Of course when I talk about family I’m referring to my Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2, but I guess my natural family was there too.
They’ve actually been all over the place these last few months, busy getting houses fixed, traveling, working etc. We finally had a chance to all meet up after something like 5 months and my daughter got a chance to show them what the terrible twos is really all about. Or for my oldest brother, I guess a reminder. Actually the terrible twos for his daughters never really ended. 🙂
Fujifilm X-T2 | Mitakon 35mm f0.95
The lens I mostly used this weekend was the Mitakon 35mm f0.95 for Fujifilm. The lens is really good, especially for casual incidental photography because of the speed and shallow depth of field. For 35mm I think the Fujinon 35mm f1.4 might render slightly prettier images in terms of color and contrast, but this lens is so fun and so pretty when wide open that it’s hard to ignore, especially at the current price.
I’ve found it’s really good for those close up portrait shots where you want just the eyes to pop. This look is hard to do with a lot of longer lenses because of the flattening of the image that tends to happen as the angle of view narrows down, like the Fujinon 90mm. You really need a fairly wide lens to pull it off and this 35mm does it perfectly.
Fujifilm X-Pro 2 | 7Artisans 25mm f1.8 | Workshop
I conducted my first workshop with my niece as well – She’s 10. I brought my daughter as a model.
I let her use my Fujifilm X-Pro2 with that super cheap and crappy 7Artisans 25mm lens. Actually, that lens is such a piece of crap I laughed when I first opened it and looked inside. Optically it’s very pretty and the all metal lens barrel is great, but whoever assembled the thing had a field day with the contact cement, it was everywhere inside the lens. It won’t affect image quality but I thought it was pretty funny. I’ll post photos and everything when I do my review. I think it’s like $80 bucks or something so if you’re looking for a beater, this might be it.
Anyway, for a manual focus lens my niece did very well. It’s 25mm which means it’s about a 37mm with the APS-C sensor. I stuck her at f4 so vignetting would be mostly controlled and focus would be a touch easier.
The following photos are all taken by Sydney Griffin processed by myself in Lightroom with Classic Chrome.