Each of us have a favorite focal length lens or field of view that we most like to work with. For me it has always been the mid telephoto. My first lens that fit in there was Nikon’s famed 105mm f/2.5 AI. Later on I added the 180mm f/2.8 AIS and then an 85mm f/2 AIS to my kit. Between these three I felt confident and used them all a great deal of the time. Then Nikon came out with the first of the constant f/2.8 zooms. I replaced (mostly out of convenience) with the 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D lens. Big and heavy, but had the advantage of filling out those favorite focal length lenses of mine, without much loss of speed. Let me say that it took me years before I ever used the AF. Oh how times have changed. The digital age came upon us and with it came more change, both in technology, my career and personal preference. Regret set in for having sold off my three mid tele lenses. At this point I got rid of my zoom lenses and started re-acquiring primes. This time with AF-D lenses. First to come was the 85mm f/1.4, followed quickly by the 180mm f/2.8. Last to come into my possession was the 135mm f/2 AF-D DC lens, which has turned out to be my favorite. Really an exceptional lens with a focal length that just clicks for me……
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In our last blog entry, “Photography is easy. Really?” we wrote about the importance of concentrating on the art of crafting an image. Nowadays it doesn’t come easily because the constant need (and in some cases addiction) to be connected doesn’t allow our minds to calm down and settle on ONE task. However, there are some places where quietness comes naturally, concentration comes easily and your artistic inner self can show itself without any outside disruptions. For me, Westminster Abbey in Mission, BC is one such place. I find that a stunning location and beautiful grounds always calm me down. They allow me to put aside all the noise and just wander around with my camera. There’s no pressure, no purpose, no distractions! I have visited this place many times and each time I encountered stunning views and different conditions which created a magnificent mood. All images were shot with the Fuji X100S and Fuji X-Pro1 with XF 14mm F2.8 and XF 60mm F2.4. Processed in Iridient Developer and NIK Silver Pro……
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As you may know by now, I had the great privilege of shooting a pre-production XF 56mm F/1.2R for Fujifilm over the holidays, to create sample images for the lens. Some of those pictures are now online as part of the documentation and promo material that you’ll find on the official product page. I’ve been looking forward to posting some of these images for quite some time now and I’ve made them a bit larger than usual for the occasion — Apologies to your bandwidth ;) If you’ve seen some of these on the sample pages you’ll immediately notice differences with the ones below. That’s because Fujifilm (and I imagine most camera makers) are extremely rigorous when it comes to samples: we had to hand in the raw files, could not do any sort of retouching, processing, sharpening… Nothing. Which makes perfect sense from an ethical standpoint since it ensures that the samples shown are in no way the results of clever post-processing. In fact the idea is to present something as neutral as possible. But… I’ll be very honest with you: it’s a little unsettling to see your images published this way. You know that dream where you’re in class with no clothes on? Yeah, that. Let’s just say I now have a newfound respect for sample pages everywhere ;)
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A fast F1.2 lens with a focal length of 85mm* that delivers beautiful background bokeh so it’s ideal for portraiture. The lens’ incredible resolving power is thanks to a new optical design featuring 11 elements in 8 groups. Two ED (extra-low dispersion) elements and one double-sided aspherical element are used to control spherical and chromatic aberrations, while a further four of the elements feature convex surfaces to ensure excellent light coverage, even when shooting wide open. Like other XF lenses, the XF56mmF1.2 R is designed to be comfortable in use and has a premium quality look and feel…..
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I had the chance and privilege to test out a prototype of the long awaited Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R lens and make some sample photos with it. I know many of my friends are anxiously waiting for this portrait lens, so I made this video about my experiences with the prototype of the lens…..
