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    My old sugar maples are getting crusty and showing their age. Fuji GFX 50R GF100-200.

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    A dismal day with drizzle and grey skies. The local marina handheld shot with the Fuji GFX 50R and Laowa 17mm.

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    One more shot from the Marina. Same details as above. Both of these shots were focused at about 3 meters, ISO 160, f/11.

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    Home... (Nishi Hazu)

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    First outing with the Laowa GF 17mm on the GFX50R.







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    Impressive Big Louis !
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    A few more with the Laowa 17mm on the 50R. These were all 9-shot bracketed and I also had a circular polariser on the lens - a big advantage of having a UWA with a filter thread. I can't stack the polariser with the lens protection filter without seeing the rim in the corners but on its own it is fine.

    A few thoughts if people are interested (or you can just skip to the photos!).

    The lens is sharp. As sharp as a Fuji? Difficult to say. There is significant improvement at f11 over f4 with the Laowa and given the weight - it is quite hefty - all my shots to date are on a tripod at iso100. At f16 (these photographs) the sharpness is very good indeed. And even allowing for the saturation effect of HDR the colour draw is very nice. To be fair I maintain that the sensor on the 50R/S is about as good as it gets so I suspect you could mount the bottom of a milk bottle and get nice shots (joke, of course).

    I feel a bit disloyal saying this but I always found my Fuji 23mm when it owned it, not wide enough. I loved the sharpness and colour draw of that lens but for architecture I was compelled to use my XF 10-24 on the X-T3 where I would have preferred to use the 50S (when I had it). Now, I can take the architectural shots I want with the 50R and I'll probably leave the XT-3/10-24 at home.

    As you can see 17mm is almost too wide but given the immense crop-ability of the 50R sensor (and I guess even more so, the GFX100!) it really is not a problem. You can get a level horizon in most cases and chop out the bit you don't need and still be left with an enormous image. The lens does produce wonderful panoramic opportunities and I keep cropping these out of both landscape and portrait images.

    Worth pointing out it is a manual lens but at f16, for architecture, there is little point in doing anything other than leaving the lens on infinity. I did try playing around with hyperfocal distance with near shots but I haven't got any conclusions about that yet. When I was shooting with my Hasselblad SWC I eventually gave up on hyperfocal and only shot on infinity and improved my sharpness no end for architecture - so I am carrying that experience over onto this lens.

    The cost to me of the lens (with a seasonal discount) was about GBP500+ less than a second user GF 23mm or GBP 1300 less than a new one. Quite a compelling financial case.

    All the photographs are taken on the Royal London Hospital estate in Whitechapel, in East London, England. The top two are the early 20th century medical buildings which in their day were state of the art but now are scheduled for demolition (shame!). The final one is the 1960s Dental Institute which was also an important architectural development but has now been replaced with a brand new 21st century building nearby.





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    Horse - 神田明神 (Kanda Myoujin, Tokyo)

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    日の丸 (the circle of the sun, also the name of the Japanese flag) - (Tokyo)

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    My wife and I took an early afternoon walk from our house on south hill in Ithaca, NY up to the Ithaca College campus (less than a mile away). It was an eerie experience for two reasons. First it was December 23 (normally very cold and snowy) but this day it was absolute calm, beautiful clear blue sky, and 51 degrees F. The most delicious Dec 23 I have experienced in a long time. The second eerie feeling came from the absolute silence on the campus (normally a boisterous, bustling place as you would expect on a college campus), but today everyone had left for the holidays and we had the entire campus for ourselves. A few shots from our walk across the campus with the GFX 50R with 45/2.8 XF.











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    Antique Wedgwood 'Hedgehog' crocus brick - grown by my wife. 50R+63/2.8. This is 13 exposures at f4, focus stacked so that I can get the whole subject sharp but still blow out most of the background. Processed in LR, CS and ColorEffex.

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    Antique Wedgwood 'Hedgehog' crocus brick - grown by my wife. 50R+63/2.8. This is 13 exposures at f4, focus stacked so that I can get the whole subject sharp but still blow out most of the background. Processed in LR, CS and ColorEffex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    Antique Wedgwood 'Hedgehog' crocus brick - grown by my wife. 50R+63/2.8. This is 13 exposures at f4, focus stacked so that I can get the whole subject sharp but still blow out most of the background. Processed in LR, CS and ColorEffex.

