No matter what your kit comprises off, the one lens that every Fuji shooter should also have in his arsenal is the Fujinon XF 27mm f.2.8 pancake lens. Its a bit pricey considering its simplified construction, small size and slow speed, so if you don't want to pay a little over 400€ for it you can find one on the second hand market for under 300€. Its a lens most Fuji photographers will most probably pass due to its lack of an aperture ring and slow speed but I urge you to try one and then I'm sure you will never leave home without it - read on to find out why.
AF performance with the new firmware
I honestly didn’t believe I would see any improvement from the new firmware and I really didn’t have the time to do a quick test before / after for a possible blog post due to other commitments, but after a couple of positive calls from X-T1 owners here in Greece I made time and put in the effort to test the new firmware for myself.
Before the XF16-55mm was announced, there was a lot of talk about whether it would be equipped with stabilization or not. Personally I don't mind it not being there. But my blog entry for today is not about Fuji's new lens, but about "Image Stabilization".
Sharp, sharp, sharp! The XF 23mm f/1.4R on the X-T1 with Face Detection enabled nails focus on my never-standing-still sons eyes every-time. After 11 months I still cant believe the consistency of the nailed results that I'm getting with the this lens even wide open! That about covers it - if you want to know more then read on ...
There was a time when i used to carry a 6kg tripod with a 1kg ballhead to ensure a good stable platform for my tele lens. Back in those days Fuji Velvia 50 and Provia 100 meant very slow shutter speeds. The digital revolution has changed everything, and the mirrorless systems that are already with us even more so!
Mirrorless is the future
I have noticed over the years that both Nikon and Canon produce camera bodies that are always lacking some key feature by design. If you demand the best that they can offer, then be ready to pay over 5000$ for a pro body. Anything other than their top of the line pro specked body will always be a “compromise by design”. Unfortunately this is how things are and have been for the last 14 years. And yet, it would so easy for Nikon and Canon to produce the perfect digital camera if they really wanted too.
Fuji offers a light weight and very capable camera system with some of the best optics and I’m so glad I have switched because now I can finally concentrate on the photography. They currently offer 3 innovative cameras (XPro-1, XE-2 and X-T1) and some of the finest lenses I have ever used. And Fujifilm know a thing or two about making high quality professional grade lenses (look here). So far I have been blown away by the performance of the XF 18-55mm, XF 23mm and the subject of this review, the XF 56mm.