I’d been looking at getting myself a new camera for a while, but what to get? Do I go for another Nikon or take the plunge into a newer system – mirrorless/compact system camera. Lots of advice was given by friends and a great deal of reading by me. We all have our own criteria for a camera, some more unusual than others! A requirement of mine is that I need to be able to hold and use it – only a small matter. I choose a mobile phone with that criteria too, as well as being good to take photos with. I have small hands, I could use the Nikon D7000 OK but when looking at the full frame versions I was becoming limited. I could just about cope with a D750 I thought, then all these compact system cameras came into the equation. My son had had a Sony NEX5N which he had really enjoyed using, I couldn’t get over the lack of a viewfinder, but the size was ideal.
The Fuji cameras were establishing themselves, had great reviews and people turning to them from the larger Nikons and Canons. So I decided to find which one maybe within my budget and do what I wanted it to do, the very latest would be a little too costly for me to justify. Black Friday came and a big grin was on my face. Fuji were doing double cashback on some of their range. So I thought I’d just pop into my local camera shop (yes we still have one just 10 miles away – London Camera Exchange, Leamington Spa). That day I came out with my new camera, a Fuji X-T1 with a 18-55mm lens, and it was the graphite version too.
Over the past month I have had a great time, taking it out with me to cities and countryside. I’ve now also got a 60mm macro lens to enable me to carry on with that side of my photography. I am, of course, looking at what lens to get next.
My Canon AE-1 Program and Fuji X-T1 make a very handsome pair, who would have thought they were three decades apart in design.