So just quick update to my blog about gear. We all know that photography can become very expensive and that you often get a slight case of ”gear addiction” over the years.
We always find a new camera bag for different needs or a new lens or just a complete new camera body that will need a whole new set of lenses again!
I have gone over my share of bags, cameras and lenses and feel i can now finally say honestly what i like to use and what i did like to use and point out some pros and cons about said equippment.
I will keep posting reviews about things i own but that i also liked so much that i can recommend them to other photographers.
It will be everything that you use as a photographer, from Bodies, bags, straps, lenses, you name it. A few upcoming reviews are going to be around a favorite lens of mine the Nikkor Noct 58 mm, and about the Ona bags that i used lately. I spend a lot of time with my Noct after acquiring it and felt i have to make it justice and let people know why i like it so much.
Also an upcoming review will be about the Nikon DF which i also spent a lot of time with this year and that i feel need a new updated review on the internet after all the negative ones i found out there before buying mine. Because if people like me want to give it a chance i want those people to know why i liked it and if they have a similar shooting style to mine why they will also probably like it so much.
It got a lot of flack in the beginning due to the high expectations and the high prietag that people felt was not justified, but now that the dust have settled and the price also have gone down it is indeed one of the better cameras out there if not THE best if you can live with its shortcomings.
So stay tuned for the upcoming reviews and also thoughts about the gear i use or like in the near future!
Midsummers Eve, Sweden Stockholm. Taking my new D810 to the battlefield for this historic event was fun but dangerous. The Swedish Midsummer weather lived up to its usual crappy self, grey rolling rain clouds coming in from every direction. Painting a somber canvas for this celebration.
It turned out to be a really good day though, with happy people coming from all over the world to witness what a Midsummers Eve celebration is all about. Dancing and singing with all the songs that goes with the celebration. Jumping like frogs to ” Little frogs”, riding the carrousel in ” Here is the carrousel” to clapping and stomping in the ”Rocket” as the final song closing the festivities around the Midsummers pole.
So, after owning the Fuji X-T1 now for over a year i feel like i have a pretty good idea of what i like and what i do not like with this camera.
Like with most of my other gear i really like this product or i would not own or use it.
Still i can be objective enough to point out what i really like and what i do not like or what could have been done better in my opinion.
I bought this as a capable travel camera or a decent backup to my D700. What i did not realize when i first bought it was how much i would use it or how much it would become a really competent backup for my D700 on many occasions.
One of the other main reasons for buying it was also the weight which after using the D700 on my travels had become a real issue for me lately. I hated dragging around my D700 with lenses all over the place. It did produce great pictures but sometimes i just could not justify bringing it after all the pain i had to go through dragging it along.
Taking the X-T1 with a few lenses was such a difference and something that really made me happy when i traveled together with it the first time. Secondly the images that comes out of the X-T1 are great. So not only did it spare my body but also produced some great looking pictures and left me completely satisfied with taking that instead of my D700.
After my first vacation with it i started using it more and more back home as well, taking it to trips and using it as a backup for my D700 for real.
I also found that i wanted to pick it up more and more which for me is a very important thing. After all if you do not get inspired by your camera you do not get motivated to take pictures either.
I love the retro feel of it, and the layout of the wheels and buttons feel great using in my opinion. I was a bit worried about the size of it first as the D700 feels great in the hand when shooting. But the X-T1 have avery solid feel to it although smaller and with the lenses which are all amazing it feels really well balanced.
The build quality of it is as good as it gets as well. Weather sealed and just a really solid feel to it.
I mentioned the image quality and lenses. And all i can say it neither disappoints . The image quality is really nice, and rarely do i feel like i have to use my D700 with lenses to be satisfied any longer. The build quality and the images that the Fuji lenses produce are amazing. The lenses i own or have owned are the 18-55 and 10-24 zooms, the 23, 35, 56 primes. And they are ALL great lenses but with the 23 and the 56 being my favorites of the bunch.
So what is the downside with this camera then? Well, many have complained about the AF and the conversion of images using Raw converters etc.
I can begin with the AF and adress that. Sure, the AF is not as snappy and accurate as my D700. When i want to shoot something fast or use it for sports etc i do not use this camera.
Still its perfectly capable of shooting ordinary day to day events without any sort of problem in my opinion. Also now after Fujis new Firmware update ( writing this the 23/5-15) they have adressed some of the issues with the AF and some of the problems might have been solved. Even so its pretty good as it is.
Also about the Raw conversion using Lightroom for example as i do. I do not have any issues. I used to have some with my older Fuji X20. There i did see those problems especially in nature shots or images where i had grass or trees etc. However on the X-T1 i don’t.
