It’s been a while since I’ve bought a camera or lens, but here’s my newest acquisition: the Fujifilm WCL-X100 wide-angle adapter. It’s basically a lens that screws onto the front of the X100 lens and changes the 35 mm (equivalent) focal length into a 28 mm, with no significant loss in quality. 35 to 28 may not seem like much, but it actually makes a big difference.
28 mm used to be my favorite focal length and I’ve had a 28 mm lens since the 80s when I used my Minolta X-700, so it’s nice to pair that focal length with my favorite camera of all time, my Fujifilm X100T.
The first thing I did after receiving the WCL-X100 (which I bought used for $179), was to take this time-lapse. The sun was going down and I just missed an awesome cloudburst (see photo at the bottom of this post), but I think the sky still looked amazing. FYI, I set the camera to auto-shutter speed so it could adjust to the darkening sky. I think it did pretty good, with only slight flickering.
At 28 mm:
And for comparison, here’s a time-lapse looking towards the same direction at 35mm.
Today I had a few hours by myself this morning so I decided to head over to the nearby park and take some time-lapse photos with my Fujifilm X100T. Honestly, I’ve been lazy by just shooting the time-lapse videos from the comfort of the house, but I thought I’d try something new and see how it goes. So I packed up my gear and headed off.
Here’s the video I made from two ~30-minute sequences:
I’m pleased with how it turned out! The camera settings I used were not any different from what I use at home, but it was a lot more difficult to see the LCD screen, and the electronic viewfinder wasn’t much better because it was so bright outside.
I knew I’d be outside for a while, so to pass the time, I brought my folding chair and my iPad and did some sketching and reading. Under the shade of a tree and with a nice breeze, it was quite pleasant! The only thing that ruined the experience were the ants, which would seemingly appear out of nowhere. I got bitten a couple times on my feet, but luckily these weren’t fire ants so there was just the initial sting. Whew. But still, what a nuisance!
When setting up for the lily pad sequence, I was entertained by a small catfish that was enjoying the afternoon as well. Can you spot it in the time-lapse video? 😊
In addition to the regular camera gear, I think it’s useful to bring a fold-able chair, hat, sunscreen, and water. And don’t forget the lens hood! (I forgot mine).
It was fun to go outside to take the time-lapse photos and I’m looking forward to doing more of them!
こんばんは。We watched Koa’s high school band practice this evening. It was a breezy night, and the wind felt so good! The clouds also contributed to a pretty sunset, and then the cold beer at home really hit the spot. Life’s little moments can be nice.
I recently got a new tripod which I’ve been using for time-lapse videos, but I’ve also used it to get some very detailed photos using a smaller aperture and low ISO. Today’s photo is an example of that. I’m normally shooting hand-held at 1600-6400 ISO and wide-open, which means the photos are lacking in detail. But the Fujifilm X100 series of cameras’ 23mm Fujinon lens is actually very sharp when stopped down to f/4 or F/5.6 and coupled with a reasonable ISO. You can see so much detail in the lampshade above. I guess I’m just not used to seeing it very often, with the type of photos I normally make.
Honestly, though, it’s too cumbersome to use a tripod all the time, and the real advantage of the Fujifilm X100T is its portability/speed Still, it’s nice to break out the tripod and dust off the camera settings that I rarely use. Photography is so fun!