Several weeks ago I added a grip to the diminutive X-T20. I liked the improved handling so much I thought I'd add a grip to my new (used) X-Pro2. However, as with the X-T20 grip, I could not justify paying full price for the Fujifim OEM grip, so I looked at the less expensive alternatives available for the X-Pro2.

Powerextra and Meike Fujifilm X-Pro2 Hand Grip Comparison
X-Pro2 Hand Grips: Left Meike, Right Powerextra

For a year and a half I've been semi-interested in the Fujifilm X-Pro2. I'd watch Fujifilm's promotional YouTube videos of photogs moving in slow motion, X-Pro2 in hand, ambient music playing in the background as the voice-over proclaims the X-Pro2 as the instrument connecting personal vision to the infinite...or something equally pretentious. I'd dream my Fuji dreams but in the end the spell would break and I would realize that owning an X-Pro2 wasn't a necessity.

That is, until a Saturday Instameet and suddenly I had reasons to get an X-Pro2:

In May 2017, my wife and I visited friends in Yorkshire. We love the North of England but had never adequately explored this region. For me I spent one day in York on the way to Scotland back in the late 1980's during my year abroad in the UK. My wife, born and raised in the south of England, passed trough Yorkshire during a family trip to the Lake District.

Yorkshire photograph taken with a Fujifilm X-T20 and XF 27mm lens

Here we go again. Another trip. Another round of "what gear do I pack?" I will be spending a week in the north of the UK around the Sheffield and York area. I want to travel lightly, but also be prepared for multiple possibilities. The main focus of this trip won't be photography so, for the sake of my wife, I need to keep things simple and casual.

Fujifilm X-T20 X70 Travel Domke

The Fujifilm X-T20 may very well be my perfect camera. After coming to terms that I could not justify the expense of an X-T2, and after being tempted to buy a used X-Pro2 but holding off, a posting for a used X-T20 popped up on Craigslist. Hmmm...even though I had always set my sights to Fuji's top of the line offerings, nonetheless I obsessively poured through the X-T20 reviews and YouTube videos. Something became apparent; I am now a mid-range kinda guy.

Fujifilm X-T20

I am unsure if I am really into my new/old X-Pro1, or I am trying to convince myself that I am really into my new/old X-Pro1. I am happy with the images. I also admit that I am smugly pleased when someone notices the camera and asks "Does that take film?" or directly states "Cool camera".

Lightroom is now a couple years behind me and I don't miss it. I dropped it when I decided to reduce my time spent in post processing and when I switched to a Chromebook for my work and personal computing tasks. I was very content using Google+ with its Snapseed subset of photo editing tools, until Google split Google Photos our of Google+ and did not carry Snapseed into its new product. I tried all the other image editing applications available on a Chromebook and while many were reasonably powerful none of them appealed to me like Snapseed.

Samsung Chromebook Plus Fujifilm XPro1 X70

I almost wish I had not impulse-bought from Craigslist an old, used X-Pro1. I almost wish I had stuck with my X-T1 and X70 combo. They did the job. Competently. The X-Pro1 has intruded on my current Fuji setup because I am finding I like it almost too much and I am now reconsidering my gear choices and what I enjoy most about photography.

Image taken with a Fujifilm X-Pro1

So here it is four years after its launch, and I now own an X-Pro1. Thank you Craiglist Guy for selling me your camera for $350. This reminds me that I can obsess all I want over the latest and greatest gear at a premium price...or I can wait until the shine is off, the item is a generation or two older, and I can buy it cheaply. This is the same camera that four years ago I watched with envy a Fujifilm promotional video with Zack Arias in India taking stunning images with the new X-Pro1 and I wished at that time I could justify purchasing one. The camera is still just as good (better with firmware!) now as it was then, but at a price easily justified.

Fujifilm X-Pro1
X-Pro1 with 27mm. My favorite combination.

I have not posted to the blog since I returned from the Peru trip my son. I think Peru broke me. With all the preparation and mental energies spent trying to anticipate the right gear for the right photographic situations so as not to spoil the trip of a lifetime, and then afterwards, all the image sorting and processing and posting, I began to suffer from photo fatigue.

Lake Titicaca, the favorite place name of all middle school boys, was the perfect location to finish our Peru holiday. My son and I spent a glorious sunny day on the lake, visiting a Uros reed island, exploring Taquille Island, and learning about the history and culture from our Amantani Isle guide.

Fujifilm X70 Peru Lake Titicaca