Argon 18-Cycling Canada partnership

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to photograph the Canadian Track cycling team again. This time around it for an announcement that Argon 18 was becoming the new bike sponsor for the Canadian Track team. You can read a little more about it on the Argon website. 

https://www.argon18bike.com/en/news/argon-18/ARGON18-Signs-Multi-Year-Partnership-Cycling-Canada

Argon 18 cycling Canada partnership ancouncment
Hugo Barrette Track Cyclist
Amelia Walsh Track Cyclist
Milton Velodrome - Mattamy Cycling center
Canadian Track cycling sprinters 2017

Bojan

 

Standing on my first Summit.

People often come and go through our life and some leave a bigger impression on us then others. In 2005 I went to the Rockies, I din't exactly have a plan for my trip I just packed a few things and was confident that I would find some adventure once I got out there. I met Neil Baker at a climbing shop in Banff and after a few conversations he invited me to come along on a scrambling trip in the Rogers Pass area. We ended up climbing Ross peak and spent the night right on the summit. It was the beginning of my climbing career. 

Neil and I ended up climbing a number of peaks together over a few years but eventually lost touch. I'm very bad at keeping in touch with people. Even my family I have a hard time staying in touch. It's a flaw that I recognize and am trying to work on. As with a lot of my friends that don't live in the same city, I didn't keep in touch with Neil but he is the definitely someone that I looked up to and he had a lasting impression on me. A truly great person.

I've been scanning some of my old slide film, the images below are just a few from our climbing adventures. 

I hope you are doing well pal.  

Neil Baker on the summit of Ross Peak. Rogers Pass, BC

Neil Baker on the summit of Ross Peak. Rogers Pass, BC

Neil waiting out a storm. Nikon FM10 - Velvia 50

Neil waiting out a storm. Nikon FM10 - Velvia 50

Neil and Jon climbing on the slopes of Mt. Athabasca.

Neil and Jon climbing on the slopes of Mt. Athabasca.

Neil and I on the summit of Mt. Athabasca.

Neil and I on the summit of Mt. Athabasca.

Neil on Ross Peak.

Neil on Ross Peak.

Cheers,

Bojan

 

Fujifilm X-T10 and Fuji XF 18mm f2.0 review and thoughts

Dear Mr. Fujifilm,

Almost a year ago I was looking for a mirrorless camera and after much research it came down to to two cameras, the fuji X-T1 and the X-T10.  After another 2 weeks and countless hours reading and watching reviews I finally decided on what camera I was going to go with. My choice was the newer Fujifilm X-T10. I decided to skip over the kit lens because, well because kit lenses are useless in my opinion and ended up pairing the body with the Fuji XF 18mm f2.0. There are so many technical reviews on the web so this review will be more on "real world" applications and experiences. After almost a year of using the the camera I feel that i gota really good feel for the camera and I have used it in a variety of situations, anything from messing around at home, street photography, cycling to even using it in a couple of weddings. 

Fujifilm X-T10 with Fuji XF 18mm f2.0 lens.

Fujifilm X-T10 with Fuji XF 18mm f2.0 lens.

 

The Build Quality

This is something that that is a very big part of my kit purchasing decision and the biggest reason I was considering the X-T1. I was also a little worried that the body didn't have weather sealing. Ultimately I couldn't justify the extra cash mainly for the weather seal. In all my years of photographing the only time I was ever concerned about weather sealing has been while out in the mountains shooting landscapes or climbing as the weather conditions are so varied and change by the minute. 

