I had a week in the Lake District from 8th to 14th March, as usual with Lakeland Photographic Holidays, although this time I picked a ‘Limited Walking’ workshop in view of the breathing problems. Two of the days were very cold, wet and windy, but one day was brilliantly sunny and warm, and the other two days weren’t at all bad.
On three of the days I used the Nikon 1 V3 with the 10-100mm zoom lens, and the 6.7-16mm lens for a few photos inside a church on one of the very wet days. The other two days I used the Fuji X-T1 with the 18-135mm zoom. I hadn’t taken much else in the way of cameras, but I could easily have left several lenses behind macros, other zooms and several prime lenses) and travelled lighter still. When the weather is difficult it is a real advantage not needing to change lenses, and as few if any of the photos will be used other than on a computer screen, or a maximum of an A3+ print, the optical quality of the lens isn’t really an issue, nor is the image quality of the sensor.
I enjoyed using both cameras, though of course the controls of the Fuji are much more convenient than those on the Nikon, not just because they are larger, but there are so many more control dials and buttons, and less need to go into menus. Actually the boons of the rear D-control dial of the Fuji are exceptionally difficult to operate – the are too small, too recessed, and don’t have a positive action – almost the only shortcoming of the camera, and one which many others have noted too. I’d be interested to try a newer X-T1 (mine was a very early example) to see if they have made any improvements in this respect, but although another of the people on the workshop also had an X-T1, his was of a similar age to mine.
Of 609 photos from the week, 345 were taken with the Nikon 1 and 264 with the Fuji – though the Fuji was only used on two days, but in better weather, so there isn’t really any significance in the figures.
There wasn’t a lot of time to work on the images during the week, so they were loaded into Lightroom for picking a few out to project in the evening, a few quick edits were done for cropping, exposure, colour, clarity and sharpening and noise, and a few were converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro. I’m now settling down to spend more time working on some of the pictures, and I may try using DxO Pro to process the Nikon RAW images and Capture One to process the Fuji ones before moving them into Photoshop for the final tweaks.
This was a very enjoyable week, as always at LPH, for which I must thank John and Gail Gravett of LPH.
I should be posting some pictures from the week in the Photo Gallery section of the web site, so take a look in there (menu on the right of this page) to see them soon.