Shooting on location with the XF90mm F2
A couple of weeks ago I had a e-mail from a publishing company wanting a few images to use taken on theXF90mm F2. It turned out that this was one of the very few lenses I didn’t have my self. I had taken a few images with a prototype version of the lens but nothing that really did show the lens of to the best.
A few days later there was a knock at the door, the XF90mm F2 was here and off we went down to the New Forest to shoot some images.
Build Quality & Optical Quality
The XF90mm F2 is among the best lenses made by Fujinon. This goes for both the build quality & the optical quality.
One question that comes up again and again is ‘should you use a prime lens over a zoom lens’. The XF90mm F2 is one of those lenses that shows just why primes still have the edge when you are looking for optical perfection.
I have the XF50-140mm and to be very honest it is pretty much perfect, when I looked into the XF 90mm I was wondering how much better it would have to be over one of my favourite lenses to warrant me to carry it with me and change lenses while shooting. Would the extra .8 of an f-stop be worth it ?
On the new X-Pro2 – which I use with the 90mm, the balance of this lens is amazing, tack sharp from edge to edge combined with wonderful contrast and tone across the lens make now my go-to close up beauty and portrait lens when in the studio. The focal range gives a wonderful compression which suits natural light shooting when mixed with the wonderful bokeh. The lens really does get the very best out of the 24mp sensor. In short – this is stunning, well made, lens that is fast becoming a center point of my camera bag & yes, the extra f-stop is useful for getting that extra light and depth when you need it.
In my eyes, this really does make an amazing portrait lens, the focal range is very suited providing a nice compression for full to tight crops. This is not to say that it should only be used to photograph people. The crispness of the lens is also very suited to shooting landscapes with the contrast control is also equally suited to capturing the suitable tones in cloud details in clouds.
After the trip to the New Forest, I wanted to put this lens though a little bit more of studio type shoot. It was very clear it was going to be awesome, but here are the shots anyway.
The set up we had was a twin Cactus RF60 set up using a Roundflash modified on one light then the other Cactus was modified using a cinewrap. This is like aluminium foil but jet black. Rolled up around the end of the flash it is a super fast way to shape light.
As a quick round up of this lens, in the short time I have had it, it quickly provided a very reassuring, fast, clear and sharp lens that will be useful for many types of shoot. The focal length is perfect for portraits but capable of so much more. This is one of those lenses that will be on the wish list for everyone shooting the X-System.
Many people might be put of by the focal length and lack of any stabilisation, but the balance of the camera & lens are so good that as long as you keep your shutter speed where it needs to be there is no problem. It is also worth nothing that this lens is near perfect optically but near half the cost of the bigger XF50-140mm.
For further reading on the XF90mm F2 – check out Lovegroves blog where the lens is compared with the XF50-140mm, which is a pretty amazing lens. If you are a prime shooter – the 35mm, 56mm and 90mm will be the backbone of any photography kit.
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