The Fujifilm X-Pro1 Leather, Two-Piece Case & Lens Case (LC-XPro1)

My two piece “leather” case for my Fuji X-10 gets quite a bit of use.  If i am not using the camera, it is in the case for protection.

If i am only going to shoot with the X10, i will bring it with me inside the case, along with spare batteries and an extra SD card (these fit into my pants pockets quite easily).  There is no need for a full sized camera bag.

The case has served me very well.  It also adds some bulk to the camera for a more comfortable grip; though, my wife does not like it and prefers to use a “naked” camera.

Since my little X10 has it’s own, comfy, posh little house, i thought, “why shouldn’t my X-Pro1 get the same treatment?”.  Why not indeed.

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 Leather, Two-Piece Case & Lens Case:

When i bought my camera, i saw the leather case, sitting up on a shelf in the store.  However, i did not look for to long after i noticed the price.

As with most Fuji accessories,  the case has a slightly hefty price tag for what it is.  As i had pointed out in my post about the leather half case for the X-E1(https://d7100shooter.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/fuji-x-e1-brown-leather-half-case/), i could have bought a pair of leather shoes, with far more leather, for a more reasonable price.

At the time, if i remember correctly, the case cost around $180 CAD.  Over a year later, the retail price is a more acceptable $74.95 at the same store at which i purchased my X-Pro1.

But wait…………..  there is now a discount in place!!

With the discount, the price is now $49.95.  My guess is, that they are just trying to move the stock since the X-Pro1 is probably not a big seller anymore.  Well, i will happily help them get rid of one of them….

….well, at least i hope my wife will.

The “big four-oh” is around the corner:

I have not been very keen on birthdays for quite some time now.  To me, it is just another day.  However, i more then welcome any gifts that come my way.  Strange, i know.

The “big four oh” for me is this year.  Personally, i don’t understand what the big deal is or even how to celebrate it.  Furthermore, i am not even sure what “special” gift to ask for.  According to mom, it should be something memorable and long lasting.

I have given my gift ideas to those who need them, but i am not sure they fit the above criteria.  Though, i know i will be happy with either of the ideas that i have given.

My gift idea list to my wife includes the leather case for the X-Pro1.  I will be happy with that, i’m not difficult.

The case:

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The case is a two-piece case, just like the case i bought for my X10.  It has two snap buttons on the bottom of the lower half in order to attach the top half.

It comes with a strap, which will most likely end up being a spare for me.  It also comes with a lens “pouch” that i would use for my spare battery and spare SD card.

It will be nice to be able to just go out with my camera without a camera bag.  Simple & light, perfect.

Once i get the case (see how optimistic i am?), i will do a mini review as i did for the case for the X10, complete with photos.

Stay tuned and honey, if you are reading this post, this is what i would like for my birthday.  Love you

Thanks for looking.

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Venturing Into Instagram

Instagram.  We all know it for it’s 1:1 photos of coffee cups, food, muted colors and an abundance of selfies.  It is a quick and easy way to get photos out to your “friends” from your mobile device.

I don’t remember when i learnt about Instagram, but when i first came across it, i dismissed it as a fad that only young hipsters would use.

Today, i have changed my view of Instagram.

Like any other social networking platform, Instagram is a way to get your “message” out to like minded people.

Instagram was launched by kevin Systrom and Mike Kreiger back in October of 2010.  The word Instagram comes from combining “instant camera” and “telegram“; therefore, meaning a camera that takes an instant photo and the ability to send it out quickly to your audience to be viewed, hence the reason why the application was developed for mobile devices.

The need for the proper mobile device: In order to use Instagram, you need the proper device.  You will either need an Android based phone/device or an Apple iOS based phone/device.

From what i have read, you are also able to use third party apps for Nokia Symbian phones and there is a Beta version of Instagram for Windows phones.

In my opinion, i would stick with an Android or iOS device in order to have a better user experience.

Only now have i started to use an Android device.  It is an HTC Desire C and once belonged to my wife – she now has a Samsung Galaxy phone.  By next summer, i will be getting a Samsung Galaxy phone for myself.

What to look for in a phone for “Instagraming”: I’m certainly no Instagram guru, but i have a pretty good idea of what to look for when you need to take decent photos.

