And The Bells Were Ringing Out

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Well, this is no Fairytale of New York, but still, Xmas is Xmas, and it’s a dysfunctionally fun time for most of us.

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Lots of travelling to and from, entertaining guests, drinking, eating and, taking photos of course.

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Except, I didn’t. There is plenty going on and the camera saw the light of day maybe twice, and that was that.

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Until last night. Sasha got a new Sony NEX 3n for Xmas, plus a legacy lens or two to get started with, so we decided to take a few pictures (whilst watching a film – One Direction – WTF?!).

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It was fun. Isn’t that the point? Doesn’t matter if the images are perfect or not, in terms of composition, framing, WB and all that Jazz, let’s keep it simple for now.

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Sasha makes a fab model, and takes some pretty awesome shots herself, despite having no AF lens at her disposal, which is probably a great way to start IMHO.

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Occasionally simplicity can get lost in translation and around then it can go from fun to pixel peeping and gear obsession.

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As I well know……….


……and so do you.



When Lacking Inspiration

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…..Break out the macro lens!

It’s been discussed, winter can be rough, portraitblography speaking. The weather is not conducive, the kids are glued to the tele like zombies, or trying to kill each other, and I don’t shoot sport.

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Macro lenses can be a lot of fun in such times, as you can shoot petals, bugs, lettering on tea mugs, keys and bits off the Xmas tree and it can all be made ‘arty’.

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Today, kid free, after the shopping and various other chores had been accomplished I thought I would give the Fuji 60mm f2.8 macro another shot.

I opened it a week or so ago, and put it back in the box, in the packaging and out of my sight within about five minutes.

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That being roughly the amount of time it took to lock focus……for one shot.

Ordinarily macro lenses double up as excellent portrait lenses, the Sigma 105mm 2.8 being my favourite to date, they are sharp, contrasty, versatile. And sloooooow.

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The Fuji isn’t slow, its paraplegic.

I’m not complaining about the IQ, its pretty Fuji wooji, but after reading on ‘THE’ forum that a noticeable improvement in speed had been affected via firmware I thought WOW, let’s check it out.

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Er, noticeable improvement? Where? To whom?

Still, I got ONE portrait from it, showing the Fuji Wooji I LOVE!

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All That Glitters…..

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You know the saying, Merchants of Venice, and, prior to Shakespeare, some French theologian (Bob or Alan somebody), Chaucer etc. But for me Dryden put it most plainly:

For you may palm upon us new for old:

All, as they say, that glitters, is not


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But it still glitters does it not?

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Ok. I dedicated myself to camp Fuji, and happy here I remain, but there is the glittering  of new products in the X lineup.

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Enter the Fuji XE2 (in the refurb shop, I don’t ‘do’ new’) damn good price with a lens ive been lusting after attached to said price.


How could I resist?

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So, I listed the XPro on FleaBay and ordered the XE2. The Pro struggled to sell, it is after all an ‘old’ model (huh hmm, not even two years) but finally a buyer emerged, paid the price and the deal was done.

Now, I spend MANY days waiting in for deliveries, cameras, xmas pressies, general shit. BORING!

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I waited. I had heard tremendous things about the XE2 in comparison to the XPro and XE1, I was pretty stoked to get one at such a good price.I packaged up the XPro and Chris went off to the PO to send it on its merry way to a happy new owner.

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That lasted five minutes or less. The XE2 had arrived in the interim. The lens thudded away on the camera body, the EVF froze between focus and confirmation and sporadic error messages kept appearing. A panicked call to the OH to save my XPro from the PO ensued and even though it had already been ‘sent’ he was able to get it back for me (thank f@@k for  village post office stores).

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The end to this glitteting tale: The XE2, im sure, an awesome upgrade to the XE1 and XPro, but a dodgy unit gave me pause. MY XPro performs almost flawlessly. I need not an upgrase right now. I can buy said lens separately and miss nothing. Sure, the extra features would be nice, but not deal breakers in any respect (hey, the XE2 is no D800) it still takes DAMN good pictures……………

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…….depending on whose hands it’s in.

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No, he isn’t mine, he is my nephew’s new (first) pup, and actually his name is Benji.

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But, one of the kids must’ve misheard and Spongey rolls of the tongue with greater ease!

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Anyhoo – welcome to the Klan little fella.

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