On ne change pas une équipe qui gagne. That’s French for “don’t mess with something that ain’t broke”. So, since yesterday was such a hoot and the weather promised to hold, we followed the same plan of an early start …
… coffee at our local joint …
… metro to our destination …
… and shoot to our heart’s content.
Our first stop was La Defense, the business district just East of central Paris and full of interesting buildings and people. We arrived 30 minutes before sunrise, watched the workers arrive and roamed the large area in small groups for a couple of hours …
We left via the metro, heading out again into the Tuileries gardens …
… then into the heart of Quartier Latin.
Back at the hotel to rest before our evening jaunt, we once again commented upon the day’s production and did some interesting comparisons between rival optical clans. Philippe and Joakim took the exact same photograph with a Sony A7r2 + OTUS 55 and a Leica Monochrom + Summilux 1.4/50. We examined the results side by side and found some minor differences that I’ll get into in another post. Both systems are astonishingly good. And the Leica offers the benefit of a nicer shutter click, solid-feeling build and compacity.
But the real shock for me was grabbing Paul’s Fuji X100-T in Jardin des Tuileries. That thing is amazing. I’m getting one asap. It’s like wearing an invisibility cloak. It is so silent and intuitive that you can walk up to people totally unnoticed and grab super quality files on the fly. My heart had always desired a small camera and the RX-1 seemed the ideal companion but failed to convince me in the flesh. The Leica Q did just the opposite but is quite large and pricey. This Fuji, by far the cheapest of the three, is the Goldilocks deal for me and the most fun to use. Very highly recommended.
Well, nuff about me. Here are some of the photos the my partners in crime were kind enough to share. Brilliant stuff …
(Paul also share a documentary shot of a personal tragedy unfolding … 😉 )
The fun continues tomorrow (in a slightly different format …). Be seeing you 🙂
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