Fujifilm X-T1 + Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4R

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I’ve had a Fuji x100s for a little over a year. I have to say it was one of the best cameras I’ve ever owned! Why? It was compact, stealth, had unrivaled ergonomics, and amazing image quality for a compact camera. In my constant effort to keep up to date, I decided it was time to move to a more mature compact system – a system with interchangeable lenses. I didn’t want to give up the compact form factor nor did I want to lose the stealth characteristics of the x100s. There was really only one choice, the Fujifilm X-T1. I decided to start off with a 23mm f/1.4 (35mm full frame equiv.) lens because that was the same focal length as my x100s. Once my pockets recover, then I will purchase the renowned 56mm f/1.2 (85mm full frame equiv.)

Here are some unboxing pics:

It’s good to see that Amazon FINALLY upgraded their packaging for fragile items!

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What I love about the XT-1 and many of Fuji’s cameras are the use of dials for Exposure Comp, Shutter, and ISO. Aperture is controlled through a traditional aperture ring on the lens!

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I never really thought an adjustable display would be important, but as I gain more experience shooting I think it will be a welcomed feature!

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With the 23mm lens attached.

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And for size comparison, here it is next to my D4s.

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I have several accessories ordered (Rear LCD screen protector, RRS plates, Black Rapid, etc.) Once everything arrives, I hope to be shooting with it this weekend! If time permits, I may even do an IQ test between the D4s and the XT-1!

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Birding

Be prepared for a few, long overdue blog posts! This is the first of many “catch up” posts! Since my last post in January, I have spent a lot of time birding. Most of sites I visited have been in the San Francisco Presidio and around my neighborhood! I’ve been spending some time with my new Nikon D4s and 300mm f/2.8 lens. If you follow my IG, I usually post these shots along with descriptions of the bird and where I shot them.

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Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

My father’s biggest hobby was photography. He was a long-time Nikon shooter with a lot of mid to high end equipment. It’s because of him that I shoot Nikon as well! He taught me a lot about equipment, photography, and one of life’s biggest lessons: buy right the first time!

After he passed away, as a tribute to him and a memento of his passing, I purchased a lens that had been on my wishlist for quite some time. Because of it’s price I never thought I would ever buy it, but I immediately thought that life was too short and to not let my wants and dreams sit idle. I figured it was a perfect gift to myself and a tribute to my dad. It would be something that I will use and cherish.

So there you have it, plain and simple, my Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII:

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The lens comes with an carry case. It can be adjusted so that it can store the lens with a body attached to it:

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Here are some shots with it attached to my D4 and 2x TC.

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Because of it’s size and weight, I bought some Lens Coats to protect it from scratches, dents, and dings.

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I have enjoyed using this lens for America’s Cup, birding, and some motorsport photography. I will post some images in the near future.

USS Hornet (CVS-12)

We have been planning (for years) to visit the USS Hornet docked in Alameda. Even though it’s so close, we always manage to find “something else” to do. The weather was great and we had no plans other than to relax so it was a perfect time to visit. Here are some photos of from our visit…

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I think it’s a pretty well kept secret that they have the best view of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge on top of the flight deck!