I felt like Willy Wonka this weekend, bringing the best tasting chocolate to the world! You see, Fujifilm Nordic had asked me if I could bring some of their goodies out to the Norwegian Nature Photo Festival in Ski. So, they sent me three big cases of übercool equipment for the weekend. Not every day you get a chance to set up a pop-up candy store like this, so this was pure fun!
The star of the show was the brand new X-H1. I have to admit I was a bit sceptic when I first read the specs and saw the pictures of it. But after playing with it for a few days, I’m so impressed! The housing and ergonomics are great – even though I really miss the exposure compensation dial – and it just fits perfectly in my hand. Both with and without the grip. It’s very fast and responsive, and the image stabilization (IBIS) is nothing short of amazing. I hope I get the chance to play with it some more.
But back to those goodie cases, Fujifilm had also sent me amazing GFX 50s. Ooohhh….. And my workhorse – the X-T2, and of course the beautiful Leica killer – the X-Pro2. I also got a bunch of lenses. The 10-24, 14, 16, 23/2, 35/2, 50/2, 16-55, 18-55, 18-135, 80 macro, 90, 55-200, 50-140 and the 100-400. Plus a couple of teleconverters. Phew… But that’s not all. The GFX needs some glass too, so they had sent me the 23, 45, 63, 120 macro and the 32-64. The only thing I felt was missing, and something many asked about, was the 110 lens. But the cases contained more or less everything you could ever want if you were to go off to a deserted island and live happily for the rest of your life.
It was so much fun meeting loads of people sharing the passion for photography. And it surprised me how many wildlife photographers with their long lenses, also admitted they carried either a Fujifilm S, T or F from the X100 series. That’s so cool! And if you ask me, every nature photographer that is serious about what they do, should carry a GFX.
But thank god a lot of the equipment was weather sealed, because people – including yours truly – were literally drooling over all these Fujifilm goodies. Pity I didn’t get to keep all of it, but had to return it to Fujifilm Monday morning… Typical Monday morning blues…
PS! Photos of me by Martin Wallgren.