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6 months ago 6

 

Today Fuji announced the new X30 which replaces the X20, which before that, replaced the X10, and all this has happened in only a couple of years!  Does it appear to be a good camera?  You bet, I started my love affair with Fuji with an X10.  It was so good that I made a huge decision based on the care Fuji put into that camera!  Of course they didn’t stop there and soon released the X Series with APS-C size sensor and the improvement in quality was enormous.  That’s an interesting story, but it does not answer the question, will I buy this camera?  No.  Before you get the wrong idea, I love the idea of what they did with this camera.  It is a great leap up from the original X10 and yet keeps all the best things about that first model.  So why will I not add it to my system?

 

It appears the camera is going to come in a little under $700. and for $1,295. (which is a lot more),  you can buy the Fuji X100s which is an awesome camera in every way!  Now $600. is a lot of money, but consider this;  You can only practically own a few cameras if you intend to carry them, and if you don’t carry them, they are collectibles, not a photographer’s tool!  If you have a budget of only $700. I would order one today, but if you can stretch it a little the X100s is a lot more capable.  The X30 has a excellent zoom, advantage X30.  The X100s has an APS-C size sensor which is a lot larger than the 2/3″ sensor in the X30, advantage X100s.  The X30 is smaller, not a lot, but smaller, advantage X30.  The X100s has both an excellent optical viewfinder and electronic finder as well, the X30 only an electronic finder.  Advantage X100s!

 

We could go on, but the answer is simple, buy what you need, nothing more, nothing less!  My guess is you will be a very happy camper either way!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

6 months, 1 week ago 2

 

 

Our group has been having a wonderful time, fellowshipping and shooting a great variety of subject matter!  It has been even more fun that we expected!!  This is very talented group of shooters and great folks, please enjoy some of the kinds of subjetys we have been  able to shoot!

 

 

One of my favorite stops was the turn of the century (1900′s!!!) pharmacy at the Kentucky Fudge Factory, more on that location later, it was fantastic and in downtown Harrodsburg!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

6 months, 2 weeks ago 8

 

Tomorrow I’m headed up to Shaker Village for what can best be called a family reunion.  The folks that are coming to Shaker to join Jim and I are, in effect, family!  We started a program to reward attendees that had attended four or more workshops, kind of a thank you and incentive program.   What we never realized was that these people would transition from being great “customers” to being “truly great friends”!  We got to know them as people, not just students!  Over the years I’ve come to realize just how much our brothers and sisters in Christ and friends mean to us.  God’s greatest gifts are the people he places in our lives.  Nothing trumps the value of family and friends!

 

For the next few days I will try to get off some blog entries, but if I miss a day or two, please forgive me, I’ve got something more important to do, love on the great gifts God has allowed me to enjoy and make sure they know how thankful I am for them!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

6 months, 2 weeks ago 11

My good friend Sam Garcia sent me this sign, this morning, I love it!  So some thoughts on retirement.  Notice it doesn’t say, DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING!  I have to do all kinds of things, but not because someone is blackmailing me with my job!  Employees have to do what their employer says must be done, retired folks do what they desire to do.  When Sherelene gives me a “Honey do list”,  I want to help her, after all she has worked hard with for our family and allowed me to follow my dreams!
Retirement is not stopping working, it’s starting working on the things you want to work on!

 

I’m on the road almost as much as when I was working a full time job.  That suits me fine, I think sitting down and waiting to die would not be near as much fun!  Serving God can’t be accomplished from the couch!  I have to say this is the grandest adventure of life!  Hard work for Him is play!

 

Now some photography suggestions:

 

1.  Buy one camera that you will always keep with you!  May I suggest something like the Fuji X100s.  It is the single most impressive camera I’ve ever shot and being limited to a single focal length of 23mm (35mm equiv.) at f 2 speed.  It excels at low noise at high ISO, the lens is ridiculously sharp and it is quiet as a church mouse!  Of course other alternatives exist, but pick one, it will change the way you photograph forever.

 

 

2.  Sign up for KelbyOne, the opportunity to learn more than you ever imagined is there!  And may I shamelessly suggest taking a His Light or Jack Graham Workshops as well!

 


 

3.  Give up all pretense.  Embrace, cherish and love our craft!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim