Do you love taking photos?
A few years ago (seven, if you are dying to know the exact number) I got a DSLR camera to take photos of my brand-new baby boy.
And then the avalanche of photography envy began as I started comparing my amateur photos with the pro’s photos, quickly making the assumption every newbie concludes is the difference between a mediocre photo and a fantastic photo: it must be the camera.
What makes every photographer cringe
Every photographer knows that it is not the equipment – it’s the myriad of details like lighting, lighting, composition and lighting that make a great photo. If you’re a photographer, you’ve heard the unintentional insult “that camera takes such great photos!” which is the equivalent to exclaiming to a chef his sauté pan cooked a fabulous halibut. Photography is a recipe of lighting and composition which requires skill – and the right equipment, too, of course.
It took me a few years to discover this, along with pouring money into lenses and flashes and reading books and watching tutorials and fiddling around in Lightroom.
Why replace a DSLR?
Lugging around a heavy DSLR with lenses began to nag me. I started dreaming of a unicorn camera. The perfect camera, which I was convinced didn’t exist: a camera that takes pictures equal to my DSLR without the bulk or weight.
It was actually my husband who introduced me to a Fuji mirrorless camera a few Christmases ago: the Fuji x100s. I thought it would be an excellent back-up camera and perhaps it would tempt me to leave behind my arsenal of DSLR equipment. Never in a million light years would I have predicted it would totally replace my DSLR and lenses.
Obviously it did, since the title of this blog post is “the camera that replaced my DSLR.”
The Unicorn Camera
A few years ago, I dreamt of a unicorn camera. The perfect camera, which I was convinced didn’t exist: a camera that takes pictures equal to my DSLR without the weight.
I made the switch from a DSLR a few years ago to this cult-favorite camera, and have been a happy snapper since the moment we met.
I knew the moment I abandoned my DSLR in the condo on our first Disney trip in favor of the portable, high-quality Fuji that the Canon’s fate was sealed like the sword in the stone.
The manual controls, high quality images, portability, old-school body style, and fixed lens make the Fuji x100s or Fuji x100f the perfect camera for all occasions, in my opinion – it’s small enough to carry it with you everywhere (and I usually do). You cannot find a better travel camera. I have an emotional attachment to this camera, my companion, which has captured thousands of memories of my kids, travel, vision.
Fuji’s newest camera – the x100f – has a faster autofocus.
The well-worn leather case is visible evidence that the camera has been tossed in the diaper bag countless weekends, flown to California, strolled around Disney, hung around my neck at every social event, and patiently lays in my purse, ready for me to discreetly take it out in a restaurant to snap photos of my food. It’s the best camera on the market for a photographer who wants a portable camera that takes professional, high quality photos.
Buy a Fuji x100F
Read more about the Fuji x100f – Adorama is a fantastic camera store with impeccable customer service and sales people available on chat, by email or by phone to answer any questions. Also available on Amazon