Category: Fuji XF 10-24/4

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.

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

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.


Historic A7 Old Tweed Bridge – Repairs

Selkirk, Old Tweed Bridge, UK. 22.Jan.2017.



A maintenance scheme is currently underway to restore the historic Old Tweed Bridge at the A7 between Galashiels and Selkirk. The repair work is expected to take up to sixteen months to complete.
The bridge, which was opened by Sir Walter Scott in 1832, is still used as a footpath and cycleway but traffic now uses the nearby A7 to cross the river. The work is essential to ensure the future of the 184 year old structure.
During the work, the existing bridge infill will be removed, the masonry walls of the bridge will be taken down and rebuilt plum and a concrete saddle will be cast above the masonry arches which will then be waterproofed and the road resurfaced above, a before being re-opened to the public. The Works also require the installation of an extensive temporary propping and encapsulation structure underneath and around the bridge.
The work requires a full closure of the bridge with a diversion route in place for cyclists and foot travellers. The diversion route will follow the footpath beside the A7
The work has been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish National Heritage (SNH) and the River Tweed Commissioners.