Okay, last post of "Fuji Day" at TOP, promise. (Don't you Canon shooters get tired of being ignored?)
My one camera, one lens, one year (OC/OL/OY) idea from last year has been getting some renewed attention around the Web. Of course, you can do this project with any camera you choose...you really should modify the project to suit your own needs and "take ownership of it," and not just slavishly do what I say. (Well, unless you want to do it right. No, no, shut up Mike.)
But I have to say that if I were pressed to name an absolutely perfect camera and lens combo for such a project, it would be a Fuji X-T10 with the marvelous new 35mm ƒ/2 lens. The whole package seems to strike a perfect balance:
- a nice mix of retro and modern;
- high build quality without being too expensive;
- small enough size to carry everywhere but not too small in the hand when shooting;
- medium-sized files that won't hog too much hard-drive space, while still allowing good resolution and enlargeability;
- not excessive or extreme in any way but very flexible;
and, last but definitely not least,
- very high potential image quality in a great many situations.
If all goes to plan in such a project, at the beginning of it you'll think you're taking some of the worst pictures of your life, and by the end of it you'll be taking some of the best.
(Thanks to John C.)
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Featured Comments from:
Alan Carmody: "Isn't it a wee bit of cheating to go out and get another camera and another lens rather than using what one already has? Somehow, this bothers me. I'm not sure I can put my finger on what exactly it is that does so."
Mike replies: You're right, and what this post probably displays is my own gear weakness—or in other words, what the exercise was originally designed to combat. It does make a lot more sense to pick either a camera you already have, or a camera that's older and cheaper. The point of the year is that it isn't what camera and lens you're using, it's how you learn to use it and see with it that matters.
But then, a lot of people have contacted me asking, "What camera and lens should I use if I'm going to do this?"
I guess I will say that you should pick a hammer you like, because you're going to be hitting a lot of nails with it. A year with one camera will "bond" you with that one camera, so pick something that appeals to you. Or am I just encouraging GAS rationalizing when I say that—?
Kivi Shaps: "Ok I went half and half. Using my trusty X-Pro1 with my brand new 35mm ƒ/2."
Daniel Stevenson: "I am certain that the little Fuji cameras are great tools but I still think that you had it right the first time. I think that using a simple, manually-controlled camera is the best way to learn. It really does not matter which of many cameras, which of hundreds of lenses, or which of several great films. Just pick one of each and then step outside and spend the next year really learning to use it."
Christopher: "I still prefer the Leica for a year...that may be because my year is still going, multiple years later though!"