I never thought I’d be saying this. But I seem to have made a drastic decision. I’m giving up on my Canon 5D Mark III. I’ll be selling it and the rather nice set of lenses that I’ve acquired over the last few years. Now I can already visualise the legions of regular readers doing this kind of thing or perhaps worse. But there is method in my apparent madness. It’s all the fault of my lovely Fujifilm X100S. Since I got it, the Canon hasn’t had a look-in. And unlike previous occasions where I’ve played with another camera for a while, then gone back to the familiar territory of a DSLR, this feels quite different. I’m really enjoying using a camera that produces superb image quality (it can do better than I’ve done so far – more practice needed!) that isn’t the size and weight of a brick.
But the X100S, great as it is, can’t do everything. That fixed lens does let me take some great photographs and get around things by the traditional method of zooming with my feet, but there are some things where a longer lens is really all that can so the job. Or indeed a wider one.
So, this happened:
Yes, I’ve bought another Fujifilm X camera. I got this in the recently re-opened and revitalised Jessops in the MetroCentre, as I wanted to have a play with it before deciding if it was what I wanted. And as their price was as good as any online, I was more than happy to buy locally and help support a business I’d like to survive.
The X-E1 is an interchangable lens camera with the same sensor as the X100S, and many of the same features. I did consider the more expensive X-Pro1, but as the only major difference between the two is that the X-E1 has an electronic only viewfinder, rather than the hybrid one that the X-Pro1 shares with the X100S, I decided to get the smaller and newer model. I found, much to my surprise when using the X100S, that I never used the optical viewfinder at all, so not having it is no real loss. This is a change for me, as previously I’ve tended to regard electronic viewfinders as a bit rubbish. Well, to be fair, until recently they were.
I got the camera with the standard kit lens – a 18-55mm zoom. My aim is to add the 55-200mm, which will give me the longer range I want (with the APS-C sized sensor, that’s equivalent to a long end of 300mm on the Canon 5D). Both these zooms are image stabilised, which is good to have.
The Cunning Plan is to keep the X100S alongside the X-E1. They’re small enough that taking them both with me on serious photo trips is a practical proposition. The X100S can handle the wider and general view, with the X-E1 being more zoomy. I can see this being useful for the Sunderland Air Show, assuming I can get the 55-200mm in time.
I’ve only had a quick play with the latest camera, but here’s a test shot for now. More to come!