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Fujifilm XT1 + 23mm f1.4

Although a few years old now, this pairing of body and lens is capable of incredible results. I like the form factor of the XT1, and once familiar, for many photographers it’ll pack plenty of tech for most situations. Here’s a few photos as samples. Click for bigger.

Self portrait Fujifilm XPro1 + 35mm f2

So many new amazing cameras are launched every year. Yet one remains my personal favourite for its simplicity and ability to capture images with a sense of dimension. The Fujifilm XPro1 is still amazing. Paired with the wonderful 35mm f2 this self portrait with one hand illustrates the power of great light, great lens, and great camera. Raw files edited in Lightroom f4, 1/125.

Fujifilm XT20 + Voigtlander 58mm f 1.4 (and bounce flash) for 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 the phenomenal Voigtlander 58mm f1.4 lens. Compared with many other 50mm lenses I own/have owned/have shot with, this is one of the best autofocus 50mm IMO. It’s manual focus, so you need to be confident of shooting with and EVF and focus peaking (or similar aid).

I decided to take a few very quick portraits with the Fujifilm XT20,Voigtlander 58mm f1.4 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. No face tracking was available as its manual focus, however I did you focus peaking with the red option. And yes, children move and it takes some time and skill to nail focus.

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.












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.

Portrait with Fujifilm XT1 + Voigtlander 58mm f1.4

Just buy this lens! I have it for my Nikon and Fuji setups and its so wonderful for colour, contrast, bokeh and sharpness. With the Fuji it’s easy to use a manual focus lens as you can use the focus peaking function through the viewfinder. With my Nikon its a little more difficult as you have to trust your eye. Honestly, manual focus is not that hard, unless you’re shoot fast moving action – then autofocus is a must. Shot in raw and processed in Iridient Developer and Lightroom + SilverFX Pro for B&W. Enjoy 🙂

Portrait XT1 + Voigtlander 58mm f1.4

Portrait XT1 + Voigtlander 58mm f1.4