Fuji's XF16mm - How I love that lens!

Thanks to Fujifilm Canada I was able to borrow their new 16mm F1.4 lens and bring it along with me to Yellowknife and to Nova Scotia.  I actually didn't want to give it back, I loved it so much.  And yes I'm considering buying it.  (I might even trade in my 23mm F1.4 for it!)  I think I prefer the 16mm focal length (24mm full frame equivalent.)  Actually I noticed that when I use the 16-55 most of my images are shot at either the 16mm focal length or at 55mm.  I liked how light it was in comparison to the 16-55 and could easily use it as my walk around lens.  For me it trumps the 23mm because of its 15cm minimum focusing distance.  Incredibly you can be six inches away from your subject and it will focus!   This I think is a huge advantage for street photography because no one expects you to take their picture when you are standing six inches in front of them!  And it is lightening fast at focusing.   I always appreciate the extra weather protection that Fuji has been adding to their lenses.  For what I like to shoot: beautiful places, spaces, fast moving subjects, inclement weather, and environmental portraits, it is the perfect lens for me. Here are some favourites:

Street Photography

Environmental Portraits

A Sense of Place - Yellowknife, NWT

Nova Scotia


Governor General's Performing Arts Awards

On Saturday May 30th, their excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston attended the NAC's Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.   The award recipients were:  

Walter Boudreau, composer, conductor and artistic director
Atom Egoyan, film and stage director, visual artist and screenwriter
Diana Leblanc, actress and director
Sarah McLachlan, singer, songwriter, musician and humanitarian
R. H. Thomson,actor, director, producer and arts advocate

Here are some of my favourite photographs from the event which I photographed for Hello Canada magazine.


A Final Tribute

Yesterday we laid my father to rest alongside my mother at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces.  It was a military funeral with a full honour guard as he had served in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII from as soon as he was old enough until the war ended in 1945.   He crossed the Atlantic many times dodging German submarines and torpedoes and then he raised one son and three daughters.  I always thought he was a hero.  

The Last Post for John Campbell Wilson at the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces. 


Fuji's 16-55

It's been four months now since I've been shooting with the Fuji 16-55 F2.8 weather sealed beauty and I'd have to say it is my most used and favourite lens to date.  Fuji makes awesome prime lenses as well and I currently have the 23 and the 35 but when carrying around the 16-55 it feels as if you have four prime lenses on your camera all at once. 

I do have the 23mm F1.4 as well as the 35mm F1.4 and I love them both but when I'm on an assignment and have to shoot everything from portraits to landscapes and then food I reach for the 16-55 as it is the most versatile. 

So what can you photograph with it?  Almost everything: architecture, street, still life, portraiture, interiors, events..   What I love about it:  its excellent image quality, solid build, weather sealing and it is fast.  What I don't love:  it is a bit on the heavy side, however coming from the D800 and a 24-70 it is still light in comparison.  Also, because Fuji does OIS so well, I wouldn't have minded if they had included it on this lens.  

Here are some image samples.