So I finally completed my Fujifilm kit. A few days ago, I scooped up an XF 27mm 2.8 (silver) to pair of with the XE2 and I couldn’t be more delighted. Initially, I had wondered if it would give me the same experience as I had with my previous X100/s and I most say, it does. The XF 27mm transform your Fuji XE2/1/XT1/XPRO1 into an X100/s like experience. Here’s a recent image from a photowalk.
Things I like the XF 27mm
- diminutive size aka stealth factor
- sharp as a razor where it needs to be
I can see this lens permanently glued to my XE2 as my daily driver. When I need shallow depth of field or low light, in comes the XF 35mm and for an all around lens then there is the XF 18-55mm………
Astley Hall in Lancashire is the type of location that Fuji’s 10-24mm lens and X-Pro1 were made to cover. Astley Hall is a Jacobean mansion on the edge of Chorley and it has bags of character. There’s no doubt it’s a great building to photograph. I spent a little while walking around the outside waiting for the sun to break through the clouds. I’m not keen on boring skies so was aiming for a bit of sun on the building with plenty of detail in the sky. Thinks changed quickly and the sun was sometimes only out for only seconds. Some of the pictures taken close to the house gave the images impact with the converging verticals as I tilted the camera up, while on other pictures I tried to keep things straight and used a bit of correction in Lightroom. Inside the house, you are free to wander around and take pictures. The light levels were quite low in some rooms and it was a good test for the image stabilisation capabilities on this lens. No need to worry because even with the lens wide-open at 1/15 second the images are sharp……..
I have been busy with work and out traveling again. This time instead of grabbing my trusty EM1 with a couple of lenses, I went north with my Fuji X-T1, an old Fuji X-M1 as my pocket cam and handful of lenses. I am still flirting with this camera. I wanted to give it one more go to test the focus ability and continuous autofocus capabilities shooting my daughter’s soccer tournament. In short, I don’t like it for events. I like it considerably less than my EM1. However, for still shooting and some specific types of shooting like people and portraits, I prefer it. I’ll admit that “It” could be the lenses available for the X system. They truly are spectacular and really give a specific feel and wonderful skin tones…..
Well, I’ve hinted, and I’ve posted some images taken with this beast, so I suppose I should give it a quick review thingy. Note that this isn’t a proper technical review – you’ll find those with all the resolution charts you could hope for on all the usual sites and even in print magazines. No, this is just about my early impressions of my latest X-mount lens. I’d been contemplating getting this lens for a while. If it had been somewhat cheaper, I’d have had no hesitation at all, as one thing I have missed since the move from Canon to Fuji was a nicely flexible wide-angle lens. Now I’ve got that nifty little Samyang 8mm Fisheye, which is fun but not really what’s needed for every job. And I’ve got the excellent Fuji 14mm prime, which I have to confess to not using as much as I thought I might. What I really wanted was something that would give a nicely clear wide angle view over a moderate range. And in the course of Fuji’s lens development, they duly provided one, albeit at a relatively high price. But before we moan about prices, it’s worth remembering that Fuji make very high quality lenses. It’s also worth mentioning that when new lenses are produced, Fuji provide firmware for the cameras which ensures they’ll do Clever Things with them, like correcting the distortion that’s generally regarded as the consequence of using a wide-angle lens. Another point is that unlike a lot of zoom lenses, this one maintains the maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the zoom range, which goes some way to explaining its size and weight. And it comes with Fuji’s excellent image stabilisation, which is always good to have……..
We had a great turnout of people to the Fuji photowalk event at the Evergreen Brickworks…or the “Old Brickworks” for you Toronto photographers who remember the days of sneaking strobist shoots there back in the day. Many thanks the Fuji Guys (Billy & Greg) and the other fantastic staff who made the weekend events a success. There were plenty of Fuji cameras snapping away but the star of course is the new XT-1. I’ve been using it regularly for the past few weeks as I make my rounds through portrait sessions, graduations and proms, baby portraits and commercial assignments. Stay tuned fro an in-depth review coming shortly. I occasionally do some portrait work at the Brickworks but rarely go into the buildings on the far side. I was pleasantly surprised at the way it’s been transformed from old to new with a nice mix of the old tones and textures with a new modern design. A lot of buildings in Toronto were constructed with natural resources from this complex. Some of them aren’t even around anymore or have themselves been rebranded by new owners…remember the “Standard Bank”?…I don’t lol. Long gone by the time I moved here from the United States. The Brickworks itself was abandoned well before I learned of it……..
The photo workshop continues. We are all having so much fun roaming the streets of Paris for miles every day. Spending a week with people who share the same passion for photography is so awesome. I don’t shoot much when I teach a workshop but I grab a shot here and there with my little Fuji x100s whenever the opportunity arises. Do you have any favorites in the series below? Please leave a comment :)
We were lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Venice recently. This was a joint celebration for my mums 60th Birthday and my Aunt taking part in the annual Vogalonga boat race. We have wanted to go to Venice for a long time and were not disappointed. Arriving in Venice is like arriving on a film set. It is like no where else in the world I have been. Its an incredibly beautiful city with lots of culture and amazing architecture. We were treated to four days of perfect weather with blue skies and bright sunshine. Venice is the perfect place just to wonder and get lost. Exploring the alleyways and weaving around the canals is a lot of fun. I took my trusty Xpro1 along to keep the weight down. There were so many incredible sights I didn’t know where to point my camera, it really is one of the most photogenic cities I have visited. Here is a selection of my favourite shots from our trip. All taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 with XF 35mm & XF 18mm lenses and edited with VSCO Film……
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Ein Wochenende in der ’ Le sault de la truite’ am Ballon d’ Alsace | Fuji X-E1
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The Fuji X-T1 is quite a camera, it is fast, responsive, quick to focus and that EVF is stunning. The image quality is the typical, high standard, Fuji offering. The images from the X-T1 are possibly the best I have seen from a non-full frame camera, same goes for the ISO performance. Image quality is certainly better than what my Nikon D3 produced. People get quite aggressive when comparing image quality, ridiculously comparing cameras 3 or 4 times the cost and laying that down as a marker. Is the quality better than Nikon D4 or Phase One medium format? I would say probably not, however it does stand up to the best full-frame cameras from a couple of years ago and thats good enough for me. The camera is compact, but not too small, I have quite large hands and I can hold it comfortably and it all feels natural. Is this the so called “DSLR Killer”? Depends on who you are and what you shoot. I would say that for some people the DSLR died a couple of years ago. I know a number of people who committed to mirror less systems a long time ago, both amateurs and pros. I, myself, swapped about 2 years ago. For some applications DSLRs still have the upper hand, sports and wildlife are probably still easier with a DSLR. In some areas of advertising and commercial photography the need for larger file output may still exist, somewhere where a Full-frame DSLR or medium format camera might be better. One things for sure, with the XT-1 Fuji have a camera which will have all, but the very top pro cameras looking over their shoulder……
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It’s been a while since my last Berlin post. I headed back home to visit my mum and dad (doing fine, thank you) in their strange, dystopian world of no-internet. So for over an entire week there was no checking of emails, browsing of blogs or updating of my website. Instead I gleaned my information through the reading of words, printed in mysterious black fluid on a strange, flexible material made from the pulped remains of trees. You get used to it. So, back to Berlin! ……
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