Bonding with the X-Pro2 in Bruce Peninsula
Recently I went on a weekend trip to beautiful Bruce Peninsula, I was looking forward to a change of pace and a chance to bond with the Fuji X-Pro2. Even though I've had this amazing camera since March, I really didn't spend enough quality time with it.
My wife and I were excited about going to one of our favourite places in Ontario, but what really put a smile on my face is the fact that this time we could pack compact camera gear and travel light, thanks to the Fuji X-series. We packed 2 bodies and 3 prime lenses: X-Pro2 and X-T1, with 14mm, 23mm, and 56mm. The 23mm tends to stay glued to my wife's X-T1, so I chose the 14mm for dramatic landscape shots and the 56mm for environmental portraits. As for tripods, we didn't bring anything heavy duty, just a mini Manfrotto pixi.
Bruce Peninsula is located between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron in Ontario, and it is a part of the Niagara Escarpment and connected to the Bruce Trail. Within the peninsula, there are two national parks, Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park. It is a popular destination for hikers, divers, birders, and photographers. What I love the most about Bruce Peninsula, besides the multi-layered turquoise coloured water and the spectacular landscape, is a deep sense of serenity that seems to only exist here. Time seems to stand still here, and you are able to exhale and relax your mind.
We stayed at the northern tip of the peninsula in a town called Tobermory. It is about 300 kilometres northwest of Toronto, and it is known for being one of the best places for fresh water scuba diving because of the shipwrecks in the area.
This particular stretch of the Bruce trail is more challenging to hikers. The rockiness increases the degree of difficulty significantly, and your agility and strength are being put to the test when you are required to climb up and down on the rocks. On previous visits, when I was lugging around a heavy DSLR, I often had to put the camera back in the bag because it got in the way while I climbed, but with the X-Pro2 over my neck, I have no problem getting up and down. This camera doesn't make its presence felt, which in this case is a good thing.
The XF 14mm is relatively lightweight and compact for an ultra wide angle lens, when it comes to landscape, I prefer it over the XF 16mm, despite the fact it does not have weather sealing. Here is my review of the 14mm if you wish to read more: Part 1 and Part 2.
The XF 56mm is a beast in terms of size and weight, but it gives me more reach and a lot of subject isolation power. It really excels at moments like these...
Using the X-Pro2 in the field is a lot of fun, the handling is great and it feels very solid like it can take a beating or two. More importantly, I was not lugging a bulky DSLR around, I was carrying a high performing compact camera and enjoying the hike at the same time, and that really enhanced the overall experience of the trip. I previously shared my thoughts on the X-Pro2 in a more detailed review here.
Thank you for stopping by. Have fun capturing the precious summer moments!