Two Year Anniversary

About a week ago, i was notified that i had been doing this blogging thing for two years now.  How time flies.

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Experimenting with the Macro feature on the X100T.

At first, i was not even sure that i would get past one year.  As many of you may know, it’s not easy to come up with new content every other day, let alone every day.  Therefore, the thought of continuing this blog for more then two years was a tall order in my mind.

I have managed somehow though.  I certainly don’t post every day, but i do have periods where i post perhaps 3, 4, 5 days in a row.

One of the things that i promised myself when i first started this blog, was that it would not become like all the other “photography” blogs out there.  Reviewing equipment is all fine and good, but the internet is saturated with “reviewers”.

Yes, i do have some reviews on my site, but they are no where near as in depth technically as many of the reviews you can find on the interweb.  That is the way i like it, light and simple.

Aside from the content that i post, this blog would not have lasted for two years if it were not for viewers like you.  Thank you to everyone who has followed me, liked my posts, visited my site and who have shared my posts on their own site.

Thanks for looking.

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More From The X100T

As i had mentioned in a previous post, last weekend i started my photo walk in front of Notre Dame.  On my way up to Notre Dame, i came across a couple of photo opportunities.

I thought the below alleyway deserved to be in greyscale.  I got down on my knees to shoot this one and boy, did i get some weird looks.

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Here are a couple of caleches waiting for passengers.  The area was teeming with tourists that day, so i am sure that business was decent for the caleche drivers.

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Believe it or not, trains still do use the tracks down at the old port.  You don’t see the train very often though.  The first time i saw a train use the tracks, was nearly two years ago and it was a long one.  I am guessing it was bringing hops to the Molson brewery.

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I still have to get used to the FOV of the X100T.  I also have to get used to the parallax correction when i am using the OVF.  In all honesty, i don’t think i will be using the EVF all that much.  The OVF is just so bright and beautiful to look through.

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There are all sorts of photo opportunities at the West end of the old port.  It’s very industrial, with bridges, locks and of course, the grain elevators.

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The photo below is looking west, down the Lachine Canal.  During the day, you can walk across the top of the locks to get to the other side of the canal.

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In the below photo, you can see some of the “traffic” signs that are used to direct boats under the bridge, either in or out of the locks.

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Below is the little park i sat down in before moving on to the grain elevators.  It’s a nice park and i have noticed that even during the peak summer months, it is not very crowded.

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Despite it being somewhat chilly when the wind whipped up, it was really nice to be out in the sun and enjoying a relaxing walk.

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Doing It With Two Is More Fun

When i went on my photo walk this past weekend, i took along two cameras.  With me, i had the X100T and the X-Pro1 with the 60mm attached, along with the grip.

It was a great duo to go out with.  I kept the X100T around my neck because it is nice and light and the X-Pro1 stayed in my bag, set up & ready to shoot.  Whenever i wanted to take a photo of something a bit further away, out came the X-Pro1.

I shot with two cameras when i had my Nikons, but a DSLR duo is far heavier.  I used to have one camera setup with a prime and the other set up with a tele-zoom, such as the 18-55 or 10-24.  It was not fun having that weight around your neck/shoulder all day.

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I am a real advocate of having/owning two cameras, simply because it is always good to have a back-up.

Electronics, especially cameras, can be pretty complex and it is only a matter of time before something goes wrong.  Whether the fault will end up being electrical or mechanical (yes, there are still mechanical parts in today’s cameras), there is a slight chance that something may go wrong or perhaps you may have butter fingers and drop your camera.

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Aside from having that second camera as a back-up, you can also use that second camera as another “platform”.  Depending on the camera, you can set it up to take wide angle shots, greyscale photos, action shots, have it set up with a telephoto lens, etc.  There are plenty of other possibilities.

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If you are going to carry that second camera, make sure it is easily accessible and that you can bring it to your eye quickly.  Most importantly, make sure the camera is set up to take photos of the subjects you want it to take photos of.

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For me, i had my second camera, the X-Pro1/60mm, set up to take stills.  Each time i wanted to shoot a scene that was a bit far away for the X100Ts 23mm lens, i would just take out my X-Pro1/60mm and get more then twice the focal length to use.

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You can certainly go out with just one camera and have the custom setting banks (C1, C2, etc. profiles) set up for the different styles of photography you like to do, but that can be somewhat limiting depending on the camera you are using.

