January 3rd, 2014 ….. Fuji XE1 & XP1 do the Mummers Parade … Part 1

01-14-0093Don’t look for the traditional Mummers photos here. There are many good shooters that made those photos but I ain’t one. I have worked the parade bystanders and not the traditional shots of the participants for decades.

I used the Fuji XP1 with the 35mm 1.4 and the XE1 with the 15mm Heliar. No other lenses or cameras were used and more importantly needed. I gotta say first off….the XP1 is now the camera it was designed to be. I used the OVF only and I loved every second of it. The XE1 was a screen shooter except for one frame where I tried the finder. Works great but with the 15mm, you need to get the camera moving in space and not at the eye.

01-14-0068For me the screen is still where it’s at but the OVF in the XP1 is as close to working with a M camera as Fuji probably could get. This is not meant to compare at all, even tho I feel more than qualified to do so but more of an observation on how a camera works within the vision of the shooter. The XP1 is a joy to work with, especially since the new firmware. It’s amazing how accurate the frame lines have become.

01-14-0033When I’m working, I can’t tolerate a camera that fights my vision. If the camera intrudes on my vision even a little….eBay….bye. I’m not selling Fuji’s and certainly I’ve had major issues with them in the past but truth be told, credit should go where credit is due. Enough props for now.

01-14-0063I don’t want to write too much as I feel the photos will speak better than I can with those words. I’m not as a loss mind you, just paying respect to the images.

01-14-0048This photo will no doubt go to the Homeless Advocacy Group I work with. Of course all the Lawyers there are either wearing or their mates are wearing these fancy schmancy fur coats. There’s nothing wrong with that, don’t get me wrong. If a man has been hungry and cold for a while, what’s one more day? Am I being sarcastic, I donotcanknow……..

More tomorrow as I have many nice photos. Peace be with you….

9 thoughts on “January 3rd, 2014 ….. Fuji XE1 & XP1 do the Mummers Parade … Part 1”

    1. Thanks much….now you know that the Parade is the most important event in the history of mankind…..well, at least here in Philly and woman like it to ….
      Thanks again…..don

  1. I like hearing your comments on the XP1. I was looking through my images from the DNC taken with that camera in 2012 the other day, I sold it for various reasons, mostly because it did not live up to expectations in some ways. This firmware upgrade might of helped back then, and maybe the XP2 will be wonderful, but for now I am enjoying full frame cameras.

    1. Thanks Dan. So what are you using? I will assume the Nikon but still interested in your thoughts….

      1. Don, I am enjoying the Nikon Df these days. I like the manual controls and the fine sensor with its excellent high ISO capabilities. It is not as small as the mirrorless cameras, but smaller than other full frame DSLRs. When I want something small with me it is the Panny GX7.

  2. Great series as usual.
    I shot a Zombie Walk a few weeks ago (kind of Mummers Parade but with zombies instead) with a similar setup. Ricoh GR in the pocket for environmental street shots and Pentax K-30 + 35mm 2.4 around the neck for closer portraits, and indeed I found that this combination works very well for this kind of events where the streets are full of people.

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