- 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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In my nascent tenure as a Fujifilm shooter, I’ve worked primarily in the medium to wide focal spectrum, from 55mm at the longest to 10mm at the widest. I’m primarily a street photographer, so I’ll have to find a balcony for anything longer than 50mm. The 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 was a welcome change that proved to be a valuable piece of glass for the time that I had it.With a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 83mm-300mm, this lens was great with portraits and performance. The zooming is, however, external, so it’ll add considerable heft to any X-series camera in your bag……
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Just want to share my version of a thumbrest for my X-E1: Modelled from wax directly on the camera surface. Casted in CoCroMo (Prosthetics-steel) and finally Glasspearl-blasted. Glued some “leather” from an old Minolta X-300 on it and mounted it via 2-comoponent glue to the Fuji. I did not like the hot-shoe-mounted rests……..
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May 2014. Again I have strayed into other areas of photography for a little while. I still shoot street. Below are 14 shots from Århus, Denmark. Captured using the X-Pro1 and the XF 56mm f/1.2 R. This lens is fantastic. Bokeh is so amazing. Focus is fast. And it works so damn well for Narrow DOF street photography. Enjoy…….
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This fire was way to close for comfort, but now that the smoke has cleared, it’s amazing to see how near the fire came to so many buildings, and what a superb job our firefighters did in keeping those buildings from burning. The fire raced West, up the canyons, through the tinder try brush – it hopped 4 lane roads with ease, and scorched some 600 acres. What’s left is eerie, barren and dusty – with the screeching of distant smoke alarms from burned-out homes, echoing over the desolate landscape……..
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