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First Day of Spring - Denver


The new Fuji Film XE4 with the 27 mm 2.8 just arrived from B&H Photo.  That is a tiny little lens!  The camera body is smaller than the XT3 and has fewer dials on the body.  It took me a little bit to get used to it, but the menus are all the same so it wasn't a stretch.  Erich got one too. I have been eyeing the X Pro 3 but it is very pricey, and it is considerably heavier than the XT3.  I like the retro rangefinder look and the new XE4 was priced right and is a great compromise.  

Time to test the new gear on this beautiful sunny first day of spring.  The weather was fantastic and after that heavy snow storm last week, it was good to get outside for something other than shoveling the driveway (which we did 6 times).  We brought the new tiny pancake lenses and the 10-24 mm and the 16 mm.  Erich wants his own 10-24 mm now. Shooting with a 27 mm (41 mm equivalent) was definitely out of my comfort zone.  I prefer extra wide and this little baby is not wide. I did my best to shoot exclusively with it until we got over to the bail bonds shops.  Now that was something new!

The plan was to head over to the Capital area and the Golden Triangle. I shot jpeg most of the day and played around with the in-camera filters.  That is not something I do often, but today we visited places we have been before so why not?  

Over by the art museum, there were food trucks lined up.  It was really strange to see, I checked the Visit Denver website before we left and nothing was going on.  Governor Polis announced a Go Meatless Day, and the Colorado Ranchers decided to pay for the food trucks, serving meat, and we got a free lunch!

After lunch we stoped for a pint.  We have been passed the Pints Pub before and this time we decided to go in take a break and have a beer.  

After our pints, we were pretty full and walked back to the car by way of Tremont Street. Fun day and the new gear preformed as expected.  



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