As I said, none of these are particularly stellar images, but if nothing else, it felt really good to walk around with a camera in my hand again. The last thing I shot with a “real” camera was last October! And, most of those images haven’t even been downloaded from the card yet!
The lens itself works, and works well. Like the one I used in New York, it’s sharp, it’s crisp, it’s contrasty, it’s quick. I love the “normal” angle of view provided by a 35mm lens on an APS-C sensor (or a 50mm on full-frame). It’s nearly as well matched to the X-T1 as it was on the X-T10. It was certainly comfortable to use. I didn’t try any manual focus, other than to see that it works. Manual focus on Fuji cameras can be challenging in any case, so I don’t use it often with lenses that actually can autofocus.
Obviously, there’s been a bit of a slump in my photography. I get that way when things get to be Too Much, and lately there’s been Too Much of too many things. The only Too Much that I have not been bothered by has been band/music related. But the rest of the Too Much has really gotten in the way of my enjoying much of anything else. We’ll cycle back around to the Too Much band and music later (probably in a different post), ‘cause there’s really some fun and enjoyable stuff there. Better yet, head over to my band’s site (www.7soulsband.com) to see about that.
I’ve decided to trim back the big stack o’ photo gear here. It weighs on me. It stifles my enjoyment. And, I don’t need it all. Really.
First up, I wanted a wide-angle prime lens. I’ve talked over the years about a 12mm, and wound up with a Fuji 14mm f/2.8 that I’ve used exactly one time. Honestly, for my shooting, it’s actually too wide. It’s a beautiful lens. It’s in nearly-new condition. But it’s not what I really wanted. Neither, BTW, was a 12mm. I wanted to replicate the three lens kit that I had back in high school. Back then, I had a 24mm wide angle lens for my Canon AT-1 (along with a 50mm f/1.8 and a 135mm f/3.5). I loved that lens, and I actually have one now for M42 thread-mount cameras (lord knows why). Now, Fujifilm has released a 16mm f/2.8 lens in the same “series” as the 35mm f/2. It’s reasonably priced. And, they already have a 90mm f/2 as well (though it’s not so reasonably priced). So, I’m thinking that the 14mm has got to go, and be replaced (maybe) with the 16mm. 2mm doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but in wide-angle lenses, it’s actually considerable.