Canada Will Be Closed On Sunday, The 23rd Of February

Please do not call Canada on Sunday, February 23rd.  No one will answer.

Where will we all be??

Watching team Canada go for Gold in Mens Hockey!!!  Suck it USA!!!!!!!

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Fuji X Cameras Are Not “Toys”

Quite some time ago when i switched over to the Fuji X system and dumped my Nikon stuff, i said my farewell to the Nikon forum that i had frequented.

One prominent member said some kind words to me and then confessed that they had also been looking into mirror less cameras.  I told them to check out the the Fuji cameras and they replied that they had done so already.  In the end, they stated they liked toys as well (referring to the Fuji cameras), but will stick with their DSLR.  Fair enough, but “toys”?

I am sure that a few people out there in the world wide web, think that i am Anti-DSLR or that i bash DSLRs every chance i get.  That can not be any further from the truth.  Sure, i like to “bash” DSLRs once in a while, but it’s all in jest.  In reference to my last post, if it is the right tool for you, great.

To be honest, if anyone kind enough would walk up to me with a brand-new, in the box, D7100… i would take it out of your hands before you could say “Nikon”.  I am not sure what i would do with it, but i would gladly accept the gift.  Perhaps i could make it into a dedicated plane spotting rig.  I surely would not turn my nose up at it. (There is a “Contact Me” form at the bottom of this post if anyone wants to give me a DSLR.  I have no shame)

I know perfectly well what a DSLR can and cannot do.  I am not ignorant in that regards.  This is only because i have owned several DSLRs myself.  Though, there is a difference in being ignorant and wanting to stay ignorant.  This all goes back to that “toy” comment.

Bigger does not mean better:

There is a great misconception among people who know next to nothing about cameras, even among people who have been around cameras for years.  This misconception stems from the belief that if a camera is big and bulky (DSLR), it must take far better pictures than a smaller camera (Fuji X100s for example).

Take a look at what Samsung did one day:

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2013/07/01/Samsung-ad-shows-real-reason-folks-pick-DSLRs-over-mirrorless-cameras-video

People’s perception is skewed.  One of the many reasons for this, is the fact that every time they see a “pro” with a camera, it is one of those big, black ones.  If a “pro” is using it, it must take the best photos.

However, the game has changed drastically in the last 3 years.

What are the “pros” using these days?:

From what i see, “pros” use a mixed bag of cameras; but on the most part, “pros” still use a DSLR as their main camera.  Though, some “pros” are putting aside their DSLR (some completely, some on occassion) and are picking up an X camera.

There are some notable photographers, such as David Hobby & Zach Arias, who have either gone completely X or have decided to use an X camera as one of their main tools.  On the most part, from my observations, the X100(s) is the more popular choice for the “pros” when they choose an X camera.

Of course, there are plenty of “pros” who use a Fuji X camera, not just David & Zach.  You only have to go onto Fuji forums to see that plenty of people who make a living with their camera, have started to use a Fuji X camera exclusively or on occasion.  To the dismay of some DSLR snobs, pro wedding photographers are starting to use Fuji X cameras to shoot weddings.  The sky is falling!

X100S vs Canon 5DMKIII:

What i am wanting to illustrate with this article that i found:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/comparisons/2014-01-08-5d3-vs-x100s/index.htm, is the fact that Fuji X cameras are not toys & size is deceptive.

I am not trying to belittle the Canon by sharing this article. No no. I think it is a wonderful camera and it is a great tool for the professional photographer.

Further, i am by no means sharing this article to say that the X100s is a better camera.

The whole point of me sharing this article, is to ullustrate that the X100S, a high-end compact camera, can hold it’s own to a full frame, pro-grade, $3,500 DSLR.  In other words, the X100S is no toy and neither is any other X camera.

Of course, as Kenny has pointed out in his article, there are some variables playing against the Canon.  However, those variables will not change for the better any time soon; therefore, it is what it is.

Interpret it as you want.  In the end, there is no denying the fact that the Fuji X cameras are not “toys” and can hold their own against pro DSLRs (remember the variables) in regards to image quality.

This is not the only time that i have come across people concluding that their X camera can hold up to their pro-grade DSLR in regards to IQ.  I have read the same sentiments on a few Fuji forums as well.  Does it mean that the Fuji is a better camera?  No.  It just means the the X cameras are a force to be reckoned with and should not be seen as “toys”.

Professional photographers are starting to use X cameras as their main rig or they are picking up an X camera rather than their DSLR for certain occasions.  It can not be denied, because the proof is out there.

Happy shooting

The Right Tool For The Job

To drive a nail into a piece of wood, you use a hammer.  To drill a hole, you use a drill.  To cut a piece of wood, you use a saw.  Life is made much easier for oneself when the right tool is used for a particular job.

Owning plenty of tools myself, i can do an abundance of different jobs with ease because i have access to the proper tools.  Stress is taken out of my life when i am able to effectively, precisely & easily accomplish a task without having to try and make my tool do something that it was not designed to do.

Cameras are tools as well and using the right camera for the job at hand, is very important.  I am not sure that there is one camera that is capable of doing everything perfectly, just like there is not one tool that can do everything.

When you go out and purchase a camera, you need to know what it’s capabilities are and what you are wanting to take photos of.  With that knowledge, you have to match the camera up to your needs.

