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