Hi everyone. Over the next few posts I will be presenting a series of new images shot with the Fuji X-Pro2 and the Fujinon 16-55mm, f2.8. I have begun to make a subtle move towards an all Fuji kit, some of which I will attempt to explain as I go through the images. Some of my initial thoughts can be found in my most recent Equipment Essay Post on the X-Pro2.
I originally picked up the X-Pro2 as a second camera to use primarily for street photography. But as I became more comfortable with the controls, and how this camera just gets out of the way, letting me be free to explore my compositions more intimately, I started to reach for it over my other cameras. Coupled with the beautiful Fujinon 16-55mm, f2.8 I had the equivalent of a full-frame 24-83, and a set up that gave me some real flexibility. The X-Pro2's sensor captures amazing detail and the color rendering is stunning. But could it be a serious landscape camera? A question to ask in an age of camera companies pushing high-megapixel, full-frame sensors, and social media alight with this debate.
Quietly, and with some modicum of hesitancy and internal debate, I have begun to move backward. I looked carefully at the state of my image making and did not like what I saw. The antiseptic nature of my digital files often left me longing for the days of film, and I am sure somewhere deep inside I felt the same way about the cameras. As I have gotten older, and my back and knees have lost their youthful strength, I grew weary of lugging the weight of my DSLR's and associated lenses. So I started the transition to mirrorless cameras, with Sony being the obvious choice for their innovation. A lack of lenses early on though, especially primes, had me using adapters with a myriad of mismatched, non-native lenses. My camera bag was full of lenses and adapters. It did not take long for me to feel trapped and constrained. Look I will be honest here, the Sony is a great camera and who doesn't like shooting with a bunch of Zeiss primes? But I could not escape my relative unhappiness with a system that lacked a solid selection of primes, was difficult to haul around, and with a camera that just did not inspire my quirky sense of design.
Enter the Fuji X-Pro2 . . .More to come as I use these posts like a couch in a psychiatrists office to come clean on this transition and find true happiness. Stay tuned and enjoy the image. RHC
TECHNICAL: Fuji X-Pro2 and a Fujinon 16-55mm, f2.8. Image shot at ISO 100, 55mm, and exposed at f11 for 3 seconds. To reduce specular highlights I used a Singh-Ray 105mm Circular Polarizer. The RAF file was converted using Iridient Developer and saved as a TIFF. Final finishing was done in Photoshop