Bad Weather, a vintage Minolta 1.7 55 lens, and a Fuji X-T2

Water drops in the Mist - Minolta 1.7 55 and Fuji X-T2

Water drops in the Mist – Minolta 1.7 55 and Fuji X-T2

You don’t need good weather to get some beautiful shots done. Quite the opposite. When it is dull and dark, then there is no harsh light, no extreme contrast and lovely colors who try to steal the show. Add some humidity, and you will get a lot of mist that gathers as water drops on leaves and blossoms. And thanks to the cold and the overall wetness these water drops sitting there begging to be shot.

Colors and Waterdrops - Fuji X-T2 with Minolta 50mm 1.7

Colors and Waterdrops – Fuji X-T2 with Minolta 50mm 1.7

An excellent opportunity to test my Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 55mm f/1.7 on the Fuji X-T2. No wind, no moving objects, so focussing should have been easy. It is. Thanks to the Fuji but at f/1.7 the depth of field is quite shallow which requires exact focusing. The slightest movement, either by myself or the object, and I missed the focus. Unsurprisingly, I had quite a few missed shots.

Leaves with Waterdrops - Fuji X-T2 with Minolta 50mm 1.7

Leaves with Waterdrops – Fuji X-T2 with Minolta 50mm 1.7

Closing the aperture to f/2.8 or even a bit further helped while maintaining a nice out-of-focus background. It also improves the overall sharpness and contrast. Nevertheless, the Minolta is already wide open sharp and in combination with the beautiful bokeh pictures shot wide open up to f/2.8 can pop nicely. As long as you manage to nail the focus.

Waterdrops in Black and White - Fuji X-T2 with Minolta 50mm 1.7

Waterdrops in Black and White – Fuji X-T2 with Minolta 50mm 1.7