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Shooting at Night with the Fuji X100

November 29, 20120 Comments

I’m currently on vacation on the island of Maui.  Each time I come to the Islands I hope to get a chance to shoot the Milky Way from atop Haleakala, weather and moon permitting.  Well once again, it hasn’t worked out because I’m here during a full moon phase.  I decided to make the best of it and head down to a relatively dark area near the water hoping I could at least get a glimpse of the Milky Way.  I set the ISO to 5000 on the D700 and tried a few long exposure shots to see if I could locate it.  No luck, the moon was just too bright.  I had my Fuji X100 along, so I decided to try some long exposure shots.

I usually have the ISO set to auto on the Fuji X100 and aperture priority mode.  So I needed to change the settings to force it to ISO200 and also set the shutter dial to “T” so I could adjust the length of exposure.   The other issue came when I tried to focus.  Because it was relatively dark, there wasn’t enough contrast to focus on anything.  The Moon was at my back so I turned and focused on the Moon then set the switch on the side to manual focus so it would basically stay at infinity.  Since I don’t have a remote shutter release yet, I set the camera to a 2 second timer release and set it on the tripod and fired away.  This is the first shot.  I was impressed.  The noise is manageable and rather quite impressive for a small camera.  You can see it almost looks like daylight.  The Moon was very bright.

Maui Beach at Night

Here is the second shot, I had the aperture wide open.  There was a little path light just behind the camera on the right that was helping to illuminate the kayaks.

Kayaks Maui

And the final shot taken with the Fuji X100 sitting on a fence rail.  I set the ISO back to AUTO and this was taken at ISO 1600, 20 second exposure.  It had a lot of noise.  I used Topaz DeNoise to help reduce the effect.  I would recommend forcing the camera to the lowest ISO possible, which is always a good idea for long exposure images, especially if you are using a camera with a smaller sensor.  This is something I can get away with on my Nikon with its full frame sensor.

Maui Beach at Night

I’ve been very impressed with the capabilities, features and ease of use of the Fuji X100 and will definitely use it when I don’t want to lug around the larger camera and all the lenses.  I’ll have more examples in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned.

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Nikon D800 Announced

February 7, 20121 Comment

Nikon D800Since I’m a Nikon shooter and I currently use the D700, I’m excited to see the next generation announced by Nikon.  Some of the new features I’m motivated about  included in the D800 are the 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, Full HD 1080p video at 30p and the built in HDR feature.  The price is less than I was expecting too, $2,999.   One thing I am concerned about is the number of pixels they are jamming into the sensor and the effect if will have on the output.   This will definitely be on the top of my list as my next purchase, but I want to wait and see some of the real world photos with all those pixels before I take the leap.

Looks like just over a month for the release.

Here are some highlights from the Nikon press release for the D800.

  • High resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor (7360 x 4912 resolution)
  • 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System 3D Color Matrix Metering III
  • Advanced Scene Recognition System
  • Improved 51-point AF system for images with amazing sharpness, color and clarity
  • Full HD 1080p video, such as full manual control, uncompressed HDMI output, and incredible low-light video capability
  • Nikon’s latest EXPEED 3™ image processing engine
  • Wide native ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1)-25,600 (Hi-2)
  • New enhanced auto white balance system that more accurately recognizes both natural and artificial light sources, and also gives the user the option to retain the warmth of ambient lighting
  • In-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) image capture
  • Video including Full HD 1080 at 30/24p and HD 720 at 60/30p
  • Dedicated headphone jack for accurate monitoring of audio levels while recording. Audio output levels can be adjusted with 30 steps for precise audio adjustment and monitoring
  • The chassis is constructed of magnesium alloy for maximum durability, and is sealed and gasketed for resistance to dirt and moisture
  • Dual memory card slots for CF and SD cards, and offers users the ability to record backup, overflow, RAW/JPEG separation
  • Shutter has been tested to withstand approximately 200,000 cycles, and the camera also employs sensor cleaning

Price and Availability
The Nikon D800 will be available in late March for the suggested retail price of $2999.95.* The D800E version will be available in mid April 2012 for a suggested retail price of $3,299.95.* For more information about these models, NIKKOR lenses and other D-SLR cameras please visit http://www.nikonusa.com.

Update 10/12/2012

As I’ve indicated in another post, I’m still contemplating buying the D800.  In the meantime to tide me over, I purchased a Fuji X100. 🙂  What a great camera and I just love the retro rangefinder look.  Watch for my first take on the X100 soon.  Anyway, my daughter’s boyfriend purchased the D800 and really likes the camera.  He primarily uses it for portraits and will be doing some wedding shoots.   The shots I’ve seen have turned out great and the resolution is nice though the files are huge.

Let me know if any of you have tried the D800 and your thoughts.  I’d also like to hear from folks that have both the D4 and D800.

 

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