Click on it, to fully drink in that f1.2 56mm deliciousness.
Following along from yesterday’s post, here are four photographs, in two sets of two. Each set has one photo with the 56mm f1.2 and one with the XF 15-55mm f2.8, in that order. All are wide open, and the XF16-55mm is at 55mm.
Not overly rigorous in execution, but it does give you an idea of what to expect with a headshot and a background around 90 – 100 cm away. It’s the kind of thing I would be interested in, so hopefully some will find it useful.
Bear in mind too, these are children’s heads filling much of the frame, so the shots are reasonably close / tight.
All arrived at via Capture One Pro, Lightroom & some VSCO tweaking.
Here’s some secret shots of the back of a total stranger’s head, taken purely to see how well I can nail focus, how sharp the results are and what the background bokeh looks like.
The head fills the frame about what a typical head and shoulders shot might be like (not too tight, but not too lose), and the focus is always in the region of the left side ear. You can get an idea of the depth of focus if you peep closer. The background is quite a ways away, but some of the shots have some other random strangers in them at closer distances, so you can get a wee idea of the rendering of the bokeh here too. This is all I’ve had time for I’m afraid – quick snaps while commuting. I just haven’t had time to do more rigorous playing around, but I’ll get around to it.
I’m liking the bokeh, and am getting better at nailing focus at f2. However, f2.8 is definitely sharper.
The shots go f2.8, f2, f2.8 and f2.
Here’s a few meh shots from today at the park, where I tried out Fujifilm’s new 50mm equivalent teleconverter for the X100 / X100s again. For illustrative purposes only, as they say. Not many where in focus today, but that’s because I couldn’t seem to lock the kids down. Sitting on top of bicycles, they constantly swayed towards and away from me. Not good when trying to fill the frame with a face.
I think the previous focus issues (not appearing sharp even though focus locks on) are down to me. A stint on the tripod proves that. It still tends to be a bit difficult to aquire focus (auto focus) up close though, and it can either do a lot of hunting before coming up with the red box, or just jump straight to the red box. I think I need to be more methodical in working out close focus distances. f2 is proving quite soft too.* Still, for some portraits, that will be fine. Think I’m going to spend most of my time up close at f2.8 though.
Anyway, here’s the shots, just to show the depth of field and the out of focus rendering at wide apertures when up close, filling the frame with a face. Excuse the wonky and all over the place white balance. My daughter at f2, f2 and f2.8. From the first one of these, you can see it is possible to be reasonably sharp at f2. The second, less sharp one with the head on an angle does do a good job of illustrating the quick transition to out of focus, forward eye to rear eye. In the last one at f2.8, everything crisps up nicely. The final shot, of my son, is at f2 and again shows a reasonably firm close eye and a quick fall off on sharpness by the rear eye.
* comparatively speaking, mind
Two quick observations and two quick snaps before I head off to the doctor.
First, I seem to be having trouble acquiring focus with auto focus.
Second, I seem to be having trouble nailing focus, especially at wide apertures. Even using off camera flash, which is slightly worrying.
Let’s make that three quick observations – when it is sharp, it’s sharp but not harsh. Pleasing for portraits.
Below are two quick ‘Children’s Day’ snaps, of my son wearing a traditional Boys’ Day kabuto helmet. Both using the TCL-X100 and both lit with a soft box. First is at f7.1 (& sharp) and the second (slightly out of focus) at f2. At least the bokeh is nice.
Later, when I get the time, I intend to put up more wide-ish open / wide open portrait shots with the teleconverter, as I haven’t seen too many on the web yet.
So, more samples are popping up on the internaught of the new Fujifilm X-Series 56mm (84mm equivalent) f1.2 lens and what it can produce.
So far, I’m not feeling too impressed. Today for example, I found these, and I’m not really digging the look of the bokeh wide & almost wide open – especially the first three at the top and the two bamboo grove shots later on, further down.
I’ve looked at quite a few examples over the last few weeks, and it doesn’t always bug me. So, it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. Is it just some situations stressing things, or is this going to be typical?
…wants to play too.
p.s. again, cross posted in my more photo-centric blog: Short Documents