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1 month, 4 weeks ago 5
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I am celebrating 7 great years as a Fujifilm X Series shooter.  Before that I was a 40 year Nikon shooter.  I still love Nikon and my friends that work there, or did, and lots and lots of clients.  The short history of the change; I had shoulder surgery and was left with long two year recovery.  During that two years I found that I couldn’t carry the big full frame cameras and lenses anymore, comfortably.  I picked up a Fuji X-10 because it was a high quality, compact pocket camera and fell in love.  It was the perfect fit for a guy that couldn’t even consider carrying a camera bag.  I soon had the X-E1 and the race was off.  I currently use the X-H1, X-T2 and a X-Pro2 and a ton of lenses though they are not all on my person at any particular time.

 

I wouldn’t shoot anything else and here is why:

 

 

Fujifilm cameras have color like no other camera I’ve ever used or experienced.  Often called ” Fuji Color”, it is just something special, I can’t go back now!!!!

 

 

The lenses are among the very best glass I’ve ever used.  Most manufacturers will have a handful of truly spectacular, legendarily sharp lenses, virtually all of Fuji’s are!

 

 

My best friend shoots with them!  Jack and I both really love the gear and being X-Photographers!  ….and we’re not really this serious!  So does my other best friend, Jim Haverstock!

 

 

Even the 18-135 is superbly sharp, being a 28-200 supr zoomthat is really amazing!

 

 

I can now carry more gear in a smaller sapce and with about half the weight.  But in a Think Tank rolling bag!

 

 

The fast portrait lenses make even a hack like me a decent portrait guy!  60mm Macro f 2.4, 50mm f 2, 56mm f 1.2.

 

 

The system features two of the very best telephoto zoom lenses available today, the 50-140 f 2.8 and the 100-400 f 4.5-5.6.

 

 

The system has two spectacular Macro lenses the 60mm Macro  f 2.4 and the new 80mm Macro f 2,8.  Wish they had a 120mm, but hey, “You can’t always get what you want….”

 

 

The ACROS film simulation is incredible for Monochrome lovers!

 

 

The Fujifilm bodies play very nice with adapted lenses, (The Nikon 200mm Macro IF-ED.

 

 

Finally…it’s just so much fun to shoot with!!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

 

2 months ago 13
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I’ve spent another several hours watching coverage of the Texas school shooting. lots of reporters and “experts” wringing their hands and asking why, and no one will say it.  This is the truth no one wants to admit.

 

I will:

 

  1.  There is evil in the world and it drives people to do unspeakable acts of cruelty.  No sane person would do these kinds of things if they had a connection to a loving family, a knowlege that God loves them and friends that can encourage them.  When this happens, pure evil has taken over. We have walked away from faith in America and we are reaping the reward.  It was faith that gave us,  “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” tell me what’s wrong with that??!!  Would  anyone trying to live by that shoot someone?

 

2.  Anyone that plays hours of violent video games is suceptable to this kind of behavior.  Not every person that plays war games turns up becoming a murderer, but some do!  As a society we have to examine the dangers of this kind of mind altering recreation. We can’t devalue life.  Oh wait we have, millions of unborn lives murdered by abortion!

 

3.  We have to use more aggresive measures to protect our children while in school.  Metal detectors, protective guards and vigilent administrators and teachers that watch the behavior of possible problem kids.  The Parkland shooter has bee identified as a danger numersous times, but yet, he still commited his crimes.  Why and where did the system break down. We have to find out and fix it!!!!

 

4. Sadly gun control is not the answer, guns don’t kill people, people do. If we take away one method they, (the evil in society), will find another method. Carefully used, guns can help stop or reduce the deaths by mass shootings.  Yesterday an Indiana school guard shot a student before he had the chance to harm anyone.  You didn’t hear anything about that on the main stream media.  It doesn’t fit their naratve.

 

I am going to get a lot of hate responses on this one, but the truth hurts, those that agree, please chime in and add your part of the solution too!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 months ago 2
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I purchaed a Fujifilm X-H1 so I don’t need two X-T2 bodies, so I’m selling my back-up body that has far less frames on it.  Why not keep the back-up? Because Fujifilm gave all X-Photogprahers a X-T2 with our names as the serial number, can’t part with that one, though I’ve shot it a lot, lot more!

 

Here is the deal, first email saying I want this camera gets it.

 

It is a Fujifilm X-T2 with low frames, like new it includes a thumb rest, battery drive (3- batteries), a Really Right Stuff custom L bracket, and a Peak Design strap connectors and a $ Elk skin Wapiti strap.

 

Amazon price for body and Vertical Battery Grip is $2,029.

Really Right Stuff L Bracket is $175.00

Elk Skin Wapiti strap and Pak design connectors $58.

Custon Thumb Rest  $59.

 

Total New Price:    $2,321.  My Firm Price  $1,200.

I take credit cards,

 

First email to billfortney@earthlink.net gets it.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

2 months, 2 weeks ago 12
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I just took delivery of my new Fujjifilm X-H1 on Tuesday of last week and shot it exclusively at the SmokiesWorkshop.  Now some thoughts.

 

Should you buy one?

 

Yes, IF, you shoot in low light and need to be able to handhold at very low shutter speeds.  To my shock I was able to get tack sharp images in shuter speeds as low as 1/2 second!!!!  First gave me low noise at speeds like 6400 and now this!  It’s a game changer!

 

Yes, IF, you shoot video and want the most capable video camera yet from Fujifilm, this is the one.

 

Yes, IF,  you have a need for a camera that is very, very, very quiet, I’ve never hear any one any quieter.

 

Not Necessarily, IF, you’re looking for more image quality than your X-T2 or X-PRO 2.  Same sensor, same processor, same wonderful quality but not better, except for the 5 stop IBIS.

 

No, IF, you want the smallest possible body.  It is not much larger and  heavier than the X-T2, but it is larger and heavier.  For me it is not a big deal, in fact I like the slightly increased heft and build quality, but, your milage may vary.

 

 

CONCLUSION:   The X-H1 is a tour de force, very well built, smooth as silk in operation and the same great image quality we’ve come to love from the other 24 mega pixel Fujifilm cameras.

 

So, should you buy one?  That’s up to you, but if you do, my prediction is, you’ll love it!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim