First Light With the Fuji 50mm f/1.0

(This post is part of a series of posts reviewing the Fuji 50mm f/1.0 lens.) "First light" is a phrase from the astronomy community, usually referring to the first road-test image taken with a newly-built telescope, but it is also used more casually by the non-professional astronomer to refer to…

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New Magic? First Look With the Fast Fuji 50mm f/1.0

(This post is part of a series of posts reviewing the Fuji 50mm f/1.0 lens.) The new Fuji 50mm f/1.0 lens is here—what is it like? With any super-fast lens your expectations are that it will be huge, with a triple-digit filter diameter. And the lens is big, just not…

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There It Is, the Fuji 50mm f/1.0

(This post is part of a series of posts reviewing the Fuji 50mm f/1.0 lens.) If you were designing a lens what would you do? Ahead of you is a line of trees, planted in a straight row. They form the top of a “T”, you stand at the bottom…

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Smaller Cameras

I need a smaller camera. When I was eighteen years old and poor, working for $3.25 at the local mall, I walked into Metzger’s, a camera store in Akron, Ohio. It was a very large store in a very large building—they served all of the big corporate accounts. I was…

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Bigger Cameras

I need a bigger camera. Growing up my primary camera was a Hasselblad, shooting negatives six by six centimeters. Medium format. Later my primary camera grew to four by five inches, sometimes to eight by ten, making negatives referred to as “sheets” because of their size. Then my camera got…

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