the year 2014 will be finished soon and I would like to thank you for your shares, your pictures, your reviews, for visiting my photographs and my blog at www.tomen.de. 2014 was really amazing. Perhaps some interesting stats:
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Thank you dear photographers :)
I wish you and your families a happy new year, healthiness, inspirations and a lot of fun :-)
Fuji will add a much improved video mode to their X-T1 fleet of cameras in December. The new graphite silver edition will get some of the features early like a silent electronic shutter, and has just been released. I had a brief look at the graphite silver X-T1 at Photokina, and very lovely it isRead More
One of my favorite lenses for still life photography is the Nikon 85mm tilt-shift macro. I like working my lenses with wide open apertures, but at close distances where the depth of field is at it narrowest I often lose too much detail in the subject. Stopping the lens down increases the depth of field for to include more in focus, but it also destroys the totally out of focus bokeh of a wide open aperture. The tilt shift lens allows me to selectively include more areas in focus while still maintaining a wide open aperture and good bokeh. I often do a lot of spontaneous still life photos at home where I have a soft window light, but I keep my Nikon tilt-shift at the studio. On ebay I found a tilt-shift adapter made by Kipon to fit the Fuji X cameras. Kipon makes a several models for adapting a variety of lens types. I was interested in the Nikon to Fuji X series, which I wanted to use with 50mm and 35mm Nikon D lenses, and a 60mm Nikon macro giving me effective focal lengths of 75mm, 50mm, and 90mm on my Fuji X-E2. The adapter also comes in a Nikon G mount which adds aperture control......
Before we begin, lets get one thing straight, we LOVE the standard 56mm lens! I hate to say it, but the APD evolution is going to have to be pretty special to rock the foundations of our existing relationship. Even after reading what wizardry lies within the 56mm APD lens, we still do not fully understand or comprehend how it was achieved. But for all practical purposes, the technical terms used to confuse us and describe the magic are meaningless if the promise of STUNNING bokeh is a lie! If you are interested in this lens, then you will understand why we chose to make all our review images with an F1.2 aperture (the lens's maximum). For those who need a quick bokeh tutorial, are confused about aperture or need to brush up on some basics, we recommend reading 'The Art of Bokeh' post before continuing on, you simply do not buy this lens unless you are obsessed with Bokeh! In combination with the X series electronic shutter and the supplied ND filter (freebee with the lens), there is no reason to twist the aperture ring off F1.2 (unless you are in the studio). The further away from F1.2 you go, the smaller the difference between the image created by the standard 56mm and the APD evolution becomes. So, if you are not a large aperture photographer and are not in search of the ultimate bokeh experience, the standard 56mm lens will still fulfill your wildest dreams and satisfy many clients! Keep that in mind, because there is a significant price difference between the two lenses......
A lot of people (as in photographers that I know) have been talking about replacing or augmenting their current DSLR systems with mirrorless systems. The benefits are hard to ignore (See: Comparing the Fuji X-E2 and the Canon 5D Mark III) as mirrorless systems are less expensive and lighter and smaller. There are always trade offs of course and the mirrorless systems are often more awkward to use quickly and difficult for those with larger hands. For me personally, the portability side of mirrorless systems more than makes up for the downsides. But what about lenses? How do focal lengths differ between the systems? This isn’t so much a mirrorless vs DSLR debate as much as a cropped vs full frame sensor. While there is one full frame mirrorless system (The Sony A7 and A7R), it currently lacks options for native lenses and costs more than double than the more popular cropped mirrorless models (Olympus OM-D E-M1, and Fuji X-E2 and just announced Fuji X-T1).....
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