The first image was made with a Canon G5X Mark II at its widest focal range in “P” mode. The camera chose ISO 1600, f/1.8, and 1/20 sec.
The second image was made with a Fuji X-Pro 2 and the 18mm lens in “P” mode. The camera chose ISO 12800, f/2, and 1/60 sec. (the slowest I had it set for).
The Canon had image stabilization and the Fuji didn’t and that is reflected in the shutter speed, etc. I used LR Adobe color and auto tone to process the raw files, and I adjusted the exposures slightly. You can see that the camera colors are different due to differences in auto WB, etc. I often tweak Fuji’s WB, but didn’t here. Another minor difference, the Canon had 20MP and the Fujifilm had 24MP.
I prefer the Canon image and that is amazing given that it is a small pocket camera with a one-inch sensor. The Fuji is much larger and heavier and has an APS size sensor. I made these images last night since I am starting to wonder about which camera, lenses, etc. to use when I start photographing the holiday lighting in early Dec. So far, I’m thinking that I will use the Canon camera, especially since it has a zoom lens, but it will also depend on the weather and the Canon is not WR.
PS, I also like the Canon image when processed as below.
Lately I have been only using the Pentax K-1 II camera with mostly the 28-105mm FF zoom lens (in the picture). I have been even using it under conditions that I had never considered when I first purchased it and I have been quite pleased with how it does. Those findings started me down the path of wondering if I need to keep my Fujifilm X-Pro2. I know that thought caused some to sit up and start wondering about me, more than the cameras.
I want you to know that such ideas were from an academic, rational look at my photography. My gut feelings are that I will not give up my X-Pro2 and my prime lenses. I used the X-Pro2 with the 35mm lens to make this image and then processed in ACROS +R. I will be continuing using that combination for most of my indoor photography, especially this winter.
These two cameras are very different and each has its place and use. Could I use either one for everything? The answer is probably if I had to, and thus each can serve as a backup in case either one decides to stop working; but I don’t plan on taking both cameras and multiple lenses with me when I’m photographing most events.
I will mostly use the Pentax gear for outdoors and the Fujifilm for indoors, but it isn’t as simple as I first thought before trying the Pentax. I found that I really like the full frame 36MP images from the K-1 II camera. I’ll be continuing to explore different uses for them both.
For years now I have been playing around the margins with my photography gear, especially with my personal photography. Another way of expressing it might be that I have been seeking something but whatever it was, or is, it keeps moving or is so unclear that I’m not sure what it is I’m seeking.
I kept telling myself that I have the time, and a little money, to spend trying different cameras and lenses to see if I can find a way to expand, or change, my photography. I have tried macro lenses, long telephoto lenses, and various sizes and weights of cameras from small waterproof P&S cameras to larger DSLRs, and mirrorless cameras in between.
I finally arrived at Fujifilm gear that enabled me to make images suitable for Homewood uses while recording events and happenings at Homewood at Plum Creek. I never had any problems with output of the files that were suitable for their less expensive in-house publications, but I did have problems with poor lighting, multiple color temperatures, etc. I finally resolved those issues with Fujifilm gear, higher ISO values, and Lightroom processing.
For my personal photography it has been difficult due to lack of subject material that is suitable for publishing on the web. In addition, I have been seeking cameras and lenses that I can more easily use with my physical issues of pain in my hands and back and knees. Those physical issues led me toward seeking lighter gear and better ergonomics for my hands that also led to poorer image quality. That has been a journey that I don’t think will ever arrive at an optimum end since the goal keeps moving as I get older.
Aesthetics, new technologies, and nostalgia are some other interests of mine. I like rangefinder style cameras rather than DSLR style cameras in terms of looks and weight, but not in terms of ergonomics. I love the hand grips and ergonomics of the control placement of DSLR cameras, but not the weight or the look. That seems like an unsolvable dichotomy. I also like the technology in new cameras and I’m always interested in what ends up in cameras and how well it improves, or diminishes, one’s ability to make certain images of interest. These things taken in aggregate have led me to keep buying and trying different cameras as I search for the unattainable. The question now is, what will I do in the near future.
