Personal Thoughts On Fuji’s 1.4x Teleconverter

In the last year, Fuji has given us some high-end telephoto lenses, notably the Xf 50-140 and just recently, the XF 100-400.  Though, they did not stop there.

No, they did not come out with a longer reaching lens; rather, they developed the very first teleconverter for XF series lenses: the XF 1.4x TC WR.

For anyone who uses long lenses, such as the 100-400, the fact that Fuji has come out with a teleconverter, is a Godsent.  Not only does the teleconverter give you a lot more reach, but it also puts the XF lens line-up somewhat on par with Nikon/Canon.

Being on par with what Nikon/Canon have to offer a photographer in regards to long reaching telephoto lenses, is a very important aspect in terms of attracting a different segment of the photography demographic.

Fuji couldn’t simply sit on it’s laurels and hope to grow it’s market share with a line-up of prime lenses and short zooms.  No.  It had to start to attract sports photographers and wildlife/nature photographers if they wanted to keep growing and somewhat compete with Nikon/Canon.  The only way to do that, was to come out with some very attractive glass, hence the 50-140 and 100-400.

However, Fuji couldn’t just leave it at that.  I am sure that they asked themselves, “What is it that Nikon/Canon have, that is complimentary to telephoto zoom lenses?… teleconverters of course!”.

Adding the 1.4x TC to the 50-140, gives you a new focal range of 70-196mm.  Now, you are probably saying, “But we already have a 55-200 lens in the XF line-up.”  That is true, but you would somewhat be comparing apples to oranges when comparing those two lenses.

The 50-140 is a constant f/2.8 throughout the focal range and it’s weather resistant.  The 55-200 is not weather resistant and it is slow compared to the 50-140, with a maximum aperture range of f/3.5 – 4.8.

Combining the 1.4x TC with the new 100-400 lens, you will get a new focal range of 140-560mm.  A very nice birding lens or a lens for any situation where you can not physically get very close to your subject.

Probably the best feature of the new TC, is the fact that it is weather resistant.  That means that in combination with any of the two lenses mentioned above and an X-T1 or X-Pro2, you will have a completely weather resistant set up.

By Fuji developing the 50-140 and the 100-400, they put themselves on the heels of Nikon/Canon and they have also started to attract the attention of a market segment that they had not attracted in the past.

With the 1.4x TC, they have just put themselves into Nikon/Canons wheel house.

Who dares wins.

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Feeding Frenzy

You know full well that it’s spring when all the little creatures come out in abundance.

Yesterday afternoon, i was able to get a few photos of the little birds that had zoomed in on the bird feeders.  It was an absolute feeding frenzy!

At one point, i tried to get just a little closer to them, but they would not let me and flew off.  I backed off and then waited for about 10 minutes for them to come back, but they never did.

It was quite amazing to watch these little birds eat so much.  When they did come back, i think the only reason why they left again, was because they were full and couldn’t eat any more.

Who dares wins.

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My First Photo Sold, Part II

At the start of 2015, i sold my very first photograph and blogged about here (https://d7100shooter.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/selling-my-first-photograph/).

Since then, i really never bothered to follow up with the marketing company that purchased my photo for one of their campaigns.  The lady that i made the transaction with, said that she would send me a sample of the final piece of work featuring my photo, but she never did.

The company that i sold my photo to, is called Outcrop and they can be found here: http://www.outcrop.com .  They have offices in the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.  I dealt with the office in Nunavut.

Yesterday, i was curious to know what they had done with my photo; therefore, i searched their portfolio and found the marketing collateral that they had made for Sarvaq Aviation, which features my photograph of the Nolinor Boeing 737-200.

Here is the marketing collateral that features my photograph:

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My photograph is of the 737-200 that is featured below the words “Labour Services” on the far left of the photo above.  The same photograph is also featured above the man standing on the tarmac, seen at the far right of the photo above.

I really like what they have done with my photograph and i am quite thrilled that it was chosen for this marketing campaign.

Who dares wins.

