I mentioned a couple of days ago that I bought a new lens for this occasion — the graduation of my older son from Trinity University. Actually, I bought it for my younger son too. Who is also, conveniently, graduating from high school next week.
The Fujifilm 55mm – 200mm works great on my small Fuji X-E3. It’s a comparably large lens but performs well, two-handed on the compact body. At the maximum of 200mm, it has a 300mm equivalent in full-frame terms. With 24MP, I can crop it substantially to get an even tighter framing.
The decisive moment was of the son walking across the stage to received his diploma and handshake from the president. Here, I tested the framing during President Danny Anderson’s opening remarks. I’m about 90% satisfied with the overall results.
The lens itself is very satisfactory. I made one mistake having the shutter speed on automatic. It had dropped from the crisp 1/450th of a second on this shot to 1/280th during my son’s walk. Most of the images came out great with built-in image stabilization. A couple was soft, unfortunately, when they were looking straight ahead. I do have at least one strong image of the decisive moment.
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