I did it.
If you’re one of the four people who have read anything here, you know I have a personal soapbox about the fact that your gear doesn’t make your images, you do.
For a long time, I, like many, subscribed to the fallacy that to be taken seriously, you had to have a big, heavy DSLR or two hanging from your shoulder or neck (or both.) Sure, I still liked the simple setup and had a bit of a minimalist view on gear, but it had to be a traditional 35mm looking mirror flipping camera, because I was seriously in to photography, and if I had a couple of those, the average Joe would know just how serious I was because I had the right gear attached to me…
I was wrong.
Yep, completely wrong.
I preach that your eye and brain are the key, but didn’t even realize how hypocritical I had been until I decided that lugging my kit around was a pain in the neck. Literally.
So I started researching incessantly. I realized that Sony is going to eclipse Canon and Nikon if they haven’t already because they embrace the unconventional to drive toward better images without the tethers of tradition. The current iteration of their RX100 point and shoot camera is proof positive – it looks like a small almost cheap point and shoot until you pick it up and start using it… and it arguably performs better than all but the most recent digital DSLR’s. Then there’s their RX-1 and A7/A7R… again, bucking traditional design for the benefit of maximizing the image.
Those Sony’s, with all of their bells and whistles, were out of my budget, and the design of the bodies, albeit exponentially capable, left me empty.
A friend told me to look at the offerings in the Fujifilm X Series, so I did…
Whoa. I love the retro rangefinder-esque look, and have always pined for a Leica.
The images around the interwebs… WOW. Stunning IQ and glass quality.
So I jumped in.
More on the expereince later… but yes, I did it, and I’ll be honest: I haven’t picked up my DSLR since the day I got the Fuji, and have no regrets about that – and I’m having more fun creating images than I have in YEARS!