    If you are interested in seeing the full sized jpeg (30Mb) then click on the photo to download it.

    Detail is excellent, but it seems the stacking software had a hard time or perhaps more exposures were required ?
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    Detail is excellent, but it seems the stacking software had a hard time or perhaps more exposures were required ?
    Yes, I noticed that. Goes to show you really do have to check as you go. I needed one or two more at the top of the pot and also one or two more on the left. Incidentally, I don't use the inbuilt focus bracketing of the camera. When I experimented with it on the 50S I had poor results, which is why I do it by moving the focus point around in a sort-of grid like basis.

    Here is another shot from today, taken with the 50R and the Laowa GF17mm which has a minimum focusing distance of about 20cms, making it an 'ultra-wide' macro. As it is a manual lens I set the focus to a rough distance of 40cms and it looks pretty sharp all over (full size is 13mb download).



    This final one is similar but I focus stacked two images, one focused on the stamen in the nearest flower and one focused on the table. Personally, I think the detail is drop-dead amazing (39mb download)



    The detail is so amazing it reveals (a) I should have wiped down the table, (b) I ought to get off my lazy-backside and sand it down and re-varnish it!
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    rijks museum : terracotta bench (willem coenraad brouwer 1877-1933) ...



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    Fantastic shot Bart...but what is this GF350 lens you speak of

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    Fantastic shot Bart...but what is this GF350 lens you speak of
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    You had me momentarily excited that you might be a Fuji Photographer and you might be schlepping a yet-to-be-released longer lens and you might have inadvertently busted your NDA. Oh well, we can but hope...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelorus View Post
    You had me momentarily excited that you might be a Fuji Photographer and you might be schlepping a yet-to-be-released longer lens and you might have inadvertently busted your NDA. Oh well, we can but hope...
    Sorry about that, but what longer lens do you fancy that's still "schleppable" and affordable ?

    Frankly, the GF250/4 plus 1.4xTC (350/5.6) is quite manageable by holding it to the tripod collar foot.
    I can carry it for quite a long time.
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    Scheppable and affordable...there's the challenge. A fast long lens would be nice - the old standard 300/2.8 for instance or a 350/2.8 but it of course would be neither of those things.

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    Sorry about that, but what longer lens do you fancy that's still "schleppable" and affordable ?

    Frankly, the GF250/4 plus 1.4xTC (350/5.6) is quite manageable by holding it to the tripod collar foot.
    I can carry it for quite a long time.

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    Bart - nice gets.

    I've been mucking around since it has been too smoky to shoot much of anything so far this summer...picked up a fotodiax - Leica M to GFX adaptor..(dont ask why - why not?)


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    This is where the 45/2.8 really comes into its own. What a great lens. Shot from the top of Garden at 120, a roof terrace, on 120 Fenchurch Street, right in the heart of the 'square mile' of the financial district of the City of London. If you follow the links to my Flickr stream you can see full sized jpegs. Both shots were handheld, front of the lens pressed to the glass of the barrier that surrounds the roof (I have a UV filter on to protect the front element) and bracketed (5 shots processed in HDREffex).

    View to the West, the distinctive building is 20 Gracechurch Street, sometimes called the Jukebox Building. Obviously, St Paul's to the right and in the distance the stick-like BT Tower. Numerous other buildings.


    View to the East, with Aldgate below and the start of Whitechapel. At full res I can see as far as Limehouse and even pick out the spire of Hawksmoor's St Annes Church.
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    View to the West, the distinctive building is 20 Gracechurch Street, sometimes called the Jukebox Building. Obviously, St Paul's to the right and in the distance the stick-like BT Tower. Numerous other buildings.
    Hi Louis, I know that you are interested in the history of the City of London, so you may find this partly interesting....I spent nearly 2 years of my life (1988-1990) involved in the structural design of "20 Gracechurch Street" on the corner of Lombard Street....My job was to go through the old earlier 1950's structural design plans (The plans were stored on microfiche sheet film back then). This building was originally Barclays Bank Head Office before they moved to London Docklands. https://www.archive.barclays.com/items/show/5408
    The idea was to keep the original basement of the building together with all of it's retaining walls and punch through the existing foundation, putting in new piles to support the new steelwork frame above (The modern building that you see today) and demolish all of the old existing building above.

