I’ve not been using my Fuji camera over the last year as much as I might have. There have been quite a number of occasions I’ve left it at home and used my iPhone instead. And why not? The iPhone easily fits in my pocket, which makes it a lot easier to carry around. And it takes a reasonable photo too. Nothing that matches the Fuji’s capabilities, but the images it produces are often good enough.
The problem is purely portabililty. I have two camera cases, a big one and a small one. More often than not, I just want to take the small one. Alas, the Fuji does not fit comfortably in that case with the 16mm-55mm telephoto lens. It does when paired with the 35mm prime, but that lens is not a great choice for everyday use when out and about.
When I returned from Malaga a couple of weeks ago, I decided to sell the Fuji and my collection of lenses and invest in a camera that more suited my needs. I just haven’t been into photography as much as I once was, so a high end compact would do just fine. I looked at a few options. The Fuji X100F or X100T looked fabulous. But they are awfully pricey. Unjustifiably pricey. The Sony RX100 gets rave reviews, but isn’t much cheaper and I’m not convinced it would be as much fun to use as the alternatives. My eye fell on the Panasonic Lumix LX100. It’s a three year old model and it doesn’t look like Panasonic intend to support it firmware wise. But it does contain a fantastic f1.7-f2.8 lens and a Micro Four Thirds Sensor. And it’s priced to sell. What’s not to like? I photographed the Fuji, lenses and all and prepared for an eBay sale.
But did I really want to say goodbye to the fabulous APC-S XTrans sensor in my Fuji? It really does produce some great photos. Was there not another way round my portability problem? I had a look around the Fuji Refurbished Lens store. I found what I was looking for. There will be no Ebay sale. I am now the proud owner of a 27mm f2.8 Fuji X prime lens. It’s a sleek pancake lens that has transformed my Fuji into a far more manageable lump. With an effective focal length of 41mm, it’s also a pretty decent lens for most situations. Although obviously it wasn’t the ideal choice for trying to snap the royal carriage and horses that stuck to the far railing at Ascot last week. I went for a walk to the pier today to better try it out. The results are all on this page. I’m happy with them. It turns out I had the right camera but the wrong lens. And most importantly, I’m now fully equipped for India!