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Provincial Airlines

As evident from my last post, i did a little plane spotting this past weekend.  One of the great things about plane spotting, is when you catch an aircraft or airline that you have never seen before.

Well, this past Sunday, i was not disappointed.

Dash 8’s are pretty common fare at the airport, so it was no real surprise in seeing one taxiing.  However, upon closer inspection, i realized that i had never before seen the logo that appeared on the tail.

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I then noticed the words just below the tail, “Provincial Airlines”.  Well, i must admit, in all the years i have taken photos at the airport, i have never seen this airline before.

Provincial Airlines is a regional airline based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and was founded in 1974.  They operate an air ambulance service, scheduled passenger service, cargo service and charter services.

PAL is the largest regional airline operated in Eastern Canada and has offices in Halifax and Happy Valley Goose Bay.  They serve 20 communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

They have a fleet of 27 aircraft, with the Dash 8 series making up the majority of the fleet with 10 (different types).

It was certainly nice to add this airline to my growing collection of airlines that land at CYUL.

Who dares wins.

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Ikea, Then Airport

Yes, i was crazy enough to go to Ikea on a Sunday afternoon.  But, when it’s two against one, i have no choice.  Besides, Ikea is not far from the airport; therefore, i can treat myself to some time at the plane spotting park after being put through the human rat maze that is Ikea.

I shot in RAF + JPEG again and i think i will continue to shoot like this.  Honestly, i really want to master the RAW converter from Fuji.  Shooting in RAF offers so much more flexibility when it comes to making adjustments and adding your own taste to photos.

With today’s files, i learnt how to batch process multiple files with the same development presets.  Though, there is one little caveat that i came across.

For some reason, i have to reduce the font size for my watermark in Photoshop.  When i use JPEGs processed from RAF files, the same font size that i have been using for quite some time now, appears far bigger and this will be evident in the photos i post here.

Probably the most simple solution to this little problem, is to reduce the font size while batch processing the files in Photoshop to apply the watermark.

It was not a terribly busy afternoon at the airport today, but i was at least able to catch an airline that i have never heard of before: Provincial Airlines.  I will have to look into them.

Luckily for me, i did not have any Ikea furniture to put together when i got home.  We simply bought some odds and ends for the house.  Thank God for that!

All photos shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the XC 50-230mm.  Files processed from RAF.

Who dares wins.

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Experimenting

When i was in Gatineau a few weeks back, i had a great view of Ottawa across the river.  Therefore, when the sun went down, i took advantage of the balcony that we had with our hotel room and experimented with some night photography.

I did not bring my tripod with me, so i had to improvise on how i would keep my camera stable.  Luckily, the railing around the balcony featured a wide, flat hand rail that i was able to sit my camera on top of.

My amateur mistake: i left the OIS on.  You don’t need the OIS of your lens turned on when your camera is on a tripod or any other stable platform.

I shot in both JPEG and RAF since i wanted to be able to play around with the files in Fuji’s RAF file converter.

Aside from shooting in RAF, i also experimented with different film simulations, metering modes and exposures.  I wanted to see what combination of settings would best suit shooting at night with.

Unfortunately, because i scale my photos down for my blog, there is visible banding and other artifacts in the JPEG files that i posted here.  The full resolution files are far better and very clean.

One thing that i did notice, is the fact that if you shoot in a punchy film simulation like Velvia/Vivid, the shadows do tend to be very dark.  You can certainly lift the shadows in post a little bit, but i found that shooting in Provia/Standard was more desirable and you can always add some contrast in post, not to mention punch up the color a bit as well.

Not only was i able to determine the best settings for shooting at night, but i was also able to use Fuji’s RAF converter quite a bit when developing the RAF files that i shot.  The software seemed a bit daunting at first, but after a handful of files, i became more and more comfortable with it.

Though i am happy with the results, i can only think that the files may have been a tad better if i had of used a prime lens on my camera.  I did have my 27mm with me, but i was enjoying the flexibility of the 18-135 to much.

Who dares wins.

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