My last trip to Japan was a tricky one, always on the run, too much things to do and so little time.
In the end I cannot be completely unhappy about the photo I’ve take.
What is clearly, for me is that the xpro1 is too much like the M9, so for me it makes no sense to use both cameras.
My idea so was to expand my Fuji kit with two lens, and then gradually leave the M9 at home.
What I didn’t expect was to pay so much for a Fuji wide zoom, I was shocked. So I decide to leave the project behindm and continue to use the M9.
In the meantime I was interested in some DLSR video project and at the same time I had the opportunity to buy the new canon 100D at a very good price. I take the chance and also find a canon EF 70-200 F4. The combo was working very well, and I was hoping to have some great results.
The results was terrible, I mean the camera was very good, but probably I was to ambitious.
But what I realize handlig that small reflex is how much I miss my old Nikon D700, it was such a great camera. In no time I decided that I have to buy another full frame DSLR.
I quickly sold the 100D and start searching for a Fx camera in the canon range.
Why canon? well is true that to date I still have some Nikon lenses and cameras (2 film and 1 digital), but nothing really that force me to stay in the Nikon planet forever (no top quality glass). Also I spend years and years with people beating my hears that the 5D is the great DLSR of all time, so I decided to have a go.
But there is a problem, now you can buy a copycat of the 5D, it called 6D. I’m away from the dslr world for a bit, but reading review and specs, it looks like the deal of the century, full fram, bettere high iso, wifi, gps, less weight, same looks, a bit smaller. You should be really a dumbass to buy a 5D.
So I bought 5D MKIII.
It’s a fantastic camera, I do miss the external AF selector of My D700, there are some useless button, the “rate” button is just stupid, the M-fn button is a bit hard to reach. Apart from that is a great quality tool. Image quality is undeniable the industry standard.
Is big? is heavy? you bet, is still not that heavy, I’ve put in my usual bag, (it fit!! to my surprise), all in all the camera with the 16 35 2,8 L II is a tad heavier than the M9 with 15mm and 28mm.
So is much bigger and heavier then the M9, not by much, but of course it is. It’s more impratical? well the body is all magnesium alloy, not swarosky crystal like the Leica, so you do not have to baby the camera in the same way.
I plan to use the camera mainly for still, landscape and for some travel, we will see what is worth.
I’m Just came back from a week in the Holy Land (Japan of course). I was very lucky in general. Under the photography point of view not much. My bag was composed of M9 with 28 elmarit, 90 elmarit, 15 voigt plus the Fuji xpro1 with a 50mm 1,4 equiv (don’t ask the real focal lenght). A lot of photo opportunity which at a first glance did not work out well for me. Every where there was a lot o people (really a lot of chinese) for the cherry blossom. One day I decided to take the fuji and it died of battery illness Just 2 hours after the day. Another day I miss the opportunity to meet John Sypal from Tokyocamerastyle by Just 15 minutes. So not very lucky. At least this time no deer from Nara tried to charge me, they have been content just be eating part of my map.
The usual tour at Yodobashi and Bic camera in Shinjuku was uneventless. The Ginza tour of used camera store, Lemon camera, Sukiya etc, a lot of nikon lenses, was not as expected, nothing more than everything ever made for nikon, used or new, for the Leica there is a good selection, but luckily we in europe can still find everything at a decent price, except for the “collector” pieces, which I think that Tokyo still offers a good amount of rarity compared, to let’s say the New Old Camera shop in Milan or others.
I was looking for some fancy polaroid or instant camera but it seems that not much was for sale, I manage to get 4 boxes of FP10045c for half the price of ebay. Velvia in 4x5 is still pretty much available, but I did not see the Velvia 100 in 4x5, you can get everything you want in 35mm and 120. Of course in japan you can still use film as much as you like, and is very common to find people with film cameras, mainly Nikon, some contax and of course Leica.
A note must be written because it seams that everybody in china got a sony alpha 7 and traveled to Japan, somebody got 2, the leica M240 is very popular also, I’v counted at least 3, and a guy was using 2 at the same time plus a film MP.
The Fp100c45 experiment has moved forward and is now at the stage that my wallet hate me.
The 4x5 issue and the polaroid incident
The issue is that my beautiful 4x5 Sinar is now part of the furniture in my living room. Which is nice, in away. But every time a sit at the dinning table, and I see this camera looking at me, I get really mad.
So to use it more I’m thinking about buying a polaroid (well Fujifilm in truth) for it.
I have one for my Mamiya, and it works really well, is really a pleasant tool.
I promise is not an excuse to buy new equipment.
Where we were at?
ah right, a few months ago I decided to get rid of most of my nikon junk, digital and, sigh, film.
The time to use my photo equipment is still missing though.
I went to MIAMI and KEY
WET WEST in May, with my M9 and 1 lens (28 mm). I’ve made litteraly only 5 photos with it.
On the other hand I’ve made a lot of other photos with my phone.
Same things in the last months.
So the last saturday I forced myself to use my M3, almost 18 frames exposed, still undeveloped and God only knows when I will finish the roll, the other 3 photos I’ve taken with the phone are already online.
So nothing new under the sun.
I’m finally selling some comeras I’m not using anymore, among other things I got a lovely Ricoh GR1s DATE for sale.
I’m really not much involved int he 35mm but I have to say this is one of the best camera for the so called streetphotographers (whatever it is)( #hipster #apple #starbucks).
I would be more than happy to find a new home for it, especially if someone will use it properly.