About me ... and my equipment.

November 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

How did it all begin? And where did it come to an end - so far?

I started photography already as teenager using Minolta equipment (X500 and X700 - which I still own but don't use anymore). In 2001 I switched to the digital world - which also included a switch to CANON.  The Powershot G1 with it's for time very good 3 megapixels has been my first investment in the digitalization of photography. But used to high quality equipment I soon changed back to the DSLR world. To make a long story short: it ended up with a complete Canon equipment with several L-lenses and a full frame DSLR Canon 5D Mark II as main camera plus a 60D as second body.

For the "easier handling" I started a few years ago to also use some FUJIFILM equipment with an X-E2 and it's kit lens XF 18-55 mm - and I found out that the quality of both the FUJI X-TRANS CMOS sensors and the FUJINON XF lenses is so extraordinary that the Canon equipment most of the time remained untouched. And I started buying more FUJINON lenses. What I found out was, that the XF 10-24 mm f/4 especially in the corners makes a much better job than the Canon EF-L 16-35 mm USM II f/2.8. As I mainly do landscape photography the wide and ultra wide lenses are the ones I use most often. So that has been another reason I preferred FUJI to CANON.

Now I did what has been unthinkable for me for a long time, but rationally has been overdue: I sold all of my CANON stuff and switched completely to FUJIFILM after they published there new flagship system camera, the X-T2 a few months ago. The new autofocus system and especially the next generation of the X-TRANS sensor turned the balance - it promises to finally close the gap to the full frame sensor I loved so much. What I also didn't expect to appreciate so much is the electronic viewfinder and it's ability to show depth of fields and the histogram, which allows me to adjust aperture or exposure in a way to avoid clipping. This helps me to ensure the best RAW-basis for the post-processing in Lightroom. And in terms of speed and brightness the newest versions especially in the X-T2 are on the level of what your are used to in an DSLR.

So finally I ended up with the following FUJIFILM equipment - so far ;-)

Fujifilm X-T2
Fujifilm X-E2
Fujifilm XF 18-55 mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS
Fujifilm XF 27 mm f/2.8
Fujifilm XF 10-24 mm f/4 R OIS
Fujifilm XF 50-140 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR
Fujifilm XF 16 mm f/1.4 R WR

The very first photos with the new X-T2 will come up soon as I just got it a few days ago and the XF 16 mm hasn't arrived yet ...

On my "wishlist" are still some other lenses, as the XF 18-55 f/2.8 which is water resistant and equipped with a better maximum aperture or the XF 56 mm f/1.2 (what a fast aperture - it must be a tremendous portrait lens) ... 


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