How does a 40-year-old lens measure up on the Fujifilm XT2? Sample photographs from the Jupiter-8 f2 50mm

How does a 40-year-old lens measure up on the Fujifilm XT2? Sample photographs from the Jupiter-8 f2 50mm

The Jupiter-8 f2 50mm is a Soviet copy of the Carl Zeiss Sonnar f2 50mm lens.  Produced between the early 1950s and 1970s there are many different versions out there but how did a lens that is at least 40 years old far work alongside the Fujifilm xt2?  These sample photos show it holds up pretty well.

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Photography with vintage lenses: trying out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 on Fujifilm XT2

Photography with vintage lenses: trying out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 on Fujifilm XT2

I tried out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 over a couple of days in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Want to know if I was able to use this lens in the urban seting? Sample photos inside…

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Testing vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: sample photographs from the Industar 50mm 50-2 f3.5

Testing vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: sample photographs from the Industar 50mm 50-2 f3.5

I took the Industar 50mm 2 f3.5 out for a quick spin down by the River Clyde to put this little Russian lens through its paces, is it worth investing in?

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Using Fujifilm's Classic Chrome film simulation on your video - 1080p x-t2 Video Test

I have been tinkering a bit more with video in the last month or two and I am pretty sure you be seeing more of these sample videos that use Fujifilm’s film simulations here. Sometimes, it is just not feasible to shoot in 4K so I thought I would conduct a few tests to see which film simulation would be a good alternative to Fujifilm’s F-Log 4K video.

The video above is shown as per camera output with no colour grading, sharpening or any other ‘improvements’ that can be made in post.

The video was shot using the following in camera settings:

1.      Classic Chrome 1080p, 60fps

2.      Shadows -2

3.      Highlights -2

4.      Sharpening -4

5.      Saturation -2

I will create another test video so I can compare how the Classic Chrome profile compares to the others.

 

How do Fujifilm's film simulations affect the look and feel of your photographs?

I wrote a blog post a while back about this very topic but I was never really happy with it. Perhaps it was because the image I selected did not really emphasise how Fujifilm's fantastic film simulations can affect the look and feel of your photographs.  Sometimes this is dramatic while others can be more subtle.

Personally, I am huge fan of Acros and Velvia simulations but whatever your favourite they make a fantastic starting point in post processing if you are a RAW shooter like myself.

Testing out vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: hands-on with the Soligor 28mm 2.8

Testing out vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: hands-on with the Soligor 28mm 2.8

I’ve tried out few vintage lenses now and the results have always been interesting.  Vintage lenses are a fabulous way of experimenting with different focal lengths and trying new ways of shooting so I was as keen as ever to hit the streets to see what sort of images I could create.

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Are all photographers terrible travel companions? How I balanced family time and photography in New York

Are all photographers terrible travel companions? How I balanced family time and photography in New York

Family holidays can be a minefield for any photographer.  We all know that we should be switching off and relaxing with our loved ones but it is not that easy is it?  Whether we set off on a summer holiday, a weekend jaunt, or a mid-week city break, the family holiday is a balancing act I struggle to reconcile. 

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Bored with perfection: why I had to create a new style for my urban and architecture photography

Bored with perfection: why I had to create a new style for my urban and architecture photography

I initially moved to mirrorless around a year ago in order to find a camera system that was light weight and could be used in the city with minimal fuss;  a system that left me a more nimble, responsive photographer.  This is hardly a revelation and I am sure this is the exact reason a lot of photographers ditched their heavy dslr and lenses for a mirrorless set-up.  For me, the switch to mirrorless ran parallel with my desire to create a new style of photography too.

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Architecture photographers will find all the inspiration they ever need in Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography

Architecture photographers will find all the inspiration they ever need in Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography

Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography by John Comazzi is a book all architecture photographers should own.  No question.  Within his photographs Korab shows a mastery of his art that any architecture photographer should aspire toward.

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How to break free from the tyranny of perfect sharpness in photography by learning to love vintage lenses: the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8

How to break free from the tyranny of perfect sharpness in photography by learning to love vintage lenses: the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8

I am starting to really enjoy trying out these vintage lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2.  The ability to easily pick up a lot of vintage lenses very cheaply means I can experiment with various focal lengths without forking out a fortune each time I want a new lens.  I managed to pick up the Auto Chinon 35mm 2.8 for about £20, so even if I tried the lens and hated it I could easily sell it on again with minimal loss.  Hopefully.

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