And while it is important to find a camera you enjoy using with a great ecosystem of lenses and accessories that provides room to grow, it’s also important to continue to learn and develop both your creativity and technical skills during photoshoots and in post-production.
I started with Nikon. A D3100 if memory serves, with the very average kit lens and a nifty 50mm 1.8. I was so close to truly investing in the Nikon system, with a D750 atop my wish list for months because it became familiar, and it was all I knew in the world of big-girl-business cameras.
But then a system caught my eye, a mirrorless one no doubt. I must admit, aesthetics and colours are what initially hooked me – the look of the retro-inspired camera body and the beautiful film simulation profiles I observed in a friend’s straight-out-of-camera JPEGs.
So, after months with the D750 on the “camera gear wish list” throne, a usurper in the form of Fujifilm would take its place. The X-T2 to be precise.
As soon as I placed the Fujifilm X-T2 in my hands, it immediately felt like a natural extension of my arm and hands. I found the dial controls extremely intuitive and far less cumbersome than navigating through a plethora of menu systems to change a simple yet quite important setting like ISO. *cough* Sony *cough*
This camera allows me to shoot how I love to shoot – on the fly, completely manually and fully tactile.
Many others who still shoot with DSLRs – which seems like such old technology to me now – comment on how small and light my kit is in comparison to the cumbersome Pelican case they’re carting around.
The long-winded point I’m getting to with this piece, is that trial and error is priceless when it comes to finding your camera system. Having equipment that allows you to fulfil your creative craft to the best of your ability is paramount. Although specs may be important for very niche photography fields, I believe that having the right gear for you – something that feels like a natural extension of yourself – will result in your best work, far more than a few extra megapixels.
Read more of my musings here.
6 August 2020