Fujifilm has announced two macro extension tubes for its X-series interchangeable lens cameras, the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16. Compatible with Fuji’s XF and XC lenses, they offer full AE function and are designed to ‘seamlessly blend into the original look and feel of the X-series’. The MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 will be available in mid-December for $99.95. Also making its debut is Fuji’s PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 for Windows v1.0. It provides two operation modes, Camera Mode and PC Mode for making exposure adjustments either on the camera or connected computer. Macro tubes and tethering software may appeal to a smaller portion of Fujifilm’s X-series owners, but their introduction signals a continued commitment from Fujifilm to build a viable system for serious photographers. Fujifilm has also given a December 18 release date for X-T1 firmware promised at Photokina. The firmware v3.0 brings features such as 1/32000sec electronic shutter, ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation mode and direct AF area selection to both original black and newer silver X-T1 models. The Fujifilm X-E2 also gets a December 18 firmware v3.0, adding Classic Chrome, interval timer shooting and WLAN remote control with use of the Camera Remote app. The Fujifilm X-E1 and X-Pro1 (also available December 18) are provided firmware updates adding AF+MF control for all X-mount lenses, and the X30’s update (available now) improves the autofocus lock function……
At the time of writing the 50-140 is just around the corner, and the 90f2 will be here next year some time. The 55-200, still deserves respect. This lens is sharp, light, cheap, fits into the light-weight portable fuji mentality as best a zoom of this nature can. The image stabilization is incredible, tripod-like. I have to really think about what I use this lens for. Generally I use it for shots where people aren’t moving much. Maybe they are walking, but mostly they are stood still. With its great compression you can isolate a bride in a busy room. The 55-200 focus is plenty fast enough to focus on people walking, it wont catch kids running, but I dont think any Fuji lens will. What shocks me is the image stabilization. It is truly incredible. I have been used to the Nikon 70-200 2.8 vr ii. The image stabilization on the Nikon is mild at best. On the Fuji its like its saying “let me take care of that for you” and it just freezes completely. Quite incredible…….
I have been wanting to do this comparison for quite some time but until now have never had access to the Panasonic Leica Nocticron. I could never quite justify buying it as it is one of the most expensive MFT lenses on the market and is about 5 times the price of the not too dissimilar Olympus 1,8/45mm lens. The Olympus 1,8/45mm is a brilliant lens but for some reason I didn’t really use it all that much. I have previously written about the Olympus images looking too “digital” and I think the Olympus 45mm was one lens that actually exaggerated that look. I decided to bite the bullet. I sold a number of my Olympus lenses, including the Olympus 45mm, in order to liberate some funds to be able to buy the Nocticron. Only time will tell if this was a bad decision, but at this early stage I have no regrets. My Olympus kit now only consists of only 2 lenses: the Nocticron and the Olympus 1,8/75mm. For what I generally shoot this is the perfect setup. I am considering re-buying the Panasonic Leica 1,4/25mm at some stage but it is fairly low down the list. As most of you probably know the Fuji X-T1 and Fuji 1,2/56mm lens is one of my favourite portrait setups. However, this shoot really highlighted the flaws of the Fuji and it did begin to frustrate me to some degree. The Fuji is slow to respond and the Auto Focus is poor compared to the Olympus O-MD E-M1 (and the Sony A7 and Sony A7s as well). Luckily it does make up for its flaws with amazing image quality and that unique Fuji look……
First ImpressionsThe Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens’ generous wide focal length range makes it a very attractive option for photographers. Whether you’re street shooing or covering events, this lens could do it all. Combined with the X-T1 you could have a great all-in-one kit that’s also designed to withstand the elements. There’s a lot of promise from this lens and so far it has not impressed us in any regard. So far it just seems to be a lens with good build, good ergonomics, and good image quality. While I’m feeling pretty ho-hum on the lens right now, I’ll have to put this lens through the rigors of a full review before I can give my final verdict on this jack-of-all-trades kit……..
- very good image quality in the frame centre,
- decent image quality on the edge of the frame,
- negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
- sensibly corrected coma,
- slight astigmatism,
- fast, silent and accurate autofocus.
- high lateral chromatic aberration at 16 mm,
- monstrous distortion at the wide angle in RAW files,
- weak performance against bright light,
- significant vignetting in RAW files,
- plastic casing and mount,
- high price……..
