January 17th, 2013, 04:51 AM
Score one for fun to use
If I had to choose just one of my cameras, which thankfully I don't...I think I just might choose my Fuji X10 over all my other cameras. I wouldn't choose it because it is best in anything. I would choose it because it can do a lot of things for me and everything it does it does pretty well. It's easy to point out how the sensor is too small (cameras like the E-PM2 or E-PL5 are almost as small and have much better IQ), or how you can see the lens (and lens hood) in the OVF, how the battery life is comically short, how it has too much noise at high ISO, not enough dynamic range or the RAW files don't seem to work well in LR or Aperture. It's not the best at anything it does...but it IS pretty darned good at a lot of things and a lot better than you might expect at many of them. I would choose the X10 because it's small and that means it goes with me everywhere so when an opportunity arises it's handy. I would choose it because the lens is fast, the zoom range useful and it has more than enough manual controls to allow me a good measure of control over the images. I would choose it because I can get really close to stuff and don't need a special macro lens. I would choose it because every time I look at the images it produces I find myself delighted and surprised at how they are a lot better than they have a right to be. Most of however I would choose it because I find making images with it makes me smile.
And yes...I am surprised at how much I like it. It's not everyone's cup of tea and I think to get the best from it you need to spend time learning how to do it but of you do it's immensely satisfying...faults and all. It may not be the best at anything that is measurable or quantifiable but it sure is an absolute blast and I think it is the most fun I have had with a camera in ages. I don't plan on getting rid of my G2 and Sigma 30 or my NEX and my lovely collection of Rokkors. I like all my cameras very much. Each has a place in my photographic cabinet and I don't need to choose between them...but if I did the X10 would be very hard to let go of. Very hard indeed.
The Boardwalk by dixeyk, on Flickr
Curbside by dixeyk, on Flickr
January 17th, 2013, 07:55 AM
being satisfied with one's gear leads to better photos.
January 17th, 2013, 07:57 AM
Fun to use is hugely important to me too, and seems not to get as much discussion as the various measureable IQ issues. It's why I dumped the the RX100, which was no damn fun (for me - obviously subjective) for the much more enjoyable X10, and why I ultimately sold it for the even more sublime (again, just to me) LX7, even though each of those steps was arguably a step down in IQ, cetainly in sensor quality.
In any case, I'm glad you're enjoying the X10!!
January 17th, 2013, 08:53 AM
If some of us are doing photography, just for the joy of it, then why not use what "tickles your innards"?
January 17th, 2013, 09:07 AM
Ray, watch out or you're going to end up with a pinhole camera
Originally Posted by Ray
January 17th, 2013, 12:39 PM
I really like that first one.
Here lately, I'm having more fun shooting with my other half's XZ-1 than I am with my E-PL2. Just wish it had RX100 like IQ.
January 17th, 2013, 02:09 PM
There is much to be said for the convenience and utility that a nice point and shoot offers.
Originally Posted by Djarum
January 17th, 2013, 02:24 PM
I sort of think of my iPhone as the modern equivalent of a pinhole. I use it sometimes. And the Olympus body cap lens makes any m43 body sort of a pinhole cam, although with a hell of a sensor.
Originally Posted by Luke
January 17th, 2013, 07:21 PM
I think this is a very important aspect for all of us, the importance of being happy with what you do and what you use as with what Luke has mentioned this will reflect on one's images and I think this will apply no matter what gear you use.
I had a discussion with a good mate recently who is also my partner in crime regarding photography and he is planning to shoot with a Holga for awhile and he has no prior experience in shooting film, so after discussing the pros and cons of shooting film it came down to, "it makes me happy", and I think this sentiment alone is reason enough to put up with the cons of shooting film.
January 18th, 2013, 01:10 AM
It's a tough question, and a very interesting topic, what is the most relevant in a camera, the end result, or the joy getting there ?
I had a GX-1 that I was crazy about. Everything about this camera was awesome. I had configured it to my exact needs, had the fantastic PL25/1.4 lens on it over 90% on the time, which fit my vision perfectly, it had super fast AF, a state of the hart touchscreen, genius UI. Plus it was a real system as I had 3 truly geat lenses and a very useful viewfinder. What on Earth happened that I sold everything ??
Well, one reason is rational, the other is not. First, I felt limited from day one by the smaller chip. As fantastic the PL25 is (I also had the excellent 45/1.8, though I never bonded with it), I DID feel impoverished DOF control from the sensor and it was very real to ME (vs APS-C). The second reason is that the m4/3 internet crowd didn't resonate well with me at all, I just wasn't comfortable with the formated thinking and bully attitude (not saying all m4/3 users are like that of course, but there's a self rightousness that I experienced on nearly all boards involved with the format, that was tiresome). The forced OM-D veneration was a burden (knowing I thoroughly disliked the cam upon handling it, and hate Oly menus and UI with a passion).
So here I was, getting rid of a perfectly joyful camera and all around superbly performing system, for an IQ glitch (deeper DOF by default) and a community issue ??
I got a NEX 5N. Body only at first, no E mount lens, just legacies primes. The first 10 shots I nailed with Peaking threw me off my feet. For the ease of use on MF, and for the output. The beauty, clarity, and bokeh of me dumb Barbie doll test shots with a 50 1.8 wide open was like being reborn.
That's the exhilarating phase. Then all the quirks, bizarre UI, sluggishness, not so great touchscreen etc of the camera landed on me at once. When I got the 18-55 and lost most of my shots to the leisurely AF, I knew I had to move up. Had the 6. I call its "improved" hybrid PDAF placebo efffect... The Fn button was godsent, but I lost the touchscreen (not a huge loss, they're far from the best on NEX). Tested some more E mount native lenses and the same underwhelming experience repeated itself. Good, even great optics (30/2.8DN, SEL50/1.8), same sloooow operation and lack of responsiveness. My main subjects are a lively 4 yr old, and now an athtletic puppy. And I was still doing better with MF. Something is wicked here. Still trying to move up the ladder, ended up trying, and liking, the 7. At least most of the ergonomics and camera controls complaints are gone. The IQ is over the top. I pair it mostly with the PEN F 38/1.8, and the results can be astonishing in detail, color, sharpness etc.
But now I'm wanting the old GX-1 experience back. I want a 50mm equivalent lens that can grab and lock focus on the spot, no question, and let me the shot, including in low light. NEX AF is pretty much up to modern standards in bright daylight (heck, who is not ??), but most of my shooting happens at night in my living room. No dice. I'd need to try the SEL 35/1.8 (and intend to). It's not in stock with Amazon in my country yet, and I'm NOT taking the risk of buying this lens without a serious return policy. A few things from written and video reviews tell me that I might run in the same glitches again.
So now, what's more important ?? Getting gorgeous, rich pictures with the NEX 7 and MF lenses, or getting frustrated as hell because an expensive, top of the line camera can't figure out of to focus half as well as a now heavily discounted, lower specified m4/3 GX-1 ??
It seems like my dream camera is gonna be... the XE-2. That'll be the XE-1 with added new superfast AF from X100s and X20, and focus peaking. That, I'll buy. Until then (won't be very long, camera makers have figured out CSC's are the only market with some inherent profit left to milk) I'm buying an X10, to get familiar again with Fuji stuff. "Again", because my first digital camera, ever, was a Fuji, and so was my first DSLR, ever (and I've had a handful of Fujis far and between). The X10 will of course not replace anything for my "main" portrait stuff, and the purchase and assessment of the SEL35 is still in the cards, but considering what Dixeyk wrote (and we're a lot alike and old partners in crime at Talknex), I'm rather confident that there is some enjoyment to be had from it.
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