Tagged: Fujifilm X-E2s

Two Steps Forward, One Back

First things first.  I have decided that this blog has been and will continue to be, to a large measure, about my photography.  If my viewers don’t want to read about my trials, experiments, findings, etc. with a camera they can choose to not read about it.  Now, about why you are seeing the above pictures and what I like about them.  I have taken two steps forward with my camera and style and one step back in that I am going to return to writing about my photography.

I have been making progress on a style that I like, from two perspectives.  One I am using a camera and a lens that I really like from a usability perspective.  I plan to continue using my Fujifilm X-E2S with the 35mm F2 prime lens for most of my personal photography.  I find that the effective 50mm focal length works well for me and I prefer the external controls.  I can preset the camera and lens and then use the camera with one hand if necessary as I walk around with my cane, or when in the car.  It is also small enough to carry on a strap most anywhere I go or fit into a small bag with my zoom lenses when photographing for Homewood.

The second aspect that I am liking is the quality of the images and the contrast, etc. when using the classic chrome camera calibration.  While I have enjoyed using Light Room to process some of my more abstract images, I also like to set the style and then work purely on the composition as I photograph and prepare them for output.

I made the above images when I drove to the market before six am.  One of the things I am constantly looking for is new subjects to photograph.  In addition, I like images that are rich in color with large amounts of black and find the best way to make them is to go out after dark.  So far I have only been trying camera settings, etc. as I mostly drive and look around for ideas, and I have been seeing new things that I plan to photograph.  In the future I hope to be going to different areas around Hanover and parking and getting out and making more images similar to the above.

Back to Fujifilm

I keep going down, and back up, the rabbit hole.  I sell one camera system, get another, sell it, and often go back to an earlier system.  Round and round, up and down I go.  Sometimes it is because I think the grass is greener on the other side, sometimes it is because camera manufacturers leapfrog one another, and sometimes it is because my needs change or at least I get a different idea of what I like.  Another problem is that I switch back and forth between what I think I want to do.  I also like change and trying different cameras and lenses.

I have another problem with preferring to use one style of camera that does not fit what I have available to photograph.  It is a case of photographing what fits the camera and lens or changing gear to fit what is available to photograph.  My solution has been to look for a compromise in gear or to acquire multiple cameras.  Recently I have been using an Olympus E-M5ii with various lenses.  I previously sold my Fuji X-T1 camera and moved to the Olympus since I wanted the minimum size and weight to achieve an effective focal length of 600mm as well as the small prime lenses for walking about while making my personal pictures.  I no longer have as much a need for real long focal lengths but I do now need zoom lenses for my event photography as well as the best low light capability that I can afford.  But, I still like prime lenses for my personal photography.  I therefore decided to go back to a Fuji camera.

I bought the Fuji X-E2s along with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, primarily to photograph events, etc. here at Homewood.  If that works, and I intend to make it work, I will order prime lenses to supplement them when I don’t wish to carry zoom lenses.  I will likely sell off some or all of the micro 4/3 gear.  My desire is to settle down and work on photographing with just the Fuji camera; but I will delay selling any of the micro 4/3 gear until I am sure I can make it work for my needs.

Rather than get a DSLR style camera like the X-T1 or 2, I decided to get the rangefinder style X-E2s.  Further back I owned the X-E1 when they first came out and liked that style, but not the focusing as much.  They have improved the focusing a lot since then.  The X-E2s style of camera works a lot better while photographing in and around people, especially when I get a prime lens later, and it is lighter and fits in a small bag easier.  I also purchased the 55-200mm lens so that I can photograph from behind the audience during events, etc.

Fuji just announced that they will be selling new prime lenses.  These coming lenses are another reason that I went back to Fuji.  I prefer using prime lenses on a camera that has external controls, but fast zoom lenses are better suited for documentary photography.