Some of you that have landed here at the Imaginegnat blog and are photographers know there has been a lot of discussion the last few years about “Switching to Mirrorless” or “Why I sold my Canikon DSLR to switch to Sony, Fuji or Olympus”. I went through that battle a few years ago and 99% of what I do now is shot on a Fuji X mirrorless camera.
Roughly 5 years ago, Fujifilm entered the camera world with the announcement of their X100 and I got on a waiting list and purchased one. Not long after they announced their X Pro 1 along with some really nice prime lenses in roughly equivalent length to 28, 50 and 90. I remember going to my local camera store to check it out. I had been shooting a Bessa R4A film rangefinder at the time along side a Nikon D700 DSLR and an Olympus OMD EM5 camera. I remember holding this new X Pro1 in my hands and then leaving the showroom floor disappointed in the light feeling of the body, the cheap feeling aperture ring and the fly by wire manual focus. I remember texting my friend saying it felt hollow and cheap. I kept shooting what I had with pleasing to me results.
Not long after, that same trusted friend I texted about the X Pro 1 feeling cheap eventually picked one up and starting praising it. I eventually caved and kept shooting my originl X100 and bought cheaper XE1 later on. Wow. What a combo. I shot this way for a few years and eventually replaced both of those with an XT1 and an X100t. Within the last 6 months, I also finally picked up a used X Pro 1 for $299. Low and behold the X Pro 1 is now my only Fuji. I shoot it every single day with great delight. I’ve sold both the XT1 & X100t in anticipation of the new X Pro 2 being announced later this month. It is expected to be January 15th, the 5 year anniversary of the X Pro 1 announcement. I will state clearly that I fully intend to purchase one.
I have fallen head over heals in love with the quirky, original X Pro 1. In fact, I prefer the X Trans 1 sensor over the more recent X Trans 2. The X Pro 1 is truly an incredible camera. Many write about the shortcomings of the aging X pro 1. Those complaints include waxy skin at high ISO, dynamic range issues in high contrast situations, slow autofocus, in-accurate autofocus, poor RAW file handling and the “Fuji” look/color management.
While all that stuff is true at times, when you hit with a Fuji camera and get it right the results are simply incredible. I also don’t think anyone would argue that Fujifilm makes some of the best lenses in the world. They also have continued to invest in previous owners with constant upgrades to old cameras and lenses, with each updating providing noticeable improvements. In short, they have just won me over in the images, the lenses, the user experience and the support. I am sunk. I am smitten. I am pleased. I can’t wait for the X Pro 2.
With the new X Pro 2 being announced shortly, I thought I’d share a gallery of images from my Fuji cameras over the past 5 years. I have not looked at a collection of images this big in a long time. They are in no particular order nor shared in any order of significance. They are just a collection of some of the images I like from my Fuji X camera(s).
This is no way is intended to be a review and testimonial for any of the cameras and lenses used to take these images. I don’t make a living though photography. I paid for every body and lens used to take these images. Photography is my passion and I just like the images that Fuji X cameras have helped me capture and create. I hope you enjoy them too.
Thank you Fuji for making the Fuji X cameras and camera systems. They’ve helped me enjoy my hobby and passion like no other system. Here’s to the next five years!