Some time ago I wrote about my switch from the Fuji System to Olympus. With a switch of system I thought to myself, I would change everything. My photography would become more creative, I would photograph more, have more time to photograph and so on and so forth. Oh how wrong I was at that time.
The only thing that changed was my account balance which dropped with the change of system.
Now, just a few months on I am back on track again using my oh so beloved Fujifilm cameras and lenses. But this time I decided to go the budget way. I must say that I had never left Fujifilm entirely. The X100T has been on my side ever since I bought it in January 2014.
After spending so much money on the X-Pro2 and then selling that to fund the whole mFT System including the Olympus Pen-F, 12mm f/2, 17mm f/1.8 and the 12-40 2.8 Pro lens my wallet had a big black hole. I sold all the mFT gear pretty quick again. Not that the Olympus gear is bad, quite the opposite. It´s just not for me! I have been shooting with Fuji´s X-Gear now for 5 years and have gotten so used to it that it felt wrong using anything else.
There was of course another reason why I sold all of my gear except for the X100T. I had bought myself a new ride which had to be paid for. With the X100T on my side though, nothing could go wrong. Fujifilm´s X100 series has been by my side ever since I got the original X100 in 2011. Since then the X100S and now the X100T have always been by my side.
If I would have to choose one camera to stick with and nothing else it would have to be an X100T.
Anyway, after a few months I had a little bit of cash left over and decided to get back into the Fuji system again. As said I went the budget version and got myself an X-T10 with the XC 16-50 II and the XC 50-230 II lens. At first my intention was to use the lenses for a few weeks until I could afford either a 18-55 2.8-4 or even the XF 16-55 2.8 lens again. But after using the really small and lightweight XC lenses on the X-T10 I think differently. Both of these “cheap” Fuji lenses are really good. Yes they feel cheaper than Fuji´s XF lenses but the image quality is right up there. It is not as good as the XF 16-55 2.8 but it is not that far away either. What I have noticed is that diffraction is a lot more obvious than on the XF 16-55. Trying to capture a shot at f/22 with the XC 16-50 is not the same as with the pro lens. But then again there is a much higher price tag on the Fujinon XF 16-55.
As a travel kit though, the X-T10 with both XC lenses is lightweight and delivers high enough quality for me.
To give it a try before heading on a cruise through the Caribbean Sea I went to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
Please note that I also used a Pentax manual focus lens on this outing as well. I´ll not which lens was used on which shot!