Air show photographic musings (or mutterings)

I took the Fujinon 50-140mm lens to the airshow this year. Combined with the v4 firmware in the X-T1, this did an excellent job of locking on to some tricky subjects, but with one drawback: it’s just not long enough. To get useful results, I’m having to do some serious cropping, resulting in images that are fine for looking at on screen, but which would be a bit rubbish for actually printing.

But as the image quality is significantly better than the older 55-200mm lens, and much better than the fun but flawed Samyang 300mm mirror lens, it was the best available tool for the job.

Unscheduled appearance

Unscheduled appearance

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/800s
Focal length: 140mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 25 July, 2015

The good news is that Fujifilm will be making things easier – there’s a 1.4x teleconverter coming, which will take the 50-140mm to near enough 70-200mm, which will help. Then of course, there’s the seriously long 100-400mm lens they’ve been promising for a while – now that would have been ideal for a lot of the action. I suspect I’ll get the converter as soon as it’s out – it shouldn’t be too expensive. As to the seriously long lens, that’ll depend on just how wallet-unfriendly its price is…