Fujifilm LC-XPro1 Review

As promised, here is my review of the Fujifilm LC-XPro1, the leather case for the X-Pro1.

I have wanted the Fujifilm LC-XPro1 for quite some time now, but i was just not willing to pay the price that they were at over a year ago.

When i saw that the LC-XPro1 was on sale at my local camera store, i gave the idea of the LC-XPro1 as a b-day gift to my wife.  Well, God bless her, she came through.

I have had it for a while now (you thought i would tell you when my b-day was?), so i thought it was time to finally write the review.

Here is the box that the case came in.  It’s not as posh as the box that my X-Pro1 came in or as posh as the box that the XF lenses come in, but it serves it’s purpose. The case, neck strap and lens case sat in a plastic mold and that was it in regards to packaging.

DSCF5015_1084x1084 Here are all the pieces: far left, top of the case.  In the middle, lens hood/lens case.  Far right, bottom half of the case.  As opposed to my case for the X10, this one is real leather.

* One piece that is not in the photo, is the leather neck strap.  The leather is slightly more supple then the leather used for the neck strap that came with my X-Pro1.  One little bonus, is that it has “X-Pro1” stamped into it.

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Here is the bottom half of the case.  I don’t know how Fuji did it, but it fits the X-Pro1 like a glove.  It’s ever so slightly difficult to take off, since the rubber grip prevents the case from just sliding off easily.

One little caveat with the bottom half of the case, is that it sits a little to close to the left button on the D-pad on the back of the camera.

DSCF5011_1649x1237Here is the top of the case.  It attaches to the bottom half by two pop buttons.  In terms of what lens can fit under the top part of the case, you would not be able to have anything bigger then the 35mm on your camera.  Anything bigger then the 35mm, the top half of the case will not be able to close.

Furthermore, you are not able to have the lens hood on the lens if you are wanting to close the case.
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Here is the lens hood case.  This is where you put your lens hood when the camera is not in use and the camera case closed.

It can also be used to carry your spare battery, a spare SD card and the lens cap.  At the back of the case, there is a little belt “loop” so that you can attach the case to the neck strap.

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All in all, it’s a very functional case that does it’s job, which is to protect the camera.  Aside from protecting the camera, the bottom half of the case also adds bulk to the camera grip, which is nice.

Since i can carry a spare battery and even a spare SD card in the lens hood case, i no longer need to carry my camera in my camera bag for a day out.

Thanks for looking.

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Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum

This post is somewhat of a continuation of my post with the B-47 in it.  This will be an inside look at the Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum.

The musuem sits across from the Battle of Plattsburgh Museum, which is also situated on the old Air Force base.

As stated in my post with the B-47 in it, the entrance fee to the museum is $2.  Two dollars does not get you an awful lot these days; but in this case, two dollars gets you quite a bit.

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I believe the museum has only been in operation since the start of this year and is staffed by volunteers, one of them being an ex-Air Force maintenance officer.

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They have a fairly decent collection of memorabilia on display, all of which is situated in one main room of the building.

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Knowing that there was once Atlas missiles siloed on the Air Force base was very sobering indeed.  I suppose it gave me pause because i live in Canada and i have never had nuclear missiles that could wipe out cities, buried in my backyard.

Not only would it be slightly disconcerting to have these missiles in my backyard, but it would be even more so knowing that I would have been an obvious first strike target of a Russian missile.  I’m not sure how the people of Plattsburgh got in with a normal life.

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Plattsburgh was the home of the SM-65F Atlas missile, which had a W-38 warhead with a yield of 3.75 Megatons.  The Fat Man nuclear weapon that was dropped on Nagasaki, had a yield of 21 kilotons.  Therefore, one Atlas missile was equal to about 178 Fat Man devices.

In the Nagasaki bombing, 35-40 thousand people were killed instantaneously by Fat Man.  Just imagine what an Atlas missile could have done…

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This little museum certainly brings you back to the Cold War era and brings an appreciation for the service members who stood guard against an imminent threat.

