Old With The New

January 15th, 2021

That $20 adapter I wrote of in last entry, arrived earlier this week, so got to slap on my lens from my very first Fuji camera I had, and learned photography on/with, thirty-five’ish years ago, onto my new and current Fuji camera.

Fit on just fine, and took only a little bit to figure out how to get it all to function, and able to shoot with… which entailed adjusting the aperture slider on the adapter itself, so as to be able to use the aperture ring on the lens (which is an ol’ manual focus Fujinon f/1.6 50mm, which makes it an equivalent 75mm f/2.4 lens on my APS-C X-Pro3)… and then diving into the Menu and finding where to have the camera actually shoot with the lens on, that the camera does not recognize as being attached to the front of it.  Once that was done though, was good to go.

I can’t recall if I actually set it myself after I first got the camera, or if the X-Pro3 just automatically does so itself, but handily displays a focus peaking overlay, in the lower right corner of the viewfinder, when manually focusing the lens, that I found rather cool, neat, and appreciative.  Which in the resulting test photos below, nailed it, and all images were spot on and tack sharp.

So, being eager to give the ol’ lens a whirl on the new camera, I set out on yet another global warmingly mild, early January, Winter day, of temps hoverin’ around the 50° (10°C) mark, to excitedly shoot with the paired combo.

Which turned out to be rather frustrating… not with anything with the camera, as that lay sitting in the passenger seat of my car, as I drove endlessly all bloody over this blah area, lookin’ for something/somewhere to shoot!  Seriously, I drove in a large, nearly forty mile loop, looking for an area to shoot, and absolutely nothing caught my eye, and/or, was somewhere I have previously shot in the past, and the whole ‘been there, done that’ thing…  I really can’t emphasize enough, how much I truly hate living back here.

So, honestly, after all of that, just ended up coming all the way back home, and literally walking right directly behind my current residence, to this cemetery that is adjacent, and just wandering around it, grabbing shots.  These are the resulting ones I took:

Wispy Cloud Sky

Wispy Cloud Sky

Three And A Half Columns

Three And A Half Columns

Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph

Grave Leavings

Grave Leavings

Urn O' Flowers

Urn O' Flowers

Cobblestone Puddle Reflection

Cobblestone Puddle Reflection

Miller's Flowers

Miller's Flowers

Feather On The Ground

A Feather On The Ground

So, is nice to have this alternative option in my camera bag… though is sorta funny in that they’re both essentially the same lens – the ol’ manual 50mm Fuji lens, being actually though a 75mm equivalent on the X-Pro… and my current 35mm Fuji lens, actually being a 50mm’ish on the APS-C X-Pro.

As for future lenses to acquire… I am still debating… I initially was wanting to acquire my usual assortment of 24mm, 50mm, 100mm, 200mm prime lenses… it’s the latter, higher telephoto end I am debating about though.  I know the prime 24mm (or rather, 16mm in APS-C) is a certain… it’s if I would rather forego acquiring the two individual 100mm, 200mm lenses, and instead opting for the Fuji 50-140mm zoom lens.

The reason I, went from really only having zoom lenses, to prime lenses only, a decade or so ago, was for the faster lenses, for both the better low light shooting (or namely, natural light shooting that I prefer and shoot… and must be noted that this was also around my having been a film photographer for the previous two and a half decades, and still in that film thinking mindset), as well as loving that bokeh.

I am really leaning and thinking of going the zoom route though, especially for the longer end telephoto range, as it is a focal length that I really don’t shoot as much, compared to the shorter end focal lengths… and if and when I may, having autofocus is something I would prefer and want, as opposed to the manual focus that those two primes would be, as Fuji doesn’t produce an AF prime lens in that area, aside from a 200mm I think, and that is waaay out of my price range.

As well as, if I were to go for those two prime telephoto lenses, they would be non-Fuji, on top of really, the X-Pro camera not really tailored for longer focal length range shooting, in that the optical viewfinder does not work as friendly with longer focal lengths… so, at least would want to have a communicable Fuji lens with the camera to best work together with.

Also, checking out sample photos taken with that Fuji zoom, the bokeh, even though wide open, it would be an equivalent f/4.28’ish, I found to be quite appealing and satisfactory.

As well as, one of the main reasons I left my trusty ol’ Nikon, full frame system, was to go smaller, lighter… that’s a main reason why I went with the APS-C Fuji… but, then going and acquiring a half million lenses to go with it and lug around, is counterproductive.  Having just the three, the two 24mm, 50mm primes, and then the zoom, I would be adequately covered and sittin’ fine.  And frankly, even originally was tossin’ around getting the companion shorter end zoom that covers both the 24-50mm range, and just having the two lenses only… But, think I will, and want to, stick with the two shorter end primes, and the zoom for the longer focal length coverage.

Next would be wanting to acquire that longer focal length zoom, and then lastly picking up the 24mm… as I have found myself needing and wanting to shoot with a longer focal length, than a shorter one as of late… as well as, can always shoot pano with the 50mm to get a wider shot, until can get the wider 24mm.

Also need to get a new tripod head… the one I have had for the past decade, up and had a part break in it, that controls the moving of the ball head, and so without, cannot.  So, that new tripod head, and the Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 zoom lens, will be my next photo purchases, hopefully soon in the early part of this here new year… will see.

Think that’s it.

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