This is a followup to the previous Nikon adapter post.
Testing was done on a Fuji X-T1 with firmware 4.0.
The old Nikon 50mm shot fine on the Fuji X-T1.
It had a different color profile than the Fuji lens, but that is to be expected (Fuji carefully processes for each of their lenses) and all adapted lenses get the same profile. Plus, I had to shoot the Nikon lens with electronic shutter (which could have effected color, too) to get enough shutter speed for daylight at f/1.8 (yes, I could have stopped down to reach mechanical shutter’s 1/4000 max, but then I wouldn’t be testing at f/1.8).
The Nikon photos are soft even when in focus.
Setting the X-T1 to sharpen helps the Nikon a little, but the Fuji lens (not surprisingly) still beats the Nikon lens. Setting the Nikon lens to a smaller aperture also helps take away some of the fuzziness, but if I wanted to shoot smaller apertures, I have a Fuji XF 18-55 already that captures great details.
But you don’t shoot a wide apertures to stop them down or for capturing detail. You use f/1.8 for shallow depth of field and bokeh!
Mmmm… creamy bokeh. Let’s do that again.
And yummy shallow depth of field. FYI The next photos were shot B/W-Red film simulation, highlight tone +2 (hard), shadow tone +2 (hard).
As you may have noticed, the transaction between focused and out of focus was rather fast in the b/w photos above. I don’t know why this happened (I don’t recall this happening when I shot this lens on my 35mm Nikons), but this might just be a characteristic of the lens on an X-T1 or other digital camera.
I also shot with a Canon 85mm f/1.8, but the results were not so exciting.
You also shoot wide apertures to capture in low light, but without autofocus, I can’t see this as practical for shooting people unless you don’t mind slightly out-of-focus shots which can be fine for capturing mood, but (for me) not portraits (out-of-focus eyes just bug me).
What I have determined after shooting with the different manual focus lenses on the Fuji, is that:
- You can use them in limited cases where sharpness and focus don’t have to be exact (like the above b/w photos)
- For me, this makes a good stopgap for some photography until I can get some Fuji primes especially since:
- These old f/1.8 lenses are the equivalent of f/2.8 on old 35mm cameras (full frame cameras), so a Fuji f/1.4 prime would be more like f/1.8 on a full frame.
- Fuji primes are reportedly sharp at max aperture, so a Fuji f/1.4 (f/1.8 on a full frame) beats a huge Canon/Nikon full frame f/1.4 which has to be stopped down to f/1.8 or f/2.8 to be sharper.
- and that I am completely spoiled on autofocus (and rightly so. I’m old and my eyes aren’t that great anymore.)
- and finally, A) I am either a lot shakier than I was when I was much younger or 2) image stabilization sure makes shooting much more pleasant, or C) both.