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Thanks for looking.

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Battle Of Plattsburgh Museum

On our trip down to Plattsburgh, NY, we visited the Battle of Plattsburgh Museum, which is situated on the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

It’s not a very big museum, but it effectively tells you the history of the Battle of Plattsburgh, which occurred on Septemeber 11th, 1814 and is known as the decisive  battle of the War of 1812.

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There is no entrance fee to the museum; though, i do suggest you either make a small donation or buy a souvenir in the museum shop.  It’s a worthwhile venture to support.

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The museum visit starts off with a short, 8 minute film about the Battle of Plattsburgh.  From there, you are free to explore the museum at your own leisure.

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I took these photos with my X10 because i did not think the 35mm would be wide enough for the small confines of the museum.  Though, come to think of it, i think i would have done just fine with it.

The X10 does okay in low light, but noise really starts to stand out at ISO 800.

I have not really experimented with the noise reduction feature of the X10 yet, so i think that will be a little side project that i will have to do.

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For such a small museum, they certainly have a decent collection.  Everything is well explained with informative plaques and there is always someone there to ask questions to.

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The museum store is nice and has a good variety of books, mugs, stickers, DVDs, etc. to chose from.  Personally, i bought a nice mug, hat and a sticker.

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If you enjoy history and are keen in learning about an important battle from the war of 1812, this is the place to go.

Thanks for looking.

Fuji Extension Tubes

For the last year or so, i have noticed that Fuji really listens to it’s customers, but perhaps not in the most traditional way.

There are two major Fuji forums on the internet as it stands now and these are the “places” that Fuji lovers congregate and discuss their passion for photography & Fuji.

If you take the time to browse through the forums, you will notice that there is a lot of talk about future firmware updates that Fuji lovers would like for Fuji to develop.  Creepy as it may sound, Fuji actually “listens” to all those suggestions.  The firmware updates that eventually come out, run parallel to the discussions the Fuji lovers had been having some months before.

Other then the discussions about future firmware updates, folks have also been discussing the need to have Fuji branded extension tubes that can electronically communicate between the camera and the lens.

Well, once again, Fuji listened and delivered.  They have come out with two types of extension tubes: the MCEX-11 and the MCEX-16.  Both of these extension tubes, according to Fujifilm, will be available from mid-December 2014.

Depending on the level of magnification you are looking for, you will have the choice of an 11mm tube or a 16mm tube.

Both tubes have electronic contacts; therefore, information will be able to pass between the lens and the camera.  Because of the electronic contacts, you will be able to auto focus and control the aperture of the lens.

These tubes are as precisely made with high quality metals as the Fuji XF lenses are.  As far as i know, there are specifically designed for the XF lenses; therefore, i don’t believe that they will work with the XC line of lenses.

In regards to the magnification that these tubes can offer on specific lenses, here is a PDF that will give you a run down on all the numbers:

(http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/accessories/pdf/mcex_01.pdf)

As with any other Fuji accessory, i am going to assume that these extension tubes will cost you slight more then a 3rd party offering would.  Though, on the other hand, i will also assume that the fit of the tubes and the electronic connection will be slightly superior to any 3rd party product.

If you are into macro photography and have been waiting for Fuji to come out with a set of extension tubes, you will not have to wait much longer to put in your pre-order.

Thanks for looking.

Another Phone App For Fuji Lovers

I came across another app for Fuji X cameras.  Well, it’s more of a magazine actually, but an app nonetheless.

The app is called, “Fuji X Magazine” and is available in the play store on Android devices.

I can’t say much about it, except that it downloaded to my phone with no problems.  Beyond that, i have not been able to use it.

I have no idea if it has something to do with my phone or if there is a real bug with the app itself, but i have not been able to download the magazine.

