A few days ago my grandson wanted to travel to DC and see the White House since he had been studying about it in school.
Fuji X-T1, 55-200 lens, 1/40th @F11, tripod, Remote, ISO 200, with 77mm Singh-Ray Polarizer
To reflect the fact that all the Nikon gear except the flashes are now gone to new homes. Kind of scary actually — knowing I can’t grab that 36mp monster – the D800 – anymore, or my absolute tack-sharp, clear, beautiful and heavy 70-200 2.8 VR1 lens.
I just picked up the Fuji 23mm 1.4 yesterday as I wanted something a little wider than my 35 1.4, but less wide than the Zeiss 12mm. It was a difficult choice between the 23 and the new 16 but I felt the 16 was a bit too heavy and too wide for my taste.
Well, the Nikon D800 is on it’s way to it’s new home. That was my last Nikon body. I am keeping both Nikon flash units because I’m certain they will work with some flash triggers and the Fuji. My 18-35G series, less than two year old lens has been acquired by one of my kids for use on my old D700 body, and the less than six month old 50mm 1.8G she will probably get as well unless I sell it.
This pretty much empties the Nikon closet for me. Now it’s all Fuji or nothing. In a way I knew this day would come ever since I got my first Fuji – the X-E1 back in early 2013 together with the 18-55 lens and the 35mm 1.4.
The X-T1 came along in 2014 and I just fell in love with the handling, the files, and most of all putting the fun back into picture-taking even though I shoot for stock most of the times. One of the best two features I’ve found? 1. the viewfinder: It’s incredible; you can see what your image will look like before snapping the shutter! and then make necessary adjustments. I wasn’t much of a chimper before and even less of one now. 2. The film modes. Even though I always shoot in jpeg+raw (except for odd miscellaneous family stuff) I find that setting the film mode in camera, then upon upload into LR I run the correct profile I’ve created on the raw files, truly generates some sweet looking raw files as well as jpegs.
In less than three weeks I’ll be heading out for a major stock shooting business trip. I expect to come with with many, many images. Well, consider this: based on the number and size of SD cards I have in m PocketRocket, I can shoot 8,280 images, jpeg+raw, before I have to reload. Sweet huh?
A few years ago I was out in the Southwest and came back with 11,250 images over eight days. If you double up because of the jpeg+raw I came back with 22,500 total images.
Enough jabbering for tonight. I’m hoping to at least start separating some gear and packing it to see how it’s all gonna fit. Should be much easier now that the D800 and lenses won’t be going with me. But we’ll see as I anticipate using the gear a few more times before I leave.
In closing I leave you for now with an image of one of my favorite subjects: Lobster Floats