Beaucoup Bokeh: Beauteous Background Blur With the Fuji 50mm f/1.0

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(Note: This is part three of an ongoing review. Part one (exterior and controls) appears here and part two (f/1 vs. f/4 comparisons) appears here, and part four (comparison with 56mm) appears here.) Bokeh is a word for the background (or foreground, I suppose) blur characteristics of an image. It differs from lens to lens (sometimes by a lot) and sometimes it differs a lot with the same lens. The word and the idea behind the word refers to all of the background blur characteristics but it is often thought of as only referring to blurred-out specular highlights, like the scintillations of the sun on waves, or referring to light…

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First Light With the Fuji 50mm f/1.0

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(Note: This is part two of an ongoing review. Part one (exterior and controls) appears here, part three (bokeh) appears here and part four (comparison with 56mm) appears here.) "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 the first night stargazing from the driveway with any new telescope. Those are exciting nights, looking at the night sky with no particular agenda, no special goals. Just looking and enjoying, feeling a little of that first-time magic again. It can be the same with camera…

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There It Is, the Fuji 50mm f/1.0

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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 of the stem, facing them with your camera and your lens. You focus on the center tree. Now what? Do you want all of the trees in perfect focus? Of course, you might think, they are all the same distance away as the center tree so they should all be in focus. But the other trees are not the same distance away. They are further away and get further yet with each tree as you…

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