Basically, the app is a gateway to the magazine, in which you download the magazine to your smart device.  Every time i tried to  download the magazine through the app, the app would stop working.

I have tried the app on different internet connections and i even re-installed it.  It still did not work.

The app may well work just fine on your phone or device, so i can’t say that it is a terrible app.  It just did not work for me.

Thanks for looking.

Boeing B-47 Stratojet: 1950’s Nuclear Deterent

One of the attractions in Plattsburgh, NY, is the old Air Force base.  There is not to much to see now except a few old buildings, but it is home to two museums, one being the Plattsburgh Air Force Museum.

The museum only just started up and needs all the support it can get.  It resides in one of the old base buildings and is staffed by some volunteers.  The gentleman that was volunteering the day we went, actually served on the base as a maintenance officer for the FB-111As that were once stationed at the base.

More info: (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plattsburgh-Air-Force-Base-Museum/524430474285464)

The entrance fee is $2, which is extremely economical compared to other museums i have been to.  If you can, make a donation as well.  Preserving the memory of the base is something very important.  Before it closed down in the late 1990s, it was a huge economic factor in Plattsburgh.  I am sure that there a many people still living in Plattsburgh who have fond memories of the base, either as a civilian employee or a service member.

Boeing B-47 Stratojet

One of the aircraft that was based at the Plattsburgh AFB, was the Boeing B-47 Stratojet.  This was the aircraft that was on constant alert as a nuclear deterrent during the early 50’s to the early 60’s.

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Fortunately for aircraft buffs like myself, there is still one Boeing B-47 remaining at the AFB, albeit inoperable.

It sits as a gate guard, along with one of the FB-111As that was also stationed at the AFB.

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Boeing B-47 Stratojet

By the looks of it, this aircraft has been sitting here for quite some time.  Cold, snowy, New York Winters and rainfall have sure taken a toll on it.

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Boeing B-47 Stratojet

There is a small chain fence around the perimeter of the aircraft and should be respected unless otherwise told. This aircraft is at least 54 years old, if not older and the last thing it needs, is people trying to climb on top of it.

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Boeing B-47 StratojetIt was quite impressive to see and to think that this aircraft carried nuclear payloads during the Cold War, was somewhat of a sobering thought.

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As you can see, the two 20mm cannons have been removed from this aircraft.

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Boeing B-47 Stratojet

If you ever go down to Plattsburgh, NY, take the time to visit the Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum.  It’s only two bucks to get in and have an inside look at a very interesting part of history.

Furthermore, you would  also be supporting an effort to preserve a part of the local history, one that was very important to the town of Plattsburgh.

Thanks for looking.

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Phone Apps For Fuji Cameras

Ever since i got my hands on an Android based phone, i have been exploring the app store for anything related to Fuji.

The first apps that you come across, are for remotely controlling your camera from your smart device.  However, the X-Pro1 and X10 do not have the luxury of being controlled remotely, unless you consider a wired connection “remote”.

Seeing that any app that would control a camera wirelessly was pointless to me, i kept on scrolling down the list to see if there was anything else of interest.

I then came across a neat little app called, “DoF X10 X20”.

DoF X10 X20 is a simple and light app that enables you to calculate your depth of field when using your X10/20.  You first start off by entering your focal length, then your f stop, then your distance to the subject.

Once you have entered all those numbers, the app will not only give you your depth of field, but will also calculate your hyperfocal distance.

What is hyperfocal distance?  Hyperfocal distance is a distance beyond which all objects can be brought into an acceptable focus, for a lens focused at infinity.

To give you an example of the calculations that the app makes, here are some numbers that i plugged in:

Focal length: 50mm (as marked on the lens)

F stop: f/8

Subject distance: 30ft

This will give you a hyperfocal distance of 8.30ft and a depth of field of 6.50 ft to infinity.

All in all, a handy little app to have on your phone.

Other photography related items that you should have on your phone: your camera manual(s).

Thanks for looking.