Monthly Archives: August 2017

Fujifilm X Pro 1 – still relevant in 2017?

How I shot this with a 35 yr old flash

Incredible pianist in Sydney

Everyday in Sydneys Queen Victoria Building there is an open piano for public use. Occasionally they are remarkable. Enjoy 😃 click link below

Vintage Canon 135mm f2.8 FD mounted on Fujifilm XT20

Picked this older classic lens up on eBay from a trusted Japanese seller, and much to my delight it arrived in less than one week. Price was about $150 including postage. Compared with many modern lenses this is an absolute bargain and gives me a field of view of about 210mm on a full frame equivalent. Mounted to the XT20 using focus peaking its easy and fun to focus, however some practice is required for faster moving objects and people. To reach effective anti shake you need to use shutter speeds for at least 1/180 or higher and have reasonably steady hands and stance. The colour from this lens are sublime. Hope you enjoy these photos. Most were edited jpegs in LR mobile.

Wurtzberg Castle

I was recently in Germany on a cruise that stopped at the medieval town of Wurtzberg

This picture was taken with the Fujifilm XT2 and the 18 to 55 mm kit the lens.

Cosina 20mm f3.5 fd mount on Fujifilm XT20

This is an old lens that is really only useful from f8 onwards. I went for a lunchtime stroll to the queen Victoria building in Sydney to see how the lens would perform on the tougher lighting conditions. The lens struggled wide open but was surprisingly good from F8 onwords. Enjoy.


Canon 70-200mm f4 IS review – why I bought the f4 rather than the f2.8 version

I love this lens. It’s light, easy to use and produces beautiful pictures when coupled with the Canon 6d. Here’s my non technical impression.

Initial impressions – it’s so much smaller and lighter than the f2.8 version. The focus ring and zoom rings are solid and feel just right. The hood attachment is simple and it’s very well balanced on a 6d. The switches are all in the logical positions and are easy to operate. The fact that it can fit in a smaller camera bag and is lighter is huge for me.

Ease of use – just attach and shoot.

Features – the IS makes about a stops difference, and is only really effective when shooting non moving objects or in low light. But it does allow you to avoid those unnecessary vibrations that could ruin your shot. The other switch are for MF/AF and focal distance changes, i.e. up to 3m or from 3m to infinity……it just allows you to focus faster. The lens hood is solid, the lens will take filters (although I don’t like using them, so I just keep the hood on), and the image quality is superb.

Image quality – superb. Nothing else to say.

Samples – check these out

Compared with – vs f4 non IS – the only difference is the IS, so if you’re shooting above /125 most of the time the IS probably won’t make a difference. Vs the f2.8 IS and non IS – IS differences the same as the above, but the 2.8 will let more light in, so if shooting in low light is important to you whilst hand holding, then this option is probably best for you. Plus the f2.8 versions are bigger and heavier.