Sunset sunning

sun spot
Fujifilm x-T30 | XF 27mm

Here’s a seal lion sunning itself, below us on the wharf, as the sun set. I suppose that all animals must enjoy basking in light and warmth in some way during their lives. Except for moles… yeah, moles probably don’t do this.

Stock up on batteries

This video, by Daniel Milnor, spoke to me as I find myself (again) overthinking the equipment that I want to have with me 1) everyday, and 2) when I travel. I especially like the punctuation at the end, saying that one camera/lens is all you need. Stock up on batteries and go out there to photograph until they’re dead.

X-T30 needs more time

Sacramento Zoo
Fujifilm X-T30 | 48.4mm | f5.6 | 1/125 | ISO 400

Some follow up to yesterday’s post about the T-30 and the button placements. There is a firmware update that allows the user to toggle the Q button on and off. But, that’s a Band-Aid solution. The Q button and menu are useful; turning it off takes that way. The issue of placement still remains.

It’s overall a great camera. I have no plans to “abandon” or get rid of it. I love what it allows me to do. I love the extremely minimal processing I need to do with its images. My gripes will most likely subside with continued use and customizations (of button functions) until I find what’s comfortable.

X-T30 frustrations

Sacramento Zoo
Fujifilm X-T30 | 23.3 mm | f6.4 | 1/125 | ISO 400

I got frustrated with the camera, today. Specifically, I got frustrated with the X-T30. A lot of it can be chalked up to user error, much of which can be overcome with more use and practice with the camera itself. Possibly some menu and button customizations.

One of the main reasons thatI switched to the Fujifilm X system line is because a lot of the main functions are controlled by dials and outside buttons (as opposed to hidden in menus). It’s why I very much love using the X-T1. Everything I need is within reach.

The X-T30 is close. A lot of the dials are familiar and do exactly what I want. But I have an issue with button placement, some of which I find myself accidentally pressing all of the time. I’m looking at you Q button placed on the thumb grip!

Today, while out, I keep hitting the Q button and inadvertently changing the settings controlled by the front (ISO) and back (aperture) dials. It was aggravating.

As I said, most of this can be overcome with more practice. But I’m not sure that’s what I want to spent my time on. The X-T1, for me, fades into the background. I can change settings instinctively, and the tool itself fades into the background. That’s what I want in my cameras.