When Fujifilm Australia offered me a loan XF56mmF1.2 lens, I jumped at the opportunity to have another try of this much-acclaimed piece of kit. I say another try as I have owned this lens in the past. Actually, I have owned almost all of the Fujifilm XF primes and most of the zooms at some point. But as many of you will know, I have recently trimmed my kit way down. To focus more on the art and skill of the shot, rather than rummaging in my bag looking for the perfect lens. I shoot with what I have and personally, I think it has made me a better photographer.
All too often, when reviewing gear, or even buying new gear, we focus on the big items. The cameras. The lenses. The tripods. But there is a massive industry of photographic accessories out there for us to consume. Some, are amazing. Some, are trash. And having been a member of this community since the beginning, I see lots of people asking questions about what are the good bits and pieces that make the photographic experience easier. Fortunately, we have members such as Robin Mascall who find the devil in the detail and love their photographic gear at all levels. So let’s hear a little about Robin’s photography journey and his first review on the bits and pieces. G
I originally started photography back in the mid-1990s and learned how to develop film in the school’s darkroom. Fast forward to 2010 and I picked up my first DSLR, a Canon 1000D. I’ve shot with Canon, Nikon and Panasonic, with varying results. My change to Fujifilm happened after I had two, second-hand Nikon D7100’s die in 12 months. I sold the gear off and made the move to mirrorless, with an XT20, the 18-55mm, 55-200mm and the 27mm pancake. I was so impressed with the quality of the images and the camera system itself, that I sold it…. and picked up an XT3.
Recently I attended the Photo Live expo, that was run by Camera Electronic here in Perth. During the photo walk, the camera I had borrowed, a Fujifilm GFX50s, had a Peak Design strap. I had never actually had hands-on time with one and was impressed with the comfort and functionality of it. So much so, that I purchased a strap, a cuff strap, and today I picked up the Capture Camera Clip.
On a chilly Melbourne night, we gathered in a dark private space, sipped cocktails and talked cameras. Sound like any photographic community event you have ever heard of? Well, it is true. Around a dozen members of Fuji X Aus were invited by Leigh, from Fujifilm Australia, to meet at the Waterslide Bar located discretely in the East end of Southgate. What followed was a risky experiment with cocktails and cameras. Cocktails & Cameras – that has a catchy ring doesn’t it?
Rain, Hail, Thunder, Lighting, Fire!!!
Well, maybe not fire but the “Agua series Stormproof ” bag by Miggo suggests that it is storm proof. I am using the AGUA-90 Stormproof Versa Backpack. It is rated IPX 3, so it is water and dust resistant.