Three Days in Paris


I spent a few days in Paris in November last year and I’ve meant to get these shots up for these past few months. I had a loaner Fuji X-T2 with me, along with two lenses which I would have never purchased personally — an XF 35 mm f/2.0 R WR (50 mm equivalent) and an XF 50-140 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR (75-210 mm equivalent).

This is the city of Wrocław in Poland, shot from the airplane (at ISO 12800).

I naturally had to go see the Louvre again.

The day was overcast and quite frankly, depressing.

I was not expecting any great shots — the light wasn’t there — so I focused on testing the XF 50-140 mm in various situations.

You can get a tour in those old 2CVs for a few euros.

They do fold the roof down, so you can take in all the sights.

I’ve been here many times before, but this was the first time that I got to see the Roue de Paris on Place de la Concorde.

The view from the Jardin des Tuileries is even better.

I decided to go up to the Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck for the sunset. I wasn’t expecting anything great, since the day was dank and dreary. But when I got up there, the sun came out from below the clouds.

The Arc de Troimphe.

Place de la Corcorde with Roue de Paris.

Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Saint-Sulpice church.

The streets of Paris.

I spent a wonderful week with the Fuji X-T2 — it truly is an exemplary camera — and while I would have preferred to have two other lenses (an XF 23 mm f/1.4 and XF 56 mm f/1.2 would have been my choice), I would not have gotten those shots. Fuji has something which few other camera manufacturers can replicate — most of its cameras have a soul and are simply a pleasure to use. These include the X100/S/T/F, X-E1/2, X-Pro1/2, and X-T1/2 series. If you’re currently in the market for an APS-C camera, Fuji is the brand I would heartily recommend you get.

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