Part of Fuji’s original XF lens lineup launched alongside the X-Pro 1, the 18mm pancake prime has a bit of a reputation for being the worst of the bunch. The problem is this reputation really isn’t deserved. Sure it’s not quite as sharp across the frame as its 35 and 60mm siblings, but it’s a very different class of lens. What it offers is a really compact, wide view of the world with a bright f2 maximum aperture and crazy close focusing abilities. It can also produce some surprisingly nice bokeh. I’ve been shooting the 18mm f2 for several months – in fact it replaced my 18-55mm zoom as I prefer shooting primes and wanted something more compact. So far I’ve not been disappointed…..
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There comes a time where your inner vision tries to meet with your outer vision. Of course at that time when all things just seem to make sense and just work together. Well, let me tell you something! At that time, what you don’t need is your camera to have a sense of humor, good or bad. This is why I talk about intrusions and the need to avoid them. The wrong camera at the time of the The Coming of The Joining and your not going to be happy. Think of it like this……. it’s summer time, all over the world, even in The Land of Oz. Your sipping you favorite beverage. Your wife, girl friend, partner whatever just wants you to be happy. “Sure my love, buy as many new cameras as you like. I think it’s a great idea.” See, in reality, at least the one I’m in…this is a dream come true. Your laying back just so relaxed, that maybe this is even better than Heaven, well…at least here on the earth. Then as you dreaming about the new FUJI XP5 that has a four speed and makes coffee….all the sudden…there’s a BUZZ around your head. It won’t stop…that nasty mosquito just wants to intrude on the dream and it does. You no longer relax, you wife, spouse, mate, partner etc is yelling at you again because on you computer screen is the new camera you want….
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See that guy up there…yeah, yeah…the one in the photo. Well, he’s a Philly street shooter named Anthony. As it turns out we are Flickr friends and we met in reality by accident. See, I was walking west on Arch by 13th and he was stooping down like in the photo. I saw him but don’t think he saw me cause I’m like this stealth invisible camera toting shooter that no one can see until after the fact. Of course when I get home Tanya calls me an idiot and “Take the damn trash out”! So I raised the XP1 and knowing the 28mm focal length got into position. I clicked and Anthony looked at me. He didn’t know I was me and I didn’t know he was he. Imagine that…..
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Given the compact size, light weight, and faster aperture, I’d say the FUJINON XF 18mm ƒ/2 was made with street photographers in mind, more so than landscape fans. The creamier bokeh also suggests it could be useful for wife-angle portraiture. In some way, the FUJINON XF 18mm ƒ/2’s characterisitcs remind me of the old Nikkor 85mm ƒ/1,4 AF-D; optimized for centre sharpness and soft backgrounds. The FUJINON XF 14mm ƒ/2.8 is stellar, and a must-have for Fuji landscapers. While bigger than the 18mm, it’s still relatively small and lightweight. It also provides excellent handling and super sharp images. It currently its own spot in my Billingham.
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Skyvandrer [Danish: Cloud- or Skywalker]. Walk on clouds. Free. To Live a creative live feeling free. Chasing the dreams of a 10 year old. My time spent in New Mexico is unique in this aspect. Mad mix of unfiltered emotions, freedom, making pictures, filming a documentary. Mad and Magic New Mexico. A long term work-in-progress collection of images from New Mexico and the American South West.
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The Fuji X-System cameras and XF lenses have come a long way thanks to Fuji’s commitment to fixing problems with firmware updates, rather than just releasing another camera or lens to replace the one with problems. Meet the Fuji XF 18mm f/2 lens, a lens that initially started with some problems, but after several firmware updates, performs quite well and with more than acceptable image quality:
Solid image quality on par with other professional grade lenses including some full-frame digital-SLR lenses from Canon and Nikon. In fact, in testing I performed, the Fuji lens actually outperformed several of these lenses. Compact and lightweight, almost to the point of looking like a pancake lens. No complaints here when it comes to compactness, especially if you’re trying to keep a low profile for candid or street photography shots. The weight of lens is next to nothing which keeps the entire camera system very easy to hold and use for extended periods of time. Fast autofocus. Issues with autofocus have previously plagued the X-Series, but, with firmware updates, these problems are nearly non-existent at this time.
Construction of the lens seems a little on the flimsy side to me, mainly due to how loose the aperture ring feels when turning it, even though I know it’s digitally controlled and not mechanical. While I love how lightweight the lens is, I can’t help but to think that the build quality may have taken a hit to achieve the weight. Unlike the XF 35mm f/1.4 lens, which is tack sharp at f/1.4, even out to the edges, the XF 18mm f/2 isn’t quite as sharp in the corners until you get the aperture stopped down to f/5.6 or greater……
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Long exposure… The more I do it the more I like it. This week I walked into Dublin city centre to take more photos of my current hometown. I did a few shots then a mini storm broke out, I had to take shelter and the closest thing was a pub, why not. I had a pint of the good stuff and a bit of a time to think of where to go next. I photographed some of the bridges and buildings along the River Liffey, then it started to rain again and it was time to call it a night. All images were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the 18mm lens…..
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This is gallery of photographs made with the Fuji X Pro-1 and a Fujinon 18mm, and all were shot from the hip (except one). I wanted to be as unobtrusive as possible, and shooting from the hip allowed me to capture candid expressions I may not have been able to otherwise. Rodeo Drive of Beverly Hills, California is a 4 block stretch of road north of Wilshire Boulevard and south of S. Santa Monica Boulevard, known for its luxury-goods stores. The street is home to some of the most sought-after stores, and is the target of Japanese tourists arriving by the busload every day…..
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This is a quick guide on how to set up your Fujifilm X-E1 for general street photography: Amazingly easy with the 14mm, since all we have to do is switch to manual focus mode, and check the “zone of acceptable sharpness”, indicated on the DOF scale for the chosen aperture. This caused confusion because the digital indicator does not correspond to the markings on the 14mm and some of you emailed, wondering if you were reading the markings incorrectly. For a given image format, depth of field is determined by three factors: the focal length of the lens, the aperture and the camera-to-subject distance. On the Fujinon 14mm, at F16, when focused near the 1m mark, the markings on the lens barrel indicate an acceptable focus zone from infinity to approximately 0.5m. This covers quite a range and I found it to be a realistic estimation of what I consider “sharp enough”, your mileage may vary, since the acceptable circle of confusion varies relative to the amount of magnification of your image. The digital DOF indicator shows a much shorter zone when focused near the 1m mark, from about 0.75m to approx 2.5m. (If you are super critical or make huge prints or projections, this might be the scale to go by) which corresponds roughly to the f8 on the lens barrel. When shooting with the 18mmat f5.6 for instance, I found the DOF indicator very conservative and in general assume when focused around the 3m mark to get everything from 2m to approx 5m in focus, the digital scale indicates about 1/2 of that. The only gripe when zone focusing on the 18mm is the lack of a focus lock, see the image below for my solution:) It is very easy to accidentally turn the focus ring and ruin your capture, the rubber band holds the focusing ring in place. Not a problem on the 14mm, since we can check the focus setting right on the lens and don’t have to look at the LCD or through the EVF, which allows us to set focus BEFORE we lift the camera to frame the shot. The way Fuji implemented manual focus, in addition to the small size and light weight, makes the Fujinon 14mm a real winner in practical shooting situations…..
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