I love traditional, hands-on, complete control photography. I shot film for years before digital photography was born and my favorite film camera of all time was a Nikon FM2N. This camera was completely manual from top to bottom. Everything on this camera worked even if there was no battery (except the light meter). It was rugged, reliable, and I shot endless rolls of film through that thing.
When digital cameras appeared, I sold every film camera I owned, except that Nikon FM2N. I still own it. And I love to hold it, thumb the film advance, try the self-timer lever, and hear that wonderful solid shutter click.
Not Satisfied with Digital Photography
I’ve used many digital cameras over the years, but I have never felt the same level of involvement or satisfaction using any particular digital camera. That is, until I shot with Fuji X-series cameras.
Fuji Brought the Love of Photography Back to Me
I bought my Fuji X100s about a year ago (in 2015) when the price dropped because of the introduction of the X100t. This immediately became my everyday carry camera that I used to create numerous pictures. I love the analog shutter speed dial! I also love the analog aperture dial. Combined with these two things, I am completely and utterly infatuated with the electronic viewfinder. It is amazing to me that it will show the actual look to the photo when I change the shutter speed or aperture. It’s like an instant polaroid. Genius!
Based on my experiences with the Fuji X100s, I decided to grab the X-Pro1 body when the price drastically dropped for it due to the announcement of the X-Pro2. I now have it and a few Fuji lenses including the 14mm f/2.8, the 35mm f/1.4, the 18-55mm f/2.8-4, and the 60mm f/2.4 macro lenses. Since owning these cameras and lenses, I’ve shot landscapes, portraits, macro, architecture, and just about every other type of photography you can imagine.
So what’s the verdict about photography with Fuji X series cameras? I feel like I am back! Everything I loved about shooting with my manual Nikon FM2N is back! The simplicity, the hands-on-feel, the tangibleness of the experience, the complete control, and the razor sharp lenses are all so . . . reassuring. I feel like I am back to real photography again!
Images I’ve created with my Fuji X cameras:
Oh sure, I still have to deal with menus and memory cards and processing images through Photoshop, but the actual photography, the picture taking part of photography is back! I love it!!
Thank you Fuji for X-Pro1, the X100s and your superb Fujinon lenses. Thank you for bringing the joy of photography back! You have a loyal follower in me.