Category: Fuji XF 16-55/2.8

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 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 pano lessons

Today was a small 3:1 lesson with some of my regular students, they wanted to take some panoramic images, so a short trip to Selkirk.
My images above captured using the 16-55/2.8 on the Fuji X-T2
Image One : set at 35mm using ISO 200, Aperture: ƒ7.1 Shutter: 1/500
Image Two : set at 34mm using ISO 200, Aperture: ƒ11 Shutter: 1/140
The images where captured using the camera in vertical orientation and allowing a 25% overlap, then blended in Photoshop CC using automate/photomerge, then the merged layers being fine tuned in camera raw, before cropping to the 3:1 ratio and output at a 3600px jpeg.