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A photo and lighting place! Here I'll post some stuff I've shot in the process of learning.

Since my move to Fujifilm equipment (WAY sharper & MUCH better than my old Nikon) , I now shoot with two Fuji X-E2 bodies.
(until the X-E3 comes along, anyway)

* Fujinon XF10-24 f/3.5-4.8 R (SHARP across the range!)
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Fujinon XF18-55 f/2.8-4.0 R (SHARP across the range!)
* Fujinon XF60 f/2.4 (SHARP across the range!)
* Fujinon XF55-200 f/3.5-4.8 R (Uber SHARP across the range!)


Flash stuff:
* 6 Yongnuo 560-IV with commander/transmitter.
* 6 Nikon SB-25/26/28s (old, manual, reliable, nice),
* (6) Pocket Wizard and (6) Yongnuo RF-603 radio flash triggers

And
tons of stands, umbrellas, soft-boxes, brolly boxes, mounts, hot & cold shoes (and some lukewarm ones), cords, spigots, clamps, pocket wizard triggers, reflectors, scrims, backdrops, adapters, snoots, grids, batteries , chargers, bags & cases, gewgaws, clamps, gimcracks, whatchamacallits, doohickeys, thingamajigs, whatnots, widgets, et cetera.

I love to shoot out on the street, but the technical aspects of photography/lighting are fascinating - and sometimes vexing. I am fortunate to shoot with motivated and inquisitive photographers.


I am available for portraits, senior photos & product photography.

Commercially printed copies (up to 24" x 36" of most photos seen here are available on high quality paper or mounted board for framing.

18 December 2014

Fujifilm X-E2 is a 12-step program for Nikon shooters - the higher power!

I am on a 12-step program for Nikon shooters. Took me about 1 day to find that a switch to a well-supported quality line of gear, like the Fujifilm X series, was what I needed to make shooting fun again. Here's some reasons:
  1. Their lenses are sharper than Nikon's. Period. Their "kit" 18-55 f/2.8-3.8 lens is a quality lens that rivals any Nikon lens I have seen or used in sharpness, contrast and build quality - the images are so sharp as to hurt the eye. I can say the same for the Fujinon 55-200. Both have image stabilization that works great. When you twist the zoom or focus of a Fujinon lens, it FEELS like quality instead of like a plasticy piece of junk. Fuji does not cater to the lower end consumer market, but it will compare to CaNikon's mid-upper end in price.
  2. The color rendition of the X-trans sensor is incredible, as is the film-like quality of the images.
  3. Fuji wrangles low-light very well. ISO 6400? Not a problem.
  4. Want a 56mm f/1.2 that's sharp wide open? Fuji's got it covered at about $900.
  5. How about a 55-200mm f/3.5-4.5 that is also sharp throughout the F and zoom range? Done.
  6.  I watch pros like Zack Arias (http://zackarias.com/blog/) and David Hobby switching to Fuji for good reasons.
  7. Fujifilm's continuing support and firmware updates (bodies and lenses) are exceptional. I just got a major update with more features for a two-yr old body.
  8. I now carry 1/2 the gear and weight. Everything's smaller & lighter.
Of course there are some hitches, like an incomplete (but growing) line of lenses and flashes, functionality that is counter-intuitive for CaNikon DSLR users, the lack of a wrist-wrenching image blurring jolt of the mirror cycling (no mirror in Fuji), etc.. Also, their 60mm macro is only 1:2, not a true 1:1 macro.

The glass is a bit more expensive (the "kit" 18-55mm is about $400) than CaNikon's low-end junk, but I would rather pay a few extra bucks for quality than for over-hyped soft lenses. Fujinon lenses are a bargain at the price. I no longer have to process an image and say "if it were only sharp. Sigh."

I HAVE A LOT OF GOOD NIKON GEAR FOR SALE HERE:
http://columbiamo.craigslist.org/search/sss?userid=200212486


Many steps; one day at a time. More to come...

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