It was a great pleasure to have as my guest on Episode no. 55, Antonio M. Rosario, especially as he was suffering from a heavy cold and the fact he had to go to work later that afternoon. I tried to keep the show a little shorter than usual but, well, conversation got the better of us!
Being a Fuji user like me, we got into talking about Fuji cameras for the outset. Antonio first got into Fuji when he was looking for a small compact camera that felt a bit more than a compact camera. Something with a little more substance to it than others that he had tried before. He bought the Fuji X20, a 2/3rd sized sensor that he found really packed a punch. I have since tried the X30, which is a little bigger in size; close to the X100s, but nonetheless produces some stunning results even with the smaller sensor.
The X20 as you probably know has an integral zoom lens of 28-112mm, with an iso range of 100-12800. It is a superb little(!) camera. An ideal inconspicuous camera for street photography. Antonio had never used a rangefinder style camera before but was keen to do so and the X20 didn't disappoint. The X20 was an ideal stepping stone to the next Fuji an X100T. The transformation from the X20 to the X100T from menu point of you is the same. So there has been no problem with that, from which he has found when changing cameras with other systems. But he maintains, despite the X100T quality and familiarity, the X100T kicks his 'Butt' many times. He likens this to buying a really fast car! You're used to the every day car but to step into a 'fast' car it does take some getting used to, so there are times when the Fuji X100T makes Antonio think a little more - and there's nothing wrong with that!
He was already shooting street work but when he bought the X20 his interest in street photography really kicked in. As his commercial work has slowed his street work has increased and now that he uses the Fuji X100T he is taking more and more photographs of his neighbourhood. He has found no difference or any problems of printing from the Fuji X20 images when comparing to a 1.5 crop sensor. An example of this is when he printed an image made from his X20, to 13x16 inch print for a customer, It needed just the minimal of adjusting in photoshop. To our considered opinion the sensor's both 2/3rd and 1.5 crop can handle print sizes up to A3 (297x420mm) with ease - that's impressive! (Using On One's Software Resize even larger prints can be made.)
Like me Antonio bought into Nikon and his second camera, he still has, the FM2! Widely considered the best manual camera that Nikon produced - I know the F3 and F4 aren't that bad either!. He mainly bought into Nikon because of the better glass that Nikon produces and maybe that the Nikon was a little cheaper than the Canon option at the time. Moving on from the Nikon film camera's through to the Nikon Digital age, Antonio bought the D100 (6Mp) then onto the D2x as the first Professional camera. He still uses his old manual Nikkor 300mm f4 on his present Nikon D7000 which produces some stunning images. The Nikon D7000 is primarily used for his video interest. He doesn't shoot film anymore but I think I may have tempted him to go out try film again. But at this moment, he mentioned, and I haver heard this said many many times, by professional photographers, 'one of the reason's that attracted me to the Fuji is the film like quality of the images, especially with the jpgs.' It is down to the sensor and the pixel set up - unique to Fuji.
Looking at Antonio's work via a Screenshare and his Instagram page, his style which is a-tune to a documentary style. A valuable part of street photography. Images that show life at this time living in Brooklyn. Images that will be important in the future - just like the old timers did in their day so are the photographers of today. All of us who are interested in street photography are giving / sharing / documenting what the world is - it's important work! His work shows a real diverse neighbourhood. Something which I firmly believe where New York leads the way where people from all kinds of backgrounds, race, colour and religion, live and work and appreciate each other. Isn't that how the world should be? He looks for the candid image and isn't one to approach and ask for the portrait preferring to catch people in their natural state. The images he sometime's takes are without thought, which to my mind reminds me of that 'Innate ability to photograph making', that some are born with. It can't be taught some of us have it others don't! It was a wonderful set of images.
Antonio has written a review of the X100T which Fujifilm were very interested to read. Its not an in-depth review like a Camera-Labs styled one, but by a real user of the camera. A very informative review and well worth the read. A review he wanted to write to share the experiences that he has had with the X100T.
We both agreed Fuji brought photography back to us!
It was a great pleasure to have Antonio on the show..
Until next time "leave your camera bag at home!"
The all important links.
Photography Live and Uncut : Episode no 55 with Antonio M. Romario
Antonio on Google+
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Antonio's website and blog.