Fujifilm X-H2S: Portraiture Series @ Fujifilm Workshop KL

Have you ever attended a photography workshop and loaned a new camera to try out? That’s what happened to me at the recent Fujifilm workshop in Kuala Lumpur, a collaboration of YL camera and Fujifilm Malaysia, where I had the chance to use the Fujifilm X-H2S with the X-Trans V sensor and Fujinon XF23mm f1.4 lens for an outdoor portrait shoot.

Although it may seem unusual to use a wide-angle lens for portraits, it was my only option as the Fujinon XF50mm f1.0 R WR portrait lenses were already loaned out. But I was open to the challenge and excited to try out the 23mm lens, especially as I had been considering it for shooting street photography.

As I got my hands on the Fujifilm X-H2S and the XF23mm f1.4, I was amazed by the camera’s performance. The X-H2S delivered stunning image quality, and the 5-axis in-body image stabilization system ensured sharp, blur-free images even in low light conditions.

After attended the Fujifilm workshop, I will share my first impression of the X-H2S, including its handgrip, suitability for portrait shoots, and features that set it apart from the X-T4, which is my current Fujifilm camera I’m using.

Fujifilm Workshop YL Camera
Fujifilm X-H2S // Fujinon XF23mm f1.4

One of the first things I noticed when holding the Fujifilm X-H2S was its sturdy handgrip. Even when I held the camera with one hand, it felt secure, and I didn’t feel like it would slip away. However, I still recommend using a wrist grip for added safety, as unexpected things can happen during a shoot. With the lens attached on the camera, the weight is just right and not heavy.

As the owner of the Fujifilm X-T4, I was excited to see how the X-H2S would compare when shooting portraits. And I must say, I was impressed. The X-H2S offers excellent performance, thanks to its advanced features and powerful processing capabilities. I could capture stunning photos with ease, even in low light situations.

While I didn’t get the chance to try shooting video with the X-H2S yet, I was impressed by its 4K/60P 10-bit video recording feature. This means that videographers can capture footage with incredible clarity and detail, making the X-H2S a versatile camera for both photography and videography. The mini LCD screen on the top is helpful when you want to quickly check your shutter speed, ISO, aperture, and other settings.

Trying out the SOOC Nostalgic Negative Film Simulation

Fujifilm Malaysia Workshop Portrait
Fujifilm X-H2S // Fujinon XF23mm f1.4

As a creator of film recipes, I was eager to try out the new Nostalgic Negative film simulation on the Fujifilm X-H2S. As soon as I received the camera, the first thing I did was switch the film simulation to Nostalgic Negative to get a feel for the color tone. I didn’t adjust other settings, such as white balance, shadow, highlight etc., and tried it out by shooting SOOC JPEG.

I decided to shoot with the Nostalgic Negative film simulation throughout my entire session to see how it performed. The results were stunning, with the vintage color tone giving my portrait photos a unique and captivating look.

The Nostalgic Negative film simulation is an exciting addition to Fujifilm’s range of film simulations, and I’m thrilled to have tried it out on the Fujifilm X-H2S. This film simulation offers a nostalgic and classic feel to the images, reminiscent of old film cameras.

To capture most of the subject’s portrait, I shot from a low-angle and tried different shooting styles with the lens. However, taking half-body or head shots would be awkward since I would have to get very close to the subject with the 23mm lens.

Honestly saying, I pretty enjoyed shooting with Nostalgic Negative film simulation, as I don’t have to worry about any harsh shadow or yellowish orange tone that altered the skin tone such as the Classic Negative which I’ve used frequently for portrait shoot.


Fujifilm Workshop Malaysia
Fujifilm X-H2S // Fujinon XF23mm f1.4

In conclusion, attending a photography workshop can offer a unique opportunity to try out new cameras and lenses, and that’s precisely what happened at the recent Fujifilm workshop in Kuala Lumpur. I had the chance to test the Fujifilm X-H2S with the X-Trans V sensor and Fujinon XF23mm f1.4 lens for an outdoor portrait shoot. In my own opinion, the 23mm equivelant to 35mm should be good enough for some low-angled which I was previously eagerly wanted to try for the high fashion shoot I’ve done recently. There are slight distortion but it still looks great for full body shot if you want to make the subject look slimmer. Just my two cent.

Fujinon XF23mm F1.4 Lens Portraits

However, I embraced the challenge and was impressed with the results, which demonstrated that the Fujifilm X-H2S is a versatile camera that can produce excellent images with a range of lenses. So, if you have the chance to attend a photography workshop, don’t hesitate to loan a new camera or lens and try something different. You might be surprised by the results!

If you’re a professional photographer or videographer looking for the ultimate camera, the Fujifilm X-H2s is the perfect choice. With its advanced features, powerful performance, and durable design, it’s the ideal camera for capturing stunning photos and videos in any situation. There are also Fujifilm GFX medium format cameras to loan and try, but perhaps next round, I’ll go for it.

Thanks to @ylcamera and @fujifilmmy for organizing such a fantastic workshop because I’m able to get a good experience and try out new Fujifilm camera products.

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Ivan Cheam - KL Photographer & Blogger

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