close and closer

I finally sold my camera and all the lenses.  Maybe I am going to regret it, maybe not.  I have never been sentimental when it comes to non-living things, unless it is one of a kind or is a gift.  I’ve always considered that camera as a tool to create photos and nothing more.

My Canon 450D and the 70-200 f/4L lens were the first to be sold.  The 17-55 f/2.8 lens was the last to go, and with the proceeds from it I got myself a used Fujinon XF55-200.  I have been shooting exclusively with an 18mm lens since the day I got the X-pro1.  Today I had to learn how to see with the new lens.


While the zoom lens brings distant objects closer….


.. the 18mm brings the subject much closer.


15 thoughts on “close and closer

  1. It’s fun learning what your equipment can do. I previously had a Fujica in the 70s then a Canon AE1 Program in the late 80s/early 90s. But the digital age has made me lazy – with all the automatic features on DSLRs, it’s easy to just set it to Program mode. Recently, however, I decided to got back to basics and use manual settings – fortunately my previous experience means I understand the relationships between ISO, aperture and exposure so it’s not an uphill battle. Anyway, I’m trying new things and you have the same excuse with your new “toy”! Enjoy!

    Your photos bring me much pleasure – they get me thinking about life, marvelling on the beauty and savage nature of life and thinking about how I can use the ideas from your work in my photography. Power to your elbow – and to your “click” finger!

  2. I have been addicted to the Fujinon 55-200mm zoom since it was first released. It took a while to get one. I shoot fewer landscapes than portraits of animals so I live with the 55-200mm lens on my Fuji XE1. I take photo safaris to the zoom with just a fixed focal length lens aboard to keep my handholding skills sharp as well as to change my perspective on subject matter. Each of the 5 lenses I’m blessed to own has it’s strengths and weaknesses. I’m sure you will come to appreciate the technical capabilities of the longer reach. I use mine for close-up photography as much or more than my dedicated 60mm macro lens. I look forward to seeing what you’re able to shoot with the big lens.

  3. A good photographer does’nt click pictures,but he creates them.Its the correct knowledge about photography that makes a picture taken by an ordinary camera look perfect

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