It started with the Fujifilm X-T10, My journey with the Fujifilm X series

This year is Fujifilm’s 10th Anniversary of the X-Series. As such I wanted to reflect on my photography journey and my relationship with Fujifilm cameras.

My Story

The Fujifilm X series kicked off with the introduction of the Fujifilm X100 fixed lens camera back in 2011. I had heard about that camera from the various photography websites and podcasts that I was across back in the day. It sounded interesting but with the price point and the versatility of my existing Canon 60D camera and various lens, the X100 simply remained an interesting camera.

The hustle & bustle of Hong Kong, circa 2009

At the time I was still pretty happy with the Canon 6D and Canon lens system that I started investing in back in 2010 when I got my first full time job. It did everything I wanted it to do. It had served me well so far in my daily life and travelling at the time. I was one of those friends who brought the (giant) camera with me everywhere I went, and took photos of almost everything. Cafes, restaurants, walks. It was the very beginning of my “serious” photography journey and everything seems like an interesting photo to take! In hindsight, I’m sure it wasn’t, but it helped me hone my eye and practiced the different settings and features of the camera. I wouldn’t be where I am today as a photographer if not for that camera. At the time I went from your good ol’ fashion point and shoot type cameras, to a full fledge DSLR. I spent much of my free time learning about the exposure triangle, the “right” settings to use for different types of images, researched the types of lenses to buy etc.

In 2012, after a 4 week long holiday to USA and Canada with some friends, the weight of the DSLR and the associated lenses started to weigh on me. Lugging it around the country on planes, trains, busses, taxis, boats. It didn’t help matters when I also thought it was a great idea to lug all that gear in a cross body shoulder strap bag! During the trip I frequently ended up with sore shoulders and backs. That’s when I started looking at mirrorless cameras for something lighter for travelling. Over the next few years I kept an eye on the ever growing mirrorless market. I even use a Sony NEX camera at one stage as a second camera! I liked the form factor (it was small), but really didn’t like the (early mirrorless) Sony system. I still primarily used the Canon for all my photography and travels

Fast forward a few years to 2014, Fujifilm released the interchangeable lens camera, the Fujifilm X-T1. That really peaked my interested. It felt familiar, with it’s retro feel and DSLR style camera design that I was used. At the time, I was already so invested in the Canon system lenses and the price point for the Fujifilm X-T1 wasn’t cheap. There was a premium to the Fujifilm X-T1 given that it was their new flagship camera, aiming to draw away people like myself who had DSLR cameras and was was interested in a APS-C sensor (as opposed to the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor).

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