Lens Reviews

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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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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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,