5 Pretty Great 50mm Lenses for APS-C Portrait Photographers (And Some Tips!)

A 50mm lens should be the first lens you get for your full frame camera, but we’re talking about APS-C sized sensors here.

We often refer to 50mm lens on a full frame as a “standard” lens because 50mm is fairly close to the perspective of the human eye. Using a 50mm lens on a camera with an APS-C sized sensor changes that perspective by about 1.5x, making your effective focal length closer to what you get with a 75mm lens on a full frame. Now, that’s not a bad thing at all, and if you love shooting portraits it’s a very good thing! A 50mm lens on a camera with an APS-C sized sensor is a killer portrait lens. Also, because longer focal lengths compress perspective you’ll get more of a three-dimensional look when making full body portraits if you shoot at your brightest aperture.

Find out why the 50mm should be your second lens choice for APS-C cameras, which lenses you should consider, and some pro tips to get the most out of your purchase.

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5 of Our Favorite Portrait Lenses for the Fujifilm X-Series

Looking for some good options in the Fujifilm X-Series for portraits? Well, you’ve come to the right place! 

Portrait photography. Chances are, if you own a stand alone camera, you are probably using it to take portraits, at least on occasion. So it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say you may be in the market for a good lens for just that purpose – portrait photography. Well, if you are new to the Fujifilm X-Series or to mirrorless cameras in general, you may be wondering what your options are for good portrait lenses.

It just so happens that we are here to help you get that figured out. If you are shooting with Fujifilm and you want to do more portraits, definitely consider these lenses.

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4 of Our Favorite Third-Party Lenses for the Fujifilm X-Series

Everyone loves to talk about the quality of Fujifilm’s excellent Fujinon lenses, but what are the good third-party options for Fujifilm? 

Fujifilm has an excellent reputation with their lenses, and overall their price to performance among other brand name lenses is up there with the best of them. They are so good, in fact, that many times there seems to be no reason to even purchase third-party lenses because the price to performance ratio won’t be much better, if at all. That said, it doesn’t mean there are not some excellent third party lens options out there, some of which do offer things not currently available in Fujifilm’s XF lens lineup.

So, in this roundup today we wanted to highlight our favorite third-party lenses for the Fujifilm X-Series.  Continue reading…

Shooting Better Portraits with Fujifilm’s 23mm F2

Small, light, weather sealed – there isn’t much to not like about the XF 23mm f2

Fujifilm’s 23mm f2 R WR is a popular choice for many Fujifilm photographers looking to have a small, compact, and weather sealed 35mm field of view (equivalent) lens with fast and quiet autofocus. Many of these photographers are also likely portrait photographers, who have, as a community, really embraced the 35mm field of view for a variety of looks.

Today we are going to talk about the Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR and some things to think about with this lens in order to get the best looking portrait results. Some of these tips can be applied to other 35mm lenses and some of these are specific to this lens. But before we get into it, make sure to check out our full review of the XF 23mm f2 R WR if you have not already. Continue reading…

The Essential Lenses for Every Fujifilm Photographer

What are the basics: the essential lenses every Fujifilm Photographer could use in their art? 

Photography is a wonderful thing; pick up any camera and any lens and with that you can capture the world, for just a moment, to be preserved as long as the medium which holds it survives. It is a timeless, though under appreciated, a gift to the future. But if you are new to photography, or maybe just new to having a dedicated camera (upgraded from your smartphone, for example) you may be wondering what lenses you need for your new Fujifilm camera.

Well, it’s just your luck that this post is all about that; the essential lenses for your Fujifilm camera system. So, if you are ready, let’s jump on into it… Continue reading…

REVIEW: Fujifilm 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro (Fujifilm X)

Macro photography is important for everything from wedding details to food and beverage advertisements; so is Fujifilm’s new 80mm F2.8 the new go-to option for X-Series macro enthusiasts?

Macro photography is one of those interesting niches of photography that can sort of bleed over into almost every other niche. You have wedding photographers needing macro detail shots of the wedding rings and reception details. You have food and beverage photographers needing 1:1 images of the items they are shooting. Heck, you also have true macro enthusiasts shooting insane shots of insects and other tiny objects.

