About a month ago I bought a Fuji X-t1 with a Fujinon XF 18-55 2.8-4. Yes, you read well a good old Fuji is on the stable now, here at Quintela´s HQ.
But why buying this camera on 2018? I wanted a raw, simple and yet pleasant shooting experience far from the 50mp beast that usually is on my hands. Truth to be told it has been even better then I suspected.
The lightweight body, the manual controls, the amazing EVF and the image quality are some of the things I value on this particular camera.
Another idea was to see how a mirrorless camera could fill my shooting needs. Would I like a EVF instead of the usual FF viewfinder? Absolutely yes! It´s big, bright, has lots of information and you see directly how your image will be.
I´m still testing the gear but so far I have already some opportunities outside in some different conditions. Till now all is smooth and joyful.
The build construction, weather sealing and handy controls are other features that make this piece of gear a trusty friend to bring out there, no matter the location.
This is just the presentation. Soon will show some more images made with this lovely aps-c sensor. Stay tuned!
Doing a gear review isn´t always easy, even more when a brand supports you. In my experience Nisi is one of the most open brands I´ve deal with. They send you the gear and want you to test it hard with the purpose of sending your feedback for future updates. So it´s always a blessing having that kind of relation with a huge brand.
And that´s what happened with the V5 PRO holder. The previous generation was already a step ahead of the competition. It´s unique design and features made a real difference while using it. Nevertheless improvements were needed.
In my experience one of the highlights is the installation of the polarizer. Although its position and use is really unique, when we are putting it on the holder the operation wasn't´quick and smooth as we wish. Fingerprints were always there, no matter how careful you are. Other point was the slot system that in my opinion was a little stiff and needed to be a little longer. Those cons weren't´a deal breaker and never were responsible for a making a mistake while shooting or even a source of annoyance, but they made room for a change.
After getting the real world experience of all of us, Nisi wisely made the changes that we were waiting for. Maybe looking at both kits you can´t see the differences, still it´s when using it that you real understand the engineering and effort put behind this piece of gear. So let´s give a look to that.
Every Nisi gear is all about a sensorial experience, since the very first time. It´s a real joy to us photographers when that sort of package comes to our desk. Opening it, feeling the materials, all the care and detailing of the kit is a true rewarding experience. Since the first minute you feel that you´re using an exquisite holder.
Made of an aviation-grade aluminium with single element, the 100mm Aluminium Filter holder feels light and yet quite robust. The matte black finish prevents reflections and now uses a new way to hold the filters. With the Clip Design we have left to right pressed clips instead of the traditional l top and bottom system. Now installing/removing the filters is much smoother.
Another huge step ahead is the CPL instal. By raising it a little up the gear driving plate bulged mount makes now possible to avoid the fingerprints. Just brilliant, how a little things makes such difference. The single glass element threads onto the holder assembly and then we have the gear driving plate for rotating the CPL from outside of the main square filter holder. So it sticks tight and will never fall off.
As usual we also have a beautiful leatherette pouch to accommodate all the system - the holder, the CPL, a 67, 72, 77 and 82 ring adapters. This another unique feature that we don´t see on other brands. Usually we have to buy all this separated increasing even more the gear bill.
Afterall how is the user experience regarding to other systems?
I have the luck of getting the opportunity of owning and tested other brands, the best ones. In my opinion Nisi holds very well his system comparing to the major manufacturers and have the advantage of being is constant tests to get the most perfect piece of gear.
It´s a true joy using such sturdy and well built kit. In a near future we would like to see a easier way to clamp the filter holder to the ring. We need an extra couple seconds to make it smooth and get it tight. Despite that the operation is smooth as butter!
For us landscape shooter currently is a joy to have reach such high level of craftsmanship and elegance in a unique holder. Thumbs up for the Nisi V5 Pro!
Test rating is a solid 4.8/5
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Lately I’ve received some messages from people who are just starting on in the amazing world of photography, asking for some advice. Some ask about the best gear, others about how I edited a particular image, and others simply to say that I gave them some kind of motivation because of a comment I made or an image of mine that they liked.
Despite not being a professional (I’m very far from it) I’ll never forget what it was like to be a complete newbie and have no one to answer my questions and soothe my doubts. So it’s time to share a little of what I’ve learned through my experience, offer my humble help to the newbie photographer community, and hopefully help others avoid making the same mistakes I did.
I remember clearly the first time I opened 500px. It was in November of 2014. The first page had such an impact on me that I immediately wanted to become a photographer—to abandon my current life and start taking trips all over the world.
A year and a half later I’m not that person, and yet I’ve acquired some small skills that I never even dreamt of having. But let’s put ourselves in the shoes of being a newbie again (I still feel that way many times anyway…).
1. The gear is not responsible for the images
The first error I made was about the gear. Almost everybody thinks that, without an expensive and shiny new camera and/or lens, your images will be horrible. Then they spent enormous amounts of money only to achieve disappointing results. Rule of thumb: the gear doesn’t make the image. Instead. it’s the photographer’s knowledge and experience.
So here comes another piece of advice: try, try and try… and try till you get there.
You won’t get that killer shot the first time, because it simply can’t be done. Composition, exposure, and the reason why you want to capture that moment are all way more important than have a gazillion megapixel camera. Learning to see things, feeling the mood (the light) of the place and what it really has to give, are what you should always consider first.
On the other hand, spend some money on a decent tripod and filters if you’re into landscape. A sturdy tripod and good head will last you many, many years and will help you produce sharp images without the risk of seeing your camera falling to the ground. And when it comes to filters, it’s better to have three from a good brand than ten from a cheap one.