodies.

As a part-time professional I have the option of switching. It would be tough to go only mirrorless with the current line up of cameras and lenses. The biggest deciding factor in switching to Fuji? I was tired of messing with my Canon gear, micro focus calibrations etc and still not having consistently in-focus pictures. With Fuji, what you see is what you get, including focus. Now, if only they could up the MP to ~24, come up with a better battery solution, and fix some flash inconsistencies the X-T1 would be perfect.

i’ve started using an X-E1 for my personal stuff, and have tried the X-T1 as well, but i just dont feel they’re up to snuff yet to replace my stuff….image quality isn’t the problem…the AF just isn’t there yet…it’s a shame, cause i’d love to carry a smaller kit than what i have now…..and their glass is superb….

 

 

Nissin Di700A and Commander Air1 Flash Kit now out in UK

The Nissin Di700A and Commander Air1 Flash Kit is currently available for and fits. A Sony-compatible version is due out in June. The Nissin Commander Air1 is designed to control three groups of Nissin Di700A flash (to a maximum of 21 Nissin Air System flashguns). The Di700A and Commander Air1 Kit costs £239.94. The Di700A flashgun is available separately, priced £209.94, and the Commander Air1 costs £59.94. The kit is distributed by Kenro Ltd. Call 01793 615836 for details or visit www.kenro.co.uk.

The new Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 Flash Kit is now available for purchase in the UK in both Canon and Nikon fittings, Kenro Ltd has announced. The Sony fit is expected to be available in June.

And, it’s already making headlines – with TIPA recently awarding it ‘Best Portable Lighting System 2015′. TIPA editors take into account innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, as well as price/ performance ratio.

It’s the third year in a row that the company has won this prestigious award, following previous honours for the Nissin i40 and MG8000 Extreme flashguns. Using radio transmission, the range of the new Nissin Air System is up to 30m.

For flexibility, transmission channels and IDs can be set to prevent misfiring in the event of signal interference on the same channel. The Nissin Commander Air1 can control 3 groups of Nissin Di700A flash (with a maximum of 21 NAS guns), making it an ideal controller for photographers who wish to simultaneously fire multiple guns at various distances and without the need for cables.

Flash Exposure Control: 1st Curtain synchronization, 2nd Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync. (Nikon only), FE / FV Lock (set on )

Says Paul Kench, Kenro’s managing director: ‘The Di700A flashgun and Air1 Commander are very easy to pair and intuitive to use. As the system is also priced within the reach of enthusiasts, we are expecting a high demand for these units.’

Kenro Ltd is the sole UK distributor of Nissin Flash guns and accessories. For details of your nearest stockist please visit www.kenro.co.uk. Alternatively, call Kenro’s head office on 01793 615836 for further information.