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         It is said that the best camera is the one you have on you. So true. More important than the camera itself is how you use it. The photograph is made by you – the camera is just a tool which works for your vision.

          I have switched from a DSLR system to a mirrorless system. There are several advantages, but one major good point is that a mirrorless camera is lighter and smaller. You can take it with you more often, if not every day, while a DSLR can be intimidating through its size and weight.

This is what I had :

          Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 17-85mm F4.0-5.6 IS USM + EF 24mm F2.8 + EF 50mm F1.8 II + Samyang 8mm F3.5 fisheye + Tamron SP 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 VC USD. Then I switched to a mirrorless system, rich in elegance and high image quality : Fujifilm X-Pro1 + XF 18mm F2.0 + XF 35mm F1.4 + XF 55-200mm F 3.5 – 4.8 R LM OIS + Hoya 35mm F2.8 Manual Focus M42 Mount + Fujifilm X-T1 + XF 56mm F1.2 R and Fujifilm X100S with a fixed 23mm F2.0 lens.

And this is what I use now :

Fujifilm X-Pro2 + XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR + XF 35mm F1.4 R + XF 23mm F2.0 WR + XF 14mm F2.8 R + Helios 58mm F2.0 Manual Focus M42 Mount + Pentacon 135 mm F2.8 Manual Focus M42 Mount.

The colours that the X-Trans sensor from Fujifilm cameras can produce are simply stunning. Fuji is well-known for its amazing optics which produce sharp and detail-rich images. I can assure you I am not paid, or encouraged by Fujifilm to endorse their products, this is simply my own opinion based on my comparative experiences in photo shooting. With Fuji X-Trans APS-C sensors, coupled with amazing Fujinon XF lenses, the need for a Full-Frame camera is getting far away from me. Their cameras are very well build, in such an elegant way, which reminds you of Leica and classic famous 35mm film cameras. “Elegance” is the one word to describe a Fuji experience.


  1. Curious on the fact that you no longer have the 55-200 and the only option above 55 is the 135 pentacon, is that your potrait lens now?

    1. I had the XF 56mm F1.2, but unfortunately I needed to sell it to finance another project. Since then, I’ve been using Helios 58mm F2.0 (M42 mount) and the Pentacon 135mm F2.8 (quite soft at F2.8, so starting with F4, things improve substantially). My plan is to get back the XF 56mm F1.2. Cheers, S.

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