Ok, I have now made the decision change to Fujifilm compact camera system from my Nikon DSLR gear….its gone …. sold on Ebay …. time to order the Fuji XE1….
So what have I done? Have I done the right thing. I have been with Nikon system for 5 years and I have been very happy. Well that is until I bought the Fuji X100 and fell in love with an image quality and visceral user experience that is truly stunning once you have worked out and dealt with all its little issues. So Why! Read on
Since owning the Fuji X100 I have taken a completely new view on photography, I now see something very different than before, don’t get me wrong I have taken fabulous images in all areas portraiture,fashion,architecture and street, just take a look at my website for examples. here
However there has always been something missing, not quite right, striving for that something else and I was never able to put my finger on it. My Nikon set up has been fabulous and I have improved in my skills year on year and from D80 to D300s and numerous lens’s and wondering if the next step to find that something special I am looking for is in Nikon full frame. The recent launch of the D600 put that in reach even more than ever, and just take a look at the image below, the quality and sharpness of my thoughtful self portrait wondering if I have made a mistake or not it not bad at all with the D300s. Actually thinking about it this is the very last frame I have made with a Nikon Body. Will I come to regret this?
So with image quality shown in the image above as it is why am I changing to one of the youngest companies in the digital interchangeable camera makers in the market. Well firstly this is Fuji-film the clue is in the name, Fuji make film, and lots of it and a very long prosperous history in making it, and to top it off a Fujifilm is hugely respected in the market world wide making some of the best film money can buy past and present.
So what does this mean. Well ever since the launch of the digital camera there has been a problem with image quality in generaI think most would agree the plethora of manufacturers and camera body development is still striving to compete with real film quality. Many photographer purist will say film is best much the same as records vs CDs. 6 years down the road and still trying to work out myself what makes a good photograph I too seem to be chasing that image quality, and this for me is the something missing that I spoke about earlier. Fuji is tackling this with something new and has now leaped ahead again with the development of the XTrans Sensor.
I have to admit I have been lusting after Lieca M series for a few years, not just because it Leica prestige but because time and time again when looking at images taken with this camera it comes the closest that I can see to what I am looking for in the image quality that I personally would like to take, so the problem is Leica or should I say the cost. For me to own a M9 with a suite of lens’s to cover my requirements would cost in access of £10,000, that’s at a level I doubt I will ever be able to justify in my photography career. So early 2011 enter the Fujifilm X100, ok I was late on the uptake but became interested after reading about this amazing little camera from one of my favourite photographers over the pond in the USA Zach Arias.
Just google the name and join him on his photographic wonderment and journey, Zack loves this thing and the Fuji X Pro 1 and wrote about it avidly. So I decided to purchase for myself and see what all the fuss was about.
I was in the market for a new camera to take traveling and on holidays. Over time we are suffering from big camera syndrome not just carrying the darn things, but the stigma in recent years of having one out on the streets, your either a terrorist and need to explain your very existence as to why you carrying such a weapon or a pervert taking covert shots secret images. It was already a nail in the coffin in my DSLR world. So the the little Fuji joined me on a holiday and pretty much has been in my hands ever since, and I really mean that, I have taken many many more images with this little camera than my new Nikon D300s.
Why? Because it has the closest match to what I have been looking for when using a camera and the image quality when viewing the images to that if the Leica M9 … well that I can afford. I feel I have been making better and better images to more I use the camera, and I love using it too it makes me take more time, care and attention over my photography slowing me down to find the shot. It makes me want to go out and take pictures ALL the time. I once again eat sleep and breathe photography because of this little thing, I just love using it and making images with it.
It has some limits for me, 23mm lens is to wide for head-shots so I don’t use it professionally, however I do use it for interior and exterior architecture work, but I can’t get super wide, I also like the macro feature and enjoy the shallow depth of field bokeh but 23mm is a little short for commercial work. So to combat this I have made the decision to move over to the Fuji system by selling my Nikon gear.. It’s the only way at the moment I can fund a Fuji XE1 with probably the 18-55 f/2.8-f/4, 35mm f/1.4 and next year the 16mm wide.
For my needs this trio is just about the “holy trinity” system.
So I have given you some insight into why I have made these decisions and at this point will say these are my personal opinions about the suitability of digital equipment to meet my particular needs, these decisions are not easy and shout not be taken lightly. I am no way a rich photograph but an everyday guy trying to make a living out of photography and really I don’t have money to burn, my camera gear purchases are all made from money made out if my photography work, so it takes me a long time? :-)
So look out ….you can guess what is coming soon on my blog ….. Yep a review of the Fuji XE-1 with the kit 18-55 lens to start ….. That’s if I can actually get hold of one …..they are out of stock locally. …..yikes! Wish me luck.