Street Photography with Fuji X-Pro 2 and Sony A6300 // 7 Artisans Lenses

Street Photography with Fuji X-Pro 2 and Sony A6300 // 7 Artisans Lenses

all right let’s go to Toronto cute one
of those quick intro things how are you oh good okay so we’re here today in Toronto and
I’m shooting street photography with my friend Joe this is Joe hey guys and
we’re going to be using some budget lens and we’re using the term budget loosely
because Roger lenses sometimes get a bad name but we’re using the seven artists
answer lenses he’s gonna be showing in his Fuji camera and I’m gonna be
shooting on the a six to three hundred we’re gonna do some street photography
first up I’m gonna get Joe to explain what street photography is really
quickly generally a street photography I try to give you know a view of you know
what’s going on in your environment and you know whether that’s in an urban
setting or you know whether whether you live in the country I don’t think street
photography needs to be a hundred percent defined by a city but it’s
shooting in our on our trailer shooting in Toronto today it We certainly have
some beautiful cityscapes to take full advantage of it and whether you know
your based on your street photography around the people in your environment or
you know the the building structures and architecture
really get a wide variety of options when you’re when you’re in a city so yep
well we’ll talk about why these lenses are so great and the versatility that
you can get with them different options for focusing since they are manual focus
lenses and yeah we’ll cover all those bases okay
first off is some b-roll is beautiful little alleyway okay so we’re going to go to some
locations and shoot some photos and then describe exactly what we’re doing as
we’re doing it so sometimes when you’re shooting street photography it’s really
open to take pictures of people they might not want to have their picture
taken and it’s awkward to ask so you’re just trying to shoot pictures of people
maybe without them know it a challenge with this is if you’re using a manual
focus lens like these seven are Zen lenses it’s really hard to pinpoint
exactly what we want to focus on so Jo is going to show you a really quick
technique for zone focusing they’ll allow you to take pictures of people as
they walk into your frame it’s just much quicker to do take it away John so one
thing that’s fantastic about these seven are is in land lenses is that they have
you know a depth of field scale on them so what’s really great about this is you
can free focus so if you start at infinity anything that’s further away
then 15 feet or five meters is going to be in focus so you can see that if you
have focus peaking turned on with your mirrorless camera you’ll see all the
highlights are bright red and then if we shift it you can see where it changes
focus from the street car and those buildings to the gate and then the
people that are right there and that’s a very minimal shift because I’m shooting
at you know an f-stop of close to 4 so what’s amazing about this is you can pre
focus before you’re getting ready to take your photo and once you get used to
using this system you won’t ever have to manually adjust the focus you can just
say oh okay well I’m waiting for that person to come within two meters or you
know however many feet to take the photograph of them and then you’re
literally just pulling the camera to your face and shooting
it makes simplifies the process a lot better and allows you to focus more on
composition and making sure that you’re getting you know the exact moment for
them to walk through the frame the other benefit of this is you’re never waiting
for you know the autofocus to catch up so if it’s a little bit of a lower light
situation there’s no hunting or anything like that happening
you’re literally you know choosing you know where the image is going to be and
then as soon as you press it you’re capturing it that image so we’re back at John’s now we just went
out for the day of shootings and photos which you saw and we just wanted to kind
of tell you about what we liked we didn’t like about these lenses I’m
shooting on the a 6300 and this was the seven arthas and 25 mil F 1.8 what do
you have so I’m shooting on the Fuji x-pro 2 and this one is the 7 artisans
35 F 1.2 so this one’s gonna be about an equivalent of 50 millimeter on full
frame and Christmas I believe is about 35 35 s yeah close to somewhere between
35 and 40 so the great thing about both these lenses and why we were talking
about street photography earlier is these are two pretty ideal focal lengths
this one being maybe a little bit better for capturing people Street portraits
and then on this one you know you’re getting a great field of view for
capturing someone in the moment or you know wide enough angle to to capture you
know a great image of a street front or storefront or something like that
absolutely I think as well like if we were to talk about build one of these
lenses this one was $79.99 us at the time of doing this video and watch is
your one come out to be I paid about 179 Canadian so let’s call it 130 to 140
u.s. yeah now that both obviously this is an email
so this is Sony and then this is Fuji you can buy both in the variants for
whatever respective camera mount system you have and it’s pretty much the same
price so price is obviously different but the build quality of yours is a lot
better yeah I found it it was quite solid I was blown away by the build
quality of this many people complained about the focus not necessarily being
smooth or having play I didn’t experience that at all it’s incredibly
smooth very easy to manual focus with very easy to focus with during video and
having that clickless aperture d clicked aperture is great if you want to get
creative with doing some film film work we’re making an adjustment on the fly if
you have a lighting change it’s really great because you don’t hear it in the
video it’s silent so great feature to have on one of these lenses agreed Hanna
once we kind of played around with his own focus which sure showed me how to do
that I really like that was it’s quick and easy to focus on things once you
instead of just kind of looking through and trying to find focus literally star
infinity and then go backwards and it’s so much quicker to to focus compared to
just trying to search it yourself and always missing a shot or not getting in
focus yeah messing around back and forth is is
very it’s very common for trying to manually focus with this as a
recommendation for any lens if you always start at infinity and work your
way back you’ll you’ll finally be able to focus much quicker especially with
street photography you know the only time you’re gonna want to start at the
opposite end is if you’re incredibly close to your subject and doing
close-ups or macro photography so let’s talk about some stuff that we didn’t
like taking into consideration the price I have to say it’s an incredible lens
and fantastic fantastic value if you’re expecting to take you know tack sharp
portraits at F 1.2 that’s not gonna have them however if you want to have
incredible bokeh and have a really nice vintage looking lens appeal to it these
are based on a sonar lens style so if you like that you know like a look to
your photos this really changes up the look of a photograph compared to some of
the traditional style lenses so I’ve shot with the Fuji 35 f/2 and the Fuji
35 F 1.4 and this is a completely different look to it especially shooting
at F 1.2 and even the depth of field that you get stopping down all the way
to F 5.6 I took some interesting portraits of Chris which we can show you
guys afterwards where the bokeh is just incredible even at a 5.6 yeah agreed
yeah I tend it’s the biggest thing is at the lower apertures of
one point af2 it’s not overly sharp really at all it’s not where you start
getting 2 F 2 point 8 and above where you really do get crispy as I mentioned
before and the review I did of this but aside from that I really don’t think
there’s anything not to like about this yeah for the price I couldn’t recommend
us enough or for everyone to have in their toolkit I mean if you don’t have a
50 millimeter equivalent portrait lens for a Fuji or a knee mount I mean you
can’t go wrong with this if you’re willing to take the time to practice
with manual focus where you’re shooting in a studio setting where you can take
your time with predictable lighting I mean you’re gonna get incredible results
for you know less than 200 bucks for either of these lenses you can’t go
wrong it’s a no-brainer completely so yeah we’ll put the links down below for
these if you want to check these are–these out
as I said Fuji Sony but you can buy the respective camera system mount version
of whichever lens you decide to go ahead with but these are two great lenses for
street photography and yeah I think that’s about it really
yeah so if you liked what you saw today you know what to do hit a little like
button down below and if you want to check out Joe Joe where can people find
you currently I’m just running a little profile on Instagram I’ll definitely
have more stuff up coming soon but check it out it’s act
I get JC n so just GE t JC n check it out link that right down below in case
you want to check out his Instagram – if you haven’t gathered by now I was
talking before about potentially doing a podcast with somebody and that’s
actually gonna be with jobs so if you’re interested in listening to us pretty
much ramble on about a whole bunch of different topics video photography using
film cameras different lenses street photography anything like that we are
going to be doing a podcast it’s gonna be coming soon so stay tuned for that
and until then I’ll see you guys in the next video see ya

