Urban and abstract photography using classic lenses: Canon FD 100mm 2.8

The Canon FD 100mm 2.8 is the first vintage Canon lens I have tried. Come to think of it, it is the first ever Canon lens I used. Period.

I have read a few bits and bobs about Canon’s FD range and I took this out for a spin around the city centre in Glasgow.

Modern architecture in Glasgow’s financial district

Modern architecture in Glasgow’s financial district

I enjoy using these telephoto primes as the lend themselves perfectly to a more abstract style of photography - something I seem to be continually pulled back to no matter how I much I try to move on to something new

The lens itself was light and responsive. Even when using a fairly chunky K&F adaptor the FD 100mm 2.8 sat nicely on my Fujifilm XT2 and felt comfortable in the hand.

The 100mm focal length is great for picking out architectural shapes and details

The 100mm focal length is great for picking out architectural shapes and details

The focussing was silky smooth - although I did miss focus on a few occasions but I will put this down to user error and the fact I was scurrying around eagerly searching out compositions. The aperture rings clicks nicely in to place. Overall the lens is a joy to use.

Brutalist architecture in Cardogan Street

Brutalist architecture in Cardogan Street

Architecture on the river Clyde

Architecture on the river Clyde

Motorway overpass near Anderston

Motorway overpass near Anderston

More information on the various Canon FD 100mm 2.8 can be found here.

If you have any questions about this lens or these images please leave a comment below.

Video: Looking for Architecture and Urban Landscape Photography Locations in Glasgow

I have been trying out a number of vintage lenses recently.  Luckily, I have a very kind neighbour who has been kind enough to let me borrow a set of Olympus Zuiko lenses.

I decided to create a short video while I was checking out some possible architecture and urban landscape locations in the Charing Cross and Anderston areas of Glasgow.

Although this was a fairly short walk I was lucky enough to spot a couple of compositions that I will definitely be returning to shoot shortly…  I particularly like the last shot in this video,  what do you think?

Feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions below.

Urban photography with classic lenses: Olympus OM Zuiko 135mm f3.5

Urban photography with classic lenses: Olympus OM Zuiko 135mm f3.5

I always enjoy taking a telephoto lens in the city to shoot some architecture inspired photographs. The compression on this lenses mean that I can emphasising shape, line and contrast to create some interesting shots. So how does the budget friendly 135mm f3.5 measure up on the Fujifim Xt2?

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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.