Fujifilm X-T3, XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS. Acros Film Simulation.
It’s a cat.
I put all six of my usable cameras on my desk today to spend a few minutes using each one. I wanted to decide which one would be the best (and only?) one for me to use. I made notes about how each one felt in my hand, which one was the easiest to use, which one wouldn’t give me back pain after a day with out it, image quality (film or digital), and which camera gives me the best photos without having to spend any time at the computer adjusting sliders.
Although my four film cameras are all wonderful in their own way, I decided that I would be better off using a digital camera for reasons of economy and convenience. That left me with the Nikon D810 and the Fujifilm X-T3. The X-T3 has retro appeal and the simulations are similar to film. But it seems like I spend a lot of time making adjustments to get an excellent exposure. Always second guessing the camera. I don’t have to do that with the D810. The exposure is always dead on, except in those situations that will fool any camera meter. Sand or snow, for example. And the D810 isn’t any more complex to use than my F6 or F80. It’s a professional piece of kit that gets out of your way. And when I look at the images on computer later I don’t have to think much about changing contrast etc etc. Nikon’s picture controls do an excellent job of that. The only problem is . . . it’s quite a bit heavier than the X-T3. As I learned last year when I brought it to Canada with a large and heavy zoom lens (I think the zoom lens might have been the biggest part of the problem). What to choose for my main camera? The compact X-T3 with the disadvantage of its fussiness? Or the D810 with the inconvenience of its weight? I’d like to use only one for the sake of simplicity.
I was leaning towards the D810 by the time I finished looking over my notes, so I attached a light 50mm F1.8D lens and went downtown to make some photos.
This was the only keeper from my downtown outing, but that was my fault, not the camera’s. I love the 5:4 frame and getting the proper exposure was a piece of cake by just adding 2/3 of a stop with the command dial. The camera took care of everything else.
What’s a photo outing without a picture of the cat at the end of it? I didn’t do anything to this one.
With a prime lens on the camera, I hardly felt the weight on my shoulder even after a couple of hours. I think I would have felt the weight if it was around my neck, though. Not so with the X-T3. Still, maybe I’ll start bringing the D810 and a prime or two with me from now on. We’ll see. I’m so wishy-washy about cameras that next week I might be using my iPhone for everything.
No, that’s not going to happen . . . .
He is no king of the jungle or the plains, but he is certainly the prince of the living room. I think he might be part snake because his mouth opens so widely when he yawns.
We’re having renovations done in the house and the computer was buried under sheets of plastic for a few days. Thus, no updates here. Just a little bit left to do with the living room wall and then wait for the paint and plaster smell to disappear.
In the meantime, here’s the cat looking unhappy. As he’s been for the past week. The photo was actually taken quite a while before the work started, when his only annoyance was me sticking a camera in his face.
|Water Dish + Cat Arse = Art|
Except for two out of focus photos of my students, this was the only picture on a roll of HP5+ worth keeping. My FM3a was new and I was eager to test it out. This was the first photo I made on the roll. Sometime later I went for a walk in bright light along a boring road and wasted some good film. My apologies to all involved in the film manufacturing, developing, and scanning processes.
I received some encouraging comments and an email about carrying on with posting photos here. Thanks to everyone who took the time to write. I went to Seoul for a few days and enjoyed using a few rolls of film as well as getting my X-T3 fixed. This morning I went downtown and made a few photos while waiting for the post office to open. I made a few that might be keepers, so perhaps I am coming out of my slump.
The photos I made in Seoul and the pictures I took this morning will appear here later, but, in the meantime, here are a couple photos of my cat. Meow.
|Amice lying on the arm of the living room chesterfield. You can see he marked his territory by scratching up the back rest. We bought a cheap chesterfield because we knew this would happen . . . .|
|A dog is a man’s best friend. My wife is Amice’s best friend. Whenever she lies down, he appears and demands to have space made for him to snuggle up.|
I sent my film from the Seoul trip off to the lab this morning. I should probably get the scans tomorrow and the negatives the day after that. I’m looking forward to seeing how badly I screwed them up. I hope the FM3a made up for my deficiencies . . . .