I like cameras. My wife and friends make fun of me when I buy and sell and buy and sell and buy cameras. Which I'm ok with because I really enjoy refining my search for the "perfect" camera, or at least the perfect camera for me. As of November 2014, the FUJI X100T holds the title.
It is so choice. APS-C 16.3 megapixel sensor, fixed 23mm f2 lens (35mm field of view equivalent), and it is gorgeous. The X100S was tempting but couldn't shoot full HD video at 24 frames, so I didn't want to part with my Canon 6D. X100T has it all.
My first "real" camera was a 1970's Canon AE-1, loaned to me from my Aunt Cathy when I was in college. Fully manual, super fun to learn about the exposure triangle, and take lots of artsy narrow DOF pics of my friends at Michigan State. This isn't the exact one (I gave it back) but found another in a consignment shop and snagged it:
After that I had a film rebel 2000, followed by a succession of different point and shoot digital cameras, mostly for convenience and because I was broke and they were cheap. The lack of resolution and small apertures and tiny sensors were a bummer, but that was all there was for a while. I upgraded to a Canon 60D last year, and began the endless search for the perfect prime lens to pair it with. After dozens of tries, I settled on the 35mm f2:
On the crop sensor, it was a 50mm field of view, which was just about perfect. For various reasons, including video work and low light performance, I ended up moving to the 6D a few months later:
On the full frame sensor, the 35mm felt wide at first but I eventually fell in love with the focal length. What I didn't love was the weight of a full frame DSLR and big heavy lens. It wasn't fun to carry and shoot with. I bought this SUPER SHARP little 40mm pancake, and enjoyed it but was looking for a smaller, lighter system that could match the image quality. I tried this little Fuji X-20 last summer:
Very cool little camera. Ultimately the tiny ⅔" sensor didn't cut it for image quality, and tiny apertures produced boring bokeh. But the size and weight were awesome. I brought it more places, used it more, took more pictures, which is the whole point. So back to the 6D/35f2 combo... until the X100T:
Smaller. Lighter. Just as fast & powerful. For years before this camera came along for me, 90% of my images were shot on my iPhone. Why? Because it took good enough quality images, and it was . it was simply in my hands whenever I needed to take a photograph of something. (The shots above of the 6D/X100T were taken with iPhone 5, in good light.) But I felt limitations with the iPhone, mostly critical creative controls, video capabilities and low light performance. And I missed something that felt as if it was designed to make photographs. Cameras are just cool. I'm not bashing iPhones, creative filters, instagram, etc., but I just enjoy a real camera in my hands. The Fuji X100T is (for me) the perfect intersection of capabilities, styling and portability. Until something trumps it, which WILL happen. (Or until people actually buy my music. Then I will buy a Leica.)