Fuji Stuff - 27mm f/2.8 - 50-140mm f/2.8 zoom

In terms of what I'm going to do with my Fuji gear, I've made the decision to keep it and in fact as of yesterday I've expanded it! I took advantage of the current UK deal which adds two 'free' lenses, the 18mm f/2 and 27mm f/2.8 pancake when you buy an X-Pro 1. This is not a send away claim, you walk out the shop with all three items which is what I did yesterday. 

The 27mm works very with the X-A1, as it was intended to do, and by screwing in my X-T1 grip, which as you can see fits nicely, it produces a very nice little outfit. I used it by wearing the camera + strap round my neck, pulling out the rear view screen and shooting mostly from waist level. Apart of course when I wanted to take vertically framed images. Nice inconspicuous way to shoot and useful for you know what. The more I use the X-A1, the more I wish Fuji used that Bayer CMOS sensor more often though. I really do like being able to process from raw in Photoshop. Saves me a lot of time.

I picked up the X-Pro 1 deal from my local branch of Calumet and I noticed they had a 50-140mm f/2.8 lens, which they let me try for a while. I thought it might be an idea to see just what it was like. And I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised at how well it handled. It's not light certainly but it balances really well on an X-T1. Internal zooming is nice, no excessive tromboning and while it's not for me, I can see it's appeal. Tom at Calumet told me that this is attracting a lot of attention from wedding photographers, keen to protect their backs, shoulders and necks and certainly it would help in that regard.

And ultimately it's the above that keeps me in the Fuji fold. I just love the way the whole system handles. Plus of course, like many Fuji users, I have a thing about those lenses. I still have reservations about the X-Trans sensor, but I can get around it with Photo Ninja and Iridient Developer (Though I'd prefer not to). Hopefully Fuji will improve the Adobe Camera Raw rendering with the next version of the sensor or can be persuaded to use the X-A1 sensor in more, higher spec. cameras, but whatever they do, it seems I can't live without having lenses like the 14mm f/2.8, 23mm f/1.4, 56mm f/1.2 and 18-135mm lenses at my disposal. Simply because I can't get that size / quality / price ratio anywhere else. Sony just don't have the lens range yet and when they do for the FE system it will be bulky and expensive and m4/3 lenses can also be seriously pricy for what they are, so for me Fuji have it about right. Particularly of course since there is always a Fuji deal going on, where you can get lenses for silly prices, which is a great advantage. I even sell on some of the gear I buy via these deals at a profit, which is not to be ignored. 

So in effect I've got a pretty comprehensive system at a decent price and I do think if you shop around and keep aware of the latest Fuji offers, you can put together a very comprehensive system for a reasonable cost. And it did occur to me that if I sold my Fuji gear, I'd probably end up buying it again. Yesterday I got my third X-Pro1 and my third 18mm f/2. I may not keep them, but I'll enjoy using them while they are here. 

So it is classic Fuji Yin and Yang that's been going on for a while with me. Plus apart from anything else the system is a great source of material for my blog posts!!