The Switch: m43 to Fuji X

Alright, time to come clean: I’ve switched camera systems. I know, I know, I can hear it now: “But Rob, didn’t you read your last post about fighting GAS and how your m43 kit was just fine?” And the answer is an emphatic YES! I know that my m43 kit was just fine, but that’s it: it was only “just fine”. This actually all started when I purchased a second hand X100s. It was meant to be the camera that would be my “once in a while” camera and would be my insight into the “Fuji look.” Instead of becoming a silent addition to my kit, the X100s showed me some stellar details and colors in files that made me take notice when compared to what I was getting natively from the G6. Around the same time, I got into the 35mm film camera world and once I was used to an all manual camera, going back to the G6 and it’s myriad of controls and buttons felt awkward. This was the first sign of trouble for my m43 kit.

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Make it or Take it?

I sometimes wonder if people really understand what's happening when they click the shutter release on their camera. What I mean is, do they really comprehend the gravity of what's happening? All too often people refer to it as 'taking pictures', but lately I've thought about it and it's so much more! It's the act of making a photograph that truly escapes some people, and I think if they stopped to think about it, they'd better understand the awe-inspiring moment of creation that is actually happening when that shutter release is pressed.

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Gear Acquisition Syndrome

Gear Acquisition Syndrome is a funny and unfortunately very real thing. GAS, as it’s more well known in the photography world, is the result of an over-abundance of choice and constant upgrade cycles on camera bodies and lenses throughout the year. These upgrade cycles certainly aren’t unique to photography: smartphones, computers, game systems and even sports equipment go through constant upgrade cycles. No matter what your hobby or profession is, there’s always something bigger and better around the corner.

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Gear Up!

One of the best things about the photography world on the internet is that it’s so easy to connect with other people who are just as passionate about their gear as I am. Yes, you read that right: passionate about their gear. There are countless websites dedicated to reviewing and discussing cameras, lenses, bags, straps, etc. - all of them are passionate about photography itself, but there’s an equal love for the technology of the craft that can’t be overlooked.

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The Long Shot: Zooms vs. Primes

Should I use a zoom lens or a prime lens? It's a question that many photography sites and blogs have covered at one point or another, and its usually answered one of two ways: either they recommend that you use what's best for your type of photography or that primes are somehow the decisive type of lens to use if you’re a “serious” photographer. it’s this second answer that leaves me shaking my head.

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