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Interview with Kevin Mullins: first impressions of the XF10-24 and XF56 lenses and the X-T1 camera

We invited professional wedding photographer Kevin Mullins to come to Yokohama in Japan to speak on the Fujifilm stand at CP+ about how he started using Fujifilm products and how they help him create his distinctive documentary style approach to wedding photography.

We planned the whole thing out, even to the details of where he is to stand on the stage, however there was one slight issue that we were unable to plan for – the snow.

Heavy snowfall throughout Friday has meant that the CP+ show was cancelled today, but don’t think that means Kevin was given a day off. Instead we went out for a little walk around Yokohama and he was able to try out the new XF10-24mm and XF56mm lenses and also the new Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera.

Here’s a quick selection of unedited jpeg shots Kevin has taken, plus a few of his initial thoughts on how each lens performed.

The FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R lens

X-E2 with XF56mm - 1/200 sec;   f/1.2;   ISO 1000

X-E2 with XF56mm – 1/200 sec; f/1.2; ISO 1000

X-E2 with XF56mm - 1/200 sec;   f/1.2;   ISO 800

X-E2 with XF56mm – 1/200 sec; f/1.2; ISO 800

X-T1 with XF56mm - 1/4000 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 200

X-T1 with XF56mm – 1/4000 sec; f/1.8; ISO 200

“I’m really impressed with the handling of the lens, especially the speed of focus. The depth of field at f/1.2 is remarkable for an APS-C sized sensor CSC. I’m really looking forward to using it at a wedding where I’m sure it will become a permanent fixture in my camera bag”

The FUJINON XF10-24mmF4 R OIS lens

X-T1 with XF10-24 - 1/1105 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 200

X-T1 with XF10-24 – 1/1105 sec; f/5.6; ISO 200

X-T1 with XF10-24 - 1/320 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 200

X-T1 with XF10-24 – 1/320 sec; f/5.6; ISO 200

“Not being a regular user of a zoom lens, I was really keen to get my hands on the 10-24 and the ability to shoot as a the wide end of the zoom really introduces a new dynamic into the way we can use the X series cameras. The lens handles really well at both ends of the zoom, is very fast and the weight of it doesn’t unbalance the camera”

The X-T1 Compact System Camera

When asked about the X-T1 camera specifically, this is what Kevin had to say about it:

“I’ve been waiting to get my hands on the X-T1 for a while and I’m certainly not disappointed. Although I’ve only used it for a few hours, the viewfinder is simply amazing and the manual controls are well positioned – the camera feels really good in my hands. Well thought out features like the tilting screen, the side loading card and the vertical battery grip really make this a camera that’s going to enhance my everyday shooting”

About Kevin

Kevin Mullins is an award winning UK Wedding Photographer specialising in the documentary style of wedding photography. To see more of his work you can follow him on Facebook or follow his blog.

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  1. Hi, good set of photos which show the low light performance of the lens and camera. For me the only disappointment is the last shot with the 56mm taken outside, the camera is maxed out at iso 200 1/4000 sec and f1.8, a shutter speed of 1/8000 would make a big difference in being able to open up the fast lenses in daylight situations. Im very impressed with the fuji line up and the lenses are great, now for a 135mm equiv : ) cheers jon

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    • Agreed that either ISO100 or 1/8000th would be a nice addition – especially as we’ve got quite a few lenses down at 1.4 or lower. We’ve passed the feedback onto the dev team in Japan

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