Friday, June 21, 2013

Waiting for the Fuji X100s

This is a beginning effort to get back to blogging and relate it to my passion for photography that unfortunately has lagged a bit lately.

What has got me excited again is this gorgeous little Fujifilm X100s. I track the blogs of both David Hobby and Zack Arias but had just clicked past their reviews of this camera. I finally did read the review on Luminous Landscape by Nick Devlin and he linked to David's and Zack's reviews and I was hooked, hooked, hooked. I had been quite interested in the X100 when it came out a couple of years ago but the subsequent negative aspects kept me from biting at that time. I have been looking for awhile for a camera that was small enough to take with me everywhere, but that also produced the high quality images that I have grown accustomed to with my (now ancient but still great) Canon 30D and the L70-200IS zoom lens that I use and love. I had considered the G series in Canon but didn't really want to drop to the smaller sensor. I did buy a Lumix waterproof, shockproof point and shoot for my trips to Mexico the last couple of years and it was great for what I wanted it for. I thought I would be excited by the new Canon mirrorless camera but, meh, not really.

So why the Fuji? APS-C sensor, same size as on my Canon; great reviews; cool looking, an awesome viewfinder, optical and electronic, etc. Even a fixed 35mm equivalent lens has me excited about new possibilities, new ideas and all relate to some of the type of photography I have taken and want to take. Kind of street photography type pics, definitely candids. In short, it has reinvigorated my desire to shoot.

The only problem? Nobody has one. I ordered one on May 28 at The Camera Store in Calgary but no idea when they will get a new supply. It's been over three weeks since I ordered it. No other online stores have any, so I guess it's just a matter of being patient. Every time I open my email I'm hoping to see a message that my order has shipped but now we have floods in Calgary so who knows. I've got my extra batteries, lens hood and Lexar 32gb memory cards from Amazon already, they just need a camera to attach to.

Patience, patience, patience. In the meantime, I'll get this blog going again, figure out Google +, think about finally jumping into Lightroom and just wait and dream and wait and wait, hopefully for not too much longer. C'mon Fuji, get those cameras made! Hopefully it won't be as endless and as in vain as in Waiting For Godot.