Friday, July 24, 2015

X-T10 Butterflies

Some images shot with the Fuji X-T10 and the 50-230mm lens with 16mm extension tube. Focus distance is about 3 feet; a great working distance for butterflies.






Monday, July 20, 2015

Fuji X-T10 First Images

     Over the last 15 years, I have collected quite an array of Canon SLRs and lenses. In fact, I have a difficult time traveling without taking all of my gear. This is a problem when we're taking a short trip for family visits, but you just never know when a photo op in going to come along. 
     Last summer, I picked up a Fuji S1; a "superzoom bridge" camera specifically for a trip to San Diego. I planned on using it for mostly family shots, but wanted the availability for long focal length if the opportunity presented. The S1 is weatherproof, and is lightweight. It has an advertised zoom of 24mm-1200mm. It shoots RAW and handles high ISO fairly well. 
     Little did I know how much I would come to enjoy using this camera! Not only did it handle shooting during that trip; including HD video and some long focal length shots at La Jolla, but I quickly began using it as my carry around camera....including shooting from the back of the Spyder.
Fujifilm Finepix S1; Dynamic Filter

     I felt as though I had rediscovered the joy in just shooting for the creative aspect. Using some of the filters in the S1 fired up my creativity and I began to redefine my photography. These days, I find so much enjoyment and satisfaction in shooting a gorgeous sunset using the S1's Dynamic Range filter.


Image shot with the Fuji Finepix S1



     That doesn't mean that I'm ready to sell off my Canon gear....I know that there will still be many times when I want to capture amazing images with the sharpness that only a long focal length prime and super fast focusing like the Canon 500F4 can capture. I plan on keeping it and all of my other primes available.
     For now, though, I am wanting to "go light." And while the S1 is a fun camera, I really desired portability, but also desired maximal features and good low-light capabilties. 
     With these criteria in mind, I picked up the Fuji X-T10; a newly released mirrorless 16 megapixel CMOS sensor camera with interchangeable lenses. I fell in love with the retro look (my first camera was an Olympus Pen 35mm half frame), and it has the features I was looking for, including most of the filters available on the S1. 
     Along with the X-T10, I picked up the kit lens (XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 R LM OIS) and the XF 55-200mm f:3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Zoom Lens. I've ordered the EOS adaptor for the X-T10, which will allow me to use my Canon wide angle zoom (10-22mm) and my Sigma 180 macro when situations call for them. This is a compact and flexible package which will fit in my travel bag with plenty of room to spare. 
     I'll provide more of a review after I use this combo on an upcoming trip. For now, I'm getting familiar with the menus and controls. Here's a shot from today using the 55-230 at 230mm (350mm equivalent). 


Shot with the Fuji X-T10 and 55-230mm zoom. Handheld at 230mm. 1/180, f9, ISO 640.







Shot with the Fuji X-T10 and 55-230mm zoom. Handheld at 230mm. 1/480, f8, ISO 1000.

    

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Northern Parula

 David and I worked on getting the motorhome ready for our upcoming trip today.  Once we were done with the chores, we took a ride to test it out. We ended up at  John Bryan State Park where we saw and photographed a Northern Parula warbler.
 This small warbler winters in Central America and America  and the southern tip of Florida and  returns to the northern states and Canada each summer to breed.