I’ve been acquiring more and more stuff to support my photography over the past summer and, since my last flatlay photo was taken back in May, I thought I’d update the image with all of the new gear I’ve acquired. This is limited to just my Fujifilm bodies and glass. There’s far more laying around in support of this, from bags to filters to tripods and everything else in between. At least I’ve hit a plateau, now owning all but 1 or 2 lenses on my list, transitioning to the acquisition of the filters and platforms I need to support my work.
That is, until I hit a point where I feel I could truly use a camera like the Fujifilm GFX-50S for high resolution landscape photographs. But for now, the 26mp X-T3 works beautifully for what I’m doing.
As for accountability, here’s what’s pictured by column: XF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6R OIS WR LM, XF 2x Teleconverter. XF 50-140mm ƒ/2.8R OIS WR LM, XF 16-55mm ƒ/2.8R WR LM. X-T2 with Large Grip Extension, Vertical Power Booster, X-T3 with Large Grip Extension, Battery Grip, Fujifilm/Peak Design Slide Lite strap. XF 16mm ƒ/1.4R WR, XF 35mm ƒ/1.4R, XF 10-24mm ƒ/4R OIS. XF 23mm ƒ/1.4R, XF 56mm ƒ/1.2R, Samyang 12mm ƒ/2 CS.
The 100-400mm is my latest purchase and recently my most used lens only so I can get intimately familiar with the fields of view it offers. Ordinarily, I work landscapes with a 3 lens kit, comprising the 10-24mm, 16-55mm, and 50-140mm with the X-T3. For walking about, I usually carry the 16mm, 23mm and 56mm. The Samyang 12mm was bought purely for astrophotography, something I rarely get to do here in cloudy, rainy and light polluted Seattle. The 35mm has become my least used lens, supplanted for portraits by the 56mm and for street by the 23mm. The 16mm is excellent for tight spaces and alleyways commonly found in the older parts of the city. My X-T2 was originally going to help fund the X-T3 but I instead kept it for the transition period during which developers slowly added support for the X-T3 in my post-processing software. It now operates as my backup body.
I promise I will get around to reviewing my lenses and bodies beyond the few I’ve written so far. If you’re reading this and would like me to cover a specific item listed, contact me via social media.
Lastly, this is my cry to get you to support your local camera store. If you’re in western Washington, specifically the Seattle area, one of the biggest is Glazer’s. Purchasing outside the state or via Amazon no longer offers the benefit of a 10% “discount” by dodging sales tax as outside businesses are now mandated to collect it. So why not establish a relationship with a local business that can clean, service and, deity forbid, repair your camera gear? Even better is being able to get first-hand recommendations, equipment demos, education and warranty support without having to pay to ship your gear across the country. This can be especially valuable for those who aren’t members of a paid, professional support program. Yes, if something goes wrong, they’ll still support the camera you purchased from Adorama in a professional manner, but friends help out their friends. By making a friend in the business you can benefit from friendly support rather than a professional minimum. Or maybe you just like the service and support offered by the professional photographers at Best Buy?