When GAS becomes stupid

I know, I know. In my last blogpost I told you all about my switch from X to F and now this. I am hear to tell you that the X is back. How stupid is that, you will think. And rightly so.

After just a few weeks of using the very, very good Olympus Pen-F with the 12mm f/2 and 17mm 1.8 prime lens and the 12-40 2.8 Zoom lens I figured that I was and maybe still am caught in the terrible spiral of GAS. Is the Olympus Pen-F a better camera than my trusty X-T1 was? Am I taking better pictures than before? What about the size and weight?

Well, the Olympus Pen-F is a great camera but not really better than the Fujifilm X-T1 is. It is just different. I definitely am not taking better pictures than before. The size of the body itself is about the same as the X-T1. The lenses are smaller. If I look at the size of the 12-40 2.8 in comparison to the XF 16-55 2.8 then size does become noticeable. I know all about the more shallow depth of field and stuff. But an f/2.8 lens no matter how large the sensor behind it is, is always letting in the same amount of light onto the sensor.

A few weeks ago I had the idea to go to the Olympus mFT system. The reason for this was to reduce the size of my gear. Of course I could have gone with Fuji´s XF 18-55 2.8-4 Zoom lens instead of the quite large F 16-55 2.8 but I decided to change my camera system. Well I know now that I was just looking for a new toy. Stupid.

After just a few weeks I have realized that this was not a very wise idea and so I have had another change of plan.

As I want to travel as light as possible I did some research. Going through my Lightroom catalog I figured that around a large amount of shots which I think are 4 -5 star rating photographs had been taken with a focal length of 35mm or equivalent. Some of you readers might know me a little by know and you might also know how fond I have always been regarding Fujifilm´s X100 cameras. Either one of them, be that the original X100 which I still have, the X100S and the latest iteration the X100T.

The decision is made. I have sold all of my other gear except the first and original X100 and I have purchased an X100T which in my belief is the best X100 of them all.

For the next months or even years I will be traveling with nothing but an X100T and as I have just ordered a new MX 5 Miata I don´t have any money for any new gear. As you see I have no other choice as to only use the X100T when traveling. I have always loved traveling and photographing with the X100 cameras. You can easily find out for yourself when reading my posts about Marrakesh part 1, part 2, my personal review on the X100T, or my part1, part2 and part3 visit to Paris with the X100S.

GAS can be a very frustrating first world problem and I am trying to get over it with the idea of restricting myself to one camera with one focal length. Me myself I need to calm down with the syndrome, focus on taking pictures with high quality again.

Below are just some examples of pictures which I have taken with the X100T in the past. It does show how versatile this camera can be.

Bare with me, let me know in the comment section what you think.

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Black and white shadow view

Black and white shadow view

Night is drawing in

Night is drawing in

Relaxing

Relaxing

Black and white taxi

Black and white taxi

Roses X100T, 23mm, f/2 Classic Chrome Jpeg OOC!!!

Roses X100T, 23mm, f/2 Classic Chrome Jpeg OOC!!!

The path

The path

Landscape

Landscape

Daisy

Daisy

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4 Kommentare

  1. Sounds so familiar, everyone of us has gone through this phases 😉 ! I own (and love) the PEN-F (plus the E-M1 plus a lot of Oly mft lenses) and have shot with the Fuji. Honestly, there is no difference in IQ between all those very worthy cameras unless maybe you engulf yourself in pixelpeeping. A much bigger impact on IQ has anyway the glass you put on the cams.

    But the biggest factor is the photographer. A passionate photographer can make great images that carry a story and are full of soul with whatever gear you give him. And I know picture-takers (not photographers) who run around with super expensive luxury gear that I only can dream to get my fingers on and guess what? Their holiday shots look gruesome.

    So use what you have, use it well and put all your passion and soul in the images and you will be fine!! I changed systems once (from Nikon DSLR to Olympus mft) and that will be my last!

    Sure I look at new cams from other manufacturers, and somewhere in me GAS screams to consider to get the new sexy Fuji (Sony / Leica / Hasselblad /….) but the only ones winning from GAS are the manufacturers, and not the quality of our photography.

    But if anyone knows a working cure against GAS attacks please let me know 😉

    Marcus

    • Thanks Marcus for your great words. I am sure I will have a great time using just the X100T. Yes the Pen-F is an amazing picture taking machine but I need this creative restriction for myself.

      Daniel

  2. Could you please elaborate a bit more on how you came to the conclusion that mFT wasn’t a good idea after using it for only a few weeks?

    Every now and then I realize that my Fuji-X gear isn’t as light as I want it to be and start daydreaming again about lighter/smaller mFT lens. What has stopped me before was my experience with an Olympus EM-1. I was getting more noise in images that I was used to and was worried that Panasonic and Olympus weren’t going to do sufficient sensor advancements vs. the competition.

    • I´ll try.
      The Micro Four Thirds is no doubt a very capable camera system and I personally had no problems with noise. I even shot my Sony RX100M3 at the highest ISO level of 12800 and used the files.

      The reason for selling off all of my gear is simple. I had got caught in the spiral of GAS and the only way to stop this was and is to use just one camera, one lens a SD card and some batteries.
      That is really the only reason why I sold everything else except my X100T. Well and my very first X100 which I will never ever sell to anyone. But that is a sentimental thing 🙂

      It is not said that I might go back to the mFT System in a few months, years or whatever. I have had the E-M1 and the 12-40 2.8 lens myself already and it is an amazing pice of gear. I might choose the X-T2 with some lenses. Who knows.
      But for the time being I need to get out of the spiral of GAS.

      I do hope that clarifies your question a bit better. If you should have any other matter please drop a line, write an email to info@stockografie.de and I´ll be sure to get back to you.

      Have a great day and soon coming up weekend.

      Stockografie

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