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Shooting handheld video with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm: How good is Fujifilm's image stabilisation?

I finally got round to buying the Fujinon Lens XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS to use on my XT2 camera. I bought this lens specifically for video due to the lens having Fujifilm’s Optical Image Stabilisation built in to the lens.

To give the lens a quick test run down by the riverside in Glasgow's city centre where I shot all of my footage handheld at 30 fps - no stabilisation was applied whatsoever - I did not use any gimbals, tripods or any other balancing aids (including software) to smooth the footage. What you see is out of camera with a little colour correction applied.

Personally I thought the stabilisation worked fantastically well - I can only image how great the footage would look on the XH1 with its IBIS… but that is for another time, hopefully.

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Video: Clydebank urban and architecture photo walk

Clydebank has undergone a lot of regeneration in recent years following the decline of ship building, engineering and manufacturing industries in the area. The vast majority factories and many of the older buildings are gone and are being replaced by some sleek looking modern architecture that is worth checking out and photographing.

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Video: Looking for Architecture and Urban Landscape Photography Locations in Glasgow

I have been trying out a number of vintage lenses recently.  Luckily, I have a very kind neighbour who has been kind enough to let me borrow a set of Olympus Zuiko lenses.

I decided to create a short video while I was checking out some possible architecture and urban landscape locations in the Charing Cross and Anderston areas of Glasgow.

Although this was a fairly short walk I was lucky enough to spot a couple of compositions that I will definitely be returning to shoot shortly…  I particularly like the last shot in this video,  what do you think?

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Using Fujifilm's Classic Chrome film simulation on your video - 1080p x-t2 Video Test

I have been tinkering a bit more with video in the last month or two and I am pretty sure you be seeing more of these sample videos that use Fujifilm’s film simulations here. Sometimes, it is just not feasible to shoot in 4K so I thought I would conduct a few tests to see which film simulation would be a good alternative to Fujifilm’s F-Log 4K video.

The video above is shown as per camera output with no colour grading, sharpening or any other ‘improvements’ that can be made in post.

The video was shot using the following in camera settings:

1.      Classic Chrome 1080p, 60fps

2.      Shadows -2

3.      Highlights -2

4.      Sharpening -4

5.      Saturation -2

I will create another test video so I can compare how the Classic Chrome profile compares to the others.