Monthly Archives: February 2020

4 months, 1 week ago 12
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This is not a review, just some thoughts on where the new Fujifilm X-T4 fits into the Fujifilm X Series Eco System! I have not seen the camera, but like you, have watched a lot of first look videos on Youtube. I’m an X-Photographer and got a X-Pro3 and an X100V before they were released, but production cameras of each. I love them both and think they did a bang up job with new and improved models of each series. I did not get a pre-production X-T4 and I’m actually glad I didn’t! Back some years ago Jack Graham and I each got a pre-production X-T1s. They were so far from complete that we literally had to turn the camera off and back on again before each shot to clear the memory in the computer!!!! This is often the case with pre-production cameras, they are “pre-production” which means much of the firmware is still to be worked out.

Obviously the ones I’ve seen tested on Youtube are far better than that so I trust much of what we are learning is true! You come here, I think, because you know I will shoot you straight and try to give you good information. I would suggest you go to Youtube to watch the Fuji Guys video, the DP Review First Imprtessions, Lee Zavitz, Gordon lang, and the Camera StoreTV video. They cover the details well. Of course Fuji Rumors has every single spec you can download and copy.

I won’t go through every detail and change from the X-T3 here, what I will do is answer the question I know I’m going to get 500 times before the end of this month; “Should I sell my X-T3 and upgrade to the new X-T4?” As John Shaw always said, “It all depends!”

Let me make that depends case for you. First you need to answer a few key questiions;

1. Do you shoot very much hand held, or do you mostly shoot from a tripod.

2. Do you shoot sports or wildlife or possibly birds in flight?

3. Are you a video person, and do you shoot a lot of video and are you a Vlogger?

4. Do you do any kind of work that requires more shots from your battery before having to change them?

If you said; I shoot a lot handheld, I’m a sports/wildlife shooter, I am a vlogger and do lots of video and I need much more shots per battery than I am getting now! Pre-Order yours today, I mean right this minute!!!!! This camera was made for you!!!!

However if you said I mostly shoot from tripod, don’t do action stuff, rarely shoot video, and have lots of batteries and don’t mind changing them, then you will remain very happy with your X-T3!! If you have GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), just go ahead and order one now,
nothing to be ashamed of, lots of us have this condition!

It appears that Fujifilm has brought out yet another wonderful camera that on the margins and in some significant ways is a great upgrade from the already fantastic X-T3!

I plan to get one as soon as they are available, but then I love IBIS, and have bad GAS pains!


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4 months, 1 week ago 4
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Continuing the tour of my watch collection. Today I have three very special, (to me), watches. From left to right; Watch number 1 is the Bulova Lunar Pilot. During the Apollo 15 mission, August 2, 1971, to the moon, Astronaut Commander Scott’s NASA supplied Omega Speedmaster failed when it’s crystal popped off. Commander Scott just happened to have a Bulova chronograph, made for NASA, with him and wore it for the rest of the mission including a space walk and rides on the moon rover. After his return, Bulova made a Chronograph of the same design available to the public. The Lunar Pilot uses a sepcial Quartz crystal that vibarates at over 262.000 KHZ. This quartz crystal makes the watch accurate to within 10 second per year
Watch number 2 is is my Brietling Chrono Avenger in Titanium. This is a big robust watch but because they use titanium for the watch case and bracklet, it is very light. This is the only really expensive watch I own, I paid over $2,500. for it new, right after the America from 500 Feet book was released. Being a mechanical watch it needs service every 5 years or so to keep it running accurately. It is going out this week for nearly $600. overhaul and maintenance, ouch!!!! The America From 500 Feet first book that I did with Wesley, was an imediate, run away, best seller, a few nice checks came in immediately, I used a little of my profit to buy this watch. Several years ago I gave it to Wes, but he would never wear it, he was afraid of something happening to it. When he went to be with our Lord, Rhonda gave it back to me and I am enjoying wearing it again, I think of Wes and our grand adventure everytime I look at the time, that alone is great reason to wear it!

Lastly watch number 3 is a Luminox 4200ANU Dive watch. This also has an interesting history. This is the watch that is given to BUDS graduates (U.S. Navy Seals) upon graduation. The model number 4200 ANU, the ANU stands for Authorized for Navy Use.
It was thoroughly tested at depths of up to 660 feet to be a true divers watch. This is the watch that I gave to an aging marine church member of mine. I wrote about it on another blog. One day in church God said to me in my spirit, you were never a Navy Seal, Bob should have that watch. That was a tough time to be obedient, I love the watch, but the only acceptable answer when God calls is “Yes Sir”. I gave it to Bob and he loved it and wore for a couple of years until he went on to be with the Lord. Afterwards his wife returned it to me and asked me to wear it in honor of him, I do and I will!

Time is the only thing we ever loose that we can’t replace. Wearing a watch reminds me of the passage of time. We are only given a certain measure of it and we don’t know what that measure is, I wear watches to remind me to make the most out of every moment to love God, be obedient to Him and love others with His love. ….aand I just like looking at them too!


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4 months, 1 week ago 1
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Well folks, it’s that time again, new cameras coming out and time to let go of previous models only slightly used, many bought to test for you and only used rarely! Since the X-T3 came out I have used it and the X-H1 for all my trips and work. X-T2 was only used off and on for a few months. Here is what I have up for sale, the usual rules; First email to:
gets the deal!

So I’m offering one: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Graphite with matching Graphite 23mm f 2 lens complete with matching lens hood with cap. L Bracket with grip, box, manual, Mint condition, low frames. Average price on eBay is $1,400.
mine is available for $1,100 FIRM

Second offering a Fujifilm X-T2, light use, L Bracket, box, manual
Average eBay Price is $550. Mine s available for $450. FIRM<


Also available a Fujifilm X30 compact cmaera with Fujinon zoom
28mm-112mm f 2 – 2.8 tack sharp, great little travel camera.
Mint condition, comes with 6 batteries and charger, manua, box and a Domke F5XB Rugged wear bag. eBay price camera lone is $525.
I’ll take $450. for the whole kit.

O.K. folks first come first serve, thanks for reading the blog!


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4 months, 2 weeks ago 41
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Friday night, February 14th, Sherelne and I celebrated our 50th Anniversary surrounded by family and friends! We renewed our vows and then joined around 75 guests for a catered dinner, it was a wonderful evening! Family came from some distance away to help us celebrate and then our weekend has been filled with family gatherings at our home.

The happy couple! What a thrill it has been to call Shrelene my bride for 50 years! Jim Haverstock, (with me below), got the prize for the furthest to drive to the celebration. and my Son Scott and grandson Ben flew up for St Augustine Florida!

My best man was my brother Homer!

Scott and Catherine preparing for the cake cutting!

Left to right, front table, Terri Fortney, Homer Fortney, Randy Scott, Joyce Scott Debi Miller, Eddie Miller and Sherelene.

Sherelene visitng with Jim & Susan Begley, dear friends!

What a great celebration of a 50 year journey, I’m truly a blessed man!!!!!

Our grandchildren’s table!

Sherelene with Leo and Sandy Miller, our Harlan friends for well over 50 years! Thanks to Danny and Debbie Howard for coming too!!!!


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A very special thanks to Rhonda, Catherine and Rhonda’s mother, Helen for all the work they put in helping us get this done!!! Though I don’t have a picture of him, because he was always behind the camera, a very special thanks to Butch Houseman for taking all these images for us, you’re a champ Butch!!!!! I can’t thank you enough!!!!

More images coming after a short Honeymoon 😉