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

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(Note: This is part one of an ongoing review. Part two (f/1 vs. f/4 comparisons appears here, part three (bokeh samples) appears here, and part four (comparison with 56mm) appears here.) 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 that big. One of the hopes and dreams of the Fuji-X system, since they went with a slightly smaller sensor than other manufacturers, was that the lenses for the system would be Leica-M small. Pop a handful in your pocket and go walk around.…

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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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