If you have a fixed focal length lens on your camera, customized profiles are not going to help you get a shot that is further away.  That is why i like the flexibility of the X-Pro1 & X100T duo so much.

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Of course, carrying two cameras can be bulky, but nowhere near as bulky or heavy as carrying two APS-C DSLRs.

Aside from my two cameras, i carried a spare battery for each camera, some spare SD cards and some other, small accessories in my camera bag.

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One important aspect that i learnt from carrying two cameras, is that you should always have your camera set up for the conditions that you are shooting in.

There is nothing more disappointing when you notice after the fact, that you have taken your photos overexposed.

Sure, the camera settings show up in the viewfinder.  But sometimes we are to busy taking our photo, that we do not notice.  And if you use an OVF all the time like i do, it is even harder to notice that you may have your settings wrong.

Therefore, double check your camera(s) settings before you go out to take photos.

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Some Grab Shots Before Going Home

On my photo walk down at the Old Port on Saturday, i went around in one big circle.

I started off in front of Notre Dame, walked down to the parking lot, turned right, went across the canal at the locks, walked through the park, went across to the old grain elevators, walked along the dirt road there and ended back at where i first crossed the canal.

Okay, so not really a circle, but it felt like i was going around in one.

On my way up to the business district to take care of some stuff at PVM, i took some grab shots.

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I kept my camera set to the Classic Chrome film simulation.  Walking along, these are the scenes that caught my eye.

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These days, i always find myself looking around the environment i am in, because you never know what photo opportunities there are to be had unless you are aware of your environment.

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Ducati Davidson

The day was nice, aside from the wind.  If the wind had not been present, it would have been a warm, sunny day.  However, with the wind, it became quite cool at times.

Despite the wind, i still headed out on a photo walk down in Old Montreal.

On my way down to the port area, i came across some pretty nice motorbikes.  One was a Ducati and the other, a Harley Davidson.

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I must say, i do rather prefer the looks of the Harley.  The chrome and the silver/black paint job really blend well with each other.

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I did take a bunch more photos today, which i will share in some future posts.

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Christening The X100T

Before going to Ottawa for the day this past Victoria Day weekend, i had only had the X100T for about 20 hours.  Needless to say, i was still getting used to it.  Though, it does have a very similar layout in regards to the dials and menus of the X-Pro1, so it was not a huge learning curve.

The one aspect of the X100T that i really had to get used to, was it’s lens.  At a fixed focal length of 23mm, it is not a focal length that i have shot at all that much with, if at all.

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However, i do have an X10 that can give me even wider shots.  Though, i think because of the fact that i am looking at the LCD on my X10, rather then the through the OVF, i feel that it is somewhat “visually” different from the X100T.

When i look through the OVF of the X100T, it feels different “visually” and is far from what i am used to with my X-Pro1, with which i use the 35mm most of the time.

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The 23mm lens on the X100T has a 63.4 degrees FOV, whereas the 35mm XF lens that i use the most on my X-Pro1, has a FOV of 44.2 degrees.  That is a big difference.  You can get quite a bit more in the frame with the X100T.

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With that being said, i really had to be aware of the frame lines in the OVF.  I was forever looking left and right to make sure i had what i wanted in my frame.

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Therefore, as we walked around downtown Ottawa, i was having a personal crash course in getting used to a new camera.  But, as i said before, the menus and dials are very similar to the X-Pro1, so it was not a very hard exam to pass.

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Before setting out for the day, i did go into the the Q menu on the X100T and adjusted the Highlight Tone and Shadow Tone levels.  Basically, i simply copied what i had registered in my X-Pro1.

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I also took the chance to play around with the different film simulations on the camera, especially the new Classic Chrome film simulation.  The little guy below was shot in Classic Chrome.

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It was a great day out and we stopped in on a restaurant on Sparks St. to have a bite to eat.  From there, we went to the Canadian War Museum, where i put my X100T to the test in low light.

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The photos that i took at the Canadian War Museum will be in my next post.

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Trilogy

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Fuji’s new era in cameras begun with the X series and the X series was given birth to with the introduction of the X100 at Photokina in 2010.

Following on the heels of the X100, the X10 was announced in September of 2011.  Aside from the X10’s tele-zoom lens, it can be said that it is the smaller brother of the X100.

