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Peak Design Cuff (new version)

When using a smaller camera, and sometimes with a larger one, I like to use a wrist strap. This gives a bit of security against dropping the camera or indeed having it snatched from your hand (not that anyone’s ever tried, but hey…).

After trying a few things, I’d settled on the Peak Design Cuff, which like its larger sibling the Slide Lite, which I mentioned last year, uses Peak’s innovative Anchors to attach to your kit. These are loops of very strong cord attached to a disk which clips in to the strap. Here’s the Cuff I’ve had for a while:

Past its peak

Past its peak

As you can see, it’s a basic thing – just a loop of webbing with a pretty standard adjustment. But it worked well enough. If I had one gripe, it was that the cord on the anchors was just a wee bit too thick to go directly through the eyelets on my Fujifilm cameras, so I had to connect them to those awkward dangling triangular metal puzzles that Fujifilm supply.

But it seems Peak Design have  been listening (even though I didn’t say it out loud) and have come up with a new!! improved!!! better!!! cuff with new!!! improved!!! better!!! anchors.

Dealing with the anchors first, the cord is now thinner, and they now work with the eyelets on Fujifilm and other brands. They also have a taper on the top, so they’re just a little bit easier to connect and disconnect. Nice. The new anchors are compatible with existing straps, so you could get some of those as a quick upgrade.

But the new Cuff is, well, tons better than the old one. Loads of design work has gone into making something that’s more pleasant to wear, and nicer to look at. It arrives in a nicely simple box:

Box

Box

This opens up to show off the goodies

Open the box!

Open the box!

And once unpacked, you’ll see you have the wrist strap, two anchors and a pouch to keep things in. And a sticker.

Contents

Contents

You’ll see that the Cuff now has a leather strip (artificial version on the black model, I think) over some rather nicely made webbing. The metal piece is the new adjustment device which simply slides along to make the Cuff tighter or looser. It also automatically tightens up if you let go of your camera, making sure the whole thing won’t slip off your wrist.

If you’re moving around and keep taking the camera off your wrist and putting it away, you might like another new feature – you can wrap the loose end around and it’ll fasten to the magnet concealed under the leather, turning it into a bracelet – and the magnet can be easily moved to adjust for the size of your wrist

I took it out this afternoon, and found it very comfortable, and even tried the bracelet mode.

It’s a nice bit of kit – takes the basic idea of the original model and improves on it enormously. Well worth a look if you want a wrist strap for your camera.

You’ll notice that there are no instructions included – partly because it’s a very simple thing, but mostly because there’s a video available that covers it very nicely, in the usual Peak Design manner:

And if you just want the ooh shiny, there’s the design video:

Having been suitably impressed with the new Cuff, I’m quite likely to be getting the new Leash neck strap – and I’ll give it a similar review if I do.

Woo, hoo, yay, Fuijfilm strike again

OK, I still haven’t done a review thingy on my Fujifilm X-T2, possibly because I’ve just been enjoying it. But even the best toys can be improved upon, and that’s exactly what Fujifilm are doing. There will be a major firmware update for the X-T2 and X-Pro2 within the next week or so which will make various improvements, many of which are things that users have been asking for, including some I’m quite keen to have:

  • Adding copyright data in the camera, so you don’t need to add it in software
  • Giving names to Custom Settings – which means I might finally use them (I would never remember what settings I’d added to sets 1, 2, 3, etc. Names are good.
  • AE bracketing up from three frames to nine – great for HDR fun and games
  • Vertical display of menus – so when you’re shooting in portrait mode you don’t need to bend your neck to read the screen

And much more.

And just to show that they really like looking after their customers, there will be another update in May, which adds a bunch more features including tethering to a computer using Wi-Fi.

Nice, though I should mention that some of the new features will not be available on the X-Pro2 – check out the link for details.

Source: New firmware updates for FUJIFILM X-T2 and FUJIFILM X-Pro2 coming soon.

Weight and Stuff Report – 23 March 2017

Ooops, up again…

Here’s an old one – so old that it was taken in my pre-Fujification days. I needed to dig this out for a thingy I’m working on…

Nice texture

Nice texture

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/4
Shutter speed: 1/250s
Focal length: 88mm
ISO: 100
Taken: 2 March, 2013

Weight and Stuff Report – 13 March 2017

Bother. Up again today.

A few weeks back, I posted a 2013 photo taken with my old Fujifilm X-E1, and muttered about how I needed to go back with a longer lens and a bigger sensor. So that’s what I did on Sunday:

Seahorses!

Seahorses!

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/1250s
Focal length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 12 March, 2017
Location: 54° 58.6526′ 0″ N 1° 36.6878′ 0″ W

That’s the tower of Newcastle Civic Centre, for those not familiar with the area. The larger seahorses are visible from ground level with normal vision, but the smaller ones fall under the heading of “exuberant detail that’s there for the birds”. You might just make out that there’s something up there (and if your eyes are better than mine, maybe you can see them, and the preceding sentence is complete nonsense, which would make it fit in well with the rest of this site. Either way, the 100-400mm lens on the X-T2 has resolved the detail quite nicely.

Weight and Stuff Report – 1 October 2016

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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 September, 2016
Location: 54° 57.998′ 0″ N 1° 51.9859′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 10 September 2016

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: 3 September, 2016

[1] For the usual timescales covered by that word