It's true what they say about how you never really explore what's on your own doorstep and I had no idea RAF Museum even existed until fairly recently. As my Uncle is visiting from India, I google'd 'places to visit in Shropshire' to try and find somewhere for us to go, as most of the places to visit that I could think of, are outdoors and the weather isn't exactly accommodating right now. Tripadvisor turned up RAF Museum Cosford and it looked interesting. Also as my Uncle served in both the Indian Army and Police Service we figured he might enjoy it. Turned out all of us were pretty amazed by what they had on display. I'd definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area or it's something that you're interested in.
Non camera nerds feel free to skip this part and go straight to the images. The visit also gave a me chance to give the new camera and lens, the Fuji X-T1 and the Fuji XF 23mm 1.4, a proper test run. The light was pretty challenging in places with harsh backlighting, spotlights and low light areas, but the camera and lens performed superbly. It's pretty amazing the amount of detail you can recover from the shadows using RAW files. I'll leave a couple of examples at the bottom so you can see what I mean. Handling wise the X-T1 is better than the X-E2 with heavier lenses and the external dials are a little stiffer which stops them getting knocked easily when taking in and out of bags etc. The dials are also the biggest the reason I love the Fuji X system, that and having an aperture ring on the lenses. Autofocusing is a lot better compared to the original X100 and slightly quicker than the X-E2, especially in low light. Image quality is as good as you'd expect, if not better.
The 23mm lens is, like all of the Fuji XF lenses, brilliant. I'll let the images below speak for themselves (although it may be best to look for some better examples from real photographers if you need to see what it's actually capable of!), as there are countless technical reviews online for both the camera and the lens. But it's built really well, sharp, focusing is really quick, quicker than the 35mm 1.4, and it works great in low light.
Enjoy the mini tour and if you like what you see, go visit the museum. It's free entry, cheap parking and if you have kids I'm pretty sure they'd love it. Thanks for stopping by.
Below are two examples of the amount of detail you can recover from shadows if you shoot RAW. The first shot is a straight out of the camera JPEG, the second is a RAW file imported into Lightroom with the shadow slider then turned up to +100, (the simplest way to illustrate what I'm talking about) and the final processed image, tweaked to the desired result. It is worth bearing it mind that a lot of processing comes down to individual taste and the desired result. There are times when you may just want a silhouette or heavy shadows, but it's always worth knowing you can recover details if you need them.
Also the reason I did this in the first place is that I exposed for the highlights; meaning the background was really bright and if you expose for that correctly, the background doesn't get 'blown out', which can happen if you expose for the darker areas, and is something that's difficult to correct in processing afterwards.