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Samyang 100mm F2.8 ED UMC Macro lens - Fuji X-Mount


Samyang 100mm F2.8 ED UMC Macro lens - Fuji X-Mount

The newest addition to my camera bag is the Samyang 100mm F2.8 ED UMC Macro lens. A full frame compatible and true Macro lens offering 1:1 reproduction ratio for awesome macro and close-up. Mounted on a Fujifilm X Series camera, this lens behaves as equivalent to a 150mm considering the 1.5X crop factor.
Technical details:
  • 15 elements in 12 groups with a high refractive lens (HR) and extra low dispersion lens (ED) to minimize colour aberration.
  • Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) is used to optimise the light penetration and minimises flare and ghost.
  • Close focusing down to 0.3m.
  • 9 aperture blades for beautiful natural bokeh.
  • The frame of the lens is compact and solid and constructed from high-strength aluminium alloy.
  • Includes a detachable lens hood to minimise flare and ghosting.
  • 67mm filter thread
The lens has a lightly textured finish and a metallic red ring placed just after the aperture ring as of all Samyang's premium lenses. Very well build and balancing perfectly with the Fuji X-Pro2 and Fuji X-Pro1 camera bodies for which I must admit to have an additional handgrip permanently mounted on each body. This, is mainly due to the fact that I’m using an universal release plate on my tripod but it also helps a lot when using bigger lens like this one. For instance, this specific lens is 149.4 x 72.5mm for a weight of 770g. Not on the small side but mostly to be used on a tripod anyway and still very comfortable to handle in the case of shooting this lens as a prime telephoto.
Galileo Thermometer
The focus ring is truly a pleasure to use, large with easy and comfortable grip offering a very smooth action and just the right amount of resistance for applying fine focus adjustments, which is especially important with a macro lens. The aperture ring has each full stop well marked and also an intermediate click stop in between each value. A deep circular hood is also supplied with this lens as standard.
This is my second Samyang lens; the first one was the Samyang 8mm f2.8 UMC II Fisheye. Samyang is offering very inexpensive and basic lens without AF nor electronic contacts to communicate with the camera but of very high optical quality. If you don’t mind the manual focusing, which by the way is now really easy when using focus peaking or even digital split image with magnification as assistants, you might appreciate a lot what the Korean Company Samyang has to offer on its catalog. To be honest, I really do and being a Fuji X shooter, both the 8mm Fisheye and the 100mm Macro have really no other comparable offers. A 60mm Macro lens (90mm in FF format) is just a little too short for my tastes and I like that this Samyang 100mm (150mm in FF format) gives me this comfortable extra reach. 
Macro Flower
At first, I was a little sceptical about this brand and their low priced lens but after buying the 8mm Fisheye and using it, I was very impressed by both the quality of the image rendering as well as the build of the lens. My second optic purchase from this manufacturer seems even of better build quality to me and after just few little snapshots inside the house, I can already say I really like what I’m seeing and can’t wait to go out next week to grab some lovely macro captures. Just hoping the Scottish weather will stay a bit on the sunny side and without too much wind but that… It’s a whole different story!
The three images illustrating this article were all shot at f/2.8, with the Fuji X-Pro2 mounted on a tripod and using only ambient light. They are RAW files processed to my tastes and converted to jpeg files.
More lovely images to come as soon as I can go outside and lay down on the grass to enjoy the upcoming Spring and see the flowers popping out without being scared of the rain… Speaking about the rain, it is important to notice that unfortunately this lens is not weather sealed.

One day later... Addition to the article...

I was out today but not very fortunate with the weather as it was very windy so no way to shoot flowers or create any serious macro image. But, I still managed to have three additional photographs to show you how well this lens performs. The first one can be considered as a macro one and the following two ones while using the lens as a traditional telephoto.
Samyang 100mm F2.8 ED UMC Macro lens - Fuji X-Mount
Samyang 100mm F2.8 ED UMC Macro lens - Fuji X-Mount
Samyang 100mm F2.8 ED UMC Macro lens - Fuji X-Mount



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Useful tool for Landscape photographers: The FUJIFILM Camera Remote App

As a Fuji X-Pro2 shooter, I’m not (yet?) spoiled enough by Fujifilm to enjoy a tiltable LCD screen on my camera model. Not that I really need it a lot to be honest but still, when out shooting landscapes, it would be a very great addition to this exceptional camera. Hopefully, it might change later with the next version of this model but cannot wait until then and for now, I had to find a way to resolve this little bothering stuff. I just decided to give a try to the FUJIFILM Camera Remote App. And, believe me, this thing is simply awesome! 

Winter Sunrise in Central Scotland
Sunrise in Central Scotland - Taken with the Fuji X-Pro2 and Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 - Using the iPad with the Fujifilm Camera Remote App

Taken from FUJIFILM Website:  “Use your smartphone or tablet to take pictures and control the camera remotely or to view the pictures stored on the camera and download them at your leisure. The FUJIFILM Camera Remote is an application which can operate wireless-equipped digital cameras by remote control to shoot images and to view images and movies in the camera and to transfer them to smartphones or tablets. It is also possible to add GPS location data to the image using the information acquired from the smartphone or tablet.”


FUJIFILM Camera Remote App

Pretty simple in fact and I almost feel like a caveman for waiting so long before trying this. I’m serious, this App is free, it is a little gem and I use it on the iPad to have the added advantage of enjoying a bigger LCD screen than the one on the back of the camera.
So, here we are now… Sitting comfortably on the middle of nowhere, enjoying the beautiful scenery, camera on a tripod and making few adjustments on the touch screen of the iPad (Aperture, ISO, Focus Point,…). Life is good!
Well, almost… One little thing which would be nice when updating the App is to allow the screen to rotate and be used in both Landscape and Portrait modes as for shooting sceneries, the actual and only Portrait mode is limiting the size of the view. That’s already better and bigger than the size of a back LCD but there is always room for improvement isn’t it? And, just because I know the Fuji guys can make miracles and to be a little picky because you did not offered the tiltable LCD to my beloved X-Pro2, you might also want to add a little feature allowing the rotation of the tripod head directly from the iPad screen. I know I’m abusing a bit but it costs nothing to ask ;-)
If you don’t use yet this awesome App, feel free to click on the icon below and give it a try. I’m sure you are going to enjoy it a lot.
Fujifilm Camera Remote App
Available for iOS and Android Systems




Creative’s Scotland Collective Group: Photography, Modelling and Makeup Artistry


Creative's Scotland
Living in Central Scotland, I’m also a Team Member of a Collective group named “Creative’s Scotland”. We are 8 Team Members with most of us being photographers but also including 2 models. Together, and following the original idea of the group creator, Andy Marshall, we are proud to organise as much events as possible to get photographers, models, designers and makeup artists working all together in a very fun and friendly atmosphere. Once a month, there is a major event which usually get some published images in a few photo magazines all around the UK. 
Although Scottish Art may have some occasional support from local Governments, it is more difficult for Photography, Modelling and Makeup Artistry to enjoy the same promotional level of support. It is where “Creatives Scotland” came to life with the goal of promoting and to give the missing support to all artists involved in the Fashion/Modelling activity sector (professional or not). 
I would like to invite the photographers and models reading this article and living in Scotland to check out our Facebook page and to join us for more fun to come…