There’s no denying that technology has advanced over the recent years, in particular, mobile phones. Some of the flagship phones today have amazing camera capabilities and in some instances, sharing the same technology found in entry level DSLRs. Apps have also improved over the recent years becoming more robust and sophisticated, as a result, we now see an abundant number of photo editing apps from basic filters to advanced post-processing and object removal.
I’ve recently been selected to review loan equipment by Fujifilm Australia, the first of those was the acclaimed XF35mmF2. When Fujifilm announced the XF35mmF2 it was well received throughout the Fuji community but I believe that’s largely due to the reputation of the original XF35mmF1.4 which was and still is an amazing lens. Although they both share the same focal length they are different in almost every respect, having used the lens for almost a good solid month I will share my experiences with using this lens. As with all my other reviews, there’s no charts or pixel peeping here, I’m only concerned about real world performance and user experience.
With an equivalent focal length of 24-84mm on a full frame and a constant aperture of f2.8 the XF16-55mm falls in the same category as other 24-70mm lenses including the prestigious Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L lens which many consider as the pinnacle of this focal range and is also seen as the benchmark for others to follow. Can Fujifilm’s XF16-55mm keep up with the heavyweights?
Let’s face it, a pancake lens is not something you would normally go out and buy as your first lens however if I could turn back time the XF27mm F2.8 would have been one of the first lenses I’ll add to my kit. This won’t be your typical lens review with charts and numbers instead I’ll discuss the lens in practical everyday use, the Pros, and Cons along with sample photos.
The 27mm falls in the same family as other pancakes such Canon’s 24mm & 40mm, Olympus 17mm and the Nikkor 10mm just to name a few. In the past pancake lenses haven’t been known for their image quality and are rather slow with apertures usually set between F2 and F2.8, they are like an acquired taste, you either like them or you hate them. Those that do like them do so for their size and portability so naturally when Fujifilm’s 27mm was released there wasn’t much love for this lens.
OK so you’ve been thinking about doing some Street Photography but never got round to it, I don’t blame ya as it is not a genre typically embarrassed by many especially if you’re only just getting into Photography. Hopefully, these 5 quick tips will help you in your transition or if you’re already an aspiring Street Photographer these will help improve your game while out on the streets.
There’s no doubt that you would have read your fair share of blogs and articles on how to approach Street Photography so I’m not going to repeat them here but instead, share some with you the things that helped me overcome the many obstacles that one faces in this genre of photography. Continue reading “5 Quick Tips To Help You Get Into Street Photography”
Like some people, my hobbies and passion for things constantly changes with the wind. However photography was never on that list, even though my grandfather was a professional photographer (I still have his vintage C.P. Goerz Berlin Dagor f=30 cm lens) and my father was, well, an amateur photographer at best, so it never caught my interest.
The first camera I purchased was the (then stylish) Sony Cybershot T1 back in 2001. Thinking back at it, I purely bought it out of impulse, or should I say for the “Wank Factor”. Back then if you were seen with one of these digital cameras (or any Sony product for that matter) you were perceived as the cool kid, and rightly so, because lets face it, Sony was considered the best innovative technology brand at that time.
The camera sported a 5MP Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar optic (I didn’t even know what that meant at the time), with a F3.5 – F4.4 and to be honest, I didn’t even know this until 5mins ago when I had to Google the specs! This just reinforces what I said earlier in that I was never interested in photography, sure I took photos at birthdays, weddings and even abroad but that’s about it.