Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 lens for Fuji X – Testing continued. Landscape

Ahuriri wetland at sunset

At 35mm equivalent focal length the Mitakon 24 mm lens for Fuji X series cameras should be an extremely versatile  lens for street, landscape, environmental portraits and, with it’s close focussing of 15cm, good for some close-up work too. After writing about my first impressions I want to try out the Mitakon 24mm in a number of real world situations.

When it looked promising for a good sunset I drove over to the Ahuriri area of Napier. There are protected wetlands there near the Hawke’s Bay airport and, despite a very busy Expressway, the area is accessible on foot.

All the images were taken with the Mitakon 24mm on my X-T1 in full manual mode. Though only limited metadata is available via the lens I set it between f/8 and f/22 and used peak focussing assist to get the best depth of field possible. Again the EVF on the X-T1 performed superbly in nailing exposure.

I have just started trying Iridient Developer 3.0 beta 4 for post processing and first impressions are very promising. As I mentioned in my previous post the Mitakon 24mm displays marked barrel distortion. A setting of about +20 in enable distortion correction in the Lens tab of Iridient Developer corrects this distortion very well. I have applied the correction to some of the images in this post, but not all. Hopefully it should be clear if you click the images to 100% which have been corrected and which haven’t.

Ahuriri wetland at sunsetAhuriri wetland at sunset

Ahuriri wetland at sunset

Ahuriri wetland at sunset

Ahuriri wetland at sunset

Ahuriri wetland at sunset

Ahuriri wetland at sunset

Ahuriri wetland at sunset

Ahuriri wetland at sunset

Ahuriri wetland at sunset

All images © Simon Shaw 2014

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