Without the spring blooms, the summer sunshine, and the autumn colors, winter is the time to embrace black and white. With its black and white film simulations, Fujis produce beautiful monochromatic images. But sometimes I like to push the dark and moody even further by transforming my X-Pro2 into an infrared Vampire Cam to capture the unearthly darkness that surrounds us. 

Infrared image taken with a Fujifim X-Pro2 and 35mm f/1.4 lens

There is a Fujifilm parade marching through my house. My first Fuji was a X-E1. Since I like having two bodies I bought a X-M1. I sold the X-M1 after I bought a X-T1. I bought a X70 as a daily carry and travel camera. I then bought a very used X-Pro1. I sold the X-Pro1 after I bought a X-T20 and then sold the X70 because the X-T20 was small enough. And then I bought a X-Pro2.

It started with the Huawei Honor 8, a phone with a camera good enough to make me question my Fujifilm obsession and collection of bodies and lenses. It continued with the Huawei Mate 9 with its higher specced camera and a screen that was large enough, bright enough, and color accurate enough to become primary device for image management, editing, and posting. Yes, the internal camera is great on its own, but combined with Fuji's film simulations and best in class jpeg output, the Huawei/Fuji combination has re-defined my photography.

I've developed an unhealthy fondness for my X-Pro2. Sometimes I just look at it and admire it from different angles. Sometimes while watching TV I hold the camera in my hands, navigate the menus, press the buttons, and fire off a few frames...just because. Now I've gone over the edge, and started playing dress-up with my camera and accessorizing.
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