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January 12, 2013

Model of the week: Black Raven Girl Sanna: X-E1 with 35mm f1.4

Fuji X-E1, Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4, s 1/500, shot at f1.4, ISO 200

Look out for Sanna during the upcoming Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC, this girl is pure magic.
the rest of the set and tech info after the break

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Fuji X-E1, Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4, s 1/60, shot at f1.6, ISO 200

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Fuji X-E1, Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4, s 1/2000, shot at f1.4, ISO 200

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Fuji X-E1, Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4, s 1/40, shot at f1.8, ISO 200

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Fuji X-E1, Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4, s 1/800, shot at f1.4, ISO 200

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Fuji X-E1, Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4, s 1/500, shot at f1.4, ISO 200

Everything was shot handheld and raw, then converted to dng. Shot in AF-S mode, plenty of light, no focusing problems.
Hope you enjoy the photos.

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Filed under: Beauty,Models Fashion,Portrait Photography — mike.kobal @ 6:15 pm


  1. Mike, unbelievable beauty ! all photos are fantastic, but the photo one , I don’t remember seeing a better fashion photo than this in recent years and I saw a lot, congratulations ! Sanna is from another world and you able to show that ! great idea about the crow, worked very well in the composition !!!

    Comment by Eduardo — January 12, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

  2. thank you so much, Eduardo! so glad to hear that from you.

    Comment by mike.kobal — January 12, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

  3. Great images man! Looks great! That little 35mm lens is pretty damn amazing…I was wondering what raw convertor you are using for your little fuji powerhouse to get these great results? Or are these all straight out of camera?

    Comment by James — January 14, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

  4. Thank you, James! Converted to dng to fit my regular workflow, minor issues with swirl-like noise pattern if sharpened or blown up, however most of the time not an issue.

    Comment by mike.kobal — January 14, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

  5. Thanks Mike! I have the same camera…. so thats one of two, now to work on my skills and hope I can create great images like yours one day :). Really love your work!

    Comment by James — January 14, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

  6. […] Kobals model of the week is the “black Raven girl Sanna” (click here). All shots taken with the X-E1 and 35mm […]

    Pingback by X-E1 bundle offer at Adorama | Fuji Rumors — January 16, 2013 @ 11:39 am

  7. Horrible examples of what the X-E1 is or what it
    was engineered for. No one is questioning the
    still life, posed, full sunlight quality and art
    of this Sanna ‘series’. They are frozen portrait
    shots. The X-E1 was not intended as a still life
    portrait camera, nor are the X series lenses.
    The X-E1 was intended for life-action constant
    motion, almost tourist snap-shot photo-ops, and it
    fails miserably at that. The EVF and every day life
    motion light (normal to low light, especially indoors)
    is almost defective exactly as Fuji engineered it.

    My 6 year old niece, literally, could take shots
    as presented here with her $39.99 kitty digital
    camera, with a frozen motion model and tons of
    outdoor sunlight.

    Comment by RealityCheck — January 16, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

  8. I am sorry to hear the XE1 isn’t working for you and glad you took the time to post because this is exactly how I felt about the X Pro1 when I first shot with it, you can read about my thoughts and frustations here.
    The Fujinon 35mm 1.4 af is slow and it can be difficult to lock focus and one should stay away from constant motion and life-action. But this also applies to the Canon 5Dmk3 and D800E with a 50mm 1.4 to a certain degree, both mis-focus wide open quite often, they just do it a lot faster.
    I was able to get good results shooting life action with the XE1 and the 35mm -in good light- and was pleasantly surprised with the performance (click here for the post) I have learned to work around the cameras limitations and find af sufficiently fast with the latest firmware and the 18mm for moving subjects and street photography. It is not a sports camera but neither are traditional rangefinder cameras, which obviously inspired the Fuji X line.
    The photos aren’t intended to showcase “decisive moments” just the ability to achieve nice bokeh with an APSC sized sensor.

    Comment by mike.kobal — January 16, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

  9. Wow! Thanks to Reality Check for that comment. I have been shooting with th X-Pro1 for about six months and have been very disappointed with it, so I was going to sell it and get th X-E1. But if you say it’s that bad, that’s good enough for me. I’ll sell the XP1 and get whatever camera you suggest. Just let me know, please.

    Comment by Hasi — January 16, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

  10. Hasi, did you get a chance to look at my take on the X-Pro1, if not click here
    I find the EVF overall better and more reliable for AF, however if you want a truly fun camera, with incredible af speed, great handling and low shutter sound,
    go for the Olympus EM5, I think you will love it. Truly a joy to use.

    Comment by mike.kobal — January 17, 2013 @ 12:38 am

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