Vali Barbulescu Tries the New Fuji X100S

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When Vali Barbulescu was approached by Fuji and asked to try out their new X100S camera he decided to do something different than expected.

Bucharest-based Vali Barbulescu was the first Eastern European photographer to lay his hands on the new Fuji X100S camera. Vali, who wanted to seize the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary, decided to bring the camera and a model to his studio and shoot with Profoto lights.

“This camera is normally used for street photography and documentary-styled images due to its fixed 35mm lens, but I organized everything like I do when using medium format or DSLR cameras,” says Vali. “The setup included Profoto lights, as I find them to be a very important factor for delivering professional results. I triggered the flashes with a PocketWizard Plus II and I could sync up to 1/500s at f/2 with no problems. The fast aperture was intended to emulate the looks and feel of a full frame system. I wanted the images to look as professional as possible and not just like some random snaps with a retro-looking camera. But I have to say, the Fujinon lens is a very good piece of glass. Pairing it with the X-Trans II sensor and the Profoto lights gave me the freedom to work unconstrained.”

Vali used three different setups during the shoot: one setup with a single light source, one setup with two light sources, and, finally, a setup with three light sources.

“The main attraction of the day was for sure the huge Giant Reflector 300,” says Vali. “You just can’t go wrong with that. I used it with a Profoto ComPact 1200, which allowed me to achieve a professional look with ease. Also, moving the light source closer and changing the position of the head in the lamp holder gave me a variety of different looks without having to change the light source or modifier.

“For the more beauty-like images I used the Profoto Softlight Reflector White, which by far is my favorite Light Shaping Tool. I often use with the key light for my fashion and beauty shots, and the results are always outstanding.

“After shooting with those big and soft light sources for a while, we changed to shooting with just a single ComPact equipped with a Zoom Reflector. As a result, we got a bit more mysterious and edgy images. Also, the great dynamic range of the camera allowed me to retouch these final images in way that gave me the contrasty images I was looking for.

 

When you are done watching the video and final images below, head over to Vali’s website to check out the rest of his work.

 

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Comments (22)

  • Beldie

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    Yes , good hardware but photos not realy pro ….

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    • J

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      That’s highly subjective and ignorant to make a blanket statement like that and tends to shows your weakness and cynicism. When Fuji calls you, then you can talk.

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    • Shayne

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      Dude, seriously if you can do anything near as beautiful then show us. Respect the V man he produces beauty !

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  • Ivan Lee

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    wow 1/500th sec sync speed! I tried the Pocket Wizard PlusII on a B2r 1200 with the X-E1 and only got 1/125th. Gotta give this a go!

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  • Jeremy

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    Who is this camera marketed to? Street photographers who wanna spend 1200 on an archaic looking piece of equipment that is par at best? These images would have been just as good with an iphone as long as he had the 20 grand in Profoto gear.

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    • Vali Barbulescu

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      Jeremy, this camera is marketed to those who might be interested. It is archaic looking indeed but some might like that. They usually call it “retro” rather than “archaic”. The IQ is amazing, you have to trust me for that. I do not endorse the product but I love it. iPhone cameras are great indeed. Take a look at my Instagram account and you can convince yourself: http://instagram.com/valibarbulescu ALL those images are taken/edited with my iPhone 4S. But… there is a “but”. Agencies and magazines could require more that some “good looking” photos taken with an iPhone. And pro photogs have to deliver that. That is why a small retro lovely camera would never replace an Phase One IQ180. It is the same with lighting gear. I could do a nice looking portrait using a Maglite or do a 10K USD fashion campaign using 20G Profoto equipment. Regards, V.

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  • Bill M

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    Hey V … how much post processing was done on these?

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    • Vali Barbulescu

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      Hey Bill, PP was done in “normal limits” Mainly Lightroom for color and PS for texture. I can tell that the raw files are rich enough to work on them nicely. I do prefer Fuji’s jpgs though. The Provia film emulation is just amazing. Best, V.

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      • Marc

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        Hi Vali- Great work! Are using the new VSCO Film 04 for the Provia emulation?

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        • Vali Barbulescu

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          Hi Marc, yes I am a big fan of VSCO film. both for iPhone and Lightroom too. Their emulation of Provia is awesome. And you can also adjust settings further if you like. Best, V.

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          • Bill M

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            But, I thought whatever x100s emulation you use (in camera), it does not carry into LR with the RAW Fuji file. Is this correct? Or, does the RAW file also carry the in-camera settings (eg. Provia) used to take the shot?

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          • Vali Barbulescu

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            The in camera emulation/effects/corrections are only for JPGs. The raw files don’t carry any of there to LR. If you want greater editing latitude, use Raw format and edit in LR (using VSCO or else). You can shout both Raw and jpg if you want though. Best, V.

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  • Alex Munoz

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    @Ivan: X100s has a leaf shutter; it syncs up to 1/4000th of a second.

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    • Neil van Niekerk

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      (as far as I understand it), there is an upper limit to the shutter speed that can be used at f/2 due to the physical shape of the leaf shutter.

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  • Crash Taylor

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    Awesome work!

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    [...] “This camera is normally used for street photography and documentary-styled images due to its fixed 35mm lens, but I organized everything like I do when using medium format or DSLR cameras,” says Vali. “The setup included Profoto lights, as I find them to be a very important factor for delivering professional results. I triggered the flashes with a PocketWizard Plus II and I could sync up to 1/500s at f/2 with no problems. The fast aperture was intended to emulate the looks and feel of a full frame system. I wanted the images to look as professional as possible and not just like some random snaps with a retro-looking camera. But I have to say, the Fujinon lens is a very good piece of glass. Pairing it with the X-Trans II sensor and the Profoto lights gave me the freedom to work unconstrained.” Read more via Profoto [...]

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  • Mircea Ciuca

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    Bravo, Vali! Nice too see your work here too! ;)

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  • Joto

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    Really the typicall teenager crapy marketing video clip.

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