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Testing the Fujifilm X-T3 with vintage lenses

Breaking away from a 5 frames post, lately, I've been testing out the new Fujifilm X-T3 with my stash of vintage lenses, particularly the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 (giving me an effective focal length of 62.5mm). Until recently, the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 is (or should I say, was) permanently mounted on my Nikon FE.

I've also added a vintage Jupiter-9 85mm f2 (effective focal length of 106.25mm) that just came in the mail 2 days ago. The Jupiter-9 came with a Nikon mount mod which conveniently allows me to use the Nikon AF to Fuji X adapter and mount it directly onto the camera body.

The Jupiter-9 is a Russian copy of the Zeiss Sonnar 85mm f2. It is very nicely built and my copy is the early version in silver finish which I intend to use to take more portrait shots.

Despite not having image stabilization and autofocus when using these vintage lenses, the focus peaking assistance in camera does help greatly in letting me know if the shot is in focus or not. Let's take a look at some of the shots I've taken with both lenses.

Here is a picture of Noh for the Mutha Puaka x Hikari Riders capsule drop which was shot with the Nikkor 50mm f1.4

Another shot of Noh for the Mutha Puaka x Hikari Riders capsule drop which was shot with the Nikkor 50mm f1.4

Hanging out at The Gasket Alley, shot with Nikkor 50mm f1.4

Self portrait, again with the Nikkor 50mm f1.4

the Puakat from the Mutha Puaka Store, with the Nikkor 50mm f1.4

The bokeh from the Jupiter-9 85mm f2 shot wide open is absolutely delicious!

Overgrown flowers from my neighbour's garden allows me an opportunity to test out the Jupiter-9 lens

Not quite as easy to lock in the focus whilst framing the shot in low light condition due to the slight stiffness on the focus barrel of my copy of the Jupiter-9 lense, especially without tripod. This was shot using the Eterna film simulation profile which I absolutely am in love with due to its cinematic feel.

Spotlight from the hall allowed me to lock in focus easily on the orange beam using the focus peaking assitant.

Some sneak shots I took of my mother-in-law and daughter with the Jupiter-9 at f2 using the Eterna film simulation mode, and increased contrast on lightroom. Again, I am in love with how it looks as though it is a screen grab from a movie screen.

Focus is on point here in this shot of the old antenna from a neighbour's house with the Jupiter-9, also with the Eterna film simulation mode, no editing.

Already having much fun with this camera body and the many possible combination of lenses, both new and vintage and I still have the FUJINON XF 35mm F2 R WR and a 7artisans 25mm f1.8 that hasn't yet touched the body of the X-T3!

Look out for more soon, cheers!

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