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 »

Norwich, winter sun

Autumn is almost over, with the temperatures heading well into full on winter territory - today was a mere 2° C, partly due to the clear bright sky. What it lacks in colour, winter makes up for in great light that lasts all day. Took the 18--55 out for a spin again today, and again it disappointed me. I had an idea that it was the image stabilisation that was causing the lack of sharpness, but turns out no, it really is just not that sharp, especially (and perhaps unfairly) compared to the 14, 35 and 60. Moreover, even »

Pakefield and Kessingland Beach and Cliffs

Just a bit south of Pakefield beach, heading towards Kessingland, there are some interesting sandstone cliffs that I'd never seen before. I didn't even know they were there until I decided on the spur of the moment to take a walk along the beach that way. These were taken with a mixture of the Fuji X100, and the Fuji X-E1 with 14mm and 60mm lenses. It's interesting using the two cameras side by side, as it makes it clear how dated the X100 is now – its electronic viewfinder is pretty grainy and not very colour-accurate, it's slow, and changing autofocus »

A walk to Lowestoft

Continuing the walking theme from last time, Zoe and I walked all the way to Lowestoft town centre and back today, a distance of just under 12 km, and taking us 2 hours 45 minutes. We're both fans of Pokémon Go, primarily since it provides some pretty good motivation to go out and walk a lot, so naturally we had it active on our phones on the way into town. Alas, location data, full screen brightness and (probably) not very efficient game code meant my phone's battery was down to 35% by the time we got there, so apart from »

Fuji 14mm at the beach

Strictly speaking I shouldn't be doing this. The rules state that one should only use a single lens for the year, and I chose the Fuji 35mm f/1.4, yet here I am dallying with the 14mm f/2.8. In my defence, I like to think I've been photographing for long enough now that maybe I don't need to stick quite so rigidly to what is essentially a learning exercise. I'm still primarily shooting with the the 35, but I think I'll start running a side project simultaneously where I include one 14mm shot in each OCOLOY post. »

OCOLOY Week 23

I will admit up front that I cheated just slightly with this week's post, in that a couple of the pictures aren't from the previous week's shooting, but are instead from around a month ago when Zoe and I went to a nearby forest. Still, had I been actively participating in my project at the time, I would have used those pictures, so it's not too much of a stretch. tap and blind shadows forest road forest trees cushion tie pale flowers and clover wispy cloud and roof desktop microphone »

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 »

OCOLOY Week 11

I'm really starting to enjoy using this camera and lens combo now, and more importantly it feels just as comfortable and familiar as my X100 did after a year of use. I no longer feel constrained by the 50mm-e field of view; instead I'm simply accustomed to it and am able to recognise or dismiss potential scenes accordingly. The lens itself is not much of an issue either: for the type of shooting I do, I don't feel particularly limited by it or the X-E1. Neither is particularly fast, and the camera's viewfinder is kinda small, but they do the »

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 »