A Week in France with the Excellent Journey Digital camera – the Fujifilm X-T30

Fujifilm X-T30: Photograph Credit- Stinson Carter


It’s a sunny 95-degree night within the Loire Valley summer season. 100-odd Individuals in cocktail apparel have gathered on the garden of the Château de la Bourdaisière. We’re right here for a three-day marriage ceremony that, by day one, has already ruined us for every other vacation spot marriage ceremony for the remainder of our lives. Each visitor appears to be on a mission to eat as a lot of the expertise as potential in 72 hours: extra wine, extra bread and cheese, extra waking hours, and extra footage of everybody and all the things we might already inform would by no means come collectively on this association once more. The images are obligatory, however these identical folks spent the previous a number of months buying on-line for outfits to go well with this French Nation backdrop, solely to have their telephones stick out like Starbucks cups at Winterfell. I’m considered one of two visitors with my cellphone in my pocket and an precise digicam on my shoulder––the small, retro, interchangeable-lens Fujifilm X-T30. Over the subsequent few days, I’ll get a trip from my cellphone, I’ll get higher footage, and my expertise received’t be consistently interrupted by the urge to show that that is really taking place on social media. (For all the things, there’s a season. Loads of time for that later.) 

Chateau de la Bourdaisiere

Over the previous few months, this digicam has been my go-to as a journalist and father. And through this tour of France, I’ll come to know what options and equipment matter most after I’m removed from house, packing gentle, and received’t get any do-overs.    

Chateau de Chenonceau


The compact measurement of the X-T30 allowed me to hold it in every single place with out ever wanting to go away it on a desk or hanging from the again of a chair so I might get pleasure from myself, the way in which I at all times did with my DSLR. And in comparison with a smartphone, the power to take footage with a viewfinder as an alternative of solely with an outstretched arm and display allowed me to snipe candid photographs, and made it simpler to shoot on a packed Cher river cruise underneath the arches of Chenonceau, or on the slender sidewalks of the Marais. The X-T30’s retro design match the setting and drew extra intrigue than rolled eyes from the French. 

Rose within the cave at Domaine Jousset

Whereas the X-T30 is loaded with guide controls, it may be easFily switched into full-auto mode with a flip of a change. I like my dials and buttons, however my spouse and in-laws don’t, and if you journey with household, it’s good to know which you can hand off the digicam to anybody with out setting them up for frustration. 

Within the limestone cave of Domaine Jousset, the X-T30’s low gentle talents rendered sharp element within the chalk-written wine barrels, and the droplets of condensation on stacks of glowing rosé.  

Cafe within the Paris Marais

I introduced alongside a small 18-55 zoom lens, however I used prime lenses virtually solely. My Fuji 16mm 2.eight was on my digicam 90% of the time, and I used the Fuji 50mm f2 for infrequent portraits. If I had it to do over, I’d’ve left my zoom lens at house and introduced my 23mm f2 as an alternative, as a result of I now know conclusively that I desire the burden and stealth issue of this digicam with small prime lenses whereas touring.

Important Equipment  

My on-line buying preparation didn’t contain a blue-striped Marinière, however a canvas and leather-based Billingham bag made in England, a hand-stitched Horween leather-based neck strap, and a hotshoe-mounted thumb grip that made the small digicam really feel simply the best measurement in hand with out including any bulk, and allows you to shoot longer with out cramping in your hand. I’m leaving out issues that didn’t make the reduce, just like the soft-release button that fell off someplace in France, for the second and final time.  

Disclosure: There isn’t any sponsorship of any type concerned on this assessment. All gear and equipment have been bought by me, excluding a press pattern thumb grip. There isn’t any online marketing within the hyperlinks beneath, that are offered just for reference. 

Billingham Hadley Digital Digital camera Bag

Billingham Hadley Digital Digital camera Bag – billingham.co.uk 

Billingham makes the quintessential digicam bag. And the Hadley Digital Digital camera Bag holds the X-T30, three lenses, and some equipment. I like that I’ve to slender down to a few lenses. It provides one other layer of thought to the method of constructing the journey package. This leather-trimmed canvas bag is timeless, and its hero options are the brass and leather-based clasp that enables fast entry whereas strolling, the padded inside flap that protects the digicam with out hindering entry, and the truth that when a summer season downpour sweeps in, the bag is totally waterproof so long as it’s closed. 

Fireworks on the Chateau de la Bourdaisiere

Lensmate Thumb Grip – lensmateonline.com

The Lensmate LM X-T30 thumb grip, because the mannequin quantity would indicate, is designed particularly for the X-T30. Consequently, it matches snugly into the recent shoe with out blocking any of the buttons or dials. It has a rubber pad to relaxation your thumb on, which is extra obligatory than you’d suppose. In total perform, it offers you a wider grip on the digicam, so that you don’t really feel you’re pinching it to carry it, and it dramatically improves one-handed capturing, particularly with heavier lenses. It has not left my digicam since I put in it.  

Unique Rowe Horween Chromexcel strap with Peak Design Anchor Hyperlinks – originalrowe.com 

I take advantage of a Horween Leather-based neck strap from Unique Rowe, as a result of the leather-based made by the legendary Chicago tannery is extraordinarily mushy and received’t chafe your neck even with hours of use in stifling warmth. Plus, it seems cool—Unique Rowe stitches and finishes these by hand. The Peak Design fast releases are a should for simply taking the strap on an off to place it on a tripod, or simply to scroll by way of footage on a sofa with out a strap dangling. 

Extra Pattern Photos

Domaine Jousset

Stinson Carter

Château de la Bourdaisière

Stinson Carter

Château de la Bourdaisière

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