Monthly Archives: April 2012

Just a note on Fujifilm X-Pro1

I thought a review on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 will bring me some traffic. But after some deeper thoughts, I realised that it was simply not possible because I do not have any of the Fuji lenses. I only have the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 which in itself is a superb lens & renders subjects beautfully. Hence even I do a review, I cannot say for 100% that the results were due to the X-Pro1.

If I only review the body, there’s not much merit since there’s many more better reviews out there. Hence, I decide to let my photos do the reviews instead 🙂  Much alike what Steve Huff & F8 Photography has done.  The only regretful thing is that my Zeiss lens is a manual lens & using it with the X-Pro1 & the 3rd party Kipon adapter at this juncture can’t give me the exif I wanted. Let’s hope Fujifilm comes up with their native adapter soon.

Just Trekking “O-Kio” aka Balestier Part II

Decided to drop by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 孙中山南洋纪念馆. Never been here before. Quiet place hidden in the back of Balestier. Houses beautiful historical artefacts & massive amount of information pertaining to Mr Sun & the Japanese Occupation.

It’s a great place to see how well the X-Pro1 can perform under low light because the whole place is quite dark, even darker than a museum.  So I pumped up the X-Pro1 into ISO2500 & let it go!


Impressive performance by the X-Pro1 in low light & it renders beautiful B&W images.  Some other photos.




Just Trekking “O-Kio” aka Balestier

After a good cup of tea & a serving of Johor-styled Bak Kut Teh, decided to drop by “O-Kio” aka Balestier for a quick ground reece for the planning of the club’s photo walk in May & getting some good pictures for the posters. It’s a bloody hot day, but then in Singapore, which day is not…

Followed URA’s Balestier Heritage Trail guide & walked covered almost the entirety of the district that morning. Appreciating more & more the nice colours & microcontrast-ness of the X-Pro1 & the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4. Have to confess I hate the heavy weight of the Zeiss. It’s even heavier than my friend’s Nikon D7000 body.

Took just a few photos that day since will be coming back again. Decided to convert into B&W.

Just another day at JACOB BALLAS

Just thought I will repost from my FB some of the initial shots that I took with the Fujifilm X-Pro1. Found that the camera performed wonderfully under total sunlight. It’s hard to pin down whether it’s the cam or is it the lens, or a combi of both.

When I take photos, I look for a “feel” – something that the photo can connect with the viewer. Thought that this photo captured pretty much of that