|OMG, it's a 35mm!|
It took some time but if finally hit me as to why I haven't been shooting. I have lost my passion. Each day I go for a walk with the dog, I used to take the SLR but I stopped after having few things to shoot. Several times I have stopped and said "oh, that would be a nice picture - let me run and get the camera". Did I? Nope. The fact of the matter is, I hate dragging the damn thing around.
I do have a pocket size camera and although it takes nice pictures it never really inspired me - http://canadianloon.blogspot.ca/2010/09/new-camera.html but I bought it for the same reason, to have something small to carry around. But I was never able to get the quality I crave after being spoiled with a good camera and lens combo.
My old D200 is getting a bit long in the tooth and Jen was looking at Henry's on e-bay at some Nikon bodies as she'd like to try out some of my lenses. This got me looking around e-bay myself and I ran across an interesting camera - the Fuji Film X100S. I remember when the X100 came out about 2 years ago and all the problems that it had. But I thought to myself at the time that it looked like an interesting concept. A fixed lens camera that has the functionally of a high end DSLR that is the size and look of a 35mm camera.
Then I ran across this blog. Just read the first part, it described my feelings exactly - http://olafphotoblog.com/2013/05/03/theres-a-better-way-fuji-x100s-review/
Over the past 5 years I had noted that I usually took better photos when I only took 1 lens with me and left the tripods and bags at home. I wondered what a fixed 35mm lens would be like? Zoom in - move forward, zoom out - move back. Hmmmm, would this help me think about my composition more?
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|Oh wait, it's a digital|
|hmmmm, looks like a 35mm again|
|On the right, my D200 w/17-50mm and on the left the X100s. Which will be better on my neck?|
I took a chance and purchased it. At worst I can easily get my money back on e-bay as these things are selling for what they cost new. Turns out it was on sale and a 32gb SD card came with it - bonus!
Got home and started reading the manual and just shooting around the house. Was not a good day for photography, the outside lighting was terrible - fog and overcast and even inside was dull and grey. Didn't take me long to gravitate to the black and white settings. Take a bit to get used to using it - as would be like any new camera - but I find it more and more like my old 35mm's the more I use it. Lots more bells and whistles but still feels the same. I find myself much slower taking my shots and thinking them through given the fixed focal length.
|Jackson being a good model - Black and White with a red filter.|
|Out with the boys fishing. 7 hours with the camera around my neck under the jacket - no issues.|
This is the big experiment. Not selling off the DSLR equipment just yet, although maybe a piece or two if someone is interested. But can this camera inspire me after the buyers euphoria wears off? Can I do upwards of 90% of what I could do with an SLR but be happy to carry the camera? Could this lead to the smaller X line of Fuji cameras instead of the SLR's? Part of me hopes that the X100S is all I need. Could this finally make me more confident to do street photography? The camera is completely silent and people don't give you a second look unlike when a bit telephoto raises from the bag. Could walking around Bermuda doing close up street photography be my ticket away from the big vista landscapes that I have hundreds of in my Bermuda collection? Will this inspire me to shoot more often and do more blogging? Time will tell :-)
The pictures thus far have been taken after reading the manual once and playing with a few settings. I have yet to have a sunny day with any colour or contrast. Here's hoping! I'm also dying to try out the low light capabilities with some colour. Gonna have to take a run downtown some night it's not too cold.
|Stories being told - lots of laughs|
|Today's modern hi-tech fisherman.|
|Built in Pano mode|
|The homestead on a grey and crappy day.|