On trains & disruption - Exporail | the canadian railway museum



This was supposed to be an X-Pro1 post. I’d brought along the X100 just in case, only to have something wider than a 50mm FOV on a couple of shots. But several things happened:

  1. I realized within seconds of taking it out of the bag that juggling the X-Pro1, it’s (slightly) quirky AF and kids running around large locomotives wouldn’t really work. I’d been right on our last family outing: this is a camera that requires intent and control. Not one handed operation with a little one tugging at your leg.
  1. I lost my Cosina diopter adjustment lens. Pathetic, right? I guess I hadn’t screwed it back in properly when I last cleaned it. Bra.Vo. I think it fell off in the museum’s movie theater during the projection. All I know is I suddenly found myself back in fuzzy land and I wasn’t about to start searching through a dark room for the proverbial needle in a haystack.

So after emptying my camera bag and mumbling a few very muffled curse words to myself, I relented. Out came the X100, in went the X-Pro1. Roll with the punches.


Turns out 50mm would’ve been a bit tight after all. And again, the X100 rose to the occasion. The main hangar - housing most of the locomotives on exhibit - was dark, lit mostly by sodium floods on the ceiling and supplemented by some tungsten spots here and there to add flavor and authenticity. Mixed lighting at its best (worst?). Most of the indoor images were shot with Auto ISO hovering around ISO 2000 and while this camera doesn’t have the extended high ISO capabilities of its big brother, it still performed amazingly well.

The weather outside was perfect for the time of day: a mix of sun and BIG clouds to give dimension and much needed respite from the harsh mid-day light.

It’s funny how the X-Pro1, while being a stellar performer in its own right, has made me appreciate the differences in the X100. Either body will stand on its own but I truly believe both cameras complement each other extremely well.

So much so that I now find myself interested in Fuji’s 19mm WCL-X100 adapter (B&H). Especially after reading David’s review on Flixelpix, which I strongly recommend. What seemed expensive at first glance now looks like a nice addition to a camera I’m clearly not expecting to get tired of anytime soon. Hopefully the adapter would remain compatible with an eventual X200…

In the end what matters is coming home with the memories and images I wanted, with no compromise on quality and vision. And right now, I know for a fact that I can’t go wrong with either of these cameras.


There’s something almost magical about train engines. Their sheer size is of course awe inspiring but it goes beyond that. I think trains have passed into our collective consciousness as agents of change, symbols of promised lands and new horizons. There’s a palpable aura of mystery that goes beyond mere nostalgia when you find yourself surrounded by these giants. The steam, the black iron, the rich woods… It all screams of adventure, small or life changing.

It’s travel beyond simple transportation, beyond displacement of bodies from one point to another along a straight line. Standing next to some of these century old monuments of the mechanical age, I found myself wishing for disruption.

Something much closer to falling than moving.

Have a great weekend.