I purchased it on the back of reading some rather gushing reviews about the bookeh, sharpness etc and I plan to try and use it for some of my floral type photography and squeeze the most out of the creamy out of focus areas.
It was a bit wet, dark and gloomy today so I didn't get to go out and use it for anything flower related so instead here are some very random shots which I took and might at least show you something of Sheffield, my cooker and a few other bits.
What i would say is that as usual from Fuji it seems incredible sharp and it's very compact for the type of lens and quality. Autofocus seems very quick and is seemingly silent to the average situation.
All the below photos are shot in F2.0, nice and wide open. This is how I intend to use this lens so not much point trying to test it out at other apertures just for pixel peeping. Who came up with the phrase pixel peeping I wonder ? Great work.
Probably the best shot I got on the route home. Very quick auto focus and this chap looks super sharp at full resolution on iMac retina. Definitely a step sharper than other lenses at this length and similar to the xf60mm Macro/portrait lens. His clothes do look mighty sharp, either he uses some top notch washing powder or this lens is sharp.
First Shot, Paper Piles Detail. This is cropped in a little but it did jump out as being super sharp.
It is a portrait aimed lens after all so here is a person. Think the focus is actually on his collar and not face or beak but the background separation is tasty. F2.0
Jacket test, to show the graduation of the out of focus and crispness of the texture.
Lots of grease and dirt on the ceramic hob at home to show a little bit of the bookeh potential and the silky smooth out of focus grading. Bear in mind this bookeh is just reflection of light and not back lighting it's pretty sparkly (technical review).
Another street shot, slightly missed focus here but I likes the composition dunt I so it's in.
Home decor details and crispy sharpness of the lens.
Another portrait shot test ?
A little book shelf group shot in the final test. VSCO preset applied.
Lets face it, this lens is super sharp, seems to have super smooth booked and definite has that Portrait Lens Pop that adds a feel of professionalism. I'm not sure these photos have anything to actually demonstrate the above statement but I have no reason to lie.
Hopefully I'll get out and find some flowers soon and see what I can come up with, either that or bump in to some real people to take portraits of.
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Dan is a landscape & nature photographer from Sheffield in the UK.
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