And no the Fuji's are not that great at wi-fi and video, but there are plenty of cameras around if that's what you want. And again any assumption that says all those below a certain age want that and above it don't is both insulting and inaccurate. The Fuji X cameras offer an alternative and at this moment in time the company seems to be enjoying some modest success. And who knows whether that will continue.
I do of course write all this in the sure knowledge that the photographic or camera owning internet is only marginally about taking photographs. It's mostly about the gear you use and how and where you use it. Most people are more interested in what f-stop you use than what the light was like and what creative choices you made to achieve your composition. I know that only too well from the stats. for this blog. I'd like to write more about how my pictures are created aesthetically rather than technically, but I doubt many people want to read that. Certainly I get very few page visits for that as opposed to the Leica S2 v iPhone type posts. And since I do have an audience it would be an arrogance if I ignored what people wanted to read.
Personally. I'm pretty annoyed by anyone who thinks that they can define me and how I photograph by the gear that I use. And I think anyone else has every right to be annoyed as well. It's pretty galling to be thought of as some ageing old fart who uses Fuji X cameras because they are so stuck in the 'photographic past' that they are unwilling or unable to embrace the future. Conversely it must be equally annoying to be thought of as a young photographer who is only interested in 'grabbing the moment' and getting it onto a social network site ASAP. With of course the implication that you have no interest in getting your technique to a standard that allows you to create what you want, when you want. So putting us all into catergories serves no purpose other than to demean us, our aspirations and our talents. Plus if you want to see 'cutting edge' experimental and creative photography have a look at Man Ray, Diane Arbus and Cindy Sherman, to name just three who pushed the limits of photography way beyond what any smartphone snapper comes up with these days.
There will always be two sorts of people who take pictures. Those who regard it as something special, have an interest in the process and the results, who will spend time and money on it as an end in itself and there is everybody else. So who do camera manufacturers serve? Well some obviously try to serve everybody but it's always struck me that Fuji see their short term future with the first group. And I like that. I've never been one of those who says that the camera isn't important. It is and for me it's the equivalent of the instrument I use when I create music. But when I've got that right and found something that works for me, then I can get on with the important stuff, making pictures. And that's precisely why I like the Fuji's. I may have some issues with the raw processing and battery life, but when I'm actually out focusing and pressing the shutter they work just fine for me and are a pleasure to use.
So finally, no predictions and no value judgements about my or your cameras. Or about what I or you want to do with them. I would however make one request. If anyone out there knows of any good sites or blogs written entirely by female photographers, then please let me know so I can add them to my recommendations. I disagree with Kirk Tuck over many things but over the male domination of the photographic internet, I am in complete accord. Like him all the photo shows I've attended are so male dominated as to be worrying and it can't be like that everywhere surely. Plus if the female members of the various Google+ groups I run would like to put forward their views on this whole debate then I'd be really glad to see that. It's not easy being a stereotype and I'd love to see an alternative (if that's what it is of course) by those who don't conform the camera owning cliche.
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