Category: Fuji XF 50-140/2.8

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 Lens favourites – part one

Cameras are all personal choice, a magic box…., but it’s the glass that really counts.

The lenses are probably one of the biggest reasons to influence your choice of camera system.

  • As much as you love your current DSLR or mirrorless body, in a few years, you’ll no doubt be using the upgraded model, but you’ll probably still be shooting with some or all of the same lenses that you started with.

Sure, over the years, you may add some new glass and modify your kit, but in general, most photographers don’t upgrade lenses nearly as often as they do cameras. Having moved from a collection of Nikon glass that developed and changed to my shooting style and work over many years, I’m pretty sure most photographers will tell you they have a “favourite lens, one that is always to hand…

During the last year, I’ve have moved rather rapidly to using Fuji gear. I’m using the X-T2 as my main camera for everything now, and last year, I shot quite a bit with the X-T1. Having experimented with a variety of the different XF lenses on a wide variety of subject matter, I’ve come to realize that Fuji is as serious about their lenses as they are about their cameras, and behind this you have the historic passion Fuji have shown for all things optical and lens orientated, just how many TV / Cine productions have been captured using Fujinon lenses on the front of the camera array?

Although mirrorless gear sometimes has the stigma that it’s not quite as “serious” as DSLR gear, make no mistake: this is downright serious quality glass here, and the awesome XF 50-140mm f/2.8 fast weather sealed tele zoom proves that Fuji has come to the table with some big and very serious guns. These are truly great lenses, and after trying out a number of their models, I’ve narrowed down some of the Fuji XF lenses I like the best for my style of photography.

Number One: The Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 OIS WR zoom makes the top of this list. Period.

Any serious Fuji shooter who came from DSLRs and who used to rely on a Nikon or Canon 70-200 f/2.8 zoom should get this lens. It’s a truly amazing piece of glass. Nothing more to say, it provides the same focal length as a 75-210 on a full frame dslr.

Number Two:            The Fujinon XF 23mm 1.4R.

A fixed prime with an image field of view matching the sweet 35mm that used to grace my Nikons. This was one of “the” reasons I loved the initial move over to Fuji, stunningly sharp, superb AF, yes it’s a beast, but I could shoot all day with this on one camera body and never struggle to create images that excite.



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)

Fuji Journey (Part 2)

Yesterday I gave an insight into some of the reasoning behind my move to Fuji X.

Today it is about what the Fuji X system gives me in addition to the aforementioned benefits.

The lightness, the ability to visualise in the wonderful EVF, what I have already imagined in my mind, allowing me to create more.

The range of lenses has brought me back to almost where I started, a set of prime glass that is so sharp and a joy to use.

My photography started as a child, with a camera and a 50mm lens, and my second lens a 70-200, before dropping the 50 in lue of a 35mm and this became a favourite lens.

This has been given back to me in the form of the Fuji XF 23/1.4, which when coupled with the XT1 or now the XT2 gives me a very versatile combination.

This may be added to later with a 16/1.4, but my Fuji X has returned some of the passion in my photography.

Given the choice of only one lens to use as a walkabout, the XF 23/1.4 is my go to glass.


But todays image is from the stunning XF 50-140/2.8, this is the Fuji equivalent to a 70-200.

Model: X-T1
Lens (mm): 80.4 
ISO: 200
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter: 1/500

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.


Selkirk Haggis Hunt 2017

Selkirk, UK. 22.Jan.2017.
10th Annual Selkirk Haggis Hunt

Over 400 Haggis Hunters visit the Royal & Ancient Burgh.
The Annual Hunt to ensure Burns Suppers can continue returned to the hills above the Royal and Ancient Burgh of Selkirk today (22nd Jan). The event continues to be well supported by local and visiting Hunters and local businesses in and around the Burgh.
Burn’s hagiography to the humble haggis is recited the world over every January when people gather to celebrate the birthday of the people’s poet.
Whether his immortal verse to the cooked variety of haggis has anything to do with folk tales of him being bitten by one on a visit to Selkirk is a matter of debate; the truth lost in the mists of time.
Hunt day falls this year just days before Burn’s birthday on January 25 and when, for only a few hours, the haggis becomes fair game.
The hunt tradition was hatched by locals at the Town Arms Inn near the Market Square from where parties set off in search of haggis, invigorated with suitable libations .
Reports from the Hill are encouraging with a fresh brood of smaller but easier to catch Haggis having been discovered earlier in the week.

Image created using:

Fuji X-T2 with the XF50-140/2.8
Model: X-T2
Lens (mm): 50 
ISO: 640
Aperture: 3.2
Shutter: 1/250