Magnolia

Magnolia

Bad news, my go to day to day digital camera decided to stop powering on. One day while shooting happily out by a lake it decided it no longer wanted to be by my side. Rather than try and spend money repairing it I feel like a better use of money would be to move on and look to an updated body.

I was daydreaming a bit as an M9 crossed my mind then the new Fuji GFX but reality came rushing in and reminded me how expensive the past year has been with new baby and house in our lives so it’s probably best I set my sights on something more realistic. Right now its a tossup between sticking with Fuji and an X-Pro2 or moving back into the world of DSLR clunkers and go with a “modest” Canon 6D. It will be a while before I can sell off a few things and put together enough to make a move but it’s fun to consider new gear and hope for a boost of inspiration from a new point of view.

In the mean time I will be borrowing YoungDoo X100T here and there like I did this past weekend while exploring the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University where it accompanied my Hasselblad. Spring is starting to show up early this year so while many things were still waiting to bloom to life, there were a number of early bloomers like the magnolia tree here in the photo above, welcoming everyone to the new season with open arms.

I have not spent much time with the X100 cameras but I have to say it’s been a joy to shoot with and I can easily see why so many photographers have gravitated to them. I look forward to spending more time with it as I try and decide which direction to take with a new body. Opinions?

Comments

  1. Abhishek Mukherjee - February 23, 2017 at 7:27 am

    The 6D is fairly compact. I have owned it since 2013. I can speak for its ruggedness. Often, I will roll it in a t shirt and pack it in my backpack when I travel. But I don’t carry it with me everyday because it is clunkier than rangefinders and mirrorless cameras. I have been lusting after the Fujifilm line for a while.

  2. Derek Anson - February 23, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Fuji:)!

    X100 series are great cameras. I have the X100, X-T1 & X-E2s. The X-E2s is probably my favourite, it’s a lovely little camera.

  3. Rob T - February 23, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Put up one vote for the X-Pro2/X-T2.

    I’m a wedding photographer and recently sold all of our full-frame Nikon gear to switch to Fuji. After lugging a bunch of clunky DSLR gear around for 5 years (2.5 years Canon, 2 years Nikon) it all just started to feel like digital tools and less like cameras.

    Fuji is bringing back the joy of photography to me. I’m still figuring some things out, like losing some depth of field that I was used to. But something about the way Fuji makes cameras is bringing back the excitement of finding composition and good light and simply operating the camera that I had lost in the anchor of DSLRs.

  4. Ben E - February 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Love my X100T.

    If budget’s are tight the about-to-be-released X-T20 looks like an amazing deal.

    Most of an X-T2 for just over half the price.

  5. John Carey - February 23, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Wow, lots of votes for Fuji! I carried around the original 5D for years every single day and didn’t really mind too much but the X-Pro was a lot easier to manage thats for sure. It’s a touch call. On one hand I would be back with my trusty 35mm L lens and the soft depth of a full frame camera. On the other hand, I love the allure of the Fuji and the way it feels to shoot with it which is important, and I never did get around to experimenting with adaptors and old lenses etc so still plenty to explore there. It will be a bit before I can jump into either choice so time to weigh my options…

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