I sold all my camera gear!

"Hey, when are you gonna sell your Canon 5D?"

There was this guy that I used to work with at a Detroit ad agency years ago. We managed to keep in touch over the years, but really only as Facebook friends. Over the past couple of years, he'd chime in with an instant message, asking me if I was ready to sell him my Canon 5D Mark III gear. I kept putting him off until late 2016, at which time I figured I was ready to sell and move on to something else.

Blind Faith

What did I get? Well, without even so much as holding this camera, let alone shooting with it, my decision was based solely on reviews from friends and pros alike. They raved about the quality of the camera and its design, the amazing images one could make with it, and the high-quality lenses available for it. I camera I bought is the Fujifilm X-T2.

The Fuji X-T2 was much improved over the previous model, the Fuji X-T1, so that's was the model I was holding out for. But, as was my luck would have it, the camera body was backordered! Having already sold my Canon gear, I was wondering if I had made the right decision. But while the X-T2 body was backordered, the lenses...well, those were available now, AND they were on sale! So, I started buying up lenses before I even had the camera. Odd?...perhaps, but a sale is a sale, right?

My reasoning for this new camera kit: I wanted something much smaller and lighter to take on location/vacation than the Canon 5D setup. I also wanted to step away from zoom lenses and try the rumored magic of the prime lens setup. I've heard about the quality of prime lenses, how sharp and vibrant they were, so that's what made me take a blind leap of faith and totally change camera platforms.

My new Fuji kit is as follows: Fujifilm X-T2 body, Fujinon 16mm f/1.4, Fujinon 35mm f/2, and the Fujinon 56mm f/1.2. No zoom lenses, all primes. I think this setup is a great start for landscapes/interiors, street and portrait work. While Fuji makes a longer lens comparable to the Canon 70-200mm, I just don't think I want to take that step in size, cost and weight at this time. My whole kit with bag, weighs in around 7 lbs. That's less than HALF the weight of my old Canon 5D setup! I love it!

Please check back soon for an upcoming blog post on my review of this Fujifilm X-T2 kit!

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