I am so impressed with the durability of this little camera. So far it has handled everything I have thrown at it. The ultimate test came this weekend while I was out rock climbing.  long story short, my climbing partner was sitting down and as she stood up the backpack rolled off the cliff. I made the mistake of leaving it open so as if was rolling over the edge in slow motion the x-t10 rolled out of the bag and headed to what I though was certain death. The initial drop was about 25 feet. I heard it hit rock ad the bottom and then watched as it disappeared into the forrest below. Now, it's fall and all the leafs are down so finding it was not that straight forward. It had rolled a lot further then I had though, a good 150ft. '

The other thing that I do that put a lot of wear on the camera is cycling. This set up is just to big to throw into my jersey pocket to most of the time I just sling it around my body. It definitely gets banged around every now and then, not to mention all the sweat that ends up on it. Taking everything into account this little camera can certainly take a beating. I'm impressed.

Handling

I learned on the fully manual Nikon FM 10 so the Fuji X series cameras feel very intuitive and natural to me. Seriously, I wouldn't change a thing. I thought that that the body itself would be a little to small in my hand but everything is laid out so well that I don't mind the smaller size at all. Sure the Fuji X-T1 is a little bit bigger and does feel better in your hand but trust me, you will get used to it. The dials them self have really good resistance to them and I like the solid motion when I change the shutter dial or even the aperture ring on the lens. I find the camera really easy to adjust while I'm on the bike itself and trying to shoot. 

 Processed with Snapseed.

 

Image Quality and Performance

A lot of the reviews I read talked about this miracle camera and what great image quality it has. This is where things fall apart for me a little bit. I should also say that the image quality on the Fuji is Great and I am beyond happy with the results that it has given me so far. Where it does lack a little bit in my opinion is in the dynamic range. I tend to push my gear quite a bit and I tend to shoot into the sun a fair amount and this is where detail lacks a bit. It's good but not great. I did toy with the idea that this would become my second camera at weddings. In certain condition I think it is more then capable but I do think that in really low light conditions and high contrast situations it is not quite up to par with a full frame sensor. Now that the new Fuji X-T2 is now it might be a different story however it might be a while until I can justify that body. The autofocus is spot on most of the time except when I have tracking mode on, then it's anything but smooth. Maybe i just need to do a firmware update. Here are some of my fav images that I've shot with the fuji so far. 

   

Stinson Beach - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Stinson Beach - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Sunrise ride to Onion Valley, California - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Sunrise ride to Onion Valley, California - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Sunrise on the way to Onion Valley in the Sierra Nevada, California - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Sunrise on the way to Onion Valley in the Sierra Nevada, California - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Street Photography, Toronto - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Street Photography, Toronto - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Spots of light along Bloor Street West, Toronto - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Spots of light along Bloor Street West, Toronto - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Train Station, Edinburgh - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Train Station, Edinburgh - Fuji X-T10 + XF 18mm f2.0

Climber descending El Capitan | Fuji X-T10 + FX 18mm f2.0

Climber descending El Capitan | Fuji X-T10 + FX 18mm f2.0

California Sunset | Fuji X-T10 + FX 18mm f2.0

California Sunset | Fuji X-T10 + FX 18mm f2.0

Fuji X-T10 + FX 18mm f2.0

Fuji X-T10 + FX 18mm f2.0

Yosemite Wedding | Fuji X-T10 + FX 18mm f2.0

Yosemite Wedding | Fuji X-T10 + FX 18mm f2.0

Fuji X-T10 + FX 18mm f2.0

Fuji X-T10 + FX 18mm f2.0

Final Thoughts

 

The Fuji X-T10 has done more then to impress me so far. I certainly think it's a keeper and although I don't think that the X-Series cameras are not ready yet to replace a full on DSLR I think that they are a useful tool that compliments a DSLR. Well done Fuji. 

 

Cheers,

Bojan

 

Ossington Crit - Bike racing in Toronto is back

After a long absence bike racing made its way back to the streets of Toronto on July 23, 2016. The Ossington Crit was part of the O-Cup racing calendar and was held in the heart of Toronto, going along Ossington street just north of Queen St. and south of Dundas St. W. Big congrats to all the organizers and participants. It was a blast to watch and I'm already looking forward to next year. 

Cheers,

Bojan