The Fujifilm X100F - Welcome Back Home! by Fred Ranger

I first discovered the Fuji cameras with the original X100 6 years ago. I was about to leave on a trip to Italy and wanted something light and portable to complement my heavy Nikon DSLR setup. I brought a good old D700 with the holy trinity of lenses: the 10-24mm f2.8, the 24-70mm f2.8 and the 70-200mm f2.8. All very good glass, but my bag was SO HEAVY! Still there was one little place for that new Fuji camera that I had just bought thinking it would be a good camera to take pictures at dinner or perhaps when on buses and trains. It's only when I got back that I realized looking at Lightroom metadata, that 80% of my shots had been taken with the 23mm fixed lens, not really fast AF Fujifilm X100. Man, that was kind of a surprise given how attached I was to my Nikon gear. When I reflect back, there's one word that describe the reason I was picking up this camera more than my DSLR: SOUL. Even if it was (and still is) a more limited machine, this camera had (and still has) something unique, something inspiring, something that I'm not seeing/feeling with any other camera brand.

These are my first test shots taken with the X100F and I must say that I'm very impressed by this version of the classic.

Expect more shots soon, but you can already tell how much I love this camera, so follow me on Instagram and you'll see a whole lot of it! You can also see a full unboxing and first review on my Youtube Channel.

Happy shooting! 

LET'S #TALKGEAR - What's in the Fujifilm X100F Box? by Fred Ranger

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LET'S #TALKGEAR - Quick Review Of The Fujifilm X100F by Fred Ranger

I had the opportunity to shoot and test the Fujifilm X100F and, well, it felt just like home. Here's my quick review.

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LET'S #TALKGEAR - My Top 3 Fujifilm Lenses by Fred Ranger

I wanted to better organize my content, so I created a new series called LET'S #TALKGEAR where I'll share tech reviews, thoughts and recommendations on gear to help us create better stories.

MY TOP 3 FUJI LENSES
Fujinon 35mm f2: http://amzn.to/2p3NK3u
Fujinon 16-55mm f2.8: http://amzn.to/2oA9y5g
Fujinon 56mm f1.2: http://amzn.to/2pQnkCG

OTHER FUJI LENSES MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO
50-140mm F2.8 R O.I.S WR: http://amzn.to/2poKJ13
16mm F1.4 R WR: http://amzn.to/2p3O42t
23 F2 R WR: http://amzn.to/2oxBrvm
10-24mm F4 R OIS: http://amzn.to/2oxfUmy
(by using these links, you are helping to support my work and I thank you for it!)

MY VLOGGING GEAR
Sony A6500: http://amzn.to/2ogh3mD
Sony 10-18mm f4: http://amzn.to/2oxtiHu
Rode VideoMic Pro: http://amzn.to/2oxtRB3

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Vlog # 47 | Photoshoot in Burlington 🇺🇸 by Fred Ranger

Coffee shops, urban exploration and photography. Our definition of a perfects weekend getaway.
 

Images from the photoshoot

Vlog #44 | 😱 OMG I GOT A SONY a6500!! by Fred Ranger

Decided to change the tool I was using to tell stories and vlog. I first considered the Panasonic G85, but le lack of a fast and reliable autofocus made me go for the Sony a6500. I've shot a little bit with it in the second portion of the vlog (mostly on auto). Now the fun begins: Learning how to get the image look and feel I want.

If you have any tips or videos I should watch, please put them down below!

Music:
HUGE thanks to CLN for letting me use it's dope tracks in my vlogs: https://soundcloud.com/callanalexander

FUJIFILM X-T2 & X-Pro 2 MASSIVE firmware update | My top 5 features by Fred Ranger

In this video I go over my top 5 new features from the latest firmware update Fujifilm released this morning for the X-T2 & X-Pro 2. There is a total of 33 points these updates will bring. Here are 5 of my favorite ones:

    1.    Programmable long exposure of up to 15 minutes
    2.    Extended AE Bracketing
    3.    Voice Memo function
    4.    Size of AF points
    5.    RAW film simulation profile

To download & install them:
X-T2: http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/firmware/x/xt2/index.html
X-Pro 2: http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/firmware/x/xpro2/index.html


Note that there will be another update in May.

What are your favorite features?