After Fuji launched it’s two premium compact cameras within a year of each other, Fuji took a giant leap into the realm of interchangeable cameras with the introduction of the X-Pro1.

The X-Pro1 was launched in January of 2012 and with the two other cameras that Fuji had previously announced, you got the feeling that Fuji was onto something and it was something big.

Aside from their “looks”, which are somewhat reminiscent of Leica cameras, the first three X series cameras were nothing like what the camera world had ever seen before.  Despite the obvious “niche-ness” of the cameras, all three cameras represented a re-birth of Fujifilm as a camera company.

The fact that the X100, X10 and the X-Pro1 were the first X series cameras introduced by Fuji, makes them a trilogy to be sought after by Fujifilm enthusiasts – at least that is the opinion i hold.

When i first laid eyes on the X100 way back in 2010-2011, i really did not pay any attention to it.  It did not appeal to me for various reasons and one of them was the fact that it was not a DSLR. The other reason it did not appeal to me, was because of the fact that it was a fixed lens/fixed focal length camera.

I completely dismissed the X100 when it first came out.  Fast forward to 2013 and my whole ideology of cameras & photography had changed.

When i started to look at Fuji cameras back in 2013, i had my eye on the X-E1 and the X-Pro1.  The X100 was still out of the picture.  But i did fall in love with the little X10, which i bought in a trade with my Nikon D80.

With the X10, i was after a small, compact camera that i could bring anywhere with me when i did not feel like bringing my D7100 along.

Well, you can blame the X10 for my Fuji obsession.

Because of that little camera, i sold all of my Nikon gear and purchased an X-E1, which was eventually swapped out for an X-Pro1, the camera that i really wanted in the first place.

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In all honesty, i am not the biggest “gear” guy around; meaning, i usually don’t lust over the latest and greatest gear until there is pool of drool on the floor.

Don’t get me wrong, i love to read about the new cameras and lenses just like the next person, but i have been very content with my X-Pro1 for nearly two years now.  In that time, i have only bought two extra lenses and a used grip.  As i am writing at this moment, the X-Pro1 (as a camera model) is over 3 years old.

As i said before, i have been very content with my X-Pro1 and have not lusted after any of the new cameras that Fuji has launched in the past couple of years, not even the X-T1.

These days, it all comes down to wants versus needs.  Do i really need that? Or is it just a want?  I don’t know if it is because of my old age that i am becoming more sensible about matters, but i really do think about why i “need” something before spending the money.

Over the last couple of years of using my X-Pro1, i became very accustomed to using one focal length.  As a matter of fact, i used the 35mm for 9 straight months before i bought any other lenses.  This is probably why i cannot justify to myself to buy another lens.  I really find that i can do the majority of my photography with that one lens, that is how comfortable i am with it.

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However, despite what i said before, there are moments in your life where you just have to throw caution to the wind and live a little.

If i recollect correctly, i have been somewhat lusting after an X100 for the past 6-8 months.

On most occasions, if i want something, i usually do my research on the item to weigh the pros & cons and then purchase it.  There is no pussy footing around on my end, i just get it.

However, with the X100, it was different.

For months, i would think about it, look at it, read about it and simply lust after it.  But, i held back and never made a move to purchase it.  I reasoned that i did not need it, i merely wanted it.  Therefore, i did not give myself the green light to purchase it.  After all, i already owned two cameras.

Perhaps i am to hard on myself or could it be i am to stingy or perhaps it could be… well, i don’t know.  Most of the time, i don’t feel like i deserve anything new or just for me.  It’s hard for me to make that “me” purchase.  But, things changed last weekend.

Last weekend, i had an epiphany.

I said to myself, “You know what mate, you turned 40 last year and you still have not gotten something special for yourself to celebrate that milestone!” 

And that is when it struck me to just go and do it.  That is when i told myself, “I am going to get myself something and that something is going to be an X100 (X100T to be precise)”.

That is what i did.  I bought myself a black X100T as a gift to myself for my 40th birthday and i could not be more ecstatic (Just to be clear, i bought the wife something nice as well.  Happy wife, happy life). 

I have only had the camera since this past Saturday, but i have included some photos taken with it in this blog post.  In the next couple of weeks, i will do a “first impressions” post on the X100T.  But, so far, very sweet.

The X100T completes my trilogy.

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