Making the Simple Sublime

For the last couple of weeks I have been using the Fuji XF50-140mm F2.8 on my X-T1 camera. I purchased one from my good friends at AV Camera, in Bangkok.

XF50-140mm

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Tending the corn patch

We photographers are an odd lot. We swear that equipment is only a small part of the equation, sing the anthem of one camera and one lens to anyone that will listen, and yet we are all gear heads to some degree. Lustfully eyeing the newest equipment from the likes of Leica, Nikon, or Canon and following the newest mirrorless innovations. If I were a rich man my camera case would be amazing, I admit it.
I’m pleased with this new hunk of glass and metal, even though it somewhat negates the reason for going mirrorless. It is a huge lens for a mirrorless camera. But it is a fraction the weight of it’s Nikon counterpart, the 70-200 F2.8, and for this reason I can live with it. It is sharp, it focuses fast, has a shallow depth of field and is built like a tank, being water resistant which is a blessing in Thailand.
I enjoy using a zoom telephoto. I like to get up close and personal with my photos, without being physically so close that it affects my subjects in a negative way, photographically. I like them to look and act natural, and yet I like to fill the frame with the moment and expression without distracting elements.

 

Morning Alms, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

Morning Alms, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

This lens does that for me. The subjects, while aware of my presence and camera, are not overwhelmed by it. I don’t feel like I am distracting, and I don’t feel that I am part of the scene in a large way.

Morning Alms, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

Morning Alms, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

The ability to go from medium telephoto to longer telephoto means I can zoom out to tell the story more effectively when necessary. My dream lens would do this even more. I would love to see an affordable 24 to 200 that is fast at f2.8 or faster, but we are a ways off from that technology.

Working Bamboo, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

Working Bamboo, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

This is a great lens / camera combination for me, and the way I shoot. I can see myself using the heck out of this, and that is what it is all about. Finding something you are comfortable with and that does the job in a sublime way.

 


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