December 24, 2016

About Sweet Fuji

All shots on this site are made using one of the magnificent Fuji mirrorless cameras with the famous X-Trans sensor. I’ve used many cameras over the years and I can honestly say, this camera has changed the way I look at things. The real time high resolution viewfinder is an invaluable tool that can really improve the results of your shots – especially if you pay attention to how various settings are involved in determining what you see in the viewfinder or on your screen.

Fuji also makes some of the finest lenses/glass in the industry and the build quality is extremely high and tight. It simply feels awesome holding something built as well as this gear in your hands – it exudes quality, and I think that passes over onto the photographer.

My aim here is to take shots and post images as close to every day as I can get in 2017. I did this 3 or 4 years ago, and made it 6 or 7 months before it became a “chore” and no longer was fun. I was very limited in my gear selection at that time, so now that I have acquired a very nice trio of Fuji lenses, and have this amazing X-T10 body to attach them to, it is GO TIME, and I am excited to begin this photographic journey. If anything else, perhaps someone or some people considering buying into the Fuji system will find this site and this could sway them to walk the Fuji way.

My current gear:

Fuji X-T10

Fujinon ( Fuji ) XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 LM OIS
Fujinon ( Fuji ) XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 LM OIS
Fujinon ( Fuji ) XF 35mm f/1.4 R
Fujinon ( Fuji ) XF 14mm f/2.8 R

Previously, I had the Fuji XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II zoom and the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II lens.  I have a few pics on my site that were taken with those lenses.  Those lenses actually are great – very sharp with excellent image quality and great image stabilization.  However, the XF lenses allow in more light, have the ability to turn on or off OIS via switch on the lens, and have aperture rings on the lens which after using the 35mm prime, I found out how much I love a physical aperture ring.  I also LOVE the metal build quality, rubber zoom ring, etc…on the XF lenses.  They are simply a higher end lens – they feel like it, and results are more pleasing as well – there is a bit more room for creativity with a lens that lets in more light.  I also experimented with a Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 manual focus ultra wide angle lens.  For the right person, it is an awesome lens – for me not so much.  It is manual focus only and it does not talk to the camera the way the Fuji’s are built to do.  I returned it to Amazon, used Amazon’s trade-in option for the 2 XC Fuji lenses, and got the current setup I have now.

I also plan to occasionally post some intense Macro work with a setup I have discovered by an amazing Macro shooter on the web.  I will be using the following for this work:

Panasonic FZ-30 with an amazing Lecia 12x f2.8-3.7 35-420mm optically stabilized zoom lens and attaching a Raynox Microscopic lens adapter (M-250) to the end of the lens.  When fully zoomed, the magnification is tremendous, but it is very difficult to shoot with.  Tripod and remote shutter will need to be utilized.  Looking forward to this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy some of my shots as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Contact me if you have questions or would like to comment: