In the past I shot with zooms but my main arsenal is now prime lenses. I believe that not only do primes offer superior quality (with a few exceptions) and portability, but most importantly they allow you to think creatively. Some of the legends of photography shot with one lens their entire career; others “limited” themselves to two, maximum three lenses. This way there were able to train their eye to see and compose, which eventually led to superb work. Therefore, when Fuji was kind enough to let me try a brand new Fujinon XF 10-24 F4 R OIS lens, I approached the subject with a dose of zoom hostility and prejudgment. As a fan and heavy user of the superb XF 14mm F2.8 R lens, I wondered if I would ever enjoy this much bigger and heavier addition to the Fuji X-series line-up. On paper there is not much difference in focal length between 10mm and 14mm, some would argue. WRONG! In a wide-angle world, it makes a considerable difference. And for a serious landscape photographer, the wider you go, the more impact you create. Of course this is assuming you know how to craft grand vistas with such a demanding tool…….
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The last few years have been an exciting time for digital photography. New cameras are coming on the market faster than ever; websites, blogs and Internet forums are busy comparing technical specifications and the latest sensor technology (we take some of the blame). When we meet people interested in photography, they almost always ask me the same question: Which camera do you shoot with? Which one would you recommend? Interestingly, most people never ask about lenses as if they were just an accessory. I am not surprised, though. After all, it has been known for a long time that amateurs get excited about cameras and professionals about lenses. Fortunately, since the start of the X-series, those who care about the art of seeing have had plenty of reasons to be excited. In the last few years we have witnessed a number of new camera systems. While some of them offered quite capable cameras, the majority of them had one thing in common – they lacked prime quality lenses. You don’t need to look far. Even old players such as Nikon, a company that you would expect to rule, lacks high quality prime lenses for its APS-C offering……
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In terms of both its optical quality and quick, silent auto focus this is probably the best lens in the entire XF optical line up, and that is saying a lot because the Fuji lens line up is quite impressive. Rarely do you see a lens perform this well at a maximum working aperture of f/1.2. On top of all that, and unlike other full frame counterparts of this focal length, the XF 56mm is comfortable to hold and does not seem to dwarf even the small X-E2. If this lens is a sample of what is to come with future pro lenses in the Fuji lens lineup, I say: bring them on and the sooner the better……
With a decent macro lens, there’s a lot to be found that’s worth shooting if you just lay on the ground and look. My shutter finger is getting itchier the further we get into the year with the ever intensifying anticipation of the coming of Spring (and all of the really good stuff that it brings with it) and it’s getting more difficult to stop myself shooting just anything and everything – however, here are a few shots that I grabbed the other day during breaks in the heavy cloud cover, from a Scottish garden. Enjoy……
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Fuji just keeps knocking them out of the ballpark and this stunning prime is no different. The build, the feel, and the optical quality of the Fuji 56mm 1.2 R are simply top notch. You toss in the fact that it’s under $1000!!! Unbelievable! If you want a super fast 85mm equivalent prime…don’t think twice about this beast! If you don’t know what chromatic aberrations are, don’t worry about buying new gear just yet, you have things to learn first grasshopper…….
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Okay, so after the images sunk in a little over the past week, I have my verdict. Fuji is the bomb diggity in all senses. If you would have to personify it I would say Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries. At first sight, just an ordinary girl. Then you talk with her and get to know her quirks until you understand her and learn her ways. From then on out, you’re just amazed at what she’s capable of and BOOM she’s a princess or something. Anyways, as stated before, I ran into Zack Arias’s post about the X100s from a couple months back and decided that I’d rent it over the weekend for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) since it would be perfect! It was light weight and was suppose to perform in all aspects of a long day…….
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We have already started shooting with this gear. This weekend we are leaving for Vancouver Island, first on the list of great destinations planned for this month. Hopefully the weather will cooperate since many of you know March can be quite a wet month in Vancouver. Stay tuned for full reviews of the X-T1, XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS and bitingly sharp XF 56mm R F1.2. In the meantime, here are our first images shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS. All B&Ws, processed in Iridient Developer & NIK Silver Pro…..
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Since the beginning of my journey in photography I have always been interested in Ultra Wide Angle (UWA) lenses and I have used different ones, Canon 10-22mm, Sigma 10-20mm, Sigma 8-16mm, Tokina 11-16mm and Canon 16-35mm. If you look at most of my work, you will hardly see any tightly composed shots except for some portraiture work. I always like wide and sweeping view. I think, it’s more of a personal preference and also depends on what you shoot. Here in Dubai, you wont have a problem using a wide angle lens, in fact if you want to take a good composition of the Burj Khalifa, the wider the lens the better. So with my fascination with wide angle lenses, I was really excited the first time I have learned about the Fujinon 10-24mm f4.0 OIS. In fact I was more excited with this lens than the venerable 56mm f1.2. Simply because 60% of my work are taken by a wide angle lens and I know that this lens is going to be my workhorse……
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I was debating really hard whether or not to take the X100S as my only camera to Iceland, a once-in-a-lifetime type trip. What made the decision easier was that I had already ditched my APS-C DSLR gear to try to focus on the X100S and to get some new inspiration. I brought the wide angle adapter with me too. I’ve already posted a similar thread on dpreview where it generated a lot of discussion about skill. However, I would rather make a post here showing what I was able to do with the X100S in inclement weather. I think it performed pretty well given the circumstances and my skill was the limiting factor. I’ve decided it doesn’t really suit my style and I’ve sold it, but I still like what I was able to get from it. I think trying it out was a success overall. I’m still getting through many of my shots and I’m uploading them slowly to my flickr…..
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