New York! New York!

New York

So good they named it twice! It’s definitely one of my favourite cities in the world and I’ve been fortunate enough to visit it on several occasions.  In 2012 I was there with my family as part of our annual holiday. I had with me my Canon 7D, battery grip, four lenses ranging from 10mm to 200mm and a selection of accessories all carried in a Kata backpack. This was undoubtedly a mistake and after the first day I was a tired, sweaty mess with sore feet and shoulders. The rest of the trip saw me ditch most of the gear for just the body and a the lightest lens I had, a Sigma 10-20mm, but it was still a big bulky combination to carry about all day and on some days I even left it all in the hotel and resorted to my iPhone.

Last year I was back again, but this time it was different. I had recently purchased the Fuji X-Pro1 with the XF 18mm and 35mm lenses and a Billingham Hadley Small bag. Even with an iPad and a few other accessories this setup was much lighter and easier to carry. It was a joy to use and I found that most of the time I could carry the camera in one hand with the strap wrapped around my wrist. I took the camera everywhere, took lots more photos than previously and the whole process was much quicker and more spontaneous. For me the shots I took with the X-Pro1 (below) are the best I have ever taken in New York and this trip was definitely instrumental in my complete move away from DSLRs. I still have the X-Pro1 but I have also added the X100s and three more lenses. The Hadley Small has been replaced by the Hadley Pro but its still light and pleasant to use. I hope to be back in New York soon with my ideal kit of the X-Pro1 with 16mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses. I suppose I should start saving now!

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