2016 In my Rear View Mirror

2016 was a rockin’ year!  I received the blessing of a 3rd Grandson which is the grandest of all gifts.  Stock sales, though down in the market overall, I made up for in volume!  What that means is a ot of more work, for basically a small increase in income.  Volume rules at this point; gone are the days of licensing an image for 40 – 50 bucks when anyone can go online and pick up an image for a quarter.  Oh well, such is life.

On another but related note I am now dSLR free.  It’s a double-edge sword and my feelings are torn.  I sold the last of my Nikon gear – being the D800e and a 50mm 1.8 lens.  I am now all in on Fuji with the X series cameras and lenses.  Will I miss those glorious 36 megapixel files?  At times I’m sure I would but in order to have those files, I had to shoot them, and in all honesty, as you can see by the stats I rarely used the camera!

So, here is a re-cap of my 2016 stats, cameras first, then lenses.

  • Nikon D800e:  1,371 keepers
  • Fuji X-T1:  4,117 keepers
  • Fuji X-T2: 4,503 keepers (purchased in September 2016!!)
  • 16mm F1.4: 1,514 keepers
  • 18-55 2.8-4.0 Zoom (my don’t leave home without it lens) 1,489
  • 23mm F1.4: 1,094 keepers
  • 35mm F1.4: 2,256
  • Fuji 55-200 Zoom:  2057 keepers
  • Zeiss 12mm F2.8: 135 keepers.  Most unused lens, but when you need it you need it!

That’s pretty much it for my year. Hears hoping to a profitable, successful and FUN 2017.

Happy New Year

 

 

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A Funny Thing Happened on the way to a Lens Firmware Update

Well, maybe not funny, but interesting from my perspective.  I downloaded into separate folders on my desktop Fuji’s latest firmware updates for my lenses so I’d be ready to run the updates on Saturday morning.  So, here I sit, early morning, coffee in hand, ready to go.

Without giving it much thought how did I decide to install the updates?  Least used lens FIRST; So, here’s my order from least favorite to favorite:  23 1.4,  35 1.4 (though i LOVE this lens),  then the 16mm 1.4, and finally my all-time favorite, don’t leave home without it lens:  the 18-55.

Not a hugely massive post, but I found it interesting how I picked them without even thinking about it!

No Complaints here…The Fuji 55-200

If anyone has any complaints about zooms, especially the 55-200 please take a close look at this image. The bokeh, IMHO is perfect, the color, and oh my the sharpness.  This lens is 1/3rd the price of the 50-140 2.8.  If I had to chose again, I’d still go with the 55-200.  It’s lighter, has a bit more USABLE range, it’s tack freakin’ sharp, and the bokeh is delicious.  Other than the weather sealing there is no equal. With that being said I have used the 55-200 in rain and snow with zero ill-effects.  As I mentioned in a prior post somewhere pre-digital days we went out shooting with the equipment we had. I for one was never, ever worried about my older Minolta cameras. I lived in Alaska for five years and never, ever did ANY of my lenses or cameras failed me.  I still have a Minolta X-E7 that I purchased on February 15th, 1978 ( remember the date because it was my birthday).  And it still works!  I won’t even begin to tell you the abuse that camera has taken!  Including a slight dunking which destroyed the zoom lens– a Soligor 70-300 (who remembers Soligor?);  a can of Coke spilling on it — oh what a gooey mess that was!  Add to that the rain, sleet, snow, ice and extreme cold from working in Alaska.  So to me that whole weather-sealing is just nonsense. Sorry Fuji.

Fuji X-T1, 55-200 @ 172.4mm, F5.6, 1/170th, ISO 400, Velvia, handheld
Fuji X-T1, 55-200 @ 172.4mm, F5.6, 1/170th, ISO 400, Velvia, handheld

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