Fancy taking fantastic landscapes and street shots like Dave Fieldhouse? Here’s the kit he uses to bag his standout #WexMondays images
Image by Dave Fieldhouse
It was a pleasure to award Dave Fieldhouse third place in the overall competition for Wex Photographer of the Year 2020. He consistently placed on the leaderboard thanks to his aptitude for both landscape shooting and street images, and he gave both eventual winner Andi Campbell and second-placer Dan Portch a serious run for their money!
You can read our interview with Dave here, in which he talks a little about his image-making process, but if you want to know more about the kit he uses, we’ve put together this buying guide to show you. Read on for a peek inside the kit bag...
Dave is a Fujifilm shooter, and one of his cameras of choice is the good old Fujifilm X-T2. A reliable mirrorless workhorse, the X-T2 boasts a 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans sensor, and thanks to its high-speed X Processor Pro it can burst-shoot at up to 8fps. It may have been announced in 2016, but it’s absolutely no slacker, and can be picked up pre-owned for a bargain price. Of course, if you’re the type who absolutely has to have the newest and best gear, then may we point you in the direction of the brand new X-T4…?
Dave also makes use of the Fujifilm X-Pro2, the firm’s robust, weather-sealed CSC designed to meet the needs of roaming outdoor photographers. It uses the same X-mount as the X-T2, so all lenses are completely interchangeable, and the body sports and impressive 61 seals, giving you ultimate peace of mind when you’re out in difficult conditions. The more recent X-Pro3 is quite a radical departure from the form, sporting a flip-down screen designed to discourage chimping, so if this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, picking up a used X-Pro2 at a great price might be a better idea.
Here are the main lenses Dave relies on for his landscape shoots.
A focal range of 16-55mm is an incredibly useful all-around choice, covering your bases in all sorts of different situations, and Fujifilm has made a few great examples of this type of optic. The most recent example is the XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR Lens, a hardy outdoor lens with a handy constant aperture of f/2.8, able to create smooth, well-rounded bokeh that makes for impressive images.
Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR Lens
The Fujifilm 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Fujinon lens is an excellent lens to use and can produce some stunning imagery. It's weather-resistant and features a constant aperture of F2.8 that consists of 17 elements in 12 groups. With these, it is capable of achieving edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range and the linear motor inside allows fast and quiet autofocusing. This lens is incredibly versatile and can cater to a whole range of photographic opportunities thanks to the wide-angle to medium telephoto zoom. Not only this, but its 9 rounded aperture blades create smooth, circular and beautiful bokeh.
It always pays to be able to go wide when it comes to landscapes, and the Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f4 R OIS Lens is a perfect choice for this. A zoom of impressive optical quality, it also sports a stepping motor for smooth autofocus and built-in OIS (optical image stabilisation), and what’s more, thanks to a 24cm close focusing distance, the lens is also a solid choice for close-up work, lending you real versatility in the field.
This weather-resistant telephoto zoom adds another string to Dave’s bow when shooting landscapes – you should never count out the creative options that telephoto lenses provide to the landscape shooter. The f/2.8 aperture is constant right the way through the zoom range, and the construction of the lens is weather-resistant, so it’s well suited for heading out into the wild landscape for a once-in-a-lifetime image.
Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f2.8 WR OIS Lens
The Fujifilm 50-140mm f2.8 lens is an incredibly versatile, weather-resistant telephoto zoom designed for use with Fujifilm's X series of compact system cameras. Its focal length and constant f2.8 aperture across the board makes it perfect for sport, travel, wildlife and night time photography. This lens also comes equipped with the world's first Triple Linear Motor! This motor uses an inner focusing system that maximises portability and ensures a fast, smooth and quiet autofocus. This is a beautiful lens to use and you will not be disappointed.
As Dave said in our interview, he’s enjoying street photography more and more lately. Here are the lenses he uses to capture those fleeting, never-to-be-repeated moments...
