Lenses and Accessoires

Filters: Part 2 – ND Filters | Josh McLeod

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………

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Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Review | Ian Norman

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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Review: Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS (X Mount) |
The Phoblographer

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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Streets of May | Jonas Rask

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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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2

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Poinsettia Fire – Carlsbad CA – X-T1 & 10-24mm | Chris Dodkin

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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Fujifilm Fujinon XF10-24mm F4.0

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ND Filter. Don’t go Variable! | Jonas Rask

A little warning for my fellow photographers today. I like to shoot high speed prime lenses. That should no longer be a secret to the people who follow this blog. Ever since I started going “collectors heaven” with the old 50 mm lenses I have been needing ND filters in all shapes and sizes. And trust me on this DON’T BUY VARIABLE ND FILTERS! They will mess up your gorgeous bokeh, and specular highlights! What a variable ND filter really is, is two pieces of polarising glass. One linear, one circular. You twist the filter to offset the polarisation. Polarized at a 90 degree angle, the filter lets in zero light. at 0 degrees it lets in 100% light. (Basic high school physics :-P) What this sadly does is introduce artefacts into your out of focus areas. And before you start saying that this is only true on cheap filter brands… trust me…it’s not! I’ve tried variable ND’s from the following companies, and ALL with no exception show this issue! ……

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Freelensing With Fuji X-Pro1 | Vintage Lens + Micro 4/3 |
Paulius Musteikis

Last Friday I picked up my non functional Olympus RC 35 that was hiding in the deep closet. I picked up this fine little 35mm rangefinder, gently took it apart and dismounted 42mm f/2.8 Olympus Zuiko lens. Afterwards I took the lens apart and took the shutter and aperture blades out. So in the end all I had left was a little peace of beautiful and non working vintage glass. So first of all I tried modified Olympus 42mm f/2.8 Zuiko lens on my DSLR. And it didn’t work. And I would assume it didn’t work because of large gap between handheld lens and the camera sensor. So then I picked up my Fuji X-Pro1. And that was it! I peaked through viewfinder and saw world turning into an awesome abyss of blur. And I was sold…….

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Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R (Fujifilm) – Review | PhotoZone


The Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R is a highly attractive addition to the Fujifilm lens lineup. It combines an ultra-large aperture with high quality results. At large aperture settings the center quality is already pretty high whereas the borders/corners are at least on a good level. The resolution is much more snappy at f/2.8 and images are tack sharp between f/4 and f/5.6. The low amount of lateral CAs also contributes to the high sharpness perception. Image distortions are nothing to worry about whereas vignetting can be an issue in RAW images at f/1.4 and f/2. However, Fujifilm is relying on image auto-correction so this is usually a lesser issue from a user perspective. Wide-angle lenses tend to produce a quite harsh bokeh (out-of-focus rendition) but the quality of the Fujinon is really good especially around f/2. The build quality of the XF 23mm f/1.4 R is very high and as such in line with most Fujifilm offerings. The lens is mostly made of metal and precisely assembled. Due to its surprisingly low weight of just 300g it may not feel quite as substantial as -say- a Leica lens. However, objectively there’s little to complain about except for the lack of weather sealing. The AF isn’t overly fast but probably good enough for such a wide-angle lens. If you prefer to focus manually (by wire) every once in a while, the focus clutch mechanism may come handy. We would have preferred a full-time manual focusing mechanism though. Ultra-large aperture lenses tend to be very pricey and in absolute terms this also applies to the Fujinon. However, at less that 1000US$/EUR, it is relatively affordable in our opinion and certainly worth a deeper look. Therefore highly recommended!……

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4

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Event Photography with the Fuji 55-200mm lens |
Stephen Mc Curry

Recently I spent the day doing a spot of event photography at the Baltic Art Gallery, Gateshead.  The event, Public Sector HR Summit 2014 was a vibrant collection of some of the best speakers on the subject and attracted a good spread of attendees from across the country. As far as photography is concerned it provided something else – a reason to break out the Fuji 55-200mm lens on my X-Pro1 and test not only its telephoto range but also its image stabilisation. The lens is certainly different to use with the Fuji cameras than the primes I have become accustomed to and immediately brings back thoughts of using a DSLR style setup.  It is longer and heavier than my other lenses and with the hood in place it requires a bit more work to remain discrete when zoomed to its fullest extent.  This being said, it is small and nowhere near the heft of something like the Nikon 28-70 I was shooting with on a D700.  Indeed the combined weight of the X-Pro1 and the 55-200mm felt less than that of the 28-70 alone and the overall dimensions are around the same length but about half the width……..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8

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Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 (Fujifilm) – Review | PhotoZone


Ultra-wide angle lenses are never really perfect. However, within its scope the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 delivers pretty impressive results. The center quality is great and the border and corner quality are good to very good at mainstream settings. The very low lateral CAs contribute to the high sharpness perception. Distortions and vignetting are usually auto-corrected either by the camera or your favorite RAW converter so you don’t have to worry about these aspects from a normal user perspective. However, when looking at the naked raw files, you can spot a few issues. The raw distortions are actually still quite fine at 2% – this is a normal value for such a prime lens and lower than on most conventional zoom lenses for sure. However, the raw vignetting is very high especially at max. aperture. Overall we liked the build quality – and looks – of the Zeiss lens. The incorporated materials are obviously of high quality. However, the implementation of the aperture ring may not be perfect – while it provides distinctive “clicks” you tend to change the setting by (un-)mounting because it turns too easily. Just like on the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 we weren’t totally convinced by the AF but it does an Okay job in terms of AF speed and the generated noise level is quite low. As mentioned we still used an old X-E1 for the test so the AF performance is probably a much lesser issue on the X-E2 and X-T1 anyway. A key question is, of course, how the Zeiss lens performs compared to its nearest rival – the Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R. The Fuji lens is slightly sharper in the image corners at medium apertures but then it’s also not quite as wide. These two extra millimeters can make quite a difference. To phrase it differently: the diagonal view angle the Zeiss lens reaches 99 degrees vs 89 degrees for the Fuji lens. Thus if you are after an even more dramatic perspective in your images, the Zeiss may be the more interesting choice…….

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