Well, it seems to work out very nicely. At least if you have a Leica Digilux 2 with its brilliant Vario-Summicron lens. I think the details are incredible for a such low resolution camera. It surely was a magical moment to see the shot below on a computer screen. I actually have thought about to get another Leica someday. Maybe M8. I know it has its quirks but I think it would be fantastic B&W camera with some nice Leica lens. But we’ll see. As usually.
I am so happy that my iPhone 6 has a good camera. It was an extremely nice day today and I was able to get few nice shots of trees covered in frost. I absolutely prefer ”real” cameras but my phone is always with me. iPhone 6 is a very capable device to shoot at least in good light.
In an earlier post I wrote that I like the TCL-X100 in outdoor shooting. And that is very true. Indoors the situation is little bit different. Or at least I have somehow mixed feelings.
50 mm focal length is very nice for portraits indoors. Much better than the 35 mm equivalent lens which X100 series cameras have. What is also very nice is that the tele converter does not have any effect on the widest aperture which remain to be f/2. This really sounds nice but what I have noticed so far the f/2 – 2.8 area will not provide tack sharp shots. Of course this will be the situation also with the X100’s lens anyways, so maybe the tele converter does not make the situation worse.
From f/2.8 the sharpness is acceptable but of course I would have liked to use wider apertures in indoor shooting because of the challenging lighting conditions. Because X100 does not have any image stabilization I have to keep the shutter speed at least in 1/50 s range, preferably faster to provide sharp captures. This will of course mean that ISO will go up. With the X100 ISO 1600 is still acceptable in color captures and ISO 3200 with B&Ws. And if I have to use apertures between 2.8 and 4 the ISO will be almost every time between 1600 and 3200.
All in all, I like the TCL-100 in indoors shooting when taking B&W captures. In monochromes some noise is even beneficial but in color shots noise may make the colors look like little bit mushy.
1/40, f/2.8, ISO 3200
Sometimes it is good to twist you head upwards when photographing in the nature. I was strolling around in a very cold weather and saw how beautifully the sun rays touched the pine tops. I took my Ricoh GR out of the winter jacket’s pocket and was ready to shoot.
1/200, f/8, ISO 400
I have been testing my Fuji X100 with a TCL-X100 tele converter and I am very pleased about the results when shooting outdoors with apertures 4 to 8. With that aperture range the tele converter delivers very sharp results with lots of details. I also like the 50 mm view which is a very classical one. I feel that I could go even to f/2.8 in good lighting conditions but f/2 is not so nice anymore. Well, it is okay but not fantastic. But that is the situation with X100’s 35 mm equivalent lens anyways; it is not that sharp at f/2.
So, outdoors the tele converter really shines with smaller apertures. The shot below was taken with the following settings: 1/80, f/5.6, ISO 640.
And another shot (1/105, f/7.1, ISO 200):
More later on about my feelings of TCL-X100 in indoors shooting.
One of my hobbies besides photography is wrist watches. I have a very modest collection of wrist watches and I like to read and learn about them. I have been thinking my next possible watch purchase quite a lot during the Christmas vacation. There are few possibilities what I could buy in the near future:
1. Basic (and cheap) automatic watch for everyday use: this could be a Seiko 5 for example. You can get them between 250-300 euros. Seiko manufactures all their movement calibers which is quite cool in such a cheap category.
2. If I choose quartz watch (which is quite unlikely) I would go for Seiko Kinetic (I have one with the first Kinetic movements) or for some vintage model like Seiko Twin Quartz (from 1970’s).
3. A vintage watch. Preferably from 1968 which is my birth year. Zenith would be a nice one as they have their own movements (not e.g. ETA based). You can get a nice one with 500-700 euros.
4. The most likely option would be to buy a watch from a small manufacturer like Stowa or Nomos (both German manufacturers). You can get a very nice watch from them with about 600-1000 euros. I would prefer hand-winding movement from both of them. Stowa uses nice Unitas movements and Nomos have their in-house movements.
So there you go. I think one of the above options will come true in the future. I also think that I would get a nice addition to my present collection by choosing any of those options.
Here is a short list of my present mechanical watches:
– Omega Speedmaster Professional (The Moonwatch)
– Omega Seamaster Professional Chronometer
– Omega Speedmaster Automatic
– Zenith Automatic Elite 670
– Revue Thommen Airspeed Automatic
– Mido Commander Ocean Star Datoday
– Swatch Body & Soul Automatic
– Phenix Vibroschock (from 1952; Phenix 130SC movement)
I purchased a tele conversion lens (TCL-X100) for my Fuji X100. I got it with a quite good price (139 euros) so I think it was a nice deal. The reason to get this tele converter was my desire to have two small cameras with different fixed lenses. I have Ricoh GR which has a beautiful 28 mm equivalent lens, so that camera serves as a wide option. The X100 has 35 mm equivalent lens which is, in my opinion, quite near to GR’s 28 mm. I wanted to have bigger cap between the focal lengths of these cameras and TCL-X100 just allows that and makes X100 to have 50 mm equivalent normal lens.
So, my intention is to keep these two small cameras with me when going out shooting. And I shoot quite much of portraits for which 50 mm suits better than 28 or 35 mm. I will report here in my blog how this approach is turning out.