    The microfiche film was pretty hard to decipher after 30+ years, so I had to survey certain areas of the basement to see for myself exactly what was going on...It had squash courts for the employees and also the main vault!...It also had a Roman artesian well down in the manned boiler/pumping rooms....I found a little forgotten storage room off to one side not that far from the vault, where abandoned tables and chairs were strewn about all over the place from decades previous. I had the room cleared out only to discover a small trapdoor hidden from sight by all of the old ageing furniture. I opened the trapdoor and entered a chamber climbing down a c. 30 feet old rusting ladder, only to find yet another old Roman artesian well at the very bottom. An automatic electrical pump had been installed way back in the 1950's to kick in just in case of an emergency (Thames water table rising too high)...Somebody had obviously forgotten to switch the auto-pump on because you could see water tide marks over the years all the way up the chamber walls to the underside of the trapdoor!

    Later in 2001 two other Roman artesian wells were discovered not that far away in Gresham Street.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...r-flowing.html

    Apologies for taking this thread slightly off topic....Cheers Barry
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    Hi Louis, I know that you are interested in the history of the City of London, so you may find this partly interesting....I spent nearly 2 years of my life (1988-1990) involved in the structural design of "20 Gracechurch Street" on the corner of Lombard Street....My job was to go through the old earlier 1950's structural design plans (The plans were stored on microfiche sheet film back then). This building was originally Barclays Bank Head Office before they moved to London Docklands. https://www.archive.barclays.com/items/show/5408
    The idea was to keep the original basement of the building together with all of it's retaining walls and punch through the existing foundation, putting in new piles to support the new steelwork frame above (The modern building that you see today) and demolish all of the old existing building above.

    The microfiche film was pretty hard to decipher after 30+ years, so I had to survey certain areas of the basement to see for myself exactly what was going on...It had squash courts for the employees and also the main vault!...It also had a Roman artesian well down in the manned boiler/pumping rooms....I found a little forgotten storage room off to one side not that far from the vault, where abandoned tables and chairs were strewn about all over the place from decades previous. I had the room cleared out only to discover a small trapdoor hidden from sight by all of the old ageing furniture. I opened the trapdoor and entered a chamber climbing down a c. 30 feet old rusting ladder, only to find yet another old Roman artesian well at the very bottom. An automatic electrical pump had been installed way back in the 1950's to kick in just in case of an emergency (Thames water table rising too high)...Somebody had obviously forgotten to switch the auto-pump on because you could see water tide marks over the years all the way up the chamber walls to the underside of the trapdoor!

    Later in 2001 two other Roman artesian wells were discovered not that far away in Gresham Street.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...r-flowing.html

    Apologies for taking this thread slightly off topic....Cheers Barry
    Thanks Barry. Very interesting!
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    Later in 2001 two other Roman artesian wells were discovered not that far away in Gresham Street.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukn...r-flowing.html

    Apologies for taking this thread slightly off topic....Cheers Barry
    Barry, that is absolutely fascinating - and thanks for sharing. That must have been an amazing experience. When I was doing some internet research into the building I'm sure I read somewhere there was/is a plan to demolish it and redevelop the site? But then I read in another article that the building was entirely refurbed at the end of the naughties. It would be a shame to lose it as it is the only non-boring glass structure in the vicinity.

    Stay lucky and if you are up in London some time there is an open invitation from me for a coffee and a stroll through the financial district.

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    Barry, that is absolutely fascinating - and thanks for sharing. That must have been an amazing experience. When I was doing some internet research into the building I'm sure I read somewhere there was/is a plan to demolish it and redevelop the site? But then I read in another article that the building was entirely refurbed at the end of the naughties. It would be a shame to lose it as it is the only non-boring glass structure in the vicinity.

    Stay lucky and if you are up in London some time there is an open invitation from me for a coffee and a stroll through the financial district.

