In the past I shot with zooms but my main arsenal is now prime lenses. I believe that not only do primes offer superior quality (with a few exceptions) and portability, but most importantly they allow you to think creatively. Some of the legends of photography shot with one lens their entire career; others “limited” themselves to two, maximum three lenses. This way there were able to train their eye to see and compose, which eventually led to superb work. Therefore, when Fuji was kind enough to let me try a brand new Fujinon XF 10-24 F4 R OIS lens, I approached the subject with a dose of zoom hostility and prejudgment. As a fan and heavy user of the superb XF 14mm F2.8 R lens, I wondered if I would ever enjoy this much bigger and heavier addition to the Fuji X-series line-up. On paper there is not much difference in focal length between 10mm and 14mm, some would argue. WRONG! In a wide-angle world, it makes a considerable difference. And for a serious landscape photographer, the wider you go, the more impact you create. Of course this is assuming you know how to craft grand vistas with such a demanding tool…….
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For most of my recent career I have made much of my living with an 85mm f/1.4. I love that lens, it has been updated and remodelled by the manufacturer but I hold onto my original, it holds sentimental value. It has shot commercially on three continents and produced some of my most popular images, in short I love the 85mm focal length. Since moving back to the UK from the US my life has changed somewhat. I teach now and also no longer regularly shoot commercial fashion or portraiture, now my love is extended projects (whether you call them art, documentary, it’s a process of love and exploration and enriches my soul more than commercial fashion). I still shoot fashion and portraiture, heck, I teach it, but it’s not now my mainstay. So, surely the 85mm focal length is now forgotten? That focal length is a portraiture lens right? Humbug, a lens is a tool, certain focal lengths have “historical” context but all lenses are tools for our vision and imagination…….
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The last few years have been an exciting time for digital photography. New cameras are coming on the market faster than ever; websites, blogs and Internet forums are busy comparing technical specifications and the latest sensor technology (we take some of the blame). When we meet people interested in photography, they almost always ask me the same question: Which camera do you shoot with? Which one would you recommend? Interestingly, most people never ask about lenses as if they were just an accessory. I am not surprised, though. After all, it has been known for a long time that amateurs get excited about cameras and professionals about lenses. Fortunately, since the start of the X-series, those who care about the art of seeing have had plenty of reasons to be excited. In the last few years we have witnessed a number of new camera systems. While some of them offered quite capable cameras, the majority of them had one thing in common – they lacked prime quality lenses. You don’t need to look far. Even old players such as Nikon, a company that you would expect to rule, lacks high quality prime lenses for its APS-C offering……
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The firmware upgrade to version 1.03 contains the following improvements:
- Supports higher camera autofocus speeds
- Addition of compatibility with the ‘Phase Detection AF’ function
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In terms of both its optical quality and quick, silent auto focus this is probably the best lens in the entire XF optical line up, and that is saying a lot because the Fuji lens line up is quite impressive. Rarely do you see a lens perform this well at a maximum working aperture of f/1.2. On top of all that, and unlike other full frame counterparts of this focal length, the XF 56mm is comfortable to hold and does not seem to dwarf even the small X-E2. If this lens is a sample of what is to come with future pro lenses in the Fuji lens lineup, I say: bring them on and the sooner the better……
With a decent macro lens, there’s a lot to be found that’s worth shooting if you just lay on the ground and look. My shutter finger is getting itchier the further we get into the year with the ever intensifying anticipation of the coming of Spring (and all of the really good stuff that it brings with it) and it’s getting more difficult to stop myself shooting just anything and everything – however, here are a few shots that I grabbed the other day during breaks in the heavy cloud cover, from a Scottish garden. Enjoy……
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Fuji just keeps knocking them out of the ballpark and this stunning prime is no different. The build, the feel, and the optical quality of the Fuji 56mm 1.2 R are simply top notch. You toss in the fact that it’s under $1000!!! Unbelievable! If you want a super fast 85mm equivalent prime…don’t think twice about this beast! If you don’t know what chromatic aberrations are, don’t worry about buying new gear just yet, you have things to learn first grasshopper…….
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The X-T1 and 56mm performed superbly. The camera was responsive and the EVF was easy to use even in bright sunlight. AF was fast and accurate – I dropped the AF box down one size, and positioned it over the eyes for each shot. DOF was razor thin, so care had to be taken not to focus and recompose, as this introduced the possibility of a mis-focused shot. With such wide apertures in daylight, I has to use a 4 stop ND filter to keep the shutter speeds in range. The lens reminds me of my Canon 85mm f/1.2L – another portrait specialist – it has that smooth bokeh and wonderful contrast – it just makes people look gorgeous! But let’s not forget that the Fuji 56mm is less than half the cost of the Canon 85mm! I’ll say it here, now that I’ve used the camera and lens combo in anger – they are going to get a lot of use in the studio and in location shooting…….
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Its official, I dub the FUJINON 56mm F1.2 king of the hill and knight thy lens as one official BOKEH MONSTER! 85mm equivalent (after taking the 1.5 crop factor into account on the APSC sensor sized FUJI X series) is the stock standard focal length when it comes to portrait photography, hence there will be many dusting of their microscopes examining prints and pixel peeping to see if this lens sings our tune. 85mm has always been my favourite, I shot an entire Euro trip with the single Canon 85mm F1.2 in my kit . If this does not illustrate my passion for this field of view I do not know what will. The announcement of the 85mm focal length with a juicy aperture of F1.2 made this one hot tamales and object of desire world wide. I have been itching, tossing and turning for nights awaiting its arrival and finally it has landed on our shores! Lets consider the price, although it is currently the most expensive prime in the FUJINON lens range, there really is not a lot to complain about when you examine how much glass you get for your coin. Looking at the competition in both the Canon and Nikon camps, a lens of this calibre will easily set you back 2.5x the price of the FUJINON. However, with low cost (relatively speaking) comes the anxiety of performance. Luckily the recent prime lens releases (14mm f2.8, 24mm f1.4) from FUJINON have been singing a tune sweeter than the high notes a alter boy hits during mass. We can only pray for history to repeat itself with the new release of the 56mm…..
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We’ve just published our review for the Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS, the kit lens paired with the Fujifilm X-M1 and X-A1, and we were thoroughly impressed with the results from this lightweight and well-built wide-to-medium-tele zoom lens. Despite the “kit lens” connotation, this Fujinon lens is another one to break the traditional mold of a mediocre optic. With excellent sharpness, even wide-open, as well as minimal CA, and low vignetting and distortion, the Fujinon XC 16-50mm is a very solid performer that produces excellent images. It feels solid, despite its all-plastic construction, and well-balanced on Fuji’s lightweight mirrorless cameras. A fairly straightforward lens, it does feature 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element like it’s more expensive sibling, the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens, as well as Fuji’s EBC coatings for reduced flare and ghosting. Plus, it has built-in Optical Image Stabilization to help with those slower shutter speed shots. It’s an all-around great choice for Fuji shooters looking for a high-quality and affordable everyday lens for things like landscapes, travel and portraiture…….
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