The Amazing 18-55 Fuji Lens

I have written about the Fuji 18-55 in the past.  However, on New Years Day i was shooting up in Old Orchard Beach in Maine using this wonderful little lens.  It’s lightweight, solidly built, and oh so darn sharp!

As proof how sharp this this little puppy is, check out this screenshot of my lightroom image of Old Orchard Beach at 200%  — Yes.  200% !! This is the raw file, Sharpened with 100% details, 41 pts of sharpening.  Then below it is the full screen!  Now, look at that sharpness and clarity!!  I can read the Shipyard Beer sign out on the pier and that isn’t even dead center; more like top center!

Would the 16-55 2.8 be sharper?  Meh.  Maybe.  But this is pretty darn freakin’ sharp for me, and the weight/size savings alone are, to me, worth the tiny loss of sharpness. I’d rather be more light and mobile.  Your mileage may vary.

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Finally Arrived!

I’m finally up in Maine!  Yay!  I left New Jersey in 115 degree temperature, and when I shot this image it was 58 degrees!  Can you believe that!  I’m standing in a fine wet mist, with heavy fog rolling in off the ocean in a polo shirt just enjoying the weather and there are people all around me huddled together in sweatshirts and hoodies.  If they only knew…

This image is one of the first two or three I took.  It is the “Bug light”  Lighthouse in South Portland Maine.  I stopped in Portland for fuel and food;  My goal was to hit the Two lights state park but I arrived so late due to traffic and such that I missed the sunset. However, I feel this blue hour image of the Bug Light is so much better (IMHO)

So, it’ll be a busy week.  I’ll try to post further.   JLM_1350

X Marks the Spot

The Penobscot Bay with the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge in the background at dusk. I was photographing the meteor showers but those stars… Oh My. Don’t see that in South Jersey for sure…

Fuji X-T1, Zeiss 12mm F2.8 @ 2.8, 28 seconds, ISO 1600, Tripod, remote. RAF processed as Velvia
Fuji X-T1, Zeiss 12mm F2.8 @ 2.8, 28 seconds, ISO 1600, Tripod, remote. RAF processed as Velvia

Fuji and Leica Shooters Workshop

On the way up to Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park at Sunrise Fuji X-T1, 18--55, Grab shot... Click for larger image
On the way up to Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park at Sunrise
Fuji X-T1, 18–55, Grab shot…
Click for larger image

A very good friend of mine — even though he is a Leica man — are “considering” running a photography on location workshop in the great state of Maine this fall.  We are just now starting to talk about this so details are sketchy.

This will be a two-three day weekend workshop.  We will be visiting some iconic locations on the Maine coast, probably including Acadia National Park  for morning and evening photography.  Price to be determined but it will be reasonable — even for the Fuji crowd 🙂  Sorry Leica folks, no champagne or room service on this trip.  We are limiting attendance to eight participants in order to keep it real, and personal.  You’ll be responsible for your accommodations but we’ll provide some suggestions so we can all stay together in the same place.  You will also be responsible for meals – though we hope to eat together.  This is not a fancy schmancy outing.  We are going to shoot so lunch and possibly dinner could be at one of the many, many delicious roadside stands offering seafood along the Maine coast.

My partner is a Maine resident, and I a part-time resident so we both have been around the block safe to say.

If anyone is interest in attending please drop me a note.  We are trying to determine interest at this point.