A.I.A. (At It Again) – Part 2

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Shot at Old Car City  X-T2 / 18-135 in Acros with a red filter


I got a bunch of email questions about the previous blog entry so I thought I would answer them!


Question:  When do you prefer to use the X PRO 2 and the single focal length lenses?


Answer:  First, it is the tactal experience, I simply love hand holding the X PRO 2 with any of the single focal length lenses, second for some subjects the quality of the glass just screams with wonderful images!!!  60mm Macro below!



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Question:  I notice you don’t have either the 18-55 or the 16-55, I remember you had and sold a 16-55,  why do you own neither one?


Answer:  Actually you are right, I own the 18-135 which covers the range of both   It is slower and maybe just a very tad less sharp, but enormousely useful and plenty sharp enough.  I had both and found I rarely used them after getting the 18-135.  From time to time I am tempted to re-purchase one of the two, if I did,  it would be the 18-55,  if I find a good deal on one I would still like to have it for travel.  The image below should kill all debates over if the 18-55 is “sharp enough”!!!


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Question:  How would you use the 16mm f 1.4 for greatest affect?


Answer:  Actually the image below, is a great exanple of extreme shallow depth-of-field and close focus ability of the 16mm!  These kinds of lenses help us make a statement that can’t be accomplished with any other lens!



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Question:  I read a test report on E PHOTO Zone that said the 18-135 was not very sharp, any comments?


Answer:  I read the same report and I generally have a great deal of trust in their test reports, I think they are very fair minded and thorough.  One thing I know is that all lenses vary in quality on rare occasions.   If they had tested five lenses I would bet  a bunch that the other four would have gotten much higer scores.  I truly beleive and know that  the two I have owned are both very sharp and of the highest quality, proof below!






Question:  I’ve considered the 100-400 but wonder if it is really that good?


Answer:  To be honest, I felt the same,  I really worried about if a zoom of that much range could be good enough for critical work.  When I tested it for Fujifilm, I was astounded.  The image below was the one that sold me!



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So at least that is a few, more to come!




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One last point, we worry too much about the gear!  Guess what this was shot with?




How about the original Fujifilm X10, a $600. high quality point and shoot!  Hand held no less!





2 Responses

  1. Richard Browne says:

    Having bought, used, and loved about 10 different Fuji lens, I have to say that I’ve yet to find any that aren’t way more than acceptably sharp. I think for many of the people who question the sharpness of Fuji lenses – particularly based on reviews that they’ve read online – the question I would have for them is: What are you planning to use the lens for? Are you making photos that will only ever be seen on your computer screen – or in a 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 print? If so you’re going to be more than satisfied with any of the Fuji lenses! The sharpness of a particular lens is going to be important if you’re routinely blowing up your photos to 16 x 20 or larger – and all of the Fuji lenses are going to pass that test. If you just want the psychic satisfaction of knowing your lens is the absolute sharpest one out there, you really need to get a different hobby (or some psychiatric help) because no lens is ever going to be sharp enough!

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