My Gear - A Rundown

I was a Canon shooter. You could even say a fanboy to be honest. My photographic journey began with a Canon 350D (the Rebel XT in the US) and an 18-200mm lens. I had some other stuff before that but nothing mentionable, this is where I really got into photography. I loved my Canon to death, there wouldn't pass a day where you'd see me without it dangling around my neck. It became sort of an identity thing, I was that guy with the camera now! And like many of us when we got our first camera, I wasn't really that good. I learned and I became better, the passion for photography growing by the day, finally leading me to my apprenticeship at the photo studio I'm still working at to this day, 8 years down the road. I upgraded to the Canon 40D when it came out, later to the Canon 5D Mk III, again, on the day of its release.

My old Canon gear. The perfect work tool. If I actually used it. 

My old Canon gear. The perfect work tool. If I actually used it. 

I had the 24-105mm f/4, later the new 24-70mm f/2.8, the first and later the second model of the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS. I loved my gear. I loooooved it. I loved it more than photography, apparently. Apparently something had gone horribly wrong along the way.

I fell slowly but steadily down into a hole, I took less and less photos when I wasn't at work.  I went outside and saw nothing, didn't think about composition or nice light, couldn't spot anything worthy of a photo. And pulling out that DSLR was to cumbersome anyway, so why bother.

When I got that 5D, I completely stopped taking photos for myself. Not only was it to bulky for me, I actually feared it could be damaged or worse, stolen! Even though I paid good money for insurance on the damn thing! The only times it came to use was when I shot for clients. That was a lot of money I'd spent for something that in fact didn't really belong to me. Some rethinking was advisable to say the least.

To cut a long story short (and because I explained all this in my last post), I sold all my stuff and jumped the fence, over to Fuji territory. Damn was that grass greener! So green in fact I fell in love with photography all over again. And with those awesome little cameras as well, frankly. Yeah, together with the photographer, that fanboy in me woke up again, and for good reason too I'd say. Here's what I own and use at the moment:

My Fuji X-T1 with lenses. I have it with me all the time. 

My Fuji X-T1 with lenses. I have it with me all the time. 

I have an X-E2 with the 18-55mm f/2.8-4, which was my first piece of Fuji gear, then the X-T1 which is my main camera right now. I have the 35mm f/1.4 which is almost always on the camera, the 10-24mm f/4, the new 16-55mm f/2.8 that recently joined the bag and the 50-140mm f/2.8. I also have the 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 but I rarely used it, so I'm selling it.

What can I say, I don't regret for a minute that I swiched sides.  The Fujis do practically everything the Canons did, but in a smaller package. I now own two cameras and (for the moment) six lenses! In my Canon days that would have been crazy town, bulk and price-wise!

I'm still blown away by their image quality. Those 16 megapixels are pure bliss. The only thing I sometimes struggle with is to get them filled with light of the not so blurry kind, especially in darker environements. The autofocus works fine usually but as you've probably heard before, in low light situations it's hunting quite a bit. What I found out in the meantime though is that it actually does perform a fair bit better when you're using macro mode! The problem's just that, when taking photos, this isn't something you want to worry about! When I'm shooting with the 50-140mm, I'm not just taking photos of stuff that's far away. Things happen around you, near and far. You already are thinking a lot in that situation, the last thing you want to bother with is switching to and fro the macro mode! The camera should be able to know how to handle this by itself, that's why it's called autofocus after all! I'd rather worry about my composition, the light, and what's going on around me.

Apart from that I don't have much to complain. As long as we're talking about a stills camera that is. Video is not good. I'm not that much of a video guy but I'd actually like to change that a bit. The Fujis sadly are not up to that task yet. Yet, because you can bet on it, this is about to change. For now things like really poor video quality, a 2.5mm jack and missing zebras are holding it back, to name just a few points. At least we got manual controls with the last update on the X-T1. Which again is a big reason to love Fuji: they update! Not as in "We changed the font color in the menus from dark gray to a bit darker gray". More like "Guys! New features galore! Want a new camera? Don't bother: Transformers, go!" and the next moment your shape shifting camera grows a bigger display!! Well ok, that's not completely accurate but you get the point. Fuji listen, they implement new stuff photographers around the world actually ask for, they tweak the hell out of their existing lineup. And frankly, that is amazing.

And that's that, my equipment! Only looking at pictures of the stuff makes me happy, knowing that now, it's actually put to use. That, of course, is not the whole story yet. I love taking photos, I love looking at photos, reading about photography, even watching videos of people talking about it. It feels like I could even get used to writing about it! The Fujis have to some degree helped me get back on track, but as I mentioned before, creatives are a weird bunch. We ask to many questions at times. Even though, in my case, I'm not sure yet if it actually are too many. Perhaps it's a good thing to at least try to be honest with yourself. Do I know who I am or do I just know, who I would like to be as a photographer? I know that I love photography, but what do I want to do with it? I'm sure, I'm not the only one with those thoughts so I'll try to find an answer and a way to put it into words. Soon because this post was supposed to be geartalk!