A lot of us enthusiast photographers know the problem of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrom).
There is a new camera which hits the market and you read raving reviews about it. Ok, one great review is ok but you are hooked and read another one, and another on. You absorb every little bit of information about this awesome new piece of gear like a sponge. Before you know it you are in the swirl of GAS. You need this new camera, lens or whatever and say to yourself that you will take better photographs, or that you need this lens to be able to take a certain type of photograph in the first place.
I can assure you that I know what I am talking about. Just a few weeks ago, it was the end of November 2014, I came back from a business trip in Los Angeles. The photographs I had taken with my X-T1 and some lenses I had with me where not so pleasing to my eye. As you can imagine I started to wonder why that was the case. The answer was an easy one. It´s the camera and the lenses! I need a full frame camera to take better quality pictures. Yes that must be the reason why I am not happy with the shots I came home with.
Before I even knew it I had a Sony A7 and the 28-70, the Voigtlaender 40mm 1.4 and the Canon FD 50 1.4 sitting on my desk. At last, I thought. Know I´ll be able to take all these shot´s I have been missing. Yeah right. You know what I say to myself just a few weeks later? Dumbass! So stupid of me to think that the Fuji X-T1 and the Fuji lenses don´t take awesome shots.
It took some thinking though. Some thinking if I really wanted to switch to the Sony A7 system or stay with the Fuji X.
To cut a long story short. I stayed with the X, because X marks the spot!
I got myself thinking so hard about full frame vs. APS-C, the lenses which Sony has, the lenses which Fuji has that it gave me a headache and I never get a headache.
Fast forward to January 2015!
A befriended photographer and I met up for a photo walk and photo talk. We got chatting about just this topic and noticed that we both had the same dilemma. He had also got the Sony A7 but with the Voigtlaender 35 f/1.2 lens. In the same sentence though, he mentioned that he missed his Fuji X-E1 so dearly that he bought a used one with low shutter count.
The evening before we met up I got thinking about which camera to take with me. The Sony A7 with the Voigtlaender 40mm 1.4 and the Canon FD 50 1.4? Or the Fuji X-T1, the XF23 1.4 and the Zeiss 1.8/32? I went for the latter and felt as happy as I could be. That was the moment I had not only decided to take the Fuji X-T1 to this specific photo walk but also the decision between both systems. My heart told me which one to choose!
Now that´s not quite the end of the story! As we met up in a town with a great shop for photo gear we popped in there as well. I did not walk out empty handed. On the shelf they had the wonderful Fuji X100T. The shop owner offered me such a great deal I just could not resist. You know what? After thinking so hard the past six or seven weeks I could not believe what I felt. As soon as I had this damn sexy little quite Fuji X100T in my hand I felt relaxed and right at home.
The Sony A7 will probably be up for sale soon as well as some of the lenses I own. Not quite yet as I am receiving the Zeiss Loxia lenses for test purpose soon. There will be a blog post on these lenses mounted on the Sony A7. If you´re interested please check www.stockografie.de once in a while to see what´s new.
After reflecting the two weeks in Los Angeles I finally realized that it was not the cameras fault that I did not bring back too many good images. Well that´s not really the case as I did take some keepers. The problem was simple. I was working there, I had a jetlag for some days and by the time I got out of the office it was dark. I did not see any awesome LA sunsets at all. There was a weekend in between where I took some shots with two friends of mine, including some car shots which actually worked out very well with the Fuji X-T1 and the XF 18-55.
What I am trying to say is this. Choice is good. There are many great mirrorless camera systems these days. Be that Olympus with the mFT line or Sony with their A7 series and of course the Fujifilm X series which I am staying with. My heart chose the system for me. It´s not all about sensor size, full frame or APS-C, mFT or even the 1” sensors in some great cameras. It´s about what one prefers and likes!
Finally I feel happy again as a Fuji X shooter!