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Weight and Stuff Report – 1 October 2016

Weight: 213.4 pounds (15 stone 3.4 pounds, 96.8 kg)
Steps taken: 9,665

Up by the teeniest amount today., ho hum, heigh ho, and all that.

Today was the annual Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk, which is always a Good Thing. For a short time, it looked like I would either have to miss it, or at least miss part of it, but the thing that would have caused that turned out not to take any time at all, and so I made it to the starting point just in time. Organiser Nigel did his usual excellent job (and we managed to keep most people together this time, more or less, give or take) and a pleasant walk was had.

It was, of course, my first time out with my new Fujifilm X-T2, and was an ideal opportunity to start getting to know it. Lots of photos taken, some which need some work, which will happen later, but for now here are some that didn’t need much (if any) work. The black and white ones are again using the Acros film simulation (with the red filter option for any detail-obsessed Fuji-using readers).

This friendly face can be found at Newcastle Central Station, but I’m not telling you exactly where, so there:

Station Face

Station Face

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/300s
Focal length 140mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:03, 1 October, 2016

It’s been years since I photographed the statue of Basil Hume:

Hume

Hume

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/3000s
Focal length 55mm
ISO 200
Taken 11:43, 1 October, 2016

These clouds didn’t look anything like as dramatic in colour:

Approaching Storm

Approaching Storm

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/7500s
Focal length 50mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:15, 1 October, 2016

So, i think the X-T2 did pretty well on its first day. And it looks like the battery life may be slightly better than the X-T1. I was actively using the camera for around three hours – not just taking photographs and previewing them, but fiddling with menus a lot more than usual. With the X-T1, I’d have expected to change the battery twice in those circumstances. With the grip fitted, the camera drained one of the external batteries and the second is showing as roughly half-way to empty. Which does confirm that getting the grip was a good plan, quite apart from the improved handling in portrait orientation.

More photos and muttering about the camera will follow…

Les does the new camera happy dance

Well, it’s been three weeks since I said goodbye to my Fujifilm X-T1, leaving me without an interchangeable lens camera for the first time in a decade. While I’ve really missed having it, it did give me the opportunity to get to know the dinky little X70 a lot better, and to really appreciate what it can do. But it can’t do everything that I need, so the whole waiting thing was dragging a bit.

But yesterday, while I was enjoying myself in Sunderland, I got an email on my phone from those lovely Wex people telling me my order was in stock and would I please reply telling them when I wanted it. I immediately replied with a “as soon as you like” message, which got a “OK, with you tomorrow” response.

And so, being a bit sad like that, I kept an eye on the Parcelforce tracking site much of today. I’d arranged for it to be delivered to work (where I’m not), so the plan was to go into town when it arrived and pick it up. But I decided I’d go in anyway, wander around a bit and be ready as soon as the tracking site showed it had been delivered.  And being a bit sad like that, I kept an eye on it while I was on the bus, and woo hoo, it suddenly changed to “delivered”.  :bouncy:

So, I popped into the office, picked up my parcel and came home.

Full unboxing and reviewing stuff will follow, but for now, here’s the beast:

Preciousssssssss

Preciousssssssss

And before I’ve done any setting up at all, here’s the first photo taken with it:

My usual model

My usual model

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/40s
Focal length 20.6mm
ISO 320
Taken 16:21, 30 September, 2016

Tigger insisted on being my first subject, of course  :tigger:

The things you see when you don’t have a long lens

When I got to Cardiff Bay today, I noticed some people on the roof of the Millennium Centre. This is the sort of thing that can lead to interesting photos, but being restricted to the X70’s wide lens made this a bit of a challenge. Here’s about the best view I could get:

Millennium Centre

Millennium Centre

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/340s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:39, 21 September, 2016

Well, there is one thing to be said for even little Fuji cameras. They capture a lot of detail, as we can see in this close crop of the same image:

Wash and brush up

Wash and brush up

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/340s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:39, 21 September, 2016

And now we can see that the roof is getting a bit of a clean.

Would have been nice to have a longer lens, though.

Weight and Stuff Report – 12 September 2016

Weight: 213.5 pounds (15 stone 3.5 pounds, 96.8 kg)
Steps taken: 1,746

Down again today, how exciting. Or not.

After all that packing up of cameras last week, today the box was collected by a courier. It will reach its destination tomorrow, which means I should have some money in the bank by the end of the week. Of course, that’s already allocated to pay for something which may arrive before too long. Well, it is too long, really. It’s the first time since I got my Canon 30D that I’ve been without an interchangeable lens camera. And my fragile little brain just boggled when it realised that was ten years ago. Still, the Fuji X70 is a nice little substitute, that lets me take photos like this:

The Tyne at Prudhoe

The Tyne at Prudhoe

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/200s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 11:41, 11 September, 2016
Location 54° 57.998′ 0″ N 1° 51.9859′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 10 September 2016

Weight: 214.5 pounds (15 stone 4.5 pounds, 97.3 kg)
Steps taken: 6,603

Up another bit today…

I couldn’t quite motivate myself to go anywhere interesting today, so after the usual shopping, I headed to the MetroCentre, where I did succeed in buying a bag. I was after something more sensibly sized for going out with the Fujifilm X70 and not a lot else. My regular camera bags are a bit big for carrying such a dinky little camera, you see. After the usual dithering, I bought something quite nice in Jessops, which I may talk about later[1].

