The Writing is on the Wall

Fuji X-E1 | daveyoungphotos I think the writing was on the wall from the moment I got back from my holidays in August and took a look at some of the images I had from my Fuji X10.

Whilst no doubt one or two of them could have been bettered from the use of my DSLR kit, the portability of my X10 compared to a DSLR was a great compromise.

Since returning from holiday I've wrestled with selling my kit. I've done it before and regretted it, and it's not a place I want to be again.  I also really love my 5D and the choice of lenses I have.  OK I'd like a zoom lens of equal quality to the primes I have, but the image quality it produces for an old body is still pretty amazing.

Having spent a good researching the Fuji range I think I've made my mind up on where I want to go kit wise.

The original plan was for a X100 or even X100s but having thought more about the kind of shooting I do and want to do, a fixed lens system simply doesn't suit me. I've tried using my X10 at a fixed focal length and it's just too restrictive for me personally.  Replacing my kit is about extending my options, not about relearning techniques.

Having looked hard at the X-Pro1, Fuji's top of the range body, I've kind of discounted this too as it blows the budget for anything else I want.

That leaves me with the X-E1 body along with the 18-55mm lens.  The XE-1 carries over all the technology from the X-Pro1 but with slightly less bulk. Married to an 18-55mm lens, which offers a 27-84mm focal distance at 135mm, this is the perfect accompaniment. Along with this combination I'm considering Fuji's razor sharp super fast 35mm/f1.4 for portraits and prime lens use.

Hopefully this should see me through for a while until I've saved enough for the 55-200mm zoom lens, which comes in at an eye watering £550.

Now all I've got to do is actually spend the budget!