For the next few days I need to beg your indulgence.
I have acquired a new camera. Yes, I already have two fine cameras, the Canon 7D and the 5DII. Why would I be tempted to get another? It is the Fujifilm XT-1 mirrorless camera. There are many deep technical reasons why this is a different kind of camera. Suffice it to say that this extract from a hard-nosed reviewer is fairly typical of the reviews this camera is getting: “The Fujifilm X-T1 is an outstanding camera, boasting superb image quality, a fantastic viewfinder and continuous autofocus which actually works, letting you successfully capture subjects in motion. All this plus superb manual focusing assistance and Wifi with smartphone remote control packed into a compact but perfectly proportioned weatherproof body. It’s one of the best cameras around at this price point whether mirrorless or DSLR and one I can highly recommend.” (Gordon Laing, Cameralabs, March 2014*). Will it make me a better photographer? Of course not. It might make it easier for me to make better photographs, but that’s a different thing. On full Auto, it does a great job. On other settings, it is very complex and I have a lot to learn. Of course I didn’t read the manual first and went to the front door and shot through the rain down into Lower Hutt.
Despite the dismal weather I had to try it out, so made some shots from the driver’s seat of my car. Though the camera body claims to be “weather sealed” the lenses are not (unless you buy some of the newest models which are way above my budget).
These are very ordinary shots, but in my defense, I really had no clue what I was doing with some of the fundamentals of the camera.
As I waited at a traffic light I had a minute or two to spare so snatched a close shot of the hardy sea-grasses planted in the median strip on the Esplanade. Bear with me for a few days as I find out how to fly this thing.
* Cameralabs review of the Fujifilm XT-1 by Gordon Laing http://cameralabs.com/reviews/Fujifilm_X-T1/index.shtml