Daily Inspiration #372 by Robert Lee
Hi Steve, I have been a long-term reader of your site and have been lusting after a Leica M series camera for quite sometime. Unfortunately I’m still quite young and travelling is my main goal at the moment so I cannot possibly part with £10,000 just to take a photo let alone have a full 21mm, 35mm and 50mm setup!
I have been saving for my travels by shooting weddings for nice people around the south of England for the past 2 years, I have been lucky enough to own some fantastic equipment such as the 5D MKII, L lenses and the mod cons that go with it.
As I approach my goal I found myself being bogged down with equipment and would hate the idea of lugging it around the world one day. What is the point in owning it if all you are going to do is use it for other people’s photos? I made a massive decision (although a well-informed one by reading your review and many daily inspiration posts) and sold everything to buy a Fuji x100, Fuji ef-20 and a few other little bits with plenty of pennies left over for more important things. It is as close as I can get to Leica this side of 30! I feel I have made the right choice and have been using it to shoot weddings for the last 2-3months!
Yes the focus is not as fast as a 5D or 7D but autofocus speeds, video modes and continuous shooting is not photography! Taking photos and capturing great memories is, and this camera makes me feel inspired. With only a 35mm lens I am free to think about what I am shooting and not be fiddling with controls all the time. The image quality is spot on, the handling is fantastic and it does not hurt my back any longer! My photographic style has changed for the better as a result of this old school approach and that is something you cannot put a price on.
My use of the x100 is not just limited to weddings and people in a professional context, it is a great landscape and macro camera. These images can be seen on my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rob_lee_photography/
I plan to walk the 630 mile south-west coast footpath in early spring before the season starts again, can you guess what will be coming with me? I am still a little way off from my financial goal so I will be continuing to use the x100 over the next year for weddings. Not only will it help me achieve my goal, I will have the most perfect camera to capture the fruits of my labour!