In any relationship there are tough times and during those times you have to work at it and ride through them to come through the other side. There's little point giving in just for the sake of it, when you know deep down what is right, and you know you were really meant to be together. That's a little how I feel about my Fuji X-Pro1 at the present time. I've gone through a bit of an unsettled period with it lately, wondering if it's the right camera for me. Indeed since my last outing back in July, I haven't even picked it up. It's been sat there discarded whilst I wonder if our relationship had hit the rocks completely and if I should seriously consider other options.
However, having had a trip out yesterday and taking the little Fuji with me, things have changed. Once again, the X-Pro1 has melted my heart and reminded me just why I fell for its charms in the first place. With the ability to carry it around easily and grab that shot you want it's easy to forget just how easy this camera is to use, whilst the quality of the images it produces still takes some beating, that's for sure.
Yesterday we ventured over to the Elan Valley which is in Mid Wales. A beautiful part of the country made up of several reservoirs and dams originally built to service the Midlands with clean water, the legacy of which is stunning scenery and architecture to take in and enjoy.
Armed with the Fuji X-Pro1 together with the 18-55mm zoom and 35mm prime (which stayed in the bag), we pottered around the area, taking images of the dams, and reservoirs, before heading back. The 18-55mm zoom is an ideal all round lens, but I couldn't help thinking a wide angle prime lens such as the 18mm or even the 14mm, would make a better option. However, for what was in the bag, the 18-55mm was ideal.
During the day I used both a tripod and monopod. Now tripods are something I've never got to grips with much. I've got a couple, neither of which are very good, and yesterday served as a perfect excuse as why cheap tripods aren't very good. It was pretty windy out in Wales, and even with the X-Pro1 on the tripod, it wasn't particularly stable, which at lower shutter speeds isn't great.
By chance, on the way home we popped into a vintage furniture shop, selling all manner of vintage furniture and house clearance items, and sitting there was a Manfrotto tripod, virtually brand new for just £8.00. It needs a head for it, but at that price it's an absolute bargain - more of that soon no doubt!
In the meantime, I'm basking in my new found love...and happy to have re-ignited my love affair with my X-Pro1