Brighton Rocks... and so does the Fuji X100T

Recently I had the pleasure of a couple of days away in Brighton, and couldn't resist taking my recently acquired Fuji X100T along with me, which I am slowly falling for more and more. It's the perfect day to day camera, light and easy to use, with sufficient control to give great photos as you want. Having bought the X100T one of the items I really wanted for it was the TCL-X100 - a tele converter lens adapter which takes it from an APSC 35mm to 50mm.  Now I love 50mm, I've shot more with this focal length than anything else, so when I bought the X100T, this was the one accessory that was required and to be honest, as much as I love the X100T, the TCL-X100 turns it into an almost perfect option for me.  It doesn't appear to negate the quality of the images you get, and of course, with a few quick turns the lens is off and you go back to 35mm without fuss.  I'll be writing up more of my thoughts on both the X100T and TCL-X100 in time as I get to know them better.

Anyway, Brighton in all it's glory is a great place and part of the fun for me was trying to master manual zone focussing. As I've pointed out in the past I'm no street photographer, but trying to master zone focussing is a really useful art to have for times when you want to grab a photograph and don't necessarily have the time to focus easily.  I'd read somewhere that with the camera set to manual focus, you choose your focus length and the MF scale in the bottom of the viewfinder effectively tells you the depth of field that's in focus.  I tried f/11 - f/16 for most of the time, with auto ISO and a shutter speed on 1/125 as it was reasonably bright conditions.

On the whole I got pretty much what I expected - some images are relatively in focus, although I need to consider distances and become more considered on how I measure distance.  Certainly at this moment in time, I wouldn't trust myself to zone focus with critical photographs, but it's fun to learn and I think once mastered will be one of those arts you rarely forget.

Oh, and Brighton?  A fantastic, typical British seaside town... love it! It's been quite a while since I last went and it was great to see the place thriving.

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