Saturday, July 4, 2015

1976 Les Paul Deluxe

1976 Les Paul Deluxe

Monday, March 9, 2015

Picton To Bluff

Last year a small group of us completed a long distance ride from Lake Ferry to Cape Reinga in a day. This year three of us set out to cover Picton to Bluff on the South Island.
Friday night we caught the ferry in Wellington and then stayed over just outside Picton. Saturday morning we hit the road at 6am and finally made it to Invercargill at 5:50pm. We checked into the motel and the headed off for the final leg down to Bluff. Then we took two days to ride back home via Queenstown and the West coast.It was a fantastic ride and the weather was very kind, we only had one downpour and that didn't last long.

I managed to get some video too.

Picton to Bluff http://youtu.be/gViL60N1ao8
The Trip Back http://youtu.be/1t0S-HhqD7Q
Crown Range http://youtu.be/dPhCVjtHo7U


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Goodbye Fuji

I have been playing with Fuji X cameras for a couple of years but switched to them seriously back in June 2014. The X-Pro1 and X-T1 are incredible little cameras and the Fuji lenses are pretty spectacular. So why after 6 months have I decided to sell them all ?

My main reason is the X-Trans sensor.

X-Trans is Fuji's own digital sensor it uses a unique X pattern for its pixel array which unlike the more common Bayer sensors is much less susceptible to moire and therefore doesn't require an anti-alias filter. This can give slightly sharper results.



However, it does come at a price,  de-mosaicing the X pattern is far more difficult compared to the Bayer pattern, it requires more complex algorithms and more CPU (horsepower) to do a good job. Finding a decent raw convertor is not easy and most of them have some shortcomings.

The X-Trans sensor is not great in high contrast situations, it lacks dynamic range and when you do have to pull details back into the highlights from your raw files it can get ugly pretty quickly. My previous camera was a Nikon D800 which has an exemplarily dynamic range so maybe that has spoilt my expectations somewhat.

Finding a replacement system was not that easy, I really liked the Fuji system and it was hard to fault albeit for the sensor itself. I had tried the Sony A7R in the past and was not keen on the feel of the camera, it was slow, clunky and just seemed awkward. I also didn't need the 36MP it was capable spitting out. Then Sony unveiled the A7II, it had been refined, it was faster, built better and was just about the perfect replacement for the X-T1. It is "Full Frame" and 24MP, the native lens lineup is limited but with great quality. With adaptors you can put just about anything in front of it though.


I have two lenses at present and will add the Zeiss wide angle zoom in the near future. I may also buy an adaptor and start looking at legacy lenses just for some added fun !


The Zeiss 24-70mm f4
The Zeiss 55mm f1.8