Buying: iMac 27-inch 5K Retina vs. Fujifilm X-Pro2

So, recently I had saved up my monies to the point where I could afford a new iMac 27-inch 5K Retina. Or a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and some nice glass. Almost to the yen, both in terms of how much I had and what each cost – cosmos trying to tell me something?


Long story short, bought the iMac, cos that’s what I really needed. My ageing Mac Mini just struggles too much, with too many hangs and crashes. I feared with the larger X-Pro2 files it would fall to bits.

But the whole process brought up some questions. All about choices.

I had enough money to buy the top tier model iMac, 32GB of extra third party (Other World Computing) memory and one ‘build-to-order’ upgrade. But which one?

Internet to the rescue. Except, everyone’s an expert and it took ages to wade through opinions. Too many people just said, get everything. Yay for those with no budget limits. Meanwhile, back in the real world…

Anyway, I’ll save the nitty gritty for the next post(s). Meanwhile, here’s (almost) the first photo processed on the new computer.

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Typed with a little Action Woman help

Fujinon XF56mm f1.2 and XF16-55mm f2.8 Bokeh Comparison

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.

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Bear in mind too, these are children’s heads filling much of the frame, so the shots are reasonably close / tight.

_DSF0047 _DSF0048 All arrived at via Capture One Pro, Lightroom & some VSCO tweaking.

Fujinon XF56 f1.2 vs XF16-55 f2.8 – Yuzu and Mikans

So, on a paying job yesterday, along with my X100s & TCL-X100, I took out a Fujifilm X-T1 and two Fujinon X-Mount lenses, one a prime and the other a zoom.

To get the mouthful out of the way, the lenses were the Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R and the XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR.*

I have written before how I love the 56mm, for its beautiful rendering and its narrow depth of field and smooth bokeh. I stand by that. I also stand by my previous observation that, in places without much room to move, like much of Japan, it can often be too long.

Tight head-shots never seem to be a problem, but pull back for shoulders or more, and you often end up out of room. Again I kept bumping into things or running the risk of falling off things.

And that’s where the 16-55mm f2.8 proved itself. The flexibility of focal length and reasonably fast and constant through the range f2.8 where a real winning combination. This lens gives a fairly wide angle right through to a classically nice portrait focal length. A very useful and practical range. I think the 56mm f1.2 gives better portraits, but only because it can squeeze that extra bit of isolation out of a scene. In terms of daily flexibility, the zoom wins.

If I where in the need of a fast X-Mount portrait lens today, I really don’t know which I would buy. My heart goes with the 56mm f1.2, but the thinking part of my brain says 16-55mm f2.8.

See, you can compare apples and oranges, or in the case, yuzu and mikan. Both photos below with the 56mm f1.2. First at f5 and second at f1.2. Don’t worry, more practical photos to come.

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* 84mm equivalent and 24-82.5mm equivalent

Along For The Ride – the XF 16 – 55mm f2.8

As well as taking an X-T1 & XF 56mm f1.2 R out today, I took along one of the new-ish XF 16 – 55mm f2.8 R LM WR lenses. Still on my way home, so nothing to say about the results yet, but it was very good to work with. Smooth, fluid, fast and hassle free.

Depending on the visual results, the question now would be, how much extra out of focus-ness does the difference in stops give, because the 16 – 55mm was just so versatile.

Stay tuned.