[•] K&F Concept Camera Bag Review

Bag Available Here: “https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01M237LLV/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01M237LLV&linkCode=am2&tag=pazrahn-20&linkId=e97ba8f78824dbc6ce3ddc9b8af4cb60”>

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With a new bag comes a new bag review. For a long long time well 12 years in fact I have used a LowePro version camera bag in the same style as this K&F Concept bag.

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The K&F version has two plastic pads on the base for when you put the bag down on the ground to protect the base and the fabric of the bag including the gear inside which I really like. The outside front has clips for a tripod to hold centre of the bag while walking. Balance in a bag is the single most important feature.

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There are some details I like about the bag including the cute little embroidered tripod symbol. LowePro as a camera bag is a forgotten dream the prices are just sickening when you can purchase this bag for $75 and the build quality I would consider substantially better. The shoulder straps are firm and hold their shape and on the back feels very comfortable. The front pocket holds a Surface Pro tablet with ease.

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The zippers can be undone with one hand so if your a one handed photographer this will definitely cater for you.

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The bones of the bag allow for two decent DSLR’s. In the photo you can see with a little customisation of the support pads you can fit a Fujifilm GFX50s with 32-64mm lens. Up top is a Sony A7II mirrorless for the little projects along with two primes lenses. And other sections hold a dust blower, Lens hood and SD card holder case.

 

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Extras include waterproof dust cover and would you believe a gift zip bag containing a dust blower, spray bottle for lens cleaning and cleaning cloth. Such a thoughtful well presented bag for any photographer.

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Overall Rating 10/10

This is one of the best bang for buck bags around including build quality compared to any other bag on the market.

If you get this bag you will be filled with joy.

Disclosure: I am not funded by this camera gear company. Just a one man band doing the far and in between gear reviews on items I have purchased.

 

Bag Here: https://www.kentfaith.com/camera-backpacks/USKF13.051_professional-dslr-camera-backpack-waterproof-11-81-6-3-16-54-inches

 

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[•] Fujifilm GFX50S with Manfrotto 303SPH Panoramic Setup

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Items Required: Manfrotto Tripod, Manfrotto 303SPH Pano Head, Fujifilm Shutter Release Cable, Fujifilm GFX50S Camera with 32-64mm F4 Lens.

Set up with any camera with the Manfrotto 303SPH head is no easy feat but hopefully this write up can help steer you in the right direction to achieve optimal nodal point between the sensor and lens.

The panoramic head has three axis of directions to move the camera into position to find the nodal point.

To find this position will determine whether or not you will get a parallax error in the stitching of the multiple photographs you take to achieve a perfect panoramic .

The first thing to do attach camera quick release place and make sure it is square and tight to the bottom of the camera. Any little bit of movement can throw the setup out. And be mindful not to over tighten as you can thread the camera holding screw which will really mess up your day.

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Once attached to tripod and pano head rotate the camera so that the lens faces downwards towards the ground. On the lens you will see white marking lines these will help align the lens up with the centre of the tripod.

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Another trick is to rotate the entire pano head and look at the setup and see the the lens barrel rotates perfectly without any wobble.

Now that you have the basic horizontal alignment you must now find the nodal point. This can be found by looking through the viewfinder at two posts in front of you and as you rotate the lens see if the two posts especially the first post does not move out of position. (To understand this hold your hand up and point your finger to the sky in front of your face. Now open and close left eye then right eye a couple of times. Notice the position of your finger moves. This is basically what we are trying to do with the camera and eliminate that movement) When you move the angle the camera during rotation keep adjusting and looking at the posts until they stay in position. I find that a push pull trick with the upper plate helps and then tighten off the screw. This can take a few attempts so don’t get too flustered.

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With these basic steps complete the next step is upload the jpeg images and import into Photoshop (File, Automate, Photomerge) Auto and Press OK.

At this stage this will determine a clean stitch with all the photographs taken showing either an error or successful merger.

(Other software is photographing Spherical Panoramics I recommend PTGui)

Future video on YouTube in the works for further help.

