I don’t know about you but my email in box has been flooded with email over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. It has though provided me with two opportunities:
- A great time to unsubscribe from a lot of lists of people who only want to sell me stuff but don’t provide additional value.
- Some investment opportunities to purchase new equipment and software. My wife tells me this is called shopping but I think it’s investing.
One of the investments I was able to make was a new Fuji 50-200mm lens. I was able to purchase this little gem new, for the same price as a used model when you take into account Fuji’s cashback.
Now, I have owned one of these lenses before, but it was returned for repair following poor results. To cut a long story short, it was eventually traded towards a new 50-140mm lens with extender. This is an excellent lens which I still have and use. This last statement may cause you to wonder why I have now purchased the 50-200 lens.
The answer is a simple size and weight. The 50-140 lens is great but it’s very big and heavy whilst the 50-200 is smaller and lighter. Next year I’m planning a few longer treks and backpacking trips with the Fuji X-T2. I therefore wanted to invest in the smaller and lighter lens.
At the weekend, I had the opportunity to try out this new lens. So far, the results look very impressive. The lens has captured a huge amount of detail and is very sharp when viewed on screen or printed.
The only area which I haven’t been able to test properly is the 200mm focal length. Whilst I did shoot some images at that focal length, they appear a little soft. I do though think this is due to poor lighting conditions, causing a longer exposure of several seconds. Whilst the camera was tripod mounted the wind was very strong. I think much of the softness is related to the conditions rather than the lens.
In addition to the lens, I made a couple of software investments with upgrades to both On 1 Photo RAW and Alien Skin Exposure. I will be sharing my thoughts about these in the near future; there are a couple of surprising developments in both to mention.