Taking the Fuji 18mm for a Ride

It was a warm day for February, even by south Texas standards. While I should have been cleaning out my garage, it was just too nice not to be out riding my motorcycle down some backroads. So, I threw my Fuji X-T2 with my newly acquired 18mm lens in my saddlebag and took to the road, leaving my adult responsibilities behind for another day. 

After a quick breakfast at a favorite cafe, I wound down several curvy roads. While I do love photography, nothing clears my head and chases stress away like a nice ride down quiet backroads. I rode for a couple of hours before deciding to make my way back home. It was then that I'd realized I hadn't stopped to take any photos with the new-to-me lens. It happens - it's easy to get caught up in the ride. Not to fail my secondary mission, I took a detour on the way home and made a couple of quick stops in nearby Granger and Taylor - two great small towns that are wonderful to wander in with a camera. If you read my blog with any regularity, you know that Taylor in particular is a favorite testing ground for camera gear with me. 

Here are a few snaps with the 18mm. The 28mm-ish 35mm equivalent focal length is not a bad choice for documenting interesting details in the small towns I like to stop in while enjoying a ride on my Harley. I'll need some more time to get comfortable with this little lens since I've shot primarily with my 35mm Fuji lens for the longest time. It does look promising so far. Not as sharp across the entire image as my 16mm but it is much smaller, lighter, and considerably less expensive. 

All photos were taken with a Fujifilm X-T2 and XF 18mm lens, Acros film simulation.

Quiet Night at the Bar With The Fujifilm 18mm f/2

It was a quiet Thursday night at Hanovers last night. After the crowd last weekend for the tribute band night, the place seemed eerily deserted. I was there to meet up with a fellow photographer who was selling a Fujifilm lens I was interested in - the XF 18mm f/2. The price was right and I impulsively jumped on the deal. Sudden case of G.A.S. (i.e. gear acquisition syndrome)? No, not really.

It's a weird time for me to be buying gear as I've been in the process of carefully scrutinizing the things in my life and I've been offloading a lot of stuff of lately. It's a process of simplifying things - efforts toward a more minimalist lifestyle. If the new lens works out, it may replace one or two others. It fits between my 16mm and 23mm lens and I'm wondering if it is capable of doing the jobs of the others well enough. Time will tell.

I grabbed a few test shots before buying the new-to-me lens. It was a good test environment. This is my usual territory. Little light, pulling something out of virtual nothingness. Lens wide open, ISO up, shutter speed down. Not too bad. I'll look forward to putting this little lens through the paces.