and Part Two:
I generally don't get too excited by camera equipment - I learned early on in photography that understanding how to make a good photo - rather then relying on the latest gear and equipment - is paramount. Lately though I have been getting really excited about the new style of interchangeable lens cameras that forgo the bulky mirror system employed by digital SLR cameras.
The Fuji X-Pro 1 (due to be released in March 2012) is the latest of those cameras, and looks like it was designed with the serious photographer in mind. As a working photojournalist I have been looking forward to a camera like this for a few key reasons:
- After 10+ years of lugging DSLR gear and lenses around, I prefer a minimal amount of gear.
- Smaller cameras generally put your subject at ease, as they are not focused on your gear ("Wow, look at that camera!"). You'd be surprised at how quickly your large DSLR cameras become the focus of conversation.
These seem like small points, but they are huge for me personally. Yes, there are pro cameras like the Leica M9 that will do this already - but I need something a little more affordable. In the golden olden days of Leica, you didn't mind plunking down top dollar for a premium camera that you will use for entire career. I can't say the same with digital cameras. Spending $7,000 CDN on a rangefinder that will be outdated by next year, isn't a good business decision.
So new cameras like the Fuji X-Pro 1 that could potentially help me do my job better, are the future for many photojournalists and documentary photographers. Of course will have to wait to see how the Fuji actually performs in the field, but it looks very promising.