Well, I’ve hinted, and I’ve posted some images taken with this beast, so I suppose I should give it a quick review thingy. Note that this isn’t a proper technical review – you’ll find those with all the resolution charts you could hope for on all the usual sites and even in print magazines. No, this is just about my early impressions of my latest X-mount lens. I’d been contemplating getting this lens for a while. If it had been somewhat cheaper, I’d have had no hesitation at all, as one thing I have missed since the move from Canon to Fuji was a nicely flexible wide-angle lens. Now I’ve got that nifty little Samyang 8mm Fisheye, which is fun but not really what’s needed for every job. And I’ve got the excellent Fuji 14mm prime, which I have to confess to not using as much as I thought I might. What I really wanted was something that would give a nicely clear wide angle view over a moderate range. And in the course of Fuji’s lens development, they duly provided one, albeit at a relatively high price. But before we moan about prices, it’s worth remembering that Fuji make very high quality lenses. It’s also worth mentioning that when new lenses are produced, Fuji provide firmware for the cameras which ensures they’ll do Clever Things with them, like correcting the distortion that’s generally regarded as the consequence of using a wide-angle lens. Another point is that unlike a lot of zoom lenses, this one maintains the maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the zoom range, which goes some way to explaining its size and weight. And it comes with Fuji’s excellent image stabilisation, which is always good to have……..
I have been wanting a telephoto or telephoto zoom lens for my Fuji X-T1 for some time now. The longest focal length I had for the Fuji X-System is the amazing Fuji 1,2/56mm lens (85mm equivalent), and since selling my DSLR gear I really miss some of the longer focal lengths. The lens I miss the most is the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 1,8/135mm so when I heard the rumor that Fuji is considering releasing a 2/90mm lens I got excited. The other lens that kind of interests me is the hopefully soon to be released 2,8/50-140mm lens. When I am wanting to shoot with longer focal lengths I have been using my Olympus OM-D EM-1 with a Sigma 2,8/60mm lens (120mm equivalent), which incidentally is probably one of the best value lenses on the market today (Click here to see my review of the Sigma 2,8/60mm)…….
Put simply Neutral Density or ND filters reduce the amount of light entering the lens. They are available in different optical densities and are usually described/quantified by their f-stop reduction. I use these types of filters in one of 2 ways. Either to enable me to shoot at a wider apertures in bright conditions and give me greater DOF control, or for me more commonly to shoot with a longer shutter speed (long exposures), usually for landscape photography. A Graduated Neutral Density filter is similar to a regular ND filter except the intensity varies across the surface of the filter. This is useful when one region of the image is bright and the rest is not, such as the sky in a sunset/sunrise landscape scene. I often use this type of filter for landscape photography, and often conjunction with an ND filter. There are also variable ND filters available, which offer a lot more flexibility over carrying around various filters of different densities. I have limited experience with variable ND’s but each time I have used one I have experienced various issues including a loss of image quality. I have tried a number of different brands, all without success………
There is absolutely no doubt that the Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 is a stunning piece of optics. It does sound a little repetitive to say this—almost every Fuji XF lens we’ve tested has had us searching for new adjectives. But in a growing lineup of excellent lenses, the 23mm seems to be one of the very best. At a price of nearly Rs. 70,000, one may say that the lens is expensive. After all, that’s the cost of an X100S camera. If you haven’t bought into the system yet and 35mm is the only field of view you see, it may be a tough choice. You can either get the X100S or pay double the amount of money to get this lens along with an X-E2/X-T1. But the extra investment is well worth it, considering the faster aperture, greater depth control, better low light capability and far better sharpness. Apart from the rather inexplicable move to leave out weather sealing, this lens is a winner.
Fast f/1.4 aperture, marked aperture ring
Some chromatic aberration, very sharp
Solid, metal barrel, not weather sealed
Balances well on the X-T1, awkward hood
Warranty & Support:
Two-year warranty, limited service centres
Value For Money: 3.5/5
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Can the new Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS compete with the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8? Here are my thoughts on this unique lens. A few months ago I showed readers how to pick a lens for milky way photography. In the conclusion of the guide, there was one particular type of lens that stands out above all the rest: the fast wide angle. Rokinon has been a particularly popular manufacturer for photographers interested in astrophotography because their lenses often outperform many of the more expensive offerings from Canon or Nikon at a much lower price. The lenses from Rokinon eschew the typical modern norm of autofocus or image stabilization, instead focusing solely on the optical performance. You can find the same lenses under other brand names too: the original manufacturer is Samyang and their lenses are available under the names Rokinon, Bower, Walimex and a few others……
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