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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.

The Soligor 28mm 2.8 is well constructed lens.  My copy had a few age related marks but nothing that affected its operation.   The focus ring was smooth to turn with a hint of resistance.  The lens also had two aperture rings one of which was a fluid ring.  Aperture range for the lens is f2.8 to f16.  Focus distance ranged from 0.45m to infinity.  Finally, the Soligor weighed in at 273g.

Partick Bridge Pipe Sto Dreaming

Throughout my test I (generally) set my camera’s ISO to 800 and worked the fluid aperture to suit each shot.  I normally shoot between f5.6 and f11 anyway so I found this set up convenient when trying out vintage lenses

Images rendered nicely with good colour but lacked contrast.  This may have been because I was shooting RAW but when I edited my shots in Lightroom after applying the Fujifilm simulations I was able to get nice results by increasing the contrast or dehaze sliders.

Rover Repair The Gorbals.jpg

The Soligor 28mm is actually quite a nice walk around lens although I have to be honest and say that I was not entirely comfortable using the 28mm focal length.  Ideally, I would prefer to shoot at 23mm and the 5mm difference really impacted how I shot.  However, this is why I enjoy testing out vintage lenses.  I can experiment with a new lens and get out of my comfort zone…  without breaking the bank.  Honestly though, I still felt 28mm was a focal length I could do without for my style of shooting.

Church Door The Gorbals.jpg

If you have used this lens or have any questions regarding it feel free to leave a comment below.

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Architecture and reflections in Glasgow's financial district

I feel I am finally getting to grips with my transition from my Nikon d7100 to my mirrorless Fujifilm xt2 and decided to take a walk to the financial district in the city centre of Glasgow.  There are some pretty modern buildings in this area, however, most are probably between twenty and thirty years old and there are no such things as a sky scraper (New York or London it is not!) but it is definitely checking out this area.

It is always worth shooting the reflections and exteriors of these buildings.  The lines, shapes, and reflections on these buildings can make for some interesting images and the area is well worth checking out.

The solid lines sit in contrast to the reflections on the glass

The solid lines sit in contrast to the reflections on the glass

A new perspective: shooting square format photographs on the Fujifilm x-t2

One of my favourite functions on the Fujifilm x-t2 is the ability to change image size on the fly.  In most circumstances I shoot the standard 3:2 ratio but the ability to quickly jump between 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 is a great little function.

Skateboard Shop Glasgow.jpg

I decided to get out and test myself by using only the square format (1:1) setting on my x-t2 and see what images I could come up with.  Forcing myself to shoot in this way is a great way to keep the creative juices flowing - by sticking to one crop ratio it challenges me to find new shapes and compositions that I would never look for if I stuck to the default 3:2 crop.

abandoned building in Glasgow with tree

The images above were shot using the 1:1 square format - I have actually set up a shortcut in my Q (quick menu) button meaning I can flick between these ratios while I’m preparing a shot, then flick back to 3:2 when I 'm done.  In recent months I have found myself cropping a lot of images to 5:4 format in Lightroom so if Fujifilm could furnish their next firmware update with a 5:4 crop that would make me a very happy man.  I am sure you will notice a lot more square format images as I continue to get to experiment.

vintage camera lense Helios 44-2

What do you think, do you use these crop sizes or challenge yourself in a similar way?  Leave your comments below.

Street Art Photography in Glasgow's South Side

I don't often venture to the Southside of the city but I decided to take a wander down Tradeston way, just across the Clyde.  For urban and urbex photographers there i=are some great locations on offer.

Much of the area runs parallel to the rail line which runs in to Central Station and there are many derelict buildings adorned in some fantastic graffiti.  There are also many small businesses which occupy the 'arches' which lie under the rail line.  It's pretty easy to saunter around this area as there are lots of opportunities for photographs.