(Fuji X-T1 with the Fujinon 35mm f/2 lens, 7 image stitched panorama, provia) Fuji Canada was kind enough to send me a review copy of the new Fujinon 35mm f/2 lens the week it was released, but then a funny thing happened: Life took over, in...
A question I’m often asked by delegates, blog readers and Tweeters is “Should I buy the Fuji XF90mm lens?” My answer is it depends upon what you shoot and how you shoot. Let me explain… If you use a tripod to shoot landscapes then the 90mm is perfect, If you live in California where the sun always shines and you like to shoot hand held portraits out in the open then yes get the 90mm. The 90mm lens is tack sharp, lightweight and has good contrast. If however you like to shoot interior portraits hand held, shoot hand held with flash or work in shady places then the Fuji XF50-140mm lens is the one for you. It is no surprise that the 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses in the SLR world are the preferred choice of most portrait and wedding professionals and the 50-140mm f/2.8 delivers that combination of excellent quality and convenience to Fuji X users.
Telephoto zoom lenses are very popular because of their versatility and space saving compared to having several prime lenses to cover the same range. I’ve owned some of them in different mounts, so when i switched to Fuji i wanted to cover the maximum range with the minimum lenses. So i bought the 18-55mm and not long after i bought the XF 55-200mm because of it’s attributes (aperture ring, built quality and OIS) and IQ. Sure the XC 50-230mm is smaller and lighter but i wanted the better IQ and built of the XF 55-200mm. I will be talking on how this lens performs in the field as a Nature photography telephoto lens, covering landscape, close-ups and some wildlife. Telephoto zoom lenses in that range are very useful in my photography, a big part of what i photograph is covered by the XF 55-200mm.......
“Earlier this year we had a chance to test the new Fujifilm X-T10 – a smaller, lighter and more importantly cheaper version of the X-T1 – so can you save some money and go with the cheaper model? here are … Continue reading →”
“Being retired I have a lot of time to think about silly things. I have often thought if I was only allowed to have one lens on my Fuji X-T1 which one would I choose. The three lenses that immediately came to mind were the XF 23mm f/1.4 R, the XF 35mm f/1.4 R and the XF 56mm f/1.2 R.”
“A camera system is only as good as its glass. This has always been the case with photography, even back in the days of film.No matter what body you’re using at any given time, the lenses are what ultimately determine the quality and style of your imagery, and in many cases, whether you even get the shot at all.As much as I love the X-T1, I wouldn’t have gone “all in” with Fuji if they weren’t able to deliver on the lenses, which for me, meant coming out with a fast 70-200mm-style f/2.8 telephoto zoom.”
If I’m being honest, I was initially wondering what the difference was. The more I look at these images though, the more I can see the difference the APD filter is making in blurring out the background into a sea of smooth, dreamy, blurry, buttery, goodness. This makes perfect sense as it’s the trained eye that picks up on nuances like this. The kind of people I could see wanting the 56mm ƒ/1.2 APD are studio photographers who need their backgrounds blurred out and can have their focus preset, and especially outdoor portrait/wedding photographers where the lack of phase detect autofocus matters much less, and where backgrounds that are even just a little bit creamier can make the difference. I imagine someone out there somewhere has already attempted the Brenizer Method with the 56mm ƒ/1.2 APD, and it ought to yield incredible results......
“If you haven’t heard of the Disney movie “Honey, I shrunk the kids,” you and your children probably didn’t grow up in the nineties. I watched that movie so many times when I was little that I wore ...”
If there’s what thing Fuji likes it’s variety in filter thread sizes. With this graphic, I hope to make things easier when putting together a selection of lenses, for those who make extensive use of filters. It also includes optical stabilization details, weather sealedness, and Nano GI Coating information.As an added bonus, I’ve created a PDF of the chart that’s free to download........
The Fuji X-M1 is a recent addition to my bag, an addition which I've very happy with, performs well and takes up very little space, but with many other camera now topping this tech (think X-T10 etc) is it worth a place in your bag and what can it bring to the table?
I would like to take this opportunity to again thank all of my good friends, my workshop attendees, sponsors and supporters for making 2013 a truly memorable year. I spent about 200 nights on the road conducting over 20 workshops plus the 2 we did in Iceland. It looks like 2014 will be even more interesting with new locations and new opportunities. I was quite amazed to see that I actually made very few images compared to other years. Maybe I’m getting really picky? In 2014 I am going to try and do a bit more photography for myself on the days when I can. My fellow (successful) workshop leaders know all too well that office time is plentiful and gets in the way of being out in the field. One of the myths of being a pro photographer is that you will shoot more images.......
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have a couple of copies of the new Fujifilm XF16mm prime lens so far. The first was a pre production unit I picked up in Japan back in February and I later swapped it out for a newer version at The Photography Show last month in Birmingham. My latest copy has serial number 00029 from the final production run. It came boxed and is in full retail guise. I’ve shot over 1000 frames with XF16mm lenses so far and I love this lens.”
“f you have been following my blog since Tumblr days, you would know that I’m a Nikon user. I own a Nikon D90 with a Tamron 17-50 lens. I’ve captured wonderful photos with my DSLR and you can all see that in my Europe posts. Now, I love my DSLR but it’s just too darn heavy! It’s also starting to show some cosmetic wear. A few Eurotrips and beach trips later, I’ve decided it’s time to find a replacement simply because I don’t want to be that girl caught with a defective camera during her travels.”
“As one of the most popular focal length zoom ranges of many pro photographers, the 16-55mm has been eagerly awaited as a complement to the already released XF 55-140mm f/2.8 zoom providing an f/2.8 focal length range from an equivalent 24mm to 210mm. Throw in the 10-24mm f/4 lens and you have a all you need optically to cover almost anything there is. And "why not a 10-24mm f/2.8" you may ask. Because it would be huge and fly in the face of what an APS mirrorless system is all about, namely light weight, compact size. ”
“ Fujifilm has created an interactive website that lets you test out their entire range of X-mount lenses. By capturing the exact same scene across every lens in their line-up, they’ve built a unique lens simulation guide that lets you take a closer look at what each lens has to offer.”
Via planetMitch, Escape On Earth
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