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6 months, 1 week ago 11
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O.K. make believe time!  I just got a gfit of a world tour and I know I can’t take everything I own photographically, just can’t manage it all!  So if I was limited to just 5 lenses, the smallest and most capable I own, which ones would it be?

 

First, which body?  This may seem crazy,  because I don’t even own one, but, it would be the newest Fujifilm X-H1. Why?  Since I’ve not even shot it much?  Only one of my lenses of choice has OIS, so the body would make them all much more hand holdable.

 

So here was my criteria.  I wanted at least one ultrawide lens (21mm), one moderate wide angle (35mm the king of all around lenses), one normal (approx. 50mm equivilent), a fast, but portable, portrait lens (75mm to 85mm), Something that adds a range of longer focal lengths (75-300 equiv.)!

 

The 14mm f 2.8 XF is a fast incredibly sharp 21mm equivilent rectilinear wide angle lens, it’s compact and a fast f 2.8.  It’s also my night photography go to lens!  it is remarkably free of distortion too!!

 

The 23mm f 2 XF is a super sharp, compact 35mm equivalent with f 2 speed and did I mention it’s tack sharp!!!!  The 35mm lens is the choice of most shooters if they had only one lens!

 

The 35mm f 2 XF is a incredibly sharp 50mm equiv. it is a great all rounder!  Just like the 35mm this is a focal elngth that is perfect for so many shots!

 

The 50mm f 2 XF  is among the very sharpest lenses made by Fujifilm. Not only is it very compact but just super, super sharp!  This lens is so sharp, you try to find situtions to use it, it is wonderfully sharp! All of the “Fujicrons”,  our pet name for the f 2 lenses after the Leitz Sumicrons, are of the same legendary quality.

 

Finally, one zoom, the 55-200 f 4.5-5.6 XF  is very compact to be a (75-300 equivilent)!  Why not the 50-140 f 2.8 XF?  Too large, plenty sharp, but doesn’t fit the profile!  Would love for it to be the 100-400 but that would be way to big!!!

 

So, these small lenses and one only slighty large, Would give very complete coverage (21mm to 300mm).

 

So, why not all zooms?  They would be more convienent, but much slower, and the f 2 and f 2.8 lenses will work in lower light!

 

Now, I just need to win that worldwide tour!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

6 months, 1 week ago 6
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The Assistant Pastor at my church and life long friend Gus Clouse, told me Sunday about a new killer burger place he had disovered, so today I took him and my Pastor Weyan McGuire up to Big Bob’s Burgers in London, Kentucky.  Wow, this was one of the very best burgers I’ve ever had, so 5.2 Pickles my highest score!  This burger clicked all the boxes and then some! The great folks at Big Bob’s ddi it up right (below)  You have to heck this place out if you are anywhere near 176 Abbuhl Road in London!

 

 

Left to Right; Tanner Burns, Kenya Hoskins, Stacy Alsip, Bobby Sizemore    ( “Big Bob”the owner ), Crystal Knox, Matt Sizemore and Barbara Sizemore (owner).

 

Until today if I wanted an incredible burger it would have meant going to Coalfax, Washington or Moab, Utah.  Now I’m always less than 15 miles away from a great one!!!

 

Blessings

 

the pilgrim

6 months, 2 weeks ago 6
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In the past few months I’ve had emails and  calls, from friends and readers, asking why I have not written about the X-H1!?  Do I have one? what do I think about it?  Should I buy one?

 

The answer is multi layered.  I do not have one.  What do I think about it?  That’s coming.    Should I buy one?  That’s coming too.

 

Why don’t I have one?  When it was first shown to me, before it was announced by a trusted Fujifilm executive, I had mixed feelings, it was bigger than I like, it was missing the all important, (to me), exposure compensation dial. It had a big information LCD on the top panel instead, which I find little value in. So I was in no rush to get one.  Then Fujifilm loaned Jack one for his trip to Japan in Winter.  Jack is a fantastic shooter and a no nonsense guy about gear, if it helps him make better images he’s in, if it doesn’t ….. he has no interest!  His shots from Japan, especially the stuff in low light that had to be shot hand held, were great, actually stunning!!

 

Then when we went down Route 66 and he got another one loaned to him and we had a chance to really wring it out.  After a week of using it and seeing the results, I have some different opinions.  It is still larger than I would like, but not by much. The grip is the best yet on a Fuji body and it feels great in your (my) hands.  I don’t shoot video so the big improvements in that area are not important to me, but the 5 way IBIS (in body image stabiliztion) is very important to me.  I had the 16-55 f 2.8 lens and sold it becasue as sharp as it was, it did not have image stabilization.  I own all the single focal length fast glass and none of them have it either, except for the 100mm Macro, which I don’t own.  To be able to shoot in low light with those gloriously sharp single focal length lenses and get tack sharp results is a major deal for me.  So I am attempting  to get one.

 

I know what you are thinking, I’m an X-Photographer why can’t you just buy one?  To answer that, I need to brag on Fujifilm.  A lot of people don’t really know what being an X-Photographer means.  Fujifilm identifies people whose work they admire and they offer those people the opportunity to be an X-Photographer.  It is not a paid position, they do not ask you or require you, to only say positive things about fujifilm gear and services, in fact they want you to be honest and they truly listen and make improvements, by firmware and new products from the feedback they get from us.  That is the only reason I said yes when asked to be one!!!

 

The only perks are; 1. You get some inside infomation about new products and often get to test them before they are announced.   2.  From time to time you are invited to speak at events for dealers that sell Fujifilm gear, and they pay you for those speaking engagements.  3.  They have several buying programs where you can purchase gear, when product is available, at a discount over retail pricing, which makes it a little easier to acquire gear.  They list you and show your work on their Pro X-Photographers website.  That’s it.  They do not give you free gear!!!!  I was givens  couple of items for testing them and supplying images that Fujiflm used in brochures and advertisements.

 

Should you buy one?  That depends on how much you need the improvements in this camera over the X-T2/X Pro2.  For me it is all about sharpness!  Here are a couple of amazing images made with the X-H1 at very low shutter speeds!

 

1/4 second @ f 16 Handheld.

 

1/8 second @ f22  –  ISO 100  Handheld

 

1/2 second @ f16  –  ISO 400  Handheld

 

1/4 second @ f11  –  ISO 800  Handheld  (This sold it alone!!!)

 

1/2 second @ f11 – ISO 400  Handheld

 

So G.A.S. wins again!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

6 months, 2 weeks ago 3
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First, I Can Only Imagine, is the story of Bart Millard the lead singer for Mercy Me.  It is the very touching story of his father’s abuse and later acceptance of Christ, it is extrememly well done, and Dennis Quaid who plays his father, delivered an Academy Award performance.

 

 

Paul, Apostle of Christ, is a close to biblical account of the later years of Paul’s life.  Another stunning film that makes the conversion of Paul ever more incredible.

 

I can highly, highly recommend both films!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim