Fuji’s new era in cameras begun with the X series and the X series was given birth to with the introduction of the X100 at Photokina in 2010.
Following on the heels of the X100, the X10 was announced in September of 2011. Aside from the X10’s tele-zoom lens, it can be said that it is the smaller brother of the X100.
After Fuji launched it’s two premium compact cameras within a year of each other, Fuji took a giant leap into the realm of interchangeable cameras with the introduction of the X-Pro1.
The X-Pro1 was launched in January of 2012 and with the two other cameras that Fuji had previously announced, you got the feeling that Fuji was onto something and it was something big.
Aside from their “looks”, which are somewhat reminiscent of Leica cameras, the first three X series cameras were nothing like what the camera world had ever seen before. Despite the obvious “niche-ness” of the cameras, all three cameras represented a re-birth of Fujifilm as a camera company.
The fact that the X100, X10 and the X-Pro1 were the first X series cameras introduced by Fuji, makes them a trilogy to be sought after by Fujifilm enthusiasts – at least that is the opinion i hold.
When i first laid eyes on the X100 way back in 2010-2011, i really did not pay any attention to it. It did not appeal to me for various reasons and one of them was the fact that it was not a DSLR. The other reason it did not appeal to me, was because of the fact that it was a fixed lens/fixed focal length camera.
I completely dismissed the X100 when it first came out. Fast forward to 2013 and my whole ideology of cameras & photography had changed.
When i started to look at Fuji cameras back in 2013, i had my eye on the X-E1 and the X-Pro1. The X100 was still out of the picture. But i did fall in love with the little X10, which i bought in a trade with my Nikon D80.
With the X10, i was after a small, compact camera that i could bring anywhere with me when i did not feel like bringing my D7100 along.
Well, you can blame the X10 for my Fuji obsession.
Because of that little camera, i sold all of my Nikon gear and purchased an X-E1, which was eventually swapped out for an X-Pro1, the camera that i really wanted in the first place.
In all honesty, i am not the biggest “gear” guy around; meaning, i usually don’t lust over the latest and greatest gear until there is pool of drool on the floor.
Don’t get me wrong, i love to read about the new cameras and lenses just like the next person, but i have been very content with my X-Pro1 for nearly two years now. In that time, i have only bought two extra lenses and a used grip. As i am writing at this moment, the X-Pro1 (as a camera model) is over 3 years old.
As i said before, i have been very content with my X-Pro1 and have not lusted after any of the new cameras that Fuji has launched in the past couple of years, not even the X-T1.
These days, it all comes down to wants versus needs. Do i really need that? Or is it just a want? I don’t know if it is because of my old age that i am becoming more sensible about matters, but i really do think about why i “need” something before spending the money.
Over the last couple of years of using my X-Pro1, i became very accustomed to using one focal length. As a matter of fact, i used the 35mm for 9 straight months before i bought any other lenses. This is probably why i cannot justify to myself to buy another lens. I really find that i can do the majority of my photography with that one lens, that is how comfortable i am with it.
However, despite what i said before, there are moments in your life where you just have to throw caution to the wind and live a little.
If i recollect correctly, i have been somewhat lusting after an X100 for the past 6-8 months.
On most occasions, if i want something, i usually do my research on the item to weigh the pros & cons and then purchase it. There is no pussy footing around on my end, i just get it.
However, with the X100, it was different.
For months, i would think about it, look at it, read about it and simply lust after it. But, i held back and never made a move to purchase it. I reasoned that i did not need it, i merely wanted it. Therefore, i did not give myself the green light to purchase it. After all, i already owned two cameras.
Perhaps i am to hard on myself or could it be i am to stingy or perhaps it could be… well, i don’t know. Most of the time, i don’t feel like i deserve anything new or just for me. It’s hard for me to make that “me” purchase. But, things changed last weekend.
Last weekend, i had an epiphany.
I said to myself, “You know what mate, you turned 40 last year and you still have not gotten something special for yourself to celebrate that milestone!”
And that is when it struck me to just go and do it. That is when i told myself, “I am going to get myself something and that something is going to be an X100 (X100T to be precise)”.
That is what i did. I bought myself a black X100T as a gift to myself for my 40th birthday and i could not be more ecstatic (Just to be clear, i bought the wife something nice as well. Happy wife, happy life).
I have only had the camera since this past Saturday, but i have included some photos taken with it in this blog post. In the next couple of weeks, i will do a “first impressions” post on the X100T. But, so far, very sweet.
The X100T completes my trilogy.
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