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A new tool.  13 July 2016.  Fuji X-Pro2  XF 16/1.4 
Jul 13, 2016
  XF 16/1.4, Fuji X-Pro2  
Fuji vs Nikon (vs iPhone) for travel.  13 November 2016.  D800e  Fuji X-Pro2  iPhone 
Nov 13, 2016
  iPhone, D800e, Fuji X-Pro2  
A new tool
Wed 13 Jul 2016      Fuji X-Pro2  XF 16/1.4
A new tool
     Wed 13 Jul 2016      Fuji X-Pro2  XF 16/1.4

We're heading to Athens this fall so I'm listening to Edith Hamilton's The Greek Way. Her story of the Greeks makes a strong case for a visit.

Funny, Ive some hazy memories of this book. I think it was assigned in classical civilization. This was back in Austin when I was an undergrad studying chemistry. The classical civ professor showed slides from his travels and made history interesting even to me, a guy who preferred solid subjects like organic and linear algebra. I also liked the class because if you paid attention and read your notes the night before the exam you could pull an A. Unfortunately I don't remember a bloody thing discussed in class.

Speaking of travel, I've acquired a travel camera, to supplant my dslr. Its a mirrorless, aka an interchangeable-lens camera that lacks a through-the-lens viewfinder. It's smaller than my d800e, half the size or less, so Im looking forward to seeing how close I can approach my goal of travelling with a single carry on and nothing more.

Fuji X-Pro2

Shortly after I got the Fuji I took a day trip, the Coho ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles. I have done this trip a lot, to the US and back to pick up mail. If the weather isn't too cold and wet I spend the three-hour round trip out on deck, looking to sea for the colorful container ships, whales, and sea planes taking off and landing right on the water in Victoria harbor.

This trip I left the Nikon and telephoto behind and took the Fuji with the 16. So no shots of far-away ships or airplanes, no sea beasts, only things that are close and that have an interesting background. The 16 is a really nice lens for this, in fact it's one of the reasons that I bought a Fuji. A great all-around focal length, fast to focus, a fast aperture, and macro-like close focus.

A couple weeks in, my overall impression of the Fuji is positive though if I make a list of pros and cons (in a future post) it would earn a mixed report card. It's not helped by being out of my hands and on its way back to Fuji in Mississaugua for a service. But i'm not fazed: being a follower of Nikon, l'm accustomed to new model teething problems.

I chose the three pictures below as examples of shooting the 16 wide open, with one thing in focus and everything else out of focus. All three are out-of-camera jpg's, the third using Fuji's lovely Acros film simulation.

In addition to The Greek Way I am listening to Car Seat Headrests (again), Destroyed by Hippie Powers.

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Fuji vs Nikon (vs iPhone) for travel
Sun 13 Nov 2016      D800e - Fuji X-Pro2  iPhone
Fuji vs Nikon (vs iPhone) for travel
     Sun 13 Nov 2016      D800e - Fuji X-Pro2  iPhone

I like taking photos when I travel but what camera should I take? I know the key to a good photo is the person holding the camera but the tool matters. Some you want to use, some are a struggle. Every camera is a compromise. I started with a small Canon, then progressed through a series of ever-larger Nikons (plus lenses of course). Then I added an iPhone. And most recently I substituted a Fuji for the Nikon. So, have I achieved travel-camera nirvana? Or at least, am I happy with the Fuji?

Nirvana, no, but I like the Fuji for travel. It's a bit smaller than the Nikon and the pictures are good enough, though they lack the resolution and crop-ability of the D800e. So, I'm happy.

But there is another option, the iPhone (or equivalent). The Fuji is much bigger than a phone and it is much less automatic, and in daylight at f/8 well who can tell the difference? So I can see why most travelers just take a phone camera. But if you're thinking Fuji here are some of my observations:

Fuji plusses

  • The 16/1.4.
  • The body looks good and feels solid.
  • Control philosophy is mode free, intuitive. For ex, instead of a mode dial with, say, aperture priority on it, you just set the aperture to auto. Ditto with shutter. I don't care who they copied, it's brilliant.
  • Good quality yet inexpensive zooms.
  • Can transfer jpgs to phone, edit on phone, then post via an ftp client like Transmit. Awkward the first dozen times, then becomes robotic.
  • Smaller and lighter then Nikon.
  • Somewhat less conspicuous than Nikon.
  • In camera raw processing coupled with film sims is fun, generates post-able photos.
  • Quiet mechanical shutter. Silent e-shuttter.
  • E-shutter's speed, up to 1/32,000 sec, means you can shoot wide open in sunlight.
  • Setting aperture using an aperture ring.

Fuji minuses

  • Reliability. Damn it, early on I found a defective feature, a feature I didn't particularly care about except it behaved really badly so it sucked away some of my reliability expectations. And then, even though I didn't care about the broken feature, I sent the body into Fuji who looked at it but didn't care about that feature either so they returned it un-repaired. Update: Fuji fixed the problem with last week's 2.01 firmware. I'm even finding the now-working feature somewhat useful. Doesn't excuse the service though.
  • Fuji service.
  • Less resolution than Nikon so less crop-able shots.
  • Auto-iso doesn't offer Nikon's option to set iso relative to focal-length. This is really useful.
  • Nikon has better ergonomics: more comfortable to hold and shoot.
  • I have my Nikons set for back-button focus combined with AF-C+release priority. Fuji's AF-C is poor and the back button awkward so it just cannot do the same.
  • Not as small and light as an iPhone.
  • Not as inconspicuous as an iPhone.

I like the Fuji but it's not for everyone. It's less automatic, there are no scene modes, and its focus is on shooting raw then processing in camera. And video is not Fuji's forte at all. But I'm happy with the pictures.

I'm listening to David Gray's Please Forgive Me.