I've had an interesting journey through a few different brands of camera equipment, and to add a bit more credibility to this blog, I'll outline them here.


My first ever camera was a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55mm kit lens. I shot it on full automatic for about a year until I upgraded to a Nikon D7000 with an 18-140mm lens. In retrospect, I hadn't come close to utilizing the full potential of the D5100, but the D7000 just felt "better", mostly due to the physical design of the body. I used the 18-140mm for a while and eventually picked up a 35mm f/1.8 for it. I didn't really utilize the potential of that lens either, but the internet said it was a good lens. I also had an old 80-200mm f/2.8, so the setup was getting pretty heavy and I used it mainly for travel photos. I had heard of mirrorless cameras before, but only the Nikon V series which had tiny sensors and horrible lens choices.


I first got turned on to Sony when I saw an a6000 kit at Sam's Club and was amazed at how small the camera was. I ended up selling my Nikon kit for an a6000 with the kit zoom and a 35mm. I used it for maybe a year until I grew tired of its atrocious low light abilities and lack of affordable lenses. I saw a post on Instagram about Fujifilm cameras and instantly fell in love with the way they looked. I had dabbled in film shooting so obviously Fujifilm's design choices were familiar to me. The retail prices of the Fuji cameras were way out of my price range though, so I ordered an old X-E1 on eBay to use with adapted lenses. This was the first time I had ever come out of Aperture Priority and it changed the way I photograph things for good. The dials, build quality, and overall intuitiveness of the X-E1 made me actually enjoy photography and I probably took more pictures in the first few months with the X-E1 than I did with the Nikons and Sony combined. Obviously, wanting to pursue photography as a part time job, I needed autofocus. Enter the X-T10. An amazing value to this day, the X-T10 is a fantastic balance of price and features. Notably, it has wifi capability, the Classic Chrome film simulation, and a pretty nice screen/EVF combo. I used the X-T10 and 18-55mm for a while, and then picked up the XF50mm f/2. With those two lenses, I began offering photo sessions and my business grew from there. I soon had made enough to invest in the XF50-140mm lens which I used extensively for portraits and sports photography. I then bought the X-T1 as a second body and also bought the XF35mm f/1.4. Quickly I learned that the better autofocus on the X-T2 would benefit me greatly so I upgraded to that. Fast forward roughly 1 year and my setup consisted of an X-T2, X-Pro2, Zeiss 12mm f/2.8, Fujifilm 23mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4, 56mm f/1.2, and the 50-140mm f/2.8.


Clearly I had quite a bit invested in the Fujifilm ecosystem, yet I was again drawn to the Sony A7 series cameras. I heard people talking about the A7III and the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and began to research them. Undoubtedly they destroy the Fujifilm cameras on paper, and I was definitely intrigued by the specs and huge lens variety. I did enjoy the Sony at first, but it quickly became boring and overly sterile. Its color rendition was pretty good, and being able to use Canon lenses with Sony's amazing Eye-AF was really nice, but I never once picked up the camera outside of paid work. The mixture of a boring to use camera and iffy reliability (see shutter problems), I then explored the Canon EOS R system. I used an EOS R and EOS RP with various Sigma and Tamron lenses, but the single card slot, expensive and low capacity batteries, and expensive native lenses made me dissatisfied in the long run. I finally decided that I would switch back to Fujifilm and in the process, simplify my kit. My bag (a Peak Design Everyday Sling) now comfortably holds an X-Pro3, X-E3, 18-55mm f/2.8-4, 23mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/2, and 90mm f/2. This kit can pretty much do it all, and the cameras are such a joy to use. I now routinely go out and shoot for fun, experimenting with film simulation recipes, adapted lenses, and just taking snapshots in a different way.


That's the story of how I once again am a Fujifilm shooter. Hopefully it provides some context to any future references and I think makes me pretty qualified to compare Fujifilm to other systems since I do have quite a bit of experience.


Thanks for reading!