My experience with Fujifilm X Series Cameras (Ramblings from a Cairns Photographer) Part 1
Some rambling thoughts from a Cairns photographer on my journey to the Fujifilm series of X cameras. How I came to own the Fujifilm X Series (X-T10 and X-T2), how and why I have come to love using them, and some other thoughts on the cameras for 'people who love cameras'.
In 2015 I was lucky enough to go to the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli in Turkey. I travelled with my usual Nikon travel gear. This consisted of a Nikon D7100 APS-C body, a Sigma 17-50mm f2.8, Nikon 50mm f1.8, Nikon 55-300 f4-5.6 and a Sigma 10-20mm f3.5. I also had my Macbook Pro, hard drives and a tripod as well as the usual spare batteries, filters and odds and ends. I was also spending time in Ireland, France and England. This was my first trip to Europe and I, like many photographers carried far too much gear in fear of missing 'the shot'. Well, to be more accurate, I was carrying far too much weight! I was carrying approximately 7 kilograms in a Think Tank Retrospective 7 bag. This doesn't sound like much, but I am a naturally wandering kind of traveller and after covering nearly 40 kilometres on foot around Paris on my first day, I was feeling it! This was the catalyst in looking for a smaller, lighter system for my travel photography that didn't compromise on ability or image quality. Enter the Fujifilm X-T10.
I was travelling to Japan for 12 days in November. This was purely a photography trip by myself. After much research I had decided on the Fujifilm X-T10 as my new travel rig. I liked that the camera was still in a similar form factor to what I was used to with Digital SLR's. I was still able to choose from a good line up of lenses and, I had heard nothing but good things in regards to image quality. This was something I wasn't willing to compromise on. I purchased the Fujifilm X-T10, XF18-55mmF2.8, XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 and I rented the XF10-24mmF4, from Oz Lens Rentals. For this trip I still had my tripod (which I just can't do without) but this time a iPad Mini instead of the Macbook as I wasn't planning on any processing of photos on the trip. The combined weight was down to approximately 3.5 kilograms! Mission accomplished!
To see some of the images I made whilst in Japan have a look here at my article on travel photography in Japan. Whilst in Japan I purchased the X-T2 (I was so happy with Fujifilm) more on that in a future post.
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