Tools develop in the course of time, and that means that the photographer needs to, and will develop along.
Of course I first had various analog SLR cameras including various Praktica's, a Pentax, a Mamiya Secor and a Fuji. In the analog era, I also had
a dark room and developed and printed photos in black and white myself.
From 2004 on I, like many others, stepped into the digital photo era. No more dark room but digital photo editing to achieve much nicer results. What an improvement! Since 2004 I have had several digital cameras. In chronological order, these are:
Fuji Finepix S5500 (2004 - 2006)
This was a great camera to start my digital photo adventure with. I was able to make pretty pictures with it. But, at some point you want some more features, more zoom and a larger screen. Some more pixels and so on.
Panasonic DMC FZ50 (2007 -2011)
The FZ50 was a worthy successor to the S5500 to me. This camera has a Leica lens and that is something you'll see: beautiful pictures, great zoom range and a beautiful blurr in the background. Manual zoom and focus, 12X optical zoom (35 to 420 mm.) And many more benefits.
Panasonic DMC-FT1 (2009 - now)
In 2009 I went to Indonesia. And there one can do great snorkelling above the living coral and will be surrounded by thousands of colorful fish. With that knowledge I wanted to make underwater photos and this camera can go down to 3 meters depth. In addition to this fine property it is also a great camera for macro shots and it has a greater wide angle than the FZ50. A beautiful "second-camera" with, like the FZ50, a Leica lens. I have taken many pictures with this camera and I still do. This is the camera that I carry with me anywhere I go.
Fuji X-S1 (2012 - now)
And after the FZ50 I found out that even more is possible. Even more zoom, more wide angle, a bigger screen etc. Then you first think of the successors: from the FZ100 to the FZ200. But what all of these cameras compared to the FZ50 lack for me are the manual zoom ring and focus ring. And I found these on this great camera, the Fujifilm X-S1. With a range of 24 to 624 mm you don't need separate lenses. And other features including a much larger sensor make this camera a real good alternative to an SLR. So far, this camera hasn't disappointed me at all.
© André van der Velden