As an ex-I.T. geek, I am really still into my gadgets and my kit, and so when I had the opportunity to try out a couple of new lenses from the very kind people at Fuji, I jumped at the chance. The one I was really interested in was the 55-200mm lens. My gorgeous Fuji XPro-1 camera is so lightweight, that it’s ideal for carrying around permanently. I have been in need of a lens with a little reach, too, so this was the perfect opportunity for a play.
My first event was a weekend at Donnington race circuit for the World Superbikes championship. A good friend of mine helps to manage a small satellite race team, so we headed on down during weekend of glorious weather, and I used the XPro-1 exclusively. All of the following shots were taken with the XPro-1 and the 55-200mm lens;
Of course, we got the opportunity to watch the main SBK races … these shots were taken through the fence. I was blown away by what the Fuji was able to capture. It’s a completely different camera to my regular Canon 5D Mark III, and requires a wholly different approach. But the results were phenomenal.
The entire set of images, including those taken with the 18-55mm lens can be seen on my Facebook page, Click here.
A few weeks later I had the chance to visit the gorgeous Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, and again used the same camera / lens combination to capture some of the beautiful flora and fauna;
During the same trip to Scotland, we were walking up in the hills of Callander when we stumbled across these characters :
I managed to get some video of the very rare dormouse appearance, too : http://youtu.be/ADCYOtFh9Xs
Then, for the last play, we headed to the Lake District for my usual genre of photography – some family photography with the beautiful Libby and Kate, whose wedding I photographed some years back. Again, all taken with the Fuji XPro-1 and the 55-200mm lens.
All in all, a superb combination of kit. Lightweight, compact and unbelievable quality.
The only downside ? Having to give the loan lens back !!
How do I get me one of those again!?