Millstones and Meadows with the Fuji 14mm
My new wide-angle has arrived, my 18mm was never really wide enough, so took the plunge and bought the 14mm F2.8.
The build quality as usual is first class, nice weight, all metal contstruction, feels nicely balanced when attached to the camera. The aperture ring has full and half click stops. First gripe, the aperture ring is way too loose, and can easily be caught whilst shooting. The manual focus ring is nice and has a great feel. A bonus with the ring is that it switches from Af to Manual focus by pushing the ring forward or pulling it back. Overall the quality feel of the lens, the distance markings and the depth of field scale, reveal a superb attention to detail by Fuji.
So whats it like to use in the field, one word FANTASTIC. It's pin sharp, with a great depth of field, shooting either in af or manual mode is easy, set it up for zone focus, or hyperfocal and it gives you the depth of field to make quick street shooting a breeze. A minor nitpick is the lens hood, just a little bit too big and shows up a little too much in the viewfinder, when shooting with the OVF. However minor niggles aside, it is a great lens, delivers punchy sharp images with great IQ. All I need now is the big zoom and I will be totally setup. Some images taken with the 14mm and the Fuji Xpro 1.
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Hello Nick, very nice images indeed. I love the third one, but would have preferred the three more off centre, to the right. The lens looks wonderful and will certainly become a "must" for all Fuji shooters! Keep showing us the good stuff.
I'm very impressed by the dynamic range you're getting in these images, where sky and ground both pop. Are you using an ND filter? If so, can you give me a sense of how you're configuring to achieve these luminous exposures? I love my XP1, and have been trying to get results like this but haven't yet. Many thanks!
This lens is tempting me. I am happy with the 18, but would like to explore wider. You really know how to use a wide lens, and that is inspiring me to try it.
Some very engaging photographs here. Thanks for sharing.
Nice shots. The 14mm on the XP1 is my standard configuration for street shooting. I also like to plant myself in one spot, mount the 18-55mm lens, and shoot the world as it walks by. When you have a moment or two - preferably even more - have a look at my blog at genelowinger.blogspot.com
A great set of well seen and moody images! I think this dispels any doubts about the lens's capabilities!
Thank you for sharing.
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