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1 year, 2 months ago 13




The much anticipated Fuji X-PRO 2 is now a reality, the full production cameras will be delivered sometime in March, according to the latest word from Fuji, but I will have a nearly, fully production model with the latest firmware in my hands tomorrow!  I had the chance to play with one for a while at Photo Pro Expo this past weekend and was very impressed with the build quality feel, wonderful hybrid viewfinder and appearance of this flagship camera from Fuji.  Nick Coury shot a few images of me while I was on stage at 12,800 ISO and they looked fantastic, (not me, the image quality)!!!


So for those of you out t here that read my blog and are into Fuji, here is what I plan to do with the camera when  it arrives;


1.  Do a comparison test between the Fuji X-PRO 2 and the current  Fuji X-T comparison of the 24.3 mega pixel X-Trans sensor III with the current 16 mega pixel  X-trans II sensor for resolution and detail.


2.  Do a comparison test between the Fuji X-PRO 2 and the current  Fuji X-T1  for high ISO performance.


3.  Compare the current Black and White mode in the X-T1 with t he new Acros film simulation in the X-Pro 2.


4.  I hope to test and compare the auto focus effectiveness , especially in low light.


5.  The optical viewfinder presents challenges when using longer focal length lenses, I hope to determine what is the longest lens you can effectively use on the X PRO 2, and how the wider lenses like the 14mm and 10-24 zoom perform.


6.  I will give a comprehensive summation on how I think the X-Pro 2 will fit into my system and if it might be a good choice for you!  I hope to draw some conclusions about it’s effectiveness for different kinds of photography!


A quick word about DSLR “STYLE” and Rangefinder “STYLE” cameras.  The Fuji X-System cameras are mirror less ands so they are neither an actual Digital Single Lens Reflex or a Rangefinder digital camera.  This is not a bad thing as mirror less cameras have there own set of advantages, many that I have come to embrace and love!!!


The X-T1 is made to operate and feel more like a DSLR, the X-PRO 2,  more like a classic Leica rangefinder camera.  Traditionally the rangefinder type of cameras, which came first, and were the choice of early masters  of photogprahy who mostly photographed photojournalistic style images and street photography. The biggest advantage for that kind of photogprahy of a rangefinders type camera is the optical viewfinder.  Within the optical viewfinder you have a set of “bright lines” that denote where the actual photograph is being made, the advantage is you can see what is going on just outside your image frame.  This makes anticipating what will happen next much easier.  In a DSLR style camera  you only see the frame and cannot see what is happening outside the picture area. Because optical diners tend to be very bright they were often preferred by photogprahers working in very dim light, of course the Electronic viewfinders inner mirror less cameras raise the light level in the viewfinder and are even better at making the scene clear to see, even in very low light.



Stay tuned for a compete report tomorrow!




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Images courtesy Mike Mander  ( & Pocket Lint

1 year, 2 months ago 2



SIMPLE, if you want to come to the greatest NATURE PHOTO EVENT in America, act now.  Registration is limited to 200, last year 100 were on the waiting list!   REGI”STER “ON LINE @


We have over half our registrations right now!  Trust me you don’t want to to miss this team and this event.  Hope to see you in the Great Smoky Mountains in late October 2016!    More details coming soon on the website above!




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1 year, 2 months ago 6




I’m hanging out with Jim Haverstock at the Photo Pro Expo in Covington Kentucky!  We went out looking for a good burger today and we struck it rich!  Mad Mike’s Burgers & Fries is a first class burger joint.  they follow the pilgrim’s formula for a great burger an the result is a 5 Pickle stunner!  This is another must try burger!


Israel Rosas fried up perfect medium burger and it was truly wonderful!  It had the works, great beef, buttered toasted bun, American cheese and just the right about of spices!





Manager and owner George Hiropoulos was a delight, and had a great and infectious personality, that aded to the over all experience.  Below, left Israel, and left George.






So if you are in the Covington, Kentucky area, (right across the rover from Cincinnati, Ohio) you may want to check out Mad Mike’s Burgers and Fries!





So if you decide to give them a try, and I sure would if I were you, here is their contact info:



Mad Mike’s Burgers & Fries
342 Monmouth St, Newport, KY 41071 · < 1 mile
(859) 360-6453
Open 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM



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1 year, 2 months ago 4


The Nashville Workshop will be limited to ONLY 14 attendees.  With a large teaching Team; Joe McNally, Ricky Skaggs, Nick Coury, Jim Haverstock and myself, that will be a great student to teacher ratio!  So here is the deal, we only have 6 spots left, so if you want to be a part of t his amazing workshop you need to contact me ASAP!!!
The fee is $1,095. and that includes a ticket to the Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder concert at the Historic Ryman Theatre on the last night of the workshop, Thursday night.  We have some incredible shooting locations and wonderful lighting workshops with Joe, this one not to miss, remember only 6 spots!!!!
Spots will be filled on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS !
the pilgrim