Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Weekend of No Shooting

The weather was absolutely beautiful Saturday and Sunday. Both days perfect for a street walk in New York. But I decided to stay in and sleep the entire weekend away. Really.

It wasn't really my choice. Just not feeling too great. My enforced hibernation gave me a chance to dig through my work from the past several weeks of shooting with the XP1. As I look at the work now, I see that I've been getting the same ratio of keepers and outtakes that I got with the Nikon D700. So it seems I've really gotten comfortable with the camera and its quirks. I still have to work out some logistics issues with my fat thumbs pushing buttons without telling me - I think the solution to this will be a thumb grip device that was originally intended for the Leica M9. And I may have come up with a way to use my Black Rapid strap.  All good stuff, if I ever recover and get out and shoot again. Maybe this next week.

I love to work with windows and reflections. The 18mm f2 Fuji lens is the widest made for the camera for the time being. With the smaller APS-C sensor the effective focal length is 28mm which is a bit narrow for me. I thought it would be a hinderance, but now that I've gotten better adjusted to it, I can work with the focal length. I absolutely love the resolution of this lens. Word is that Fuji is planning to release a 14mm f2.8 lens later this year. That would make it effectively a 21mm lens. I'm looking forward to getting my grubby paws on that one.


  1. Always excellent Gene, your images.

  2. Sometimes it is necessary to stay at home digging into the stuff you shot. Incredible photos as usual. I've never been in NY but your photography makes me feel as I've been there many times.

  3. Nice one, Gene. I particularly like your dramatic leading line. Sure, it's textbook but really adds to this shot and is probably not even noticed except by hyper techno geeks like me. Your ramblings about the new camera have sparked a deeper interest for me also. I am toying with getting the Sony, NEX-7 with 16mm 2.8 but haven't ruled out the Fuji yet. Oh, and how about some photo titles. I miss em. :) Hope you're feeling better.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Mark. I liked the NEX-7 also, but opted for the larger sensor of the XP1. Also, the XP1 sensor is new technology, I think the NEX still uses the old Bayer array, and so would require a low pass filter. I want to be able to use my Leica lenses also, and with that smaller sensor the crop factor would be 2x, whereas with the XP1 sensor it's 1.5x which is a big difference if you like to shoot wide angle as I do.

      Others have commented about the titles also. I'll get to it. RIght now, by brain is very fuzzy.

  4. I have those days as well, where i just dont feel like shooting, so i can related and completly understand. In terms of the Lens i myself is lusting after Panasonic 25mm F1.4, but its rather expensive so it will have to wait.