Monday, August 10, 2015
Roughly a year ago I put together a retrospective from a year of using my x100s. (I had fun looking through those pictures just now ... ) This isn't quite like that, but it is similar.
I ended that post speculating about an interchangeable lens X-camera.
Well, a friend of mine was selling a complete, lightly used Fuji XE2 kit. He made an offer I couldn't refuse. I wanted to refuse. I tried. I did. In fact most of the time I sit a "want" in front myself I say no and move on. But, this time, I realized I would have seriously regretted that decision.
At some point I will need to add the Fuji's 56/1.2 to the mix, but for the time being I'm good. More than good.
It felt strange to me to get complete kit ranging from a fisheye all the way out to 200mm in one fell swoop. I'm the type of person who builds up a kit slowly. It was slightly overwhelming. I tried each lens out for a small period of time, and have turned my attention to one. I have been primarily using the 35mm/1.4.
It hasn't changed life much over carrying the x100s with me. The ability to change lenses does bring me back to my comfort zone though. The x100s is slightly wider than I see the world, but that has advantages too. The new camera has created options. My tiny daily bag (Domke F5xb) can now carry a camera and a second lens, or TWO cameras alongside all the other crap I carry on a daily basis. It still seems impossible, and I've had a check a few times that the bag isn't a bag of holding.
If I had to rely on my SLRs to make the pictures in the post, then I would have only have one out of the four. Anyone want to guess which one? [Note: Its not that this camera is more capable than my SLRs, its just I wouldn't have had SLRs with me, or I wouldn't have pulled them out of the bag]
Still probably won't dump my SLR kit, although anything I have that is aimed at "walk-about" situations may get shown the door. I also may get rid of lenses that act mostly as backup, and just fill that role with a Fuji counterpart.
Despite how genuinely excited I am by this, I really don't feel like writing about it. Which means, I doubt you feel like reading this.
But, I do want the excuse to just add a few pictures to my dusty corner of the web (all from the XE2 + 35 of course).
Posted by Ken at 10:04 PM