01 Jan Night London with Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2 lens

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I have been shooting with wonderful Fuji X cameras for three years now, starting from the day I bought X-Pro1. My preferred style often includes lenses longer than 35mm and 50mm and living in London with all those night lights around me I was very happy to finally get the bright highly acclaimed 56mm F1.2 Fujinon lens. Here are a few shots from my first “night out”.  All shots were made by using XT-1 body with vertical grip and 56mm f1.2 lens which feels just right in my hands. RAW (RAF) files were edited in Lightroom 6 using Classic Chrome film preset with slight alterations. 

 f2 1/50 iso 1600

f2 1/50 iso 1600

 f1.2 1/110 iso 400

f1.2 1/110 iso 400

 f1.4 1/250 iso 1250

f1.4 1/250 iso 1250

 f2.5 1/125 iso 800

f2.5 1/125 iso 800

 f1.4 1/250 iso 800

f1.4 1/250 iso 800

Some of my images are blends of three high quality (set to Fine) jpg files obtained by ISO bracketing. I find this way perfect to provide an exellent latitude of image information and quick and easy to use when you have to move and take your pictures fast without a tripod (e.g. on a very busy Oxford Street).  Using the XT-1 camera makes it a breathe with a simple manual switch to bracket and emulating Classic Chrome film for jpgs allows for a wonderful colour palette. Images were fused in Photomatix software and the resulting tif files were finished off in Lightroom 6. 

 f2.8 1/60 iso 640

f2.8 1/60 iso 640

 f2.8 1/125 iso 1600

f2.8 1/125 iso 1600

 f1.2 1/125 iso 640

f1.2 1/125 iso 640

 f1.4 1/60 iso 320

f1.4 1/60 iso 320

Overall, the Fujifilm X-T1 and 56mm f1.2 lens combination is perfect for night street shooting. The further reach allows you to get closer to reflections in the middle and/or on the other side of the street. This lens will definitely stay in my street photography bag now.

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