Yes you read correctly. This has been my fourth year with a Fujifilm camera. It all started off with the X100 in 2011, followed by the X-Pro1 and the XF35 1.4 which I exchanged for the more compact X-E1 and some great Fuji lenses. Then, in February of this year I sold the X-E1 in exchange for the X-T1. As soon as that was announced I had to have it. A dream camera which I still love to use.
At the beginning of this year I was not sure what would happen. I thought it would be a pretty boring year in terms of my photography and did not expect much at all. It all came very different.
Nothing happened much until May when my wife and I headed to Egypt for a snorkeling vacation in Marsa Alam. Especially for this holiday I purchased a Fujifilm XP60 underwater camera as I knew I would be snorkeling quite a bit. It was worth every penny. You can take a look at this flickr album to see the underwater shots.
Then things started picking up. Just two weeks after that vacation I was sent to Beijing on a business trip. Of course I had my Fuji gear with me. Even though it was a business trip I did have some free time to go and shoot a little. The evenings and the weekends where free time. You can read all about it on this blogpost and the shots shown on this flickr album.
I took one photograph in Beijing which I participated with on a contest hosted by Zeiss Germany. Unfortunately I did not win first price but was within the last three. My photograph was shown at the Zeiss booth in Cologne at the worlds largest photographic fair. The Photokina. I also met up with a representative from Zeiss and had a great talk with him. See this blogpsot.
Not long after the Photokina my wife and I had a road trip which took us to Prague and Berlin. As you can imagine I had my Fuji gear with me. Along came the X-T1, the XF18-55, the Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 and the Samyang 12mm f/2 lens.
Prague was and is a great city and we had a wonderful time there. Enjoyed some great food and I took some pictures as well. There is a flickr album which you can take a look at these shots of Prague. Some of them even made it to flickr´s explore. That is when things started to go crazy. But more on that in a minute.
After some days in Prague we headed to Berlin where we had booked a day to be able to photograph at the Beelitz Heilstaetten. This is an abandon clinic which used to deal with patients being sick with tuberculosis. These days it is a pretty abandoned place and you can not just walk in and take some photographs. My wife had bought dress especially for this photoshoot. It was well worth it. I posted some shots on my flickr account and most of them also hit flickr´s explore. This shot went crazy and was the second best on that day. You can imagine that my flickr account went crazy on that day. Since then I have gained many new followers. Here is the flickr album to the Beelitz shots. Most of them where taken with the Samyang 12mm f/2 lens mounted on my X-T1. This place is made for wide angle photography. But believe it or not, the shot I like most was taken with the Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 mounted on the X-T1. Except of course all the wonderful shots taken of my wife 🙂
This is my favorite shot of Beelitz.
Soon after the vacation to Prague and Berlin with my Fujifilm X-T1 and the lenses I was sent on my second business trip. This time I headed off to Los Angeles. This was a special one for me as I was able to meet up with some friends of mine. I had not seen them in about two years and we had a great time shooting. My great friend Ericson actually made the switch from his big and bulky Canon 1D after using my X-Pro1. He now uses the Fuji X-Pro1 and the XF35 1.4 and the XF18. That is all he has got these days and he is as happy as could be. This is the blogpost I put together. Of course you can visit this flickr album containing the shots from Los Angeles taken with the Fuji X-T1 and the lenses I had with me. Most of the time I had the XF18-55 and the XF23 on the camera.
I took some great car shots in LA with the X-T1 and the XF18-55. This combination is no slouch. It is a great lens on an awesome camera.
Wow, what a year this has been. If I think back to December 2013 where I thought that 2014 would be a pretty boring year regarding photography I am happy as could be. Things can only get better. Yes I have some aims for 2015. One of them is the following.
I would love to see one of my photographs published in a magazine what so ever. So if any editor is reading this and thinks my that one one of my photographs is worth printing on paper? Contact me. That would be awesome.
Right at the moment I am trying the Sony A7 with some manual focus lenses and the results are not that bad. Are they good enough for me to switch from Fuji to Sony? I don´t think so. I just love, love, love my Fuji gear too much to dump it. Yes I have been doing some extensive pixel peeping these past two weeks and my brain is going mad on this GAS syndrome. But things are clearing up again and I am pretty sure I will stick with Fuji as these cameras have given me so many awesome photographs this year.
So there you have it. Fuji is still my number one gear of choice and when anybody asks me what camera to get I would not hesitate with my answer. Get a Fuji X.
That´s all for this year and all that´s left is to wish every single one of you a very Happy New Year.
I hope you will pop by soon again