Earlier today, I said a fond farewell to my Canon 1DX, the full range of lens that I owned, the flashguns, the battery packs, and brackets, the releases and triggers……
The first DSLR camera I ever bought back in early 2000 was a Canon 350D – I quickly outgrew it, asking it to do far more than it was capable of. Later, when I was studying photography at college – they lent me a Canon 5D – the first time I’d experienced a full frame camera… it was fabulous, and when my course finished I bought one. Later as I started work as an agency photographer, and was shooting events, and the odd wedding – I upgraded again to a 1D MK4 – loved this so much, I bought a second one – one for me, and one for work…. later, traded the older one in for the DX – which I said then was probably the best camera I had ever owned.
Fast forward to two years ago… and I wanted a more lightweight camera for holidays – the DX was a bit too big and heavy for holiday use, and I plumped for the Fuji X-T2 – and what a revelation – lightweight, massive files – great colour rendition, and a fabulous retro feel that reminded me of my days shooting film.
One year later – I traded it in for the X-T3, bought another lens but still kept hold of the Canon DX.
Something inside me kept saying I should sell all my Canon gear, but somehow I couldn’t bear to part with it. Then, last summer, I spent a couple of days on the Farne Islands… I took the Canon, the 100-400 lens, a shorter lens, and a tripod, and off I went…. Three days later – with a bad back, aching legs, and sore arms – I decided that it had to go… and I held off till today……
I don’t know quite why I held on to it for so long, though I think it was nostalgia as much as anything…. but inside I knew that the Fuji was performing as well as, and in some circumstances, better than the Canon DX.
The good news is that Canon glass, really does hold its value – and I was pleasantly surprised at the overall value of the camera body too….
So, I’m now Fuji all the way, and I’m looking forward to the new year, with a new start. I’ve just got hold of the Fuji 80mm macro – at 2.8 it’s fast glass, and sharp as a tack. I’m waiting on another lens (more on that when it arrives), and I have enough store credit with the local camera shop now – to upgrade to an X-T4 as and when it launches later in the year, or maybe buy a second body – I haven’t decided yet.
I have to highly recommend Fuji though – for their fairly regular firmware updates, which add spec. to the cameras as they go. I don’t think I had a firmware update for the Canon ever……
So there we are, the lightweight mirrorless camera does it for me – My bag is lighter, the glass is excellent, and the body is neat. The image quality is superb (dare I say better than the DX?) – I love the colours and the sharpness of the lens……. and finally I can probably ditch the really heavy manfrotto tripod and use a more lightweight one….. I can decide that later…. a heavy tripod can be useful.
I think that I’ve made the right decision, and I’m also pleased that I waited, and kept both systems running in tandem for a while. I was able to compare and contrast rather than just rushing to dump all the Canon gear, and maybe have been disappointed.
What I found was that when I was going out to shoot, I was automatically picking up the Fuji, and the Canon was getting left in the cupboard more and more – so in the end – why keep it at all?
Watch this space.
And, if you have any comments or thoughts on a system change, I’d love to hear from you – what are your experiences?