When I see a lens sold as a 'portrait lens' I like to check out the close focus distance first to see if it has potential to use playing around in the shrubbery to get some lovely bokeh.
That's why I purchased the Fuji XF90mm, here a little sample of the kind of thing I'm talking about. More to come soon on this front, but first some thoughts on the idea of a Fuji Medium Format Digital Mirrorless Camera, the GFX range.
I suppose it's inevitable as per the way the world works, bigger is better. Medium format is better than full frame and APS-C etc, not necessarily in an everyday noticeable way but if you really want it to be. Great photos don't rely on a minimum sensor size but being in great places or situations, but a medium format camera does appeal to me as part of a complete camera setup for landscapes. I've been pondering (again) you see on the Sony A7Rii. I don't like the idea of two different camera systems but I do from time to time really want the option of using the ultimate camera just for purely psychological reasons of not thinking "if only I had". I always reach the conclusion that the Fuji is the best of both worlds and stick with it but what if I bought both worlds and could choose which world to live in on each trip ?
Well maybe with a medium format Fuji there is a worthwhile argument for having an X Series setup that's small, light, with great zoom lenses to shoot in a more flexible way and then whack a nice medium format Fuji in the cupboard/bag for those deliberate occasions and special trips. I like the idea of having a more deliberate camera setup, needing to slow down with the tripod and focus on capturing less quantity and more quality. If i venture out at sunrise to take photos I'd want to take the best camera I could lay my soft little hands on, but when I'm out walking in the lakes or peaks then I just want a couple of zoom lenses to cover something special occurring.
Anyway with the price of camera equipment from Japan after Brexit the GFX will probably be about £5k for the body alone so not an option for the short term, but I like to dream.
See my favourite images shot on the Fuji X Series Here - http://dan-scape.co.uk/fujix
Dan is a landscape & nature photographer from Sheffield in the UK.
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