Lots of camera stuff to talk about since this thread last updated.
First off, that Instax SQ10 was a disappointment, but Lomo to the rescue!
A fully analog instant camera that uses Instax square film. For $15 they’ll sell you a piece of plastic that lets you also use Instax mini film. SOLD.
Also, I finally got around to trying to sell my GH4 on eBay. it’s going well. Plenty of interest, despite the broken HDMI port, and plenty of days left.
Other than sports photography and also video, I’ve mostly been using my analog film cameras. I have a Canon F1-n, a Fuji GW690ii (medium format 6x9), and a Canonet QL17-GIII (rangefinder. The thing is, as much as I enjoy film, it is starting to get annoying to have to go to the lab, pay for development, etc. And as much as I like the negatives and prints, it is very hard to share them online. I still don’t think I’m very good at photography, but at least I’ve improved somewhat. I just can’t show my improvement without spending hours on scanning.
So I figure, when I run out of the film I’ve got, I will switch back to almost always shooting digital. I’ll still do analog when the occasion is right, but not carrying an analog camera every day like I am now.
The thing is, for non-video and non-sports, the GH5 isn’t very pleasurable to use. Despite being micro 4/3, it’s still big. The viewfinder is not optical. It’s not a camera that is nice to carry around everywhere, even if I stick the pancake lens on it. I’d really like a camera that feels like my film cameras, especially the rangefinder, but happens to be digital.
Until now there were only two cameras I knew about that fit the bill. The ridiculously expensive Leica M, with even more ridiculously expensive lenses. I mean, this is basically the perfect camera for what I want. It works exactly the same as an actual Leica M rangefinder, with the same lens mount even. But it happens to be digital. Full frame, too. It’s the only full frame digital rangefinder (non-SLR) camera I know of. Other mirrorless cameras that are full frame like the SONY, do not have optical viewfinders.
The other camera I knew about was the Fuji X-Pro. This has an APS-C sensor, and a fancy hybrid viewfinder. Sometimes it’s optical, but flippy flippy now it’s electronic. But is still kinda big, and expensive, and I don’t want to get involved in another non-micro 4/3 lens system.
Only recently I learned that there is actually one other camera. The Fuji X100. The X100F is the current incarnation, but there are older ones. It’s basically the X-Pro, but it has one lens, and that’s it. This makes it much smaller and cheaper, but otherwise pretty much just as good. It just so happens that the lens it has is a 35mm f/2 equivalent, which is exactly the lens I would want anyway. If I won a lottery and got the LEICA, I would likely only be buying a 35mm f/2 lens for it.
The thing is, the X100 is also quite expensive. Over $1000, but still cheaper than the alternatives. I’m going to start saving my moneys now, and when I run low on film, I’ll pick it up. But also, this camera is already almost a year old. The previous incarnation lasted for two years. Maybe I can wait about 1.5 years and get an X100V or whatever they decide to call it.