Gear we use and recommend
DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that a camera is only a tool. Most likely you already have a camera capable of great imagery. If you are planning to buy a new camera, start with small and simple – a one-camera, one-lens solution. Avoid zooms and complicated “do-it-all” cameras. The most important thing is to observe the world around you, create and compose in your head, learn how to read light and challenge your creativity. Don’t follow Internet trends. Only then will you learn how to see. Pressing the shutter button on a camera is the last and easiest part of photography.
Fuji X100(S) (see full review here)
This is the best digital camera on the market, period. First, it is small, silent and unobtrusive (we never leave home without it). Second, it has a superb image quality and produces fantastic JPEGs with beautiful skin-colour rendition. Third, the high quality Fujinon prime 35mm lens (after conversion) is a great focal length for almost all types of photography. NO, you don’t need a zoom – quite the opposite! Having a prime lens is the best way to learn photography. Instead of fiddling with your lenses, you will focus on composition and light, you will walk, crawl and look for a new perspective. Your photography will become creative and imaginative. We believe that every student of photography should start with a simple camera and one lens. Finally, all major settings such as an aperture compensation or shutter speed are at your fingertips – there’s no need to dive into menus. This allows you to focus on the scene.
If I had to pick only one camera – this would be it.
It is a natural extension of the Fuji X100(S) philosophy but with interchangeable lenses. If you cannot live with only one focal length, this is the camera to get. If you take your time and slow down before taking a photo, as we do, this camera will help you to connect with your surroundings and realize your vision. Most importantly, you have a number of a very high quality Fujinon lenses at your disposal.
XF 14mm F2.8 R
All metal, very sharp, wide-angle lens with an aperture ring. It is one of our favourite lenses in the Fujinon X-series line-up.
XF 35mm F1.4 R
It is a must-have lens, with a classic focal length, very bright and sharp.
XF 56mm F1.2 R
This is a super fast portrait lens, which allows you to shoot in very dark conditions; beautiful bohen and rendering.
XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR
The best zoom lens from Fuji.
Our bag: Fuji X100S, Fuji X-T1, XF 14, 35, 56 and sometimes 50-140 mm. That’s all you need to create beautiful imagery and they all fit into a small, over-the-shoulder camera bag.
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