I was recently interviewed by the website 53mm, about why I love the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 WR lens. The article features a number of images and insight from my experience using the sweet little 35 f/2.
53mm, or fiftythreemm.com, is a fan site devoted to the two 35mm lenses that Fuji makes, and it’s called 53mm because that’s the effective angle of view those lenses when you factor in the 35mm focal length on an APS-C sensor.
This is very close to the traditional 50mm view that many photographers started out with back in the days of film. The classic “Nifty Fifty,” as it’s often called, produces a highly versatile view angle that’s close to the angle of human vision, which is why it can be used with great results when shooting a wide range of genres and styles.
There’s a reason that these were very popular lenses back in the days of manual cameras, and it’s a shame that most camera manufacturers pair their entry-level cameras with lower quality kit zoom lenses these days. It would be nice to see them offer Nifty Fifty kits.
With the popularity of the two Fuji 35mm lenses, the older 1.4 version and the newer weather sealed f/2, it’s nice to see so many Fuji shooters embrace this classic focal length. I’d love to see Fuji come out with an X-T2/35mm f/2 bundle kit.
fifythreemm.com and the accompanying 53mm Instagram feed celebrates this traditional look. Run by a UK photographer named Iian, aims to inspire and share how much can be done with this simple focal length.
Even if you’re not a Fuji shooter, you should check out the site, because the Nifty Fifty look is universal. No matter what camera brand you use, if you don’t have a fixed 50mm equivalent lens, I highly recommend getting one- they’re usually quite small, light and inexpensive, and of course, they’re extremely versatile.
Embrace classic. Get a 50. Anyway, enjoy reading my interview and check out my recent post to see 10 more reasons why I love the sweet little Fuji 35 f/2 lens. Also, check read this post to see how to get the most out of your Nifty Fifty style lens.
I’m excited to announce that I have a feature article in the November 2016 issue of FUJILOVE Magazine, which has just been been released to subscribers.
This is the first time I’ve written for FUJILOVE. My article is called It All Starts With Film.
If you haven’t heard of FUJILOVE, it’s an independent online publication for passionate Fujifilm X Series users. It was created by a Fuji shooter named Tomash, born from his passion for all things X Series.
Each issue features over 160 pages of content, written exclusively for the magazine by some of the most experienced Fuji shooters out there, including Damien Lovegrove, Karen Hutton and Piet van Den Eynde.
With each issue, you also get PDF handout, monthly photo assignments, video tutorials and discounts on any FujiLove event, workshop or photo tour.
You need a small monthly subscription to get the magazine, just like any other regular print magazine, and from what you get, it’s well worth the price – less than $5 per month, or one of those fancy coffee drinks at Starbucks.
Even if you choose not to subscribe, FujiLove also has a great blog that’s full of additional articles and tutorials. The site is not affiliated with FUJIFILM, it’s just a great resource created by one person in order to share and help other Fuji shooters with their passions. It’s a great source for news, information and educational resources for people who shoot X Series cameras.
I’m looking forward to contributing more articles to FUJILOVE in the future.
Check out my article and let me know what you think!
Last week I had a great conversation with climber and documentary adventure photographer Stephen Richert. We connected on Twitter recently, and he invited me to be a guest on his Adventure Photography Podcast.
We had an awesome chat, and in fact, we talked for even longer after the official interview was over. We spoke about cameras, the X Series, photography, climbing, routes that we had both done in New Hampshire, Galen Rowell, creativity, and many other topics that will probably end up in a second interview at some point.
I love Stephen’s attitude towards life, and I dig his imagery. We hit it off quite well, and I’d love to try and get together with him for some climbing and photography adventures sometime in the near future.
Listen to the interview here, and spend some time checking out Stephen’s website, Living Vertical and preview some of his films and still photos. He’s even got a few eBooks. Here are a few examples of his work below.
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