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When the phone rang a few weeks before Christmas with an offer to do a project with Fujifilm’s eagerly anticipated XF 56mm f/1.2 R, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity — even if it did mean working in a much different way to what I’m used to. My post earlier this week about stepping out of our comfort zone was in fact greatly inspired by this recent experience. I can’t speak about it yet or show any of the resulting images but I should be able to do so in the next couple of weeks. What I can share however are my other images with this outstanding new lens: it stayed glued to my X-Pro1 for the entire holidays. Some of you may recall I did a six part series when I returned last year called The Holiday Diaries. So I thought I’d do something similar, although less single-minded, a series of short essays all shot with this lens. I think it’ll be a more interesting way of showing what this new optic can achieve. I’ll be posting the first installment later this week, with subsequent “episodes” every two days until it’s done. Now, I know a lot of you are probably eager to learn everything there is to learn about this new addition to the XF lineup, so I’m going to do a very short write-up. I’m not calling it a review because 1) as far as IQ is concerned there are only so many ways to say “wow” while remaining credible and 2) I was using a pre-production unit exhibiting a few of the issues these models usually carry, so I can’t talk about the actual feel of the final product (but this is par for the course and I’ve never seen any of these issues make their way into any shipping version — I’m not worried). I’ll do a follow-up once I get my hands on the finished product……
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2014 got off to hell of a start with a super fun fashion shoot, as well as the opportunity to play with the brand new Fuji 56mm f/1.2 lens. Before I get into the gear, as I’m sure many of the readers of this post are curious about the new lens, let’s kick things off with a behind the scenes video of what went down……
Sharpness – It’s a Fuji prime lens, if you’ve used any of their primes, you already know they are sharp as hell. If you haven’t, well, they are sharp as hell. Every shot in this post, with the exception of the final image, was shot between f/1.2 and f/1.8. The final image was shot at f/5.6 because I wanted to kill any ambient light in the room and use only my strobes.
Bokeh (out of focus areas) – The background and foreground blur on this lens is awesome, and being able to make your subject pop from the background and foreground even when shooting full body is what makes a lens like this so sought after. If you go in tight for a head shot, the background just melts away……
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…. Fuji 14mm/2.8 samples & my thoughts
Yes. I’ll be getting one of these for sure, it will be awesome for landscape work and anything where you need a super wide, all that things you have read about this lens are true but you really need to get hold of one to know for yourself. The distortion that you get with going wide isn’t there, not even a little, its really sharp, nice and bright. It is also small and built really well, the pull back manual focus is really nice and is something I like in lens design, this also gives you the hyper-focal scale which is a nice touch. In short I love it and its going to be in my bag before I head back to Iceland in March for sure, I think I’ll be selling up my DSLR gear soon and go full Fuji, there really is no good reason not to. There are some samples of this lens below, I hope you enjoyed / found helpful this review, feel free to share on social media or leave a comment below!
I quit using zoom lenses for my everyday work a few years back. The specs and review sites seem to agree that image quality from zoom lenses has caught up to high quality primes now. Personally I’m still not convinced but they are close IMHO. The last zoom lens I owned was the venerable Canon EF 70-200L F/2.8. When you need variable distances in the same shoot and don’t want to change lenses or body combinations, that’s the lens you want. Fuji introduced a handful of zooms (premium & enthusiast) over the last year or two and I’ve got my hands on the XC 50-230mm variant. I’ve paired it up with the new X-E2 body and took it to the zoo for an afternoon photo-walk. Unless you have lot’s of cash to fund safaris and adventure trips to exotic locations, the zoo is the only place to get close to magnificent animals you might never otherwise come across….the morality of keeping an animal caged for our amusement aside of course. My favorite way to shoot at the zoo is to zoom as close to the animals as possible to eliminate the background and surrounding cage/fence/etc. This isolates the subject and fills the frame and allows the viewer to submerge in the image without distractions……
Leigh’s Fuji X-E2 Preview
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For my girlfriend (who loves mushrooms I must add) I decided to create something “special”. So, I thought to myself, why not take some photos of her favourite thing. I don’t own studio light or a studio style background, to create the photographs I would have to rely on natural light and a little bit of creativity. My studio was basically a cardboard box, painted black inside and on the flaps to diffuse the natural light a little. All the light is coming from the window behind. The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 was then tripod mounted and put into Macro mode, sadly I do not own the Fujifilm 60mm macro lens……
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