I almost wish I had not impulse-bought from Craigslist an old, used X-Pro1. I almost wish I had stuck with my X-T1 and X70 combo. They did the job. Competently. The X-Pro1 has intruded on my current Fuji setup because I am finding I like it almost too much and I am now reconsidering my gear choices and what I enjoy most about photography.
So here it is four years after its launch, and I now own an X-Pro1. Thank you Craiglist Guy for selling me your camera for $350. This reminds me that I can obsess all I want over the latest and greatest gear at a premium price...or I can wait until the shine is off, the item is a generation or two older, and I can buy it cheaply. This is the same camera that four years ago I watched with envy a Fujifilm promotional video with Zack Arias in India taking stunning images with the new X-Pro1 and I wished at that time I could justify purchasing one. The camera is still just as good (better with firmware!) now as it was then, but at a price easily justified.
|X-Pro1 with 27mm. My favorite combination.|
I have not posted to the blog since I returned from the Peru trip my son. I think Peru broke me. With all the preparation and mental energies spent trying to anticipate the right gear for the right photographic situations so as not to spoil the trip of a lifetime, and then afterwards, all the image sorting and processing and posting, I began to suffer from photo fatigue.
Lake Titicaca, the favorite place name of all middle school boys, was the perfect location to finish our Peru holiday. My son and I spent a glorious sunny day on the lake, visiting a Uros reed island, exploring Taquille Island, and learning about the history and culture from our Amantani Isle guide.
After taking the morning train from Ollantaytambo and a bus transfer in Aguas Callentes, we wound our way higher into the mountains and the cloud layer and reached Machu Picchu, and yes, with the exception of the selfie-taking crowds, it was so worth the trip to stand over this spectacular location. It was also at this point in my nine day Peru trip with my son that I was grateful to have brought with me only a lightweight, minimal X70. With all the walking, hiking, and climbing, my legs were having difficulty supporting my own body weight, let alone a bag full of gear.
Every Sunday night I drive my son to his tennis practice in Providence. Each week, after I deposit the boy, I try to shoot a different spot of the city using a different lens. These pictures were taken one of these nights along South Water Street by the Point Street Bridge. My lens of choice for this evening was the Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8. The timing and the sunset was a bonus.
A couple days ago my combined birthday, Father's Day, and "only if you sell off an older camera" (my wife) present arrived. I had been obsessing over a the X70 in my search for the perfect walkabout and travel camera. B&H Photo listed a used X70 in 9+ condition for a $110 less than new. My fate was sealed.
Rocky Point, once a landmark amusement park fondly remembered by generations of Rhode Islanders closed in 1995, was abandoned, fell into decay, and is now reopened to the public as open space by the shores of Narragansett Bay. Last Saturday morning I visited the park with my Fujifilm X-E1 a 14mm lens, 10 stop ND Filter, and a tripod.
|The old Rocky Point Pier which once lead up to the Shore Dinner Hall|