More than a rumor: retailers and e-tailers are ordering unusually large initial shipments of Fujifilm's new GFX-50S. They're clearly expecting the new camera system to be strong-selling despite its high price. Initial demand looks to be sky-high for such an expensive product. That's the scoop on that.
Me, I normally don't covet super-expensive things. "Sour grapes" (telling yourself that what you can't reach is not worth the cost, or aren't as good as they appear, or that you wouldn't like them) is my normal stance toward such things. I consider things like $500,000 cars to simply be symptoms of anti-social wealth inequality and not for me.
But then, following the dictum of the Oracle ("Know Thyself"), I sometimes ask myself the opposite question: how would I feel if wealth inequality worked in my favor? Would I drive a Mercedes-AMG GT if I could? Sometimes I wonder. (Okay, not very often.)
Along those lines, I wonder if I'd want a Fuji GFX, too, if I could afford one without strain.
Roman mosaic with Greek legend: the Delphic maxim "Know Thyself."
I think it would make a lot of sense in a way. Now that I use the iPhone for casual "note-taking" snaps (something I had to force myself to start doing a couple of years ago, as you might remember), a FF or FF+ sensor camera makes sense to complement it.
I learned how this works years ago when I spent a summer using a 4x5 view camera intensively (the only time in my life that I did so). I found to my surprise that it improved my 35mm shooting (which was my normal technique at the time). I had been trying to use the 35mm camera to satisfy my desire to make carefully composed, precisely framed shots; once the view camera took over that role—a role it was better at—my 35mm shooting got looser and more free.
And because I had the 35mm to satisfy my "note-taking" and "visual exploration" urges, I wasn't tempted to try to take snapshots with the view camera.
It was nice.
Taught me a lesson.
Anyway I can imagine the GFX-50S being the "yin" to the iPhone's "yang." The flip side of the same coin, the other end of the same stick. Instead of going with one system in the middle (I consider APS-C / Micro 4/3 to be the "middle" of the sensor-size range), go with two cameras that are each more extreme—phone camera for records, notes, sharing, and utilitarian tasks, and a FF+ sensor camera for more deliberate, contemplative, expressive, finished work.
It's a theory, anyway. I wonder if it would work, or if I'd just miss the regular ol' middle-sized cameras I'm used to. I really do like those.
Be all that as it may, I'm off to work on me book over the next two days. I'm going to enjoy that. I've been looking forward to it. Back on Monday. Hope you have a nice weekend your own self!
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Andrew Lamb: "Re 'I found to my surprise that it improved my 35mm shooting (which was my normal technique at the time),' Mary Ellen Mark said something very similar. She stated that moving from 35mm to medium format made her a better 35mm shooter and moving from medium format to large format made her a better medium format shooter.
"Moving to large format just made me broke."
Mike replies: Not making yourself go broke is a good first principle where these things are concerned. :-)
Dennis Ng: "My D810 fulfills that role vs. the iPhone 7. I guess it is better to be even better."
Peter: "I get you. The two cameras that I use most these days, and that complement each other in terms of subjects, approaches, and projects are a Minolta TC-1 (small 28mm point-and-shoot with flash) and a Chamonix 4x5."
Mike replies: Very cool.