Vlog 41 | Shooting the Fuji XT-2 in Beautiful Costa Rica by Fred Ranger

I was in Costa Rica for the past 2 weeks and took the opportunity to setup a little photo shoot on Manuel Antonio beach. I used the beloved Fuji X-T2 with my trusty 16-55mm lens. Over this short video I comment how I took the shots and why the X-T2 is so fun to work with. There will also be a longer vlog coming out of this trip, but wanted to give you guys a glimpse of this gorgeous shooting location!

If you want to see the complete series, you can find it here: 

#PuraVida !

What's In My Travel Camera Bag - Costa Rica Edition by Fred Ranger

Excited about my upcoming trip to Costa Rica!

Here's what's in my Peak Design everyday backpack 20L: https://www.peakdesign.com/everyday-backpack

Vlogging cameras
Canon G7X: http://amzn.to/2kEYQgq
GoPro HERO5 Session: http://amzn.to/2l0LIP0
CamKix Floating Hand Grip and Floater Bundle: http://amzn.to/2kF7I5U

Still/video camera
Fujifilm X-T2: http://amzn.to/2l0IBGF
Fujifilm Fujinon Zoom Lens XF 10-24mm F4: http://amzn.to/2m1t8dw
Fujifilm Fujinon Zoom Lens XF16-55MM 2.8: http://amzn.to/2m57DW5
Fujifilm Fujinon Zoom Lens XF 50-140mm F2.8: http://amzn.to/2l0Bjmu

Tripods
MeFOTO Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod: http://amzn.to/2l0O40l
JOBY GorillaPod: http://amzn.to/2m1o88Q

Drone
DJI Mavic Pro: http://amzn.to/2m1jw2B

Power
AUKEY 20000mAh Portable Charger: http://amzn.to/2lzP5zk

GOPRO HERO 5 SESSION UNBOXING AND WHY I BOUGHT IT by Fred Ranger

GEAR USED IN THIS VIDEO FUJI X-T2: http://amzn.to/2k5GbGO FUJI X-PRO 2: http://amzn.to/2jOjRnj GOPRO HERO 5 SESSION: http://amzn.to/2j2zfIW PABLO STRONG CHANNEL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa3cGZikmp773zSLivApV1g/ LET'S CONNECT ON: https://www.instagram.com/fredranger ON: http://twitter.com/fredranger ON: http://facebook.com/fredranger ON: https://soundcloud.com/fredranger ON: http://fredranger.com

FUJI 23mm F2 + Booster Grip = The Ultimate Setup? by Fred Ranger

This might me the best setup I've had in a long time. #Fujifilm #XT2 + 23mm F2 with Booster grip. Let's connect ON: https://www.instagram.com/fredranger ON: Snapchat: @lefredranger ON: http://twitter.com/fredranger ON: http://facebook.com/fredranger ON: https://soundcloud.com/fredranger ON: http://fredranger.com

UNBOXING WHAT COULD BE THE ONLY DRONE I WILL EVER NEED - THE DJI MAVIC PRO by Fred Ranger

UNBOXING WHAT COULD BE THE ONLY DRONE I WILL EVER NEED - THE DJI MAVIC PRO 

* And yes I know I say "Actual and Actually a thousand times... working on that lol

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Vlog # 33 - FUJI X70 UNBOXING AND WHY I BOUGHT IT by Fred Ranger

In Vlog #33 I unbox my brand new Fuji X70 and share my first impression. You might ask why I bought it knowing that I'm already a proud owner of the Xpro2, well it's all about reducing my street photography kit size even further and to have a camera that will ALWAYS be with me.

Let me know your experience with the X70 and let me know if you have any questions below!

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Music in the vlogs is by my man CLN. Check out news on his current North American tour here: Your EDM

If you want to buy the camera, please consider using this link: http://amzn.to/2bkO36R It will give me a few bucks and help this channel to grow! Thanks in advance!

VLOG #32 WHAT'S IN MY TRAVEL PHOTO BAG by Fred Ranger

Here's the gear mentioned in this Vlog that I'm bringing on my next trip to California. 1 week to go!

