My photography journey started out with Nikon cameras. Generally back then if you wanted to get a new digital camera from the store you were looking at Canon or Nikon. I found a sale on a camera bundle for Nikon and I was ready to learn this new hobby. I upgraded my camera body, got some more lenses and went out to take photos all the time. I even joined a local photography club to practice more and to mingle as well. I met some nice people, learned a few things and overall just practiced a lot.
Once I started helping out with weddings and events I started to learn quicker, because it really mattered and I really wanted to get better. But, one day, in my research to possibly getting new gear to add to my setup I came across some videos on these new cameras. They were smaller, got rave reviews and were a shift in technology. They were called mirrorless. Without the mirror built in they were smaller, had more electronics in them and could be highly adaptable. I'm a huge blog reader, so I read as much as I could about them as well. Soon after I was able to get my hands on one myself and try it out. The photos it took were nice, but it felt NEW. It felt like this whole new puzzle to figure out and being someone who likes to learn was instantly hooked. I did make sure that I could take nice photos with it and used it in tandem with my Nikon gear until I felt super comfortable in making the switch entirely.
It was around that time that I had a very active blog and I was out in the world sharing about photography. I used to teach photography basics to others and was growing my network of photography friends. It was also then that I wrote a couple small articles online. This one below is on mirrorless cameras and if I thought they would stick around as they were the new kids on the block.
The Photography School article on Mirrorless Cameras
Its an old and short article, but I'm proud to say that to this day I'm still very impressed with mirrorless cameras and am still a huge fan of what Fuji is doing. A couple times I tried to use Nikon again, but the cameras and lenses felt so huge and I'm just so used to Fuji. In 2022 there are a lot of cameras of theirs to choose from and almost 3 times the lenses they had even 5 years ago. They have become one of the top three mirrorless systems and for some needs maybe the top. I think they are also priced fairly and they offer a variety of options for the user.
I'm a really big fan and will definitely be using their cameras and lenses for years to come. I know a camera is a camera, but when you find a system that fits you so well it really makes you want to pick one up go outside and take photos. And to me that's what it's all about.
The photos below are of my old xt-1, but the xt-2 is nearly identical.