The Wrong Camera

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!


8 thoughts on “The Wrong Camera

  1. As usual your photos are exemplary, lovely clear photographs. Do you spend much time correcting them before saving them for all to see? Since I have been taking more time to take a picture I realized that many of my photos were lopsided tending to be lower on the left hand side so I try to bear that in mind when composing a shot.

    I have a couple of camera bags too but my go to is a Lowepro canvas sling bag, being somewhat shapeless it does have an adjustable Velcro adaptable interior. The advantage is that when travelling about it looks more like a typical sling tourist offering with exterior pockets to hold water, gum etc but yet has room for my iPad and a couple of cameras and associated cables, lenses. Amazingly it doesn’t become soiled and I’ve worn it around Europe and Mexico and Canada. Another thing I like about it is that is discrete and being a sling bag can be worn on either shoulder. It was about $50 which I thought was a bit on the high side but it has proved to be one best bags I’ve had and being soft it fits into the side or top case of my Gold Wing or my old MZ sidecar outfit or worn on many of the ferries around here.

    Since buying the iPhone 6S I haven’t used the X-A1 as much and my hands shake a bit so I try to use things like lamp posts or poles and things to steady my camera to get the best shot for me. Unfortunately those props aren’t always available or willing to move when I need their support and there are times when I’m walking the dog when he jerks my arm and my photos don’t turn out as well as I would hope. Of course I don’t put all those shots out there either and before you mention tripods I have those and a monopod which I can use as a walking stick. One aspect though of the Fuji I really like is that the screen can be tilted to the horizontal so I can hold it close to my chest to steady the shot and take the photo with my thumb.

    I’ve been thinking of getting a smaller lens too for the Fuji as I hope to go travelling again after my move. Merida next year hopefully if all goes well.


  2. It’s funny you should say that, because I almost always have to straighten up my photos – they all lean to the left. I generally spend way too much time processing photos. Perhaps not time, per se. But I sure do over-process a lot of them.

    My bigger bag is a nice bag and useful if I’m off somewhere exotic for the day specifically to take photographs. It can swallow my camera, 3 lenses, my iPad, filters, rechargers – the whole shebang. But those days are few and far between. Most of the time, the little camera bag I bought for my Olympus Pen is what I want to put over my shoulder. That’s big enough for my camera and new lens, my iPhone recharger, a spare memory card and a couple of debit cards. And that’s it.

    The lens I got, by the way, is found by clicking on the link below. I like buying refurbished. You typically get a product direct from the manufacturer that is indistinguishable from a brand new one (other than the plain unbranded box they put the product in) with the same consumer protections. I saved hundreds of pounds when I bought a refurbished iMac, and this lens was nearly £100 cheaper. I’ve been browsing the refurbished camera store too. It’s full of temptation. An X-T1 for just £499?! Or an X-T10 for £349? But they have the same 16mp sensor as my X-M1 – I wouldn’t see much of a jump, if at all, in image quality. I’ll wait a year or two till the new 20mp X-T2 and X-T20 are in the store at bargain prices.

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  3. Here is our link however I can’t find any link to a refurbished website but sent them an email just in case it is on a different planet. You never know!

    Your s/h prices are decent as you live there and use Sterling however for me that’s about $400 and I can get one from Japan for that price including P and P. The Canadian dollar exchange rate is pretty poor compared to either the Euro or USDollar, £250 is equal to about $420 Canadian not including banking fees!


  4. I did get a reply back!

    Dear Colm,

    Thank you for contacting FUJIFILM Canada. Please allow us to assist you.

    We do not sell refurbish cameras or lenses.

    We sincerely hope this information has been beneficial to you. If you should have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us in the future.

    Thank you for choosing Fujifilm digital cameras.



    Digital Camera Technical Support

    FUJIFILM Canada Inc.
    Telephone: 1-800-461-0416


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