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.
All images © Simon Shaw 2014