 

 

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[•] Photographing Fiji on Octopus Island Resort.

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Located in the spectacular Yasawa region of the Fiji Islands, Octopus Resort lies 27 nautical miles west from Nadi International Airport (NAN). The resort is set on the western side of Waya Island, allowing for breathtaking views of sunsets in the South Sea Islands. Getting to Octopus Island Resort from Nadi is easily done by jumping on a boat, which is about 35 minutes. Along the way are there are many islands and if your lucky might see a pod of dolphins to watch play along the side of the boat.

There are Garden View Bure’s for accommodation but the perfect way to stay is in the Premium Bure as I recommend having the air-conditioning on those very hot days. Adjoining the room is your very own private outdoor shower and courtyard. The view from the front is relaxing and a nice change away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Say good bye to looking at your mobile phone and internet this is the perfect place to detox away from all those gadgets.

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[•] Looking Out

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In the series of photographs. Can you see it? A face on the side of the mountain. The walk up is not for the faint hearted and I do recommend a level of fitness. With every step and grasping breath it was confirmed the height to the top of the island was 385m in total thanks to a German with a fancy watch. The hike took about 3 hours and is a great way to loose a little weight around the belly. If you do manage to visit this place please take plenty of water on the hike and some snacks.

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Every day the local tour guide (depending on the weather) would take tourists up and he really enjoyed seeing how unfit we were often having a good laugh between breaks.. He had such a great sense of humour. The mountain walk is a great add to anyone’s bucket list and has to be one place on earth with the most breathtaking views. Just don’t look down it is by far another sheer drop if your scared of heights.

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This is the type of holiday experience that is even better with friends and made as a group holiday.

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Note: Camera: Canon EOS 5D a few lenses EF 24-105mmF4, 16-35mm F2.8L II USM

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Fujifilm GFX 50s RAW Edit Workflow

This process is for those who don’t use Adobe Creative Cloud CC and can’t view the RAW .RAF file. Here are a few Free workarounds to edit your GFX 50s Photographs.

After taking your photograph in RAW and unfortunately for many of us the workflow has added an extra step with the RAF File (.RAF) as it must be converted into a workable file for Lightroom or Photoshop.

Option 1:

Here is an example of the workflow:

  1. Take Photograph
  2. Place the captured files into your desired folders on computer. (i.e RAW Photographs Folder)
  3. Run the DNG Converter Program.
  4. Click Extract button – Select file source RAF File (.RAF) and Select a desired output folder (i.e Photographs Folder)
  5. Click Convert run the process. (New files are placed in file folder ready to edit in Lightroom and Photoshop/Bridge.

DNG Converter

The conversion of RAW original straight out of the camera will now be a DNG File (.dng) and look something like this in the folder: DSCF1000

The Adobe DNG converter can be Downloaded from here:

PC: http://supportdownloads.adobe.com/product.jsp?product=106&platform=Windows

Mac: http://supportdownloads.adobe.com/product.jsp?product=106&platform=Macintosh

Make sure you download the current version to ensure that the program has the camera you are shooting with.

Option 2:

RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 2.0 powered by SILKYPIX (Ver.4.2.6.0) Installer for Windows

http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/myfinepix_studio/rfc/

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Fujifilm Raw Conversion with Silkypix Software.
32.9MB File with a small crop. The Orginal was 45.7MB.

Saved with basic editing. See the adjacent screen shots in flickr stream. <—–

1.) Run Silkypix Software on PC or Mac
2.) Open Raw file (Photograph)
3.) Change view and Ctrl + will zoom in to desired viewing for edit.
4.) I added a little Strong Contrast and increased Saturation to 1.5 to make the green pop. Colour Mode was changed to Film Simulation, And Last Film Simulation to: Velvia/Vivid.
5.) File, One Scene Development.
6.) Basic Settings Choose JEPG and the JEPG Compressed to drop down to: The Highest Quality; EXIF Non Conforming. And Click Development(S) Button.

Well Done you now have a finished edited Jpeg ready to share to the world.

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If conversion is done with Adobe DNG converter the .dng file is larger at 129MB then when edited in Photoshop produced a 29.3MB Jepg.

