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Fuji 10-24mm f/4 Sample photos have surfaced!

This thing is the real deal: Tack sharp wide open, surprisingly rectilinear and with RIDICULOUS optical image stabilization

– David Hobby

If you don’t know who David Hobby is, he is the strobist, and here is his blog, this is him on DigitalRevTV doing the Pro Photog Cheap Camera Challenge, and just a super cool dude overall.

While I don’t have the luxury of trying out unreleased lenses, I do keep an eye out for these things and David Hobby just posted up 5 photos he took with his pre-release copy in Dubai.  You can see them in all their their hi-res glory on this flickr set.

Just reading through his captions and the images themselves, the things that jump out immediately are:

  • The lens is really sharp, like REALLY sharp
  • Distortion is extremely well controlled, no sign of barreling or pin-cushioning
  • The short focal length and OIS allowed him to get handheld shots at up to 2secs (I may have to try this one day).

Now, more about the lens … it’s full name is fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS and it is designed to be used with the existing range of Fuji compact system cameras (CSC) such as X-E2, X-T1 etc.  The 10-24mm focal length gives a 15-36mm equivalent, while I’ve never used that exact focal length beforeI have spent a few days with a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 and also own a Canon 17-40mm f/4L and Canon 15mm f/2.8 fisheye.

Sydney Queen Victoria Building. Canon 5D MkII with EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye

Note that the Canon 15mm is a fisheye, so even though it is a rectilinear fisheye, the Fuji 10-24 won’t be quite as wide.  This will give you a good idea though.  Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) is an interesting addition and shouldn’t be forgotten about.  Most camera manufacturers don’t bother adding OIS to ultra-wide lenses like these because they figured you wouldn’t need it.  Both Canon and Nikon have yet to release a fast ultra-wide lens with IS/VR but that may change in the near future.  The constant f/4 aperture is quite nice, I know a lot of people would prefer a constant f/2.8 but those are also the same people who refuse to pay up for it.

In this lens Fuji has managed to put together an optically sound, great looking, and robust lens that fills a void in their system while keeping it at a reasonable price ($999 USD on BH).  Keeping it below the $1000 mark is key because let’s face it not many of us are willing to pay any more than that on a CSC lens (regardless of how awesome it is).  Fuji has also managed to create a f/1.2 lens under that magic price point but I’ll cover that in another post!

As far as we can tell Fuji stepped up their CSC game, as an enthusiast I’m excited about where this is headed, as a Sony owner I’m curious to see what they’ll come up with to compete.

The Return

I’m back!

After more than a year of not writing anything and realising people were still reading some of my posts I have decided to get back into it and keep you guys entertained the best way I know how … photography.

Photography has taken a strange turn for me during my hiatus.  I never thought I could put photography second to anything in my life but I am starting to think that I’m better off this way.  Sure I haven’t made any money with my photography recently, but that was never the point.  I liked seeing things in ways nobody else knew how, I liked documenting moments in life that would never happen again, the money was just a bonus.  Unfortunately, the money also came with stress, long hours and tight deadlines which meant post processing into the next morning.

These days, I’ve down sized my kit, I still own the SLR gear but I have made some purchases (I’ll get into that later) which allow me to enjoy the moment a little more yet still take great photographs (if not better).  I now take photos only because I want to, not because I had to.

The above photograph was taken with my new baby, Sony alpha 7.  You can read a good review here http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/01/22/sony-alpha-7-review-full-frame-mirrorless-is-here.  I got it with the kit 24-70mm and then subsequently bought the Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8 as well.  I’ll definitely cover this in more detail in later posts as well as my personal impressions and maybe an informal review.  In short, I love the camera.  It takes photos at a ridiculous quality, very responsive, great in low light, renders colours beautifully straight out of the camera.  To top it off it’s the first camera that I’ve had which had wifi connectivity, so when I’m out shooting I can transfer photos straight to my iPhone, edit with snapseed and straight online for everyone to see.

Some may argue that cameras like this will never beat a DSLR in terms of performance.  I agree, but that’s not what I need my camera for these days.  These days I want a camera that gives me complete control, takes photos equivalent to (or better than) my Canon 5D MKII, yet in a smaller package.  The Sony a7 delivers in every aspect.

My older readers wil know that a great photograph has nothing to do with the camera anyway.  You are the photographer, and you decide how to approach a scene.  We bend the rules and challenge the norms to chase that ever elusive perfect photograph that we can be proud of.

– Chris

PS. Hopefully it won’t be another year or two before you hear from me again.

Double Down!

On 30th March 2011, the KFC Double Down was officially released in Sydney.  I know, it’s a long time to wait since it was released on April 12 2010 in the US.  As you would expect, we were pretty eager to go check out what was widely ridiculed as extremely unhealthy. 

The Double Down contains a full day’s worth of sodium according to the American Heart Association’s guidelines.  Of course this had no affect on sales, selling over 350 000 sandwiches in less than 10 days in Canada. 

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Above: A picture of yours truly.  Zinger fillet, cheese, bacon, sauce, cheese, zinger fillet.  A real man’s “burger”

I also HAD to take a video of our experience with the double down (which we managed to get our hands on the night before).  Scroll down for Episode 1 of the series Smile

 

Taking on the Double Down: Episode I. Shot with the Canon EOS 5D MkII and EF 17-40mm f4L

 

Stay tuned for Episode II, where we up the stakes, manhood on the line