On a rather cold, but bright January day we decided to head over the way to Bristol Zoo for a bit of a day out, I decided to bring with me the Fuji X-E2 and 56mm lens to see how I got on getting some animal shots, safe to say this combo was a great choice.
The best thing about being at the zoo on a day like this is that there are hardly any other people there, save the rabble of an occasional school trip you almost have all of the enclosures to yourself and can get right up to the glass [essential for eliminating glare], this allowed me to take my time with getting shots and follow the animals around and just watching them for a good while.
In terms of setting and all that I'm shooting most of these images wide open, up against the glass, some of them [such as the top shot] are through a wire fence, but shooting at such a shallow depth of field you almost can't see the fence. I was happy with this focal length for getting these shots, it's long enough to get some of the more distant creatures but isn't too telephoto to be a restrictive choice. The one downside is close macro shooting, some of the bugs and smaller reptiles are hard to get a decent shot of due to a fairly long working distance, perhaps next time I'll get one of those new extension tubes and give that a go.
Here are a selection of images taken on the day, I hope you enjoy them and if you are looking for a bit more of a review on the 56mm check out the link.