Over the last 12 months, I have tried out a variety of Fujifilm lenses (both primes and zooms) in search of the so-called holy trinity of lenses suitable for my own requirements. I have swapped and changed my selection of lenses until I finally configured a system that met ‘most’ of my needs. I should at this point make it clear that I shoot a variety of subjects including landscapes, commercial and wedding photography and as such my ‘Holy Trinity’ may well be very different to another worki
“I longed for Istanbul. Or Madrid, Cairo, Rio. I longed for the circus, for freight trains, for a rush of uncertainty in long and aimless circumambulations; for an assault on the senses and a total loss of balance, making my way through the unknown, sinking in strange quicksand crowds with my eye to a small window.”
After extensive experience with the Fuji X-T1, especially using it with the 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens for street photography, I now have my hands on the new X100T. The X100 cameras, launched in 2011, are probably the most popular modern digitals for street and the T is the latest iteration with electronic shutter, an improved hybrid viewfinder and higher-resolution screen.
If you are a studio photographer and never go below F8, then this is not the lens for you. Save your money and buy the standard 56mm (you will not be disappointed). The same goes for action photographers requiring the additional phase detection focus speed.
However, if you are like us and love to bokeh, take a no compromise approach to bokeh performance and can see the devil in the details, then look no further! The new 56mm APD delivers cleaner bokeh with the bonus of a smidge more contrast. Probably the best 56mm (85mm equivalent lens) we have ever used.
Is it worth the asking price? We think so, but then again, we are also infatuated with the focal length....
Rituals may seem quaint, even useless. But the older you get the more you realize they provide a sense of place and security. They're notches on a door frame. Every year we bake in the days leading up to Christmas. On the morning of the 25th we open the presents. Then we either go to my sister's house or she comes to us, with her two girls and my mom. We alternate.
This year we were the ones hitting the road.
Our mother isn't well. Her mind is playing dirty tricks, erasing hours and days and people... Entire moments destroyed before having lived at all. I struggle with the idea of capturing her this way because... Well, because it's no longer who she was. And I'd like to remember who she was as long as I can.
In these pictures she appears only as a passing shadow, in a single frame. It's not by accident. No, it's not by bloody accident.
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