It was again a bit silent here – the reason was that my trusted old Ricoh GR Digital (yes, a camera from 2005!) finally broke down after several years of intense use:
So I looked for another proper street-photography camera which supports my kind of style and I got lucky: I was able to buy a near mint used Fuji X10:
Yes, I know, some will wonder why I bought again a used camera, this time from 2011. There are several reasons behind this decision:
On the one hand I am a stance supporter of “upcycling” as well as using hardware as long as it lasts – because everything else is just a waste of resources and imho consumerism. Also I do not want to waste hundreds of Euro just to get some “must have” features which, in the end, I will never use. I got the Fuji X10, as an example, together with the Metz flash, three batteries, a proper screen protector, a soft release button, a thumb-grip and more for just 230 Euro! So why waste a higher amount in the first place?
On the other hand I do not need the run for more and more megapixels and supposedly important new fancy features. As for me a camera is first and foremost a tool for the handicraft itself. I want a camera without fancy stuff, simple yet powerful manual controls and a good overall handling. I learned my trade in 2004 as an apprentice at a great Industrial Photography studio. My boss at that time “forced” us to learn, next to using medium and large-format digital cameras/camera-backs/view cameras, also the traditional method of analog photography (also medium and large-format analog film), including how to develop the films and prints ourselves. This had an everlasting impression on me and showed that I can take great photos even with a minimalist camera, without a sensor for light-metering, autofocus etc. And thus I am always looking for something fitting my own photographic experience in a “new” camera.
And for those still not convinced I suggest to check out this blog-post from the awesome Steve Huff from 2013 – as it shows what this small camera was and is still able to deliver in the right hands: LINK
So I am looking forward to take the Fuji X10 on a walk this weekend and I will than post new photos on a regular basis again.