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.