Here’s a different lion from the Alnwick Tenantry Column. This one looks absurdly happy, unlike the other, more anxious one…

Another Alnwick Lion

Another Alnwick Lion

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 53.3mm
ISO 500
Taken 13:36, 3 September, 2016

[1] For the usual timescales covered by that word

Weight and Stuff Report – 8 September 2016

Weight: 212.8 pounds (15 stone 2.8 pounds, 96.5 kg)
Steps taken: 3,812

Oddly down today.

It was a slightly different working day, as a couple of hours of it was taken up by my boss and me being taken to lunch by a supplier. This doesn’t happen often, and unlike some such things included and actually productive discussion as well as some rather nice food (the duck breast being particularly tasty).

But on a less light note, I’m afraid the time has come to say goodbye. No, no, calm down, I’m not going anywhere, but three of my friends are:

Goodbyeeeeee...

Goodbyeeeeee…

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/30s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 6400
Taken 19:22, 8 September, 2016

Yes, that’s my sadly neglected X100S and X100T being prepared to be sent away to be converted into money. But wait! What’s that?!?! Surely Les can’t be selling his lovely X-T1?? Well, yes, he can.  This is of course, part of a Cunning Plan which will involve something else for my lovely Fuji lenses to connect to, but that’s still to come.

But, but, I hear you cry, how will Les cope without his trusty X-T1 for days, or (depending on deliveries) even weeks?!? Well, I think I’ll manage. It’s not like I don’t have a decent camera that fits nicely into a pocket, after all. No, not the iPhone, the dinky little X70!

Always have a backup

Always have a backup

It’s the X70 that made me decide that I didn’t need to keep the X100T, and as the X100S has just been sitting on the shelf, it made sense for that to go at the same time. And as the X-T1 has to go, its vertical battery grip is off as well.

All of this won’t quite cover the cost of the Exciting New Toy, but does make it affordable now rather than later. And I’ve adopted a ruthless approach to cameras – don’t keep the kit you don’t use, especially if someone will buy it off you!

Weight and Stuff Report – 13 August 2016

Weight: 214.4 pounds (15 stone 4.4 pounds, 97.3 kg)
Steps taken: 6,013

Down again today, good stuff. Though it is probably more random wossnameness.

I took myself to Tynemouth today as I wanted to get some shots of some apparently abandoned cargo ships with my long lens. More on that in another post, with rather more photos in it.

This is Souter Lighthouse, which apparently I don’t need to actually visit because I can see it through my 100-400mm lens with the 2x teleconverter. A quick check with a mapping site tells me that the distance from camera to lighthouse was almost exactly four miles. I’ll say that again: this was taken from four miles away, which accounts for any haziness. Oh and that’s a moderately heavy lens with no tripod or anything of that kind, so a big shout out for Fujifilm’s quite impressive image stabilisation technology.

Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 800mm
ISO 320
Taken 12:47, 13 August, 2016
Location 55° 1.0612′ 0″ N 1° 25.0907′ 0″ W

Change, and not a moment too soon…

No, it’s OK, I’m not really turning into the Sixth Doctor. And I’m not really changing. But it looks like it’s nearly time for an upgrade. It was widely rumoured (full specification leaked, photos on line, that sort of thing) that Fujifilm would be announcing the long-expected successor to my lovely X-T1 today.

Well, I haven’t seen anything official from Fujifilm yet, but Jessops may have jumped the metaphorical wossname in an email that reached me this morning. The X-T2 is available for pre-order at £1,399, which is more or less what I was expecting. They’re even listing trade-in values for the X-T1 (as much as £421 plus a £100 bonus for a camera in “excellent” condition).

I’m not planning to pre-order. I’d rather see one and have a play first.

 

Fujifilm XF2X TC WR Teleconverter

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I did the photography happy dance about the Fujifilm 1.4x teleconverter, but it’s near enough six months. And would you believe it, they’ve gone a wee bit better, and produced a 2x converter as well?  Well, I couldn’t resist that, and ordered it from the ubiquitous Wex Photographic at the weekend. It arrived today, and this is what it looks like[1]

Makes things twice the size

Makes things twice the size

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/80s
Focal length 38.8mm
ISO 6400
Taken 18:32, 28 June, 2016

Now normally when I get a new toy like this, I’d be giving it a proper test, but it’s a wee bit damp this evening, so not really the best conditions for getting pictures of distant objects. However, I have done a very quick and very rough test to get an idea of the range of the thing. Readers with better memories than me might recall me getting a 150-500mm lens in my Canon days, and getting this shot from my back window:

Telephoto Test (old)

Telephoto Test (old)

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Aperture ƒ/6.3
Shutter speed 1/400s
Focal length 500mm
ISO 125
Taken 17:32, 13 August, 2009

Well, here’s a rough version of that with the 140-400mm lens and the 2x converter. Unlike the previous one, taken through an open window with some actual sunlight, this was taken through glass, rain and general haze, and not even all that close to the window. Some aggressive treatment in Lightroom shows a similar scene:

Rough Test (Very)

Rough Test (Very)

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/680s
Focal length 800mm
ISO 12800
Taken 18:14, 28 June, 2016

(And if you think that looks bad, you should have seen it before editing)

Proper tests will follow when the weather permits….

[1] Not currently listed on Amazon, so I can’t use their image linky thing