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All images taken by Stefano (member of the Snapshot Syndicate) with a Nikon D850 DLSR and three Nikkor lenses (AF-S 14-24mm, AF-S 28mm, AF-S 70-200mm).

White House

I can now share some pictures taken in early November as part of a photoshoot for a calendar and fashion magazine published in Poland. The session was staged at the White House in West London, currently residency of Prince John Zylinski, a Polish aristocrat who was said to be a good friend of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

All images were shot with a Fujifilm X-T3 and two lenses: Fuji XF 35mm (50mm full frame equivalent) and Viltrox 56mm (85mm full frame equivalent).

GFX 100S MEDIUM FORMAT

A few other pictures taken with Fujifilm’s flagship medium format GFX 100S, a 102-megapixel camera I tested at the weekend alongside the GF 110mm lens (85mm full frame equivalent). This is definitely a studio beast. We had such a great time with this camera as results were astonishing. The only issue I experienced was the built-in light metering I did not find as accurate as on a Nikon D810 (full frame, 36 megapixels), particularly when having the flash trigger mounted.

Having tested free of charge the camera, the obvious question is… would I buy one? Well, the camera and lens I used come with a heathy price tag, just south of Β£8k. Is it really worth Β£8k? The output is amazing but if you are willing to sacrifice a little the output, then a high resolution full frame camera e.g. Nikon D850 with 46 megapixels would yield phenomenal results as well.

The Nikon Sessions

My idea of “recovery” doesn’t necessarily involve “resting” per se. Guess what I did the moment I was allowed some movement on the arm I fractured nearly five weeks ago…. I borrowed my mate’s Nikon camera and took a portrait of him. The location was my local Starbucks.

A few points of note.

I must admit full frame has still the edge on mirrorless in terms of image output. That said, I would not trade my existing camera for a full frame as “size does matter”. My Fujifilm X-T3 is the ideal travel companion thanks to its compact size and and light weight (the Nikon D810 weights 980g vs the X-T3’s 539g). Should I ever decide to upgrade (and I will once I save up Β£6,500), my next camera is likely to be a Fujifilm medium format (GFX 50 S II) that is actually smaller and lighter than the Nikon D810 DLSR full frame camera I used on this occasion.

Nikon D810 & Nikkor 50mm 1.4
Nikon D810 & Nikkor 50mm 1.4
Nikon D810 & Nikkor 85mm 1.4 – photo by Jutiar Photography

Photoshoot with Sandra

Photoshoot with Spanish dancer Sandra Quri. All pictures taken by Stefano Fujifilm using a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with the Viltrox 56mm F1.4 lens mounted in most occasions (some shots – not featured below – were taken with either a Fujinon XF 35mm F2 or a Fujinon XF 18-55mm).

For any photoshoot request, please email stefanofujifilm@mymirrorless.life

Making Fan Ho proud

How was your Christmas weekend? Mine was a bit unusual. Both Saturday and Sunday I ventured out in the city centre to take some pictures with my Fujifilm X-T3 camera.

There weren’t many people in central London on Boxing Day. I got off the tube at Tottenham Court Road and moved towards the new exit. I stayed there for some 15 minutes waiting for human being to show up. In my mind I had a black and white picture of the new escalator with one person on it. Unfortunately, nobody showed up so I had to settle for this Fan Ho-inspired moody shot (FYI, Fan Ho was one of the most influential black and white street photographers of the 20th century).

Location 🌏 Tottenham Court Road, London / Camera πŸ“· Fujifilm X-T3 / Lens πŸ”­ Fujinon XF 35mm F2 WR / Settings πŸ“ŸISO 160, 1/125s, F 2 / Copyright 🎬 Stefano Fujifilm

On Sunday, I wondered around the City, walking from Chancery Lane to London Wall and then to Liverpool Street where I met up with a friend who is also into photography. From there, we went to Brick Lane and then Shoreditch/Hoxton. As we met up relatively late, the sun started to set as we got to Shoreditch and therefore there was not much to photograph. Only one picture is worth sharing from the session…

Location 🌏 Brick Lane, London / Camera πŸ“· Fujifilm X-T3 / Lens πŸ”­ Fujinon XF 35mm F2 WR / Settings πŸ“ŸISO 160, 1/60s, F 2 / Copyright 🎬 Stefano Fujifilm

Fog in W5

I grew up in Milan, a place known for its foggy mornings in the winter months. Unfortunately, with time the phenomenon has become less frequent. London was also known for its fog. Once again, I have not seen much of it. Blame it on climate change. Blame it on the rain. Blame it on whatever… The thing is this 2020 is a year like no other and guess what? The fog is back.

Over the past ten days, London has woken up covered in mist and fog. Unfortunately, the combination of “working from home” and unsociable working hours meant I never really had the chance of taking a snapshot of it. However, this morning I ran out of bread so I ventured out to my local bakery and on the way back I positioned my camera and tripod in the middle of the road (it is a pedestrian/residential area) and clicked the shutter. In fairness, it hardly required any post editing as colours were pretty much black and white…

Location 🌏 Dickens Yard, Ealing, London / Camera πŸ“· Fujifilm X-T3 / Lens πŸ”­ Fujinon XF 35mm F2 WR / Settings πŸ“ŸISO 160, 1/90s, F 4 / Copyright 🎬 Stefano Fujifilm

Playstation PS5

πŸ”΄πŸ”ΊοΈβš€βŽ JUST in time for the arrival of Sony’sl PlayStation PS5 console today, signage at London’s Oxford Circus has been updated with the console’s trademark square, circle, triangle and cross. Unfortunately, the normal signage is expected to be reinstated on Saturday morning.

All pictures were taken with my FUJIFILM X-T3 camera and Fujinon XC 50-230mm lens. All images are straight out of the camera with very minor edits.