I thought the spring flowers might be blooming down the coast so I went to Mori Point – part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The flowers had not made much of an appearance yet so I just did the ocean at Rockaway Beach and wandered around Mori Point for a while. You can see the results on my Recent Work gallery.
After all the urban photography, I wanted to get back into landscape photography. I headed for the Presidio the other morning but veered off course to capture a few images of the Golden Gate bridge. I happened to get there just a few minutes before the sun came up. When it did, it lit up the bridge. It was a clear morning and the sun’s ray really hit the orange bridge. Check out the gallery from the day here. The time difference between the two Golden Gate shots was 10 minutes. Waiting paid off.
I decided to try out the 18-135mm lens. I’ve been thinking about this lens since I purchased the X-T1. Just the range alone makes it interesting. My favorite Canon lens, back in the day when I was a Canon shooter, was the 24-105mm f/4 lens. Great lens. The Fuji 18-135 extends that range so it seems like a natural. However, it’s not as fast coming in at f/3.5 to f/5.6. And, as always seems to be so with variable aperture lenses, f/3.5 only at the widest focal length. The lens has OIS and is weather resistant. Fuji claims five stops of stabilization and that might be accurate. I handheld this shot at 1/7 second. The walker is blurred out but the pizza shop signs are fairly sharp. The aperture was f/4.7, ISO 3200. And I’m not that stable – talking holding a camera here – so that’s pretty good.
So, the pluses are the range, the weather sealing and the image stabilization. The negatives are the speed and the cost. I also note that some reviews note the lens is not really sharp wide open. I’d agree with that. It gets much better up around f/8 to f/11. If you’re a hard core pixel peeper, maybe it’s not for you. Still, I was able to capture quite a few images in low light that I find acceptable. I did note the lens seemed slower to focus than my others. That seems to be different than what most reviews have found. The particular copy of the lens I rented was ‘sticky’ when zooming. I assume that’s just the copy I had.