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2015 Holiday Roundup with the 24-70 Lens

It was a weird Christmas. I'm likely preaching to the choir about this, but it was just about 65 degrees on Christmas day, and the days around it for that matter. In March of last year, I was ecstatic that the snow began to melt and fade away -- now I officially miss it. Nonetheless, I had balmy conditions to test my latest acquisition -- the incredible Nikon 24-70 f2.8 lens. It was a strange Christmas, but a good one! 

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Downtown NYC Long Exposure

One photo. ONE PHOTO!

That's what comprises this week's project. While a part of me didn't think this qualified as a "52 Week Project", I realized that it took a few hours of prep. I took about twenty shots over the course of an hour and a half to get one passable photo - I'd consider that a project. 

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Holiday Photo Roundup

I guess it's the ocean that brings out the photographer in me. Or maybe it's the break from Reddit and the Internet at large. Whatever it was, I was more than eager to explore an oft-visited area of the country -- Mystic, Connecticut and the surrounding areas -- armed with cameras. Specifically, I came out swinging with my Fujifilm X100s, Lee ND filters, iPhone 6 Plus, and my new 85mm f1.8 for the Nikon.

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Beating the Dead Horse: Fuji X100s Impressions

Frankly, I always knew this was a matter of time.

Less than a year ago, I purchased a Fujifilm X20 in lovely, lovely flat black. It's a terrific camera. It focuses fast, it reproduces the trademark colors of Fuji's most famous film stocks, and it's quieter than felt touching cotton.

However, something wasn't quite right. While the rest of the camera works very well, the sensor is ultimately the problem. While images look good initially, any post processing often drags copious amounts of grain into a photo -- even it it was shot in RAW format and is only being pushed by a single stop in Lightroom. Even when images weren't that altered, the dime-sized sensor reared its ugly head with excess noise and dramatic detail falloff in some situations. It was so nearly the camera I wanted it to be -- and thus, I kept leering amorously at the X100s, the "big brother" to the X20, wondering when I would take the plunge and grab it for myself.

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