Greetings Steve and my fellow Huffians!
Back in 2008 – 09, I remember being fed up of my bulky DSLR (Nikon D90), alternatively the compact camera market, albeit, offering impressive products, did not quite capture my attention as they only worked best at low ISO. Back then; my choicest fantasy was imagining a Leica like, medium-sized, fixed lens camera, with a decent viewfinder and DSLR like high ISO capabilities. I was quite unimpressed with what Nikon and Canon were churning out at the time, the same formula, just better specifications. Any Leica offering is probably going to be beyond my financial grasp for, perhaps, a very long time, if not forever.
Then one day, of all camera makers, the least unexpected company, Fuji releases the X100. Back then, I must say, in theory, that was the answer to all my psychological camera ramblings. For me, it was a dream come true, and I thought it being a real shame that neither Canon nor Nikon thought of anything like it. However, one big problem, although for what it was, the X100 was very reasonably priced, but I could not afford it as I had freshly gotten married back then and was still saving up for my postgraduate degree.
A few months earlier, my ever-wonderful wife had gifted me a Lumix LX-5, and with a somewhat heavy heart I accepted the fact that I couldn’t afford the X100 and decided to be content with the D90 and the LX-5, both wonderful cameras in their own right, and both served me very faithfully over the years. Fast forward to 2014, and the X100 was still on my mind, by now the whole camera market had been shaken up by the X range from Fuji and Micro 4/3 offerings from Olympus. One day at work, yes at work, I was browsing e-bay for a used X100 and was able to find one, in excellent condition, including extras for, nearly 75% less than what it was worth four years ago. Selling my long serving D90 and couple of lenses financed this purchase. Finally I held what I desired for four long years.
This also came at a very fortunate time, I had been offered a job in South Wales and we decided to leave the big busy city, i.e. London for quieter, serene pastures. We have since been living in a very charming and picturesque little town in Swansea called ‘The Mumbles’. There are beautiful beaches all around as it is a coastal city, and taking a bad landscape picture here seems nearly an impossibility. I have enjoyed taking my X100 to wherever we went and have actually taken pictures on a more regular basis due to its small size and my general love of the camera.
However, this too proved to be a short-lived joy as my toddler started to run and walks out with him meant carrying a bag of sand toys and a bag of nappies, food, clothes etc. Carrying the X-100 in a separate smaller bag just seemed too big a deal. I decided to sell the X100 off and opted for the extremely pocket-able RX-100 by Sony, this decision was also fuelled by my growing frustration and impatience with its writing time and frequent focus lock issues. Something I’m fine with usually, but add an inexhaustible toddler to the picture and simple things get complex. The RX-100, however, ticks many boxes, most of all I can simply put it in my jacket or trouser pocket, I only miss the viewfinder, but the latest version of the camera solves that issue and I do intend to get it at one point, when my pocket allows. In theory, I would like to predict that the RX-100 III would be a digital camera I would like to keep for a very long time.
I have attached a few photos, taken over the last six months in our new home, featuring renderings from both cameras. I am not much of a photographer and have non-mentionable post processing skills, but I hope you find them worthy to publish on your site. Keep up the great work Steve, you are doing one great service, by simply pursuing your passion and making it available, for free, to the rest of us. May you live a long healthy life ;).