I have switched back to using a Fujifilm camera, the X-Pro3. I may also switch to using the Classic Neg film simulation (used above), but that depends upon what I end up photographing. At the moment I only have one lens, the Fuji 16mm F2.8 WR, so progress on the next steps will be slow until I can obtain some other prime lenses.
The X-Pro3 camera has always been one that I liked, but I changed to other cameras with better hand grips and longer zoom lenses that were more versatile and easier to use for longer periods of time. That really didn’t satisfy me so I am switching back and I will limit my photography if I have a problem holding and using the camera for long periods.
My current intentions are to only use a few prime lenses on the X-Pro3 camera, but I am still working on what and how to photograph, so all decisions are still liable to change. I decided to pick the camera and lens that I prefer to use and then see what I can find to photograph with them. Yes, I know that is backwards thinking, but life is short, so I took the route that I most enjoy.
I decided to give the X-Pro3 with the 35mm F2 lens a little exercise this morning under dark conditions, both inside and out. I really like the way it functions.
After many fits and starts and much trying and thinking over the last few years, I am finally shrinking down to one camera with as few lenses as possible. I also plan to use as few processing styles as possible.
I am now using a Fujifilm X-Pro3 Dura Black camera with the Fujinon XF 35mm F2 lens which gives me an effective focal length of 50mm. I managed to get a better price on a used X-Pro3. If I were buying a new X-Pro3, I would have gotten the less expensive black painted version, but I really like this dura black coating. I am mostly photographing at F2 and using raw files with the Fujifilm Classic Neg. film style as I compare it to ACROS monochrome. I then make as few adjustments as necessary to create the image I’m looking for. I adjusted the clarity to -30 and the saturation to -40 in LR Classic with Classic Neg. style for the images in the previous post.
I used the X100V to make this picture of the X-Pro3, using Classic Neg. I sold the Fujifilm X100V along with the waterproof cameras after taking this picture. If I need a camera in addition to the X-Pro3 I will use my iPhone SE.
I am minimizing and simplifying my photography process. In addition, I may be making fewer pictures and fewer posts due to the lack of opportunities during these times, but I hope to work on minimizing my image compositions and deciding on monochrome vs. Classic Neg. film style.