I love Bradgate Park in Leicester, its close enough for me to get there in 20-30 minutes and has plenty of things to photograph.
I recently went along to try out the new Fuji 1.4 Teleconverter which works only (at the moment) with the 50-140 2.8 Fuji zoom. When testing out new equipment I like to visit places I know, that way I'm testing the equipment rather than myself and the equipment if that makes sense...?
So with my Fuji XT1 and the 1.4 teleconverter (attached to the 50 - 140) I wondered around the hilly areas of the park trying to get some isolated shots of deer's wondering around. Often when the kids are off school the deers move away from the usual beaten track and go a little further up the hills. This is where I spotted this guy.
When using the 1.4 Teleconverter you lose a stop of light from the change in aperture from being able to shoot at F2.8 through the lens range to shooting at F4; this is fine for me as I prefer to shoot at F4 for sports and moving wildlife as it gives me some error space as more of the subject will be in focus.
Next I tried the the Fuji 35mm F2, the newest (at the time of writing) lens in the Fuji X series lineup. I currently own the Fuji 35mm F1.4 which is a stop brighter and is very much the darling of the Fuji range given how beautiful the colours and contrast are rendered and the F1.4 gives stunning Bokeh. For me the big downsides to that lens is the slow autofocus and the noise of the damn thing; both of which have been addressed in the new F2.
I wondered to the top hill within the park to the Old John Tower - its a bloody good walk and when the weather is cold and windy not many people venture to see the Old John Tower. Whilst walking up the hill I took a few close up shots to see how the autofocus compared to the old 35mm lens, and to be honest its night and day. The new 35mm is so quick. This was taken part way up the hill.
When at the top, its easy to take a shot of the tower and be done with it (I know I have done in the past), but I stood thinking how I could capture the shape and not worry to much about capturing the colour of the tower. So I went old school and switched to spot metering and exposed for the sky rather than the tower; this is how it came out:
Overall I'm pleased and impressed with the 35mm and the 1.4 teleconverter, I need more time to test the teleconverter as Its a specific requirement item - sports, wildlife etc.. whilst the 35mm is something I take and use nearly everyday.
Here are a few more shots from the day
If you want to find out more about Bradgate - check out http://www.bradgatepark.org