Hello Again…

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Neil Diamond’s song ‘Hello Again’ from the Jazz Singer film is an expression of enduring love – a need to keep restating loving emotions.  My relationship with the Fujifilm X100 series is more of an on/off love affair – an itch I can’t stop scratching, and here we are again…

I bought my first X100 camera, an X100S (’S’ for 2nd generation) back in 2014, largely as a result of seeing Todd Gipstein’s wonderful 1 Mile, 1 Year, 1 Lens video presentation. His 15 minute monochrome picture show was, as the title suggests, a series of photos all taken within the space of a year, and within a mile of his home. I suppose I thought that with a camera like that, I should be able to shoot great photos, unencumbered by lenses and filters and stuff – what I may just have missed is that Todd is a brilliant photographer, and the location for his photo set is the very varied and photogenic New England coastline…

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X100S – Poppies, London

Nevertheless, even with my much lesser talent, I did take some photos I was pleased with, and it was a very portable option when I wanted to travel light.  I kept the camera for about a year, then let it go when I wanted to get a wider range of lenses for my then Fuji X-T1. After about 6 months, I really missed that little camera’s portability and relative simplicity, so picked up what was then the latest 3rd generation X100T. Looking back, I see I only kept it for a couple of months – I had in mind that having a second body that I could fit my lenses to was going to be more useful than a fixed lens camera, so it got traded in.

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Colwyn Bay – X100F launch day

Fast forward a year or so, and all the Fuji gear had gone, and been replaced with Olympus – a mistaken belief that I could get similar image quality from a smaller camera and lens collection. I got talked into going to the launch event for the new 4th generation X100F in early 2017, and although I rather liked it, wasn’t really tempted to spend the £1200 or so it was priced at. Then in 2018, having dumped most of the Olympus kit in favour of Sony, I borrowed an X100F for a family holiday in France – I was still looking for the best possible quality in a camera smaller than my Sony A7iii with it’s rather large lenses. The X100F was marginally better than the Olympus Pen-F I still had, but rather than get the X100F, I went with the nearest Sony equivalent, an A6300 with a couple of lenses – logic being that these Sony lenses and bodies were all interchangeable up to a point.

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X100F – Ibiza

And that’s more or less where I was until a few weeks back when I realised that this search for a ‘perfect’ setup of larger camera for landscapes and ‘serious’ photography, and a smaller more portable system for travel was taking away all the enjoyment I was getting from photography – I was acquiring more and more gear, and then stressing about what to take with me (my previous blog post highlights this…) I was definitely heading for a complete photographic meltdown and it really was time to get a grip…

So decision made, and hopefully one I will stick with – I’ve slimmed down the Sony A7iii kit to the minimum, and will be keeping that just for landscapes etc, and particularly for locations where I am close to the car – it all still weighs a fair bit!  The A6300 and lenses has gone now, and in its place is (you’ve guessed it) an X100F!  Nearly new, it came at a good price, and is complete with filter adapter and a rather nice leather case. With a couple of spare batteries and a polarising filter, it’s a great everyday/travel option.

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X100F – Shrewsbury

I took it to Ibiza last week (and left the A7iii at home) and was more than happy with it. It’s definitely portable, and the results are very good indeed. I’m getting back into shooting mono and street photography, and really enjoying it – who knows I may yet sell the Sony full frame system and indeed revert to being a ‘one camera, one lens’ guy – not so much a ‘photographer’, more a ‘man with a camera’.

That’s quite an appealing thought!

 

 

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About nigelyoungblog

Retired and living in Shropshire with a camera.
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2 Responses to Hello Again…

  1. buddy71 says:

    i have a nikon d300s with 2 lens and a nikon 1 J5 with 2 lens and of course my phone, Google Pixel 3 XL. i rarely use the d300s as it is heavy. i had a nikon P7000 which was very good small camera but it was showing its age and started to not work well. i did not want to mix products as i like nikon for the dslr but they dont seem to do well with non dslrs. a friend really liked her nikon 1 J5 and so i caved and bought one. it does ok, but i seem to use it for more b/w than anything else. but my phone? i have taken to use it more than anything else. ye sit ha its limits, but i know them and use my “skills” to get the shot. i will take the same shot with my J5 and/or the d300s as well as the phone.
    good luck and keep clicking

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    • I’ve had quite a few Nikons in my time – starting with a Nikkortmat FTn around 1968 I think… I’ve had a few since then – mostly digital D200/D300/D700 and then a D800, which I let go because the whole kit was getting too big and heavy.

      Currently I have a Sony A7iii, and several lenses for my ’serious’ photography, but it too, is fairly bulky to carry around with all the bits that go with it.

      So I’m mostly using a Fuji X100F (I’ve had a couple of X100 series cameras previously) for everyday photography, but more often than not it’s my iPhone XR that’s with me. I also have the Moment wide angle and tele lenses for the iPhone – they really are superb (and come from California!)

      Not sure if you have seen this – it’s a perfect example of less is more! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-V8uxO1cNI

      Cheers

      Nigel

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