I had a slight slip of the credit card a few weeks ago and bought myself a new lens, the XF23mm F2 WR. I already have the 35mm and 50mm and enjoy using them both immensely, especially the 35mm. The weather resistance is a real bonus as paired with my Fuji XT-1 I can brave the damp British weather and shoot when I wouldn’t risk my X100F in the rain.
I decided to head out to Bath to give my new purchase a thorough test. It was a freezing cold, but bright and sunny day. First stop was the Royal Crescent, when I realised that my choice of date had not been a good one. It was bin day. Bath is a beautiful city with stunning Georgian architecture, which was completely ruined by stacks of bin bags, recycling boxes and other miscellaneous refuse waiting for collection. I resigned myself to having to crop until I could crop no more.
I did my best to capture the beautiful curved buildings, but cropping out the dustbins was proving tricky. I decided I needed to get up higher. As I was pondering how to do this, I spotted one of those open topped bus tours. A few minutes later I was sat on the top deck, risking hypothermia, camera in hand. These next two shots were taken from the top of a moving, and very bumpy bus. The autofocus was fast and spot on. Very impressive. As an side, I have no idea what this sculpture is on the side of the building, but can you imagine having that hanging outside your bedroom window? It would give me the creeps, waking up in the night with that looking in!
After my bus ride, and a warming mug of hot chocolate, I headed to the Abbey. The sun was streaming in through the windows creating beautiful shadows. You are free take as many photos as you like in the Abbey, and it is an amazing space.
So, What lessons did I learn from my day out? Firstly, the 35mm f2 lens is brilliant, it’s fast, quiet, light and weather resistant. Secondly, don’t visit Bath on bin day if you want to undertake photographic activities.