I have been using the Fujifilm 27mm pancake lens for almost a year and I am yet to actually give the lens the attention or acknowledgement it deserves. The Fujifilm 27mm lens has in a sense, become my much loved ‘off duty’ lens, tending to be my go-to lens for general days out exploring. As one of Fujifilm’s least expensive lenses the 27mm is deserving of attention especially by those photographers who really want to travel light. During this year’s annual holiday I used just the X-T1 and 27mm to document days out to the beach, amusements, walks and outings, with the 27mm making the X-T1 feel more like the X100s in form factor but with the option of additional lenses. That said the Fujifilm X100s will always remain an exceptionally special camera in my mind. ….
A fast short-tele portrait lens is a “must-have” for many photographers, especially for those in the wedding and portrait industry yet for a long time, it was missing in the Fuji X Series lineup. There are third party versions, and there’s also the sharp, compact XF 60mm F2.4 but nothing made by Fuji, below the F2.0 range. As of spring 2014, that changed with the release of the XF 56mm F1.2 R lens, an optic that many have been patiently waiting for. With the crop factor taken into account, the 56mm F1.2 is approximately an 84mm equivalent, which is a preferred focal length for many portrait and wedding photographers. Its fast aperture is also prized in this type of lens both for available light photography and for creating beautiful shallow depth of field or as some refer to as “bokeh”. So far, the details sound promising but does the XF 56mm F1.2 really cut it? Is it worth its asking price of $999.00? Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out……
After posting some initial impressions the time has come for a second report. I’ve taken about 120 shots with the Zeiss 50mm Touit for some time with the Fuji X-T1 and the lens growing on me. In assessing a lens, I am not really into MTF-charts and detailed comparisons (although I read them). Others are better in doing that. My basic criterium is “do I like the lens”. To be a bit more specific: is it sharp enough? is it responsive enough? Is it comfortable to hold and use? Does it help convey what I’m trying to capture? Does the lens help me avoid (a lot of) PP? Think about color “accuracy”, vignetting, CA, etc……..
It was those numbers that initially put me off buying the Fuji XF 55-200 lens. I’d worked a lot with the Canon 70-200 MkII previously and with a constant f/2.8 aperture surely this lighter and much cheaper Fuji couldn’t compare? The purchase was made back when I still had the X-Pro1 and a trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador was booked. In the end it was the 55-200 that made it a memorable visit. The lens, which felt a little awkward on the X-Pro1, stayed on the camera for almost the entire time and constantly surprised me with its razor sharp images and creamy bokeh. But it’s when I paired the lens with the X-T1 that it really began to shine. I’d already been impressed with the image stabilization on the 55-200 but combine that with the new Fuji’s constant focus and 8fps and it makes for a compelling combination…..
This lens is a really nice option if you just want to take your camera literally everywhere & not feel too serious, stand out, be obtrusive, & intimidating.. but don’t think for one minute this lens is a toy! After downsizing from a full DSLR kit carrying the XE2 + 18-55mm around you quickly get used to the size, and while it is a huge improvement you still feel the setup is not as small as you had imagined before switching to mirrorless. This tiny pancake lens transforms the whole shooting experience, & gives you confidence to take your camera everywhere……
The Fuji X-T1 is the best camera I have ever owned by far. I wrote a review of it here if you are interested. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the way it handled. There just wasn’t quite enough grip to feel comfortable holding it. The vertical battery grip helps and I use that when doing my professional work, but it made the camera just a little bit to big for everyday use. It somewhat defeated the purpose of owning a small camera in the first place. I had also owned the regular size hand grip for my X-Pro 1 and didn’t really like it either. It only was big enough for your pinky and ring finger and it just felt awkward. I then saw the announcement that Fuji released this new larger hand grip and it seemed like it would be exactly what I needed. I ordered it right away and after a couple of weeks of use, I can say it is perfect for me. It just feels right when holding the camera. It also seems to make my hand more vertical when holding the camera which significantly reduces wrist strain. It does make the camera a bit bigger and heavier but I don’t think that is all bad. A little bit of bulk makes the camera feel more substantial. Lenses like the 23mm and the 56mm fit perfectly while the 35mm and 18mm now seem a bit small. It also looks really good. It fits the look of the camera perfectly………
