Fuji stuff: 50mm Touit, 23mm, and a Kaesemann polarizer

Yesterday, I picked up a Zeiss Touit 50mm macro lens for the Fuji X system. Unlike the Fuji 60mm, the Zeiss lens lets you get really close up and is fairly snappy with regards to autofocus performance. It also really shines as a portrait lens too!

The next six photos were taken during lunch at “My Lil’ Cube” Japanese restaurant in Puyallup, WA. See my Yelp review here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/my-lil-cube-puyallup?hrid=r39hBDmC3_tyfvZTo0s8hQ.

The photos are straight out of the X-T1 (resized for the web) and were shot with the Fuji Velvia preset.

After lunch, we headed down to Pioneer Park a few blocks away. At this time, the sun was shining bright overhead — pretty much the worse time to take photos from a natural lighting perspective. At this time, I switched to the 23mm Fuji f/1.4 and grabbed a circular polarizer. Now, 99.9% of the time, I will not use any filter on my lens. However, I do make an exception for polarizers and ND filters. With regards to polarizers, there are so many different types, styles, and brands to choose from. I’m no expert when it comes to filters, but I’ve always used B+W filters. Why? Because that’s the first brand of filter that I ever bought, I liked it, and stuck with them as a brand. This particular filter is a B+W 62mm XS-Pro Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Nano Coating. How did I pick this particular filter? I read reviews on Amazon, the price wasn’t the lowest, it wasn’t the most expensive, but I figured if I’m going to put an additional piece of glass on an expensive lens, I want it to be of high quality.

Like the photos from the restaurant, I shot these in the Fuji Velvia mode. The polarizer really helped out with the blue sky. It seems as though it really helped out the dynamic range of the shots. These are all straight out of the camera, and no flash was used.

We ended the day with some frozen yogurt across the street. I kept the filter on the camera and continued shooting in the Velvia mode.

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