Wide Angle Zeiss + Fuji with Don Hamilton

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Don Hamilton Jr. is an award-winning internationally recognized photographer. He is a native Floridian living in Boca Raton and is a passionate wildlife and nature photographer. He has been practicing Nuclear Medicine Cardiology/ Imaging for over 30 years in South Florida. Mr. “Get The Shot” Hamilton is best known for his natural ability to deliver high energy interactive photography presentations and workshops to camera clubs, Audubon regional chapters, birding festivals, and community events. Learn from Don Hamilton at our Memphis Photo Expo this summer! Read on for his latest lens review.

Stormy afternoons present challenges indeed; however, those shots that show marked atmospheric conditions stand out as lasting experiences. Only wish I could have captured the lighting as well. Thought better not… and I sprung into action as soon as the storm moved off the coast towards the Atlantic Ocean.

This image is directly out of the Fuji X-T2, shot with the Astia soft film simulation, f/2.8, ISO 400, handheld 1/40. The impressive image stabilization on the Fuji XT-2 is epic.

The stormy skies along with the swirling clouds were magical to watch and experience. I even found the reflections of those clouds in the lake as mysterious indeed. The best part: I was able to get the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 out and play a bit with it. Wow!! What a sweet lens, and so so look forward to some stars and astrophotography with it. Zeiss’s world-class build quality, along with the pristine glass quality speaks for itself.


Interestingly, I shot both raw and jpeg images with the dual Fuji card slots. I did try out the auto correction profile under Zeiss, in Adobe Camera Raw. I also noticed the correction did correct the corners, which had some slight distortion. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a super wide angle not need a bit of correction. Overall this is another winner from Zeiss!
Special thanks to Ruben at Zeiss and Mr. Steve Elkins at Bedford Camera & Video for allowing me to play and shoot with the very nice Touit X-mount lineup for Fuji XT-2. Can’t wait for a cloudless dark night!

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