Around six months ago I wrote a blog post about using one camera and one lens for a year. I tried my best, actually. I used the Epson I had planned to use for about a month until it died because of humidity. The second one I got also died. It was at that point I gave up. I had a chance to borrow an Olympus Pen-F. I liked the Pen, actually. It was a nice enough camera.
The woman, for the record is my friend’s girlfriend. He wanted me to photograph her as he “sees” her. I don’t really know what that means. I figure I can only photography people how I see them. He was happy with the photos, at least.
Anyway, I was talking to a friend about cameras and the like after I had given the Pen-F back. At that point, I didn’t have anything aside from an old half-broken Ricoh.
My friend basically said something like this:
You always fuck around with different cameras. What are your 10 favorite photos you’ve ever taken, show me.
So, I showed him. Ironic it was, of the ten photos one was taken on a Ricoh compact, 4 film, and 5 were from a Fujifilm digital camera of some sort. He then said,
There you go! Go buy a Fuji.
So I did. The weird thing for me with Fuji was always that my favorite camera they made was the X-Pro 1 but there wasn’t a small decent 35mm lens to go with it. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized they had started to make the 23mm f2. I bought the X-Pro 2 and got one of the first 23mm f2 lenses available here.
So, for the past 5 or so months I’ve been using the X-Pro 2. No need for fanfare, it isn’t an accomplishment. I didn’t write a post saying I was going to use only it for a year or anything like that. Didn’t feel like I needed to talk about. To me, there isn’t one particularly special thing about the camera. It just works, doesn’t get in the way, and does what I want it to do.
The X-Pro 2 is one of those cameras that I don’t think much about. I don’t really look at it or fondle it. It is quite literally a tool. It does what I want, when I want it to. I don’t think there can be higher praise for a camera.
I bring it everywhere, without really thinking about it. I never turn the screen on. I don’t baby it so it is a little beaten up now. I don’t really care. I kind of like it more.
The thing is, I dunno how long this will last. I can say, it is the first time in a long time that I didn’t really care about my camera. I don’t care to change it and don’t really care about it, ha.
That probably makes it the best camera I’ve ever used.