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2 months, 4 weeks ago 8
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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting with the new Fujifilm XF 80mm f 2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens!  The new macro lens is abaout 40% larger than the current 90mm f 2 and takes 62mm filters.  It will be priced at $1,195.  Compared with the 90mm f 2 below!

 

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The question is, is this lens worth twelve hundred dollars?  That depends, but first let me share some of the images I made with it and then I will draw some conclusions!

 

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Fern pattern

Silver coins

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Classic Mike

Straws

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Leaf pattern

Peeling paint

Mercury grill

 

On a 10 point scale:

 

Optical quality: 11  This the sharpest lens Fujifilm has produced in the XF line, with the possible exception of the 90mm f 2 which may be equally sharp!  With each new lens Fujifilm proves that they are among the very best designers and builders of truly exceptional lenses. This macro lens is as good as any I’ve ever shot and I’ve shot all the classics.   It is tack sharp right from f 2.8 and with the lens modulation built into the cameras even the defraction at f 22 is minimal. The contrast is that perfect place between punchy and smooth.  It works fantastic with the Fujifilm automatic extension tubes and the real plus is it works with the teleconverters, which is a real bonus!

 

Build Quality:  10  While the lens is substantial, it is not too large and the controls function perfectly.  The manual focus ring is smooth and has the perfect touch when manually focusing which you will certainly do in critical work , (or should)!!  The OIS is very handy when shooting a moderate to infinity distances.  It works great in close too, but you will likely be using a tripod when you get down to 1:4 ratio and closer.

 

So, is it worth it?  It depends, if you do a lot of close-up work it’s a no brainer, I’d say it’s a  12!!  If  you just do close-ups occasionally, the 90mm f 2 with extension tubes and diopters will serve you well.  The 60mm Macro is small, compact and incredibly sharp and half the cost!  Do  you need a little more working distance and a lens that focuses all the way to 1:1 ratio, without accessories?  This would fill the bill, but that’s your call!  I know what you’re thinking, will I buy one?  Well since I’ve bought every other lens, and do a lot of macro work,  I certainly plan to!  If you want one though, I would get on a list, I feel it will sell very well and it will take a little while to get one!

 

Hope that helped!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

3 months ago 4
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You guys know that I don’t recommend a lot of films, but this one is a must!  Have you ever had a freind that you have prayed for constantly, and couldn’t get through to.  Someone that just can’t accept the exisitence of God?  This film is based on the true story of Lee Strobel, a reporter who set out to prove that God did not exist and that the crucification and resurrection of Christ never happened!

 

After exhaustive research he came to the only conclusion that pure historical evidence leads to, the truth!

 

Please get this film and be as inspired and reminded OF God’s love as I was!!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

3 months ago 12
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The Portland Fuji Summit was a great event, great attendees, a wonderful team, and lousy weather, fires, and lots of smoke.  The one morning we went out to do a landscape shot we got only th breifest of color, above, but it was still a lot fun!

 

Dan Bailey, Dan Westergren and Jack were all in high form, as usual, and the guests had a good time.  We went to a Dahlia farm and we all had fun shooting the tons of varieties!  I’m not a flower photogrpaher, but even I had fun, some samples below!

 

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The top shot was with the Fuji 100-400 all the flower images were made with the 90mm f 2 lens.  Up next the Grand Tetons!!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

3 months, 1 week ago 4
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I leave at O:Dark Thirty tomorrow for Portland, OR to Join Jack Graham, Dan  Bailey and Dan Westergren for the last Fujifilm Summit for 2017!   I took the summer;  half of June, all of July and August off to be with family.  During the 7 + month battle Wes has waged against his cancer, we have all altered our schedules to be available for anything we can do to help!!  Our family has really drawn even closer together and I think I will try to take all my summers off and be with Sherelene, my adult kids and grandchildren in the future!!!

 

The fall is and exciting mix of some of my favorite locations!  After I return from Portland, the next thing up is at the end of September, early October, the Grand Tetons with Jack, truly one of the most majestic national parks!  Then it’s off to Buffalo, NY to do a one day digital photography seminar for the Frontier Camera Club.  The nexty week I’m over to Akron, Ohio to meet Jack for his Amish and Northern Ohio Tour, always a lot of fun!  On the way home,, (driving to all those locations), I will stop by Liberty University to speak to Tim Issacson’s photography classes!

 

I get home just in 1time to make sure I’m still married and then it’s down to the Smokies for the Annual Nature Photography Summit!  The following week Jack joins me for our Fall Smokies Fujifilm Workshop!

 

I will enjoy the rest of November with my family and then head back to the Smokies for the last part of November and early December for the “Christmas in the Smokies” with our His Light Faithful Friends for a reunion and to get spiritually prepared for the holidays!

 

Then my winter break will last until the Great American Route 66 Tour Jack and I are doing in mid March!  Full details on next year’s schedule coming soon!!  You can see all the Bill and Jack schedule at  jackgrahamphoto.com

 

One new feature for next year, I will be offering “One on One” private teaching sessions, details coming on that too!!!!

 

Have a great fall!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim