FUJIFILM X Series: FUJIKINA 2019 Tokyo / FUJIFILM [Video]

“Live streaming of “FUJIKINA 2019 TOKYO” hosted by FUJIFILM.”

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Fujifilm GFX 100 with Fujinon GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR zoom lens. This lens is equivalent to 25-51mm in the 35mm sensor format.

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Fuji Rumors: Fujikina 2019 Tokyo, May 25/26: Fujifilm GFX 100 Launch Party and More?

https://www.fujirumors.com/fujikina-2019-tokyo-may-25-26-fujifilm-gfx-100-launch-party-and-more/

“”FUJIKINA 2019 TOKYO” will be held on May 25th-26th 2019!

This event is a must-go for all GFX and X Series users. You will be able to try the latest range of GFX and X Series cameras and lenses. There will be live talks, studio demos and photo galleries showcasing the works of the professional photographers and creators from all over the world. Quick maintenance service and loan programs will be available free of charge (reservation required).

There will also be public shooting of music videos on site. The production team led by Pål Laukli will only use GFX and X Series models to complete the music video and stills. This is a rare opportunity to witness the professional at work!…”

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Fujifilm GFX 100S with Fujinon GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR zoom lens. This lens is equivalent to 25-51mm in the 35mm sensor format.

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Opening Night, The 2019 Loud and Luminous Exhibition, St Leonards, NSW, Australia, April 11 2019

I attended the launch of the 2019 Loud and Luminous Exhibition by the Loud and Luminous collective of Australian women and non-binary photographers at Contact Sheet, “an education and mentorship space, a gallery and a co-working space” in the Sydney north shore suburb of St Leonards, located in a complex of creative spaces supported by TWT Developments, Building Hope Foundation and Brand X. 

This is the first time I have encountered these organizations and there may well be some intriguing stories and documentary subjects to be found within them. 

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Hands on with the LUMIX S1 & S1R, Ted’s World of Imaging, Sydney, April 4 2019

Having been to digiDirect’s public launch of the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 and DC-S1R cameras and the initial three lenses on April 1st, with hands on the S1 and Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 zoom lens, I wanted to get to know the higher megapixel S1R and the Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. 

With both cameras I immediately learned there is so much more to them than two brief events like these can reveal, such as their video and high resolution mode capabilities, but getting a decent feel for how they work and what they are capable of is crucial. 

Getting a good feel is exactly what I did to the point where I was impressed enough to consider purchasing the S1R for portrait photography sometime in the future, with an eye on mating it up with some coming wide aperture lenses from members of the L-Mount Alliance. 

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 zoom lens.

Hands on with the LUMIX S1 & S1R, Ted’s World of Imaging, Sydney, April 4 2019

Portraits, Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with Panasonic Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4

Image Notes

Portraits in the gallery above were made by Karin Gottschalk with the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R equipped with Panasonic Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4 as raw files, converted from .RW2 raw to .TIFF files using the L. Monochrome D profile in Adobe Camera Raw 11.2.1 then processed in Alien Skin Exposure X4 using the Platinum Print Warm analog simulation profile.

All JPEGs here have been reduced in size, so they can only hint at the detail and visual richness of the S1R’s raw files that would be better revealed as large format prints.

I often saw photo gallery shows in London where all the images were printed rich and dark in platinum to draw viewers in and impart a sense of mystery, and drama, and the photographs were shot in medium format roll film or 4″x5″ and 8″x 10″ sheet film, so my aim in making these portraits was to pay homage to that look.

Although I did not have the means to print my own work as platinum prints aka platinotypes when I was working as a magazine editorial portrait photographer, I printed my portfolio work in silver-rich baryta photographic papers that I toned or split-toned to simulate non-silver printing processes as well as silver-based processes like Lith printing.

I showed these images to magazine art directors who were so excited by their expressive possibilities that they fought to have all pages printed in four colour instead of some in colour and the rest in black ink only.

My favourite camera in those years was my Zone VI Studios 4″x5″ field camera based on the Tachihara Wista camera made of cherrywood, and my favourite monochrome film was the now tragically deceased Polaroid Type 55 positive/negative film that I shot at 20 ISO for proof prints and 12 ISO for negatives.

My method was to shoot with medium wide or medium telephoto large format lenses with the aperture wide open or stopped down by one-third or half a stop, light minimally with a three-light Broncolor monobloc flash light kit, dunk the instant-processed Polaroid Type 55 in a Polaroid bucket on location then complete the negative processing, washing and drying back in the studio.

My aim was to produce deeply emotive close-up and full-face portraits, and environmental portraits, that would leap out of the printed page, stopping dead then drawing readers in as they flicked through the magazine.

The combination of Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with Panasonic Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4 helped me simulate aspects of that approach to analog portrait photography and I look forward to spending more time with the S1R and its lenses present and future sometime soon.

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Panasonic S1 & S1R Launch, digiDirect, Sydney, April 1 2019

I attended the first Panasonic S-Series touch-and-try launch event for members of the public in Sydney, hosted by digiDirect at the House of Merivale in the CBD on the 1st April. 

The organisers provided a number of Panasonic S1 and S1R mirrorless 35mm sensor cameras mostly equipped with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 Macro OIS zoom lenses, though I spotted a couple of Panasonic Lumix S PRO 70-200mm f/4.0 OIS telephoto zoom lenses and a Panasonic Lumix S PRO 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. 

My first impressions of the S1 as a stills photography camera are positive though limited due to the circumstances, but it came across as very well-designed and well-manufactured, and it performed better than hoped for in available darkness. 

