Intro

Do not underestimate your camera! This blog is about to show you that a £400 camera is sufficient and overtake a £1500 one in various situations.

Let me explain. I started serious photography two years ago. At that time, I needed a new camera, a professional camera, to do professional work, cause I wanted to earn money!! After long hours of research, I went to buy the Nikon D750. Great camera! For landscape, portrait, sports, you name it. Under no circumstances, I was disappointed by it.

I then went onto travel, as a travel photographer would do, carrying my 750+ grams camera (without lenses); 1400grams with the 24-120mm f4 lens. Weight wasn’t a factor when I first started. Will prove to be a mistake.

A year forward, I never found professional work!

The change!

A month ago, for weight and money reasons, I decided to sell all my Nikon kit and go for a mirrorless camera. But which one to choose?

My choice narrowed between Fujifilm and Sony cameras.

I found a second hand Fujifilm X-T1 on a Facebook group: £400! Compare to the £1500 I spent on my Nikon 2 years ago, I thought I was crazy and that I would not be able to do anything near what my Nikon was capable of.

Now after using this Fujifilm X-T1 extensively for a month, I am happily surprised how it performs.

fujifilm x-t1, pont de Saint Nazaire, Bridge

Shot with the Fujifilm X-T1

I am not going to go over in details of the Pros and Cons of the camera, others dedicated websites do that better than me; my point is this, do not underestimate the camera you OWE. But instead, put it to the test. Go, shoot, experience. You will be surprised by what comes up.

Yes, the X-T1 has its limitation. A 16 megapixels Crop sensor, compare to a 24 MP full frame on the Nikon. But so far I haven’t been asked to do billboards! And the prints that came which were shot with the Fuji, were clear/neat enough. This is one example among others I presume.

Often the limitations come from the photographer, the scene, the surrounding; but not the camera.

Actually, the Fuji surprised me in some domains, like picture quality and low light capability.

Fujifilm X-T1, dinan, bridge, night photography, brittany, visit dinan

Shot with the Fujifilm X-T1

Plus, investing in a “lower tier professional camera”; the lenses and the filters become cheaper. You not only saving on a body at the start but on all futures equipment down the road.

Conclusion

To summarise, yes the Fuji X-T1 is probably a less performing camera than the Nikon D750. Well, you got to justify the price difference! But when and where?!

In my case, for prints, for contacting travel agencies, various companies; the quality of the pictures from the Fuji proved to be….enough.

You don’t need to get the best camera on the market to get the best picture on the market. Most often than not, what is in front of the camera is actually more important. Think logically. Spend your money wisely, progressively. Second-hand market is a great way to get a good camera for a reduced price. But most importantly….

FIND YOURSELF AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

Once you have decided what photos you wanna take, your choice of camera will become easier. Then try different cameras, from cheaper to more expensive and compare. There is no blogs, articles that can compete with getting your hands on a camera and experience for yourself.

This is a spontaneous article. Please feel free to comment below.

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