For the last blog post of 2016 there are some major changes to mention; I have officially set aside my Canon gear which I have shot with for over a decade in favor of Fuji’s X-system. If you move about the internet in photographic circles you have likely heard this story and its sentiments expressed…often.
Yes, a major consideration was size and weight, the Fuji system is compact, and this will be a boon to landscape and street photography. The Fujifilm X10 and X30 were my first forays into Fuji’s X-system and went a long way toward my decision.
The design of the Fujifilm X-pro2 and XT-2 is supremely suited to my style of shooting. The X-pro 2 seems to me to be the perennial street camera; discreet, controls that are easily accessed without moving the camera from the eye, and fantastic image quality.
The X-trans sensor in the X-Pro2 and XT-2 continues to impress me. Additionally the lenses that Fujifilm is producing to be used with these cameras is stellar. I currently have the 35mm f2 R WR, 23mm f2 R WR, 56mm f1.2 R, 90mm f2 R LM WR, and 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR. I favor the primes obviously, and skew toward the weather resistant (to complement the weather resistant bodies). The characteristics of all these lenses has really impressed me.
As many before me have said the out-of-camera jpgs from the X-Trans sensor are pretty remarkable. Here’s a comparison side-by-side with an image processed from the RAW file.
While the second image is tweaked more in line with my personal style, that SOOC jpg is pretty darn nice too.
Changing systems has meant some adapting to the way I shoot and process, but nothing unexpected and I am supremely confident in this system going forward.
Going to round out this post with a few more images from my first three weeks with the X-system. I hope the new year finds you all happy and happily engaged in your endeavors.
My trip to Hawaii a couple of weeks ago was fulfilling on many levels, not the least of which was photographic. I am well-pleased with the short series of photos I made during that stay and will be sharing them here for the next little while. Many of them will also be available as prints at my site; including the three in this post.
I hope they provide as much satisfaction to you as they do me.
Yesterday saw us hitting the road to explore a novelty of the island; Punalu’u Beach, singularly noted for the features of its black sand and the presence of Green Sea Turtles. Unfortunately, the turtles did not make an appearance during our time there.
A bit of food still life, to prove this blog is still alive.
Honestly, the reason for a lack of updates is that I have been very busy updating my catalog of prints that are available. Giving some much needed love to this aspect of my photography is long overdue.
Photography is at most times a solitary, self-interested activity; the time spent in contemplation of subject and technical considerations, the processing of taking a negative or digital file and making of it something that expresses the active urge that made the photographer press the shutter.
However, photography expresses, at it’s best, sentiments we all have, distills human experience into an artifact. To me that is an amazing thing, an important thing. To me that is the reason that every photographer who takes the craft seriously should be sharing, making their work available to others and taking in work by others. Of course, as with all points of view your mileage may vary.