Testing… Testing…

Just over a year ago I bought a Fuji X-Pro2. At the time I was looking for a camera that was smaller and lighter than the Canon EOS 5D mkIII for days when I was not specifically hunting down trains or doing some macro photography. I tried it out on the trains anyway as part of getting to know the camera. I was so pleased with the results from the Fuji X-Pro2 that I haven’t taken the Canon out trainspotting since! I was using just the 35mm f1.4 lens to start with but in the autumn I added a 55-200mm zoom to the kitbag. You will have seen some of the results from the X-Pro2 in my railway posts.

It’s now Fuji’s Spring Sale and I decided that I would splash some cash on another of Fuji’s cameras. This time it’s the X-100F. This is a smaller camera than the X-Pro2 and is more suited to street photography. It has the same internal sensor and processor as the ‘Pro2 but has a fixed 23mm pancake lens which gives a view equivalent to a 35mm lens on a full frame camera. Today I took it out for a test run. Initial impressions are good although I did notice that there is quite a sharp drop off in depth of field compared with the X-Pro2 even at f8. That’s something I will no doubt get used to and I can see it being a distinct advantage for street work 🙂 Here’s some examples from the first day out – all shots resized for publication.

Using Fuji’s Acros B&W Film Simulation setting in Marylebone Cemetery, this shot has only been slightly cropped and sharpened…
This was a contrajour shot that I’ve cropped significantly to focus the viewer’s attention on the gardener amongst the tombstones…
The camera, like the X-Pro2, has several film simulation settings aimed at digitally recreating the various films that Fujifilm make. This flower bed was shot simulating Velvia which is popular with landscape photographers because of its vibrant colours. I’ve only applied some sharpening to this shot…
In contrast I was lucky to catch one of Southgate Finchley Coaches out on a school run. This time the film simulation is the standard setting which mimics Fujifilm’s Provia stock. It’s a pretty good rendition of the primrose yellow livery…
Finally a quick pop into my church’s graveyard to photo these overgrown tombstones once again on the Acros setting…

Not a bad first few shots, especially with the very harsh lighting. Looking forward to doing some in town photography with the camera later on. Epi had a quick feel of the camera when she came home from work and I think she quite liked it. Might be easier for her to use than the X-E1 that I’ve loaned her 😉

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter Y

Needs to start or end with the letter Y or in the caption “Why” needs to be present

A view of Church End, Finchley……the old Manor Farm Dairy shop on Hendon Lane.

Wingate & Finchley under 23’s take on Hayes & Yeading under 23’s……a photograph captures a moment in the play 🙂

Paul sits at the door ready to go for a fly……taken back in 2010 when he was 5 years old.

Here’s a ‘Y’ at both ends for you……Yelloway 🙂 Yelloway Coaches used to run stage services across the country, often in partnership with other operators. This vehicle was based at Clacton – a very long way from their home in Rochdale. Shared with Premier Travel of Cambridge, this route ceased operating in 1987. Yelloway themselves had been sold by that time to Carlton PSV Sales and by 1990 had disappeared and the famous name seemed lost forever. In 2008, Courtesy Coaches bought the rights to the name. Yelloway now provide coaches for school contracts and for hire – very much like my local Southgate Finchley Coaches 🙂

Caych up with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and other entries Here.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter L

Needs to have at least two syllables…

Litter, or more specifically, Leaf Litter…
Lorry – MAN Heavy duty 8 wheeler in Barcelona…
Ladies – Representing our kit sponsors this season…
Leyland Leopard – a blast from the past. 1970’s coach travel in the UK. The Leyland chassis carries a Duple body.   This is a scan of an old Kodachrome 64 slide taken in August 1978…

Catch up with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Here.