by Daniel Hofmann
They say size doesn’t matter and at least with cameras it's finally true.
Canon and Nikon are still making some great DSLR’s and I loved my Canon 5D but there are new players on the market and they are changing the game. Olympus offers great Micro-Four-Thirds Camera with an insanely fast Autofocus and Sony has the biggest selection of full frame mirrorless cameras. I think both are great options but I chose something between. Last year I bought my first Fujifilm before I boarded my flight to India. It was the little X100S and it was love at the first sight. The image quality is on par with my Canon 5D Mark III but it is way more low profile and easy on my shoulders.
That’s the reason I made the decision to sell my Canon gear and fully put my trust into Fujifilm. I exchanged my 5D for an XT-1 and a 23mm 1.4. The nice thing about a smaller camera is that it’s way more easy on the wallet and a full change of gear doesn’t cost extra money. Enough on the green devil. It shouldn’t be the reason why you buy a particular camera. For me the main reason is that I don’t want to carry too heavy gear around – it gives me away at the first sight – but I don’t want to sacrifice image quality. For me, Fuji was the obvious choice, but it always comes with a price. Slower Autofocus and shorter battery life were my main concerns; but creativity comes with constraints. For example, I have to carry more batteries with me but I see it as an opportunity to choose every exposure more carefully. Like in the good old days of analog photography. The autofocus is pretty fast already and I’m sure it’s going to improve more and more, and the manual focus with the XT-1 is a delight anyway.
In the end it comes down to this: Do you like what you are holding in your hands and does it suit the work you want to do. The most expensive gear isn’t always the best choice. When you want high resolution pictures to shoot models or print really (I mean REALLY) big then you can find some great cameras out there. If you want something less obvious and more compact then take a look at Fuji or Olympus. In the end, the camera is only the tool. You are the artist behind it.