Cam­eras for bet­ter land­scapes

What’s bet­ter than a phone, but lighter than a DSLR? With Fuji.

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Contents -

HILL­WALK­ING TAKES YOU to all sorts of amaz­ing pho­to­genic places, but how do you cap­ture the beau­ti­ful land­scapes and mem­o­ries of your walks when you’re out and about? Many of us use a smart­phone be­cause they’re con­ve­niently light and por­ta­ble, but this means im­age qual­ity can be left look­ing a lit­tle lacklustre. So we’ve teamed up with Fu­ji­film to pro­vide Coun­try Walk­ing read­ers with the knowl­edge to get bet­ter land­scape im­ages, how to get to amaz­ing lo­ca­tions and what set­tings you need to know to get them. We kick off our three-part guide look­ing at the gear you’ll need to get bet­ter photos. Fu­ji­film’s X-Se­ries cam­eras are con­sid­er­ably lighter and smaller than con­ven­tional Dig­i­tal SLR cam­eras, so they won’t weigh you down when you’re out on a long hike. Use the jar­gon buster be­low to get to grips with the ter­mi­nol­ogy and then turn over the page to dis­cover which cam­era is your per­fect trav­el­ling com­pan­ion.

IF YOU’RE TORN be­tween DSLR im­age qual­ity and the porta­bil­ity of a com­pact cam­era, then the X100F is the per­fect choice for you. Its 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sen­sor is the same size as those you’d find in a much larger DSLR, but has been wrapped up in a por­ta­ble, retro-styled pack­age. Tip­ping the scales at 419g (body only), the X100F is ideal for pho­tog­ra­phers that like to pack light. There’s also no need to carry around ex­tra lenses as it sports a fixed 23mm f/2 Fu­ji­non lens, per­fect for land­scapes.

Sure to be a hit with fans of vin­tage film cam­era chic, the X100F fuses old retro styling with new tech­nol­ogy for a truly spe­cial user ex­pe­ri­ence. It pro­vides some re­mark­able fea­tures, in­clud­ing an Ad­vanced Hy­brid Viewfinder, which gives users the choice of a tra­di­tional low-power op­ti­cal viewfinder, or an elec­tronic dis­play, to show you what the ex­act im­age is that you’ll cap­ture. This even works if one of Fu­ji­film’s Film Sim­u­la­tion fil­ters is ac­tive, such as Sepia or Acros. The retro-styling con­tin­ues with its faux leatherette grip and an ISO dial which has been in­te­grated into the Shut­ter Speed Dial to save space.

Light­ing is key to all gen­res of pho­tog­ra­phy, but is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to land­scapes be­cause the range of tones is vast. Bright highlights in the sky can burn out to pure white, while deep shad­ows in the fore­ground can come out black. Neu­tral Den­sity (ND) fil­ters act like sun­glasses for your cam­era, and are what pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers use to tame bright highlights and bal­ance the ex­po­sure. While th­ese are bulky and of­ten re­quire fil­ter adapters to af­fix them to the cam­era lens, the X100F comes with a three-stop ND fil­ter built in. This is a great fea­ture, as if the highlights come out too bright you can ac­ti­vate the built-in ND fil­ter to fix it. What’s more, if you shoot in the 14-bit RAW for­mat you’ll be able to cap­ture even more tones, un­lock­ing the full po­ten­tial of your shots.

“Sure to be a hit with fans of vin­tage film cam­era chic, the X100F fuses old retro styling with new tech­nol­ogy for a truly spe­cial user ex­pe­ri­ence”

The cam­eras in our round-up are su­per light so you can travel fur­ther and take great photos in hard-to-reach lo­ca­tions. pTravel fur­ther with por­ta­ble cam­eras:

tOp­tional ex­tra con­ver­sion lenses:

The X100F has a fixed wide-an­gle lens, but if you need a dif­fer­ent fo­cal length there are two op­tional con­ver­sion lenses that give you a 0.8x or 1.4x zoom.

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