Beijing and Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8

Beijing thoughts and the Fujifilm 16-55 f/2.8
Beijing thoughts and the Fujifilm 16-55 f/2.8

I  have been traveling for the last six weeks. I have shot very little. I been around the globe and have few images to show for it.

Luckily I had some time in Beijing last weekend during the P&E show to shoot a few images. Inside, outside, anything candid. I used the Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8 with my X-T1. I scorned the models on the tradeshow floor, I’ve shot enough models, thank you very much. Beijing is not my favorite city (understatement). I go once a year and that’s enough. I’ve seen all the sites, the Forbidden City, various temples, the hutongs, everything famous you think of in Beijing.

Now when I visit Beijing  I spend most of my time at the convention center, near the site of the 2008 Olympics. Other than the Water Cube and “Bird’s Nest” Olympic Stadium – I haven’t seen what else is left of the momentous event. There are some amazing photos of what some Olympic sites look like now). I was in Beijing three days and that was enough. The air and traffic are bad, tourists abound. As I said, not my favorite city.

I did get a chance to put the Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8 to work. I wanted this lens the moment I saw it on Fuji’s lens road map. Fuji in Dubai let me test the Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8 during GPP.  It’s a great walk-around lens – wide to short-tele. That said – the lens is like a brick. It’s not like Fuji’s sharp and lightweight prime lenses – it’s heavy. It doesn’t really match my style of shooting – the weight of the lens makes the X-T1 body sag when I held around my neck. It make using the Fuji Camera Remote App somewhat difficult. I will have to reserve that for a shorter prime. The above was shot on the second floor of the convention center – facing east.

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