Wide Angle Challenge…Sort Of

by Dawn Hester September. 25, 2018 651 views

I enjoy Instagram. The majority of people I follow are a wide range of photographers. One photographer I keep in touch with (just about weekly) is Michael Vincent, ‘The Fuji Warrior” (https://www.fujiwarrior.com/). We converse a little about everything photography and of course we’re both Fujifilm shooters. We talk camera models as well as the lenses we have or hope to someday have.

I was talking with Mike (Michael) about the Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R lens. It’s a wide-angle lens that’s equivalent to a (35mm) 21mm. The bottom line is that I really don’t shoot with this lens. Years ago I felt I needed the widest lens I could afford to photograph landscapes…so I bought one. But now the last few years I don’t like shooting super wide – I want to focus more on “parts” of the landscape and try to make it unique vs. shooting gobs of information on one image. It’s so much that I lose much more. With that theory I just never get excited to grab and go with this lens. Mike asked me to shoot with the lens for a week or so. And as I’m shooting make sure I take at least one portrait image. Why not? As I always say take what you have and make it work.

The best place for me to take on the challenge…sort of… was to my two go-to places in Manassas: the local park near downtown Manassas, our community homeowner’s park, and of course my cousin in the backyard of another cousin’s home (thank goodness for family). All the images have no been cropped. How was it? Wide is wide but I was able to capture everything of what I needed to tell a story of each image. I wanted my images to be “close-up and tight”, not all this distance from what I was trying to capture. Gave me a chance to adjust my depth of field when needed. From 10AM – 2/2:30PM the day was bright and sunny with cool shadows…that made the images stand out. The portrait was surrounded by a lot of greenery but with a little sun peeping through the trees.

It was a fun challenge…sort of. I’m hoping in the near future I will use this lens. Not as a main lens but to capture an image or two that I know my other lenses can’t and will help to tell my story.

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HAPPY SHOOTING!!

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Kenny H 2 years, 2 months ago

The depth and composition of shot 8 is my fave.

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Dawn Hester Replied to Kenny H 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

I took pictures with a borrowed lens this summer. I got problems in narrow spaces (#1) too, all of them seem - more or less -  to enhance this fisheye effect. I should have tried something like #10 - it's impressive.

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Dawn Hester Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you. Yes part of the challenge was one of my images had to be a portrait. It definitely gave me enough of the environment she was in. Yeah I always tell myself to look, down, and behind me.

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

Looks like good lens. I wouldblike to have the xf 10-24mm. A bit more versatile. Most of the time if I prepare my camerabag ,I limit myself to 1 or 2 lenses. Like the results you have here.

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Dawn Hester Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you. At the beginning of purchasing new lenses I thought I would need a wide for landscapes...and very seldom I take it out (I use my 35mm). The smallest zoom I have is the 18-55 and use than mainly for events. It was a fun challenge for sure.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Dawn Hester 2 years, 1 month ago

I just have the Samyang 12mm f2, and it spend already a lot of time on my camera. It is completly manual and I love it. A third of the price of any fuji wideangle, good value for money

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Dawn Hester Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

Cool! I've been very lucky with my Fuji lenses. Most of them are used.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Dawn Hester 2 years, 1 month ago

My 35 and 27 are also used ones. But there are not many on the market here. And the 14mm costs here around a 1000 dollar.

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Dawn Hester Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

Okay. My 14mm is a used lens. I go to online stores of B&H Photo or Adorama to buy my equipment. Been pretty lucky with the quality and never had to send any back.

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