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Review: SLR Magic 23mm f1.7 (Fujifilm X Mount) | Chris Gampat

Review: SLR Magic 23mm f1.7 (Fujifilm X Mount) | Chris Gampat | X - E1 a new relationship | Scoop.it


At last! The most rangefinder-like of the mirrorless camera systems has a 35mm equivalent lens! We’ve always been a fan of SLR Magic’s lenses here on the Phoblographer and when we received the 23mm f1.7 in the mail, we were super stoked. It renders a near 35mm field of view on the cameras. Though Fujifilm themselves will be releasing one later on from the publishing of this piece, they were beaten to the cake by SLR Magic. We’ve spent a couple of days with this lens since seeing at Photokina, so far and we have to say that this one makes the X Pro 1 feels like the Leica cameras that I was trained on.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros

- Beautiful bokeh

- Fairly sharp wide open in the center and even sharper when stopped down

- Excellent ergonomics

- Solid build quality


Cons

- Corner sharpness isn’t the greatest

 

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Conclusions

While the SLR Magic 23mm f1.7 is an extremely fun lens to use, it will also require you to slow down your working process a whole lot. For portraits or street photography, you’ll really need to sit in one place and think due to the fact that it focuses manually and you’ll also need to zoom in/magnify areas to ensure that you’ve got a sharp photo. And this is where we really wish that Fujifilm has a focus peaking feature in the X Pro 1 as of the publishing of this story. Either way, for the price one really cannot go wrong. And though we’re not overly enthusiastic about this lens, it still really is a very good purchase for the money.


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Just ordered from Adorama. Can't wait to have it
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Getting Better Long Exposures: Fuji X_E1 & Sekonic L758DR, A Detailed Tutorial

Getting Better Long Exposures: Fuji X_E1 & Sekonic L758DR, A Detailed Tutorial | X - E1 a new relationship | Scoop.it
All things are fair in Love and War... and we need every advantage we can get as photographers in long exposure! The long exposure game, is one of compromises: fighting too little light, balancing ...

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Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8R - First Tests | Mike Mander

Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8R - First Tests | Mike Mander | X - E1 a new relationship | Scoop.it

These are the first tests I shot with the new Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8R wide-angle on my X-E1. All shots were processed in Phase One's Capture One Pro v7.02 with some slight post-processing in Adobe Lightroom v4.3. Some perspective distortion correction was applied on a few of the night shots, but no corrections for barrel distortion were applied, nor were they needed. Note that it was windy, so there is some movement and blur in trees and foliage on some of the night shots. The XF 14mm is equivalent to 21mm on a full-frame body and quite simply, this new lens is very nearly the best ultra-wide prime I have ever shot with. The only lens I've used that is in the same league optically, and that is wider than 24mm (full-frame equivalent), is Canon's EF 17mm f/4L TS-E and it, of course, is manual focus as well as big, heavy and very expensive. As mentioned, none of these photos have had any barrel distortion correction. The XF 14mm seems essentially free from any sort of field curvature, there is virtually no detectable chromatic aberration and only the barest hint of purple fringing along extremely high-contrast boundaries, for example, with power lines or branches against a white, blown out sky. Even the edges of the frame are essentially tack sharp wide open at f/2.8, with the extreme corners following by f/4 already. There is also no green/magenta bokeh fringing and what little background blur one can get with an ultra-wide at f/2.8 (see frame 9), looks to be very smooth and pleasing as well. Internal reflections seem well controlled, contrast is good... although I have yet to see how it performs in daylight with the sun shining on the front element or when the sun is included in the frame. The only noticeable flare spots I saw in all these photos that were due to the lens itself, are below and the bright light in frame 22 and over the pillar in frame 33, although there are a few shots where there is some reflection off the inside of the front protective filter (frame 32 for example). The resolution of this lens is so consistent and even, that one can take a series of tripod shots, zoom into an extreme corner and flip through images shot from f/4 to f/11 and there is virtually no detectable change or improvement in corner sharpness, presuming there are no depth of field issues there of course. Only at f/2.8 in the extreme corners, is there a hint of contrast and sharpness loss, and beyond f/11, diffraction starts taking a visible toll across the entire frame. I would say it is actually sharpest in the f/4 to 5.6 range, which is truly superb for such a wide-angle lens. The XF 14mm f/2.8 R has exceeded my wildest dreams and is truly an exceptional performer!


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Important Difference Between Film & Digital

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What NOT to expect from Digital! Recently I had a series of conversations here with a reader who wanted to pick up a Fuji X-E1 camera and have it deliver Velvia results out of the camera.  This con...

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Stealthy Fujifilm X100S previewed in three hands-on videos - imaging resource

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Stealthy Fujifilm X100S previewed in three hands-on videos imaging resource Remler, who is regional sales director at Fujifilm North America, highlights the quiet shutter sound of the Fuji X100S, comparing it to other cameras in the YouTube clips...

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Hands on with the Fujifilm X100s

Hands on with the Fujifilm X100s | X - E1 a new relationship | Scoop.it
2012 brought the mighty X-Trans sensor in the X-Pro1 and more recently X-E1. Both cameras ... Despite expecting to see the Fuji X200 the announcement of the X100s came with a very large wave of excitement.
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