Patrick Leong

Fuji XF 27mm F2.8 Review: Pancake Lens For The X Series | Patrick Leong

If you want something that will produce excellent results all while maintaining a compact form, a mirrorless camera is hard to beat. To match the small size of some of these mirrorless cameras, many manufacturers have built their own version of a “pancake” lens. Fuji has a couple of lenses that are very compact like the XF 18mm F2 but the XF 27mm F2.8 is their first official pancake lens. The truth is, I didn’t have much desire to try this lens when it was first released. It didn’t seem like it had that many qualities that would help it stand out from the rest of the XF lenses other than its compact size. But when I was planning for my trip to Walt Disney World, I wanted a very compact system, so I wouldn’t have to lug around so much gear in a place where there are long lines and a lot of walking. I brought with me a Fuji X-T10, and I decided to give the XF 27mm a try because the focal length was right between a traditional 35mm and 50mm, and therefore, my thought was that this one lens coul get me through my trip. Plus, I thought the ultra compact size would be a great match with the small dimensions of the X-T10. Here are my results from this lens and what I think of it…….

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Fuji X-T10 Review From Walt Disney World | Patrick Leong

This is a great time to get into the The Fuji X Series System.  There are more lenses than ever before, the tech is getting better, and there have been some recent big announcements, such as, the release of the long-awaited Fuji X-Pro2.  But not everyone wants to shell out almost $1,700 for a camera body, especially if they just want to give the X Series a try.  Luckily, Fuji also produces cameras that are more budget friendly.  One of these cameras is the Fuji X-T10, which has always intrigued me because it’s essentially a stripped down version of the X-T1 (a camera that I own and love).  I just never got around to trying one out but my recent trip to Walt Disney World seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.  Disney is a great place to visit but it can be very crowded……

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Fuji XF 35mm F2 R WR vs. XF 35mm F1.4 R Lens Comparison |
Patrick Leong

To me, the XF 35mm F1.4 is an excellent lens.  It’s combination of impressive optics, speed, focal length, versatility, size, and price make it a great workhorse, and one of the most popular lenses in the Fuji X Series system.  But now, another lens of this focal length, the XF 35mm F2 R WR lens, has been introduced by Fuji, which is sure to make some who are interested in a 53mm equivalent lens wonder which version of this focal length is best for them. I figured since I had both lenses in my hands, I would write up a comparison between these two optics.  Just keep in mind a few things as you read it: These tests are meant to be fun, and while they can tell you about certain traits a lens may have, these tests never tell the whole story……..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2.0 R WR

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Fuji XF 35mm F2 R WR Lens Review | Patrick Leong

One of the first X Series lenses introduced was the XF 35mm F1.4, which soon became one of the most popular lenses in the X Series system.  With its excellent image quality, compact size, focal length, and price, it was an absolute workhorse of a lens, and to this day, it’s still one of my favorites.  Instead of stopping there, Fuji has recently introduced another 53mm equivalent, the XF 35mm F2 R WR lens.  This lens may be a stop slower than the F1.4 version but it also brings along with it the latest tech from Fujifilm, such as, weather sealing, and better autofocus all while being more compact and costing $399, which is essentially $200 less than the XF 35mm F1.4.  Does this lens deliver the goods?  Read on further to find out……

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2.0 R WR

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A Visit to Park Slope With The Fuji XF 35mm F2 Lens | Patrick Leong

I went over to Park Slope yesterday to visit a friend because he’s hugely into photography like me, and he wanted to see the new Fuji XF 35mm F2 R WR lens.  For those who don’t know, Park Slope is part of Brooklyn. I don’t visit it much but I should.  It actually has some great places to eat, and a beautiful park (Prospect Park) whose designers, I believe, also designed Central Park. In addition to bringing the XF 35mm F2 lens and my X-T1, I also brought along my XF 35mm F1.4 and my tripod.  As I mentioned earlier, my friend is also into photography, so he had no problem or should I say, he didn’t get bored assisting me in taking some comparison shots between the two lenses.  I wanted these photos because in addition to my upcoming review of the 35mm F2, I thought it would be cool to write up a comparison between the two Fuji 35mm lenses……..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2.0 R WR

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Fuji XF 90mm F2 LM WR Lens Review | Patrick Leong

When I first invested in the Fuji X Series system, there was only one camera: the X100.  After a while, the X-Pro1 was introduced, which had many of the same features as the X100 but also had the ability to interchange lenses.  At the time, there were only three lenses, which I also bought.  Now, in just a short amount of time, Fuji has grown from that small system into something that includes a large selection of lenses that not only are excellent optically but encompass a huge variety of focal lengths aimed at satisfying a broader audience.  What was once a compact system that some could argue was aimed at purists or even rangefinder users has now grown into a system that also gives some users the option to leave their larger DSLR cameras for a compact mirrorless design.  One lens that was missing from this continuously increasing list of lenses was a decent 135mm focal length lens, which is often considered as a classic portraiture lens……

