Fujifilm X-E2

Last year, I blogged about my plans not to sell the Fujifilm X100S anymore and just be contented with it despite my eagerness to fund and buy a Fujifilm X-T1. I brought it when I went to a month-long business trip in Cebu but guess what, I forgot to bring the battery charger! I only got to use it for quite some time when I had decided to order a Fujifilm X-E2. I really have a low E.Q.

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After two weeks of calling the camera store to follow-up on my order, the camera kit arrived last January 22 and I was very happy purchasing my first interchangeable lens camera from Fujifilm! The good reviews made me settle for this instead of spending another Php40,000 for the X-T1. Besides, they both have the same sensor and I won’t use it for professional purposes anyway so it’s very impractical to spend that much.

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But after three weeks, I had decided to post it for selling. I’m that fickle-minded. Don’t get me wrong, the Fuji X-E2 is a great camera; it’s light and cersatile but I realized that I just have to settle for a compact camera. I’m a commuter and I really don’t bring it with me daily. I use my iPhone 5S more than my Fuji. Maybe after selling it, I would go for the Fujifilm X30 or the Panasonic LX100 since the former has a very small sensor. I’m still unsure.

I like to have the Fujinon XF 23mm which has the same focal length as the X100S but has a faster aperture of f/1.4! But since I don’t have the funds, I may have to settle to the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 lens. Recently, I’ve been trying to shoot 35mm on my kit lens so I’ll get to have a feel of what it’s like to shoot with that focal length.

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I think I need some psychiatric help.

Quick Post: About 2014

2014 had been generally a good year for me. I was able to learn new things about photography like tricks in iPhoneography. Thanks to passionate mobile photographers who are so generous to share their knowledge, unlike others who will push you to pay just for you to subscribe to their private videos. You know who they are, but in all fairness to them, they also spend time and money to produce those. But still, there are hundreds of videos available on YouTube and thousands of articles and blogs about photography.

I also became closer to my friends at work. We breathe the same air. Haha enough for that.

I won a smartphone from my network provider during their event last August, but my disappointment stays as their loyalty offer still remains unacceptable. Right now, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is being used by my mom. And I also won Php8,000.00 at a Bingo game during our Christmas party. Haha! Lucky!

My last purchase was the Sony Xperia Z3 two days before Christmas. I was impressed with the battery life and camera as marketed by Sony that’s why I bought it. But I’m somehow unsatisfied, I’ll blog about it.

And lately, I’ve been thinking about selling my two cameras: the Fujifilm X100S and the Sony A6000 with 16-50mm kit lens and a 55-210mm lens, just because I want to buy a Fujifilm X-T1.

Love life has been elusive, but I’m not complaining. Haha! I’m not even looking for one.

So for 2015, I’m looking forward to a major change. I won’t go into details but I already have a plan for my photography hobby, career and travel.

The Best Camera is the One you have with You

There are plenty of people inquiring about my cameras, all but one are low ballers. Around 9 inquired about the X100S and 4 on the A6000. One who wants the Fuji requested for us to meet in Alabang coz he’s from Batangas. But I live in Bulacan. So until now, they’re still with me.

What I realized over the past few days was I’m discontented with what I have. I’m aiming for something better which is Fujifilm X-T1. But if I won’t be able to sell my cameras, I won’t be able to buy it, not to mention the Fuji lenses are so damn expensive; the cost of one lens would be enough to buy a Canon 700D!

What I learned is I should be thankful for what I have. These are great cameras. The Fujifilm X100S received a lot of praises from professional photographers, both from Fuji loyalists and those using full-frame DSLRs of Canon and Nikon. While the Sony A6000 is a very versatile camera and is even considered as The Best Camera in 2014 by The Camera Store TV.

So tomorrow, I will be pulling out my ads and will keep the cameras that I previously dreamed of having.

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“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
-Oprah Winfrey

But I still want the Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition!!!!!

[UPDATE]

I already sold my Fuji X100S last February 13, 2014.

On the eve of the Valentine's day, I have gathered all my courage to finally let go of the one I truly love. After weeks of deliberation between my heart and my brain, I have finally decided to give up and let you go. In a short span of being with you, I have learned to be selfless, I have understood your needs, I have adjusted just to have a pleasing result. But I think it's time to move on from our relationship. I really, really enjoyed being with you. Before I slept this early morning, I was still thinking about you. You became a special part of me. I sincerely hope that whoever is with you right now, he'll provide you the things you need that I wasn't able to give, and the same extreme care that I have provided. So long my love. #darkroomapp

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Globe Telecom’s LOYALTY OFFER

BREAKING: I’ll remain as a loyal Globe subscriber despite my not-so-good recent experience. Read the blog below which I have written last December 21, 2014 for details. (12/26/2014, 2:27AM)

I just realized why I’m wasting my time ranting over Twitter about my frustration and disappointment about Globe Telecom’s LOYALTY OFFER. I’ll just blog about it and this will be the last time I’ll talk about their bullshitty offer.

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Here’s the back story:
I’ve attempted several times to call their hotline (02) 730-1300 to ask for an iPhone 6 deal. Initially, they offered me a cash-out of Php14,400 for a 64GB under Plan 1799 for another 24 months. That’s just Php1,200 off than the cash-out for new subscription. Is it fair? I don’t think so.

Then this morning, I called and inquired again. Cindy introduced herself from the Loyalty Department. After placing me on hold for 2 minutes, she told me that the new offer is Php15,600 cash-out for the same phone under the same plan with the same lock-in period. I asked her why it is the same rate as the new subscription and she just responded with their spiel that offer may change without prior notice and the phone is subject to availability. In short, she wasn’t able to answer my question. Since I cannot get a better deal, I just thanked her for taking my call.

Earlier, I posted a comment on their Facebook page then after a few minutes, it was deleted.

So yeah, that’s the network that promises they make great things possible and wants their subscribers to go lang nang go to make our lives wonderful.

I’m a loyal subscriber and even exceeded my usage every month. If they’ll review my bills, I’ve been paying on-time. But this is how they value their loyal customers.

I thought of switching to Smart Communications. A lot of my friends already switched, even local celebrities are happy that they’ve made the big move. The problem is their data connection is poor in our residence. But I’m thinking that we have a stable and faster DSL connection at home anyways.

UPDATE 12/21/14, 6:13PM:
I was chatting with a socialmedia celebrity earlier and suggested me to ask Globe for a bill rebate option. Previously, they offered me a rebate of Php800 per month for Plan 1799. But when I called this afternoon, the representative informed me that it’s no longer available.