Name: Grove Roots Brewing Co.
Location: Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida
Beer to try: Tropical Dilemma, a 4.4% crisp, refreshing sour with strawberry.
Notes: Huge tasting room provides flights, pints, growler fills and cans, and individual release bottles to go. Bocce ball and corn hole in the yard. Kid and dog-friendly.

When we travel, BHavna and I enjoy trying out the locally brewed craft ales. If we can, we prefer to visit the local craft ale breweries, meet the brewer if possible, and try out a flight of beers. Winter Haven does not have a lot of breweries, but from our experience, Grove Roots Brewing in downtown Winter Haven is an excellent choice.

We ordered a flight, a mixture of sours and IPAs, and sat at the large bar in the spacious taproom. Behind us, some kids were playing with their chocolate labrador retriever. Outside, under the watchful eye of their parent, some more kids were playing corn hole and splashing about in the bocce ball court, which was filled with water from the early morning rain.

My brother called, just as I completed my flight. When I told him where we were and invited him to join us, he hesitated. He had never been to a brewery and was under the impression it was like a sports bar. He was concerned that the kids would be unwelcome. But Grove Roots Brewing is across the street from one of his favourite breakfast restaurants, Egg Haven. He arrived, got the tour of the menu, my niece and nephew ordered ice cream and soda pop, while my sister-in-law relaxed. A few hours later, we went outside to capture some family photos before heading off to Circle B Bar Preserve.

Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO1000), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO640), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO1250), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO2000), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO1250), © Khürt L. Williams
Tropical Dilemma by Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO2500), © Khürt L. Williams
9 P.M. Kicker, Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.017 sec at f/5.6, ISO8000), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co., Winter Haven, Polk Coumty, Florida —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO640), © Khürt L. Williams
Grove Roots Brewing Co. —FujiFilm X100F @ (23 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams

I'm experimenting with some vintage lenses and Fotodiox adapters. In a fit of nostalgia, I recently bought an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic II on eBay. It came with an Asahi SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 lenses. This lens has an M42 mount. X-photographers such as Jonas Rask and amateurs such as Ritchie Roesch are adept at using vintage lenses with a Fuji X camera. I wanted to give it a try. I bought a Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter Compatible with M42 Screw Mount SLR Lens on Fuji X-Mount Cameras and mounted the Asahi SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 lens to my Fuji X-T2.

All shots were handheld, so any softness in the photos is probably because of my unsteady hand. Please keep in mind that this is more of a superficial look at the kinds of results I might expect from this lens and adapter combination. It is not a review. It is me just wanting to be curious and find a reason to go out and shot and have some fun. If attaching an old lens to my modern "digital photon capturing device" does that for me, it might do that for you. I'm just having fun. After all, one of the reasons why I switched to the Fuji X system was the retro experience.

The Fuji X-T2 has an APS-C sensor. The crop factor is 1.5. That means that the 55mm lens on this camera has the same FOV as an 82.5mm lens on a 35mm full-frame camera. Jonas Rask recommended the Mitakon Zhongyi Lens Turbo Adapter V2 for Full-Frame M42 Mount Lens to Fujifilm X Mount APS-C adapter.

The Lens Turbo Adapter V2 for Full-Frame M42 Mount Lens to Fujifilm X Mount APS-C Camera from Mitakon Zhongyi allows a full-frame M42 mount lens to be mounted onto a Fujifilm X mount camera. While doing so, the adapter approximates the lens's angle of view as if it were placed directly on a camera with a full-frame sensor while providing a 1-stop increase over the lens's aperture range.Jonas Rask

With the Mitakon Zhongyi Lens Turbo Adapter V2 for Full-Frame M42 Mount Lens to Fujifilm X Mount APS-C adapter, I could use the Asahi SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 lens like a 55mm lens. I am considering buying an Asahi SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5 lens. On the Fuji X-T2, the lens would offer a ~42mm FOV, which is a normal FOV. This lens and adapter combination would be perfect for street photography.

The focus peaking feature of the Fuji X-T2 is handy for manually focusing this lens. The lens adapter does not transmit aperture settings back to the camera body. My biggest challenge is remembering which aperture setting I used to take the shot. The following sample photos reflect my unscientific testing: namely, attach the Asahi SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 lens to the Fuji X-T2 and shoot stuff around the neighbourhood. I shot using a modified version of Ritchie Roesch's Kodachrome II Film Simulation Recipe. The following is the result. The following JPEG images are straight out of cameras (SOOC).

My "Nostalgia" Film Simulation Recipe starts with Classic Chrome.

