It’s one of those times again when I’m in a bit of a quandary regarding an aspect of my photography kit. In particular, it’s my Fujis. First of all, let me point out that they are smashing aps-c cameras. Nothing wrong with that!
However, all too often I’m using them at times of day I haven’t chosen, which means that I’m using them in poor or mixed lighting. This results in higher ISOs and slower shutter speeds, but also inconsistent exposure.
The problem is also that using DSLRs a little more really shows up the slower autofocus and weaker auto-exposure of the Fuji bodies. That’s resolved, in part, in the X-E2 by the improved PDAF autofocus. Unfortunately that only works in brighter light. I keep heading out with my X-E2 and being a bit disappointed with the results. However, I shouldn’t be so critical, I realise that. A bad workman blames his tools and all that!
Funnily enough, it was the experience of shooting with my D800E, RX1 and Df at Christmas which made me realise just how much I love the detail, DR and high ISO performance that full frame sensors give a photographer.
I’m also quite critical of my cameras when I don’t use them or I admire them more for aesthetic reasons than using them to take pictures. So that means that I’m selling my X-Pro1 and my X100S. This is harsh in particular on my X100S – it’s a better all round camera than the RX1, but I don’t need two fixed lens 35mm equivalent cameras and the image quality of the RX1 is too good to give it up.
Having tired somewhat of carting around a bag of lenses, I’ve spent this week shooting when I can with the Rx1. It’s certainly a liberating experience. There are many, many things you can shoot with a 35mm lens. Fortunately and unfortunately, using a 35mm lens means that you are getting very close to your subjects, so if people have an issue with you taking photos, they are going to tell you about it!
As it is, I did have some fun in Shoredich and Spitalfields – got to love the Kodak Brownie!
Taken with my RX1