Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The future of Fuji?

Are you waiting for the X-PRO2? Full or medium format? Super-IQ?

Sony has released a little beast of a mirrorless full frame camera some days ago. It can do nearly everything except a good cup of coffee. Do I need all this stuff? ISO 50.000 or 100.000 are always nice numbers written on a tech-sheet. In real life most photographers don´t need that in most situations. I don´t want to say it is useless. There are some use cases for better technology but it won´t make better photos. Many people are suffering from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) and think that their "old" camera is not up to date. When I look at my Minolta XD-7 from the seventies a little smile will light up my face. Yes. You can do a lot more things with actual cameras. But a button to take a great photo is not jet invented. It is your imagination that creates the photo. The camera is just a tool. And you don´t always need the newest model.

Photograph the future by Nils Kuelper (robvisual) on 500px
Taken with my trusty old Ricoh 500GX rangefinder camera (400ISO/BW)
In the last years I also learned that the quality of the glass is way more important than the camera. Fuji did a great job in delivering fantastic quality by focusing on optics. A good sensor needs a superb lens to receive maximum performance. The same goes with film. Just look at the success of all the leica lenses. When you look at websites of leica photographers you see that the lenses are more important than the camera. Or just save the money for some great trips or a good meal in a expensive restaurant. ;-)

As Aldous Huxley wrote in "brave new world": "Ending is better than mending. The more stitches, the less riches...".

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