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    Many thanks Louis, as I understand it...
    The old 1950's BB building was torn down shortly after I completed my contract in the early 90's with Oscar Faber consulting structural engineers....The commencement of new erection of the "Jukebox" then went ahead shortly thereafter (completed in 1994)...I'm sure it will be here for a good few more years yet
    https://www.skyscrapercenter.com/bui...cechurch/22919

    After that I'm not 100% sure what exactly happened but I thought Barclays Bank returned back to 20 Gracechurch Street for a short while thereafter....Then they later relocated in 2005 to One Churchill Place https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Churchill_Place The neighbouring building to One Canada Square (Canary Wharf) http://cdn.ltstatic.com/2009/June/BX502552_942long.jpg
    I also had a hand in One Canada Square foundations but that is another story and I have already derailed this thread long enough...apologies once again everybody.

    Thank you for the invitation Louis, It would be lovely to meet up with you for a cuppa coffee and a walk around the Square Mile...hopefully one day :-)
    I enjoy visiting this thread....always interesting images that are beautifully processed.

    All the best...Cheers Barry

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    Took the plunge and ordered a Laowa 17mm GFX for my GFX100. This caught my attention last year when it was first announced then slipped off my radar until last week.

    I received the lens late yesterday and immediately began playing with it. I offer 2-images from yesterday, an exterior taken from our back yard (Tucson is in the far distance) and an interior of our living room.





    I've a question of those who might have this lens. Manual focusing isn't new to me as I've done it while shooting waterdrops. This lens isn't native to the GFX and only has the mount so no electronics to speak of. I notice that peaking doesn't work and when I have it in M mode I have a rather large box in the center which is darker than the rest. I can switch off M and the box disappears. My question is what are others doing to achieve focus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Libby View Post
    Took the plunge and ordered a Laowa 17mm GFX for my GFX100. This caught my attention last year when it was first announced then slipped off my radar until last week.

    I received the lens late yesterday and immediately began playing with it. I offer 2-images from yesterday, an exterior taken from our back yard (Tucson is in the far distance) and an interior of our living room.





    I've a question of those who might have this lens. Manual focusing isn't new to me as I've done it while shooting waterdrops. This lens isn't native to the GFX and only has the mount so no electronics to speak of. I notice that peaking doesn't work and when I have it in M mode I have a rather large box in the center which is darker than the rest. I can switch off M and the box disappears. My question is what are others doing to achieve focus?

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    Don,

    It sounds as though you have the digital rangefinder “patch” (the darker box in the middle) active as your MF assist. Peaking should work. Check your menu setting for which MF focus assist you have enabled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Libby View Post

    I've a question of those who might have this lens. Manual focusing isn't new to me as I've done it while shooting waterdrops. This lens isn't native to the GFX and only has the mount so no electronics to speak of. I notice that peaking doesn't work and when I have it in M mode I have a rather large box in the center which is darker than the rest. I can switch off M and the box disappears. My question is what are others doing to achieve focus?

    Don
    On my 50s in M-mode I press the rear scroll-wheel to zoom-in and have peaking as well.
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    Don,It sounds as though you have the digital rangefinder “patch” (the darker box in the middle) active as your MF assist. Peaking should work. Check your menu setting for which MF focus assist you have enabled.Rand
    YUP! Got it fixed, no more box and I have my red dancing ants back! Many many thanksDon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Haines View Post
    ...The commencement of new erection of the "Jukebox" then went ahead shortly thereafter (completed in 1994)...I'm sure it will be here for a good few more years yet


    I also had a hand in One Canada Square foundations but that is another story and I have already derailed this thread long enough...apologies once again everybody.


    All the best...Cheers Barry
    More derailment ....

    I wouldn't be too confident about these buildings being around for a good few years yet.
    I photographed the start of the Broadgate development in the 1980s and that's already been 'redeveloped' .

    And by coincidence I also had an involvement in One Canada Square in its early days.

    At the weekends I was photographing a bank's new premises who had occupied the top floors of the tower;
    at that stage only the goods lifts were in operation and when I came to finish shooting one day,
    the contractors had control of them, meaning that I had to carry a large camera outfit, tripod, lighting etc.
    from the top of the tower down the emergency staircases - which only had access at alternate ends of
    each floor, and so I had to traverse the whole length of each floor to reach the next staircase .
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