Anyways, my Wife and I went to Colorado for Christmas, and of course we had to make it into the mountains at least once while we were there, since that is an area that North Dakota is strictly ... lacking in. Since Rocky Mountain National Park seems to be my go-to (since it is relatively close), we headed up there. One thing we weren't really counting on, though, was the cold and wind. We were watching the thermostat in the car and it was hovering neatly around -14 Fahrenheit (-25 Celsius). A bit chilly, but I guess it was a good time to test the cold resistance of my Camera gear, especially my new Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite and 50-140mm. I will also have some photos taken with both my Nikon D4 and D800 in this post as well, and a couple taken by my wife with her D7000. So it will probably end up being a long-winded, 5 camera post. Off we go!
I'll start off by saying that the Fujifilm 50-140mm f/2.8 lens might just be the best zoom lens I have ever used, when regarding sharpness and color rendering and focus and build. It is beautiful. And it looks awesome when mounted on either my Graphite X-T1 or my black X-T1. Also, something strange that I noticed while editing my Fujifilm photos was that they are recorded in a very specific focal length. The photo that follows was apparently taken at "87.1 mm." A bit odd, but I'll take it.
1. Autofocus: I haven't really tried using the tracking AF on this lens, but the single point AF was ridiculously fast and accurate. There were times when it literally focused faster than my brain could follow, it was just sort of "there," if that makes sense. There was no focus travel between what it was focused on before.
2. Build: All metal construction, and nice large aperture ring which was easy to use with gloves, but didn't move on its own when I was zooming. The zoom ring has a very nice rubber finish to it, as well, making it easy to use with gloves as well. With the blowing snow and cold I wasn't really worried about the conditions, either. I felt confident in the lenses weather sealing.
3. Operability with the X-T1: I don't have a battery grip on either of my X-T1 camera bodies, and I feel that the lens balanced out nicely. It is an excellent little fast zoom package when I want something smaller. I do have the MHG-XT1 metal hand grip on both of my Fuji cameras, though, and I feel that that does help with the handling tremendously, especially for someone with extra-large spider hands like I do.
I think that is enough words for now. More photo!
My wife, brother, and mother were all up with me as well. My wife (in black) and brother (in orange) are both working on learning photography for fun, and are both using Nikon D7000s! One of my favorites!
Thanks for reading,