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CANON, ROKINON CAMERA GEAR SALE

‘ve decided to move to the Fuji X-Pro 2 and maybe in the near future the Fuji XT-2 (depending on specs) for my setup so I’m selling all my Canon Gear and extra Fuji gear I’ll no longer be using.  It’s all in very good shape, some equipment used more than others and some almost brand new. Here is your chance to get some great equipment and discounted prices.  Items will be removed when sold.

Contact me if interested in any of this equipment

  • Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Flash Transmitter – $40
    • Like New
    • Took it out of box to test – Only used for testing

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Contact me if interested in any of this equipment

Posted in Canon 5D Mk III, Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM, Canon EF 2X Extender II, Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM, Sigma Also tagged , , , , |

A Fuji X100T View of New York City

I had the opportunity to visit New York City on business back in October of this year. Since I was staying over on a weekend my wife decided to head out for the weekend and do her first visit to The Big Apple! We didn’t try to do everything but just get a flavor of the city for my wife’s first trip to NYC. I didn’t want to carry around a bunch of equipment with me, but just have a small portable camera to capture some details of the city and get good quality images I could post process if needed and also transfer some to Instagram while walking around the city.

The Fujifilm X100T fit the bill. It’s has a 23mm f/2 fixed lens (35mm full frame equivalent) but a fantastic APS-C 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor. It has some great low light, high ISO performance and since the viewfinder and menu system are much the same as my Fujifilm X-T1 it was second nature to use.

Fujifilm X100T

Fujifilm X100T

Since this trip, it’s my go to camera when I’m just heading out for a quick trip and hanging out with friends. I don’t have to think about what lens to bring because it’s already been decided. Creatively this now frees my mind to decide on the composition. Are there times I miss having a telephoto zoom or a wide-angle?  Yes there are, but then I find another composition and that thought about “I should have brought my other camera” goes away. I did use the pano feature while I was at the Top of the Rock to capture a city view so while it has a fixed lens the pano is a sort of stop gap for capturing a wide angle view if needed.

Are there quirks with the camera? Yes there are but I’ll go over my likes and dislike in a future post. In the meantime, here a gallery of images from my NYC trip. Click on an image and you can view it in large image slideshow view!

All images process from Fuji RAW Files in Photoshop Lightroom CC using VSCO Film packs.

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Splish Splash!

I’ve been building up an expedition vehicle to take myself and tour guests up into the back country. I started with a 2006 Toyota 4Runner and added some suspension components, larger wheels, all-terrain tires and skid plates underneath. This weekend I joined up with Chris Nitz, The Photo Frontier to take the 4Runner out on its maiden voyage into the Umcompahgre Wilderness down in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. It’s probably my favorite area of the state.

I took this opportunity to visit some places I’ve never visited before and to see if some of these locations might be viable for upcoming tours. These trails took us to some of the most amazing views Colorado has to offer. The vehicle was packed tight with not only photo gear, but with tents, luggage and some recovery gear just in case we ran into some trouble. Luckily for us we didn’t run into any trouble and the 4Runner handles some fairly rough terrain with ease. The 4Runner got a little dirty so we decided to give it a little bath while out on the trail in Governor Basin.

Toyota 4Runner taking a bath in Governor Basin, Colorado

Toyota 4Runner taking a bath in Governor Basin, Colorado

This weekend was about exploration, making good friendships even better and creating memorable experiences all while experience Colorful Colorado! We exceeded limits we never thought we could and also experience others pushing themselves to the limit of the human spirit (The running of the Hard Rock 100 was happening while we were out exploring the trails).

I’ll have more on the 4Runner build in a future post for those who are interested.  Have a great week!

Capture Notes:

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Milky Way | Miles City, Montana

I did a quick trip up to see my wife’s family this week in Eastern Montana.  I didn’t have a lot of time to explore, but did get out this past weekend during a new moon and captured the Milky Way out on Strawberry Hill just outside of Miles City, Montana.  It was a perfect evening with the exception of the ravenous mosquitos.  The night sky was clear and the stars were plentiful.

I decided to give my Fuji a quick test to see how it would perform and I’ll have to say I give it a thumbs up.  I had some issues with the EVF that I’ll have to figure out, but overall the sensor performed better than expected.  I haven’t had a chance to process all my files or my 5D Mark III files, but home to compare them here shortly.

