How I came from professional Canon gear to FujiX system

Fujinon 16mm

So here is a story of me starting with Fujifilm. 

Jealous of Fujifilm X100

Few times a year we manage to travel abroad with my friends just for the weekend and street photo walks. I think it was in Berlin and my friend Jirka came with new fabulous and sexy FujiX100 camera. I liked the retro look and quite shutter. At that time I was already shooting for money so of course I had something “better”. I think it was my Canon with 17-40mm lens on. It is a great lens, but it’s really huge and scary. I remember that we were walking through some flea market and I was pissed off, because everybody was afraid of me and it was impossible to get invisible (plus I saw my friend doing it with ease). 

Then some time passed by. I have acclaimed all the Canon lenses I needed and my bag got heavier and heavier. My problem was, that I got used to some standard and when we traveled for holiday, I wouldn’t by happy with photos from my mobile phone. So I took my bag (not 100% stuff like for a wedding, but still pretty heavy). Maybe I should mention, that I do prefer prime lenses. So when I was packing it was always hard decision. 

Awakening in streets of Havana

Than we have traveled to Cuba for our honeymoon. I was so excited about street photography in Havana and beach portraits of my wife. We had my Canon gear and some pretty old compact. Again I had similar experience like in Berlin. It was very hard not to be seen with huge bulky camera. Of course our white skin (they were literally laughing from us) and outfits have clearly showed who we are, but when I was lazy to carry around big equipment, I realized how much easier it is to capture authentic moments with our old bad camera. After few weeks in Cuba I decided that it’s time for new compact system. 

   
    
    
   

You have no idea how crazy I am. I do not sell my equipment often. I pick what I want and I stick with it. Even when it’s not that expensive, It’s like buying a new house or something that you have to analyze very much to take right decision. You probably know that. You read all the reviews compare pluses and minuses. I like the process alone. I think I will have a separate blogpost about it. 
Why I picked FujiX system?

Fuji cameras are small enough, with an amazing quality of photos (I wanted APSC at minimum). My decision was mostly based on the fact, that these cameras look and feel beautiful. According to specs on paper I liked Sony cameras as well, but it just didn’t felt right in my hands. 

   
    
 

When I got into Fuji, I thought about it more as a compact system for traveling, but since I was so happy with the results, I started to use Fujifilm gear on my professional assignments as well, but this is another story…

Martin

 

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