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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
After taking the morning train from Ollantaytambo and a bus transfer in Aguas Callentes, we wound our way higher into the mountains and the cloud layer and reached Machu Picchu, and yes, with the exception of the selfie-taking crowds, it was so worth the trip to stand over this spectacular location. It was also at this point in my nine day Peru trip with my son that I was grateful to have brought with me only a lightweight, minimal X70. With all the walking, hiking, and climbing, my legs were having difficulty supporting my own body weight, let alone a bag full of gear.