XF LENS

FUJINON LENS XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

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Dave Kai Piper

Photographer's Bio

A few years ago Ideas and Images were set up to offer Fashion based Portraiture to a wide range of clients and customers. Dave Kai Piper has written for a wide range of blogs and magazines about photography and post processing

About this Project

We were asked to design, shoot and prepare a fashion of images to test and showcase the new F2.8 constant, mid zoom lens from Fuji.

We did two shoots while testing out the new lens, the first shoot we put together we used the stunning Kenilworth Castle as a stunning background for Bronte and Luke as we shot a festive theme fashion story. The second shoot was much simpler in design and nature. My good friend Jodi and I just grabbed the camera, headed to a shop, picked up some fun items and we had a simple shoot challenge. We had £40 to spend and challenged ourselves to shoot with in the hour on the budget and get 8 images.

We shot beauty, landscape, fashion, city and all sorts of styles. From big planned out shots at Kenilworth to just grabbing and going. The lens was perfect and gave me so much confidence to walk into any situation and deal with it. The lens is just as sharp wide open and clean to the edges giving me confidence to creatively work. When you are shooting with a good lens you forget it is there and become an extension of your camera and becomes part of the flow.

Image quality is of course important and the lens delivers to a point where every image you take you know is going to be sharp, in focus and be just the way you want it. The lens gives a wonderful tone and it is super easy to play with the depth of the images with the fact that this is a constant F2.8 lens.

Styling & Creative Credits:

  • Photographer: Dave Kai Piper
  • Styling: Ideas & Images
  • Make up & Grooming: Penny Grimley using MAC make up
  • Location: Kenilworth Castle with thanks to English Heritage
  • Assistants: Matthew Maddock & Darren Lee
  • Models: Luke Grimley @ W Athletic, Bronte Sumner @ Boss Management , Jodi Lakin @ Alan Sharman
  • Camera: Signature Fujifilm X-Pro Cameras
  • Bags: Domke Camera bags

Photographer's Testimonial

Personally, Fuji have done an amazing job and continue to do an amazing job with extending the range of lenses opening up the X-System to many different photographers who all have different needs. I have both the 16-55mm & 18-55mm mid zooms and both are very good lenses but are made for different uses. While the focal lengths might be the same that is about the only thing that joins the lenses. The 16-55mm is designed to be the best the lens it can be and does carry the properties that come with a lens designed to be perfect optically. Being a constant F2.8 lens will affect the price, weight & size, these are important, but after the optical quality of the lens. The 18-55mm has been designed to balance out the needs of all users making a smaller lighter around package.

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Chris Weston

Photographer's Bio

Chris Weston became a professional wildlife photographer in 2001 in order to follow his passion for what he describes as "the extraordinary behaviour of wildlife". His contemporary approach to photography led to Amateur Photographer magazine describing him as "One of the most dynamic wildlife photographers working today." He specializes in photographing mammals and endangered species and is renowned for his ability to connect with wildlife and reveal the often hidden personalities of his subjects through his images.
His work is published globally, with clients including the BBC, ITV, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, and National Geographic. In 2011 his images were selected by The Sunday Times magazine for its feature titled "The Year's Best Animal Photographs"

Photographer's Testimonial

Fujifilm's new XF 16-55mm f/2.8 weather-resistant lens lives up to expectation. With a new type of nano-coating that reduces flare, the optical excellence of the lens matches the supreme quality I have come to rely on in the very best Fujinon lenses. Photographing birds of prey at a local falconry, I was astounded by the depth of detail, sharpness and contrast of the pre-processed images. It feels great in the hand. The aperture and focus rings give me confidence when I need it most while the build quality exceeds my often-exacting need for equipment that can cope with the most extreme and harsh environments. And, even with the fast f/2.8 aperture, it’s still compact enough to travel with. This is a lens that lives up to the Fuji legend.

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Flemming Bo Jensen

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Photographer's Bio

Flemming Bo Jensen is a music and event photographer from Denmark. He has been photographing for 10 years and has been using Fuji X cameras since May 2011. He lives as a nomad and travels the world continuously. He can however always be found in Copenhagen during the Summer months, enjoying the music festivals.

About this Project

Zouk Singapore is a legendary nightclub that is rated as one of the top 5 nightclubs in the world. For a music photographer it is an extremely exciting place to shoot, the sound, the visuals, the layout and the people of Zouk are among the best in the world. This project was created over two nights of photographing at Zouk Singapore.

Photographer's Testimonial

The image quality of the XF16-55 is amazing, on level with the best of the XF prime lenses. The autofocus is impressively fast, possibly the fastest autofocus on any Fuji lens I have tested. I found the constant F2.8 to be fast enough to shoot even in a dark nightclub, and the image quality is outstanding even used wide open. It is a different feel to use a larger zoom than the Fujinon primes I normally use in nightclubs, the zoom is heavier and larger. But is still light enough to use for many hours of shooting without getting tired. And it is much lighter than the equivalent lenses in a full frame 35mm format. The build quality is fantastic, both the zoom and focus ring have a very high quality feel. The XF16-55 is an amazing all-round all-purpose lens.

Photographer's Work

[Photo] Sample Image

I wanted to capture the main room of Zouk, the incredible light and colors and action. This image I made when the dance floor was highly packed in peak time, I found my spot and waited for the perfect moment of light and action.

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This image is made in the "Phuture room" in Zouk. Standing close to the DJ booth, I wanted to capture an image of the DJ, the dancers and the video projections. The fast autofocus meant I could capture the dancing in perfect focus. Velvia camera profile ensured high contrast and vivid colors.

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On the second night of shooting in Zouk, the main dance floor was filled and I wanted to capture the people dancing on podiums. Again I found my position and waited for the perfect moment.

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The main dance floor of Zouk has several levels. Here I am standing at the very back of the room on level 1 looking down on the dance floor. The zoom capability of the 16-55 meant I could still capture the dance floor in action from further back. Then I just waited for the perfect light beam to hit the dancers on the podiums.

[Photo] Sample Image

This image was made in the Velvet Underground room of Zouk. This room is incredibly dark and the lens was tested for it’s ability to make pictures in the dark. The F2.8 aperture was just fast enough to still produce high quality images here. Because of the light weight and small size of my X-T1 with the 16-55 lens and the flip screen on the X-T1, I could hold the camera high over my head and produce this picture.

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Back in the main room of Zouk, the challenge was to capture close ups of people dancing and time it with the laser light show. This image was made by standing behind dancers on a podium, pointing up and timing the image to the laser beams.