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Zhongyi Lens Turbo II for Fuji-X, part 2: details and use

After a rather long intermission, here comes the second part of my real-world evaluation of the Zhongyi Lens Turbo II adapter, for Fujifilm cameras. You can find the first part of this review here.

In practical everyday terms, the first thing we should discuss is any concern about manual focusing with Fujifilm cameras and vintage manual lenses. Fact: if you are new to manual focusing you’ll need a degree of adaptation. The good news is that (a) focal reducers introduce zero additional difficulties and (b) current Fujifilm cameras are awesome for manual focus lens use.

Jupiter 37a 135mm f3.5 revisited

This is a vintage lens I have previously tested, in another system (m43) quite some time ago. I had also used it a bit on the X-E2 and X-T1. I thought of re-appraising its qualities when used with the latest generation of Fujifilm cameras, such as the X-Pro2, X-T2 and X-T20.  

This is a M42 mount lens, which can be easily adapted on Fujis using a cheap and widely available ebay adapter (lower than 20 euro/dollars in most cases).

The weekly photos: shooting defenceless animals

Here are some photos taken at the Attica Zoological Park, Greece. One of the largest zoos in Europe, with an extensive variety of animals kept behind bars.

I'm afraid I can't be too sympathetic with the zoo philosophy. I recognize that it is a great opportunity for the younger audience to come closer to nature, and, indeed, many animals may feel calm and loved (esp. by children) and certainly safe. On the other hand, I'd never trade safety for freedom; but then again, an alarming number of people does exactly that...

The Camdiox focal reducer for Fuji review (Part 2)

(for part 1 of this article, please check here)

Let's continue where we left off, with the user review of the Camdiox focal reducer. Let me reiterate that this is just that, a user review and not an excessively methodological evaluation, although we'll briefly examine the technical specifics behind the concept. This review centers on the Fuji version but I see no reason the Sony version of this adapter would be different. It would also be relevant to the m43 version, taking into account crop differences between  formats.

Full Frame envy? Focal reducers to the rescue: a review of the Camdiox focal reducer for Fuji (part 1)

Full frame cameras, as we well know, are the craze among mirrorless users these days, particularly after Sony released a string of quite affordable models during the last year. If we try to be concise and to the point, these are the main arguments in favor of "Full Frame" superiority:

  • Inherent ability to achieve shallow DoF
  • Better "light gathering" capability, resulting in superior ISO performance

Other advantages such as increased dynamic range and color depth are rarely mentioned in relevant conversations.