Reflections

Double exposures of the harbour

“It is necessary… for a man to go away by himself… to sit on a rock… and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?’ ”

― Carl Sandburg
 Notes: First group of double exposures created in camera with the X-Pro 1 and Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R lens. The second were created in camera with the X100s.
 Postscript: I didn’t intend that this would become a review post. In fact, I’m a bit tired of writing about cameras and lens and am looking forward to a few weeks of just shooting. But a funny thing happened during the past two days.
Yesterday, I had the XF23mm lens to use and I made the first group of photos. Today, I had to return it to Fujifilm Canada, so I switched to my X100s to make the images in the second group. Although, I doubt that there is any difference in image quality, I did notice a big difference in working with the XP1, with the XF23mm lens, and the X100s.
First of all, I love having the distance scale on the lens barrel of the XF23mm. Yesterday, I adjusted distance and aperture frequently without looking in the viewfinder, just by looking at the lens markings. Nice. Also, I missed the faster shutter speed available with the first camera/lens combo over the X100s. As I was working by shooting my first shot at f/8.0 and in focus and the second shot as wide open as I could, I frequently was shooting at f/4.0 today, when yesterday I was shooting at f/2.0 or 2.8. This resulted in a very big difference in depth of field.
To be honest, I don’t know if one set of images is better than the other, but it was surprising how different the shooting experience was from the XF23mm to the X100s. OK. Back to making photos…

2 comments

  1. I’ve been very curious to know whether the 23mm provides a different shooting experience to the X100(s), and it is interesting to hear your thoughts, especially regarding DOF. Could you see someone owning and using both?

    • Initially, I would have said not necessarily. However, after the past couple of days, I would say yes. Of course, it depends upon budget and need, but if I could afford to own both, I would.

      The XF23mm lens provides one with a very professional tool, along the lines of a Summilux 35mm lens. For ANY work situation I can imagine, I would love to have it on one body and a second prime or the long zoom on a second body. This would be ideal.

      The X100s is incredibly capable in many regards and is the camera I take if I only want to take one camera. I have done that a number of times while traveling or making short day trips. I also use it along side of my XP1 for work. And, I don’t have any complaints with it.

      So, in answer to your question, I would happily own both. I would use the XF23mm more for work and probably keep the X100s as my walk around camera, be that on my local streets or if I was traveling to visit you in Italia!

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