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Working wire service news with two Fuji XT-2's at the Wine Contry, California fires. Serious complaint of the system is the terrible battery life...as I started the day with 13 fresh batteries, and in six hours was down to three, despite efforts to save battery life. The camera is VERY questionable as a working PJ's tool...something journalists need to keep in mind before switching systems, especially if you routinely cover extended assignments and won't have power to charge batteries, even if you had the time or patience to do so. The 9 batteries I used only got me 977 shots...that is with no "review", no pre AF, image stabilization OFF, and switching the camera OFF between shots. Had I needed to remain photographing (even if I could find a power source) I was looking at six hours to get my stash of batteries back up and get me working again. As it was, using four battery chargers I wasn't ready to shoot again until the next day. If I had to do "the switch" over again I would have kept my Canon 5d3's and kept it around for those times when I need long battery life, and in fact I will be ordering a Canon 5D4 this week as I simply can't/won't depend on this camera system to have the endurance needed for long days shooting news. For everything else it's a gem, but as a working person's tool where battery life in the field I don't recommend you leave your DSLR. -Peter
15 JULY, FORTY YEARS AGO On 15 July 1975, aged just 16, I became a photographer with my photographic coverage of the "Point Law", a Shell-Mex & B.P. coastal tanker that ran aground at full speed on the southwest of the island of Alderney. I was there when it happened, with my Halina Paulette Electric camera, and I scaled 60m cliffs in very windy conditions to capture close-up shots of the helicopter and lifeboat rescuing the crew of 12, who had been drinking heavily. I was able to sell the photographs to many British newspapers, which were then further syndicated worldwide. I was in the right place at the right time with a very basic camera, but no matter how basic, it was the best camera in the world because it was there when I needed it. Two weeks later the story broke again with the news that the captain had taken his own life. If I had not been there when it happened I would certainly not have become a photographer. Not taken with a Fuji camera, but despite the Ilford film used for the photo montage, I used Fuji film.
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