What Happens When Your Camera Is The Same As Every Other Camera? An opinion piece
I have used a lot of different camera brands and overall they all produced very nice images. But the system that I finally wound up with after all my years of shooting with different cameras is the Fuji X system. If I was to look at images from my current Fuji X camera, the X pro 2, and other camera systems all intermixed in the same folder and dumped into the same software I would have a very hard time knowing what camera produced what images in that folder.
So what does that leave me with? It leaves me with a mirrorless camera system called “X” which is aesthetically very pleasing to look at and very comfortable to use having all kinds of dials and buttons for doing creative photographic stuff. But it also leaves me with the feeling that the images that came from the first X cameras like the X100, X10 and X Pro 1 were much more AESTHETICALLY (film like) (smooth) (sort of pastel) pleasing which was why I bought into newer generations of the X brand. It was not only the Jpeg files which are processed in camera but it was also the raw files.
This does not mean that the images out of the X’s today are not excellent because they are. It means that a certain quality that Fuji seemed to have master with their first X bodies has been replaced by something that any dSLR can produce.
So that leaves me with the aesthetic look and feel of the body and the prime lenses I use. And that will have to be enough I guess because at this stage of the game I have to admit that I am not disappointed in the image quality when it comes to resolution and dynamic range which is on a par with other cameras. But I am disappointed with the overall look of the images from an emotional point of view.
I have to ask how and why this has happened? I was led to believe that it was the different design of the Fuji sensor that made the difference in color and texture in the images but I guess that turns out not to be the case.
It’s not a deal breaker only because I no longer have the desire to break in a new system that for all practical purposes will give me the same image quality I am currently getting. But I do miss that aesthetic look of the images from the first early X cameras.