I use my Fuji X100F camera as my carry with me camera most of the time. As such I tend to sling it around a lot, toss it into small bags with no padding, and try not to worry about damaging it. Since I don’t like to keep putting the lens cap on or taking it off and storing it while I take a picture, I don’t use the lens cap that came with the camera very often. I therefore wanted to keep a hood on the camera all of the time to help protect the lens, but the Fujifilm hood sticks out further than I like. I then looked around for other ways to protect the front of the lens.
I first looked at a clear filter but that meant that it would be getting scratched, easily broke, etc. I then looked for other hoods and found one that I really like, and it is a lot less expensive than the Fujifilm hood. The hood I bought is the Haoge LH-X49B 2in1 All Metal Ultra-thin Lens Hood with Adapter Ring Set. As an added bonus, the original Fujifilm lens cap fits on the hood if I want to use it.
I found that this metal hood does an excellent job of protecting the X100F camera lens and doesn’t protrude far, thus making it easy to carry the camera around without ever needing to remove the hood or use a lens cap.
It has been a year since I last walked the streets of Hanover with an X100F camera, but I’m thinking about doing it again. I will probably look for a mix of scenes others would recognize along with others that attract my eye like in the above; but I’ll try and not blow out the highlights next time. This is a crop of a larger, darker picture so I wasn’t as concerned about the blown highlight area when I took it.
My computer is limping since my memory is about full so I might refrain from many more pictures or posts until after I move this year’s pictures off to another drive at the end of the year.
The sky was orange in the east this morning and since I have been thinking about alternatives for enabling my photography of more things, I put the XF 55 – 200mm lens on the X-T2 and made a picture of the horizon. It wasn’t until I had the picture on my computer and cropped into the center section that I noticed this bird.
My conclusion is that I may need to continue using this lens and making photographs of distant details. I have no desire to carry the lens far, but I need to do everything possible to continue making a variety of images and using a longer lens is one way to do this. My problem is that using this camera and lens is counter to what I most like to use. I prefer to just use my X100F camera, but my subject matter for images using it to make images for my website is limited. If I am going to continue with long focal lengths, the next issue is, what could I do with an XF 100 – 400mm lens? Could I carry and hold it? It weighs about three pounds and is not cheap.
I’ll think about my situation a little longer. At the moment I am conflicted about two alternatives. One, use a wide variety of lenses and try to photograph a wider variety of things, scenes, etc. Two, challenge myself to just use the X100F with the effective 35mm focal length and see what I can find image wise. Which one would be more fun and give me more images to show and write about?
Last night I used a different approach for taking pictures with my Fujifilm gear. I used the X100F rather than the X-T2 with the 18-55mm zoom lens. With the X100F I set the aperture to F2 and the shutter speed to 1/60 sec. and let the ISO float automatically.
My reason for photographing in this manner was to keep warmer and safer while using just one hand for the camera. I carried the X100F on a short strap around my neck, wore a warm glove on my left hand which held my cane, and kept my right hand in a pocket without a glove. When I wanted to take a picture, I used my right hand to lift the camera, turn it on, and hold it out to the limits of the strap using the LCD to compose. The strap stretched taut acted along with my right arm as sort of a tripod to keep the camera stable.
I could have used my X-T2 with a 23mm prime lens in the same manner but the X100F is lighter and easier to carry and hold in the above manner. If there is a next time, I might carry both the X100F and the X-E3 with the 18mm prime lens, but that gets more complicated with heavy clothes and two cameras hanging around my neck.
These pictures are the front of the Community Center in Homewood at Plum Creek.
For lack of other things to photograph, or post, I often like to just step out my door and capture a view of the day’s weather. This morning it has been very foggy and the pond and Villas in the distance can’t be seen.
Last evening, I went to the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center to hear some jazz music in the Conservatory. It was all holiday songs done in jazz style and it was quite delightful. I listened to the Dave Stahl Quintet perform the music as I have never heard it done before. They are probably the best musicians that Hanover ever sees.
I carried the Fujifilm X100F along with me in a small bag just in case I wanted to make a few images for memories sake. If I had really wanted to make better images, I would have taken another camera with other lenses and then stood in the back of the room where I would have been able to hold a camera up higher and capture all five of the musicians. The room is small, and the audience was probably no more than 50 people, but the room was full, and the beer and wine and refreshments were enjoyed by all.