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Fuji XE-1, Lens Turbo and Helios 58/2 on a rainy night in San Francisco

It has been a while since part one of my Lens Turbo/Helios experiment.  I really haven’t been shooting very much for myself lately and, when I do, I admit to preferring my X100.  The ‘standard’ field of view is just not how my eye sees, particularly for street photography.  Even so, I was excited to wander around in the rain last night between the Mission and Powell Street Station with nothing to do but walk and shoot.

It wasn’t raining terribly hard so I didn’t use an umbrella.  Neither did I coddle the camera.  I had it in my hand with the lens pointed down and partially protected by my bag, but it was exposed to the drizzle and it performed just fine.

One thing I’ve noticed with the Helios M44-4 is that the thing ghosts like crazy with any glare on the lens.  Add to that the Lens Turbo’s tendency to flare and, well, you might well get some ghosting and flaring.  I enjoy shooting the XE-1 with manual focus lenses and this one is no different.  It produces very interesting (some would say distracting) ‘swirly’ bokeh, some of which can be seen in the images below.

I wish I could say I loved the 50-60mm focal length, because this one is a great piece of glass, regardless of price.  I just like to shoot wider.  Makes for a fun toy though and performs well in very low light.  Most of these are shot at either 1600 or 3200 with shutter speeds between 1/60 and 1/250, handheld.

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San Francisco in the Rain, Fuji X100 and Fuji XE-1

I have spent nights out walking in far more hospitable conditions in which to shoot street photography.  Even so, there’s something uniquely relaxing about walking through the city in the rain intentionally and looking for photographic opportunities among the throngs of people hurrying to get out of the weather.  This is what I brought back.

Checking the time

Checking the time

See Jack Run
See Jack Run

Not in timeNot in time

Golden StarGolden Star

Thank you, Moke.

Thank you, Moke.

A friend of mine once showed me his extensive library of 4×6 prints of broken umbrellas that he’d taken while living in Barcelona and Paris in the early 90s.

Until that day, I’d never noticed the number of discarded umbrellas that litter the streets and trash bins in San Francisco following a wind-and-rain storm.