Up and Into Spaces

_DSF0092Today, I decided to go shoot around the city after my afternoon classes. I waited a bit in the library until the sun went down, which was around 4p.m. I brought my Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and my Olympus OM 50mm f/1.8. I’ve actually been waiting for the chance to test this lens combo in the real world. I’ve actually had the lens for a while now, but after picking up the X-Pro 1, I also picked up a cheap adapter that works with OM lenses. The lens, in 35mm format, has an equivalent of about 75mm on the X-Pro 1. So it’s a pretty decent medium telephoto lens. Also, this lens is all manual (focusing and aperture) though the body is electronic.

tich 3 tich 4 tich1 tich2 tich5 tich6 tich7 tich8Doing street work with this lens can be really tough. First, it’s an all manual lens with no real indicator of a focused image on the camera body. Second, because it’s all manual, the best method for focusing is either taking the time to focus (still objects) or zone focusing (moving subjects). Third, it’s not wide enough for people on the streets that are constantly moving closer or further away from you. Despite all of that, this lens is SHARP! The colors and contrast come out very nice too, though some images did lack a bit of contrast (due to lighting), but it’s nothing a simple post processing can’t solve. I’ll have to admit, shooting at this focal range is challenging.

San Jose is an interesting place, really. Sometimes it just feels so deserted and quiet. Other times, it’s loud and busy. Most of the time I shoot, it usually deserted and quiet while the shadows from the tall buildings creep up on the rest of the city. It’s a fascinating sight, and there’s a stillness to it that makes one wonder at times. Unfortunately, looking up at bright buildings and then back down into darkened spaces really started to hurt and tire my neck and my eyes.

One thing is for sure: I don’t regret taking only this lens to shoot!


Fujifilm X-Pro 1 + Olympus OM 50mm f/1.8 Zuiko (OM-XF converter)


One Response to Up and Into Spaces

  1. lignumdraco says:

    When walking, I set my manual lenses to 3 metres as it is a relatively easy distance to judge and a good distance that people will not hear the shutter go off.

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