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Fujifilm XT20 and 50mm f2 (and flash) creates incredible portraits

There’s no doubt the Fujifilm XT20 is an incredible camera, both in terms of use and output. It’s small, lightweight, powerful and versatile. So too is Fujifilm’s 50mm f2 lens. Compared with many other 50mm lenses I own/have owned/have shot with, this is one of the best autofocus 50mm IMO. The best I’ve used is the 58mm Voigtlander f1.4, but thats a manual focus lens requiring an adapter (Nikon mount).

I decided to take a few very quick portraits with the Fujifilm XT20, Fujifilm 50mm f2 and a LightPix Labs flash (manual only no TTL so all the settings must be set physically. The flash was bounced off the ceiling and the shutter speed was 1/125, aperture was f2.8 and ISO 1000. I use auto-ISO on Fujifilm cameras as you can program the minimum and maximum across 3 custom settings. Flash setting were at 1/16. Face tracking was on with auto eye detect, and was very quick and accurate.

Below are a series of colour and B&W shots. All were shot RAW in LR so no simulations were used, except for the first B&W which was ACROS + G filter. Click on photos for bigger. Enjoy.

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Lightpix Labs Q20 flash which can also detach and be fired using the square cube remote (hidden on mount)

XT20 1/125, f2.8, ISO 1000 bounce flash raw processed in Lightroom

XT20 1/125, f2.8, ISO 1000 bounce flash raw processed in Lightroom

XT20 1/125, f2.8, ISO 1000 bounce flash raw processed in Lightroom with ACROS + G simulation

XT20 1/125, f2.8, ISO 1000 bounce flash raw processed in Lightroom – standard B&W

 

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.

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.


High ISO example of Canon 7dii + 70-200 f4 IS lens

See the following examples, many of which you’d rarely use – all taken with Canon 70-200mm F4 IS – no flash. Settings on the pictures. ISO 2500 to ISO 25600. Click for bigger.

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Canon 7dii + 70-200mm f4 and bounce flash for conference shoot

Do you really need a full frame body and f2.8 lens to shoot a conference…..probably not so long as you can use bounce flash. See examples and click for bigger.

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Fuji XT10 with adapted Canon FD 85mm f1.8

I’ve become quite interested in the manual focus vintage lens craze sweeping the mirrorless camera genre. After reading several articles online and visiting some Flickr pages (although they are few and far between for vintage lenses), I decided to see what all the hype was about. After researching the market via eBay for several weeks I decided upon my second purchase…..the Canon 85mm f1.8 lens with an adapter to mount on my XT10. This particular lens was released at the beginning of 1979 comprising of 6 elements in 4 groups, aperture from f1.8 to f22, minimum focus distance of 85cm, made of plastic with metal mount and weighing about 345g.

When the lens arrived it was in immaculate condition, just as the seller had promised – phew. Many old lenses like this one can often have nasty fungus, haze and scratch surprises so you need to shop carefully from people who have good a good seller rating and have experience in selling and rating lenses. Generally sellers from Japan are highly trusted and value their feedback fiercely.

The lens was quite easy to mount onto the camera, and I lucked out on a K&F Concept adapter also on eBay – highly recommend as solid and a snug fit. Its important to remember to switch the camera over to “use without lens” in the menu otherwise it won’t work. There is no auto focus. Scary huh! Well after some practice you can learn to focus quickly thanks to the XT10’s focus peaking. Really it doesn’t take all that long. A word of caution – you will need quite a lot of practice to nail the focus for moving subjects….and for moving subjects I’d still prefer to use Fuji’s excellent AF lens lineup. But I suppose you could set your aperture to say f8 and use a fast shutter speed for capturing fast street shots, just like zone focussing.

So why bother? These older lenses are heavier because I believe there’s lead in the glass….so what? Well lead is a supposedly a great conductor of light and colour to the sensor that you cannot find in modern lenses. This theoretically means you get finer detail and more nostalgic colours – to my eye anyway. Secondly the cost. This lenses was about $380 AUD. Some you’ll find cheaper, you may even luck out at garage sales or pawn brokers and find a bargain. Thirdly they are small and easy to focus. The focus throw is firm without being tight, and easily manipulated between the thumb and index finger for smooth operation.

Without further ado here’s some sample shots. I’m not going to list the EXIF data because the aperture won’t register (no electronic connection) and the picture speaks for itself. All SOOC jpegs, no editing. Click for larger view. Enjoy.

UPDATE – please check images at the bottom that have been processed in Iridient Developer

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The shots below have been edited in Iridient Developer rather than Lightroom and I think they look better. Tried Iridient for Fuji files and its unbelievable how good it is – highly recommend

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