. . . On the same weekend as the Manchester visit, I took the opportunity of spending a day with the Fuji X-E1 & XF35 f/1.4, perusing the classic streets of my ideal destination, Chester. The sun was out in force and the streets were awash with shoppers, tourists and local folk just soaking up the atmosphere and culture. 250 years ago, Chester was seen as an escape from the more industrial neighbouring cities such as Manchester and that still remains true, even to this day.
Chester is a magnet for the fashionable ‘shopping classes’ (and street photographers).
With the incredible weather we’ve been enjoying in the UK of late, the magnificent Cathedral and it’s grounds are the perfect place to relax after a hard days shopping . . .
. . . or taking some weight off at one of the many street-side cafes. You never know what might be coming along . . .
. . . or what ‘colouful creation’ you’ll be inspired to think of.
Cycle through the streets like it’s the 1940’s . . .
. . . or have a bite to eat (or two).
As for me, I just prefer to stroll, with no particular goal in mind and taking whatever or whoever comes my way . . .
. . . then when the time’s right, stop for ’40 winks’.
So despite my original plan as per Manchester to shoot the Leica M2 in the morning and the Fuji X-E1 in the afternoon, the X-E1 with XF35 just felt so comfortable and instinctive to use, that changing cameras never entered my mind.
One big surprise was that the XF60 f/2.4 never came out of the bag in Chester, or for that matter, Manchester. It would appear that like the M2 with 50mm, the Fuji is becoming a one lens camera.
Two totally different cameras and both with 50mm (equivalent focal length) lenses. I never saw that one coming. 😮