A few years ago my New Year's resolution was to stop making New Year's resolutions. (And a few years before that, it was to stop worrying about resolution...i.e., of the photographic type.)
But I'm pretty serious about following my own advice and doing a one camera, one lens, one year (OC/OL/OY) project, starting sometime in 2015. I'm now 99% decided on using the Fuji X-T1 and XF 23mm ƒ/1.4 for the project, doing B&W only, and printing on 13x19-inch Canson Baryta Photographique paper. (You can order a Canson paper sampler to see all their options for yourself).
Epson has thrown a small wrench into the works however, by introducing the first in what will very likely become its next generation of inkjet printers and inksets. Indications are that it will be worth waiting for. The new printer uses "next generation" UltraChrome HD inks and is called the SureColor P600. It's said to offer signficantly greater black density that either older inkjet printers or traditional silver halide photo papers, making it especially appropriate for black and white. Trouble is, the new printer isn't shipping yet (although you can pre-order one). I believe Ctein is in line for a review unit.
I'm really not sure if I can do a proper OC/OL/OY yet, but I'm aiming to at least take a running leap at it.
(Thanks to Christian)
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Hugh Smith: "One Camera, One Lens, One Year.
"Walden Pond redux.
"Henry David Thoreau remarked 'Simplify. Simplify,' and that's exactly what my shooting partner/life partner/wife and I began a year ago on our travels to Ireland and France. We tired of carrying (I should say lugging) our Canon equipment all over God's green earth and opted for the FujiFilm X100s. Never did we feel under-gunned and actually felt freed to enjoy the trip and the photography. So, Michael, for once, we beat ya to it. My two pesos."
martsharm: "Good to see the OC/OL/OY idea is gaining traction with its proponent, and that there might be a gang of us doing it in 2015. I decided on my camera and lens combination—Panasonic G1 and PanaLeica 25mm ƒ/1.4—on the fateful day of your post about it (11th November 2014), kicked off the project three days later, and have done my best to stick to it ever since. I haven’t shot absolutely every day, and I have occasionally reached for the big kahuna (D700, 24–70mm, SB-600) when it was absolutely needed—but it’s been OC/OL/OY more than 90% of the time. If that’s not an oxymoron....
"I took your more stringent advice and went for 50mm-equivalent, and I’m glad I did. Far from its occasional reputation for being a boring focal length, it's proven to be extremely versatile, handling landscapes, portraits, and everything in between. Anything wider or longer wouldn’t be as good an all-round companion. If I was working with 35mm-e I'd always pine for an 85mm to go with it.
"I've just got to the printmaking stage. Epson 3880 with Canson Photo Satin A4. All B&W. Hopefully I’ll learn as much about printing with the Epson as I've learned about shooting with the Panasonic. Keep us posted. And thanks for the inspiration."