Almost a year ago I bought a used Fuji XE3 camera with the idea of doing some street/urban photography – great timing eh. It’s an excellent camera (still to be used for its intended purpose) which is small, light and fun to shoot with. It also came with a brilliant, tiny 23mm prime lens.
After taking the 23mm lens out locally I was impressed and bought two more prime lenses. The well respected Fuji 56mm and a Fuji 16mm f/1.4. After shooting with the 16mm lens on my infrared camera I was hugely impressed by its performance. The lens renders detail in amazing quality and there is very little distortion.
As often happens when I’m impressed by something, I decide I want more of the same, so I’ve now bought a used Fuji 14mm prime lens. To date I’ve only been able to photograph the front of my house (which I won’t share) but it’s another optically well corrected lens. It’s small, light and doesn’t cause any hot spots when used on the infrared camera. I can’t wait to get out to use it properly.
But because I don’t have any images shot with the Fuji Prime, I thought I would share this one instead.
There is a tenuous link to the subject of lens quality here. I shot this in 2014 in Bolivia using an Olympus EM5. The lens was the Olympus 12-40 pro lens which, now I’m looking back, produces exceptional image quality. At the time I didn’t appreciate how good this lens was. I just looked at it as my go to workhorse lens. Now I can see the results are excellent and I think that I might start using it with my new Panasonic G9. And with that, there’s another link to the next subject.
Huge Prints from a 16Mpixel EM5
How would you like to be able to make an exceptional quality print, measuring over 5 foot, from a 16Mpixel RAW file?
I’m sure many of you will have seen the new Super Resolution feature in Photoshop already. There are certainly a lot of people talking about this and a couple of you have also asked for my thoughts. This week I found some time in my schedule to try it out.
If you want to know what I found, you can see my Super Resolution video on YouTube.
In the video I explain how to use Super Resolution as well as share some tips. I then demonstrate how to quadruple the dimensions of an image. This would allow you to make a 5 foot print from a 16Mpixel micro 43 image. After then I compare the results from resizing an image using Super Resolution with resizing it in Photoshop and using Topaz Gigapixel. What I found was extremely interesting.
I hope you enjoy the video and have a great weekend.