I’ve owned three Fuji X-series cameras since I made the switch from a DSLR kit three years ago, and have enjoyed them all. Going mirrorless has been a good move for someone who has to drag all her stuff around with her everywhere she goes. Using Fuji has meant owning a tough, lightweight kit that delivers pro quality images.
I bought the X-Pro 1 with the XF 35mm f1.4 lens in June 2012, and this is the camera that’s been on the most adventures and withstood the most abuse of them all. Read about it here.
The X-Pro 1 was the first Fuji X-series camera I ever used, and I still love how simple it is: One dial for shutter speed, another for exposure value, a function button for ISO, and the shutter button. I found it an intuitive tool which allowed me to shoot without thinking about what I was using – a stealthy camera in so many ways.
That misshapen hood of this lens still surprises a lot of people. Random photographers ask to take a picture of it all the time.
It’s been laying dormant in Copenhagen since mid 2014 though, and picking it up again a few weeks ago, I marvel at how long ago I gave up my DSLR system for Fuji. Compared to a Nikon, the X-Pro 1 is a streamlined machine. Compared to the newer X-series cameras I’ve used since, it weighs a ton!
I really, really like this particular camera body. It is super responsive, fits perfectly into my grip, and is intuitive to use, a sophisticated piece of equipment for amateurs and professionals alike. And that huge, amazing electronic viewfinder, which weirded me out in the beginning, because my eyes have never seen the world with this level of clarity? That viewfinder rocks my socks.
My introduction to it with it was cut short by the arrival of the X-T10 (see below) though, so I’ve very recently begun to use it for stills.
I got the X-T10 in late April, as I was commissioned by Fujifilm to test, produce sample images and make a video. This little camera is the X-T1, condensed. It’s lighter and more compact with the same technology.
They’ve gotten smaller, and more powerful over the years.
My favourite camera
But my favourite of any camera I’ve ever used (not just Fuji), is the one I never owned: The X-E2.
I prefer the unassuming, black-box styling of the X-Pro 1 and X-E2, to the flashy X-T1 & X-T10, which scream “expensive toy! Steal me!” in some parts of the world. The X-E2 is everything the X-Pro 1 is, in a smaller, faster, higher performing package.
With it slung over my shoulder, I easily assumed the mantle of a harmless tourist, whether at a wedding, music festival, or dark highway. In these days of heightened paranoia, where almost anyone with a camera is a perceived threat, being able to work unencumbered by others’ suspicion is valuable beyond my ability to express.