In With The Old.

Fujifilm X100S camera.

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.

memorial bridge at night with the bridge towers lit in blue light.

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.

looking through the structure of the memorial bridge towards the portsmouth naval shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

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.

mount Chocorua as seen looking over the hand-made raisins of the bridge on chocorua lake road
gone to seed, milkweed seed pod

And that is why I would trade away one of my favorite lenses for a dinosaur of a camera.

burning bush in the sunlight

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.

11 thoughts on “Out With The New.

  1. I know exactly what you mean. I recently purchased an updated version of one of my cameras and after 20 days of experimentation, decided the old one was a better fit for what I wanted to do. Fortunately, the camera store has a 30 day money back policy…

    1. New gear isn’t always the answer. Don’t get me wrong, the X100S, with it’s fixed 23mm lens isn’t going to replace my “work” cameras, the Fujifilm X-T2 and X-T3, but for everyday carry the X100S fits perfectly.

  2. these are gorgeous photos!! And no photoshop? That’s what I want. I don’t look at cameras often, but when I do I NEVER see a Fujifilm. Are they hard to come by, or am I just looking in the wrong places?

    1. Thank you! You got it, these are all straight out of the camera, the only “editing” being done in camera using the great film simulations built into the camera. My favorite being Velvia, which I’ve made a few tweaks to using the available in-camera settings.

      Fujifilm cameras aren’t hard to find, but you probably won’t see them in Walmart or other big box stores. Online retailers like B&H and Adorama both carry the entire X-Series lineup of cameras and lenses.

    1. Tell me about it! When I purchased the used XPro1 I mention in the post I had to do A LOT of reading. I’d never used a rangefinder style camera before, I’d never even held a Fujifilm camera before. During all of that reading people were raving about the jpegs, to the point I thought it had to be just overblown, overhyped fan-boy-ism. But when I downloaded the images from our first day in the Disney parks I was instantly converted. I was shooting raw + jpeg, just in case, but when I brought the images into Lightroom the jpegs were fantastic.

      I was so in love with how small and light the camera was, and the image quality that by the time our 10 days in Disney were over I had decided to sell all of my Canon gear.

  3. WOOOOW, really sharp! My brother in law switched also to fuji, and he is also very satisfied with it. Canon/nikon…. so many people stick with it… I don’t know why. Its just pure commercial. Sony (my favo brand) for example is much more innovative, and fuji has excellent cameras as well. Greets Stef

    1. Canon and Nikon have been the big, and for the most part unchallenged leaders in photography for so long that they’re the brands people automatically think of when looking into buying their first camera. The internet warriors don’t help either. Go on any photography forum and all you’ll hear is “you gotta go full-frame.” Um, I had full frame and I don’t miss it.

      I had actually thought Sony would be where I would go when I switched to mirrorless. Then I started looking at not only the size and weight, and the price. The A7xx bodies weren’t that much smaller, and even more expensive than the 5D MkIII I was using at the time. Plus, the lenses from Sony that were equivalent to the L glass I was using were just as big, just as heavy, and just as expensive(if not more so) than what I already had. Sony’s cameras and lenses are excellent, but I got tired of lugging big heavy cameras around when I’m hiking onto the middle of nowhere, up and down mountains. The Fujifilm X Series just works for me. Which really, that’s the key isn’t it? If you’re happy with what you’re using, regardless of what brand it is, there’s no real reason to switch.

    1. Right? I’ve still got my other two cameras and lenses for my more serious photography, like when I’m being paid to shoot, but this “new” camera is super fun, super small, and with results like these I wont be wishing for one of my other cameras when stumble upon something that catches my eye.

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