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Gear talk, and trimming down my list of equipment

Click here for todays photos

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Todays photo don’t really have any cohesive theme to them, rather they are just a small set of images I happen to like, and I hope you feel the same.

I’ve started to recently think about doing some drastic downsizing of my camera gear.  I’ve accumulated quite a bit of it over the years, and as time goes by I find myself shooting with a smaller and smaller set of gear.  For the photos I posted topday, the cameras used were: Sigma DP2, Leica M9, and Nikon D700.

A camera that has recently become my default carry-with-me-everywhere-I-go camera is the Fuji X100.  It’s not perfect by any stretch, but it is pretty darn close for what I like to shoot.

Probably the two biggest gripes I have with it are the parallax error when using the optical viewfinder and the placement of the exposure compensation dial.  The placement of the exposure compensation dial is a problem because it is too easy to accidentally turn it when holding the camera or taking it out of a bag, resulting in unintentionally over or under exposed shots.  Although I have started to fall into the habit of checking the position of the dial, so this is turning into just a minor nuisance instead of a show stopper.

The bigger problem by far is the parallax error as it results in a rather high percentage of mis-focused images at closer distances when using the center focus point while using the optical viewfinder.  It really is a shame too since otherwise the optical viewfinder is a pure joy to use.  It seems to me that Fuji could rather easily fix his problem in firmware by biassing the focus point down and to the right as you focus closer.  I guess I could also try using the multi-point focus mode, but I’d rather not trust the camera to guess what the subject of my images are.  As a side note, I was really excited about the manual focus capability of the X100, but Fuji really dropped the ball in this department as it is glacially slow, and down right unusable.

If I want to shoot manual focus glass on something other than the M9, the Sony NEX-5 fits the bill nicely since its focus peaking feature is so simple and intuitive to use.  And seeing as I have not even touched the M9 in the past couple of month, it very well may be the first of my cameras that gets put up on the auction block.  It is a superb image making tool, and a real joy to use, but as I was shooting with it I found myself gravitating to shooting with just a 35mm lens.  Weighing the M9 cost and image quality against the Fuji X100, I think I may have to let the M9 go and use the generated funds to take the X100 on a trip or two to Europe.  :)

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  1. October 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm | #1

    Jeff, did you realize that almost all today’s pictures were taken with the M9 ;-)

    But I see your point. Carrying such an expensive tool would not make me feel comfortable, particularly outside of Japan.

    No cohesive theme in your pictures today, except that they are pretty damn good.

    Cheers,

    Tregix.

  2. Pete
    October 28, 2011 at 1:51 am | #2

    Glad to see you posting again.

  3. November 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm | #3

    I’m looking to buy a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM so if, by some coincidence, you’re looking to unload one, I am interested.
    Nice to see a post. Photos are fabulous, as always.

  4. Marco
    November 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm | #4

    Hey Jeff!

    The 1.10 Version of the X100 Firmware introduced a parallax shift compensation focus point for the OVF. You can find that option burried somewhere in the (unlogical) menue. And the 1.11 FW is a bit better in close focusing over all.

    Make sure you do the FW update on a separate SD card and after the update use a previously used X100 card with the previous photos on it to take an image. That way you don’t loose the previous consecutive image count.

    And I heard that a big FW update should come to the X100 and fix all the other problems we have – well, at least some of them ;-)

  5. December 4, 2011 at 7:40 am | #5

    I really need to update my camera!

  6. January 22, 2012 at 4:22 am | #6

    Sounds like selling a few systems and getting a Fuji xpro1 system would be up your alley once it is actually for sale. I did have a chance to try a x100 once and the optical viewfinder was great to look through.

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