Last Saturday, I spent the entire day at the new Campus Einaudi University in Turin. I have been video documenting the entire construction for more than three years now, and on that day, we finished up our final shots using a drone and the Panasonic GH3.
I seized the occasion to bring along the Fujfilm X-Pro 1 and the Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8, generously lent to us by Fujifilm Italia, to take some architectural pictures during our breaks. The building has a very modern design and its “wall of glass” gave me the possibility to play with symmetry and reflections.
The 14mm f/2.8 is a very nice lens. It has an equivalent focal length of 21mm on 35mm format, making it very wide and perfect for these kinds of shots. The results along the edges are also impressive with minimal vignetting even wide open, and the distortion is more than acceptable given its very wide angle.
I also took some pictures indoors. Now, depending on your personal taste and the location, you might find that a 21mm equivalent is not wide enough if you want to capture the widest possible area, especially in the case of architectural photography. On full frame cameras, we can use extreme wide angle lenses such as a 14mm. There is a very wide lens for the X system, the recent Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 (18mm equivalent), but I haven’t had the chance to try it yet. Furthermore, Samyang should release a 10mm f/2.8 prime lens, which would become the widest lens for the X system (if I exclude the Samyang 8mm fisheye lens of course!).
Below you can find the results. All the pictures are RAW files post-processed in Lightroom 5 and converted into JPGs for web. Some of them are HDRs merged from three shots. Enjoy!