A wide, tack-sharp prime is the perfect tool for street photography, and the Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 R WR Lens is a great example, especially for the price. Its weather-resistant design means it’ll cope with shooting in all weathers (perfect for those dramatic rainy street shots), while the nine-bladed aperture allows for the creation of highly attractive shallow depth of field when shooting wide open. It’s also capable of acquiring autofocus in as little as 0.05sec when paired with compatible Fujifilm cameras – making it ideal for the fast-paced world of street photography.
Fujifilm XF 23mm f2 R WR Lens - Silver
The compact, weather-resistant Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR XF Lens offers a 35mm equivalent focal length, making it ideal for travel, street, and portrait photographers. Its fast f/2 aperture makes it a great choice for low-light conditions, and, with its 9 diaphragm blades, delivers a pleasing out-of-focus quality when working with a shallow depth of field.
Blending sharpness with versatility, the Fujifilm XF 35mm f2 R WR Lens is a great choice for any street shooter. It’s compact and lightweight, easy to carry around all day, and has a Nano-GI coating that reduces ghosting and flare, making it easier to bag great shots in difficult lighting conditions. Dave has very recently upgraded to the f/1.4 version, which is even better, and is a great choice if you’re planning to do a lot of work in low light.
Fujifilm XF 35mm f2 R WR Lens - Black
The Fujifilm 35mm f2 R WR Fujinon lens is a stunning, sharp and compact prime lens. It is a popular lens because of the sharp and detailed images it can produce as well being a common go-to lens because its focal range provides an angle of view that is similar to that of the human eye. The optical construction of the lens is made up of 9 elements in 6 groups that ensure an extremely high image quality. This high image quality is coupled with the compact design which is also is weather/dust-resistant, and can work in temperatures down to -10°C.
This lens represents a lot of milestones, for Fujifilm and photography generally. It’s the first fast-aperture autofocus lens with an apodisation filter, which improves the quality of light in its bokeh and makes shots with a shallow depth of field look even better. This makes the lens ideal for portraits, whether posed or grabbed, and the fact that its maximum aperture is an amazingly generous f/1.2 just sweetens the deal. An incredible lens all-around, the Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2 APD Lens is quite simply a joy to use for any Fujifilm photographer.
Fujifilm XF 56mm f1.2 APD Lens
The Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 APD XF is the world's first fast-aperture autofocus lens with an apodisation filter. The maximum f/1.2 aperture delivers brilliant levels of sharpness, while the apodisation filter ensures the out of focus areas are smooth with a unique bokeh effect. This combined with Fujifilm's HT-EBC coating and advanced optical construction delivers the best image resolution possible and produces portraits with a three-dimensional feel. As with other Fujifilm XF lenses, the 56mm lens offers an all-metal barrel construction and an aperture control ring.
Finally, we have an outstanding mid-telephoto prime, useful for getting just a little bit closer to a subject without suffering a loss in image quality. The Fujifilm XF 90mm f2 R LM WR Lens delivers fantastically sharp images with rich bokeh, while also delivering impressively fast autofocus thanks to its Quad Linear Motor. Despite all this, the mid-telephoto lens only weighs around 540g, which is a tremendous asset for a day’s street shoot.
Fujifilm XF 90mm f2 R LM WR Lens
The Fujifilm 90mm f.2 R LM WR XF lens is a fast-aperture prime lens to join the ever-growing range of quality interchangeable X-series lenses. This lens offers a telephoto focal length equivalent to 137mm (35mm format equivalent) with a wide, bright and fast maximum aperture of F2.0. This unique telephoto lens easily delivers ultra-sharp images with beautiful, rich circular bokeh. A newly-developed and impressive Quad Linear Motor provides autofocus that is quick, quiet and accurate. It is also lightweight at only 540g and weather/dust-resistant and can operate down to -10°C meaning that this lens is packed with features in a compact construction.
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