Tha Bag is a Pacsafe Camsafe Z16 Anti-Theft: http://amzn.to/29Euh1f
Fuji X-Pro 2: http://amzn.to/2aiZ70q   
Fujinon 16mm f1.4: http://amzn.to/29L9Nc6  
Fujinon 10-24mm f4: http://amzn.to/29D30Ac  
Fujinon 35mm f2: http://amzn.to/29D356Y  
Fujinon 56mm f1.2: http://amzn.to/29FUiwx
MacBook Air 13": http://amzn.to/29D3V3s  


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Again HUGE thanks to my man CLN for the crazy good tracks! He's actually on tour and you should definitely go see him. Details on his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/clnmusic

Why Snapchat is the ultimate storytelling platform and why your brand or business should CARE by Fred Ranger

It’s no secret now that the hottest social app of the past 2 years has been Snapchat. Lots of people laughed when it was first introduced in 2011 thinking it was just for a bunch of kids wanting to exchange sex oriented disappearing content.

Now these same guys who laughed back then are looking at the stats going: “Holy Snap, what the hell just happened here!”. With more than 100 million daily ACTIVE users and 10 billion of daily video views, Snapchat is definitely becoming the ultimate micro video storytelling platform.

Why it’s so popular?

It’s The Anti-Social Media
Forget the social graph, forget the fancy face recognition algorithms. Think about it, Facebook is only 12 years old and their social platform model is already being challenging by younger, “cooler” platforms that don’t want to “give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected” In fact, Snapchat has decided to go in a totally different direction by not giving the option to like, share or comment publicly. Instead, it wants you to have 1–1 conversations with other snapchatters through a multitude of options like replying to a sequence in a Story with a private text, video, emoji or image. Again, it makes the platform unique and very focussed on establishing a true two way conversations.

Right Time For Video
The combination of faster data rate transfer (thanks to LTE mobile networks) and the rise of the mobile first world has catapulted video into the mainstream mobile web and has made sharing video over the air very easy. Being a video oriented platform, Snapchat is right there in the middle of the bullseye in terms of having the right app, with the right functions/possibilities, at the right time.

Your Mom And You Boss Aren’t On Snapchat… (yet).
Sure, some cool moms and bosses are (and they should), but overall this is a platform where millennials can share stuff they wouldn’t necessarily share on mass social media platform like Facebook and Twitter. Actually stats shows that 30% of the Snapchat users use it because their parents aren’t on it.

So. What This Has To Do With Business And Brands?
These are only 3 reasons why Snapchat is so popular and why Brands should learn how to use it in a engaging way. If you start reverse engineering people’s attention and look at the data, you will find that micro video storytelling is definitely here to stay and that people are willing to spend more and more time with this form of content. In fact, US Adults Spend more than 5.5 Hours with Video Content Each Day.

I think there is definitely a huge opportunity for large and small businesses to learn how to play the game and to be there first. Think about it, if you are a small local business, this could be a very powerful tool to share cool stories about the neighborhood you are doing business in or give people a behind the scenes access to whatever industry you are in. At the end of the day, if you provide value, entertainment and give a reason to people to follow and interact with you, this could become a very efficient way to attract and get to know customers.

So start producing content made for the real time world that will get you closer to your audience. This could lead to many opportunities you haven’t event thought about. And don’t worry we’re all trying to figure it out all together and that’s what makes it even more exciting!

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Cheers!

Vlog #31 MY FIRST EVER DRONE FLIGHT! by Fred Ranger

In Vlog #31 I fly - and almost crash twice - my new drone. Man do I suck at it now, but I will get better at this, I promise.

HUGE thanks to my man Callan Alexander from CLN for letting me use your badass tracks!

Check him out here: https://soundcloud.com/callanalexander  

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Get Your Ideas Going by Fred Ranger

In Vlog #30 I'm sharing a business idea with one of my good friend (Shhh, it's a secret) and I unbox one of the most exciting piece of gear in a long time!

HUGE thanks to my man Callan Alexander from CLN for letting me use your badass tracks!

Check him out here: https://soundcloud.com/callanalexander  

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UNBOXING ANOTHER FUJI GOODIE by Fred Ranger

In Vlog #29, I unbox a new Fuji Goodie and share my first impressions. Let's connect ON: https://www.instagram.com/fredranger ON: Snapchat: @lefredranger ON: http://twitter.com/fredranger ON: http://facebook.com/fredrangermedia ON: https://soundcloud.com/fredranger ON: http://fredranger.com Music: https://soundcloud.com/4cidbw0y