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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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How sharp is the Fujifilm 23mm f2 lens?

I had read a lot of good things about Fuji's collections of lenses before I made the plunge and bought the X-T2. And I've got to admit I am very impressed by the 23mm f2.  It's small, light, tactile and fantastically sharp.  To be clear though, this is not a complete lens review, only a sharpness test at apertures from f2 to f16

All of the shots were below were taken the Fujinon 23mm f2 lens, with the x-t2 mounted on a tripod.  All I did was adjust the aperture and shutter speed to get an exposure.  The images shown are out of camera JPEG’s using the Classic Chrome film simulation.  No retouching or noise reduction has been applied.

It should be fairly obvious from the test shots above that the 23mm f2 is damn sharp between f2 and f3.2 the edges lack focus but from f4 on the entire frame is gorgeously sharp.  To be honest I could happily use the lens wide open at f2 If was intending to blur the background anyway.

You can download a zip file containing all these JPEG's at 100% size by downloading them here.  You can also see how the x-t2 noise fairs with my ISO test here or see how Fujifilm's different film simulations affect a photographs look here.  Want to see more Fuji blog posts?  Leave a comment below,

Testing ISO performance of the Fujifilm X-T2 - plus downloadable jpegs

When I buy a new camera I always like to do a quick test checking out the ISO of the camera.  I had researched the X-T2 and from what I had it read it performed pretty well at higher ISO settings but I always like to check these things for myself – that when I take a shot at these settings I know I am comfortable with it.

Just so you know.  I photographed all shots at an aperture of f5.6 using the Fujinon 23mm f2 lens.  The images shown are out of camera JPEG’s using the Classic Chrome film simulation.  No retouching or noise reduction has been applied.

For me, shooting at any ISO between the 200 to 1600 range would be a no brainer.  Even at ISO 1600 there is only minimal digital noise.  Of course these shots were taken in day light so I may need to do a test in more severe, darker settings. 

Even at ISO 3200 the images are pretty good and more than useable - this may depend on your style of photography though.  I normally shoot urban photography or architecture and at this level of ISO the noise would be perfectly useable, particularly if buildings are concrete - noise may be more noticeable on glass elements.

Want to take a closer look at the original JPEG's?  You can download a zip file containing all of them here.  You can also see examples of Fujifilm’s excellent film here.

Checking out Fujifilm's film simulations: sample RAW images from the x-t2

Well it has been a long time coming but I am finally making the move from Nikon to Fujifilm.  Honestly, I have become so sick of lugging around a heavy dslr and lenses around the city that it was really starting to grind me down so moving to a lighter system was something I had been considering for a long time.  For me, the move to mirroless was almost entirely based on the smaller weight and size of the body size and lenses.

That being said I thought I might blog about any issues, ideas or tips I have as I begin dipping my toes in the Fujifilm mirrorless world.

First up, I thought it may be useful to view samples of Fujifilm's renowned film simulations.

Just so you know.  All of these images were shot on a Fujifilm x-t2 in RAW.  I imported images in to Lightroom, applied White Balance and the Fujifilm profile - no other editing was applied, no sharpening, noise reduction, nothing.

Click on images to see a larger version.

Fujifilm VELVIA

Fujifilm PROVIA

Fujifilm ASTIA

Fujifilm PRO NEG STD

Fujifilm MONOCHROME

Fujifilm MONOCHROME + RED FILTER

Fujifilm ACROS

Fujifilm ACROS + RED FILTER

Fujifilm CLASSIC CHROME

Fujifilm PRO NEG HI

Fujifilm MONOCHROME + GREEN FILTER

Fujifilm MONOCHROME + YELLOW FILTER

Fujifilm ACROS + GREEN FILTER

Fujifilm ACROS + YELLOW FILTER

... And there you have it.  What do you think?  Are Fujifilm’s simulations all they are cracked up to be?  Do you have a particlar favourite?  Feel free to comment below.