Option 3: 

Iridient X-Transformer – A high quality Fujifilm RAF to DNG image converter.

Iridient X-Transformer 1.0 beta 3 Software At this stage it is Beta version. I have tested this software and has performed slightly less than Adobes version. If it was a better program I would be interested but because of the short comings could not justify spending $43.59 on more software.

http://www.iridientdigital.com/

Best RAW Converter Results

Adobe RAW converter produces a nicer look to the image compared to the others . 100% crop looks the cleanest in my book. I personally prefer Adobe DNG Converter for the results and the workflow. Adobe has performed better results. The Silkypix RAW Converter is a softer image once converted and too soft for my liking. The Iridient X-Transformer Converter is the lessor performer of all three and I wasn’t a fan of the result.

It will be important to work out what your preferred file conversion is from RAW to Jpeg is minimize the storage of files on Hard Drive.

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You have a chance to win 1 Million Dollars using your camera.

Do you know you have more of a chance to win 1 Million Dollars by taking a photograph with your camera than you would if playing Lotto.

The odds of winning Lotto are 100,000,000 to 1 and the odds of capturing a million dollar photograph are much closer than you think.

I am a very strong believer if you carry your camera with you everyday and an event happens or somebody super famous happens to walk by doing odd you can easily capture a frame with your camera and that split second of luck could bring you a windfall of something big.

Part of this principle is based on the saying the best camera is the one that’s with you but say you get a photo with your smart phone that image is less likely to get a good offer of dollars compared to a digital SLR photograph.

After many years of shooting I still believe that it is possible to take a million dollar photograph (It hasn’t happened yet for me but it might happen to you) and I’ve thought carrying that camera by my side everyday increases those odds.

As far fetched as it sounds to take a million dollar photograph have you ever heard that one photographer sold a picture of a potatoe for a large sum of money.  I’ll admit I have never photographed a potatoe but after hearing that story it is definitely at the top of my list to photograph one or maybe two 😉

Now if the odds of winning Lotto are 100,000,000 to 1 then the odds of taking a million dollar photograph surely has to be 500,000 to 1.

Here is the key to taking a million dollar photograph with 5 simple variations to help calculate your odds. They come down to your actions and a few factors;

1) How often you leave the house.
2) How many photographs you take per year.
3) The type of camera and lens combination you use.
4) Location of where you take the photograph. i.e outback of Timbuktu would decrease the odds Verse someone smack in the middle of a specific city.
5) A blessing of good old Irish Luck.

As funny as this all sounds if you were in Timbuktu you might get a photo of a Yeti and win big or you could be in the city and capture a famous person but at the end of the day just remember having that camera with you everyday could pay off big time or just pay off your camera.

Now where are the potatoes in the pantry.

Oh your still here: Write down below in the comments what you think your odds are.

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Fujifilm Promote Manipulated Image to Sell GFX 50s Camera.

Over the years nothing makes me more angry than photographers swindling people with fake photographs. But whats worse is to then see it done to fool people for the sake of promoting camera sales is a whole new level of low.

I’ve lost count of how many photographers out there that have been caught entering photography competitions with fake images and then win the competition. Same old story photographers at times should produce the RAW with advertisers and show that the original photograph is like the original capture.

Fujifilm I am calling you out on the images you publish or at least ask you to state the real facts in the description box next to the photograph whether it is a photo-shopped composite (Manipulated Image) or state that it is as a photograph (Exif Data with Camera Settings) in Instagram portfolio . This can be seen as unethical and or are you promoting manipulated content for camera sales. The truth of the image “in one photo” is that it was photo-shopped to hell with five images that were fudged into alignment and advertised as one photograph. The end result image was not stitched as a single image as the alignments were out significantly so the five total photographs were layered to look like they are in alignment. Any professional would tell you this was done incorrectly. photographing that way was a big no no.  A panoramic head on a tripod is the correct technical way of photographing a scene to achieve true alignment and then using Photoshop in combination with PTGui will give you satisfying results. As a pro photographer I would not of been content with the results of the Milky way and Opera House. 

