Spotted Turtle Dove Streptopelia chinensis two very gentle birds dropped in for a drink and a bath! This very loving couple visit our back garden almost every day. A few days ago they brought with them their young son or daughter and together they cuddled on the edge of a wall for half an hour after their bath and drink of course…
Fuji XPro1 ƒ5.6 1/50s ISO320 55mm-200mm with 11mm extension ring…
Back to the future!
The first closeup device I ever used years ago, was a x2 close up lens, on a none coupled range finder style camera. It was a bit, well hit and miss even though a tripod and a tape measure was used to carefully measure from the subject to the film plane. With my first SLR a Praktica came extension rings. A set of three rings was a gigantic leap forward for closeup image capture, the kit lens at the time was an M42 Domiplan . It was a fine kit lens at the time, I might try it on the Fuji when I get around to buying an adaptor at some point. I sold the camera but kept the lens! However the Domiplan was nothing like the more up market Zeiss Tessars which still stand up well fifty years after being manufactured in then Soviet East Germany. The difference between then and now is that Fuji lenses are some of the best ever manufactured anywhere at any time and certainly Fuji’s lens coatings are the equal of the best.
Up until comparatively recently I would have said that the only way to take closeup photographs would be with a dedicated macro lens in the last ten years or so zoom lenses have become so good that there is almost no difference between a prime lens and a zoom, so an extension tube or tubes is likely all that is needed to capture quality close up or even true macro images.
Yours truly has been following the photographyblog.com for about 12 years now maybe more but its a long time by any measure. Its probably one of the best ‘new photography news and stuff sites’ on the net. I visit it once a week or so for no reason other than the photographyblog.com was just about the first of its sort!
A few weeks ago Mark Goldstein the owner was present when this most anticipated of cameras was shown off for the first time by Fuji Its a very good read: The review
After later watching the Digital Rev focus speed test comparison using the magnificent 100-400 on the XT2 I’m reasonably convinced that as far as focus speed is concerned Contrast Detection Auto Focus CDAF might now comparable with Phase Detection Auto Focus at least on the XT2. I have this lens and it is quite quick even on my XPro1. Perhaps the days of slow CDAF systems are no longer…
It will be interesting to see what Scott Bourne has to say on the next Mirrorless PhotoFocus podcast he seems enamoured with the Olympus Micro Four Thirds 300mm lens at the moment. I seriously considered this lens as I also have an EM1 but the low light qualities of the Fuji X system were convincing enough to go with the Fuji.
Another detail that has been criticised on several review and comment sites is that all the essential controls are old style dials on the XT2 camera body. For me this is a real plus in as much as that all the essential information can be read at a glance without pushing buttons and delving into three levels of menus. The equally desirable Pen F pocket camera has the same feature.
In some of the articles I have read recently I sensed that there is a modicum of discrimination being voiced between users of Full Frame, APSC, and Micro four thirds. Having used all of the above professionally over the last sixteen years my short comment on this is that its “horses for courses” In the days of film for various jobs and employers I’ve used everything from half frame transparencies to 6×7 negatives all for different finished products.
It must be remembered that before the days of digital production we also had a huge number of films to play with. Then there was also variations in the processing and printing. Prints made with Fujifilm REALA for one client would not be substituted with prints printed from Fujifilm 160C! So it seems to me the same is becoming the case with digital sensors. For different subjects different sensors do some things better than others. I have a Sigma Merrill which at low ISO’s is the most remarkable camera the colour is natural (or saturated) and the detail in prints is every bit the equal a 50mp camera. However, once above ISO 400 its very average, much like a Canon Sure shot… as of 18 years ago!
On the other hand my XPro1 phenomenal, its very good in all circumstances to at least ISO1600 , noise and colour issues only start to bother me once past ISO 3200. With the right light balance and subject particularly good prints can be had even at ISO6400. The same cannot be said of micro four thirds without a bit of work.
Five years on since the introduction of the XPro1 the IQ of the XPro2 has improved markedly and because of the autofocus improvements the XT2 as an all purpose camera the XT2 certainly seems to have the upper hand over anything else on the market, for now… Download a few of the full size RAF files from photographyblog and see what I mean.