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By paulbroad  
Well outside my comfort zone. Someone had tied a few baubles in a tree in a park near us and we were walking with part of family and their dog. I just tried a couple of shots? Hand held and low light.

The OIS system in the Fuji lens is really rather good.


Tags: Still life Field Tree Depth Bauble Hang

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Toobi_Won 9 77 8 England
6 Jan 2018 6:38PM
The missing knot and branch spoil the image for me, taking the eye out of the frame. See mod, (a scout wouldn't be happy with it though).Wink
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
6 Jan 2018 10:18PM
I'll concur with Mike.

I note that this was at 560mm, and given the sharpness, it's not surprising htat the framing is not entirely as it might be.

Impressive handholding, and OIS.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2018 8:04AM
My comfort area so far as subject matter is concerned, not so far as focal length is concerned! I would have difficulty in even keeping the subject in the frame, hand-holding at that sort of length, so I'm well impressed. But as above - it needs the knot. I guess this was a case for not zooming in quite so close, leave space, crop if necessary. Or rotate the camera to portrait...

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4200 Canada
7 Jan 2018 3:33PM
Yes, 4 stops is what Fuji advertise and its very good.

Did you replace the background, or blur it?
pablophotographer 9 1.8k 394
7 Jan 2018 4:32PM
I thought metallurgists take pictures of still products usually, no?
I applaud the move to keep this in colour, rather than black and white, as the red or bordeaux of the leaves contrasts nicely with the light green of the background.
The aperture kept the background creamy and mushy so all we can focus is the foreground. The missing knot is a detail overseen but what I am puzzled with, given the shooting angle, which seems to be level with the eye, if this is approachable why shoot it with a teleconverter?
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2018 6:16PM
The missing knot doesn't bother me because it is not the subject, nor a strong area in the composition, however, one must bow to the consensus.

Fujifilm actually claim 5 stops with this lens, Willie, just checked under features on the official website, and it seems to work well. This is almost out of the camera - a touch of exposure adjustment and a smart sharpen. I actually took a series of half a dozen, varying exposure to see how sharp I could get it. The background is grass but some distance away. I have done nothing to it.

Pablo - Converter used because I was too lazy to take it off and I change lenses as little as possible outdoors. The converter requires special lens caps due to protruding elements and that was at home. I tend to leave this kit together all the time. It is almost my standard equipment.

My metallurgical photography covered all sorts of images including rolling mills where the product can be moving at over 100 mph with respect to the roll stands.

I do have a problem with long lenses. I love them , like some love wide angles and by far the largest proportion of my images are shot above 100mm. I struggle to zoom away from maximum, the same applied when I had the Sigma 50/500. I seem to forget the zoom ring is there!

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