Tagged: Fujifilm 18 mm Lens

Closer with Shrinking DoF

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I have been experimenting some more with ways to decrease the depth of field (DoF) while using the Fuji 18mm lens with the addition of a +5 macro conversion lens.  I used it to make the above image.

Adding a macro conversion lens on to the front enables the lens to focus closer to the subject.  The following images show this affect.  I made a picture of the lens hood with the 18mm lens at its normal closest point of focusing at an aperture of f/2.  The second is the same picture with the conversion lens added to the 18mm lens made at its point of focus.  You can see how much closer it focuses as well as how the DoF shrinks.

I have found this conversion lens of use with some other lenses for making macro flower images, and now I’m looking for other uses during the coming winter when there are no flowers.

As Kirk says, B&W adds a bit of fiction to an image; but I also like B&W along with reduced DoF to help add a bit of mystery to the picture.  Kirk wants camera manufacturers to add enhanced B&W profiles to the cameras, but I prefer using software to do it rather than embed it in the camera.  I used the LR CC ACROS calibration to make these images.

Walk in Hanover, PA with 18 mm Lens

If you haven’t figured it out from my recent posts, I have made a concentrated effort to work with each of my cameras and lenses to review their limitations and strengths in more depth.  My last post “Trees” was an example of how I will probably mostly use my pocket LT1.  The images in this post show how I will probably use my 18 mm prime lens on the X-E1; i.e., walking about in towns among people when traveling, etc.

All of the above images were taken at an aperture of F8.  I left the camera at that setting and let the shutter speed range between 1/250 and 1/1100 sec. at the base ISO of 200.  I used center point focusing and then cropped the pictures (usually the bottom was cut off) to achieve the above compositions which are the full width.  I sometimes took the pictures (like the first one) without raising the camera to eye level.

It isn’t the sharpest Fuji lens, but it is a small pancake lens.  With it on the X-E1 I can keep the camera on a strap around my neck and under a jacket if I need to hide it or if it rains suddenly.  It also easily fits into a zip-lock bag if it rains and I don’t have a waterproof jacket.  In addition, it also is out-of-the-way while hanging on the strap when I’m sitting in a restaurant.   I also use my 27 mm lens this same way if/when I need a smaller field of view.

Spring has Sprung

Spring has started to arrive, but the problem is that it is still windy.  It seems that the March winds are as late as the warmer temperatures.

My 18 mm lens also arrived so I took it for a walk.  One of the things I needed to check was the depth of field for various conditions.  While I wouldn’t choose this lens for these types of images, I still need to be able to use them under such conditions for when it is all I have with me.  The above were taken wide open at an aperture of F2.  This enabled me to blur out the background and use a fast shutter speed.  The fast shutter speed was necessary due to the amount of movement due to the strong winds.

The lens is great, but with the narrow depth of field (I was up close) and the winds it was almost impossible to get the focus correct.  When using this lens under these conditions I will have to try to compose the image so that the focus point isn’t critical; i.e., choose a group of flowers so that at least they will be in focus somewhere.

The following picture was taken at F11.  I have posted it just to show you how it looks.  As in the above I was up close to the tree, but F11 gave me plenty of depth of field when I focused on the tree.  All of these images were taken in raw format and then processed using the new Fuji Velvia camera setting in LR 5.4.

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Favorite Travel Lenses

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Note the different style/shape/size windows/doors/openings in a very small area in a very old structure in the above image.

While I have gone back through my older pictures taken a few years ago in Ireland, I discovered that all the best images (my preference) were taken with a micro 4/3 camera with one of two prime lenses.  Those lenses were the Panasonic 14 mm or 20 mm pancake lenses.  They had effective focal lengths of 28 and 40 mm.  Looking at the images made with these two lenses brought back memories of how much I loved using these small pancake lenses on a small camera.  If we were in town and walking the streets or touring inside buildings I used the 14 mm lens and if we were out in the country or traveling in the van I used the 20 mm lens.  I found these to be near perfect focal lengths in Ireland.  As I often do, I have decided to go back to the future … get something new & better that replicates one aspect of a previous capability.

I now have the Fuji X-E1 camera which is even better than the micro 4/3 camera that I used in Ireland.  Since it is also small and of the same rangefinder style and since I already have the 27 mm pancake lens with an effective focal length of 40.5 mm, I decided to order the Fuji 18 mm, effective 27 mm focal length, lens.  Using these focal lengths on the streets in Hanover, PA will not be the same and may not work as well, but I will also be able to use my 35 mm prime lens (effective 52.5 mm) here if needed on the wider streets.