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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:

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 – 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

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 May 2016

Weight: 223.8 pounds (15 stone 13.8 pounds, 101.5 kg)
Steps taken: 2,967

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 13:43, 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.

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 April 2016

Weight: 226.3 pounds (16 stone 2.3 pounds, 102.6 kg)
Steps taken: 2,170

Hmmm, back down again today, how random…

Quite apart from being an impressive structure, Dunston Staiths offers some views along the Tyne that would be hard to get to without a boat otherwise. The wide view of the Fujifilm X70 shows this off quite nicely

Bridges

Bridges

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/200s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:23, 23 April, 2016

Fujifilm X70 digital camera

Look, I don’t have an addiction to Fujifilm cameras. I just like them, that’s all. Observant readers who look at the EXIF data below my images on this site[1] might have spotted a few images where the camera model reads “X70” and might have guessed that I’d succumbed to temptation and added another toy to my collection. And they’d be right. I blame Jessop’s for having it out on display where I could pick it up and play with it[2] and making me buy it minutes later. Or maybe I blame Fujifilm for making nice cameras.

Anyway, what we have here is, more or less, a smaller (and cheaper) companion to the lovely X100 series. It lacks the X100/X100S/X100T hybrid viewfinder, indeed it lacks any kind of viewfinder at all[3], so you have to compose using the LCD display. This is made much easier by it having a good tilt range – it can flip right around to face the front should you be inclined to take self-portaits[4], where it automatically inverts the display so it’s the right way up.

The lens is a fixed-focus 18.5mm, equivalent to 28mm on a full-frame camera, so the field of view is moderately wide – noticeably wider than the X100’s 23mm (equivalent to 35mm, etc, etc), with a maximum aperture of f/2.8, down from f/2 on the X100. It shares the X100’s nicely clicky aperture dial, which in automatic modes doubles as a controller for other settings (user selectable, nice).

On the top plate you’ll find the exposure setting and exposure compensation dials, the usual shutter release (not threaded for an old-school cable release this time) surrounded by the on/off switch, a function button that defaults to video recording and two new buttons – there’s a switch that flicks between fully automatic and whatever setting you have selected with the dials, and another function button that selects the drive mode (and there are the usual selection of those (still image, continuous shooting, bracketing, advanced photo filters, etc, etc). The back has the usual Fujifilm Menu/OK button with selectors around it, the handy Q button for getting to loads of settings from one screen, a combined AE-L/AF-L button (set it to your liking in the menu), a display mode/back button and another function button which defaults to WiFi function. Above the tilting screen you’ll find the image playback and delete buttons. And finally, on the front you’ll find the focus mode switch.

As it’s quite a small camera, the moderately large handgrip is welcome – I’ve found that it balances well in my quite large hands. Apart from that, if you’ve used any other Fujifilm cameras, you’ll know what to expect from the handling and general usability.

It uses the same NP-95 battery as the X100 series (Fujifilm are nice like that), and you might want to be aware that the charger supplied is of the USB variety – it charges with the battery in the camera. If you’ve already got an X100 and some spare batteries that’s probably not an issue, of course, but if you haven’t, you might want to budget for a normal charger.

While out and about today, I had a play in a variety of conditions, and I’m beginning to get the idea of how to get good results. It works really well with the display tilted to horizontal, and with the camera held low for good old-fashioned shoot from the hip street photography as in this unedited JPG

Shoot from the hip (SOOC)

Shoot from the hip (SOOC)

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/350s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:52, 23 April, 2016

Or indeed this one

Monument

Monument

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/550s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:54, 23 April, 2016

I tend to regard Central Arcade as a good place to test cameras – the light from the glass roof can be overwhelming, but I think it’s done nicely here:

Central Arcade

Central Arcade

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 250
Taken 12:58, 23 April, 2016

So, on its first proper outing, the X70 has made me quite happy. It’s small enough to slip into a pocket or indeed carry everywhere you go. Not as flexible as a camera with a zoom lens perhaps, but that just makes things more interesting…

 

[1] Those of you who never get past the couple of lines shown on Facebook won’t see that…
[2] This is such a nice thing to do…
[3] Though a hotshoe accessory one will be available
[4] It’s much too nice a camera to call them “selfies”

Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 LM OIS WR Lens

If you’re reading this on Facebook, be sure to click through to see the photos!

I’ve been waiting for this beast to appear for a long time now. Pretty much since I got the X-E1 two and a half years ago. At the time, the one thing I really wanted was a longer telephoto, and soon enough one appeared on the Fuji roadmap. At first it was vaguely described as a “super telephoto”, but eventually it was announced that it would have a very useful 100-400mm range. Now you might recall that I had a rather large and heavy 150-500mm lens when I had the Canon 5D Mk III, which was quite nice, but really a bit too heavy to carry around much. But on the Fujifilm system, things are a wee bit smaller. And because of the crop factor[1], 400mm on my X-T1 gives a field of view equivalent to around 600mm on the full-frame 5D, so this was looking like it would be seriously useful. Add in compatibility with the 1.4x teleconverter, and we have the potential to get up close and very personal. So, when it was finally announced as being available for order, I didn’t hesitate for more than a microsecond or two. I pre-ordered from Wex Photographic (as you do – and I should point out that their price is a lot better than Amazon’s). I then took the semi-drastic step of selling the lenses I don’t use to MPB, which raised most of the substantial cost of the new lens).

Anyway, as I might have mentioned, it arrived yesterday. It is indeed quite large, though it’s actually about 400g lighter than the 70-200mm lens I had on the Canon, and I had no trouble carrying that around. Unlike the 50-140mm lens, this one doesn’t have a fixed maximum aperture through the zoom range – that would have made it a lot bigger, heavier and even more expensive. It also gets longer when you zoom in. It comes with a tripod foot which I’ve left on for now. There’s a lens hood which I haven’t looked at so far. Other than that, the box contains the usual pouch and manual.

Today was my first proper chance to take it out. I’ve got a sort of tradition[2] when it comes to long lenses. I like to see just how close a view I can get of Grey’s Monument. So for this first impressions review, let’s start with a view from the 100mm end, taken from a moderate distance along Grey Street:

Grey's Monument

Grey’s Monument

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 100mm
ISO 500
Taken 13:02, 24 February, 2016

As it happened, today must have been an open day, or something, because some people had climbed the steps, which is handy, as it gives a nice idea of the scale of the monument:

Earl Grey and Friends

Earl Grey and Friends

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 400mm
ISO 500
Taken 13:04, 24 February, 2016

As you can see, that’s quite a large statue.

So, I walked around the corner, added the teleconverter, zoomed right in and….

Earl Grey in detail

Earl Grey in detail

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/14
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 540.4mm
ISO 640
Taken 13:13, 24 February, 2016

It’s worth clicking to see the bigger version of that – there’s a load of texture in the stone.

And just for extreme detail, this is a tight crop of the above image, just showing the Earl’s head:

Earl Grey 100% crop

Earl Grey 100% crop

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/14
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 540.4mm
ISO 640
Taken 13:13, 24 February, 2016

I’ll need to go some more places with this one….

[1] Not explaining that. Anyone who cares knows already
[2] Or an old charter, or something