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How I shot this with a 35 yr old flash

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.


Medium format digital – exciting but 

Medium format film photography was at another level for resolution and detail compared with the 35mm format. For magazine work, posters, and large format prints it was an understandable format……for film. Move forward to 2017, where even the resolution from an iPhone, let alone micro 4/3, apsc or full frame options, is more than most people will ever need. Online photo sharing and delivery is the #1 distribution channel for digital photos, even film photos that have been scanned. Other than extreme pixel peeping, billboards or large format art prints, where is the market for this? Or are we seeing the early stages of medium format sensors becoming much cheaper and better so that dslrs of the future will all be medium format allowing extreme cropping? I’m pondering this question as I’ve been watching several reviews and online videos from all sorts of people claiming this is the an absolute must have camera. Really? For what purpose? Who’s printing huge files for commercial work? I’d guess about a handful of people. Are the range of full frame and apsc cameras not coping? I’d like to hear your views on this, so please drop me a comment. Thanks.

iPhone 7 can capture beautiful images

I captured this on the iphone 7 using ProCam app that allowed me to save as a raw file and edit in Lightroom later. Click for bigger.

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Sydney Harbour and Luna Park on a cool winter evening

I was waiting for a relative and had an hour to walk around under the Sydney Harbour Bridge with my XPro1 and 18-55 lens. No tripod in hand, I had to improvise. Sydney’s Vivid light festival was about to launch, hence the colourful cityscape. All these were shot raw and edited in Lightroom. Enjoy. Click images for bigger view.

Lance’s refuge for the homeless

I went for a walk today with the idea that if I saw anything interesting I could test the XPro1 and the new 50mm f2 Fuji lens – jpegs only. Initially I wondered past The Strand Arcade in all its yesteryear elegance and wonder. It’s a beautiful building full of beautiful shops, and makes for some great architectural images. But it wasn’t until I strolled past Martin Place and met Lance that my day grew richer. You see Lance runs a homeless refuge in Sydney designed to give homeless people safe refuge  – somewhere to sleep, eat and not be alone. According to Lance the local council had tried to shut the down a few times, without success. When I chatted to Lance for sometime what struck me was his passion and commitment to help others in need. Lance told me he has 10 children, but I didn’t feel brave enough to ask what circumstances led Lance to end up here. Interestingly Lance claims his organisation had successfully housed around 150 in the last year, claiming it was more than a whole government department had done with their largesse of resources. I asked Lance for a photo and he was obliging. I’m going to make a few nice prints for him and return with some donations for the refuge. Homelessness is rising and needs our attention. It certainly opened my eyes today. Oh, BTW, the camera was great too.