I do a lot of close up and macro photography and have quite a number of macro lenses, mostly Nikon, but also Canon, Sigma and Tamron. I think I can sum up this entire review right here in one sentence by saying that this Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 lens is as good as, if not better than, any macro lens I have ever used on any camera.Not only is its performance top notch, it is beautifully designed and may be the best looking piece of glass you’ll put on a Fuji X-camera — well-balanced, light weight, quick to focus, and with an easy-to-find and responsive aperture ring. Its results are what you would expect from a macro lens from Zeiss. It is sharp everywhere, even in the corners, and even wide open at f/2.8. The field is flat and distortion free, just as you would want from a true macro……
Wie schon bei meiner Rezension zum Touit 12mm f2.8 gilt auch hier: Ihr bekommt hier die Meinung eines Anwenders zu lesen/sehen. Kein großer Techtalk, MTF Charts und Analysen von Vignetierung etc. Gemeinsam mit den beiden anderen Carl Zeiss Touits für das x-Mount habe ich das Zeiss Touit 50mm f2.8 von Carl Zeiss Deutschland testweise zur Verfügung gestellt bekommen. Wie ich ja schon an anderer Stelle herausstellte, besitze ich alle Fujifilm Pendants zu den Touits. Und auch wenn ich mit den Fujinons im Grunde sehr zufrieden bin, lohnt sich immer auch ein Blick in Nachbar’s Garten. Von den drei Touits finde ich jedoch, kann man das 50er am wenigsten mit dem Fujinon Pendant, dem Fujinon xf56mm f1.2, vergleichen. Zum einen wegen der fast 2 ½ Blenden Unterschied und zum anderen wegen der Makrofähigkeit des Zeiss Objektivs. Wahrscheinlich wäre hier der Vergleich zum Fujinon xf60mm f2.4 der richtige. Ich versuche mich also im Gegensatz zu meinem 12er Erfahrungsbericht hier mit Vergleichen zum 56er zurückzuhalten.Hier also meine Meinung zum Carl Zeiss Touit 50 mm f2.8……………
I’ve had my new Fuji 10-24mm lens for a month now and I thought I’d share a few thoughts and pictures with you. The lens is quite chunky and heavy by Fuji XF standards but still nowhere near as bulky as the Nikon 16-35mm f4 lens that I sold to fund this purchase. And am I glad I made the swop? Well the answer is a definite yes – not because of any huge gains in image quality but simply because I’m using the lens more that I was the Nikon. Essentially that’s because the Fuji X-Series is more luggable. I’ve chosen a few photos below from my first month, including shots from a beach holiday in Cornwall (the subject of an earlier post), a visit to the beautiful Lake District in the North West of the UK and also a shot or two from my hometown of Preston. All the shots here were shot in RAW and then converted in Lightroom. I’m still not convinced I’ve really got the most out of the lens yet and I’ve read some comments about in-camera jpegs being the way to go for the best results with this lens. That’s an option I’ll certainly be trying…….
From the day I fell in love with photography, I’ve been a Nikon guy. I’ve had five Nikon DSLRs in the last 3 years (D80, D7000, D700, D3, D800) and I have an entire camera bag for my film Nikon SLR cameras as well. There’s just a beauty in the way a Nikon feels in my hands, and the images I can make with one. Then again, let’s be real – I can do exactly the same with a Canon SLR. The only real difference is that Canon cameras are ugly as hell. #ohnohedidnt A couple of months ago, Fuji dropped the X-T1. Fuji has been making waves in the photographic community for the last couple of years with their mirrorless cameras. I haven’t considered them because they were either fixed at 35mm (which isn’t my cup of tea), or they were said to be slow and clumsy (X-Pro 1 anyone?). Then the X-T1 showed up. Mirrorless, fast, interchangeable lenses, small, light, cheap, great in low light, amazing lenses, and sexy as hell. How can any photographer NOT be intrigued by such…….