This travesty could of been avoided by Fujifilm vetting the content they uploaded and a clearly state the facts.

Photographing multiple images takes real skill and as a professional photographer I value photographers that can do it right using a panoramic head on a tripod in the field. Its a dying art photographing panoramic’s properly but with software inbuilt in cameras today I often see terrible images because of lazy practices. This is becoming the norm with the younger generation and a prime example of how not to use the Fujifilm GFX 50s and falsify content. 

The GFX 50s is a great camera no doubt I’ve read the specifications but will you need a copy of Photoshop CS6 to accompany the camera for producing images that Fujifilm promote?.

I’m not interested in companies when they are unethical, dishonest and fraudulent. But how many images displayed in @fujicamerasaus Instagram portfolio are fakes, real photographs or composites.

An audit of such photographs would be a good start to find out or an update to the description in the postings would help protect the consumer.

This article is about highlighting the ethics of camera companies posting manipulated images to sell cameras and to make people aware of this fact.. Nikon was recently caught in a photography competition and it looks like Fujifilm are now doing this to boost sales. As a consumer I feel like we are being swindled by the performance of what a camera can really produce. Sony recently run test events with huge lighting rigs for the A9 under controlled conditions. I thought Fujifilm was better than that only time will tell if they clean up their act.

I will now have a long and hard think before purchasing the GFX 50s. #Don’tBeMissLeadingFuji

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“in one photo” Fake NEWS by Fujifilm.

Original Description: “In One Photo” Incredible shot by (@PhotographersNameRemoved) captured using the Medium Format Fujifilm GFX 50S.

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[•] Is it time to let go?

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Is it time to let go of the Canon 5D Mark III and move to medium format?

Digital camera’s have come along way since 2005 and with 2017 being a new year, this year is really the new era of medium format. The question I have to ask “is now the time to move to medium format”?.

A special camera recently caught my attention and to call it out as it is a little shy is the new Fujifilm GFX 50s. I’ve heard one photographer say “it made him cry” when he took the images and looked at them in Lightroom. To me that’s a big statement and to the few that have been fortunate to test the camera with what I perceive as “little to no experience” to then rave about the performance. But what really grabs my attention is the new direction of medium format. There are two stand outs out there and they are the Hasselbald X1D and Fujifilm GFX 50s.. Both look beautiful and more people tend to praise the X1D but for me the GFX 50s stands out with the old school design with all the functions in the physical form.

Shutter and ISO function on body and the winner for me the Aperture on the lens. To me this is the best way to have a functioning camera. And this all comes down to how much digital functions do we really need in a camera? The more digital design in a camera opens it up to being more prone to failure (I witnessed one photographer turn his X1D on and off to get it to work which made me cringe.. Over 10K for a camera ouch). I woke up a long time ago for the need of camera’s to be more mechanical and less digital in design. I’ve had my very own Canon 24-105mm fail in the electronic aperture.. This is where I now look for and use lenses with mechanical aperture.. You’ll see I even prefer adjusting this manually and have purchased many lenses with this feature..

This is going to be a long talk I can feel it in my bones. My film camera’s still work beautifully and if they need a CLA it can be easily done. But not my digital camera’s like the 5DIII to repair you look at the cost and its on average the third of a new camera purchase price for repair. I like what Hasselblad has done with the X1D but I feel like its a “less is more” camera and the GFX 50s a “Put your money where your mouth is” camera.

I’ve been dwelling on this for many years taken thousands of photographs and think its the right time to take my photography into a different and new direction. A move to Fujifilm would be a more than a personal reason and I don’t think many would understand. I don’t even want another camera or another lens I just want the satisfaction knowing that everytime I take the next photograph that I produce the best work that will be sustained many years down the road.

The future of photography is here now and many photographers don’t even know it.

Fujifilm if your listening where can a photographer get a complete package A promotional GFX 50s kit with lens and a Fujifilm bag to compliment the kit? You have made something special can we do this?

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[•] p 🔺 z r 🔺 h n

 

 

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