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Zenpukuji River Park cherry blossoms in 2017

In 2017, I photographed the Zenpukuji River cherry blossoms with a new camera.  After my Pentax K3 died, I moved to Fujifilm.  I bought an X-T2.  And the lens was the XF 16-55mm f 2.8.  The results were very pleasing.

cherry blossoms long Zenpukuji River Park

The session?  In the beginning, I only intended to walk around my neighborhood and take a few snaps and learn the controls.  In the end, I walked to Zenpukuji River Park, which is one or two kilometers from home.  The park gave me a delightful surprise as the cherry blossoms were still looking good.  

Zenpukuji River Park full bloomed cherry blossoms

The flowers were definitely on the way out, but I was pleased to see them. I wouldn’t say Zenpukuji is a must-visit place, but, in spring, its trees are very nice.  It’s a local type of place.

As for the camera?  The quality of the pictures was good, actually more than good.  They were completely awesome.  The camera surprised me, though.

women walking under cherry blossoms



Zenpukuji river in spring

I found more dials and knobs on the camera than my old Pentax K-3.  So some learning and adapting needed to be done.  That was quite okay, but one thing about the X-T2 impressed me.

kindergarten students at Zenpukuji River Park cherry blossoms

It was my first camera with an electronic viewfinder (EVF)!  That changed my world.  I used to think they were gimmicks, but how wrong I was!!  Why?  What you see on the screen is a preview of the picture you will get.  It’ll be the same. 

sunny day Zenpukuji River Park cherry blossoms

My K3 had an optical viewfinder.  When I took pictures, I never knew how they would look.  I only knew when I saw them on my computer screen.  An EVF lets you know on the spot.  It made things so easy.  The screen got a little laggy, but attaching the booster grip and enabling boost mode sped it up.

cherry blossoms at Zenpukuji River Park

And the 16-55mm lens?  Never before have I had such a sharp lens.  I read reviews on the internet and watched many videos about it on YouTube.  My initial experience was what I heard.  Yes, it was big, heavy and had no onboard image stabilization.  You lose any weight and size benefits that mirrorless cameras provide with it.  After seeing my pictures, I didn’t care because it was so good.  The 16-55mm was exciting and worth every penny.  But I didn’t tell my wife how much it cost!

cherry blossoms along concrete-walled river


cherry blossoms river and bridge

Where is Zenpukuji River Park?

It is between Hamadayama (Keio-Inokashira line) and Minami-Asagaya (Metro Marunouchi line) stations.  There are three ways to get there:

  • Walk from the stations.  It is a little far, but possible.
  • Use the Sugimaru bus, which you can catch at those stations.
  • Use the Kanto bus, which you can catch from either Kichijoji or Nakano stations.  

Here is a map:

If you have any comments or opinions about the flowers or the camera, please leave them below!  And if you own the 16-55 mm, what do you think of it?

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