The Fujifilm X-Pro 2 as of late, has been my favorite camera to use for incidental photography. I kind of just leave it around so it’s very accessible, near the front door or wherever and grab it whenever I go outside. Aside from my X100F, it’s become my grab it and go camera with the advantage of swapping lenses depending on the mood I’m in.
In the very little free time I have these days, I’ve been still trying to go out and shoot at least on the weekends or between jobs. Finding time to actually process the photos is a whole different story.
For this set my wife and our little one took a stroll down to Santa Monica with my Sony A7rII and a Helios 44M-2.
These last few years it seems like it’s been one wedding after the next. They’re usually pretty fun, but always a challenge with the little one, except maybe this wedding – this one was awesome.
I’ve recently acquired a new addiction to vintage lenses after have too much fun shooting with some Leica M mount lenses and some old M42 mount lenses.
One of the more interesting vintage lenses is the Russian made M42 mount Industar 50mm f3.5 pancake lens.
The Industar has won lots of praise over the decades and people really seem to love it.
So is the lens good?
The X100F is Fujifilm’s new masterpiece and the fourth addition to the famous x100 line of cameras. The X100F seems to have taken the biggest step forward of any of the X100 camera upgrades with a new 24MP sensor and new battery for improved life and performance. Not only that but the X100F is also a autofocusing beast.
It’s what I consider the most versatile fixed lens camera money can buy and a street photographers dream come true.
I decided to sell my Sony A6300, but before I could let it go, I had to take it out one final Voyage. So I adapted my 1980s Helios 44M and headed to the long beach aquarium with my family.
I pulled out my ol Sony A7rII again. I had to take a break from it for awhile and focus on some of my Fujifilm lens reviews. You know, I never did a full review on the Sony A7r II. Weird right? But there is a good reason . . . I don’t really love it. And because I don’t love it, it’s hard for me to get excited enough about it to spend the time reviewing it. It’s almost a super cool camera, almost, but there are a few things that really bother me.
I’m by no means a professional studio photographer and come to find out, you don’t have to be to get some great shots. So ignore the ego of most photographers, this is actually pretty easy if you already have a decent understanding of photography and lighting. The Photoshop is the hardest part.
So for those that have no idea how this works, I’ll share with you a little on what I do, my gear and how I’ve set it up.
Traveling to Tokyo from California is always great for the first few days because it’s very easy to wake up for the sunrise. I don’t typically wake up until 10am since my lifestyle of working as an editor for an ad agency has made me completely nocturnal. So when you factor in the time difference between California and Tokyo, sleeping in until 5am is perfect for me.
The Fujifilm 35mm f2 R WR lens is one of those lenses that you can just fall in love with almost immediately. It’s small, fairly inexpensive and produces some really nice image quality. But more than that, it’s got character.
Although the Fujinon 35mm f2 is by no means perfect, the lens is priced in such a way that many of its flaws can be forgiven. It’s also incredibly durable, making this lens my first choice for anyone looking to jump into some primes.