Last summer I was lucky to visit both Iceland and Greenland again, this time with a pair of wonderful Fujifilm X-T2 cameras. The Icelandic part of the trip was overwelming because of its combination of magnificent landscapes, waterfalls, ever changing light and weather, textures and colours. There is so much natural beauty on this island that once you have visited it – it will always stay in your heart and you will want to come back, and so I did.
Throughout the few weeks I kept one X-T2 with the XF50-140 f2.8 lens (my personal favourite lens) and a vertical grip, as I usually shoot this combo handheld. The second X-T2 body had an L-plate and either the superb XF16-55 f2.8 or, on occasion, the XF10-24 f4 when the landscape was so epic that it would not fit into my idea of a wide view. The latter is a nice lens and works well in good dry weather but gets moody in rain and spray.
To complement the kit I used a set of Lee filters for all those long and long-ish exposures of waterfalls, geothermals and waves. Of those I used mostly the little stopper (6 stops) and 3 stop hard and soft grad filters alone or combined and the CPL. The kit (including all extras batteries, chargers and cards, plenty of large microfibre wipes) was all packed into the LowePro Wistler 350, which proved to be an excellent companion on this frequently dusty, cold and wet trip. My tripod was Gitzo GT2543L paired with RRS BH-30LR II Ball Head. The combination was perfect for the smaller and lighter than standard DSLR X-T2 mirrorless system.
Here is a small selection of my favourite shots from Iceland and one bonus shot from Greenland – I hope they prove once again how capable Fujifilm X-T2 camera and lenses are – location, lens, aperture and focal distance are indicated where I think it could be useful for those planning trips to Iceland. If you need more information drop me a line. Post-editing was done in Iridient Developer and Lightroom with Nik’s collection plugins.
“I am a self-taught photographer. My day job is an academic researcher/ lecturer based in London, UK. I started photography properly about four years ago when I switched from Canon to Fujifilm X system, that was X-Pro1 camera, and I have stayed with Fujifilm ever since. I like moving between styles: street, architecture, landscape and travel photography as it helps me to explore the world. I currently use X-T2 and X-Pro2 (lives in my bag) camera bodies and Fujinon prime and zoom lenses.”