First shots with the Fuji X-T1 and the Lee Big Stopper
03 June 2015
As I'm trying to use my sparkling new Fuji X-T1 as my main camera for when I travel, I'm trying to test it to use it in various scenarios, and one of the them is long exposures. So last week I bought from my trusty shop (Connscameras btw), the 67mm adaptor ring, so I could mount my Lee Big Stopper on the tiny Samyang 12mm f/2 lens (which I reviewed a while ago and I think it's a little great lens), the only landscape lens I have for the moment for the Fuji X System, I tried this weeked to go out and take photos, but the outcome hasn't been great, not because of the gear, but because I had shi... awful light and the place wasn't that great either.
Btw, in that occasion I did try again my other ND filter, the Light Craft Workshop Fader ND Mk II (and part 2), which is great if you only shoot from 35mm and over, but completely crap under 35mm. I wanted to give him a second chance, I thought that maybe with a smaller lens that uses a smaller section it filter, it might work.
No, it doesn't, it's still a piece of crap, don't buy it if you want to use it with ultra wide lenses.
Anyway, so I got the lens adaptor, and the only thing I miss now is a remote for long exposures beyond the 30 seconds limit. I thought I could use the iPhone app for that, but unfortunately even in bulb mode, the app has a limit of 30 seconds. I guess it's kinda tricky to have a stable connection for long times and it might be buggy, but it would be a very nice feature to have on what otherwise would be a very eccellent app.
So apart from the wind, which it made the shots tonite quite tricky, I decided last evening to take some landscapes on the very last bridge on the river Liffey, which it's both a convenient location (20 minutes walk), and it's a quite nice view of the Dublin docklands.
And despite the wind, as I said, and despite the 30 seconds limit, I manage to get some very cool shots, and I'm pretty happy with the overall image quality.
Obviously a full frame DSLR gives you a much cleaner low ISO performances, and the fact that you can go down to 50 ISO it's a big advantage, but the difference is not that evident as it was with older APS-C sensors, and if I can get almost the same results but with 1/3 of the weight, it's a win win for me, actually, considering the sensor size, the dynamic range you get and the overall sharpness, it's quite remarkable.
So far so go, I can't wait for the moment I'll get the remote, and then make proper long exposures, so expect more landscapes with the Fuji X-T1 in the near future :-)
Down here the other photos I took, and as always, you can see the full set on my flickr account.
P.S.: I bought the normal ring adaptor for the Big Stopper, and not the one for ultra wide lenses, mostly because it costs half the price of the latter one, and it does work well anyway, you might get a little bit of vignetting, but you can easily remove it in PP.