After many, many days, hovering my finger over those relentless “Buy Now” buttons, my guts twisted in knots… I finally made the leap and went all-in with Fujifilm and the gorgeous X-Pro2.
Okay, so truth is, my old EM5 micro four thirds body and 17mm have served me well for over four years now… but it’s nearing it’s final breath and I doubt it can survive the year… (recent lockups and failures to turn on, have warned me as much)…
So, for the first time since I was a Canon shooter, I once again have what could be considered, a “full kit”…
It’s funny, actually. Back in 2012, when I first snatched up the trusty dusty Olympus, I was weighing the option of going with Fujifilm even then. Frankly that X-Pro1 was looking awfully purdy at the time. But the slow AF and relatively lackluster glass selection didn’t successfully woo me away.
Mind you, I have no regrets about going with Olympus and the m4/3 garden, however, fast forward to today and that nagging desire for Fujifilm gear never seemed to go away.
I guess it was only inevitable that I’d come full circle and trek down the path I had already researched before. Especially as I’ve witnessed the lens options expand beautifully and the camera technology leap ahead without that Sony-esque update every 6 bloody months. Sorry, I’m not a quantity over quality guy, no matter how much praise one can give the Sony system. But that’s neither here nor there and my love/hate with Sony is a post for another day.
Anyway, my point is, they took their time with the X-Pro2 and I’m putting stock in that time. It may sing or it may burn… field use will be the telling factor. Above all, the release of this bad boy kicked me in the ass and said, “come on home”.
It’s true as well. I do feel at home with a rangefinder. The simulated DSLR styling, such as the XT1, just do not jive with me and M4/3, while fantastic, is simply too small. I feel like a gorrilla handling a golf ball with my EM5 these days. My hands always cramp up. I just need more… more, ummm.. I don’t know, more beef. Something to wrap my baseball mitts around and there are limits to how “small” of a camera I can go. It just took me 4 years to figure it out.
Alas, here I am… a blank slate, seeing that orange glow of the horizon brightening up and new opportunities coming with it. Knowing this and receiving various gig requests, I simply needed to go big, or just walk away… and walking away was not an option.
There is a benefit in having a blank slate, never fully investing in numerous lenses and playing it simple for as long as I have. Hell, I shot street and basic travel for the last half decade with my Oly… that’s what I did and do and I like to think I do it well. But the gear head winds are shifting and I had to make the choice.
Anyway, all that said, the New and Improved Working Kit.
– Fujifilm X-Pro2 –
– XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS –
– XF 35mm F2 R WR –
– XF 56mm F1.2 R –
Oh and sidenote… make no mistake, ol’ Casper here will never shy away from the used bin… It’s risky, I’ll damn well admit that… but one shooter’s return or sale, is another shooter’s bargain. I won’t be saying “no” to saving a few hundred bucks folks, not now, not ever. This industry is expensive enough. Plus, used means one thing… you get to skip that initial break in period. 🙂
You know what I’m talking about. That moment you nearly have a heart attack when you thump the beast thing against a wall, or watch it slo-mo tumble from a table.
Cameras like this should not be approached with white gloves. They’re tough as nails and meant for work. My Oly took a couple spills to the pavement and didn’t skip a beat. The reality is, we all fall into a sort of, baby-that-bitch mode, right up until you finally blast it on a door jam and nearly pass out as a result.
This “previous use” allows me to put the gear right to work… With all those worries tossed aside.
Anyway, I’ve had this collection for barely 48 hours now, and the 10-24 actually came in last night.
I am however in the midst of a booked product shoot, which will allow me to take the 35mm and the 56mm through the motions, which so far, has been fun. Once completed, I’ll be happy to share more words.
So, at this moment, while I write this brief post, I’m just going kick back and bask in the glory of my new shiny and marvel at the Fuji-ness… pointing it at the beer bottles on my coffee table, picture frames on the walls, my foot…. doing my damndest to quickly learn an entirely new settings system and holy shit, what a crazy different system it is.
Seriously, I actually do enjoy learning new systems! Keeps my mind fresh.
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