I only had a few minutes to test my brand new Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 with the X-T1 at the local skate park earlier today. I wanted to see how the autofocus behaves. Therefore you will not see any pictures with amazing bookeh. It was really about testing speed and accuracy. The combo is reliable, fast and I was pretty impressed by the amount of tack sharp pictures I could get. The zoom and focus rings are smooth and the lens balances well with the camera body. The autofocus is incredibly fast (probably the fastest XF lens I tested so far) even when shooting straight at the sun. I will test it further over the next few weeks and will post a full review as soon as possible. In the meantime you’ll find below a small selection of shots taken today.
The good people at @lomographicsociety were kind (of unbalanced) enough to lend me one of their upcoming lenses which is currently being Kickstarted. A couple days left. I was in no mood to shoot today…listless, depressed, on the heals of a deeply meditative healing session – my third chakra has a micro-tear, no shit, probably should have taken it easy–more rain, still drizzly shitty in NY, but headed to my test-this-or-that stomping grounds across from my nyc lab (Luster Photo) in Tompkins park, trusty mid-day muse and assistant Melissa in tandem…and found self more or less immediately inspired. This is roll one, shot in a fairly frantic few minutes, but got a sense for it’s truly unique rendering, not just it’s soft focus, bookeh, but its color rendering – shooting Cinestill 50d here, and haven’t seen it look quite like this. Keep in mind I’m employing some of my usual chicanery to elicit results not possible with a single exposure but the combination of these techniques and this lens are pretty unique I think. That is all, back to listless and depressed.