Rewinding To 2011

 

While i was going through all my folders of photographs today, i came across some photos of the NASCAR cars when they were here in 2011.

Back in 2011, i had just bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D3000.  2011 was also the year that i became serious about photography.

During that year, i can remember taking photos of just about anything, something i think every amateur does.  Whether it was a cup sitting on the kitchen table or a bird high up in a tree, i had a thirst to use my camera and learn.

I must say, in the last 5 years i have learnt a tremendous amount and i have an abundance more to learn.  The way i see it, photography is a never ending learning experience.

In regards to cars, i have learnt to like taking photographs of them, learning to get closer into some of the details of the car itself, rather then simply taking a photo of the whole car.

Five years on, i am happy to say that i still have the same zeal to go out and take photographs; though, hopefully better ones.

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Personal Thoughts On Fuji’s XF 100-400mm Lens

As the title states, what follows is merely my personal thoughts on Fuji’s latest lens.  This is NOT a review.

Anticipation:

For quite a few years now, many X shooters (myself included) have been waiting for Fuji to produce a telephoto lens that would go beyond 200mm.

From the beginning, Fuji seemed to concentrate all to much on producing primes.  When the X-Pro1 was introduced, the only three lenses that you were able to buy, were three prime lenses: 18, 35 & 60mm.  From there, they somewhat broadened their horizons with some zooms, but there still seemed to be a focus on primes.

After a few years, people were scratching their heads and asking, “Fuji, what about the long telephotos?”.

If you know anything about Fuji, they tend to put a lot of work into their lenses and they don’t produce any duds.  They put a lot of thought into the entire line of XF lenses, as well as the two XC lenses that are out there.  In short, Fuji makes awesome lenses.

With that being said, i was quite sure that when Fuji did produce a telephoto/telephoto zoom lens, it would be one that was well worth the time waiting for.

Why the demand?:

Simply put, you can’t have a camera system and call it “complete” without zooms or telephoto lenses.

Take a look at the two largest names in the camera industry, Canon and Nikon, and you will see how well rounded their lens line-up is.  Of course, both companies have been around for well over 100 years combined; so needless to say, they no doubt have been able to develop a lens line-up with great depth.

When you’re Fuji, who is not new to the camera market by the way, you have no choice but to notice what other camera manufacturers are doing or have already done.  Seeing what the competition has in their arsenal, you can’t ignore the fact that having a lens line-up with depth is the only way you will be able to compete, let alone survive in the market.

Enter the 100-400mm:

After 4 years of developing the X series of cameras, Fuji has (finally?) come out with their most ambitious and furthest reaching lens yet: the XF 100-400mm.

Would i like to own this lens?  Yes, i would love to have this lens on my X-Pro1.  However, i would never be able to justify paying the cost.  I’m not a professional photographer and i don’t have the disposable income to waste on something i may only use a handful of times.  As it stands now, i only use my 50-230mm a few times a year.

Plane spotting…….  mmmmmmmmm, i am drooling just thinking of how nice this lens would be to use to take photos of aircraft.

Plane spotting, birding, nature photography, this is what the 100-400mm lens would be great at doing.  Really, any photography where you want to get close, but can’t physically do so, is where this lens will be the most welcome.  You can’t always, “zoom with your feet”.

One big bonus for anyone buying this lens, is that it is weather resistant!  This will only make it more appealing for those photographers who want to take it out into the elements and shoot nature or do some plane spotting.

Of course, coupling the lens with an X-T1 or an X-Pro2 is going to give you a completely weather resistant set up, ready to take on anything that mother nature may throw at you (it is highly recommended to use this lens with a weather resistant camera if you want a fully weather resistant package.  Only having a WR lens will not protect your camera from water damage if it is not WR).

If you need more reach, the 100-400 is compatible with Fuji’s new 1.4x teleconverter, which is also weather resistant. Adding the teleconverter to the lens will give you a focal range of 140-560mm at f/6.3 – f/8.  Now that is looong!!

If for some reason you are after more reach, Fuji is in the process of developing a 2.0x teleconverter.  That would give the 100-400 a maximum focal range of 800mm!!  Very nice indeed.

But, the size?:

Sure, it’s a big lens and many people will start to wonder, “what happened to the lighter/smaller hype that was so rampant with mirrorless marketing?”.

I think at this point, marketing mirrorless cameras solely based on size & weight, is a thing of the past or at least it should be.  Yes, the cameras themselves are still smaller compared to their DSLR counterparts and they are even lighter in comparable set-ups.  But, to continually  go on about size & weight as the top benefits of mirrorless, is really just shooting yourself in the foot.

Personally, i see mirrorless cameras as a different “form factor” or a “progressive technology”.  Mirrorless cameras have proven that you don’t need the bulky mirror box of a DSLR, to get DSLR results.  It’s a technology that will continually progress to the point that DSLRs will be seen as redundant, not to mention “old technology”.

