Someone brought to my attention a few comments posted on the Internet forums, which I found very accurate and fair. Let me explain.
I used to be a Nikon shooter, oops, I am sorry I should have said Nikon Fanboy. Life was easy back then. There were so many of us that we didn’t care much what others thought. And Internet forums were not yet popular so I didn’t have to worry about them at all.
Then, disaster struck. My (now ex) friend lent me a Fuji X100. I started leaving my superb Nikon SLR at home and venturing outside only with the Fuji X100 in a brown paper bag. I enjoyed the smallness of this camera. It had real knobs and controls, a viewfinder and, most importantly, it produced quality JPEGs. Then everything spiralled out of control. I bought the Fuji X-Pro1, XF 35mm F1.4. XF 14mm F2.8 and… well, as you can see, made mistake after mistake.
What’s even worse, I really started enjoying photography. I stopped looking at lens charts or worrying about sharpness and post-processing. I focused on composition, light and my subject. I walked around with my camera every day and took photos. I just didn’t realize what a big mistake it was. What was I thinking?
Then it got worse. To my misfortune, Fuji released really excellent XF 56mm F1.2 and XF 23mm F1.4 lenses, both of which I found super-duper and I dared to write about it. Then recently, Fuji added to its line-up its first professional zoom XF 50-140mm F2.8, which turned out to be an excellent lens. After all, zooms should be much worse than their prime equivalents.
Unfortunately, this zoom turned out to be really, really good. Damn Fuji! Because of you I had to write another superlative review, which I agree with my forum friends, is totally over-the-top. Micro-contrast? Are you kidding me? I should have known better! What’s even more calamitous is that I dared to publish a few holiday-themed shoots of children at Christmas. How unprofessional! I totally forgot to include MTF data, vignetting info and a scientific evaluation. But the fact that I didn’t include a photo of the wall at 300% is unforgiveable.
But wait, there is more. Now, instead of sitting in front of my computer evaluating charts and commenting on forums, I am naïve enough to take my beloved Fuji gear (the brown paper bag is a bit tattered now) and head out on a trip to take actual photos. It only shows how immature I am as a photographer. After all, a REAL photographer would not waste time on such primitive and random activities.
Well, what can I do know? Not much, I guess. I’m a bit of a lost cause. I can only hope that Fuji will screw up and release a crappy lens, for which I would immediately provide appropriate charts and technical documentation, followed by an appropriate number of profanities on the Internet forums.
I promise I will bash it as much as I can. And I will make sure an appropriate wall photo accompanies the article.
In regard to my behaviour I will try to spend more time in front of the computer and start commenting on other people’s work – anonymously, of course. It is not going to be easy, as those who are technically the most educated and comment the most somehow hide their portfolios.
The online photography community has evolved and so should I!
P.S. I would not dare to publish any photos with this article. Right now I know it is not about images. It is all about lengthy technical studies and technical data. After all, who needs to discuss composition or light? Having said that, I will make sure my next post has some charts, analysis and lens data. You see, guys, I’m starting to get it.
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