  • Dynamic Range: DR100
  • Highlight Tone: +2
  • Shadow Tone: +2
  • Colour: -2
  • Noise Reduction: 0
  • Sharpening: 0
  • Grain Effect: Off
  • White Balance: AUTO
  • ISO: Auto between 200 & 12800
  • Exposure Compensation: None.

Lens

  • Name: Asahi SMC Takumar 55mm f/2
  • Mount: M42
  • Tested On: Fujifilm X-T2 with FotodioX M42-FX adapter
  • Zoom/Prime: Prime
  • Focal Length: 55mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2
  • Minimum Aperture: f/16
  • Diaphragm Blades: 6
  • Price Paid: US$45
  • Product Ratings (1=miserable, 5=excellent):
  • Construction Quality: 4
  • Image Quality: 4.5
  • Overall Value For Price: 4.5
  • Recommended: Yes

Lens Photos

Straight Out of the Camera (SOOC) — FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Optical Company SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Seiko 5 Automatic — FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Optical Company SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 @ mm @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Ikigai-SIPA — FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Optical Company SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 @ (55 mm, f/2.8, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
FujiFilm X-T2 + FAsahi Optical Company SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 @ (55 mm, f/5.6.0, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Self Storage — FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi Optical Company SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Eno Terra, Kingston — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm Asahi Optical Company SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO200), © Khurt-Williams
Kingston Mill House at the D&R Canal — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm Asahi Optical Company SMC Takumar 55mm f/2 @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO200), © Khurt-Williams
Kiran — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm 55 mm @ (55 mm, f/1.0, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams
Lunch at Aunt Chubby's, Hopewell Township, Mercer County — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm 55 mm @ (55 mm, f/1.0, ISO500), © Khürt L. Williams

Aunt Chubby’s

Went here for breakfast on a Saturday morning shortly after reading about Aunt Chubby's in MercerMe. I enjoyed my first visit so much that I took my family back several times even after road construction on CR 518 cut Hopewell Township off from Montgomery Township where I live.

Aunt Chubby’s —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (38.8 mm, 0.000 sec at f/4.0, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams

The staff and management were friendly and willing to give me an abbreviate history of Aunt Chubby's. I was introduced to several local business owners, all of whom had a story to tell about Chubby's Luncheonette, the name that was used when the current owner's aunt ran the place. I don't remember the old Chubby's, but from talking with several patrons, it seems a lot of work has been put into restoring the bright and straightforward interior while keeping some of the charming features of the old restaurant. The vibe reminded me of when I lived on the island of Bequia, where everyone knows your name and neighbours look out for each other.

Aunt Chubby's —FujiFilm X-T2 + SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 @ (50 mm, 0.010 sec at f/5.6, ISO2000), © Khürt L. Williams

On my first visit, I sat at the counter and ordered the "Cheesy Grits and Greens" with an egg on top and a few slices of bacon. It was delicious and was my instant favourite. I could tell that quality ingredients were used to make the food. The menu offers updated modern versions of luncheonette classics. The service was very attentive. Many of the ingredients on the menu were sourced locally with the eggs and meat coming from sustainable sources.

  • Eggs: Joe Grinbaum, Ringoes, NJ
  • Pork: Greenflash Farm, Skillman, NJ
  • Beef: Bridgepoint Run Farm, Montgomery, NJ
  • Bacon: John F. Martin & Sons, Stevens
Aunt Chubby's Cheesy Grits and Greens —FujiFilm X-T2 + SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 @ (50 mm, 0.010 sec at f/5.6, ISO5000), © Khürt L. Williams
Aunt Chubby’s Classic BLT —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (38.8 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Aunt Chubby’s Grilled Cheese with Gruyere and Fries —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (38.8 mm, 0.002 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

For subsequent visits with my family, we sat at one of the tables near a well-lit window. I love the way the light streams in. After I raved about my experience on my first visit, Bhavna and Kiran agreed to have a late brunch with me at Aunt Chubby's Luncheonette. The welcome was just as warm and friendly as the first time I visited. I had a cappuccino and a grilled cheese sandwich. Kiran had a BLT sandwich. Bhavna had a cheese omelette wrap. I loved my food.

Aunt Chubby’s —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.017 sec at f/8.0, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams
Aunt Chubby’s —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.013 sec at f/8.0, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams

We ate, drank a few cappuccinos, and hung out for a while. I felt comfortable. Like I had been coming here for ages.

We will be back.

Aunt Chubby’s —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (33.2 mm, 0.002 sec at f/4.0, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams
Aunt Chubby's Pastries —FujiFilm X-T2 + SMC Pentax-A 50mm f/2 @ (50 mm, 0.010 sec at f/5.6, ISO1000), © Khürt L. Williams
Aunt Chubby’s —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (31.1 mm, 0.003 sec at f/4.0, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams