Monday, May 30, 2016

Fujifilm X-T10 mirrorless camera

If I haven't told you yet beside being a blogger I am also a photographer.  I enjoy photography as a hobby and I like to capture things in the moment without being planned or posed.  In the past I use to show my work at local galleries and I have even won several awards for my work.  I am still very active in the Instagram community and I'd love for you to see my latest work there.

The camera brand I used for years was Canon.  I had invested quite a bit of money into camera, lenses and other photography gear.  It started to get too heavy for me and I noticed that instead of going out to shoot I would just leave my camera at home on the shelf.  Then I noticed several others felt the same way and a new style of camera was making its way on the market.  This new style was called a mirrorless camera.  You can do the research yourself but there are several brands and models out on the market at variety of price points.

After a friend of mine had been using her Fujifilm mirrorless camera for several months I decided it was time to research the topic.  I compared several models and brands but I kept finding my way back to Fuji.  I almost bought a gently used Fujifilm x-t1 but it sold before I was able to reply to the seller.  A few months later I heard Fujifilm had another model out which was very similar to the x-t1 model. So I decided to take the plunge and buy it.  My local camera shop had a 7 day guarantee so I know if I hated it I could always return it for a refund.  That was in October 2015 and I have never looked back.

I love this camera so much that a week after I bought it I sold ALL my Canon gear. And I mean I sold all of it I have nothing left but memories of my old gear. And I have no regrets or no sellers remorse either!

My local camera shop had the Fujifilm X-T10 along with the XC 16-55 kit lens in a package set at a good price ($799).  It might be even cheaper now on Amazon. There was two body style colors to choose from black or silver.  I liked the clean old school look of the silver.  Now the kit lens is not that great but it was a good lens to start out with.  The body of the camera is much lighter than my previous camera.  It is very easy to use and the menu options are easy to understand.  It has a tilt out screen which is nice for overhead shots or if you need to move the screen from the sun glare.  I love the old school look and I get compliments every time I am out shooting, it reminds people of the days of film and they are surprised that this is a new digital camera.  Another feature I love if the wifi remote option.  Through the wifi option I can connect the camera to my iPad and through the Fujifilm app I can use it as a remote and also to view my photos on a larger screen.

I have been extremely happy with the Fujifilm X-T10 and I highly recommend it to others.  The only downside to the camera is that it is not weather sealed as previous model but that wasn't a huge issue for me personally.  The price point was very affordable to get started with.  What will obviously cost more in the long run will be upgrading the lenses, which I have already done (review coming soon).

Amazon has the Fujifilm X=T10 the body only at an even better price than I paid. I don't recommend getting the kit lens save your $ and purchase something else that suites your needs. Follow the link below to go directly to Amazon.

(FYI- the photos of the Fujifilm X-T10 used here were taken by myself using an iPod touch. Obviously I wasn't able to use my camera to take a picture of my Fuji camera)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Pamela's Mini Honey Grahams

Ok first off let me say how much I am a fan of Pamela's Products. She certainly has yet to disappoint me.  I've been a fan of the Pamela's Gluten Free Graham Crackers for a while now but just discovered these mini Honey Grahams on my last shopping trip.  The look of the box is kinda nostalgic, reminding me of the olden days when label designs were classic and straight to the point.  It is very clear these are honeycomb shaped honey cookies with a letter " P " on each and every one.

At first glance out of the package they are small but not too small.  Perfect snack size and a nice size for little hands.  The taste is glorious, certainly like eating a crunchy graham cracker cookie.  It certainly has the right amount of honey and it never overpowers the taste.  The texture is firm and crunchy just like a cookie should be.  Besides being gluten free these grahams are also free of soy,corn,nut and eggs.  On the box the label says they use non-GMO butter and organic non-GMO honey.

These make a perfect snack for both kids and adults.  I can envision all kinds of creative ways to use these mini grahams from making little s'mores and other treats with these.  Be warned that they are so yummy once you start you can't stop and before you know it you might just eat the whole box! Below is a link to Amazon where you can purchase a 6 count box with amazon prime at a very good price.