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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 relatively compact and sturdy "mirrorless" camera bodies with direct 'old school' controls, a range of high-quality fixed focal length ("prime") AF lenses, and an electronically-coupled adapter for M-mount MF 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.

So, all in all, this 'kit' allows me to 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-E2s

Wide-angle Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM + Fujifilm M-mount adaptor + screw-on lens hood
Fast 'normal' Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R
Medium tele Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR

UV B+W MRC-nano 010 (52mm, 58mm and 62mm)
Circular Polarizer Heliopan SH-PMC (52mm), B+W MRC Käsemann (58mm) and B+W MRC (62mm)
Neutral Density B+W MRC 103 (3-stop; 52mm, 58mm and 62mm)
Graduated Neutral Density Hoya Half NDx4 (2-stop hard; 52mm and 58mm)

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

Fujifilm EF-X20 flash
Fujifilm MHG-XE handgrip
Fujifilm NP-W126 batteries
SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC memory cards
Nikon AR-3 threaded cable release
Hot shoe-mount spirit level
Zeiss lens cleaning kit + blower
Photo gear
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Fujifilm Custom Settings
Fujifilm Custom Settings