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"Camera equipment itself does not take pictures - photographers do that"

(quote by John Shaw, amongst my favourite nature photographers)




It seems as if many people these days (especially on photography forums) just ASSUME that "all serious photographers shoot RAW", and that post-processing must be part and parcel of photography.

The great Ansel Adams is often quoted: "The negative is the score, the print is the performance".

BUT, Ansel Adams shot almost exclusively (B&W) NEGATIVE film.

Perhaps these same people FORGET that a large share of photographers (both professionals and amateurs) used to shoot SLIDE FILM instead, before digital came along.


Actually, for nearly six decades, slide film was the preferred medium for magazines such as National Geographic (e.g., Steve McCurry's famous Afghan Girl was shot on Kodachrome slide film).

And guess what? NO post-processing AT ALL was possible with slide film (which also happened to have a very narrow dynamic range...).

So, for SOME at least (me included), there is pleasure in sticking to straight-out-of-camera JPEGs, and being forced to THINK more before tripping the shutter to make sure one gets everything right (exposure, white balance, dynamic range settings, etc.) in camera.


...which finally brings us to my choice of camera gear:

Fujifilm produce some relatively compact and very sturdy "mirrorless" camera bodies with direct 'old school' controls and a range of high-quality fixed focal length ("prime") lenses (as well as an electronically-coupled adapter for M-mount lenses).
Thanks to many decades of experience in producing photographic film, they also know a thing or two about how to achieve gorgeous colour and tone.

The following minimalist 'kit' allows me to photograph the way I like to, and get very pleasing out-of-camera JPEGs, without having to resort to the crutch of post processing in order to "fix" defects such as colour, tone, chromatic aberration, flare, etc.


Camera body:

Fujifilm X-Pro2



Lenses:

Moderate wide-angle Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R

Medium tele Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR



Filters:

UV B+W XS-Pro 010 MRC-nano

Circular Polarizer B+W F-Pro S03 MRC

Neutral Density B+W F-Pro 103 MRC (3 stops)

Graduated Neutral Density Tiffen HT Grad ND 0.6 (2 stops)


Tripod:

Manfrotto 190CXPro4 carbon fibre tripod + Novoflex Classic Ball 3 head + Novoflex Q=Base quick-release adapter

Manfrotto Pixi Evo mini-tripod



Accessories:

Fujifilm EF-X20 flash

Fujifilm MHG-XPro2 handgrip

Fujifilm NP-W126 batteries

Fujifilm SDHC UHS-II and SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I memory cards

Nikon AR-3 threaded cable release

Screw-in vented metal lens hood

Hot shoe-mount spirit level

Zeiss lens cleaning kit + blower



Custom Settings:

C1 "Soft" Film Simulation = NS, Grain effect = Weak
Low-contrast and low-saturation colour negative film simulation; useful for interior shots.

C2 "Portrait" Film Simulation = NH, Shadow tone -1
Medium-contrast and medium-saturation colour negative film simulation; best suited to portraiture.

C3 "Vintage" Film Simulation = CC, Highlight Tone = +1, Color = -2, Grain effect = Weak
High-contrast but low-saturation "vintage" slide film simulation, reminiscent of old magazine photography.

C4 "Outdoors" Film Simulation = S
Medium-contrast and medium-saturation slide film simulation; a good all-rounder for outdoor photography.

C5 "Velvia" Film Simulation = V
High-contrast and high-saturation slide film simulation, producing deep blue skies, bluish shadows and warm highlights.

C6 "B&W" Film Simulation = AY, Shadow Tone = +1, Highlight Tone = +1
Medium-contrast black & white negative film simulation with yellow filter; a good all-rounder for reportage and portraits.

C7 "B&W Hard" Film Simulation = BR, Shadow Tone = +3, Highlight Tone = +2, Grain effect = Strong
High-contrast, grainy black & white film simulation with red filter; gives a "gritty" look reminiscent of pushed Tri-X.



Other settings:

Auto ISO settings: Auto 1 = 800-12800, min AUTO; Auto 2 = 200-6400, min 1/80; Auto 3 = 200-6400, min 1/250

Preview Exp/WB in Manual Mode = ON; Preview Pic. Effect = ON

MF assist = DIGITAL SPLIT IMAGE (COLOR); Focus Check (automatic zoom in) = OFF; Instant AF: AF-S

Interlock Spot AE & Focus Area = ON; AF Priority: AF-S = Focus, AF-C = Release; AF+MF = OFF; Pre-AF = OFF

Color Space = sRGB; Lens Modulation Optimizer = ON; Long exposure NR = ON
Photo kit
Photo kit
X-Pro2
X-Pro2
23mm
23mm
90mm
90mm