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Shooting handheld video with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm: How good is Fujifilm's image stabilisation?

I finally got round to buying the Fujinon Lens XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS to use on my XT2 camera. I bought this lens specifically for video due to the lens having Fujifilm’s Optical Image Stabilisation built in to the lens.

To give the lens a quick test run down by the riverside in Glasgow's city centre where I shot all of my footage handheld at 30 fps - no stabilisation was applied whatsoever - I did not use any gimbals, tripods or any other balancing aids (including software) to smooth the footage. What you see is out of camera with a little colour correction applied.

Personally I thought the stabilisation worked fantastically well - I can only image how great the footage would look on the XH1 with its IBIS… but that is for another time, hopefully.

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Video: Clydebank urban and architecture photo walk

Clydebank has undergone a lot of regeneration in recent years following the decline of ship building, engineering and manufacturing industries in the area. The vast majority factories and many of the older buildings are gone and are being replaced by some sleek looking modern architecture that is worth checking out and photographing.

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New photographs added to Glasgow in Bits and a wee teaser trailer video too

Added a number of new photographs to the Glasgow in Bits project here and put together a wee teaser video showing off some of the images so far… and hopefully encourage a few folks to download the pdf eBook You can download the free Glasgow in Bits eBook here. Enjoy.

Glasgow in Bits: download free photography eBook now
Glasgow in Bits - front cover.jpg

My Glasgow in Bits project has been coming together quite nicely over the last few months with new shots are been added on a regular basis.

Glasgow in Bits began life as a way of bringing together a number many disparate images that I had created during different walks around the city trying out different lenses, focal lengths, or photographic styles.

However, in recent months the project has morphed in to a kid of photographic document of Glasgow’s smaller spaces, back streets, architectural details, textures and shapes.

The city itself is always under development and the speed of change with Glasgow is remarkable. It will be interesting look back on what has changed and what has remained in the city centre in the coming years.

This is version one of the eBook and I am aiming to create new versions every six months or so - the number of photographs that I post to the website means that it can be appreciate the flow of the project. Creating the eBook is also a nice way of culling shots and building a collection of photographs to showcase the project as a whole.

Download Glasgow in Bits here