More pictures from the Fuji 50-140mm with XF2X

I placed my order for the Fuji’s 2x teleconverter as soon as it was announced. I’ve never been disappointed by a Fuji lens and I wanted the added reach it would provide to the superb 50-140mm f2.8 lens.

I’d envisaged using the lens and converter with my X-T1 camera for wildlife and sports pictures but I have also found that this is a great combination when you want to compress the perspective and bring things in close.  The shots below are a good example.  The windmill is a well known local landmark but the boats on the shore are some distance away. The XF2C has helped to make the windmill more prominent in these pictures than it would have been without the lens.

In my earlier post I mentioned that the lens no longer feels as well balanced on the camera with the 2x converter added. Yes, this is true but it is amazing how soon you get used to the feel and I am really looking forward to using this combination more in the coming weeks.




A Golden Wedding in black and white

Fifty years of marriage is quite an achievement and it deserves a celebration.  Perhaps not on the grand scale of a wedding but a lovely intimate affair with family, food, wine and a celebration cake!  Add in a daughter returning from abroad after eight years away, children, grandchildren and a great grandchild; and you have a really lovely day.

Here are a few photographs from the day…


Still on track – a photo a day

This past week’s photos had a bit of a mid week blip. I still managed to get a photograph each day but other things were happening and it was more a case of just grabbing something. I guess there are always going to be times like that when photography has to come second.

The week started well. A shot of Preston’s Flag Market looking sunny and green; then a gorgeous, new grandson arrived. I’ve no doubt that he will be featuring again in this blog.

The mid week blip was only a couple of days but it involved a quick photograph of jeans on the washing line and a local convenience store with an unintentional in-camera filter added – I’d forgotten my specs and couldn’t see what I was doing!

At the end of the week, while out for a walk looking for my photo of the day, we stumbled across a number of events in progress at the local sports centre.

This gave me an opportunity to capture some fast moving cyclists as they sped around their circuit. A real test for the autofocus capabilities of my Fuji X-T1 and 50-140mm lens which coped admirably.

Here are the pics…


Welcome to the world


Race for Life


Finney House


My Local


Forever in blue jeans


Leader of the pack




A lovely new grandson

Exactly six months after our first grandson was born and we now have a second grandson. It is fantastic news and it was a joy to meet our new addition to the family at St James’ Hospital in Leeds on Saturday, just 24 hours after he had been born.

It’s amazing to think that the two young cousins will be in the same year at school, especially when you see how much Alexander, at six months old, has progressed in just a few months.

While at the hospital I managed to take a few photographs. I hope there will be many more to come but here weighing in at 6lb 8oz is Jude Robert.



Seven days and seven more photos

When I did my weekly round-up of pictures last week, I commented on what a good week it had been weather-wise.  Well, all I can say is things change quickly and this week the weather has been pretty poor on the whole.

Last weekend was a good example. It was supposed to be a carnival celebration but there was nothing caribbean about the weather. It just rained constantly and I was grateful that the Fuji X-T1 and 50-140mm lens plus converter I was using are all weather proof. I couldn’t have stayed taking photos in the extremely wet conditions if they weren’t. As it was I was literally soaked to the skin!

Other pictures this week include a shot of Fulwood library in Preston; one of a number earmarked for closure by Lancashire County Council. A bit of a hot topic locally.

The converter mentioned above also features in the week’s photos. It is a new bit of kit from Fuji. It extends the reach of the 50-140mm lens and effectively turns it into a lens with a focal length of 100-280mm.

A couple of other photos this week put that lens and converter combination to the test. The duck and duckling being one and the Sea Cadets practicing in the Albert Dock being the other.

Here are the pics…



We are family


Insect on flower


Sea Cadets


New from Fuji




Fulwood Library

A good week for pictures…

Looking back at last week’s photos, I can see that we had a good week of sunny weather but that seems to have changed now.  Guess there’s no guarantees with the British weather!

A number of the shots last week came from a few days away in Derbyshire.  We visited the magnificent Chatsworth House – a place I would like to return to in future.

I also got to see our grandson again and fitted in attendance at a 60th birthday party. A busy week!

Here are the pics…


Tom Metcalfe


Cycling in the park


Park Sculpture


Meet at the wall


Summer flowers


Morning walk


First impressions – Fuji XF2X converter

DSCF1021I’d just finished updating my cameras and lenses with the latest Fuji firmware when I received an email from Wex to say that the new Fujifilm XF2X converter was now in stock and ready for shipping.

Next morning it was in my hands (great service from Wex) and as with all Fuji kit, the converter, which I’d bought to extend the reach of my 50-140mm lens, feels really well made.  What I will say is that you do notice the extra bit of weight or rather the slightly ungainly feel of the lens and converter on the camera.  The balance of the lens on my X-T1 camera no longer feels ‘just right’.

These are small sacrifices to make though, if the image quality hits the mark. After all, the converter now turns the lens into a 100-280mm beast! Yes, you loose a couple of stops of light but with today’s ISO improvements and Fuji’s image stabilisation performance, I don’t think that will be an issue.

So, it’s only a couple of days in and I’ve not had chance to use the converter extensively yet but I am happy so far.

The carnival pictures below were captured in appalling conditions, so I can confirm that the camera, lens and converter do work in heavy rain.  I can also confirm that focussing is fast and I’ve not noticed any slow down in performance. Well done Fuji.

The carnival pictures are high ISO shots – I’d set the shutter speed to 1/1000 to account for the movement of the dancers and with the dull conditions ISO was in the 4000 plus ballpark.

Other example shots here come from a quick walk down the canal.  The converter allowed me to get close in to the duck and ducklings.  Most shots were sharp but on some the multi-point focussing seemed to latch onto a different area of focus to what I’d intended. I think it may be better to use the single focus point in future for these types of images. I’ve also noticed that the depth of field appears to be quite shallow at the wide open point of f5.6.

Early days yet, I will try and post more pictures when I have used the XF2X converter a bit more.

Addendum: Later in the day I got chance to test the autofocus on moving subjects. I’ve added a few pictures of some birds in flight at the end of this post. These were all captured within about a 10 minute spell. I don’t normally shoot birds so there is probably room for improvement from a technique point of view but I am happy that the autofocus, even with the converter attached managed to nail these shots. There were a few missed focus shots but these birds move quite fast and the movement is erratic. It was a hard job for me to even get them in the frame – more practice needed!