In With The Old.
It’s not often that someone takes a perfectly good piece of modern, latest and greatest, camera equipment (in this case the Fujinon XF 23mmF2 R WR) and trades it for what in the camera world may be considered a dinosaur.
But that’s exactly what I did.
Two weeks ago I traded my favorite lenses for a Fujifilm X100S, a camera that was released back in March of 2013. You might be asking yourself why in the world I would trade a perfectly good, modern, weather resistant lens for a camera that, as far as camera technology goes, is older than dirt?
The answer is simple ~ the jpegs.
Ever since my switch 3+ years ago from Canon to Fujifilm I’ve been in love with the jpegs the X Series cameras produce. However there’s been something missing, something I can’t quite put my finger on. All I know is that the jpegs I got from the XPro1, the camera that led me down the path to giving up my big Canon DSLR’s in the first place, a camera that having been released in 2012 was itself a dinosaur when I acquired it, somehow “Wowed” me more than the jpegs I get from either my current X Series cameras, the X-T2 or X-T3.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love my newer, more current cameras. They’ve got all the bells and whistles I could want and they will continue to me the workhorses in my camera bag. But I missed that magic, that special sauce, that the older cameras with the X-Trans II sensor and EXR Processor II had when it came to the jpegs they produced.
So, when I came across someone looking to trade their X100S for a 23mmF2 lens, I couldn’t pass it up.
And that is why I would trade away one of my favorite lenses for a dinosaur of a camera.
Every one of there images in this post are jpegs, straight out of the camera. The only thing done to them was resizing for the web.