But for all of these things, one needs a specialized macro lens. You’ve got a lot of lenses these days sell themselves as almost macro lenses with 1:2 reproduction and a very close focusing distance. This is good enough for many photographers. But for anyone needing true macro capabilities those quasi-macro lenses will not suffice, and a dedicated macro lens with a least 1:1 reproduction is a necessity. Continue reading…

Fujifilm Adding 80mm F2.8 OIS and 45mm F2.8 to XF and GF Lens Series

Fujifilm, as they so often do, hit us with a flurry of announcements today. In addition to the new X-E3, Fujifilm has announced two brand new lenses, one for their APS-C X-Series, and one for their Medium format GF series. Starting with the XF lens, the new 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro is what Fujifilm is calling a lightweight mid-telephoto macro lens designed to allow X-Series photographers to get close to their macro subjects while still keeping some distance between them to allow for better lighting of the objects. The new lens features enhanced AF capabilities, and a floating focus system that Fuji says will suppress aberrations.

Additionally, the XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR will feature image stabilization (hence the OIS and WR designations) making this a versatile lens for more than just macro shooters. Fujifilm rates this lens as being able to work in temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.

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Fujifilm’s Prime Lens Trinities: Which Is Right For You?

Fujifilm shooters find themselves in an interesting dilemma of late with there now being two clear prime trinity setups that one could choose from. On one hand you have the newer, weather sealed, and smaller F2 variants in 23mm, 35mm, and 50mm. On the other hand, you have the F1.4 23mm and 35mm, and the F/1.2 56mm.

Each trinity has its pros and cons, and each has uses that work better for some niches of photography than others. So today we wanted to look at Fujifilm’s two prime trinities and sort of break them down to share which you should be considering based on what you shoot and what you are looking for from your prime lenses. Continue reading…

Three Kits: Wedding Photography With The Fujifilm X-Series

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Now that it is the winter and Wedding photographers are in their off-season across much of the northern hemisphere, many are taking stock of their current kits. This is the time to look at what else is on the market, look into buying new gear, and trying out the latest technological achievements. Fujifilm made big waves in 2016 with the X-Pro2 and X-T2 making the X-Series a system that many wedding professionals or semi-professionals could be considering as they decide if their current kit can get them through another season.

Today we wanted to take a look at the X-Series from a wedding photography perspective. What cameras and lenses should be considered for the wedding professional looking to build out the ultimate wedding kit with Fujifilm? Well, that is a subjective question, but here are our picks.

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Phase One Updates Capture One Pro to Version 9.1


Phase One is continuing to show off that selling your kidneys was totally worth the loads of money that you spent to buy one of their cameras–and they’re also updating their cult classic Capture One Pro software. Some of the new additions include rotatable Live View, new shortcuts, and a new feature that takesFocus Stack, HDR Sequence and Time-lapse from Phase One cameras and puts them into a specific collection.

A new update also came to their XF camera system; and more details on those can be seen after the jump.

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Phase One Adds Seismographic Vibration Delay to the XF Platform


“The Phase One XF Camera System offers hard-working pro photographers and photo enthusiasts a competitive advantage with its continual feature enhancements and long-term investment value.” states a line in the press release. Lucky for those extremely deep pocketed photo enthusiasts, Phase One is announcing a couple of big updates to their XF system–and one of them includes what they’re calling Seismographic Vibration Delay.

While this isn’t the only feature that the company is announcing today, it is by far the coolest. Essentially, the sensors in the camera try to ensure that there is absolutely no motion at all that can cause camera shake. At the 645 medium format level of pixels and sensor size, any of the slightest bit of camera shake will cause issues with your final image.

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Fujifilm Updates the X-System with the X-E1 Camera and 18-55mm and 14mm XF Lenses

You probably heard of this camera already. Let’s not fool ourselves — which product isn’t leaked days or weeks before its official announcement these days? But let’s pretend you haven’t read all the pre-announcement leaks, and let’s pretend you’re as excited as if you first heard about this.

Fujifilm today announces the X-E1 digital camera, the latest addition to the company’s successful and acclaimed series of retro-styled cameras for the advanced enthusiast. Sporting the same 16 megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor as its bigger brother the X-Pro 1 (read our review here), the X-E1 is basically the same camera, sans the optical viewfinder, but with some additional tweaks that were made since the X-Pro 1’s launch (and user feedback.) Continue reading…