Friday, August 17, 2012

The X-Pro1 Goes to the Burlesque!

The Burlesque network in Ottawa is healthy and vibrant. On Thursday the 16th of August, Maxwell's Bistro and Night Club offered Strip Cheese - A Burlesque Tribute to Rock Anthems, Power Ballads & Love Songs. Now I have my annual fill of Bon Jovi and Kiss.

This event put the Fujifilm X-Pro1 to its test. Where it succeeded, it was the best camera in the room, and that is in the company of Canon 5D IIs and Nikon D700s. That said, Continuous Focusing was a problem in the low light conditions, painfully slow and sometimes downright erroneous. So I went to spot focusing and damn it, it worked fine! However, and this is with Continuous Focus, the focusing hunting time is terribly long, often taking valuable seconds. Let's hope that Fujifilm looks further into this.  I used the 35mm f1.4 Fujinon lens. This prohibited my view but encouraged me to compose physically, moving closer to and away from the subject. I can`t wait for Fuji to release the new f1.4 23 and 56mm lenses to help the composition even further.

The Burlesque was fun and you can tell by the crowd watching. Many of the shots were done at speeds as low as 1/8th  of a second. All shots were done at between ISO 5000 and mainly 6400.

The last picture is of a Harley-Davidson motorbike and the leg of Stephanie Gagne. Thank you, Stephanie. We took this as we left the burlesque.

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