Canyonlands National Park with a Fuji XT2

Spent a weekend in Moab, Utah. We tour arches national park and cayonlands national park. I took  with me my Fuji XT2 with the xf16mm f1.4, xf18-55mm, xf35mm f2, and the saymang 12mm f2. Here are some photos from my weekend adventure . All the following photos are from Canyonlands National Park. 

 False Kiva is a human-made stone circle created by the Anasazi. While located in a naturally occurring cave, the name False Kiva arises from the uncertainty around the circle of stones' origins and purpose, not whether it is really an authentic kiva.

False Kiva is a human-made stone circle created by the Anasazi. While located in a naturally occurring cave, the name False Kiva arises from the uncertainty around the circle of stones' origins and purpose, not whether it is really an authentic kiva.

 Sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. 

Sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park. 

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My Favorite Fuji XT1 Accessories

I have been using the XT1 for a little over four months now, I have found a few accessories that make using my XT1 more enjoyable.

 

1. The Strap

I hate straps most of the time because they just get in the way, but they are a necessary evil. I have gone to a two strap setup which consists of a Paracord wrist strap and a Paracord sling strap. The straps I use have quick release connectors, so changing between the straps take seconds. I use the wrist strap about 95% of the time unless I am going on a hike or walking around downtown; then I will use the sling strap. The straps I use can be found Here

2. ThumbGrip

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This is one of those accessories that I missed having when I moved over to the XT1 from the XPRO1. On the XPRO1 I really liked the feel and handling the Lensmate thumb grip gave the XPRO1. The grip made the camera feel more solid in the hand and gave better one-handed operation. When I saw Lensmate made one for the XT1, I was not sure how well it would work since the XT1 has more of an SLR body style vs. a rangefinder. Since adding the thumb grip to the XT1, I get the similar feel that I got with my XPRO. I really like how it the XT1 one handles with it attached. I have been asked if it gets in the way of using the exposure compensation dial and it does not. You can get the Lensmate Thumbgrip Here or on Amazon

3. Soft Release

This is something if you are coming from a DSLR you probably never used, I know I had never used one until I got the XE1 and now I would not live without it. On the XE1 and XPRO1 Fuji has used a threaded shutter button, which means you can find a cheap screw in soft release all over eBay. However, the XT1 being weather sealed, it did not get the threaded shutter button. Thanks to Lolumina, they solve that problem by giving you a little disk with threads that attach with adhesive to your shutter button. It is so nice having my soft release back. I have been using this for about three weeks both in and out of my bag and in the snow, and it is still holding strong and has not come loose. You can order the Lolumina shutter button on Amazon or at Lensmate

4. Extra Batteries 

Mirrorless cameras tend to go through the batteries; I get about 400 to 500 shoots out of my batteries. However, if I am using Wi-Fi they go a lot quicker. I have found the Wasabi batteries to be a pretty good value compared to OEM ones. I get pretty close to the same amount of shots out of the Wasabi as I do the OEM. The Wasabi's come with a charger that will also charge the OEM ones as well. I have been using them for almost a year now in both my XPRO1 and XT1 and have had no problems with them at all. You can get Wasabi batteries at Amazon

Denver Union Station with a Fuji XT1

The newly completed Denver Union Station is a sight to see both inside and out, it was officially reopened in July 2014. I am working on a full review of the Rokinon 12mm F/2.0 lens and figured this was a good place to put it through it paces. Gear used Fuji XT1 and the Rokinon 12mm.

 

The Inside of Union Station