Do you love taking photos?
A few years ago (seven, if you are dying to know the exact number) I got a DSLR camera to take photos of my brand-new baby boy.
And then the avalanche of photography envy began as I started comparing my amateur photos with the pro’s photos, quickly making the assumption every newbie concludes is the difference between a mediocre photo and a fantastic photo: it must be the camera.
Every photographer knows that it is not the equipment – it’s the myriad of details like lighting, lighting, composition and lighting that make a great photo. If you’re a photographer, you’ve heard the unintentional insult “that camera takes such great photos!” which is the equivalent to exclaiming to a chef his sauté pan cooked a fabulous halibut. Photography is a recipe of lighting and composition which requires skill – and the right equipment, too, of course.
It took me a few years to discover this, along with pouring money into lenses and flashes and reading books and watching tutorials and fiddling around in Lightroom.
Lugging around a heavy DSLR with lenses began to nag me. It was actually my husband who introduced me to a Fuji mirrorless camera a few Christmases ago: the Fuji x100s. I thought it would be an excellent back-up camera and perhaps it would tempt me to leave behind my arsenal of DSLR equipment. Never in a million light years would I have predicted it would totally replace my DSLR and lenses.
Obviously it did, since the title of this blog post is “the camera that replaced my DSLR.”
I knew the moment I abandoned my DSLR in the condo on our first Disney trip in favor of the portable, high-quality Fuji that my DSLR’s fate was sealed like the sword in the stone.
The manual controls, high quality images, portability, old-school body style, and fixed lens make the Fuji x100s the perfect camera for all occasions, in my opinion – it’s small enough to carry it with you everywhere (and I usually do). You cannot find a better travel camera. I have an emotional attachment to this camera, my companion, which has captured thousands of memories of my kids, travel, vision.
And now, Fuji has the newest version – the x100f – which has a faster autofocus. I cannot wait to get my shutterfinger on one, but it’s on backorder right now.
Read more about the Fuji x100f – Adorama is a fantastic camera store with impeccable customer service and sales people available on chat, by email or by phone to answer any questions.