I’m slowly rethinking how I spend my time. Searching for the perfect (for me) camera and set of lenses isn’t helping me with making more pictures that I like. It has been a way to spend a lot of time and money with little to no improvements in my photography. I need to bring this search of gear to an end. I’m reducing the number of cameras and then just doing what I can with what I have and stopping trying other cameras. When I do that, I need two cameras for coverage of events with multiple lenses and to have a backup if I have any trouble with a camera. The two that I’m settling on (for now) are the Fujifilm X-T2 and the X-Pro2. That means that I will sell my X-H1, X100F, and TG-5 cameras. I just acquired a used X-Pro2 camera and I’m still checking it out and confirming that it is the most suitable partner for the X-T2. Also note that I’m adapting to older cameras that don’t have all of the newer video-oriented capabilities. I find that video just complicates the cameras and leads to other problems.
As I follow-through with this idea I hope to mostly use the X-Pro2 with prime lenses for my personal photography for my blog. If I can’t find enough suitable subjects, or when I can’t handle it physically, it will mean that my blog posting might wind down. I will be primarily using the X-Pro2 and learning how to extract enough “goodness” out of it with my emphasis on looking for interesting compositions rather than looking for another camera or lens. We will just have to see where this approach leads. I’m adopting this photographic approach using minimal gear with a desire to simplify as a way to see if I can achieve more images that I like with less.
I made a picture of these bleeding hearts one evening with the Canon G3X at 600mm and then again the next morning with the X-Pro2 at 35mm. I preferred the one above made with the X-Pro2 and the equivalent 35mm lens. I had to get closer, crop, and upsize to match the composition, but when I can get closer I like them better.
When comparing pictures made from the Leica X2, the Canon G3X, and the Fuji X-Pro2, I noticed a big difference in the white balance between the Fuji and the others, so I have made some in-camera adjustments to the white balance of the Fuji and I like it better. The Fuji images were too cool so I warmed them up.
I will probably go back to mainly using my X-Pro2 for most of my photography and mostly use the Leica as a pocket camera when I can’t take the X-Pro2 and use the Canon mostly for birds and extreme focal length images.
I even used my old pancake 27mm lens to make the following as I was checking colors. I’m now thinking that I might use the X-Pro2 with the 27mm lens for many of my future around town pictures.
This morning I had to go back to the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera to make these images. The Canon 80D with the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 lens could not capture the first one early this morning. It was very dark in the kitchen with no lights on other than the electric flickering candle. The lighted window was in a neighbor’s Villa as seen across the way through our window. I used the XF 35mm F2 lens.
The other two pictures were made with the XF 55-200mm lens through a window later in the morning. The snow was coming down.
Why am I showing these pictures, what is common among them? They are all out-of-camera jpegs made using an Olympus TG-4, which is a small pocket camera that is waterproof and pretty indestructible with an internal zoom lens and a very tiny sensor. The above were made at a fixed ISO of 100 in low light at 1/5 sec. shutter speed while being handheld.
I am thinking about moving this camera from storage in my camera drawer to my pocket again to supplement my Fujifilm X-Pro2. You probably couldn’t think of many cameras with such an extreme difference in image quality and capabilities and that is why I have not been using the TG-4. I started thinking again about the occasional need to make a picture under conditions when my X-Pro2 isn’t at hand … or when I desire the effects that can be obtained with such a small sensor.
Whenever I start thinking this way, again, my thoughts always go back to the limitations of the TG-4 in low light; and thus the reasons for the above pictures. I wanted to try again with some differences from previous attempts. The primary difference this time was not using auto ISO since the images get very noisy when the ISO rises in low light. Some other differences were in how I processed them in Lightroom.
The image of the cup was made in very dark conditions. I could see a noisy image on the LCD to compose, but when I downloaded the picture it was solid black. You wouldn’t know what it was supposed to be. To make this image I had to set the exposure to +3.55 in LR. I also had to reduce the color noise as well as luminance noise and the result is a little fuzzy. This is probably due to lack of focus, hand movement, and noise reduction; but sharp is not always a required attribute.
I haven’t decided, but using it some is a thought. I’m thinking about some more uses to make monochrome images as the weather changes as we move toward winter. I have been primarily thinking about monochrome images, but below are some more color test images that I made this morning. I need to keep reminding myself that such cameras still have uses.
I was driving through town today when I made the above. I had my 27mm lens on the camera and made this image through my windshield, but I had to crop it a lot to get this view. I am still experimenting with how far I can push the utilization of the 27mm pancake lens since I prefer its’ size on the camera for “just in case” images.