Essential = absolutely necessary; indispensable-Cosyspeed Streetomatic plus

Essential = absolutely necessary; indispensable – Cosyspeed Essential Solutions

 

That is what most dictionaries say.  And what that means based on what each individual believes will determine what in their photographic life is essential.

For the fun of it I am including a small poll to see what you feel is essential.

I’ll get right down to specifics about what I use:

  1. If I carry 1 body, 3 primes and one 18-55 zoom, cable release, extension tubes, 4 batteries, extra memory cards (2), Custom Slr strap, Spider Light Belt Holster, Nissin i40 flash.  I use a Billingham Hadley Pro shoulder bag (cross chest).  It is quite weather proof like my cameras and lenses.
  2. If I carry 1 body, 3 primes, 3 batteries, cable release, lens cleaner, Nissin i40 flash, extra memory cards, cable release, cell phone   I use a ThinkTank Urban Approach 10 (weather resistant and rain cover)  shoulder bag (cross chest)
  3. If I carry 1 body, 3 primes, 2 batteries, 2 memory cards, small Fuji Mini Flash EF-X20, lens cleaner I use a waist pack called CosySpeed Streetomatic +.  This bag is adjustable up to 50 inches and can be warn around the waist with it resting on a hip.  It can also be used cross chest as well. It is weather resistant and comes with a rain cover.

It has taken me too many years to determine what is essential for me.  Every time I think I have figured it out I wind up still going back to old habits and taking with too much gear, most of which does not get used.  That was then and this is now.  And now after 74 years of weight bearing shoulders and back containers for carrying gear I know I have it licked.

The Cosyspeed Streetomatic + (plus) is the Goldilocks solution.  I is not too  big, to small. It is just right for a comfortable day out with the bare essentials I need for taking photographs all day long.

This is what I actually get in this bag.

  • Fuji X pro 2 with a 35mm 2.0 prime lens with lens hood mounted and an L bracket attached to the bottom of the camera for tripod mounting.  Please note that in a picture below I show the Cosyspeed finger strap attached.  It comes with the Cosyspeed bag and is a very secure way to have your camera in hand.
  • Fuji 50mm 2.0 with bayonet hood
  • Fuji 23mm 2.0 with bayonet hood
  • 2 Fuji (OEM) batteries
  • 2 Extra Memory Cards
  • 1 iphone 6 +
  • 1 small flash in a case added to the belt of the waist pack
  • 1 lens cleaning cloth

There are days when I may only take the 18-55 zoom with hood extended.  But usually it is my 3 primes.  Two of my primes are attached to back to back rear lens caps that I glued together for portability and efficiency.

The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO-via PetaPixel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are about to learn something new, or are revisiting what you may of have sort of put aside for the love of automation it is always a smart thing to do learn or relearn the basics.

This article posted on PetaPixel is going to do just that for you.

How important is exposure in photography? What are the components of exposure? What is the “Exposure Triangle”? These are the questions I will attempt to a

Source: The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

Major firmware updates coming for Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2: DpReview & Fujirumors

Thank goodness there is at least one camera company that cares about and supports their customers.

 

 

 

If you are a Fuji X photographer you have to be in love with the folks at Fuji who have continuously updated firmware in their camera models at no charge and without any hassle since the inception of the product line.

Unlike other camera companies whose firmware updates are for fixing existing problems that should have been done long before the camera or lenses came to market Fuji not only admits when there has been a problem but also continues at least for a couple of years to update firmware so that it incorporates brand new features that the cameras did not have before.

In this case Fuji has announced one upgrade for the Xpro2 and the XT2 that will be here at the end of March and another that will probably come the end of may and it will add 33 brand new or enhanced features between the two models.

Not only do they produce beautiful and innovative products, you are virtually guaranteed that you will not be left behind as new models enter the market place.

I would call them the industry good guys.

 

Fujifilm will launch a couple of major firmware updates for its X-T2 and X-Pro2 cameras. Features on the way include focal length-dependent minimum shutter speed in ISO auto and added tools for video shooters. Read more

Source: Major firmware updates coming for Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2: Digital Photography Review

AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES AS Nikon cancels DL compact series citing high development costs: Digital Photography Review

 

 

AND THE CYCLE CONTINUES AS Nikon cancels DL compact series citing high development costs

It was back in November 2016 that Nikon did what was unheard of in the walls of Nikon Inc., and downsized by 1000 personnel to help stop a leaking boat.

