Now that the Fuji X-E1 is here and I had a bit of time getting used to it, what's the next step for me? Lenses? Gadgets? Or maybe, returning it???
So far so good. I like it a lot. First off, I am thrilled with its size. I bought myself a new camera bag, a Kipling purse in Espresso brown (I LOVE that colour) and put a tiny padded insert in it (also Espresso brown), done. The Fuji even fits my evening purse, tried, tested and true. Secondly, and that's the reason why I didn't go with any other micro 4/3rd camera, is the Fuji's image quality. Astounding. A lot of my pictures are taken indoors, in bad lighting. They turn out great. Of course, I still have a few soft ones but hey, I am getting only started. Love the manual controls. And I like the electronic view finder (I am actually NOT missing the optical view finder at all - I always thought with a range finger type camera, it's difficult to get the composition just right with an OVF.) Video quality is pretty mediocre (while the video quality of the Olympus OM-D is STELLAR), but it's there if you need it, and I haven't tried it with a stabilized lens yet. The LCD monitor is OK, not as nice as the 900,000+ pixel ones of the other cameras, but better than some. Sufficient for what I need it for. I was afraid it would be worse. Because I have a bunch of great lenses sitting at home right now, I ordered an adapter. For macro work and ultra wide landscapes on a tripod, I can mount my 60 mm macro or my 14-24 zoom and then take pictures with manual focus. This may be fun. Again, since the adapter is only around $ 30 it is temporary solution, because the reason to buy the Fuji was to reduce the weight of my kit. Ultimately, I want to add Fujinon lenses, which are all smaller than DSLR lenses, just a couple, and stop there. (ye right).
Off camera flash - here the Nikon really shines, and it will be hard to replicate that. But I already figured out which small wireless sender and receiver I am going to add, and I will be ready for studio. Done and done.
Now, where am I going from here? I would like to get more lenses, obviously. So in a not too distant future, I'd like to snap up the 60 mm macro lens (which is, sadly, not a 1:1 macro, but only a 1:2... so I have to see about that.) The 60 mm is supposed to be REALLY good, so I'm curious. Also, the 18 mm f2.0 doesn't look bad. A nice lens, and small, too. But then again, I may want to get the REAL pancake which comes out next year, a 27 mm f2.8. And splurge on a real ultra wide such as the 14 mm f2.8 that is just hitting shelves now. Later, I may look at a longer zoom, but that's not as pressing.
And in the end, in the spirit of social networking, I really think I'd like to try an Eye-Fi card. Let's see if I can get these pictures on G+ faster. Now that I don't have to do so much post processing trickeries, and the pictures look great straight OOC.
The Nikon D90? I'm not sure yet what I'll be doing with the Nikon gear. Right now I'm thinking I'll sell it all off. At a loss, I'm certain, but such is life. When I started with this hobby, I knew it wouldn't be cheap. At least I'm not into diamonds or Manolo's as well.
So, here you have it. Great things are planned for next year, and it's going to be FUN. Buckle up, it's going to be a rocky ride!