So this is how it all started.....
A few weeks ago I was little bored, but looking around to see what my lens purchase might be. I was looking into perhaps a longer lens to go with my D610. Being my first full frame camera I noticed how all my lenses now felt shorter. The depth of field was different, which I enjoyed, but I was so used to my lenses being longer. Yes, I know that I can change the crop factor in the camera, but its one of those things that I would forget to change back when I needed the full resolution.
So I was visiting one of my favorite sites for gear info www.kenrockwell.com and was thinking hmm I wonder what Fuji and Leica are all about. I had heard about Leica and had seen some of their stuff, but they were very expensive and seemed to be primarily manual focusing systems. I loved the retro look, but the manual focusing is just not practical for the things I photograph, outside of macro work which I love.
So next I went to Fuji and was amazed by the different cameras there. They look similar to the Leicas I thought and they also look very small as well.
So I clicked on one of the cameras and started to read. Hmm, these aren't as expensive as the Leica , I said to myself. I continued to read on. "The autofocus system is a tad slow but......." - not a real quote, but I thought, wait, an autofocus system?
I continued to read on and these are the highlights:
1) Optical viewfinder and Electronic viewfinder - I was thinking what is that?
2) Metal lenses and mounts to be able to use Nikon lenses on them as well - very interesting!
3) High iso performance similar to Full Frame cameras
4) Film like filters built in to the camera - don't know if I'd use that but good to know
5) Models ranging from $1,000 to $1,800 including a lens (BELOW most full frame camera prices)
6) Knobs and a completely different layout of functionality - really cool, I'm so used to buttons
7) Mr Ken Rockwell gives them a thumbs up
8) Good review on the lenses currently available
9) Firmware upgrades to help performance - very nice, good job Fuji!
10) Metal body - when you spend that much its good to have good build quality
As you can see the more I read the more I was curious to know more. What did people think about these? Were there any real life tests. Geez, the first one came out in 2010? Where was I and why didn't I hear about this before.
I heard about mirrorless cameras I while ago, but didn't pay much attention to them as they were widely considered, at the time, as wanna be DSLR cameras. Shaking my head now...
So, I went online to youtube and found lots of videos and reviews.
I then googled and found Zack Arias's blog post and video claiming that the DSLR was dead. (but not really)
I found David Hobby's articles and many more great articles.
I then found groups on facebook, flickr pages, and tons of other posts by people around the world who had really expored and used the new Fujifilm lineup.
People were ditching their DSLRs and their expensive lenses and there was chaos in the photography world!!
Ok, just being a little dramatic there. But, Fujifilm was really causing waves. Rumors are the Nikon DF was created because of the impact and popularity of the Fujifilm line-up. Not sure if I believe that, but it does make you wonder. hmmm
So, after all this research what have I concluded?
It is worth a serious look. A camera with the retro look, smaller size, good iso performance, good functionality, and some serious lenses (growing of course).
They have already made a big impact, but keep an eye on them in 2014 as I hear rumors of a new Xpro and possibly a new Xe.
If you currently own please comment on your experience! Thanks!
----- Please stay tuned to when I get mine as I'll be reviewing it.