My camera died, it was going to happen sooner or later, my trusty Canon 7D took it’s last shot and went to Canon heaven! Biggest problem I had was the fact I was in the middle of a photoshoot when it decided to go to give up and show me Err 30 which means the shutter has died, after a few mental swear words I swapped out to my X100s and finished the shoot. This got me thinking do I really need to run out and spend god knows how much on a new DSLR or can I continue with the perfect capable equipment I already have?
Well I decided that I don’t need to go out and spend £3500 on a new camera my Fuji X100s is a perfectly capable camera and I might as well practice what I preach when I am teaching and not just buy equipment for the sake of buying it. Now if I didn’t have the Fuji then it would be a different story altogether but honestly the Fuji suits my style of photography and is a perfectly capable camera, let me explain why.
I only have a small studio so space is a premium and longer lenses like my 70-200mm very rarely come out to play I just don’t have the space to realistically use it to its full potential in the studio and aside from the odd tight headshot it’s just a paperweight, one I love to use but still just a paperweight. Most of my stuff is shot with a 50mm lens with the crop factor of the 7D I know that it’s about a 80mm, the good thing about the Fuji is that with the TCL-X100 tele convertor lens it takes the X100s from being a 35mm equivalent to a 50mm equivalent, I can live with the missing 20mm!!
Another reason I choose to carry on with the X100s is that it’s got a bloody awesome sensor, yes it’s only 16mp but as I don’t print things the size of a small house it really the 2mp loss from the Canon really makes no difference at all! Best of all the Fuji takes extremely sharp photos much sharper than the Canon 7D ever kicked out so this means better photo quality not that the Canon was terrible. Now you are probably wondering will I look “professional” enough, simple answer is yes, most customers don’t know what camera I am using or even care just as long as the photos look great they are not bothered its only other photographers that will think I don’t look professional and that’s something I am not concerned with.
I will be posting about studio life more and I am also starting two new blog series on flash photography and studio photography on a budget so keep an eye out for them.