Ok so if you’ve been following this site for a while you’ll likely know that I recently changed from being a Nikon user to now Canon.
The Canon 5D Mark III is now my camera of choice and that coupled with the new Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II has made me incredibly happy that I made the switch. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying Canon are better than Nikon or anything like that because I’ve never really subscribed to the whole brand rivalry thing; it was a more a case of what was ‘fit for purpose’ when it comes to how I work. You can check out my reasoning in earlier post here [Link]
Anyway like I said I’m really pleased with the Canon equipment BUT I do have a negative to disclose…
That negative though isn’t a Canon thing and nor is it a Nikon thing…it’s a DSLR thing.
You see for shooting in the studio and on location I just couldn’t be happier; tethering works flawlessly, the colours, the sharpness, the file size..everything I love it but if there was one thing, well two, I wish I could change it would be the size and weight. Not necessarily for the studio and location work but for general day to day and travelling (mainly on a plane).
Wherever I go I’m taking pictures but if it’s not a ‘shoot’ then 99.9% of the time it’s with my iPhone. I really don’t want to be carrying around a big heavy DSLR especially when my favourite lens is the 70-200mm f/2.8 so invariably that will stay in the camera bag back at home or in the studio and yeah I don’t want to be carrying that kit around when I’m out spending some time with my wife.
At our home we have lots of pictures in frames (8 x 6 and so) that are all from my iPhone which is great but despite how good these camera phones are the quality still isn’t there and there are times I’ll see something or a place and would love to capture it. There are times when we go out and I see something that would make a great location for a background and so on…do you get the picture? Basically what I’m saying is, I want the the pictures I take when I’m out and about when I don’t want or have my DSLR with me, to be pictures that are useable in my work or would make great prints.
Anyway long story short I put the question out across social media the other day asking what camera folks would suggest as a take anywhere alternative and lots of great responses came in and as a result I’m now looking at the Fuji XE2.
I’ve put the order in so it should be with me in a day or 2 and I’m really looking forward to taking it anywhere and everywhere.
As for replacing my Canon, I certainly don’t intend that to happen but hey never say never right? If it performs well, produces great quality, sharp images that suit what I want then who knows. Anyway I’ll keep you posted with how I get on with it and also how it gets on shooting in the studio and on location in future posts. I’m kind of excited to see how it goes 🙂
So what about you? Do you have a Fuji XE2 or anything similar? Do you use it as a second or leisure only camera? I’d be really interested too, to hear if there any of you folks that tend to find your DSLR is taking a back seat as you’re using your Fuji or whatever else you have more often so feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a comment below.
In the mean time whatever you’re up to, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.