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(I know this shot/editing is ugly but I was too lazy to make it better) Hey guys it's me again with another lens comparison test. Did a different one before: http://www.fuji-x-forum.com/topic/317-135mm-lens-comparison/ This time I compared three different 18mm lenses Fuji is offering. XF 18mm f/2 (X-E2) X70's 18,5mm f/2.8 XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 (X-E2) The shots are unedited (fine L) Jpegs (SOOC). I just cropped them and stitched them together. The settings of each camera were set to default (0) except the WB (I adjust it manually with a white peace of paper). ISO 200. Provia. Aperture priority. Cause I don't have a tripod that's so low I used a chair where I put the cameras on top so the frame can vary a bit. Sorry for that. Click on each pictures to open and maybe download on Flickr in full resolution. If you have any questions please ask. If you have any complaints about my test please be polite within your criticism. I'm not a pro so this test might be far away from being perfect. Feel free to share some shots/comparisons of your 18mm Fuji lenses. So now I hope you will enjoy my little CD collection (the second and the forth fifth of this rack are covered by a glass door) f/2 center f/2.8 center f/4 center f/5.6 center f/8 center f/11 center f/16 center f/22 center
So, I'm in the following dilemma. Should I buy the Samyang/Rokinon 8mm or the 12mm lens? I'd like to have a wide angle lens. I might be going to Europe in September and having a very wide lens will be great to shoot historical buildings, inside churches, etc. Now, I don't know if I should get the fisheye or the non fisheye. I've read many reviews and both lenses are good, but if I get the fisheye, would it just sit in my bag once I come back? Please help with your thoughts. If you can also share images it would be nice. Thanks!
Hey friends, this comparison is very rushed and won't be of much use to many of you, but since both of these lenses are hard to find in stores for most people, here is a little comparison to help you avoid wasting $500 to $1000 on either of these. This is the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 compared to the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 with an honorable mention of the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 Side by Side: They honestly are about the same size and weight, which is surprising since the fuji is faster and has autofocus.
There are almost no comparisons between these two tripods and the few that there are don't go into much detail so I bought both and I'm going give you all my thoughts. Why I chose these two, I wanted a tripod but knew that if it didn't fit in my backpack I wouldn't carry it with me. For me the priorities were 1 portability and stability and 2 quality feel. CONSTRUCTION AND QUALITY: The mefoto has a smoother panning action but the Sirui's ball head is considerably smoother, the mefoto's ball head feels choppy and stiff. The mefoto is a heavier duty tripod. It feels more like a miniature version of a professional tripod. The mefoto doesn't fold up quite as neatly as the Sirui. To get the legs to fold uniformly and sit flush against the center shaft you need to extend it a bit so that the plate doesn't get in the way. The Sirui is a hair longer when folded but considerably less chunky. The Y shaped plate where the legs meet on the Sirui in particular is much smaller and made from thinner material. The rubber locks on the Sirui feel super cheap, it's that sticky sort of rubber and the ribbed texture captures all dest and lint. The attachment point for the ball head also feel cheaper on the Sirui. The integrated weight hook on the bottom of mefoto is much nicer than the tiny ring on the bottom of the Sirui. The segments of the legs and central shaft on sirui seem to rotate when loose but not on the mefoto. STABILITY I had a really hard time finding a comparison of these two tripods from a stability perspective but the mefoto is definitely more stable. On smooth surfaces the legs on the Sirui push out beyond their natural limit and slide around much more easily. The fixed central shaft, wider connection plate for the legs, larger feet, and heftier legs of the mefoto make it a lot more stable. OPENING Opening up the Sirui, the legs flip right open, the spring loaded leg locks at the top of each leg click into each of the 3 positions as you open it. To be honest I originally thought this was an advantage, but I'd be concerned that the spring might fail. It feels like you really have to twist the cheap, sticky (or perhaps tacky), rubber locks pretty far to unlock the legs. Opening the legs on the mefoto is almost hard work, everything about the tripod (except for the panning action) is really tight, perhaps a smidge too tight for my taste. The press in leg locks at the top of each leg are operated manually for both opening and closing which is kind of annoying, and there are only 2 positions unlike the Sirui which has 3. The twisting leg locks seem to take less rotation to unlock than the Sirui. USAGE On the mefoto, the plate, plate holder, and plate locking control knob all seem oversized. This becomes a problem when you try to attach the plate on the fly. It becomes really annoying to mount the camera to the tripod. This issue is less severe on the Sirui because the knob is a lot smaller and you can actually get your fingers around in when the camera is mounted. As mentioned before, the ball head on the Sirui is smooth like butter. The panning seems either more heavily dampened or just not as smooth. The degree marks on the pan are mostly hidden with the exception of a small window near the indexing point and I don't like that. The ball head on the mefoto feels bad by comparison, it's just really clunky and sticky. The panning on the other hand is butter. The panning degree marks are all visible at all times, I prefer this to the Sirui. The mefoto also has a bubble level, I didn't think I cared about that, but having it is nicer than I thought. The plates for both are terrible and don't have a D ring. The Sirui has a removable central shaft and a 3rd leg position which allows the Sirui to get considerably lower than the mefoto. WHATS IN THE BOX They both come with a bag, the Sirui comes with a crappy draw string bag while the mefoto comes with a nicer zippered bag. To be honest, its actually kind of hard to get the mefoto in and out of the bag. The Sirui also comes with a beaner clip to attach weights onto the ring on the bottom of the tripod. It's cheap and junky, and covered on sticky terrible rubber and I don't like it. I've attached some comparison pics. Let me know if you guys have any other questions, I'll have both tripods for another few days and am happy to provide any feedback you're looking for. WHATS IN THE BOX I'm going with the mefoto. Definitely more solid and it's small and light enough for me. If I was most interested in saving space and weight I'd get the Sirui.