Better Photographer Part II…….

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O.K.  I really appreciate all the comments and emails about the last post and frankly you’ve helped me make a another decision, probably won’t be the last, but then, would you come back here if I didn’t come up with new ideas!!!!!


O.K. so here is my thought for the day.  Carl Turner, a dear friend and brother suggested I go with just the three Fujicrons, (love that term, making them Fuji’s answer to the Leitz Sumicrons!)  He did suggest I would take the 100-400 for use in the Palouse.  I love that idea but then I think, wow, no 16mm f 1.4 for extreme close-ups with a wide angle that is superbly sharp.  Then I just re-bought, (second time), the 18-55 and was anxious to put it to work.  Of course, you have to have a wide angle and I can never decide between the 14mm f 2.8 and the 10-24 f 4.  The 14mm f 2.8 is the sharpest and small and light, but the 10-24 is very versatile and it is a zoom, easy framing when I can’t move!!!  Now the 55-200 is a super sharp, compact lens that is perfect in harbors where you need to reach out. because I only know one man that could ever walk on water, and it wasn’t Jack, sorry Jack!


Since I do have a Think Tank Navigator with wheels, well you know, there will be close-up, opportunities and there is a space under the 100-400 in the rolling bag, so why not slip in the 200mm Micro Nikkor!!!!  See??? (below) & the frog!



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So here is the “current” plan, all the stuff below rolls on the plane with me, I make every attempt to use just the Fujicrons ( 23mm – 35mm – 50mm ) day to day in-the-field.  If I need to do close-ups I have the Nikkor 200mm Micro, if I need a really wide lens I’ve got a couple to choose from.  Look this whole exercise is rediculous, but I do really want to make myself think more about the images than the gear, so I hope to have discipline and learn something!  Fair enough?




2 – Fuji X-T2

10-24 f 4

14 f 2.8

16 f 1.4

18-55 f 2.8-4

23 f 2

35 f 2

50 f 2

55-200 f 3.5-4.6

200 Micro Nikkor f 4

100-400 f 4.5-5.6

Fuji X PRO 2. Graphite in my backpack


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So stay tuned and we will try this thing!!!






the pilgrim


13 Responses

  1. Gary says:

    Interesting idea. Since those three lenses came out I have thought about doing just that. What a great combination in a small and light package. Good luck.

  2. Joshua Boldt says:

    Sounds like a great adventure. Have fun!

  3. Mike E says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to have choices !!

  4. Eric Wojtkun says:

    Brother I would recommend one other suggestion…take your X-pro 2 instead of the second X-T2. As you pointed out…prespective matters. The rangefinder makes work differently. If you want to force yourself to see differently the form factor will definitely do it. This is why I am excitedmif an X-E3 rolls out. I loved my E1, but after tasting the speed of the new cameras it is hard to go back!

    Enjoy your trip and the fellowship.

    Eric W

    • admin says:

      I actually have my X PRO 2 in a padded wrap inmy bacopack. I lov the X PRO 2 and with the frame line, guides it makes it easy to pick the right lens! I do really lvoe that cmaera body!

  5. jack Graham says:

    Macro will be nice on the Oregon wont need it in the Palouse…. I have mine.. why carry 2?or take the Cannon 500d for use on the 100-400…..I am really loving the 56 1.2 for people images… I am amazed on the sharpness of the 23mm f2..its almost in the 14,, 2.8 category…. and NO i don’t walk on water but I do know how to change wine into water! ( Lot’s of IIIIIIIIICCCCCEEEEEE)–we’ll have a great time–after our Smoky’s group I can’t wait!

  6. Dave Benson says:

    so… when they get around to announcing the 80mm macro in next few weeks????

    no anyone who has had a pre-production model to test drive????

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