New 14mm lens (21mm full-frame equivalent)

Today I started to built up my lens lineup for landscape photography.

First one is¬†ūüôā the Fuji 14mm 2.8 (21mm full-frame equivalent) wide angle lens. I tried the 10-20mm but 10mm is to wide for my personal taste¬†and I was always between 14mm and 18mm. ¬†The 14mm lens has the same filter size as my current¬†18-55mm lens for which I bought the 58mm adapter of the Lee Seven 5 filter holder. #1 of 3.

I will keep the 18-55mm for the next weeks. I plan to¬†sell my nearly unused 35mm 1.4 lens. Doesn’t make any sense. Long term the 18-55mm lens will be replaced by the 16-55mm 2.8 lens. The selling price of the 18-55mm and the 35mm will cover the price for the planned 16-55mm lens. This will then make it #2 for my current/planned lineup.

#3 and the last one I will consider is the 50-140mm 2.8 (nearly 70-200mm full-frame equivalent). But I will have to save some money to buy this one before autumn/winter comes.

These lenses will then cover all aspects of landscape photography I plan to shoot.

Today I will try start using the 14mm lens + the Lee Seven 5 filter system. I am excited to try it out. Looking out of my window tells me that the chances are below 25% success. I see some dark clouds rolling in and the rest of the sky already turned gray. We will see what happens later in the afternoon.

 

Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R Ultra Wide-Angle Lens

 

 

First Fujinon prime lens

A few days ago, during my trip to Hamburg, I decided to get my first Fujinon prime lens. It’s one which is not on my published wish list. But the cash back offer was too tempting.

The Super EBC f=35mm 1:1.4 R lens is the 50mm equivalent on a full-frame camera.

I have read a lot about the 35mm lens. Some love it, some hate it. Some say it’s loud, slow and not always sharp, especially at minimum distance. I can not relate to that. My lens is very quiet, fast (fast enough for my purposes) and focus is always accurate. Always! Aperture 1.4 allows me to to take photos in low light conditions. In very low light conditions. It creates an awesome, soft bokeh and the colors are beautiful, intense and vived.

I love this¬†lens already and I think it’s a very good starting point of¬†my personal prime lens lineup.

 

Here 2 sample photos. No RAW files. JPEG out of camera. No film simulation. Cropped only.

Sample Fujinon 35mm 1.4 by Reinhold Staden
Sample Fujinon 35mm 1.4
Sample Fujinon 35mm 1.4 by Reinhold Staden
Sample Fujinon 35mm 1.4

My new Fuji X-T1 page

Today I started my Fuji X-T1 page – as part of my blog.

I like to develop/expand this page in the next days, weeks and months with technical information, my experience with the X-T1, best practices and links to other sources of information.

If you are already a X-T1 user or you are interested in this “black beauty”¬†you can bookmark this page. If you have questions about the X-T1 or how to use it, leave a comment on the new page. I will try to answer all your questions.

Link: https://rstaden.wordpress.com/fuji-x-t1/ (also part of the main menu of my blog)

NDR Building by Reinhold Staden
NDR (television) Building – Fuji X-T1 / 18-55mm