Bud James Photography: Blog http://www.budjames.photography/blog en-us (C) Bud James Photography bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:37:00 GMT Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:37:00 GMT http://www.budjames.photography/img/s/v-5/u954522609-o824060828-50.jpg Bud James Photography: Blog http://www.budjames.photography/blog 105 120 Leica M10 http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/4/lei I recently acquired the new Leica M10 rangefinder digital camera along with a few Leica lenses. The camera and lenses are jewels of precision manufacturing. I'm still getting the hang of the manual focusing. The initial image quality from my first images are nothing short of stunning. Please see my Longwood Gardens portfolio for some examples. The level of detail and sharpness is amazing and have a different look than the Fuji cameras that I have been using for the past four years. 

Leica invented the 35mm camera in 1925. A version of the Leica rangefinder camera has been continuously manufactured since then.


bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) leica rangefinder http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/4/lei Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:36:23 GMT
I deleted my Facebook account today http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/3/i-deleted-my-facebook-account-today In light of the continuous and egregious disregard for personal privacy and protection of user information by Facebook, today I deleted my Facebook account. It is very true with internet services that if the product is free, you ARE the product. The same thing goes for Google and the apps they offer. I'm done with Facebook.

bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/3/i-deleted-my-facebook-account-today Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:37:01 GMT
Leica http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/2/leica I checked off a long-term desire to own a Leica M camera with the purchase of the new Leica M10. I also purchased a few Leica lenses: Summilux 50mm f1.4 and Summicron 28mm, 35mm and 75mm, all f2.

The Leica M10 is a full frame (35mm) rangefinder body. All Leica M lenses are manual focus only. This is why the body and lenses are so compact as compared to a type DSLR. In fact, the Leica M10 body is about the same size as my Fuji X-Pro2 which is a APS-C size sensor in a rangefinder style body. However, the Leica body is much heavier than the Fuji body as the Leica body is made of brass. Mine is the "black chrome" finish as I think it is more stealthy than the silver and black body. All of my lenses are black too.

I getting used to manual focusing, but the quality that I'm getting from the excellent Leica lenses is awesome. It is true that images produced with the Leica M and Leica lenses have a unique look. Even when shot wide open, the Leica lenses are very sharp across the entire frame. 

I use Capture One Pro, now at version 11, as my image cataloging and processing software of choice. The Leica produces DNG RAW files which look great with very little adjustments in Capture One Pro. I just posted a new album of images shot with the Leica recently at Longwood Gardens.

bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2018/2/leica Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:52:22 GMT
Fuji X Series cameras and lenses http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2017/1/fuji-x-series-cameras-and-lenses For the past three years, I have been shooting exclusively with Fuji X series cameras and lenses.  Three months after the purchase of my first Fuji interchangeable lens body, the X-T1, I was so impressed with the small size, light weight and superb image quality, that I quickly sold off all of my professional Canon full-frame bodies and lenses.

Fast forward to today, my current Fuji X cameras are the X-Pro2, X-T2 and X-100T. My past three international travel vacations were shot exclusively on Fuji gear. The small size of the cameras and lenses combined with the quiet operation allow me to be more discreet when shooting street photography in the various countries that I have visited in the past three years. As I am 6'5", it's hard for me to "blend in", therefore, the last thing that I need is a large pro-level DSLR that makes a loud "clunk" each time I press the shutter button.

Although all of the equipment I currently own has a purpose, I am particularly fond of the X-Pro2 rangefinder format body with the excellent Fuji XF 23mm f2. This combination has replace my X-100T as my "street camera" because of the higher resolution sensor at 24 megapixels as compared to the X-100T's older 16 megapixel sensor. The other important benefit is that the focusing on the X-Pro2 is faster thanks to the more powerful image processor.

I'm looking forward to my next trip to Iceland and Denmark in a few months. I will take the X-Pro2 and X-T2 bodies along with the 23mm f2, 10-24mm f4, 16-55mm f2.8 and 55-200mm lenses. This kit all fits comfortably in my Billingham f1.4 bag along with my iPad Pro and accessories.

