Ben Cherry Nature X-Photographer – How I use the X Series for Nature Photography


In Ben’s final video he looks at the whole of the X Series system for nature photography. With a particular emphasis on what lenses he takes along with the X-T2 when covering assignments. He highlights the workhorse lenses – XF16-55mmF2.8 and XF50-140mmF2.8 for their image quality and versatility. With a focal range of 16-400mm, Ben explains how different lenses encourage different shots, like the XF16mmF1.4 and XF56mmF1.2 which create unique photos through their wide apertures. 

Asia, Borneo, Malaysia, National Park, Sabah, South East Asia, X-Photographer, adventure, exploration, forest, rainforest, road, travel, travelling, tropical
Road to the wild – the 24mm equivalent focal length is my favourite for wide, landscape images. I find that this focal length is very adaptable, from expansive views to intimate close ups within a scene, this versatility is encouraged by the brilliant XF16mmF1.4.
EXIF X-T1, XF16mmF1.4, F8, ISO 400, 1/900, Velvia
Americas, Central America, Costa Rica, Spanish, rainforest, tropical, tropics
Superb image quality across a very handy focal range, the XF16-55mmF2.8 is the all-purpose standard zoom. If I were only able to carry two lenses, this would be one of them.
EXIF X-T1, XF16-55mmF2.8, 16mm, F5.6, ISO 400, 1/55, Velvia
Americas, Central America, Costa Rica, Spanish, rainforest, tropical, tropics
The lens that has probably produced the majority of my favorite images with the X Series, the XF50-140mmF2.8. Simply fantastic for a variety of genres and situations, this was my go-to lens when exploring rainforests, a telephoto zoom with a constant F2.8 aperture for the gloomy conditions.
EXIF X-T1, XF50-140mmF2.8, 140mm, F11, ISO 1600, 1/180, Velvia
Reach was always a limiting factor with my system until the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 became available. With alert wildlife like this red deer it made all the difference being able to photograph from a safe distance. The OIS on this lens is truly remarkable, having been able to get sharp results handheld at 1/8sec at 400mm! EXIF X-Pro2, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6, 400mm, F8, ISO 800, 1/500, Velvia
The telezoom just works so well with the X-T2, with the grip attached it is a brilliantly balanced set up. This combination utilizes the key factors from both the lens and body to create a superb wildlife combo.
EXIF X-T2, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6, 400mm, F5.6, ISO 1600, 1/2700, CLASSIC CHROME

Thank you for watching this series of lenses, hopefully they have shown you the capabilities of the X Series for nature photography. 

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About the Author

Ben describes his main subject focus as environmental photojournalism, capturing nature’s beauty and how humans are affecting it. He first became interested in photography when he was eleven, building on a lifelong love and interest for nature, which combined into his passion. Constantly developing, he has had success in international competitions as well as having stories published in international magazines. Having graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Zoology degree, Ben is now starting a career where he combines his science and photographic interests to inspire conservation efforts. In his own words, this is what he tries to convey "I love capturing moments that tell a story and taking landscape pictures that depict the essence of a location. I attempt to get the viewer to feel the way I felt when I took the image – it’s about experiencing the wonders of the natural world and how we relate to it.”

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