The X-T10 Grip

In my review and comparison, perhaps my biggest criticism with the camera was its grip, or lack thereof. This potential issue is easily addressed by way of a half case, or MHG-XT10 grip that also provides Arca Swiss tripod compatibility. Both maintain battery and SD card access, which is nice.

Fuji’s X-T10 with MHG-XT10 hand grip – Image courtesy of Fujifilm Canada

Fuji’s X-T10 with MHG-XT10 hand grip – Image courtesy of Fujifilm Canada

Historically, I haven’t been thrilled with Fuji’s grips, and have preferred to attach a Really Right Stuff L-plate for my Arca Swiss needs, but this is a camera where a little added grip would do wonders. On the other hand, if the grip on the X-T10 is too small for you and you’re considering an MHG-XT10, the price of your X-T10 is now $930 (USD), just $270 less than the price of an X-T1. Less than $300 gets you a grip you’ll be more comfortable with out of the box, superior build, weather sealing, better continuous shooting, etc.

If an X-T10 arrives in my home as an X-T1 owner already, it would be the sort of camera that would stay off the tripod for the most part, and this may be the first Fuji half case I test. Anyone want to send me a Luigi half case to compare?

X-T10 Preorder Bonus for Canada

For my fellow Canadians—and I suppose my American friends who don’t mind the extra shipping costs—X-T10 preorders come with an official Fuji half case that would normally set you back $100 CDN. I have to say, this setup looks awfully sweet.

I recommend my good friends at Aden Camera for all your Canadian preorder needs.→

Fuji’s X-T10 with half case – Image courtesy of Fujifilm Canada.

Fuji’s X-T10 with half case – Image courtesy of Fujifilm Canada.

Get Ready For Your Close-Up

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Have you been looking for a way to get closer to your subjects without having to shell out for another lens? Perhaps you’re biding your time until the 120mm f/2.8 R Macro arrives. Either way, my review of Fuji’s latest addition to their accessory line-up has been posted.

MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 Review

An in-depth comparison of maximum closeness with and without the extensions tubes is also underway. So far only the primes are ready for viewing.

MCEX-11 vs. MCEX-16

Early look at the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 Macro Extension Tubes

Othman Kammah has a brief post showing the difference the Macro Extension Tubes MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 can make on a few of Fuji’s lenses.

Some photographers like to shoot close ups and details. I am one of those people...

I've now had a chance to play with both of these [the MCEX-11 (11mm) and MCEX-16 (16mm)] on the Fuji 18mm, 35mm, and 60mm lenses and though I would share my findings...

I had only seen the charts mentioned by Kammah before, but by the looks of things, those tubes make a huge difference in minimum focusing distance. I should be getting my set in the coming days. Look for a full versus comparison soon.

Love —  Othman Kammah

Love — Othman Kammah

Heavy Issues

I tend to get a bit obsessive when it comes to weight. I’ll agonize over things like bag purchases because of what material they’re made of and, as a result, how heavy they are. When it comes to tripods, carbon fibre wasn’t a possibility, it was a certainty. I employed the same methods when building a bike and ended up with a ride that goes everywhere with me, lest it get stolen.

Image courtesy of Fujifilm

Image courtesy of Fujifilm

Size and weight are the two main reasons I switched from DSLR to mirrorless, and while Fuji’s clever marketing graphic doesn’t perfectly illustrate the evolution of my gear, it captures the sentiment perfectly for me. I have evolved into a more nimble photographer thanks to “downsizing” my camera system, which also allowed me to downsize other things like my tripod.

The reduction in weight means I’m much more willing to bring my gear with me. I had become a vacation and special events photographer when it came to personal photography with my DSLR. Now I find myself with a camera and shooting much, much more.

Find out how much weight can be saved by going mirrorless in my article, Heavy Issues, Mirrorless vs. DSLR weight.

The ONA Bowery vs. The Billingham Hadley Small

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For a change of pace from my usual “versus” articles, I finally got around to writing up my thoughts and comparisons of these two highly sought after bags. One is from ONA and the other, Billingham. Both bags are fantastic, but which bag comes out on top? Read on to find out.

The ONA Bowery vs. The Billingham Hadley Small