Panasonic S-Series cameras and lenses at House of Merivale, Sydney, 1st April 2019

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After some initial snapshots in colour with the S1’s default settings, I selected monochrome HLG Photo mode to better focus on the people and gear being shown.

Each photograph produced three files, the JPEGs that you see above and that I have resized without any other image editing, an .RW2 raw file and an .HSP HLG Photo file that is apparently currently only viewable on the latest high-end 4K Panasonic television sets.

The .RW2 and .HLG files are not yet supported by the latest version of macOS and none of the raw processing and image editing software that I use.

Panasonic S1 and S1R: When will raw processing software be ready?

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DxO PhotoLab in its previous incarnation as DxO Optics Pro Elite was the very first fully-fledged raw processing application I purchased after disappointments with Adobe Camera Raw, and it continues to do a brilliant job of processing raw files from cameras by most makers except for Fujifilm, though it does process raw files from my Fujifilm Finepix X100.

If I come across estimates as to when other raw processing and image editing applications will gain support for Panasonic S1 and S1R raw files then I will add it here.

At the moment I am downloading a version of Silkypix that apparently supports the S1 and S1R and will put it to the test when it eventually arrives (thanks, NBN, for your appalling download and especially upload speeds).

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Panasonic Australia: Ray Martin in Bhutan with LUMIX S1R | Photography Across Borders

“In this short film – created by LUMIX ambassador Dave Katague – iconic Australian journalist-turned-photographer, Ray Martin trials the new LUMIX S1R full-frame mirrorless camera while exploring the people and culture of Bhutan. Follow Ray on his journey through breathtaking scenery, meeting the locals, and road-testing our new flagship camera’s features as one of the first people in the world to capture images with the LUMIX S1R….”

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Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 zoom lens.

Commentary

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Australian journalist Ray Martin is a longtime photography enthusiast who recently had a book of his photographs published. I made this portrait of him at his presentation about his work at Ted’s World of Imaging in Sydney in October 2018.

I will be attending some Panasonic Australia Lumix S1 & S1R public launch events at stores in Sydney early April as an alternative, in effect, to the private launch events to which selected members of the online and offline media are invited.

In the absence of access to the latter and the loss of the big annual Sydney photography trade shows, you have to take whatever you can get nowadays!

The photography and video scene in Australia is smaller than it is in the UK and I do miss the torrent of events and invitations from when I lived in London and routinely hopped over to the continent.

The other alternative is to watch online marketing videos though there is no substitute for in-person hands-on events where you can touch and try the product in question even if only for the shortest time.

Accordingly the list below contains links to product marketing videos and public launch events.

Postscript

I have just received notification of these three Australian Lumix S1 and S1R events.

Better get in quick lest they become booked out!

Hands on with the Lumix S1 & S1R SYDNEY
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panasonic-hands-on-with-the-lumix-s1-s1r-sydney-registration-59033255055

Photo Tour with the Lumix S1 & S1R SYDNEY
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panasonic-lumix-s1-s1r-photo-tour-sydney-registration-59037294136

Hands on with the Lumix S1 & S1R MELBOURNE
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/panasonic-hands-on-with-the-lumix-s1-s1r-melbourne-registration-59038022314?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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The Guardian: Women battling sexism in photography – a picture essay

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/07/women-battling-sexism-in-photography-a-picture-essay

“Push-ups and photography aren’t normal bed partners. But when Cybele Malinowski was starting out as a young photography assistant in 2005, she was told to do 100 push-ups a day. The reason? To “match the strength of a man”….

… As her career gathered pace, Malinowski battled discrimination beyond heavy gear. Often when she arrived on set, the client would assume that her male assistant was the photographer, or that she was the makeup artist or stylist. More recently, when she became pregnant, Malinowski suddenly found herself losing jobs: clients told her they feared she just wasn’t “up to it”….

… Trying to get sexism off the couch has become Malinowski’s mission. Last year she co-founded Agender, a platform for female photographers designed to exchange ideas and advance careers, with the former investment banker turned entrepreneur Angela Liang. Their second annual exhibition, Balance for Better, will open on 9 March to mark International Women’s Day, with 50% of sale profits donated to Sydney Women’s Fund.

“This exhibition, on the one hand, is held to celebrate women and it’s also trying to put a mirror up on the industry itself: [to say] look at these incredible women, why are they still a minority?” says Malinowski….”

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ELLE Australia: Make #IWD2019 Plans To Check Out Some Super-Cool Female Art

https://www.elle.com.au/culture/agender-female-photography-exhibit-sydney-march-2019-20024

“Want to spend International Women’s Day with your BFFs, taking in some ~art~ and toasting to female empowerment? If you’re in Sydney you’re in luck, because an exciting new (free) exhibition filled with work by local female artists is opening this week and running for the whole of March.

Agender, an Australian-based collective that champions the work of female photographers, is putting on its second annual International Women’s Day show. With work by established and up-and-coming artists including Anna Pogossova, Cybele Malinowski, Cara O’Dowd, Leila Jeffreys, Yasmin Suteja, Michele Aboud and Carlotta Moye (among several others), the exhibition will have its opening night on Friday March 8 from 6pm to 8.30pm, then run from March 9 – 31, at Sydney’s Sun Studios….”

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Panasonic Australia: Take a closer look at the LUMIX S Series [Hands-on preview events all around Australia]

https://blogs.panasonic.com.au/consumer/closer-look-lumix-s-series/

“… make sure you are first in line for an exclusive hands-on preview of the range at one of our LUMIX S launch events! We’ll be updating this calendar continuously, so check back soon if a store near you doesn’t have a ticket link or waitlist email available yet….”

Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R with Panasonic Lumix S 24-105mm f/4.0 zoom lens

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