“Goddamn f**king camera! What a piece of sh*t!”:

There is no shortage of disgruntled people who purchase cameras, only to find out that the camera does not meet their “expectations”.  With all their disappointment, frustration and bitterness, they head off to their computer and get onto as many camera forums as possible in order to spread their negativity about the camera.

On the other end of the spectrum, you have those other people who will never be pleased and always seem to think that they can design cameras much better then companies who have been doing it for 80 years.

When i first got into the X system, i was forever reading people’s complaints about the X cameras, mostly that they were slow compared to their DSLRs.  It’s no secret that when the X series was first introduced to the world with the X100, there was a plethora of problems that Fuji had to face.  It was a brand-new camera system from the ground up and people did not miss an opportunity to put it down due to it’s teething problems.

Deciding on my first X camera, i did extensive research on both the X-E1 and the XP1.  I read the reviews, watched the videos and read as many spec sheets as i could.  I knew what i was getting into and it was not another DSLR.

The DSLR tool:

A DSLR is like a Swiss army knife.  It can do many things well, but somewhat fails at others because of the fact that it is designed to do so many things.  For instance, a DSLR is not the best kind of camera to take with you if you are going to do serious street work.  It’s big, heavy and it stands out.  Lift a big DSLR up to your face and people notice.

Furthermore, it is not an ideal camera to use when photographing a ceremony that calls for silence, such as a baptism, exchanging of vows or any other ceremony inside a church.  The shutter box mechanism inside a DSLR makes it noisy with that mechanical movement of parts.

Therefore, if you were going to do a lot of street photography, the better option would probably be an X system camera, which is far more discreet, compact & light.  It will also give you superb IQ with it’s APS-C X Trans sensor.

In regards to ceremonies that require silence and which will not tolerate any sort of noise, an X camera – specifically an X100(s) or an X10/20 – will beat a DSLR hands down.  These cameras have a leaf shutter and are silent.  When using my X10, the only way that i know that i have taken a photo, is the fact that i know i have depressed the shutter button all the way down.  I don’t hear any mechanical noise whatsoever.

The above examples are just a few from many examples that could be discussed.  The point is, each camera has it’s strengths and it’s weaknesses.  There is no “perfect” camera that can do everything.  Furthermore, you can not expect one camera system to do exactly what another camera system does.  This all goes back the concept of the “right tool”.

A circular saw and a jigsaw can both cut sheets of plywood.  Though, you can rip through a sheet of plywood much faster with a circular saw then with a jigsaw.  On the other hand, a jigsaw is far more capable of cutting out a circle shaped piece of plywood then a circular saw is.  The right tool for the right job.

A Nikon D4 and my XP1 are both capable of taking photos with great IQ.  Though, if i were to be sent to Sochi to take photos of the fast action sports taking place, i would not think twice about taking a Nikon D4 to do the job.  Sorry, but the XP1 was just not made to be a sports/action camera.

Don’t get me wrong, you can capture sports and action with an XP1, but it takes much more effort, patience & time to do so.  Using a D4 which has sports/action photography in it’s genes, 11FPS and gobs of buffer, is a no brainer & the obvious choice.  The right tool for the job.

Before ordering the latest camera solely because it is the flavor of the month, make sure that the “tool” that you are buying will do the job(s) that you will demand of it.  There is no sense in spending thousands of dollars without knowing what you are really getting into, only to bitch about it afterwards.  It is just not logical to do so in this day and age.

There are plenty of reviews out there, written or in video format, that will detail what the strengths & weaknesses of any given camera are.  Please spare us the bitter reviews by doing your homework first.

First and foremost though, the comparing of the X system to DSLRs has to stop.  They are two different camera systems, two different tools, that are geared to two different market segments within the photographic world.

A camera is not a camera.  Getting up on ones soap box and complaining about how slow an X camera is compared to your D800, is futile.  You might as well compare a Bosch power drill to a hand powered drill.  It makes about the same amount of sense.

Choose wisely & happy shooting

Little Sunday Afternoon Stroll

It is such a beautiful day here in Montreal.  Wonderful, clear blue skies, with just a bit of wind.  The temperature itself is not that cold.  But when you factor in the wind chill, it goes down to about negative 21 degrees Celsius.

Walking around for a bit, it was good to warm up with a scrumptious hamburger and fries.

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CBC Montreal

With all the Olympic fever going on, CBC decided to have an open house to let people tour some of their facility and enjoy some Olympic activities.

Get behind the banner below and you can look like an Olympic skier.

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Below is a map of where CBC has it’s major bureaus.

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Not sure what this is supposed to be, but it was interesting.

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They set this studio up in order for people to sit down and watch the Olympics on big screen televisions.

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Interesting piece of… art?

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Here is the CBC building itself.

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Below is a photo of a small cross country skiing course that was set up for the kids.  My daughter tried it and it was the first time she put skis on her feet.

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Church Of Saint-Pierre Apotre, Montreal, Que.

After visiting the CBC studios, I made my way across the street to visit the church of Saint-Pierre Apotre.  It’s a beautiful church inside and out.  The nice thing about this church, is that it is open each day from midday, to late afternoon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Saint-Pierre-Ap%C3%B4tre,_Montreal

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