Downtown SLC Street Photography with Fujifilm X-T30 & Vintage Super-Takumar Lenses

Downtown Salt Lake City Street Photography

Walking Next To The Trax – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

Earlier this week I was able to do some street and urban photography in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, with my Fujifilm X-T30. I had two vintage Asahi-Pentax lenses with me: a Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5 and a Super-Takumar 105mm f/2.8. I mostly used the 28mm lens, as its focal-length is more ideal for this type of photography. As you already know if you follow the Fuji X Weekly blog, I really love pairing vintage lenses with my Fujifilm cameras. They go together like peanut butter and jelly! I have so much fun with it, and for whatever reason using vintage lenses seems especially appropriate for street photography.

I used my Kodachrome II recipe, with Color set to +2 on some images, for the color pictures in this series. The black-and-white photographs are my Acros Push-Process recipe, except I set Grain to Weak, Dynamic Range to DR400, and Highlight to +3 or +2, depending on the picture. I like to say that you can “season to taste” my different film simulation recipes; it’s something that I do. If a scene requires something to be adjusted a little different in order to create a stronger picture, I will not hesitate to do so. While my different film simulation recipes work well as-is in many circumstances, sometimes they need an adjustment to best fit the scene.

Downtown Salt Lake City is a great location for street and urban photography. It’s pretty safe. Parking is easy. Getting around is easy. It typically has just enough going on for interesting pictures, but not too much where it feels crowded. It’s large enough that you can’t do it justice in just one visit, but not too large where you might get lost. There’s interesting architecture and art. There are interesting people. Downtown Salt Lake City might not be the most idealistic street photography location, but it is nonetheless ideal in many ways.

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Federal Traffic Signal – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Urban Sunshine – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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1st & 4th – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Man On Main – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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The Joy of Train Riding – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Rail Riders – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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35 Minute Parking – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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City Winter – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Urban Mailbox – SLC, UT – Fuji X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Every Style – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Table For One – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Old Business – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Urban American – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Planetarium Platform – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Climbing Aboard – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Electric City – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Tribune – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm f/3.5

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Gateway Living – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 105mm f/2.8

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Gateway – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 & Asahi Super-Takumar 105mm f/2.8

See also:
Downtown SLC Street Photography w/Fujifilm X-T30 & Fujinon 35mm f/2
Downtown SLC Street Photography w/Fujifilm X100F & Fujifilm XF10

14 comments

  1. Daniel · December 20

    Nice… I was puzzled by a few until I figured out you were shooting through a window.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 21

      Yes, several were captured through the window of the light rail train.

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  2. Photo A Day · December 21

    I might need another Fuji camera. Could I use my canon lenses?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 21

      If you have an adapter, you can use Canon lenses. Pretty much you could use any lens if you have the right adapter. M42 to Fuji X adapters are pretty cheap, as are some M42 lenses, such as these Asahi Takumars. I’m not sure about Canon, perhaps depending on the lens, but it shouldn’t be too much.

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  3. Earl Rogers,Jr · December 21

    Enjoy the article. Just curious I noticed you using the Pentax lens. Is there just one adapter that you need for any brand of lens are much you buy more than one adapter?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 21

      I have two adapters, both of which are cheap: an M42 to Fuji X and an M39 to Fuji X. The really old Pentax lenses are M42 screw mount. You need a different adapter for each mount type.

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  4. fragglerocking · December 21

    Great series, love the sunshine shot and the ice crystals.

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  5. Khürt Williams · December 24

    I think Street Photography is that genre of photography that is trivially easy to do in any medium to a large city anywhere in the world but extremely challenging in the suburbs and rural areas.

    I like your use of B&W for this set.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · December 24

      Thank you! I agree with your statements. The biggest challenge is fear. Once you get over that, it is fairly easy. But getting over the fear is difficult, and it is something I am still working on. Take care!

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