Just the other day I was considering what camera to take on my New York trip in May. I didn’t want to take a load of gear just a small camera with two lenses. I have the lenses the Fujifim xf27mm ‘pancake’ and the superb xf18-55mm. For the camera I wanted something a little lighter than my xPro1 (and my X-E1 as you probably know is dedicated to IR and mono imaging)… So I went look about. I wasn’t going to spend a load of money on a new camera setting a budget of £120 to see what I could get.
It didn’t take me long! My first stop as always for used camera gear is Ffordes. In the right price bracket with Ffordes at £119.00 was the Fujifilm X-M1. I checked other sources out but none even came close that met my requirement and at a reasonable price. This camera has been out a while but I looking around for reviews on several sites and Youtube I came to the conclusion that the XM1 was what I was looking for. Small, light, an interchangeable lens camera and easy to handle – A quick call to the support desk at Ffordes to confirm the model and condition and I placed the order. The camera arrived two days later. it is exactly what I was looking for and no contrary to some reviews (especially the appalling DigitalRev) I found the overall layout of the nobs wheels and buttons are easy to function (and I have quite big hands).
So to the results… On a recent trip out down to Charing in Kent. Using the XM1 with the xf27mm pancake, I’m really pleased with the results. None of the images bellow have been edited these are ‘SOOC’! The XM1 handles light and shadow detail extremely well and operates superbly in dimly lit church interiors. Focuses quick and sharp, (FYI camera settings were; Aperture priority @ f8, ISO set to auto(200-3200), and EV -1 1/3… I have only one negative comment to make and that is the wi-fi link to the remote app on my iPhone! Doh! Its a little slow to say the least… (I hope the new upgrade of the Fujifilm App due out in March 2019 will improve the overall functions of file transfer)… But that said it’s not an important function for me I don’t need the immediacy to transfer images ‘on-the-go’ to my instagram account.
The XM1 fits the bill.
You don’t always have to buy the latest and greatest, there are some great used options out there!
Remaining observant taking photo in the streets.
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!
He looked through x-ray specs
it was true
through metal and glass
but so surreal
The housing stood silent
hiding its glory
as nature took its course
that would eventually reveal.
Its a choice you make
either to take sunny side or shade
but one thing is for sure
there will be a cost!
The Tower stands in all glory
shadowed by balcony blocks
never ceasing to amaze
This architecture craze!
So you’re just sitting there attempting to edit your work and it’s not going well… I know what you’re thinking? What is it about them? What do they lack? How can I make them special?
For me it’s always been about checking out other peoples work either by Flickr or 500px.com (two fantastic photo gallery websites) to get inspiration for various genres for street by Daido Moriyama or Joel Meyerowitz, classic landscapes by Michael Kenna or David Noton and HDR by Trey Ratcliff or Jason P. Ordell (Jason by the way is a great tutor of all aspects). You will without doubt find some one or some thing that sparks your imagination.Artur Anis Aniserowicz on 500px that really piqued my interest to attempt to make some art from my photographs.
By simply adjusting colours balances, vibrance, saturation, and clarity using the slides in Lightroom or Photoshop I created my photos with an almost psychedelic feel to them – Photos on steroids basically. It’s totally ‘off the wall’, but who knows they might just find their own place on my walls, as some sort of peculiar art.
At least it’s my work inspired by a great photographer.
Walk the streets of London, and see for yourself the dreams of stardom! ----
How busy the streets are No one stops for anyone all going About their important business! ----
Modern times a Coffee Break, They sit, pick up their phones and never talk to each other A strange activity! ----
The skate Park Decorated for the visitors but the boarders are not here Just the artists! ----
He entertains, the children go wild Having Fun Chasing Bubbles! ==========