23 thoughts on “Street Photography with Fuji X-Pro 2 and Sony A6300 // 7 Artisans Lenses”

  1. That intro is SO awesome!!!! Especially seeing the 50 some odd 20-30 second clips it was born from! Amazing editing, and audio choice as usual!!!!! That Fuji guy was awkward AF 😋

  2. Autofocus isn't something very old in photography. Autofocus technology became popular during mid 80's and was really advanced in accuracy and speed during 90's. The truth is that with the optical viewfinder of dSLRs manual focus isn't easy. However mirrorless cameras offer focus magnification and focus peaking which make manual focus faster and easier. From my experience focus peaking isn't always accurate when the high focus peaking is selected. I prefer the low peaking level but even that isn't 100% accurate. The focus magnification is the best way.
    The autofocus mechanism and the electronics of lenses always increase their cost and that can be avoided with manual lenses. Fast f/1.2 or f/1.4 existed after 50s and 60's. It is not hard for lens manufacturers to create fast lenses. What is hard is to create affordable fast lenses that have good optical quality when the largest aperture is selected.
    The mirrorless technology unexpectedly has opened the forgotten market of manual focus lenses. The prominent lenses manufacturers Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony(Minolta), Olympus, Fujifilm, Tamron, Sigma don't bother to produce manual focus lens after 80's. (The forthcoming manual focus Z mount NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct is a unique and great exception). Zeiss, Leica are offering manual lenses but are very expensive.
    So Chinese and Korean manufacturers found a gap in the lens market and have started producing very interesting manual focus lenses that are affordable to nearly everyone.
    After the default kit zoom lens, a manual lens is a good way to learn photography without a serious investment.

  3. Now maybe you meant it different from what you showed, but if you (as in this case) use f4, put your infinity mark on the 4 to the right depth of field scale, and presto everything fro infinity down to about 1.6m where the 4 on the left is, will be in focus. This may be what you meant, and you do not need to check your screen at all, it will bee in focus. Stop down to f8, with the infinity mark on the right figure 8, all from infinity down to about 0.9m will be sharp.

  4. Good video, thanks.
    What are the little strings that you have in the cameras that are finished in a round, red piece?

  5. watched the first bit – long intro 'thing', then skipped forward a minute and listened to you talk about street photography and then some artsy music laden shots and video… but i want to hear about the lens. Quit and went to one of the other thousand videos reviewing the lens.

  6. Hi Chris im interested in your LUT which u applied for the sony a6300 images. Is it available somewhere?

  7. Why do all Canadian youtubers look 100% exactly the same in their editing and style ? Is it so hard not to copy Peter Mckinnon ?

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