I find myself in Charlotte this weekend. I ended up watching the “Love: Nothing’s Stronger” performance orchestrated by two of Charlotte’s Pride organizations. Emily Reed, a good friend of mine, is an oboist (that is a word) and invited me to watch and shoot. It gave me a good excuse to put the Fuji XF WR 50mm f/2 to work as well as do some street photography afterwards.
I’m quite pleased with the results. The 50mm f/2 is exactly what I wanted in trading in the 56mm f/1.2. It’s fast, light, and silent. The 56mm 1.2 is certainly delightful. It creates this magical background blur and subject isolation that mark it as a professional portrait lens. But I just don’t need all that for my work, especially not for street and travel photography. It’s too slow to focus and I usually have to stop down to f/2 on the streets as the razor thin depth of field makes locking focus difficult on moving subjects.
Fuji’s 50mm f/2 may make you think of Canikon’s Nifty Fifty but it’s not. It’s hard to describe, especially since it’s been so long since I’ve owned a Nifty Fifty, but it’s a much nicer lens, as you’d expect since it’s triple the price. All metal and glass, weather sealed, silent and fast autofocus, and sharp, sharp, sharp. I currently own three prime lenses; this one, the 35mm f/1.4, and the 23mm f/2. This concert made me realize I could use both a bit more reach and a bit more wide angle! I couldn’t get close enough with the 50 to really get a good portrait of my friend or the folks on stage – and I didn’t have enough width for a good group portrait of the entire ensemble! I think the 16mm f/2.8 and 90mm f/2 are my next purchases way down the road…But for now these 3 are really nice.
Here’s some images from the 50mm f/2
And here’s some images from the 23mm f/2
Lastly, here are some from the 35mm f/1.4
I don’t know if I just got better subjects with the 35mm f/1.4 or that I happened to have it attached when I had permission to go up on stage and collect portraits during intermission but the images really are superb! It’s such a versatile focal length on APS-C plus that fast aperture lets you get delightful background blur. If it were as fast and quiet as the f/2 primes it would probably never leave my camera…
So there’s some photography for today. Let me know what you think below in the comments!