I like using a fast aperture 135mm lens for lifestyle photography for achieving a pin point focus on the subject that is separated from a heavily out-of-focus background or foreground. This is especially important where I want to leave a substantial neutral area in which art directors can work when they use my images for their ads.
|In a recent shoot with a hand model, I used the Fuji 90mm almost exclusively because of its ability to focus in really tight and deliver very soft abstract patterns in the out of focus background.|
I had pretty much given up on using this focal length until Fuji introduced its 90mm f/2 lens. This lens quickly became a game-changer, and, once again, I found myself back in love with the 135mm focal length. To make matters even better, the Fuji lens performs beautifully even wide open at f/2, which is where I use it most of the time.
|The lens is exceptionally sharp wide open at f/2, which enables me to let the front and back of a scene to completely blur out.|
|When I pull back a little and keep the aperture set to f/2 I can use an out-of-focus foreground to give a sense a depth to the scene.|
|Integrating out-of-focus props such as this iv placed in front of the doctor, allows me to tell the story without much interference from the object.|
|I even like using the Fuji 90mm for some still life photography because of the pleasing bokeh effects.|
All of the samples above were taken at an aperture of f/2 to juxtapose the sharp subjects with a softer, story-telling scene. I am not a wedding photographer, but I would think this lens would be a perfect accompaniment to a wedding photographer's lens kit. It is quickly becoming one of my favorites for shooting lifestyle.
On a recent shoot outdoors, where I generally use a 70-200mm lens on a Nikon, I picked up the Fuji X-T1 with the 90mm on it just to see how it would perform in a severely backlit situation with the sun. The difference between the 90mm and the Nikon 70-200 was startling-- way more than I would even expect.
The Fuji 90mm f/2 lens is definitely one of the best optical performers in a Fuji lineup that includes some very heavy competition for that title.