More Norwich wandering

Took these a while back when Zoe's parents came to visit, and we had a walk around Norwich. For a change, I brought the 18-55 along instead of the usual 23/2 or 35/1.4. It worked out... ok, I guess? The convenience was nice, and if I don't go pixel peeping, the sharpness is fine too. The bokeh was... not really a factor on this day, but I know for sure it can get weird at times. Still, there was one case where it turned out well: Funnily enough, the foreground bokeh is pretty nice too, under the »

Telephoto Oulton Broad

I've had an old Pentax-M 135mm f/3.5 for a while now - something I inherited along with a Pentax MX film SLR that sadly no longer works (the mirror is gummed up). I'm really not much of a telephoto shooter - the only other long lens I can use is my wife's Fuji XC 50-230mm, which is... well, about what you'd expect for a modern low cost plastic lens: nothing particularly special, but not terrible either. The Pentax lens isn't plastic. It feels nice and solid, despite being a fairly low-cost, consumer-focused product when it was introduced. It's »

Fujifilm X-T2 review

I've had my X-T2 for just over 3 months as I write this, and used it extensively, particularly during a week long holiday in Malta, so I'm confident that I now have enough experience with it to have something meaningful to say. I'll be honest, though, this is mostly just my thoughts on things I value in cameras. First, some context I'll say upfront that this review (if you can even call it that) won't be comparing the camera to contemporary DSLRs or other mirrorless cameras from Sony, Olympus et al. I've not used those, so don't have any valid »

More 23/2, this time in Norwich

The shiny weather continues unabated, and even felt quite warm by around 11. Since Zoe and I were going to Norwich anyway I obviously took the new lens. One thing I've noticed looking over these pictures is that I get the impression I'm using the 23 like a 35, and not taking advantage of the wider field of view. Too many flat compositions! »

Fuji 23mm f/2 first impressions/rambling

When I got my first Fuji interchangeable lens camera, the X-E1, almost four years ago, I got it with the Fuji 35m f/1.4 lens, which I didn't initially get along with. Prior to that I'd been using a Fuji X100 for almost two years, and it was quite uncomfortable at first going from a 23mm lens to a 35mm. The latter felt constricting, and I never seemed to have enough vertical space, meaning I felt pressured to hold the camera in portrait orientation more than I'd like. To remedy this discomfort I eventually embarked upon a One Camera, »

OCOLOY Week 40

40 feels like a milestone, a nice round number of weeks. It's certainly a significant chunk of a year! Still, the ones I'm most looking forward to are 42 and 47, or '10 weeks to go' and '5 weeks to go', and of course weeks 51 and 52 will be rather exciting. Yesterday Zoe and I went to Norwich, and on the way home stopped by Wex Photographic's showroom to buy a Christmas present for her dad. While there I got to try the Fuji 27mm pancake on my X-E1, and it felt really nice – so compact and light, and »

Fuji 14mm brief initial impressions

I finally saved up enough to get a lens I've wanted for quite a while now: the Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 R. This article is some of my first thoughts about the lens, in no particular order. Here's my lens family now: 14mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4, 18–55mm It's about half way between the 35 and 18–55 in size and weight, and balances just fine on my X-E1. It comes with a plastic hood that can also be used on the 18–55, and it's fine really, possibly a bit big but oh »


For this week I've gone with the suggestion to stick with just one processing preset in Capture One – Robert Boyer's Tri-X +2, which is a grainy, contrasty and 'vintage' look that I really like. Admittedly, it's a bit... dishonest, perhpas? I mean, the output from the X-E1 is nowhere near as coarse-grained – the picture below shows a 100% crop comparing the normal Tri-X preset (with grain amount and granularity reduced to 10% or so) to the Tri-X +2 preset at its default: this is from 'slow country lane', below It's a bit of a conundrum really: I like the grainy »

One Camera, One Lens, One Year: The Beginning

I've previously written about the use of my Fuji X-E1 and XF 35mm f/1.4 lens, and how it still doesn't feel completely natural. This project is, in part, an attempt to overcome that. Mike Johnston of The Online Photographer wrote a post last year specifying the details of the project, and I'm going to stick to it with one exception: instead of printing the photos, I'm going to choose one photo to work on, then output it from whatever editor I'm using (Capture One Pro 8, which I plan to stick with) and add it to a draft »

Holiday camera: Fuji X-E1 and XF 35mm

As mentioned in my Day 1 post, I took my Fuji X-E1 and XF 35mm f⁄1.4 lens to Malta for a week. I limited myself to just the one prime lens for two reasons, the main one being size and weight. The 35mm is quite a light lens, and given I spent most of my time with it in my hand (secured with a Gordy’s wrist strap), that was certainly a point in its favour. Plus, although with the hood it sticks out a bit, it’s nevertheless still small enough to easily fit in my »