Once upon a time, my very first DSLR was a Sony a77. And it did it’s job. But it was cumbersome, somewhat counter intuitive (in my opinion), and using it honestly just felt like a chore. I took the camera out when I had homework to do, or knew I should practice, but I didn’t love it, or use it anymore than I felt I should.

Insert the Fujifilm X100, which was released in 2010.

When I was researching good quality cameras that were more portable than my Sony DLSR, I came across the X100. I read the glowing reviews, and after a few months, I decided to purchase a used version and give it a shot.

I. Fell. In. Love.

Monkey Bars. June 2015.

The camera was 4 years old by the time I got it, at least three years older than my Sony A77. But there was no comparison between my Sony pictures and the images I created with my Fuji.

The Fujifilm X100 captured much more detail and produced much better quality images, especially in low light situations.

The fixed 35mm lens was fast and sharp, and it was so compact that I could easily take it everywhere with me! Which I definitely did.

I haven’t gone back since. I wanted to switch from my Sony A77 to the Fujifilm X-T1. However, the college I was attending had a strict ‘no mirror-less cameras’ policy. So what was a girl to do?

My solution was to write up a well-thought out essay on why the X-T1 was just as good as a DSLR, and why I had my heart so set on using it. And it worked! I was the first student at AAU allowed to use a mirror-less camera for classwork! Check it out below (it’s a copy of email traffic, so you have to read from the bottom up).

 

Anyway, the rest of history. My Fujifilm XT-1 has gone almost everywhere with me over the last three years.

ABQ Selfie. July 2016. Fujifilm XT-1.

I even loved Fujifilm so much I decided to try out the wide instant camera as well. It was instantly a winner in my book! (Get it…? Don’t judge me.)

I got my latest addition a few weeks ago and it’s been just as magical as that first purchase of the X100, the new X100F. It even looks just like the first one I got four years ago.

For documentary photography, I love my tiny awesome cameras.

And having a camera that I absolutely love helps inspire me, and has made a huge difference in my growth as a photographer. Which is why I will always be a Fujifilm fan girl 🖤