Now the exceptional, never delivered DL series of cameras is gone before it ever really got here.  They have had all kinds of excuses for why delivery could not happen and now they say it is too expensive.

Nikon says that the development costs had become too great to continue. A statement released today also mentions the company’s concern that it wouldn’t sell enough units to make up for the increased costs, due to a slow down in the market.

On top of all that they have had an extreme financial loss as stated in this article from DPreview.

I personally think the DL series had great consumer potential, if they had delivered  when they were supposed to.  I know a great many people looking to carry less and some were even willing to own both cameras in lieu of a DSLR outfit.  Sad.

What is even worse is the fact that Nikon was and is the only camera company not to embrace mirrorless cameras.  Unlike Leica, Hasselblad, Canon, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, and the list goes on.

And then there is the Key Mission 360 degree cameras.  Is this late to the party POV camera enough to pull up the Nikon losses?  Only time will tell.  In the meantime competition like GoPro and others have been showing declining sales of this type of product for several years now.  Who is steering the Nikon ship?

The camera manufacturers have been on the losing end for a while because of steep competition from the phone industry.  But no matter what any one says, the phone concept as being a main camera for the serious photographer is BS.

In my opinion he quality of images from terrific stand alone cameras is still greater, better, and necessary if consumers are going to do the smart thing and print their images instead of goo gooing  over them in front of a tablet, phone, or computer monitor which don’t offer what a good print will always offer.

 

Nikon has officially put an end to the DL series. Announced just under a year ago, the three DL compacts would have had 1″ sensors, and were originally set to ship in June 2016. Read more

Source: Nikon cancels DL compact series citing high development costs: Digital Photography Review

The Philosophy Of Less – – – If You Own Way Too Much Gear Then It Is Time To Get A Smaller Bag

I recently had a visit from a photographer friend who I have known for a very long time.  We were friends in several territories I covered for Nikon for 33 years.

He was in Washington DC for an assignment and he had a couple of days before he had to get shooting.

He looked pretty tired and physically uncomfortable and I badgered him until he let loose with his story.wheelbarrowgear

He owns 3 systems of camera gear.  Canon, Sony A7, and Fuji X.  While he uses them all, his Canon system remains his current mainstay so he carries his 2 Canon 5D Marks, together with 3 zooms and 3 prime lenses, 2 flashes, etc.  His total load weighs in at about 25 pounds.  So he hurts from carrying all his gear, he carries the extra body, all the lenses and flashes and accessories.  But here is the real deal.  He generally only shoots with 2 of his lenses and 1 body and 1 flash.  He carries it all, even with all of his experience because of a fear he might need the focal length to get the shot.

So even after all the years of shooting he was still fundamentally impaired when it came to carrying less.

So I challenged him, well okay created a situation that would force him to change and adapt and have more confidence in his ability to get the shot with the gear I was going to let him carry.  I gathered up his Canon and Sony gear while he slept and secured it in a galaxy far, far away and left him only with his Fuji Xt1,  23mm 1.4, and 56mm 1.2, 50-140 zoom, small flash by Nisson 3 batteries, 4 cards, 4 packs of Lens Cleaner and lens tissue.  And I grabbed a ThinkTank Photo 30i mirrorless bag of my shelf and loaded his gear into it.  I shall not describe the reaction, the language, and the frustration he showed as he left to shoot his job, yelling I ruined his life.

Long story short, he returned from his job, 1200 images later, hopped up the steps in front of the house ready to go out for dinner.  He wanted to know if I would come live with him so I could hide his equipment on a regular basis.

Of course that is not going to happen. However, he is now convinced that self restraint, and reaching for the smaller  bag, making it a container that he has to live and work with, is possible and that less is more and better for his back.

He has been leaving his Canon gear at home.  Not because there is any thing functionally wrong with it except for the fact like Nikon and other full sized systems it is too big, too heavy.  He gets to his assignments in less pain and with more energy and has learned that even with all of his experience as a journalist, he can get better imaging with less gear by relying on the smaller bag and his exceptional talent.

For me the decision what to take is an easy one.  I own the terrific Fuji XT1 and 4 primes, and the lens that is generally on the body for my walk about is the pancake 27mm 2.8.  fuji xt1A very small but might sharp lens.  I generally couple that with either my 14mm 2.8 or 56mm 1.2.  I like fast primes.  My other system is one that most will not remember.  It is the Ricoh GXR system and lens modules.  I have the 24-85 zoom, 50mm 2.8 macro, and the 28mm 2.8.  That whole system fits comfortably in one small bag.  That bag is called the Cosyspeed Streetomatic (black but other colors available) and it can either be worn across the chest or around the waist.  These are small systems, with great imaging and controls and one or the other is always with me.

