There are a number of slow changes occurring. First, the climate and the weather are changing from summer to winter with increasing extremes and wild swings due to the extreme heating in the arctic.
Next, my eyesight has been changing and it has been increasingly difficult to do my photography due to the fact that my eyes are not tolerating as much time on the computer. With the increase in my prescription eye medicines it has also limited the amount of time that I can see well enough to read, take pictures, or process them on the computer.
With winter weather coming I won’t be walking outdoors as much and thus not making as many pictures for my blog. It also means more discomfort with the arthritis in my hands and back.
As a result of all of the above, I have decided to not keep the best camera I have ever had in terms of image quality and construction. I no longer have the heavy, large Pentax K-1 II full frame, 36MP system. I returned it mostly out of fear that I would stop carrying it due to its size and weight.
I now am back to having only my one favorite camera, the Fujifilm X-Pro2. I will adjust what cameras and lenses I will use as my physical conditions stabilize and I determine what I will be photographing. It may mean that I might just use one camera and a few prime lenses until I see what my future in photography looks like. Last evening (see picture below) I took a short walk with the X-Pro2 camera and the 18 – 135mm zoom lens on it to confirm that I could use zoom lenses on the X-Pro2, but also that I don’t like to do that.
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.
I did it. I had a birthday party to photograph and I used my Pentax K-1 II and the 28-105mm lens rather than my Fujifilm gear. In the past I had switched from other DSLR cameras to silent Fujifilm cameras and lenses for my inside photography, primarily to have a silent capability with a smaller camera so that I didn’t disturb the residents while also having good enough low light capability.
Since I liked the Pentax FF images so much better, I’m strongly considering using the K-1 II for all of my Homewood photography. The raw files were easier to process and I liked the results better. The convenience of having the zoom lens with this particular focal length capability also added to the advantages of the Pentax vs. the Fujifilm gear. I still have other photography to do in other locations under different conditions, etc. so I will try and use the Pentax more before I make a final decision.
Things are looking so promising that I am already thinking through possible other scenarios and “what if” I sell all of my Fujifilm gear. It is more likely that I will keep the X-Pro2 and most of my primes lenses and just sell the zoom lenses; but, I do not like having cameras and lenses sitting in a drawer unused so I might sell them all.
I have another party to photograph tomorrow in a different location so I’m looking forward to seeing how the Pentax gear handles in those conditions. I also want to try another longer, heavier lens for use outdoors as well as potentially indoors in the coming week. Depending on whether I get anymore lenses for the K-1 II camera, I might decide to sell off the Fujifilm gear to help finance additional lenses. A separate issue I will have to also consider is that if I sell my only other camera, I will have no backup camera if something were to happen to the K-1 II.
Many old timers believe that a heavy mast is a sign of a cold rough winter coming.
Me, I just know that I will concentrate on indoor photography and cut back my blog/personal photography for the winter.
Thinking about photography … what else is there? As you know if you have been reading the tags on my pictures, I have been only using my Pentax K-1 II camera since I got it. This week I start to get busier with Homewood photography and I’m considering which camera and which lenses to use, and all of the things that entails.
I need to recharge my Fuji batteries for the X-Pro2 and pack up a set of prime lenses for it, and then decide which bag will best hold the X-Pro2 and lenses as well as the K-1 II and the 28-105mm lens. Maybe I should take two bags. I would like to photograph a few activities with both camera systems and see what works best, but that isn’t always easy.
I have deliberately avoided a shoot-off between the systems since the definition of “best” depends upon image quality, low light use, weight, size, ergonomics, available lenses, audience acceptance (sound of shutters), etc. The only way to evaluate the two systems is to use both under actual working conditions.
Since I am shifting back to photographing people at Homewood, this also means that I will have less to show or write about on this blog.
I was in town the other day and I had my camera in the car so I took a short walk and made a few images. As I read Fred Herzog’s book Modern Color, and listen to David duChemin’s videos, I realize what I don’t like about my pictures made on the streets of Hanover. They are flat, lifeless, and dead. I made these images just past noon on a Friday and the town appears mostly empty of people. There weren’t even many cars, just the big trucks moving through the town. Another problem, if there were people on the streets they would not want me taking pictures of them. If I am going to take pictures on the streets I’m going to have to work hard at it, and even then, they might not be worth it. Are they worth making if all they show is that downtown Hanover is lifeless and dead?
I was out a little before 6am with Misty and all I had for a camera with me was my iPhone 6. I made the first image above with no flash. I found the second image to be interesting. I used the flash and noted that the bands you see above were moving around. I guess the fog was being moved around by a very light breeze. Since I thought it interesting (the bands were not visible without the flash), I decided to show you.
About 47 min. later I went back out with my camera to make some other pictures. The following was another experiment of mine using the K-1 II camera. I merged three images into a panorama and that resulted in an image that was almost 62MP in size before I cropped it and resized it as seen below. I sure can’t afford to make many images of that size (eats up storage since I started with three 36MP raw files) but I didn’t have any trouble using LR on my early 2015 13 inch MacBook Pro computer to make it.
So far I have mainly used the Pentax 50mm F1.4 lens for images made at F1.4 up close. I wished the lens focused closer but the images crop nicely so I think it will suffice for images like these samples. And yes, it does make a whirring sound as the screw drive focuses the lens but it should be OK if I use it outside without people standing close to me. It doesn’t bother me since I am getting use to the camera and lens sounds.
One of the reasons that I got this lens was that I had found that I had used the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera with the 35mm F2 lens a lot. I wanted to see if I would also find myself liking the older film 50mm focal length lens on the Pentax K-1 II camera and see if I find any significant differences between the two systems for the types of photography I might be doing.