The rangefinder is also great in my opinion. And i have no issues with it.
Something else to consider when buying this camera though is the lack of flash. It does not have an inbuilt flash, nor does the Fuji system ( as of now) offer any really good TTL flashes that compares to my CLS system i use for my Nikon. I did get a few Cactus triggers etc but i found it pretty clunky to use them together with my Nikon flashes and if you do you can only go manual and no TTL. I own the Fuji e-42 which has TTL and it is ok as a travel flash to get some fill flash on occasions, or save you in a tight spot. But if i want to do anything studio i am not using my X-T1 for that. So that is also something to consider.
For me using the Nikon DF now also as a backup to my D700, the X-t1 fills a really good spot as a capable fun travel companion and also as a good day to day camera that never disappoints .
I would recommend it to anyone that needs a great small camera that will give you amazing pictures and that you can take with you without breaking your back.
If you have the money to spend for it and the lenses( which are expensive! ) go get it.
Hej!( means Hi !)
So, i guess this is quite historic in some ways, me writing my first page on my very own blog on my very own site!
So far i have absolutely no readers here though, but sometimes talking to myself is quite nice .
I just thought it would be prudent to kick things off somehow, and i might as well start tonight.
This site is still under construction and it still has a lot of work to be where i want it to be. I might have more categories and more topics in the menu etc. Some things i am still not happy about is the cropping of my images in the slideshow. It keeps making the images in standing format huge and dissapear up top!
But hey, calm down( not sure who i said that to by the way…), but we will get there eventually. Rome was not built in one day etc.
And Paris was not either( i think im setting myself up here, where is this going? ), which leads me to the reason i thought id start this blogg tonight.
Because in a few weeks i am going back to Paris on a few days vacation. And i will bring some equippment to try and shoot as much as possible.
So hopefully we can get some nice spring images from Paris on the site in the near future.
I was there not too long ago, like 2 months ago. But this time i am traveling not only with my wife but with one of ours kids as well.
So the trip WILL be a little different this time around. For one thing we are going to EuroDisney, which i am not sure i am THAT excited about.
But im excited for our daughter, who will be delighted i am sure! And to be honest that might actually contribute to a lot of nice opportunities for taking photos.
So , first off. Congratulations to myself for finally setting up this site and take another step for mankin….err for myself in my own photograhic journey. I hope people at some point will come here and comment some photos but also can be helped from some of the reviews i will try and write in the future. Who knows. I am just happy i started this in the end and that i hopefully got a nice forum to show what i am doing and hope someone might get inspired from it and i can get some inspiration from them.
So ”skål” as we say in Swedish, and i will post an update regarding Paris and something else in the near future!
/Over and out.
So, this will be my first review on my new website. And im going to dedicate that to my ”old friend” the Nikon D700.
First off, i am going to say that i am not a proffesional reviewer or the kind of photographer that is pixel peeping or get stuck too much in the technical domain of photography. My reviews will come from the heart and from my personal experiences and thoughts of the equippment i have used over the years as a photographer.
The D700 was my first ”real” step into the new world of digital photography. I had used compacts as the Lx3 and similar cameras but never really experienced a proper replacement for my analoge Nikon F100 that i loved shooting with.
I did shoot with a Eos D30 at one point and even if that was a pretty good camera the image quality and handling comes nowhere near what the D700 stands for in my opinion.
When i first saw the images that the D700 produced i for the first time started to realize that i could leave my old film gear behind and start a new chapter in my image making.
I loved the character to the images and files. And i also loved the robust solid feeling of the D700. I started building my gearpark around it and still to this day shoot with it as my main body. I have not found a decent replacement for the D700 yet, and as a matter of fact i have not really needed one for the type of photography i do to this day.
Rarely have i found that it lacks anything. Although i can agree with that a higher amount of megapixels would not harm it in anyway. I have done a few assignments were i felt cropping the images or enlarging them in the end abit more would have been a nice possibility. But 99% of the time i have been satisfied with everything it delivers.
I use CLS( creative lighting system) together with the inbuild flash a lot so that for me was a big plus as well when buying it.
And the ability to use the camera as the commander that way gives you so much creative ability.
Besides the D700 i use a Nikon DF and a Fuji X-T1 as backups. But for all my professional work i use the D700 as my main everytime. It is just so reliable.
Thus far none of the camera bodies on the market intrests me or make me want to trade the D700 for it. The AF is just too good, and its lowlight capabilities together with its ergonomics and handling makes it the best body out there still even though its an old camera by todays standards and the lacking in megapixels.
So, for me it will always be the camera that made me go digital and have a special place in the history of my photographic journey…