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Akira last won the day on 28 March

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About Akira

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    Akira Sakamoto
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    Music of all sorts, so long as they are worth listening to.
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  • Fav. Camera
    Fuji X-E3
  • Fav. Lens
    Zeiss Touit 1.8/32, Nikkor-O 55/1.2
  • Fav. Editor
    Capture One Express Fujifilm
  1. I like fumbling with electronic circuits and accessories related to the musical instruments. The examples are: 1. an original overdrive pedal 2. a passive DI box using a Jensen transformer 3. a restored Boss OC-2 pedal (the original input and the output jacks had corroded contacts). 4 and 5. modification of EBow. Quite nerdy, I guess.
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    32mm f/1.8 Zeiss Touit

    I've been looking for an all-round standard lens for my X-E3. Fuji's genuine XF 35/1.4 was too noisy for me, and I don't like the inner barrel moving back and forth when focusing along with the attached hood. XF 35/2.0 suffered from sample vatiation, and my third sample, although its optics was very well centered, didn't yield acceptable sharpness at the far corners even stopped down to f8.0. I was hesitating to go for the Touit, because both Optical Limits (formerly called Fotozone) and LensTip reported their test samples was not properly assembled. Nevertheless, I decided to try one for myself, being a bit disappointed by the genuine lenses. Quite fortunately, my first sample appears to be just fine. The sharpness of the central area is fine even wide open, except when the lens is focused at the closest distant ranges. And, even focused to the closest limit, the subject is finely rendered. The sharpness of the entire frame is very good already at f4.0. What I really like is the rounded rendition of the focused area and the smooth bokeh of the area immediately in front of and behind the focused area. Apparently, the longitudinal chromatic aberration is not really apparent. The overall color-related aberration seems to be kept at bay. The focusing speed is not very fast according to today's standard for the prime lenses of this class for the mirrorless system in general. But it is on par with Nikon D750 and AF-S 50/1.8G combo that I fondly used previously and the focus accuracy is noticeably superior to that of Nikon combo. Unfortunately, the profile of Touit lenses are not yet implemented in Capture One. But the chromatic aberration can be acceptably corrected by the "analyze" function of the software, and the distortion is not very obvious in general and can be pretty well corrected by the "distortion" slider offered by the software. I also like the slightly wider angle of view of 48 degree. I've always felt that the angle of view of a 35mm lens on an APS-C sensor was a bit narrow.
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    Spring flowers

    Thank you, Walter. The azaleas are very common here in Japan, but here the placement of the flowers interested me.
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    Spring flowers

    Thank you, Mike, for looking. I love the natural color composition of this particular clematis species.
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    Spring flowers

    Thank you, Dallas. In fact, testing the bokeh was part of my intention for these images. All were shot with Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 wide open. The bokeh of the Touit Touit used in close ranges seems to be pleasing, especially in the areas both immediately in front of and behind the focused point.
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    Spring flowers

    Shot with X-E3 and Zeiss Touit 1.8/32. Processed in Capture One Express Fujifilm. The second image was only slightly trimmed.
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    Tasmanian Old Growth Forest

    The viewing experience of the image is so rich that I feel as if I'm looking into the real forest through the window or from the open terrace, especially after clicking on the image. Thank you for enlightening!
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    The GAS Conundrum

    In which direction?!
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    The GAS Conundrum

    ...or the 360 degree VR pano?
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    The GAS Conundrum

    E-M1 Mk II has a free-angle LCD, as opposed to the Mk I, which should be very beneficial to your current work. I briefly handled EOS RP. It feels so cheap that I would doubt you would be inspired.
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    Some initial images with X-E3

    Apparently, the X-E3 can handle very mixed lighting pretty well. 🙂 This image was shot with Zeiss Touit 1.8/32.
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    Some initial images with X-E3

    Beautiful color, Vivion!
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    Some initial images with X-E3

    Another cherry blossom image.
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    Some initial images with X-E3

    Thank you, Luc!
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    Some initial images with X-E3

    These are images shot inside the building to the left of the cherry blossoms. I had to rotate both of these images very slightly in order to compensate for the slight tilt.

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