The non-walk-around lens

Adapting old lenses on the XP1

After a week-long trip to the northeast of the province shooting for work, I was in need of a change of pace (the work assignment is a story for another day). So I spent the last couple of days roaming the neighbourhood and the streets near my office with an inexpensive, old, manual focus Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens on the X-Pro 1. Not really the best lens for capturing life on the streets, but fun to use wide open in the fading, evening light or for shallow DOF in the middle of the day.

50mmNikkor

50mmNikkor

50mmNikkor

As a bonus, in the evening, there are cats to pat, strange plants (a teasel) to see and lots and lots of crows chattering away.

50mmNikkor

50mmNikkor

At lunch, there is time to see an abstraction of PVC pipes and to enjoy a great cortado and treat at Chorizo & Co.

Notes: all photos captured with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and Nikkor SC 50mm f1.4 lens. Processed in LR and VSCO Film. Evening photos shot at f1.4 and daytime probably shot at around f2.8. I purchased the used Nikkor lens and the Metabones Nikon-X-mount adapter at Camera Traders. The lens is pretty darn soft wide open, but sharpens right up by f2.8. I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot a portrait with it yet, but will definitely give it a try. That said, I continue to use the XF 60 Macro f2.4 lens for portraits with stellar results, so I’m not sure that this 50mm will ever get used that way. Still fun to use though…

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  1. I love the versatility of the X-E1 with old lenses. I’ve got adaptors for a lovely Olympus Zuiko and funky Helios I keep meaning to write about. Great photos!

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