I have not had too much time to post about the X-T1 and even less time to play with the new 56mm, but last night I was out and took the 56mm with me and used it on my trusty X-Pro1. As always, walking anywhere in Jo’burg can feel a little dodgy at times, but Melville has quite a vibe and a very busy nightlife on Thursdays. Which made for a nice opportunity to steal some shots…..
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One of my favorite lenses for still life photography is the Nikon 85mm tilt-shift macro. I like working my lenses with wide open apertures, but at close distances where the depth of field is at it narrowest I often lose too much detail in the subject. Stopping the lens down increases the depth of field for to include more in focus, but it also destroys the totally out of focus bokeh of a wide open aperture. The tilt shift lens allows me to selectively include more areas in focus while still maintaining a wide open aperture and good bokeh. I often do a lot of spontaneous still life photos at home where I have a soft window light, but I keep my Nikon tilt-shift at the studio. On ebay I found a tilt-shift adapter made by Kipon to fit the Fuji X cameras. Kipon makes a several models for adapting a variety of lens types. I was interested in the Nikon to Fuji X series, which I wanted to use with 50mm and 35mm Nikon D lenses, and a 60mm Nikon macro giving me effective focal lengths of 75mm, 50mm, and 90mm on my Fuji X-E2. The adapter also comes in a Nikon G mount which adds aperture control……
Somewhere along the line, I decided that the ideal everyday Fuji kit for me was either the X-E1 or X-E2, the Fujinon 18mm f/2 XF R, the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 XF R, and the Fujinon XF 18–55 f/2.8–4 R LM OIS. I was prompted to blog about this lens after I did Google search after Google search looking for opinions and examples of real-world examples of the lens’s bokeh at 55mm. Obviously, the 60mm macro is going to have ‘better’ bokeh with it’s faster aperture and slight focal length edge, but I wanted to quantify things a little more. If I were going to travel somewhere, I would take one of the two lenses and leave the other at home, so for me it mattered–was the 18–55 good enough at 55mm to function as a portrait lens as well as being a versatile, compact, do-everything lens?….
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Zeiss has announced an addition to its Touit family of lenses, in the shape of a 50mm F2.8 Macro. The Touit 2.8/50M is designed for mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensors, and will come in Sony E and Fujifilm X mounts; with an aperture ring on the latter. With an angle of view equivalent to 75mm on full frame, it offers 1:1 magnification for close-up shooting. Like the other Touit lenses it includes autofocus, but no image stabilisation. It will go on sale in March 2014 with a recommended price of EUR 755 (excl. VAT.) or US$ 999 (excl. VAT)….
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I will keep this article short and sweet. For one simple reason, to me, this lens is perfect. I’ve only had it for a few hours and already, I have fallen in love. Like many others, I have been waiting for an 85mm equivalent on Fuji’s X System and just couldn’t wait to get my hands on this highly anticipated XF 56mm f/1.2 lens. What Fuji delivered however, is beyond what I could have asked for. I am in awe of this lens and I urge everyone to go out and try it when it’s available. From Street and Weddings to Visual Essays, and everything in between, I truly believe that everyone will get fantastic results from this lens. If you haven’t already, you need to see Patrick Laroque’s work with this lens. Truly exceptional. I leave you with just a few samples shots for now… Plenty more to come….
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Beauty and the beast. The Fujinon 14mm f/2.8 encapsulates everything that is good and bad about the Fuji X-Pro1 system. The lens is a solidly constructed, masterful piece of optics, so well corrected that it doesn’t rely on computing power to eliminate distortion. It maxes at f/4 to f/5.6, the range where most rangefinder (and most SLR prime) lenses are wide open and challenged. The mechanical design is mostly elegant. Unlike with a Leica, where you bolt on a distorted accessory finder that may have a level in one orientation only – leaving you to DxO Optics Viewpoint for verticals – the Fuji lets you watch the action and align it on a gridded electronic viewfinder (EVF) (you can, of course, see a gridded distorted wide-angle optical viewfinder (OVF), too…).
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…..
See more great pictures on www.fujifilm.com