I’ve been using a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 for the past few years and although it takes wonderful photographs I would like to have a better body. The X-Pro 1’s autofocus is not very good and I sometimes miss photographs because the lens grinds back and forth trying to latch on to something. The EVF in the camera is fine but sometimes takes a while to adjust brightness and that delays the speed with which I can make a photograph. There are a few other annoyances as well but those are the main two.
So what camera do I want to buy? I’ve narrowed down my choices to a few but it’s difficult to decide. All of the cameras have advantages and disadvantages. I’ve been making some notes to help me decide and that’s what the body of this blog is.
The new X-T2 sounds great but reviews are often biased, especially early on. I’ve read that the EVF is wonderful, but is it wonderful for a viewfinder or wonderful for an EVF? I prefer an optical viewfinder. Fuji’s lenses make great photographs but I don’t like the way they handle. Plasticky, and manual focus is done electronically. The thing I don’t really want to give up is the great colour of X-series cameras.
My second choice is the Nikon D810. Except for the size and the lack of Fuji colours there is nothing bad to say about it. High resolution, optical viewfinder, amazing autofocus, etc. I’ve already got a basic set of Nikon lenses so I wouldn’t need to buy any. But, the size . . . . It’s not a camera I can hang around my neck all day like the Fuji mirrorless.
One of my favourite cameras ever is the Zeiss Ikon rangefinder. There’s no digital version, unfortunately. Should I buy a digital Leica? The Zeiss lens I have is an M-mount. But the price is very high and digital cameras go obsolete so quickly that I would feel too nervous about spending so much money. How much would it cost to fix in three years if something happened to the electronics? Would there be parts for it in five years? Leica is nice but it’s a risk I can’t afford.
What about a large camera like the D810 for projects and then a pocket camera like the Ricoh GR for always having on me? Well, then I have two cameras and I would prefer to just have one. And pocket cameras tend to have wide angle lenses whereas I prefer a standard lens. Good compact cameras aren’t cheap, either.
I’ve been making lists of pros and cons for the past couple of weeks and I still can’t decide. The important thing is to not buy anything until I am absolutely certain about what I want. The X-Pro 1 isn’t broken so there’s no big rush.