I just had my Fuji XF18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS kit lens and it was perfect for some astrophotography. I had it set at f/2.8 at 18mm and made for a perfect shot. The new Sunwayfoto L-bracket was perfect for this event and fired the camera using the remote shutter application via my iPhone to control the camera.

Here’s the image.  I did process the raw using Capture One Pro. I’ve found that the processing engine is much better with the Fuji Raws versus Lightroom. The images are much sharper and cleaner when processed using Capture One Pro.  I do a lens profile adjustment, white balance mostly and then export them into a 16-bit tiff file for import into Lightroom where I’ll do all my keyword tagging and final adjustments for the image.  I did use David Kingham’s Night Photography presets for this image.

Milky Way on top of Strawberry Hill outside of Miles City, Montanta

Milky Way on top of Strawberry Hill, Miles City Montanta | Click to View Large

Capture Notes:

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Sunwayfoto PFL-XT1R Dedicated L plate for Fujifilm X-T1

I have been looking for an affordable L-Bracket for my Fuji X-T1.  The L-Bracket had to be Arca-Swiss compatible to fit on my Really Right Stuff Tripod heads.  I know that Really Right Stuff has one and I can count on it to fit, but I just couldn’t justify to myself to spend $135 for an L-Bracket. I went off looking for a cheaper solution. I first went with the cheapest option via Amazon.com and ordered the Neewer L-Bracket for $40.  It worked, but the fit wasn’t quite there and you couldn’t open up the battery door so I sent it back.

I’ve seen some positive things with Sunwayfoto’s products so I decided to give them a try.  They were a little more expensive and got this Sunwayfoto PFL-XT1R Dedicated L plate for Fujifilm X-T1  for $59 via B&H.  The product came nicely packaged all in foam cutouts that fit the product so it wouldn’t get damaged during shipping.

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It came with a nice bag filled with the bolts to mount the L-Bracket and also the bolts for mounting the side bracket to the bottom bracket and all the various sized allen wrenches to go along with the different size bolts.  It’s probably best to keep them in the pouch in a safe place so you don’t lose them.

The bottom bracket has a great fit to the bottom of the Fuji-X-T1 and the side bracket fits snugly on as well. The product is nicely machined and precise. I didn’t see any major gaps with the fit of the bracket or its side mount.  Quite surprisingly even though it looks heavy it doesn’t add that much more weight and feels good in the hand.

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The bracket is mounted with an add-on metal grip that is an extension to the existing hand grip. It is metal and it feels good in the hand. I wonder if this will change with temperature extremes so I’m leery that it won’t feel as nice in cold or very hot weather. It might be nice if this was coated like the hand grip on the X-T1, but as it stands it’s a good feel.

The bottom has an opening for the battery door and unlike the Neewer, it does open without issue.  You can also see from the below image that if you don’t want the metal grip extension, it can be removed with the included allen wrench.  There are 3 bolts holding it on.

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The one concern with this bracket is access to the side door. I was not able to pry the side door open with my fingers and had to use the small allen wrench to pop it open. I don’t think this is a deal breaker.  The door does open fine once you can get to it. I can tell though that if you plan to use a cable release on the side and want to shoot vertical, it will not work, but I think even the Really Right Stuff bracket has the same issue and so some type of extension would have to be engineered.  Luckily the Fuji has remote firing tools so I can just use my iPhone to trigger the camera.

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 The bracket is Arca Swiss compatible so it fits perfectly on my Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball-head both in horizontally and vertically.  It also is marked nicely for center reference as shown below.

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The tilt out screen also tilts in and out with no issues.  It is a little tight to get it flipped open but I had no issues working with the screen.

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 Overall I give this a 4 out of 5.  If you are looking to spend a little less money on a Arca-Swiss L-Bracket I recommend Sunwayfoto! I have been eyeing their panorama gear and may try that next.

Positives:

  • Price – Less than 1/2 of the RRS L-Bracket
  • Fit and Finish
  • Weight
  • Packaging
  • Battery Door and Side Doors Open

Negatives:

  • Side Door – Can’t get it open with my fingers
  • Side Bracket – will not work in vertical mode with cable shutter release

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