Tagged: Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm Shutter Fails … Use Pentax (?)

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Sky over Homewood after a storm.

I tentatively decided to keep my Pentax K-1 II along with the Pentax 28-105mm zoom lens that I have been trying.  It is heavy to carry and hold but the failure of the mechanical shutter curtain on my X-T2 forced me into this decision.  If I returned the Pentax I would be down to only one camera.  Now I’m considering altering my intended uses for my cameras. 

I’m hoping that if I only use the X-Pro2 with the electronic shutter and prime lenses that I can continue to use it for photographing indoor events at Homewood.  I will try to mostly use my K-1 II camera for my outdoor and personal photography.  If the X-Pro2 also fails, I will be forced to use the K-1 II for all of my photography until I decide on another path going forward.  The Pentax DSLR is a poor choice for indoor event photography due to the sound of the mirror flap when taking a picture.  Residents standing near to me don’t like to hear it.

The Pentax is also a poor choice for taking with me on walks due to the size and weight.  My original plans for getting it in the first place were for a close-to-the-car camera when I drove someplace or for grabbing off of my desk to run outside to get a quick photograph of a flower or cloud, etc.

I have lost some confidence in my Fujifilm cameras.  What do I do now with my Fujifilm zoom lenses that I used on my X-T2 camera?  The loss of the X-T2 also puts me in a bind for my Homewood photography.  In the past I used the X-T2 with my zoom lenses or, in some cases, used two cameras with prime lenses at events.  Now all I have is my X-Pro2 with one prime lens at a time.  I am afraid to use the heavier zoom lenses since their weight and the flex of the lens mount might have contributed to the shutter curtain getting stuck, but this might not be an issue if I only use the electronic shutter.

A final resolution of which cameras I will use, or what else I might buy, and how I will use them, is still undetermined.

 

Which Shall I Pick?

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I have been pondering whether to keep the Pentax K-1 II with the 28-105mm FF lens.  I thought that a deciding factor could be the Fujifilm X-T2 with the 55 – 200mm lens.  The Pentax combination weighs 1450g with a max effective focal length of 100mm.  The Fujifilm combination weighs 1085g with a max effective focal length of 300mm.  I found few differences having the 36MP FF capability of the K-1 II when I compared the Pentax IQ to the Fujifilm IQ for longer focal lengths.  I think the only significant loss with using the Fujifilm would be the loss of WR due to the lens.  In wet conditions I could still use the Fujifilm WR 18-135mm lens and that combination only weighs 1020g.  I’m pretty sure that the Pentax setup is a lot more rugged and more weather resistant, but I really don’t need that level of WR these days.

My most difficult decision has been how to measure the non-quantifiable factors that exist in my preferences for the underdog Pentax vs. the joy of using the Fuji cameras.  I’m basically a contrarian, but have you tried to find photographers who are using the K-1 II?  They are few in number and hard to find in this day and age, except for Kirk Tuck who has been trying the K-1 II and the 28-105mm lens.

I’m finding that the further I got away from looking for rational reasons for choosing the Pentax over the Fujifilm cameras, the harder it is to make a choice.  It isn’t because one system is better than the other (overall the Fuji camera plus lenses is better based on available lenses), it’s just that I like the ease of grabbing and using the Pentax for some things, but not all.  Do those “some things” justify keeping it?

New Issue

After writing the above, I tried to use my Fujifilm X-T2 and the shutter curtain stuck.  Now what?

My Type of Photography

I have been walking and thinking about my cameras and lenses.  Is what I’m mostly using, the Olympus Pen-F with various micro 4/3 lenses, the best one to use for most of my photography?  I have a Fujifilm X-T2 and many lenses that I could be using.  Considering that I’m basically just recording what I see around me, I think the Pen-F fits best, mainly because of the small lightweight lenses.  If the image quality in low light is good enough, I’m starting to think that it might also be a sufficient camera for recording Homewood events and activities, but with faster lenses for indoor photography.

Such a choice also seems to fit the philosophy of Kirk Tuck as he describes it in his post: Texturists vs. Contextualists.  Maybe I like what he said because I tend to agree with it.  Give it a read.  It is long but thoughtful.  One thing that Kirk mentions, is that often the type of camera and the way it is used is a function of what the photographer is able to physically photograph.  That is probably an over-riding factor in my case; therefore, it has also contributed to what and how I photograph.  A lack of new things to photograph has moved me to get more creative and to experiment with different compositions and processing in order to keep photographing.