Shooting Vintage 50’s ~ Rikenon 50mm f2

X-Pro2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation Shot @ f2

X-Pro2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation Shot @ f2

                        Given all the options available to us in the cheap 50mm category this is one that has been sitting in a drawer for almost 10 years. The Rikenon 50mm f2 is really nothing that spectacular when it comes to the build quality but paired with the Fuji X-Pro 2 it actually looks quite good and handles fairly well. Made mostly of plastic on the outside it still feels robust enough for most situations.  Purchasing this lens on eBay will only set you back $50 or $60 Canadian dollars but the resulting images make it feel like it’s worth every penny and more. 

            Often when I mount a vintage lens on my my XPro2 I feel as if it’s to large or look like it doesn’t belong. this is usually the fault of the adapter not the lens. In the case of the Rikenon 50mm it seems to balance quite well with the XPro2. One of the main reasons is that the K Mount adapter is quite shallow in comparison to others that I have tried, so in combination with a lens that is already only just under 1.5 inches in length. Combined the lens and the Adapter is only 2 3/4 inches in length which is still incredibly compact. 

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              Handling the Rokinon 50mm f2 is quite good. The Aperture control had nicely defined Clicks from f2 (of course) to f16, but are still relatively smooth. The focus dial has smooth yet fairly short focus throw which allows you to find focus in less than 180 degrees. 

                Image quality is such a subjective topic. Somewhere between MTF charts, brick walls and  endless shots of images at each f-stop lies what is actually important. Does the image tell the story you are trying to tell, does the lens capture the trueness of the moment or is the character of the lens visually appealing to the viewer. Those are the things I consider when looking at a lens review, HOW DO THE PICTURES LOOK!!! Do they look good? If so then it’s a good lens. 

                     Thanks for reading my very informal lens review of the Rokinon 50mm f2, Please consider leaving a comment, I would love to hear what you think of this lens. Here are just a few more of the images I shot. 

 X-Pro2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation

 X-Pro2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation

 X-Pro2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation Shot @ f2

 X-Pro2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation Shot @ f2

 X-Pro2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation Shot @ f2

 X-Pro2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation Shot @ f2

 X-Pro2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation Shot @ f2

 X-Pro2 Classic Chrome Film Simulation Shot @ f2

Pearl Harbor ~ USS Arizona Memorial

         On December 7th 1941, the unimaginable happened. The Small serene Hawaiian island of Oahu was surprise attacked by the Japanese airforce and navy. This was my first time at Pearl Harbor and it was an incredibly sobering experience.  Thousands of men and women died in this horrific attack, many of whom are still entombed below the surface of the water in ships that very quickly became their graves. Being there gave me a new heightened appreciation for all of the men and women that fight for the freedom that I so often take for granted. May we never forget.

Waikiki Street Life

         Touring the streets of Waikiki leaves a street photographer both overwhelmed and searching for simple scenes.  With the shear amount of people walking around it is very challenging to find compositions. Below are just a few of my favorite street images from our recent trip to HONOLULU. All the images were shot on the Fuji X-Pro2 and the stellar 23mm f2. 

Koko Head Stairs ~ A gruelling Reward

        Just a 10 minute drive from busy Waikiki beach is grueling physical challenge with a spectacular reward. Koko Head stairs was originally a set of rail tracks installed by pre world war 2 military personnel on the island of Oahu. Designed to gain a higher and more clear viewpoint of the coast line and thus help protect them against any possible enemy’s. today this hike is climbed by hundreds of people every day, both the fit and unfit alike challenge all 1000 plus steps to get to the top.  Once at the top you are greeted by one of the best views in Oahu. Below are a few images I shot on my Fuji X-Pro2 and the Rokinon 12mm f2. 

Solitary Surf ~ Fujifilm X-Pro 2

               In the misty coastal waves of Vancouver Island you can sometimes find a lone soul navigating the quickly darkening waves.  It’s almost as if all they need to do is feel the rise and fall of the swells in order to pick the right wave. To me there almost nothing more artistically beautiful than a surfer navigating the wild one breaker at a time.