I don’t usually get my technical pixel counting head on, I prefer to be image & art focused, but recently something happened and I feel it warranted a post. When I first started out in photography about six or seven years ago I bought a DX (Cropped sensor) Nikon DSLR and so began the holy grail of working towards a full format camera. Only about 15 months ago I bought a Fujifilm X100s and loved it, I mean REALLY loved it. I shot exclusively with that camera for more than a year and felt so guilty as my (new) FX Nikon was sitting gathering dust at home. But I learned so much about exposure and ISO and shutter speed by using the Fuji, by using the dials instead of endless menus and I was producing really lovely images.
So a few weeks ago I decided to take both cameras out and shoot some images, nothing terribly scientific, no photographing zig zags; shooting RAW on both cameras and see if there was a shocking difference. I kept the settings very similar and off I went up the fellside. The Nikon was going to produce better quality images, it was a no brainer, I mean wasn’t it ?? Only, the Fuji actually was better, the colour was definitely better, the skies were full of detail on the Fuji images. Well I could have fallen off the mountain, seriously that Fuji X100s was a game changer for me. Then I read up about the many enthusiasts and Pro’s who have made the leap from DSLR’s and who had gone mirrorless, there was photography after all, long before DSLR’s came on the scene. This is a beautiful article by Will Neder click here.
Now this may not be for everyone and I honestly think you could have the most expensive fantastic camera in the world, but if it feels intimidating, it doesn’t feel right, if you aren’t getting the images you want from it, then it is very a poor camera indeed. If you love shooting high action shots you are going to find the slightly slower AF systems on mirrorless cameras a tiny bit slower. But I’m a slow shooter, I like to plan it out a little and take my time, sometimes spending hours on the mountain tops or by lakes.
So (gulp) I’ve sold all my Nikon gear, everything, and it was hard to do. Then I bought the updated Fujifilm X100t and the Fujifilm X-T1. And I think they are my dream cameras. I like what Fuji are doing, I love the enthusiasm Fuji have for photography, which is what it is all about right ? I love these two cameras, I love the analogue feel, the film simulations, the perfect white balance, I love the WIFI for when I travel. I can just load selected Jpeg images directly onto my mini iPad. (I shoot RAW & Jpeg). I like the EVF, especially in the X100t, I love the light feel and the fact I can pop both of them in my messenger bag and just go out and shoot. I love my cameras they just suit what I do and they are FUN….
Will I be crying at the doorstep of Nikon in 12 months’ time? I hope not, I’m happy to see how Fuji progress. Maybe they will introduce a full sized sensor in a mirrorless camera like Sony have done. But most importantly I am happy, I’m making images, I feel I’m learning and really improving. And I never felt that way with DSLRs. I suppose the real acid test will be seeing what I achieve in the next year or so…..