Though, in the end, the whole “size & weight” debate is usually played out by people who are camera snobs on one side of the debate or the other.  What it comes down to, is using the right tool for the job and choosing a camera that fits your personal style of photography.

Final thoughts: 

I am very pleased to see Fuji move along at the pace they have been.  This latest lens release shows that they are committed to their camera system and want to produce a lens line-up with lots of depth.  It also shows that they listen to their customers, who have been wanting such a lens for a while now.

Listening to customers aside, the release of the 100-400 shows that Fuji is not idly sitting on the sidelines and watching the camera market go by.  They have looked at the playing field and have determined that if they want to be a serious competitor, they need to elevate their game.

More to the point, Fuji has started to realize that if they want to attract new photographers or even take photographers away from the DSLR market, they need to continually develop their X camera system and make it well rounded.

Who dares wins.

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Some IG Photos

I have been on Instagram for about a year i guess.  I’m not really an avid user, but i do take a few photos here and there.

Here are a few of them:

These photos are mostly of Old Montreal and as you can see, i played around with the various filters that IG provides.

By using my mobile phone to take these photos, i can now totally understand why the compact camera market is dead.

Who dares wins.

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Review Of The K & F Concept Canon FD To Fuji X Mount Ring Adapter

I have been in possession of the K&F Concept adapter for a few weeks now and here is my review.

Packaging: 

The adapter ring comes in a little black box, with graphics, that is not much bigger then the adapter itself.  The adapter is wrapped in a small bubble wrap pouch.

I received my adapter from Amazon and they had put the boxed adapter inside of a small, brown, bubble wrap lined envelope.

Build quality: 

I must say, for the price, i am very impressed with the build quality.  I’m going to assume that the material used, is aluminum and it is very nicely machined.

The black finish on the outside is very well done and matches up to the black finish of my camera just fine.

What lettering there is on the adapter, is done quite well and seems as though it will not come off very easily.

Fit:

The adapter sits nice and snug on the cameras mount.  There is no play and it positively locks into place.  I have not noticed any sort of light leak, confirming the tight fit even more.

In regards to the fit of the adapter to the Canon FDn lens, it is just as good.

In a future post, i will explain how to attach the FDn lens to the adapter.  Unfortunately, it isn’t just a matter of mating them together.  There are a few things that you need to line up first.

In Conclusion:

For $16.99, I don’t think you could possibly go wrong.

There are plenty of other adapters out there, for a lot more money.  However, I don’t see the point in paying more when you have such a quality adapter with the K&F.

Who dares wins.

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Out On The Water

While in Kingston, we decided to take a boat tour of the Thousand Islands area in the immediate vicinity of Kingston.

The tour lasted a few hours and we were able to go quite a distance up the river.  Aside from the beautiful scenery, there was also some interesting history being told to us by the Captain of the boat.

We were very lucky with the weather.  It’s nice to be out on the water on a warm, summer’s day.

All photos taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the XF 18-135mm.

Who dares wins.

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4 Year Old X10 Gets An Upgrade.

Fujifilm came out with the X10 in 2012.  In that same year, they released the last major firmware upgrade for the camera, 2.00.

However, ever since Windows 10 began to take over peoples laptops, Fujifilm has been busy writing firmware upgrades for all of it’s cameras (cameras released prior to Win 10) in order for you to be able to transfer files via USB.

When i first hooked up my X-Pro1 to my Win 10 laptop, i noticed that i was not able to access the SD card to retrieve my photos.  The camera was just not showing up as it had when i had Win 8.

Well, Fuji fixed that with firmware 3.41 for the X-Pro1 and now i can transfer files via USB if i like.

Poking around on Fuji’s website, i really did not expect to see an update for my X10.  But, there it was!  The new firmware, 2.01, will enable you to transfer files via USB while using a Win 10 laptop.

It’s really nice to know that Fujifilm is conscious of how new technology can impact the use of some of their older cameras.

You can find the new firmware here: (http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/firmware/x/x10/)

Who dares wins.

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Crossing That Bridge…

On the most part, you don’t cross the Canadian/US border by foot, at least i have never experienced it before.  However, when you visit Niagara Falls, you can do just that.  All you need is 0.50 cents and your passport.

In order to get over to the US, you have to cross the Rainbow Bridge.  Before accessing the bridge, you have to pay a toll, which is 0.50 cents.  Once you are on the bridge, you only come across US Customs when you are on the other side and actually on US soil, despite the fact that the “border” runs right through the middle of the bridge.

You can get some fantastic views from The Rainbow Bridge.  It’s great to be able to look straight up to the falls.  Hang on to your camera though, the water will be quick to claim it and not give it back.

Coming back over to Canada, there was no toll to pay.  Though, the line was somewhat long and their was only one border agent on duty, so it did take a while to get back in.

If you get the chance to cross The Rainbow Bridge, don’t hesitate to do it.  It is somewhat of a unique experience.

All photos taken with the Fuji X100T.

Who dares wins.

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