Weathering the storms the Fuji X -E1 and X100 review (small kit bag)

Taking a small bag is now becoming the norm and wow how uplifting is that. Camera gear used to dominate my packing, I now spend at least one weekend in three away travelling the UK in my fantastic VW Topaz camper. Is my hotel room on wheels. For a photographer I can’t think of any other way to constantly provide yourself with a never ending menu of opportunity to make photographic images. I regard myself as extremely fortunate to be in this position. Having recently moved from DLSR equipment to mirror less and inparticular Fuji X system I can tell you from experience having light camera kit that is easy to carry and simple to pack that is cable of producing fantastic IQ is a real joy …why because ….

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It provides you with the ability to be stealthy and obtain images not possible with big intrusive DSLR really …
I have for a good few years become more and more conscious of making photographs in public places. For some reason in the UK whipping out a large lens DSLR would instantly draw attention and creative a tensile atmosphere both for the general public and on myself. I personally think this changes your confidence and as a result changes the quality of your images, they become hurried and nervous and you can tell its also less enjoyable.

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Having smaller less obvious photographic equipment changes the way you can work. I have noticed that virtually nobody takes the slightest notice of me making images with my Fuji cameras either with the X E1 system or my fixed lens X100. So what you say what difference does that make. Well it changes me in that I am no longer conscious of people staring or feeling uncomfortable and it make me more confident. In never feel out of place using them and that makes a big difference. I can blend in take my time with composition, light, shadows. I can shoot knowing even if I point the camera at unsuspecting people I am more likely to get a smile than a frown as I would with DSLR.

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For example being more confident means I am more likely to find the right composition or hunt a new angle to take the shot, being confident to lay on the floor in a field or the side of lake to compose a shot without thinking everyone walking will think am a right Dork laying down here and it does make a difference to shoot with that level of confidence. It gives me confidence to spend 5 to 10 mins just trying to get the right shot of peeling paint on woodwork on the side of an old barn it makes a difference, people just don’t notice so I end up with better picture. Moving from Nikon to Fuji has changed the way I make images and I just love having the Fuji’s and a light kit.

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Working with smaller less instructive equipment lets you poke the lens into spaces that you would not get washy with or at least draw the attention of a security guard if you were strapping a DSLR and poking it into spaces you should not really poke.
It’s frankly liberating and I still maintain personally I believe Fuji is making me a better photographer, I enjoy making images to more I use their camera. It’s fabulous. I hope you enjoyed viewing my recent set of imag

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8 thoughts on “Weathering the storms the Fuji X -E1 and X100 review (small kit bag)

  1. Dittos here. As a recent convert from Canon 5D MkIII and huge heavy conspicuous lenses to an X-E1, I am having similar experiences. I walk around town with the Fuji around my neck and no one even notices it.

  2. Really beautiful images!
    I completely understand the freedom carrying only a mirrorless like the X-E1 brings. It is a bit liberating! And fortunately with a Fuji X-E1 or X100s you don’t have to sacrifice image quality – we have the best of both worlds.

  3. Don’t know why your so down on dslrs just enjoy the fuji every camera has a use i have film dslr fuji leica they are all enjoyable plus most of your shots in this are landscape or architecture i don’t think the landscape would be upset by a big camera oh and by the way nice images

    1. Awe I don’t mean to be down on DSLR I guess just still delighted with the compact Fuji. Your very right every camera had a place and lol I agree I don’t think the landscape would have minded. Thanks for commenting. S

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