The Need to Reach Out and Touch Something!
These three old shrimp boats were in the boat graveyard in Georgetown, SC. The trouble is that they are just too far away to capture with any of the Fuji Lenses. I have several other 3rd party lenses like the CV 12mm and 75mm f/1.8 but even the latter is just not long enough. A friend dropped by my gallery last month and gave me a bunch of old Canon FD/FX lenses and one of them was the Soligor MC C/D 70-300mm f/3.8 FD Lens. This is a big lens, about 10 inches long closed and 13 inches zoomed out to 300mm. It is a push pull design and surprisingly, clean of dust for a lens so old! It is an amazingly smooth and sharp lens and a real pleasure to use.
One of the problems with the Fuji is that there are currently no long lenses out there. Normally, this doesn’t bother me too much but once in a while I need the reach! I am always keeping my eyes open for longer lenses hence the CV 75mm f/1.8 and the Soligor 70-300. I also have a Canon 70-200 on the way from Roberts Camera which cost me $49.00.
I had to spend the day in Georgetown today so I decided to bring this lens along and give it a try! This lens was designed to be the Canon L glass killer back in the day of FD/FX lenses. It is amazingly sharp. Now that the X Pro 1 2.0 firmware is here manual focusing is EASY and SHARP! When in focus the details just jump out at you. I had a FD/FX to Fuji adapter on hand and after fussing with it and discovering that you had to adjust the position of the aperture lever inside the lens then mount the adapter I was in business!
As I said, focus is amazingly easy. The glass is sharp and the combo works very good. If you can find this lens out there in net land grab it, but I have NEVER seen one and searching online does not even turn them up!
Here is the color version:
I also wished to do some detail images for an upcoming magazine article so I took this camera/lens combination over to Stormy Seas and looked for boots and/or Gloves in the rigging! Here is what I found:
I was quite pleased with this combination. As stated, the lens is quite large, but that is OK as I will not use it that often. The new/old Canon 70-200 is only about half the size and hopefully it will work quite well also!
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Great blog Mark. So, are you processing RAW files from your X-Pro 1 and if so, which processor?
Thanks for the kind comments. You should also check out my IR educational blog at infraredatelier.wordpress.com .
I am using ACR in CS6 currently. It does a decent job… BUT Capture One v6 is almost ready to release their update which has the Fuji in it! Capture One is the BEST RAW converter out there bar none!
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