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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 – 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:

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

Weight and Stuff Report – 13 August 2016

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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 May 2016

What’s this? Quite shockingly down today! Who’d have thought it?

Today’s photo is another demonstration of my lovely long lens on the X-T1. Taken from Cullercoats, looking over the Tyne piers, you can clearly see Souter Lighthouse:

Distant Light

Distant Light

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/1600s
Focal length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 14 May, 2016

Oh, and just to make me happy, and my credit card sad, Fujifilm have announced a new x2 teleconverter for my 100-400mm and 50-140mm lenses. This will make the big beastie the approximate equivalent of a 1200mm lens on a full frame camera. A while back, I was thinking that the one thing I missed from my old Canon kit was a seriously long lens (you might recall I had a 150-500mm Sigma monster), but with this latest development, Fujifilm have strolled right past that while sticking their collective tongue out and waving a sign reading “call that long?”. Or something like that. And yes, I’ll be getting the x2 to go with my x1.4.