21 Jun Travelling light with the inexpensive Fujinon XC 50-230mm
Those of you who have followed my scribbles for any length of time will readily recognise that I have a few, shall we say, personal foibles that surface from time to time. My preference for an OVF and the rangefinder form factor, for example, and my aversion to screens that tilt and respond to touch.
All photographs by Bill Palmer, Fuji X-Pro2 and Fujinon XC50-230mm zoom
One of my longest lasting and most practical pecadillos is an aversion to lugging around any more than I have to. It was with this in mind that at the weekend I went to the Cranleigh Show in leafy Surrey. The show has been running now for some seventy years and in many respects is a delightful anachronism. It is a country show that still places the emphasis upon the livestock and agriculture—not on “country clothing”, hot-tubs and assorted “rural lifestyle” accessories for urban escapees. As such it is a great place for people-watching and for candid portraiture. There is a real feeling of permanence about an event like this and the bedrock is the people who attend both as spectators and as organisers, competitors and judges.
I took with me my by-now trusty XPro2 and paired it with the exceptional 35mm f/2 and the Fujinon 50-230mm XC. I have written of this latter before; until the advent of the 100-400mm it was the lens with the longest reach in the Fujinon stable whilst at the same time being one of the lightest and cheapest due to
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