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An Ode to my Photo Gear

I love my photography gear. In late 2014, I picked up my first Fuji camera, the X-T1. My first lens was the 18-135mm, as I wanted as much versatility as possible at the time.

I’ve been lucky to have J’s support in acquiring the gear that I wanted. I’ve tried many different lenses at this point but I have settled now on my much-loved X-Pro2 with the 16mm f1.4, the 35mm f2, and the 56mm f1.2 lenses. The entire set-up can fit in my favorite purse when the need calls for it, and most days I carry my camera with me. I enjoy having the 16mm and the 56mm for days when I want them, but the 35mm lens lives on my camera more often than not.

Occasionally I take photos for friends upon request. When I do my own work, though, I prefer to shoot monochrome. Black and white photography is so flexible and I find myself concentrating on the textures in the picture– I find color to be too distracting in my own photos. I love the ACROS film simulation in the X-Pro2 so much that I use the jpegs straight from the camera more often than not these days, with minimal edits. I have the camera set to record both RAW and jpegs, since it has two SD card slots, but the RAW’s usually end up going the way of the trash. They’re there for emergency backup, these days.

Why Fuji? I love having the controls at my fingertips via a dial or a button, just like old-school cameras. There’s just something about the tactile experience of shooting with the Fuji. It does not feel like taking pictures with a computer. I toyed with Nikon on two separate occasions and while there was nothing wrong with the images, I wasn’t nearly as satisfied with the tactile experience of photography with that gear. And I nearly traded the X-T1 for a Canon 6D at one point and decided that the Fuji colors really did make that much of a difference. And I don’t feel like I sacrifice anything using Fuji’s APS-C sensor instead of something else full-frame. The Fuji lenses are that good.

This post may be fluff, and photography is not about the gear…it is about producing images. But I do happen to love my gear, so it seemed fitting to write about it for once.


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