So I’ve added another camera to my collection. And I can hear you all now “What? Another one” and yes, it’s a fair question because I do have a few. But I didn’t have a good compact camera and there’s a few good reasons for wanting one any way…
For the vacation that is up ahead I’m traveling with a slightly different set this time. The main thing is one ‘all-purpose-lens’ that will prevent lens-swapping.
It’s taken quite some time to fit this bag together as I’ll be on a trip far far away and I do not want to miss any great shots. However bringing all of my prime lenses will simply distract too much from enjoying the vacation. That said… there is only so much I can do without (at least, that is what I told myself) so some items simply are necessary.
I will be taking a backpack this time instead of a messenger bag because I’ll mainly use the 18-135mm lens and won’t need to swap lenses. The backpack will hold most of the other items as far as I need them with me.
Of course the X-Pro2 will come along. And I will use the 18-135 lens as my main lens. It means that I will loose some of the shallow depth shots, but on the other hands I won’t miss shots swapping lenses. The 14mm is an extra for some specific shots if I run into the opportunity.
The X100 is my backup and might be helpful if the X-Pro2 and the big lens are ‘just too much’ or for some low light photos (the 23mm 2.0 lens is hard to beat).
I’ll also bring two Hoya ND filters and a polariser for the 18-135mm. I hope to have some time and a few beautiful locations for a bit of artistic photography. Further I’ll bring my small Fujifilm flash as I’ve missed enough photos simply because I forgot to bring the flash.
For stable shots I have a mini Manfrotto tripod and a normal one from Mefoto, both very well to carry around.
And of course there my iPhone for the ‘on hand shots’. The iPad is handy for some reading in the resting times here and there, but also as a mini photo-editor and posting some photos when we happen upon a bit of WiFi.
I’ll bring lots of Sandisk cards and batteries and a battery pack to keep the devices going and going and going. In the ‘Visible Dust’ pouch there is a little maintenance kit and the lower left item is a 3000 lumen flashlight.
Now give me 10 to 15 minutes to throw some clothes together in a suitcase and I’m done :)
When I got my X-Pro1 a few years ago, the first lens I had (and I had that before the X-Pro1 even) was a Fujifilm 18-55mm kit lens. It was (and still is) considered to be one of the best kit-lenses you get with any camera by any brand. I sold it not to long after and just maybe I’ll buy it back…
It’s a bit of a painful decision, but sometimes the mind has to take charge over the heart and as much as I love my Leica set, I have to come to the honest conclusion that it will not bring me what I had so fiercely hoped. What with the X-Pro set now completely filling my needs the Leica M6 was a wish I had for many years, mostly when I was mainly shooting the heavy Canon set. So now that I finally have my wish: a gorgeous and recently CLA’d Leica set, I find that I only bring and shoot it as an afterthought and therefore -with pain in my heart and a tear or two in my eyes- I have sadly decided to sell of the Leica set. I’ll shoot photos of the individual parts in the next few days and see where it will get me.
Which is a more or less cryptical description to tell you that I’ve been a bit of a fool and ordered the 90mm lens for the X-Pro2. On the plus-side I really do have all I want now, the kit is complete!
My Leica M6 set has returned to me. Cannot say how happy I am. The camera and lenses have had the full CLA treatment and all feels like a brand new camera.
The 35mm lens also had a little bit of fungus on the lens apparently but that has been removed and the growth stopped, so the images should look better too. Cannot wait to set of with the set now!
I would have liked to give it a good test before heading off to Barcelona, but I’d needed to have it returned last Friday/weekend so I’d have time to shoot a roll and have it developed. Unfortunately that didn’t happen so a full analog test is not going to be possible now, but I’ll at least test the lenses on my Fuji X-Pro1. Mostly curious to the results on the Leica M6 though.
Thanks to Will van Manen for taking care of my baby :)
And talking about camera gear… I have my Leica M6 complete! I received a gorgeous Gordy Strap to replace the basic Leica one and an ‘el cheapo’ lens hood from somewhere in China. It might not be an original Leica but looking at the prices a second hand Leica lens hood goes for there’s no way I’m spending that kind of money on that. This cost €4,50 via Ebay and I found an ever cheaper one not much later… And what I saved will pay a return ticket to Barcelona if needed :)
Now I said it’s this is my Leica completed, but…. well, just wacht this space in a few days. That’s all I’m gonna say now ;)
With my Rolleiflex Automat camera gone forever I want to see how my (even older) Rolleicord manages, so took that for a ride today. Handles very well, all the variables are easily set. Will fill the roll soon to see how the results are and if it’s all good, it will go along to see the Amalfi coast (together with a Leica M6 and a Fujifilm X-Pro1)