Category: Fuji X-T2

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.


Fuji X-T2 treading the boards..

It’s been a couple of years since I covered stage productions, and that was using the Nikon D4S. The challenge ? was the X-T2 as capable under the managed stage lighting.

Selkirk Opera where putting on a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, and a short notice commission to document the stage sets and a dress rehearsal gave me a chance to find out.

A few images below show the camera working at 2000/3200 iso, no issues, the AF tracked well and the huge bonus, an almost silent workflow.

Miss Dorothy Brown ( Yvonne Mitchell ) and Mr Trevor Graydon ( Robin Murray )
Mrs Meers ( Val McLean )
Millie Dilmount ( Rachel Inglis )


Fuji working hard in media jobs

A commission to cover a site tour and official opening of a new plant near Edinburgh.

Fuji X-T2 / 50-140 / 16-55 / 10-24

Media Release:

02.03.2017. Millerhill AD Plant, Edinburgh, UK.
Millerhill AD Plant – Official Opening
(Photo: Rob Gray )

Councillors from Midlothian and The City of Edinburgh Councils today paid a visit to the Zero Waste Parc in Millerhill to see for themselves how a new state of the art facility will turn the region’s food waste into renewable energy.

Cllr Derek Rosie, Cabinet Member for Commercial Operations at Midlothian Council and Cllr Lesley Hinds, Environment Convenor at The City of Edinburgh Council were visiting the recently completed Millerhill Anaerobic Digestion plant to mark its official opening.

This facility, which was constructed by Alauna Renewable Energy, a partnership between Kelda Organic Energy and Scottish Water Horizons, is capable of recycling all of the discarded food that is collected by the two Councils, plus some additional waste from local businesses and industries.

The site captures methane gas generated from Anaerobic Digestion to and uses it to generate renewable electricity. The electricity will be utilised by Scottish Water at their local water treatment works and is the equivalent of powering 3300 homes.

Fuji 90mm f/2 XF R LM WR and the Macro Extension Tube 11mm – MCEX-11

Today was a test day and trial for Fuji gear, and i managed to sneak a few frames of my own while the testing went on, i took a chance to use the wonderful Fuji 90mm f/2 XF R LM WR prime lens used in conjunction with the tiny 11mm extension tube.

It turns the lens into a very usable macro set up.

just sharing a few frames for fun.

wide landscapes

Recently I have been taking the chance to test out the Fuji in lots of different situations, and the area way out of my normal, but recently having had some workshops on panoramic and landscape images

The lenses used Fuji XF 10-24/4 and a Samyang 8mm Fisheye F2.8 II on a Fuji X-T2

Captured in Selkirk showing the new Flood prevention field at Philiphaugh, taken on Fuji XF 10-24/4 while the view from the Golf course was on the Samyang 8mm Fisheye F2.8 II.

Firstly the Fuji XF 10-24/4 not a “pro spec” lens but optically it’s a stunning lens to use , even when wide open. The field of view is similar to that of a 15-36 on full frame sensor cameras, and it is a compact and light lens to use, possibly lacking in the ƒ2.8 aperture I would like to see, but holding out hope with the guys at Fuji HQ.

Now the Samyang 8mm Fisheye F2.8 II, this is the only non fuji lens to be found in my kit, firstly i believe in using brand lenses, but more importantly this lens is probably that specialist, that I doubt it will appear on the Fuji lens roadmap. It reminds me of the Nikon 16mm/2.8 fisheye, optically it is a sweet lens and probably best at ƒ5.6 or ƒ8

In use, anything other than extreme close images, i.e. minimum focus is 35cm, but its focus scale (manual focus by the way) is at infinity from about 1m, so you can set it there and leave it, shooting on X series it requires the camera set to allow it to shoot without lens as there is no electronic data transfer from lens to body. I find it a great lens giving alternative views, it can be overdone, but in the right situation it can make a strong image.

The pano images where cropped to 3:1 after edit in camera raw.

Fuji XF 10-24/4
Fuji XF 10-24/4
Fuji XF 10-24/4
Samyang 8mm Fisheye F2.8 II
Samyang 8mm Fisheye F2.8 II