"Siblings" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: OLYMPUS E-PL9, 35mm, f/5.5, 1/125 sec, ISO6400
“Siblings” Cedar Park, 2018OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a big trip coming up (to China!) and since I will be taking a suitcase for this trip, it got me thinking about my travel photography kit. 📷 Specifically, with the extra space, maybe I should bring along the Fujifilm X-T10 and its two lenses. And maybe I can bring the 50mm f/1.4 Minolta lens as well. It’s China after all! We’ll be seeing some amazing sights, so I might as well be prepared to get wide shots, plus some tight shots, so the 18-55mm zoom will be perfect. With this in mind, I figured I should get a couple extra batteries (I only have one for the X-T10), so I put a couple in my Amazon shopping cart.

But before pulling the trigger on the batteries, I thought of my recent trip to New York, last year’s vacation to Morocco and Spain, my work trip to Stockholm, and the reason why I decided to just take my Fujifilm X100T.

And that reason can be summed up in one word: Simplicity.

The Fujifilm X100 series of cameras have a fixed 23mm (35mm equivalent) lens which simplifies the act of shooting photos. I don’t have to think about what lens to put on and what would work best in each situation. And later, I won’t be able to second-guess my decision. With the X100T, I have to use the 35mm field of view for everything. If I can’t get close enough by moving my feet, then so be it. Forget about that shot and move on. If I must have a super-wide shot, then Lightroom can stitch a couple photos together. But taking the lens choice decision out of the equation makes shooting so much more stress-free, and therefore more fun!

Of course, having the single camera and fixed lens also makes for a smaller and lighter kit. (a nice bonus is that I don’t have to worry about getting dust on the sensor). My back and knees appreciate the lightweight setup, I’m sure! 😀

So, I’ve reaffirmed my choice of travel kit (and everyday kit, to be honest). And here it is:

"Camera Kit" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 18mm, f/3.6, 1/60 sec, ISO1250
“Camera Kit” Cedar Park, 2018

All the items except camera and power bank fit in a Jansport “Digital Burrito” organizer.

Frankly, the power bank is mainly used for charging my phone, and I can’t remember the last time I used the microfiber cloth, instead opting for the Lens Pen. The USB cable does double-duty since it charges my phone.

This setup is so compact, I don’t even need a dedicated camera bag. And since I am usually wearing the camera across my body using the strap, I just have to put the burrito organizer in whatever bag I happen to have. For instance, in New York I used a small MoMA shopping bag all day. It was a great set up! Burrito, power bank, phone, and umbrella in the bag, camera across my body, and that’s it.

I believe that a simpler, minimalistic life can make you happy, and that a simple, minimalistic camera kit can make photography a lot more enjoyable. In fact, I experience it firsthand every time I walk out the door!

またね~

"Camera Kit" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 18mm, f/3.6, 1/60 sec, ISO1250
“Camera Kit” Cedar Park, 2018
"Camera Kit" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 32.9mm, f/3.6, 1/50 sec, ISO1600
“Camera Kit” Cedar Park, 2018

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