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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Fujifilm XT20 + 50mm f2

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

 

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.