I thought id take a few moments to share my experiences this past weekend in Big Sur/Carmel while shooting with only my x100..... For anyone interested in my ramblings here you go: Pros: I can’t stress this enough, x100 is so small and light compared to D700 + 24-40 (16-35) it made everything easier. Taking it to café’s, bars, restaurants is unassuming. Carrying it all day with a strap, or even holding it or stuffing it in a fleece pocket is easy. Also I didn’t need a separate large camera only bag for the flight. Camera, charger and all accessories fit in my Domke F-5XA bag, which fit in my small carry on bag. I recently bought the RRS plate, it’s awesome, makes the camera feel a bit more solid, I kept it on even when not using tripod. Used the new 95mb and 45mb / memory cards with no issues, freezes etc. Long exposures didn’t take too long to write. Since I was shooting a lot of landscapes I didn’t have many issues with AF, I simply picked my desired spot with the AF grid and then switched to MF and put my ND filters on. I used a step up ring to use my larger filters, 6 and 10 stop ND filters. Used a cheap locking screw cable release. Raw Files are awesome. 2 stops easy to push pull in both directions highlight correction etc. Cons: Really wish this camera had face detection, when the girlfriend tried taking shots of me the focus was all over the place, and she has no desire to reposition the AF or do anything else besides “click” and done. Not a huge deal, but still. There were sometimes the landscape didn’t allow for zooming with feet, aka McWay Falls. Would have been nice to zoom. Battery meter. Didn’t realize this issue before, it really goes from full to dead in like 15 shots!? Lucky I brought cheap extras. Is there a way to get the histogram larger on the back LCD screen during preview mode? When taking long exposures in bright sunlight it was sometimes tough to fully read it. Weather proofing would have been nice, since the waves were crashing. Lack of C1, C2 customizing. Can I just save my landscape settings, base ISO, MF etc as one setting? And have another set for hand held shooting, auto ISO etc? That would be awesome. (Love that on the s95.)
.... a big part of the job in landscape photography is getting there. That’s why the way you pack your gear is crucial. Instead of using a dedicated camera bag, I use an insert that can be placed in any regular backpack or shoulder bag. This particular one is a Horus Bennu HD321022. In this photo, I packed the camera, wide lens, cable release, filter holder assembly, filters, charger and two spare batteries. The filters go in a Cokin plastic case or filter wallet, both available from eBay. As you can see there is plenty of room to spare (and I’d love to fill it with an interchangeable Fuji X system soon ). Using an insert keeps your photography kit discreet and flexible. When it’s all packed and folded, it looks like this (note the soda can for size reference)......
“ For me, it all started three years ago, when I as an 18yr old youngster decided to dropout from a highschool and although afraind, made that leap of faith. To become the guy who makes a living with his brain&camera who never actually works cause he loves what he's doing. ”Yeah, that was a big moment for me. The day in April 2013 when I sold some Canon gear and bough used Fujifilm X100 was another big one. Cause this camera, it isn't just mix of a technical features (which most of them are superb and some of them really sucks) it's a tool of interesting psychology, legacy and simple courage. It's a real personification of that "make pictures, not excuses" statement.
“In this blog post, commercial portrait photographer Paul Schlemmer pairs his Fujifilm X-E2 with cheap Aquapac Case to shoot synchronized swimming performances underwater. Read more at the Phoblographer.”
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