Here is my list of must haves:

– A good camera, obviously.  Most smartphones, like the iPhone,  have a decent camera built into them.  Not to put HTC down as a phone manufacturer, but the camera on the HTC Desire is really not that good.  It can not close focus and the dynamic range is less then desirable.

– A touch screen.  Well, this is perhaps a given since pretty much every phone these days is a “smartphone” and they all have touch screens.  Not even sure that Instagram would even function without one.  Anyhow…

– A large screen.  The screen size of the Galaxy 5 for example, is the perfect size for using Instagram.  Not only is it big, but it has great resolution as well.  Both aspects are important for when you want to edit your photo.

– A long battery life.  Since you will be using the camera and LCD screen a lot, you will want to have a phone that has a long battery life.  Either that or carry a spare battery.

From the short time that i have been on Instagram, i have noticed that some people are using fully fledged cameras to take photos for Instagram.  I don’t quite understand this.

I don’t see the purpose of using a camera like the X-Pro1 to take photos for Instagram.  Most people using Instagram will be viewing the photos on small mobile devices, so using a high-end camera for the photos is somewhat futile to me.  Anyhow, each to their own.

Enjoying it: So far, i am enjoying using Instagram.  It’s fun to be able to take a photo of something and instantly share it.

I am especially enjoying using the various filters to add a different “feeling” to the photos.

I don’t have many photos posted up yet, but i am on my way to getting the feel of the application and what kind of “feel” i want with my photos.

Here is the link to my Instagram page: (http://instagram.com/fujixman74)

Thanks for looking.

Dogs Going For A Swim

It was such a nice day last Sunday, the Dogs decided to go for a swim.

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Well, at least the Lab decided to go for a swim.  The Bernese goes in as far as his knees.  Not very aquatic.

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Standing on the shore line and looking out over the water, seems to be more his thing.

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Photos taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the XF 35mm f/1.4.

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Oddity

Driving along Shelburne Road just south of Burlington, we came across this.

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Very odd indeed.  Though, a great way to recycle old fire hydrants.

Can you guess what municipal service was across the street from this “sculpture”?

That’s right, the municipal fire department.

Photo taken with the Fuji X10 out of the open window of our car.  ISO -400, 1/200, f/8.

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Framing

A fellow photographer here in Sherbrooke, Quebec who is a Fuji X user himself, was showing off some of his panoramas that he had made with his Fuji X10.

Aside from the beautiful fall colors that were popping in the photo, the fact that he put a black frame around the photo also caught my attention.

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Therefore, off i went to do a Google search to learn how to put a digital frame around a photo in PS Elements.

I used a panorama that i made by stitching four photos together.  The photo is of the view you have behind the Cold Hollow Cider mill in Waterbury, Vermont.  The large solar panels somewhat take away from the view though.

I chose a simple black frame that is not to thick.  I do like the effect it gives, especially on a panorama.

There are a many choices when choosing a frame in PS, but i think a simple black frame is more then sufficient.  As they say, less is more.

Thanks for looking.

Vermont Fall Colors

While at the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory in Waterbury, Vermont, i noticed a nice view through the trees.

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The colors were not as vibrant as they probably were a week or so before we made our visit, but it was still a nice view.

It does seem like the fall colors came and went quite fast this season, though we were granted some very warm weather.

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Drive By Shooting

Driving along the highway, you sometimes catch a scene with your eyes that you want to take a photograph of.

However, you can’t necessarily stop on the highway to do so.  The only other option is to get the photo from inside the car, while moving.

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Two of the challenges faced while shooting from a car: 1) getting a fast enough shutter speed to avoid blur.  2) staying away from reflections in the window – i suppose you can shoot with the window open, just don’t drop your camera out the window.

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These photos were taken while driving around Vermont the last two times we went down.

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I used the X10 to take the photos because of it’s wide angle lens.  It’s nice to be able to get as much as possible in the frame and then crop the photo afterwards.  Trying to get the perfect composition while going along at 100 km/h is somewhat difficult.

Aside from a really fast shutter speed, having some sort of Image Stabilization is very advantageous; though, i am not sure how effective it is if you have extremely fast shutter speeds.

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It’s a really nice drive from the border into Vermont at any time of the year.  I would imagine that the scenery is gorgeous after the first snow.

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Thanks for looking.