Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fujifilm X-pro1 - the joy of the XF14mm f/2.8R wide angle lens!

So, finally I had some more time to test my newest purchase, the Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8R wide angle lens for my X-Pro1. The 14mm on Fuji's execellent X-trans crop sensor equals 21mm on a full frame sensor. This was the first time I had a full day to play with this lens. After using a 10-22mm wide angle zoom on my Canon 7D for some years, it was actually liberating to work with only one focal lenght!

Today I used a f/22 aperture for most of my shots to create a biggest depth of field possible, from 1 meter (3 feet) to infinity. On my Canon wide angle zoom I lose some sharpness when using such a small aperture, but being a single focal lenght lens - and with Fujifilms reputation with their XF lenses, I wasn't all that worried. And, I was right. The files looked real good when I opened them in Lightroom 5. All shots done in RAW format, processed in Lightroom 5 with VSCO film pack 4.

And here's my beloved Fujifilm X-pro1, with the XF 14mm f/2.8R lens, Benro tripod and cable release.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fujfilm X-Pro1 + XF 14mm f/2.8R Wan Ok Phansa day

Saturday October 19 was Wan Ok Phansa in Thailand. Thai buddists in Norway was also marking the day at the Buddist temple near Jessheim outside of Oslo. I brought my Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the XF 35mm f/1.4 lens and my brand new XF 14mm f/2.8 lens. I was expecting to only shoot with the 35mm, but to my surprise I found good use of the 14mm too. Here's some shots, all done with the XF 14mm lens (21mm equivalent on full frame sensor).

All of these shots are perhaps not that interesting, or any good. But it's more to show how I used the XF14mm this day. The following shots are done with the XF35mm f/1.4 lens:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fujifilm XF14mm f/2.8R wide angle lens - Very first impression

I finally went out and got myself the new wide angle lens from Fujifilm, the XF14mm f/2.8R. First impresson is that it is very well built! And super sharp! Maybe even sharper than my excellent XF35mm f/1.4. Its size seems perfect for the Fujifilm X-pro1 body. The aperture ring has detents for every 1/3 stop with numbers printed for the full stop values. The aperture ring itself is not as firm as I'd like it to be, so I have to be carefull not to turn it unintentionally. Wide open lens is f/2.8 so it's great to use indoors, especially when one consider the X-camera's high ISO performance too.  The smallest aperture is f/22. 14mm on crop sensor equals 21mm on a full frame sensor, so it's pretty wide.

I've been using a 10-22mm (16-35mm) wide angle zoom for my Canon 7D, and I was wondering if I would find the Fuji lens wide enough for my landscape shots. I've only done a few shots, and I really think this 14mm will do just fine for me. I will be selling my Canon 10-22 zoom now, (and soon maybe the 7D itself - though I still like it together with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS MK2).

I will write more about the Fujifilm XF14mm later on and post more pictures. Unfortunatly the light on my first two days of testing were pretty boring, and I was pressed for time. So here's just two quick snapshots.

Fujfilm X-Pro1 + XF 14mm f/2.8@ f/8, 1/60sec., ISO 800. VSCO Velvia 50.

Fujfilm X-Pro1 + XF 14mm f/2.8@ f/16, 1/120sec., ISO 800. VSCO Velvia 50.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Going hunting... Fujifilm X-Pro1

This weekend I went out on a hunting trip with some friends.  All the pictures here are from my Fujifilm X-pro1 of course! Shot in RAW format and developed in Lightroom 5.2

 My buddy Erik.

My friend, and my boss in my civilian job, Kåre.


 Erik and Kåre.

Well, that's me. The photographer seldom gets pictures of himself. But this time I gave my Fujifilm X-Pro1 to my friend, putting both shutter and aperture into auto mode, and told him to not adjust anything, just point it at me and shoot. 

Kåre.. and his dog.

Well, you can barely see my Canon 7D with my EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS Mark II down in the left corner...But most of my shooting was with my Fujifilm X-Pro1.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Jeløya October 3rd. Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Canon 7D - hand in hand...

Here's a few shots from yesterday, taken once again at Jeløya, outside Moss in Norway. The bird and the shots of the deer is taken with my Canon 7D and the 70-200 f/2.8 IS MK2 and the pictures of my wife is taken with the X-Pro1 with the XF35mm 1.4. There's no way I could have captured the deer and bird with the X-pro1.

I still have use for my canon for wild life shots, and even the 70-200 didn't bring me close enough so I had to crop those a bit. Which again shows the limitation of the Canon 7D sensor - noise! As soon as I start to push the ISO above 800  (even 400 really), there's visible noise, and a not very pleasent one either. It was dark and cloudy yesterday, so I had to push the ISO up to 1600 the get a fast shutter speed for the moving deer and bird, but then suddenly the sun appeared briefly and I could have lowered the ISO, but I didn't have time to do so.  The autofocus on the Canon 7D makes me keep it anyway.

Canon 7D + 70-200 f/2.8 IS Mk2

Canon 7D + 70-200 f/2.8 IS Mk2

Canon 7D + 70-200 f/2.8 IS Mk2

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + XF 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2.0, ISO 800

Fujifilm X-Pro1 + XF 35mm f/1.4 @ f/2.8, ISO 800
I never worry about pushing the ISO on the Fujfilm above 800, 1600 or even 3200. Yesterday I shot at ISO 800, which on the above pictures gave me a much faster shutter speed than needed. But, the light was changing all the time, and also when I used smaller apertures I didn't bother changing the ISO. So, that's a nice thing with the Fuji. Just set your ISO as high as you need for your smallest aperture, leave it there, and never worry about any noise.