I photograph all of the time, using processes from wet plate collodion to film to digital. I use everything from my iPhone to large format. Medium format. DSLR. Point+Shoot. You name it. Cameras are simply a tool for recording what we see, but somehow they seem to transcend that, and are often among people’s most prized possessions. Certainly, camera companies are thankful for that, because it keeps them in business, and able to do the research and development required for such advancements as we’ve seen in the last 15 years.
Most of our wedding and commercial work is photographed on Canon 5D Mark III’s. This is supplemented by shooting Kodak film on a Contax 645 camera, and I also play around with a ’59 Rolleiflex and a ’70s Hasselblad. While I’m very happy with the DSLR’s that we photograph with, I’m always keeping tabs on the newest, latest, and greatest to see where the industry is headed.
I was looking for something fun. Something spontaneous, inconspicuous, but still very effective. I wanted the ease of an iPhone, but the control of a “real” camera. Little did I know that my wishes coincided in one compact and svelte little number that looks like a classic rangefinder!
When I heard about a Fuji x100 camera a few years ago, I was skeptical…of the smaller sensor size, the fixed lens’ capability… focusing, etc. That is, until I read a post by Ken Rockwell where he actually called it “the world’s best digital camera.” The thing is, it wasn’t like Elf walking into a greasy spoon that advertised the world’s best cup of coffee. This is Ken Rockwell, who is to cameras as Robert Parker is to the wine world. The x100 has another champion: Zack Arias. His review and no-bones-about-it attitude was the final straw. I had to get one.
I guess I’m not really an “early adopter” because the camera is on it’s 3rd generation, which is great for me, because they’ve worked out all of the issues! I’ve put thousands of frames through it since May. It’s an amazing tool in the hands of a professional, but it’s also simple enough to be very effective in the hands of my 6-year-old son Jack.
On a side note, I got a great deal on this x100T from B&H’s used department for about $1000. They’re currently going for around $1100 for the holidays. I’m not being paid by Fuji nor by B&H for this review.
Stay tuned for another post to show some of the phenomenal features of this camera!