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 90mm F2.0

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Leica Q Typ 116 Review: An Innovative Full Frame Compact | Patrick Leong

As most frequent visitors of my blog know, I’m a huge fan of Leica and their M system.  I started out with an M3 that by a rare chance, I was able to acquire at a very young age, and since then, I’ve always had an M camera by my side.  With that said, I really believe that Leica has often made great non-M high end compact cameras and I’ve owned a few myself but in almost each one, it could be argued that they all had at least one key component that was missing.  For instance, the new X Typ 113 is an excellent camera but to this day, the X line still doesn’t have a built-in viewfinder.  Instead, if you want a viewfinder, you have to purchase an external one that makes the camera noticeably larger.  Well, the new Leica Q Typ 116 seems to be aimed at changing all of this because the list of features is quite impressive.  In fact, on paper this camera seems to be exactly what most have been asking for not just Leica to build but any manufacturer, and thanks to Bob Gragmegna at the Leica Boutique Bergen County Camera, I was able to test the Leica Q to see if it is what we’ve been waiting for…….

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Leica Q

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Fuji XF 16mm F1.4 R WR Lens Review | Patrick Leong

There are quite a few wide angle lenses to choose from if you are invested in the Fuji X Series system. Manufacturers like Fujifilm, Samyang, and Zeiss all make great wide angles. Furthermore, there are even ones that can be adapted to fit on the X Series cameras thanks to the various adapters on the market. So, why did Fujifilm feel the need to produce another wide angle lens? Well, a fully complete camera system nowadays includes many different types of lenses. To attract more buyers, especially DSLR users, Fuji needs to not only create uniquely different lenses for its system, it also needs to create lenses that DSLR users are accustomed to, and in this case, one crucial lens is a fast wide angle. For instance, Nikon does have a 24mm F1.4 lens in their catalogue. So, the fast wide angle lens that Fuji decided to produce is the XF 16mm F1.4 R WR lens, which is essentially a 24mm equivalent. Due to its focal length, a lens like this may not be needed by every photographer but to some, the XF 16mm F1.4 may be one of the most important optics in a photographer’s kit…………….

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm F1.4

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South Pacific Sojourn – To Zoom or Not To Zoom | Patrick Leong

This is the first part of a two-part article about photography on a thirty day cruise, & related photo gear considerations as well as image capture experiences. Not quite two months ago, while checking email on my computer, I received an incredible offer from our travel agent to take a last minute cruise from San Diego to Hawaii & then to seven islands in French Polynesia.  Places with far away names like Bora Bora, Raiatea, Tahiti, Moorea, Rangiroa & Nuku Hiva conjured up images for me that are a photographer’s dream come true.  So my wife & I jumped at this opportunity.  This led to my next question of whether to take the most basic photo gear or a more capable but also more complex setup.  In my case, the former would be my Fuji X-E2 with its outstanding XF18-55mm zoom lens; the latter would be a selection of some or all of my prime lenses for this camera, with or without the zoom.  For me this is the XF-14mm, the XF-35mm, a Zeiss Planar 50mm, & finally a Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm.  I provided a prior write up on this blog of my experiences in adapting these last two Leica M mount lenses to my Fuji X-E2 using the M adapter made by Fuji (see my two-part article on this blog titled “A Tale Of Two Lenses”)……..

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Fuji X-E2

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A Tale of Two M Lenses (Part 1 of 2 Parts) | Patrick Leong

This is the first part of a two-part article discussing my experience with two Leica M rangefinder type lenses that I recently acquired. In one of our many email exchanges, Patrick asked me if I would be willing to provide a guest contribution to his quite excellent blog. First let me state that he & I actually have never even met, my living about as far away from where he lives as is possible while still residing in the same country. We have, however, for quite some time now shared our mutual interest in rangefinders, including the varied lens options available. (He also has integrated some Fuji X system bodies & lenses into his work, & that is what first caught my attention.) And I should acknowledge straightaway that I possess no Leica branded cameras. Rather I have attempted to mimic the RF system using a Fuji X-E2. For lenses, I use a fairly small kit, consisting of a Fuji XF 14mm, a Fuji XF 35mm, a Zeiss 50mm Planar, & finally a Leica 90mm Tele-Elmarit. With respect to these last two prime lenses (the Leica & the Zeiss), Patrick thought it might be interesting to get my views as to how they have integrated into my Fuji world. The larger Fuji universe also has excellent lens choices in these same focal lengths, had I been so inclined to use them. So initially I might mention certain of my reasons for not employing the Fuji counterparts to these two adapted primes……

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Fuji X-E2

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