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For those of you that explore old buildings and other old areas for photographic opportunities, make sure to be aware of your surroundings.  I made one of those excitement mistakes today and in the corner of the room, just beside the large gear was a three foot hornets nest with hornets buzzing around.  I didn’t notice until after I took this shot when I promptly exited the room.  There was a large boiler tank behind me I wanted to photograph second, but I valued my health.  I did not get stung, but those hornets continued buzzing throughout the room the entire time we were there.  I checked once more on our way out and decided I had some great shots and I could live with that.

Actually, to be more specific, *they* exist. I spoke today with Dan Llewellyn, President of MaxMax, a kind of skunkworks lab that, among many other things too sophisticated for me to get into, converts some Fuji cameras to monochrome versions, and you can either send your own camera in or they’ll buy it and convert it for you with only about a week turnaround time.

Once again, there was no post processing of any kind to this image.  The JPEG is straight from the camera.  This is my son, Ben, as he rounded the corner on the Reef Bay trail and hit a patch of bright light coming through the canopy on the trail.  I had just shot an image of the tree near me and recomposed and shot the image.  My exposure was already set, so all I needed was focus and a shutter press.  This image was taken using the Fuji 18mm (28mm) at f/2.8 and 1/250 second.

At the moment he’s done X100s and X-Pro 1 which converted are dubbed X100s-M and X-Pro 1-M, but for those of you not satisfied with that, the X-Pro 2 is next, which likely means the X-T2 as well. Excited yet? You should be.

Dan has been modifying cameras since ’97 and does engineering type work for cameras of all kinds of applications from industrial agriculture, to well, whatever else you can think of. The Fuji work has happened a bit more recently as he said the X-Trans is a bit tricky to work with, stating that the cover glass is glued on with a strong agent, and getting it off without damaging the tiny gold wires was a real problem. Never deterred, Dan persisted and many tens of sensors later has overcome and has it down to a science now; a method that makes him the only person to do this right with consistency.

The first thing to address here is Dan himself, who is, for lack of a better term, something of a polymath. Dan isn’t an engineer by degree, opting instead to study finance in college then worked for Electronic Data Systems ending up managing their foreign exchange risks. Then for a change of pace went and worked for a company that made consumer hardware tools, but frustrated with the speed of upward momentum after reaching a ceiling he started his own little company in his basement, setting the tone for MaxMax.

You can get both from MaxMax.com and click here for a direct link to the store.

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There are a few caveats, however, and if you’re not greedy, and are really specific, there are specialty cameras out there to suit. The first to come to mind would be the Leica M Monochrom, a beautiful mutant with a CCD missing a color gene that means it’s a purpose shooter with uncompromising dedication to black and white. It actually records only true luminance values in order to deliver the true b&w shots. That allows, technically, for more contrast, sharpness, and according to Leica, a ‘finer resolution that that of medium format.’ They also tout its ability for sharp photos with fine grain up to 10,000 ISO. But it costs $7,500, and that’s without glass.

Getting a camera that has and does everything you want is generally considered a pipe dream, and even if you were able to get close, like Sony a99II close, it would be ephemeral bliss because Moore’s Law suggests tech progresses at a rate that will have you yearning for some new advancement by the time your next birthday came around. As I tend to say, owning the best in camera equipment is like running in a race where the finish line keeps moving.

For the final image uploaded in this series, I was able to publish it with zero modification to the out-of-camera JPEG.  What you see here is what I shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 with the Fuji 18mm attached.  The exposure was f/4.0 and 1/500 second.  This was the gear system still housed inside the Reef Bay sugar mill ruins.  Apparently the old mill was upfitted with new technology in the 1800’s and the mill failed a second time now here for us to visit.  The only illumination was from a window on the right between me and the gear assembly.

Nothing is perfect, and in this case I did some post processing to the JPEG file shot in the X-Pro1.  The original image was darker than I wanted, using the same Fuji 18mm at f/4.0 and 1/125 second.  I had a better exposure, but it was with f/2.8 and the smaller f/stop was really closer to the sweet spot of the lens, so I opted for a slightly higher depth of field and adjusting the exposure.  I added a little over 1 stop of exposure, boosting the highlights and the shadows while bringing the blacks back into check.  I did add a little noise reduction to offset the increase from the shadow side of the image.

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You can take a look at a few images below with links to the raw files, but Dan should be adding more soon. Either way, if you’re a digital shooter and a fan of shooting B&W in-camera, as I am, this is a really interesting and exciting option, and perhaps even inspiring.

The lighting was just right and this ficus tree base seems to glow.  There is no alteration of any kind to this image, it is the JPEG image straight from the camera.  The lens used was the Fuji 35mm (50mm) at f/2.0 and 1/60 second.

So what’s the cost for this? Yes, there is a premium, but we’re not talking near Leica money. For ASP-C sensors he typically tags on a $1,500 premium (again not just for monochrome but all the other variants he does), and for full frame, monochrome would be about $2,500. The Fuji ones are a bit more challenging so there may be a $100 premium on that, but specifically at the moment the X-Pro 1-M goes for $2,425 and X100s-M is $2,600. So near as makes no difference 1/3rd of a Leica Monochrom.

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I am using this time to refine my use of the X-Pro1 and put together a book on this camera system and the tricks I’ve found and developed on my own to use it to its full potential.  I hope to have this out in the fall and will let you know here.  Some of what you see here will be discussed in much greater depth, including post processing when necessary.

It’s hard to argue against the idea that a big part of Fuji‘s X-line appeal is that it brings rangefinder style favored in Leicas within reach of mortals. Even if using them isn’t really the same feeling, they are joys to use and certainly more versatile, but what if versatility isn’t what you wanted and really it’s a Fuji version of the Leica M Monochrom you dream about? Well, it exists.

Sometimes you just nail the exposure.  I find that when that happens to me, it was really just perfect lighting.  Ironically, yesterday I posted about the importance of getting the best possible exposure as the top priority.  Today, I went down the Reef Bay trail to some 1,000 year old Petroglyphs and some old Sugar Mill ruins.  Today, I nailed the exposures.

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But his lack of expected scholastic degrees doesn’t mean much as Dan has the ever-enviable ability to take notice of the details, then self-teach to the point of mastery, which is why he has MIT PhDs calling him for his thoughts, and why Fuji, years ago, was considering getting him to do types of conversions on the S3Pro which he had done upgrades on and they’d seen. They eventually didn’t go with him, choosing instead to do the same work in-house. But all this is just a testament to the fact that your gear is in good and reputable hands, and when you speak to Dan, you can sort of tell he’s like a sort of human-cupboard for technical data and trivia.

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