Category: Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6

A single viewpoint with the X-T2 and a couple of lenses

Landscapes, as most people that know me is not within my normal remit, I find it difficult to capture and create some of the wonderful images that adorn office walls and displays across the area. despite living in one of the most scenic parts of the lowlands of Scotland.

Anyway…. I took the camera bag out for a drive, parked up and decided to bolt the camera to the trusty old Manfrotto, my 055B will be 25 this year! as old as me if you transpose the digits!

So with the X-T2 on sturdy legs, not mine, what to take….

I have always said photography is about seeing, stand and look around, use your eyes, they are the lenses of our brain, just like the glass in our camera set up, no point just point and click, take a look around and visualise the landscape , the scenery, you will start to form images and compositions on your mind, then start making images, don’t “take” anything…

Make the image you visualise, use the camera to record the scene…

Hope you enjoy today’s few frames.

 

BT Premiership rugby

A week on from the RBS6Nations victory for Scotland against Ireland at BT Murrayfield, it was a huge shift in venue, but the rugby was much more physical.

The conditions would have suited ducks better. This was a chance to experience the Fuji X-T2 in the wet, and poor light of February and on top of that, a premiership ground, lacking the illumination normally found at an International.

For the technical, Auto ISO set to max out at 6400,  the shutter speed on the bodies set at 1/1000th,  the Fuji XF 50-140/2.8 giving me a working iso of 2000, but with the slower Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6 the iso was almost always pegged at 6400, oh Fuji where are your plans for a fast prime lens for sports photography ? Either 200/1.8 or 300/2 or push the boat and build both i am happy to test….

Anyway a few images to enjoy from today.

11.Feb.2017. Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick, UK.
BT Premiership
Hawick vs Gala RFC at Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick.
Grant Huggan (Hawick) clears the ball from the grasp of the Gala defence, during the local derby match at Mansfield Park, Hawick.
Final Score Hawick 16 – Gala 6, the scoreline seeing Gala relegated from the Premiership
Photo: Rob Gray (07970 836 888)
11.Feb.2017. Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick, UK.
BT Premiership
Hawick vs Gala RFC at Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick.
Final Score Hawick 16 – Gala 6, the scoreline seeing Gala relegated from the Premiership
Photo: Rob Gray (07970 836 888)
11.Feb.2017. Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick, UK.
BT Premiership
Hawick vs Gala RFC at Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick.
Final Score Hawick 16 – Gala 6, the scoreline seeing Gala relegated from the Premiership
Photo: Rob Gray (07970 836 888)
11.Feb.2017. Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick, UK.
BT Premiership
Hawick vs Gala RFC at Hawick RFC, Mansfield Park, Hawick.
Ross Gibson (Hawick) wins the lineout ball, keeping it out of reach of Gala. Heavy conditions suited the Green Machine.
Final Score Hawick 16 – Gala 6, the scoreline seeing Gala relegated from the Premiership
Photo: Rob Gray (07970 836 888)

Landscape with the Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6

The Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6 works well as a interim sports lens, hoping the Fuji are working on the next stage and will be bringing the much needed sports lens to the timeline.

One thing that is for sure is the lens is a lot more versatile than at first glance, todays post looks at its use as a landscape lens.

All images with Fuji X-T2 and the Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6minimal post capture processing in Ps Camera Raw

Fuji at RBS6N

RBS 6 Nations 2017

Scotland vs Ireland, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh 4th February 2017

” I Was There……

Along with a near capacity crowd, the atmosphere as always a buzz of excitement, with me Jeff Carter Fuji X Ambassador,

letting me enjoy the pleasure of shooting with the Fuji XT2 and the stunning Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6.

The day was to be a good one with hospitality from the start, the prospect of some interesting rugby, and a weather forecast promising a touch of sun later in the afternoon.

The sun did shine indeed…..

I post a couple of images from the day just showing what the XT2 is capable of, the only lacking item in the Fuji Sports photographers arsenal A FAST PRIME TELE, Sorry Fuji, this is becoming a MUST HAVE

Not just to help with the iso setup, but the background isolation is a big issue, please can I have a fixed fast aperture lens. I will even test one for FREE.

Stuart Hogg with a classic airborne dive over the try line to give him his second try and earn him Man of the Match in his side’s defeat of the Irish 27-22, While the lower image shows the tackle on Alex Dunbar.

Date: 04/02/2017
Time: 14:47:40
Model: Fuji X-T2
Lens (mm):Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6 @ 100mm
ISO: 3200
Aperture: 5.6
Shutter: 1/1000
Date: 04/02/2017
Time: 16:05:24 
Model: Fuji X-T2
Lens (mm):Fuji XF 100-400/4.5-5.6 @ 218.7mm
ISO: 3200
Aperture: 5
Shutter: 1/1000

 

 

Fuji G.A.S. – the move from Nikon

Less than 12 months ago I was a total dedicated Nikon user,

Everything from 16mm fisheye thru to a 400/2.8 the 200-400/4 and all the best of Nikon’s 2.8 or 1.4 lenses.

All matched to the Nikon D4S as well as a tasty collection of SB900 speedlights and the amazing WT5 wireless transmitters.

Then after having had a Fuji Xpro1, a birthday gift from a landmark celebration the year before ( yeah I was getting old !).

Things in photography had changed, the amount of work I was doing for National Press, was changing into a nice selection of corporate clients.

Nikon’s next flagship on the horizon the D5, but this wee Fuji X system from the East had caught my eye, thanks to the work of Jeff Carter and John Rourke,

both amazing photographers that had moved to the Fuji and were capturing some amazing action and corporate imagery from the WEC and ELMS motorsports championships

as well as Jeff working on some amazing landscape work.

The seed was sown, after a few facebook messages to Jeff in Dunbar and various phone calls, a visit to see him and have a proper chat on the cards.

the costs involved in the impending upgrade to the D5 ….. £10800 just for the bodies, not forgetting the WT6 update, and possible a nice wee lens in there.

It was going to be serious expense, then theX-T1 grabbed my attention.

yes it’s a cropped sensor camera ! so what, yes it weighs in at a fraction of the D4S 0r D5, it has access to some of the best-made lenses

I have used in a good while and the cost !! well I could for the price of one D5 buy 3 Fuji XT1 bodies with grips and still have a few pounds left for spare batteries!

Would my clients notice….. more tomorrow, but tonight I leave you with an image of the gear that has changed me.

 

Pond Life

Using the X-T2 on a day off !
The local pond at Tweedbank, known as Gunknowe Loch always a great place to capture some random images of swans and other assorted birds, due to frequent feeding by residents of the area.
A good place to fine tune long lenses and play with AF control set up.
Model: X-T2
Lens (mm): 400
Aperture: 5.6
Shutter: 1/500