Family Photos and Videos

Family Video with Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8

I posted yesterday about the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 and how I haven't used it much for normal production, but from what I had shot with it, it's been fantastic.

I'm not a videographer. Shooting video is not the challenge, it's editing. I think most photographers can frame video pretty well, if not better than some videographers, because they have such extensive experience with compositional techniques. But editing a video together is so much different than editing still images. I say that because I'm fully aware that what's above isn't professional quality, it's just fun.

So the lens is wonderful for both stills and video. The lens is being used on the Fuji X-T1 with the December 2014 firmware update. I mention that because in that update, the added some much needed video capturing capabilities such as 1080p 24 fps and 25 fps. Prior to the update, it was just 30 fps and 60 fps. The cinematic 'look' is achieved at 24 fps, thus the X-T1 wasn't really usable for video in my opinion prior to this firmware update. In fact, if you go online, you're going to see a bunch of people talk smack about the X-TRANS sensor and how it isn't good for video at all due to its unique RGB pixel pattern. I think that's nonsense though. I would challenge someone to look at the short video above, shoot the same thing with a Nikon or Canon DSLR, and blindly tell the difference. Maybe they could, but I have a hard time believing it.

So like I said, this video was shot on the X-T1, 16-55mm f/2.8, all at f/2.8, ISO 800 (I believe) and 1/30 sec (for most of the video). It was cut together in Final Cut Pro X. It's not 'professional', it's just a fun family video.