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03.01.2019 William Chua

Personal Best vol.16 | William Chua

William Chua

William Chua is a Photographer based in Singapore. He specializes in a wide genre of photography, which includes weddings, portraits, landscapes, travel and wildlife. A member of the Masters Photography Association (MPA London) since 2007, his works have also garnered awards from MPA, IPA, Px3, WPJA, AGWPJA, ISPWP, Photography Masters Cup and the Black and White Spider Awards. His images have also been published in Asian Geographic magazine and Geographic magazine (UK)

Gears:

  • FUJIFILM GFX 50S
  • GF110mmF2 R LM WR
  • GF250mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR
  • GF1.4X TC WR
  • FUJIFILM X-T3
  • XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR
  • XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
  • XF1.4X TC WR

The Story

It was with much joy when I brought the FUJIFILM GFX 50S to Kenya in 2018. With a 50 megapixel camera, I would be able to create bigger prints with no loss in resolution. The details in the prints would be exceptional as well. This image is one of my favourites in this trip

We were driving to our lodge in Kenya, when we spotted this leopard up on the tree with its prey. We were the only vehicle around, so we can get much closer to the leopard. I quickly switched to my favorite lens GF110mmF2 for this shot and pressed the trigger when it turned its head.

It was the perfect image for me. I printed this image when I came back to Singapore, and the details of the fur of the Leopard blew me away. We can never achieve such details with a 35mm camera. The GFX 50S besides being a 50 megapixels camera, is also rough enough to be taken out to the wilderness of Africa.

GFX 50S & GF110mmF2 R LM WR

Now that there is the GF250mm lens as well, it definitely helps a lot in getting those faraway shots.

This image was taken with the GF250mmF4 lens with the 1.4x teleconverter. Even at F5.6, the Lion pops out nicely from the background due to the larger sensor from the camera.

We were following this Lion across the plains for almost an hour, and the camera does a good job in the focusing even when we were on the move.

GFX 50S & GF250mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR + GF1.4X TC WR

Although the camera might not be the fastest around, it does a great job in moving images too.

We got a good vantage point of the wildebeests migration and I was using the camera to capture the moving wildebeests. Focus was spot on and I love how it created that background blur even though it was shot with the 1.4x teleconverter at F5.6

GFX 50S & GF250mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR + GF1.4X TC WR

If I need a longer reach, I can always switch to the latest X-T3 camera with the XF100-400mm lens

The image below was taken with the X-T3 + XF100-400mm lens with the 1.4x teleconverter. The wildebeests was crossing the mara river, when this Lion came out from the bushes to get its prey.

This scene was shot across the river.. I could not have been able to capture this scene if not for the camera and lens combination. Quality of the image is fantastic.

X-T3 & XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR + XF1.4X TC SWr

The range of lenses from the X-T series is fantastic. I have no lack of lenses to choose from on my trips to the Safari. The following image was taken with the XF50-140mmF2.8 lens. Fantastic lens without the weight.

It offers a good range for the wildebeests migration. Sometimes, we do get quite close to the action, and a prime lens might restrict us at times. So this zoom lens is a good option for me. I can zoom out if the action gets closer to me.. so I do not have to worry about changing lenses all the time </[email protected]>

X-T3 & XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR

FUJIFILM cameras and lenses are important and reliable for me as a wildlife photographer. The quality of the images from the cameras are unparalleled. Every year, I am looking forward to improved equipment from the company in my area of work.

Read more on “Personal Best”

Vol.1- Flemming Bo Jensen
Vol.2- Pieter D’Hoop
Vol.3- Santiago Escobar-Jarmillo
Vol.4- Stefan Finger
Vol.5- Xyza Cruz Bacani
Vol.6- Christian Bobst
Vol.7- Tomasz Lazar
Vol.8- Eamonn McCarthy
Vol.9- Faruk Akbaş
Vol.10- Kevin Mullins