A major advantage of the using the X-Pro2 and X-T1 together is that they use the same interchangeable lenses and batteries. This way I have a back up in the case of a camera failure. Fortunately, I have not had any problems with my Fuji cameras, but it provides me with peace of mind to know that I have a ready back up. On previous trips, I traveled with the X-T1 and X-100T cameras. The X-100T is a great little rangefinder format camera with an excellent fixed 23mm lens. But if the X-T1 failed, I would have lost the flexibility of the various lenses that I had with me. The X-100T also uses a different battery, so I had to take additional batteries and charger specific to this model. Now I have less stuff to carry as the X-Pro2 and X-T2 take the same batteries and use the same charger.


bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2017/1/fuji-x-series-cameras-and-lenses Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:27:50 GMT
Fuji X-Pro2 joins my gear bag http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2016/1/fuji-x-pro2-joins-my-gear-bag I purchased the new Fuji X-Pro2 camera body a few weeks ago. I've used the camera almost exclusively for the past few weeks including a trip to Washington, DC to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. 

bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) Fuji X-Pro2 blossoms cherry http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2016/1/fuji-x-pro2-joins-my-gear-bag Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:36:00 GMT
Fuji 35mm f2 lens http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2016/1/fuji-35mm-f2-lens I added the new Fuji 35mm f2 lens to my toolkit. I love the new lents because it small, light and focuses very fast on my X-T1 body. The added benefit of being a "WR" or weather resistant lens complements the weather resistant camera body. This lens focuses faster than the older 35mm f1.4 version that is one of the three original lenses that Fuji introduced with their first Fuji-X series camera body with interchangeable lenses, the X-Pro1 over four years ago.

I have been using this lens as my "walkabout" lens to try it out. I will be posting images on the site shortly.

Here is a view of the front of the 35mm F2 lens.

Fujifilm XF 35mm F2 lensThe compact 35mm f2 lens. Photo curtesy of LaRoque Photography.


Here is the lens mounted on the Fuji X-T1 body

The Fuji 35mm f2 mounted on the X-T1 bodyThe Fuji 35mm f2 mounted on the X-T1 body.

Photos are courtesy of LaRoque Photo. You can visit his excellent website by clicking HERE.


bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) 35mm Fujifilm XF f2 lens http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2016/1/fuji-35mm-f2-lens Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:50:20 GMT
China and Japan 2015 http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2015/8/china-and-japan-2015 I just got back from a 2-1/2 week travel vacation in China and Japan. We started in Beijing and visited Xian, Guilin and Shanghai before flying to Tokyo, Japan. In Japan we took the bullet train to Kyoto for a very long day trip, spent another day in Tokyo before flying home.

I shot over 6,000 images with my Fuji X-T1 and X-100T cameras. I'm working my way through editing the images and will have my favorites posted in new albums on my web site shortly.

bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2015/8/china-and-japan-2015 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:06:58 GMT
Just received my Fujifilm X-E2 http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2013/11/just-received-my-fujifilm-x-e2 I just got my new Fujifilm X-E2 body in black. I'm looking forward to using it today at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show.
bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2013/11/just-received-my-fujifilm-x-e2 Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:27:23 GMT
Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2013/11/kennel-club-of-philadelphia-dog-show---november-17-2013 Today we are making our annual trek to the Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Show with my family. As dog lovers ourselves, attending the show provides a great opportunity to see and learn about all breeds and to speak to their owners and trainers. 

This will be the first event where I will be trying out my new camera kit consisting of the new Fuji X-E2 and X100S compact X-trans sensor cameras. I will be taking my Zeiss 12mm, Fuji 18-55mm and Fuji 55-200mm lenses for the X-E2. The whole kit fits into my new Billingham Hadley Large messenger-style bag with room to spare. This system weighs much less than my Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105 L lens and 16-35 L lens that has been my previous travel kit.

I will post an assortment of my best images here.

bud@budjames.photography (Bud James Photography) http://www.budjames.photography/blog/2013/11/kennel-club-of-philadelphia-dog-show---november-17-2013 Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:05:00 GMT