Competition: Mono (Print and Digital)

Time for my image selection for the Mono competition.

I was looking to get a couple of images printed, but I’ll rely on my store of prints as I’m probably pushing it to get anything sorted for next weeks deadline for prints.

First up are my digital entries:

The following image is a panoramic of 3 images taken handheld with my X-Pro2.  The mono works better than the colour (handy for this comp) and the fact it’s fairly clear of people is a bonus.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 – XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS ƒ/5.6 18mm 1/320 ISO200

The Selfridges image is a a quick shot taken on my lunchtime walks around Birmingham.   This was a quick grab shot of the usual Birmingham landmark, but with a different focal point.    I was looking to get a silver print of this, but I don’t think I’d have the time to get it in for the competition – so it’s a digital for now.

Fujifilm X-E3 XF14mmF2.8 R ƒ/10.0 – 1/100 – iso200

And for my print entries…..

I love the seaside and I especially love long exposures.   Out of all my silver effect prints this one has been my favourite.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 – XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS – ƒ/11.0 – 18mm – 30 Seconds – iso200

Another one from my lunchtime walks – I’m not sure what a judge will think of the bit of nature poking it’s way in on the bottom right – we’ll see.   And if it’s mentioned then maybe an edit and reprint might be an option for the 4th quarterly.   Maybe a subtle title like ‘Nature vs Architecture’ will sway it

Fujifilm X-E3 – XF27mmF2.8 -ƒ/8.0 – 1/320 – iso200

Both prints are sliver based ones – The may make a re-appearance for the final round of the quarterly competition.

XF14mm

The is not a review, but I love the 14mm.

Fujifilm X-E3 – XF14mmF2.8 R – ƒ/10.0 – 1/100 – iso200 Fuji Acros Mode + Yellow Filter
Fujifilm X-E3 – XF14mmF2.8 R –  ƒ/10.0 – 1/100 – iso200 – Fuji Acros Mode + Yellow Filter
Fujifilm X-E3 – XF14mm f/2.8 R – ƒ/9 – 1/240 – iso200

Just a few images from my 2nd day out with the 14mm.   The first image was chosen as POTD on igersbirmingham/Instagram and seems to generally well received – which is nice.

Best Nine – Kebablog Instagram

It’s that time of year, when you get all reflective and look back – fortunately with Instagram you can be lazy and use 3rd party websites to check back and report how your images were received during the past year.    For a few years I’ve simply posted the result, but this year as I’ve gone a bit Instax mad I thought I’d get creative…….

Instagram – Kebablog – Best Nine

There you go, 9 Instax prints, a Fuji X-E3 with external flash and a bit of Photoshop later the result I think is quite pleasing.   If you think it’s awful, let me know.   I’ve posted it on my Instagram feed to drop me a note there 🙂

Fujifilm XF14mm f/2.8 R

I’ve been looking for a while to pick up another lens, but was waiting for the right time etc.   However the marketing people at Fujifilm know this so a well timed £100 voucher and the winter cash back tempted me.

I was looking at picking up the XF18mm to accompany my X-E3 and 27mm.   Unfortunately the 18mm (along with the 23, 35, and 50) was excluded in the £100 voucher offer so I had to look elsewhere (I could’ve simply just not bothered, but a £100+Cashback saving is hard to turn down).

Why the 14mm?  I’ve toyed with a few different lenses such as the 56mm and 90mm.  The 56mm is a choice of many portrait photographers (matches roughly the 85mm on a Full Frame sensor) – but as I don’t really shoot portraits  it’s probably not a great choice at the moment.

The 90mm is a bit of an odd size (similar to the 135mm on FF), but having previously owned the Canon EF135 f/2 L it’s a type of lens I loved.   Still at this moment I consider it to be a nice to have lens rather than something that would get a lot of use.

Fujifilm X-E3, XF14mm f/2.8 R

Package wise, the XF14mm is a small compact unit – although not as small as the 18mm or the 27mm lenses.   It’s compact enough to fit in my small bag which I take to work in my rucksack.  The hood adds a little to the bulk,  but it’s an item you’d need to carry around as being a wide lens you may get a bit of flare in the sun light.

Fujifilm X-E3, XF14mm f/2.8 R

One of the annoyances with the 27mm pancake lens is the lack of the aperture ring, its a welcome addition on the 14mm.   Feature wise the 14mm is a little sparse, no IS and no obvious manual focus option.  The latter is available – the switch is actually the focus ring.  The ring can be pushed forward to enable auto focus and pulled back to switch to manual.  It’s a bit odd,  but you do get used to it.

14mm vs 18mm

Unfortunatley I purchased the lens on one the most miserable days of the year so far – hence testing have been limited.  The above image shows the what the extra 4mm gives you.   Granted it’s not a super wide angle (around 21mm on FF) but for most of my street/architecture images it’ll allow me to get a bit more in.

Close up Bokeh
Lens cap vs 27mm

In the end after the discount I picked the lens up for £644, plus after 30 days I’ll be able to claim back an additional £135 – so £509 for a nice wide angle was worth it.  Initial testing looks good, but I’ll be a better position to do some real testing next week when I’m back in the city centre.

Christmas possible lens indecision

Well, it’s coming up that time of year were I think about spending money once more – I had planned to save up a bit of cash and pick up a 56mm lens but funds aren’t there at the moment.  But Fuji are running cash back offers again – typically £45 for cheaper lenses moving up to £90 and higher for expensive glass.    For some reason because they like me* they’re also offering an extra £100 off as well so that’s got me thinking once more!

The 90mm is currently at £799 so that’s another temptation (as it’s a replacement for my old Canon EF135 F2), but also some shorter ranges are superb

I’ve been thinking about the 18mm for a while to use on my X-E3.  Currently that gets at £45 cash back, so with the £100 extra off it’s available for around £300  which on the face of it is a steal, but it can be obtained 2nd hand via MPB for £259!

One other option is a bit of a gap filler – the 55-200.   It’s a small zoom and ideal as a carry around lens instead of the monster 100-400 – that has the advantage of being available at John Lewis so I can get 12% discount, plus £90 and £100 cash back.  It ends up around £360 give of take a quid or so – but do I actually need it?

*Probably a generic email

 

/edit  Just noticed the t’s & c’s:

Excludes XF8-16mm, XF200mm, XF18mmF2, XF23mmF2, XF27mmF2.8, XF35mmF2 and XF50mmF2 lenses.

That that knackers my idea of a discount on a short lens!!

/edit 2 Just noticed John Lewis isn’t on the retailer list either!!

/edit 3 Decided to get the 14mm in the end.  Not bought it yet – but Wex are getting one in for me and hopefully I’ll pick it up at the weekend 🙂