I’ve been shooting with Fujifilm cameras for the last 5 years… I still use a Fujifilm Xe1 (converted to IR with a 720nm Filter) and an X-pro1. I have only three lenses a 27mm, a 35mm(1.4) and the superb 18-55mm(2.8-3.5). I’ve never had a problem with the cameras… I don’t find them slow to focus… The quality of the images is second to none. They’re easy to use, with no confusing menu’s… Simply put they are for me ‘my go to’ cameras.
I sometimes make a change and go out with my film camera.. Either my Nikon EM, FM FE for 35mm shooting or with my Yashica for medium format. But I still prefer to go out with the Fuji’s.
All this taking into consideration I notice today that the camera manufacturing marketeers are getting ‘very’ concerned at the down turn in new sales. Some are suggesting that there is a further way to go before it bottoms out. Im frankly not surprised!
Could it be that Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Sony and Olympus have taken their digital camera technology to the maximum? Could it be that they have over-cooked their market with so many quick releases / iterations for camera bodies?
I’m of the opinion that they are guilty of all of the above. Given that I see no real reason for ‘me’ to upgrade (and yes I have tried the latest and greatest)! I can understand ‘maybe’ a professional making the upgrades but for the serious amateur there is no point at all… In fact I think it’s just a plain waste of money. Many of you out there are getting duped!
I’ll go as far to say that many camera manufacturers have been guilty of looking over their shoulders too many times to see what others are producing and showing concerns that they will lose market share – maybe they should of considered to create cameras that can accept regular updates and charge for that service (in a small fashion), that might of been more intuitive. But to bring out the new latest and greatest iteration/camera every, what, 6 months, proves to me they’ve over saturated their market and have shot themselves in the foot – so to speak.
Its surprising how many people ask what camera you use when they see your great photos! It’s not the camera! It’s in the eye of the beholder! Let’s be honest…
Learn your camera and experiment… Thats the answer.
Read the camera manual several times! You’ll be amazed at what your old’n can do!
What’s more if you can improve your basic editing skills in LR or Photoshop and experiment more with those, your images will improve immensely!
A new camera to improve your photography? No you don’t need one!
As for the camera manufacturers, should they be worried? In my opinion yes they should… I think they’ve over done it almost to the point of killing themselves!