I have a lot of small bags and large bags for that matter but I have found the Cosyspeed Streetomatic protective while supplying quick access to my camera.  Very handy especially for someone like me who really loves street photography.

But it is important to remember that no matter what kind of photography you love the Philosophy Of Less should apply.  Whether you are out for the day enjoying the sites, on the street to capture life as it happens, hiking through the woods, etc..

Everyone I know is strong willed enough to make a decision on less gear and learning to make less gear work for you.  Photographers for many years have done just that with great success and less stress.

 Go to the cosyspeed web site if you are using small mirrorless, or small Dslr products and learn what a pleasure going out for the day with your camera gear can be.

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The image to the left is the Streetomatic in different configurations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited By Brian Zwitwww.schoolofcreativephotography

You Have Finally Decided What Your Next Lens Will Be. Now What’s Next?

You Have Finally Decided What Your Next Lens Will Be.  Now What’s Next?

I am pretty sure I know what the next step will be.  It is going to be long and tedious and there is a possibility that the long stressful hours into the night will cause some form of pathological (my new favorite word) disorder.

Of course I am going to go down history lane and say “in the good ol’ days” my next step would be to walk or drive  or take a train or maybe a bus, maybe both to my brick and mortar camera store maybe after reading a review in a magazine.

But being this is not many yesterdays but today, I know that the first place you are going to go is Google or some other lesser search engine and find 60 reviews of the lens you are thinking about.  Here you may have an opportunity to read some biased and unbiased opinions, look at performance charts that mean nothing to you or the reviewer, while said reviewer will tell you at the end how great the lens is or is not but compared to his Leica Summicron which costs ten thousand dollars this lens is a piece of crap.

The internet can be a wonderful source of information or a bottomless cesspool of uneducated bloggers with very smelly misinformation.  The best way to figure out if your chosen lens desire is going to perform the way you want it to is go to a camera store, try it, buy it, take it home and try it again, go shoot and make great images.  Do not fret over your purchase, don’t surf the blogs for useless information, go shoot stuff.

Do not look for opinions on  argumentative forums or from self ordained gurus.  Just go shoot.  If you don’t read misleading “shitty” reviews then you will not have to fuss over bull crap written by less knowledgeable people than yourself and you will be amazed at how great your images look.

While I love the internet and I do read reviews, I am always amazed how many forums have very fine folks  for the most part, who spend more time testing their gear than actually using for what the bought it for.  They look for the tiniest flaw and then report to all of us how bad the product is.  Test less, get the hell out of the house and make pictures with your new lens, camera, filter, etc.

And most of all support what is left of the brick and mortar real camera store.  Not a Best Buys, Target or Walmart.  A real and totally dedicated camera store.  You will be better off for doing that.

Understanding Black and White Filters in Lightroom

Understanding Black and White Filters in Lightroom.

This is an excellent article for those who are interested in understanding how filters act to enhance black and white photography either in a program like Adobe Lightroom, or by selecting a filter in you cameras software if it has black and white presets.

This article explains how this filtration changes the look of the black and white tones.

It is very well written and educational.  Learn something today…….

The Everyday Messenger: A Bag For Cameras & Essential Carry by Peak Design — Kickstarter

This is totally unfair.   Just when I got finished getting rid of tons of camera bags, and packing up the expensive bags like Ona and Billingham  that I just could not get rid of, here comes A NEW BAG from PEAK DESIGN.

The Everyday Messenger: A Bag For Cameras & Essential Carry by Peak Design — Kickstarter.

It looks like it fulfills a lot of what a lot of people in general are looking for as it fills the needs of everyone in a rather ingenious way.

I have not had hands on so I cannot say for sure what it is really going to carry like but considering it is a PEAK DESIGN PRODUCT I am sure it is going to be ce14cddeb50ae0e4187c852aeecb613f_original-680x400JUST SUPERB.  

I am looking forward to getting hands on asap.

Improve Your Lighting Skills with a Trip to the Toy Store

 

I have been doing this with toys for the longest time and find them to be a wonderful way to do still life studies and learn about lighting .  Please read this article. It is great for a rainy day or when you can’t get out of the house for one reason or another.

Improve Your Lighting Skills with a Trip to the Toy Store.