Since my passion with photography started, I have been a Canon user. Sydney, Australia is where I picked up my first DSLR and cut my photographic teeth on the crystal-clear light in the Southern Hemisphere. During my year-long adventure down under the camera got exposed to extreme heat, sand and the odd torrential downpour; it survived some harsh weather conditions and is still functional today. As a freelance photographer, I invested in bigger, more expensive Canon camera equipment. I wanted what the other professional photographers were using and most importantly I wanted to compete with the image quality.
Over the years my kit has grown along with the weight of my photography equipment. As a working professional, I use a couple of pro-Canon DSLR’s along with several Canon lenses including the EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM; top quality equipment but hefty after several hours shooting.
Over time my photography style has changed, from photojournalism to a documentary approach. I’m starting to question the suitability of my existing photography kit; do I need big, bulky camera equipment? I love my Canon DSLRs and they still have their place in my kit bag but the Fujifilm X-Series seem to offer something special. The X-Pro2 was specifically built for documentary photography, reportage and street photography; is this the way forward?
I’m curious to explore Fujifilm’s X-Series mirrorless cameras. I want a camera that is small, lightweight, and unobtrusive, with sharp image quality.
Will a move away from DSLRs enhance my photography? In my documentary photography, I like to be as close to my subject as possible, but inconspicuous, blending in, so I can capture natural moments that tell a story. For me, finding new approaches and discovering new ways to photograph is a big part of evolving as a photographer.
Aesthetically, I love the classic, retro design and the black semi-glossy finish. The release of the new X-Pro2 offers heaps of new technology, including the hybrid multi viewfinder and a brand new 24MP X-Trans sensor. Is it time to join what is being called the photographic revolution? Should I switch from large DSLRs to compact mirrorless?…watch this space and I’ll keep you posted!
(Sunday evening - I'm reading Fujifilm X100S From Snapshots to Great Shots by documentary photographer and author Kevin Mullins).