Is there such a thing as the best camera or perfect lens?
Maybe for some, but for most you will find that no camera and lens will provide you with what you want. Many professional or enthusiast photographers and videographers would have experienced the question that always seems to be unanswerable when asked by a friend or family member.
The question that typically gets asked is…
What is the best camera or lens to get?
You have to admit it is a valid question, but really it is a hard one to answer. In order to attempt at answering the ‘how long is a piece of string’ question, you have to ask a question rather than an answer. Here’s a good example:
What are you intending to take photos of and what would you like to do with the photos after you have captured them?
It is the final response that will determine what the best camera for them will be.
Technology does play a part in the solution, though, and it is one of those things that will always develop over time. A good example of this is when you look back 10 years, when the Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro was released on September 25th, 2006. Back then 6 megapixels was amazing and a frame rate of 1.6 frames per second seemed incredible. This to many at the time was a leap in the right direction. The specifications and skin tones produced by the camera seemed very adequate for most portrait and wedding photographers, but for those who required a fast frame rate, like sports photographers it just wasn’t enough.
Fast forward to Fujifilm’s recent X-T2 release and the image quality jumped four times to 24 megapixels while the frame rate increased to 14 frames with the electronic shutter. Now, clearly, with the increased frame rate and megapixels this should be enough to cater for the portrait, wedding and sports photographers out there.
Some will agree with this and others might not. That’s the thing when making a camera – you can never cater for every user out there. Instead, Fujifilm goes the step further to try and provide cameras based on user feedback in response to the questions above. It’s certainly not everyone but it’s the vast majority.
Part of what being a photographer and videographer is all about is learning how to use the equipment to get the best results – despite the specifications.
So, if someone were to ask you – what is the best camera or lens to get – the first reply should always be what are you intending to photograph and use it for?
Based on this information you will be able to guide them with the correct camera and lens combination that will suit their needs. This is why we recommend you visit a camera store, because unlike online where the prices may seem better – you can never put a price on the excellent knowledge and service provided by an expert.
To help you with your decisions while you read this, a free PDF buying guide has been provided in case you have any questions about the current range of Fujifilm cameras (a lens guide is also in the making). In the guide, we take you through each available model, including the new Fujifilm X-T2 and attempt to best describe whom the camera would be good for in a real world situation.
Once you have read through the magazine styled pages, we encourage you to visit our store locator (if you are in Australia) to find the nearest Fujifilm X Stockist where you can ask questions and get a direct response from an expert. On top of this if you are unable to visit a store we encourage you to call us directly on 1800 226 355 and choose option 4, where an expert from our Fujifilm X Series digital help desk will be able to assist.
Lastly, if you own a Fujifilm X Series camera, tell us why you choose your camera and how it best suits your needs. We would love the feedback!
8 thoughts on “The Best Photography Kit”
I have an S5 Pro with a short (Nikon) zoom lens, and a (Nikon) flash gun. I began to find it too bulky when out walking with my dog, so bought the X-30 as a carry-around camera. It has been far better than I expected, and does pretty much all I need for now.
In answer to the question posed, I would say that a quiet rangefinder-style camera with a good 35mm (eqivalent ) lens is all most of us should ever need for hobby photography. With that in mind, I will probably graduate to the X100-T next year.
It’s great to hear about how you use X Series cameras thank you for commenting. Seems like the X30 is a perfect fit until the X100T finds it’s way into your hands.
Leigh – Fujifilm Australia
Sorry, mis-typed ‘equivalent’.
My current walkabout camera is an X30, which goes everywhere with me. It’s not perfect, but as written at the beginning of this post, there isn’t one perfect solution to all situations. It has nice enough IQ for most of my everyday needs, is small enough without being too small to handle, has nice reach and DOF for a compact, has a brilliant EVF, a terrific feature set, and it looks pretty great. It would be good if it had a touchscreen that flips around for the odd selfie, too – then it might nearly be perfect!
Thanks for commenting and for the feedback about the flip screen – have you seen the Fujifilm X70? It might be a perfect upgrade for you?
Leigh – Fujifilm Australia
Thanks Leigh, I’m sure the X70 is lovely but I prefer a zoom on my walkabout (I use primes on my MFT cameras). Maybe the X40 will have one!
My current Fuji is the X-T2 and I love it for the same reason my first Fuji was the X-T1- the image quality is superb, and the weather sealing (combined with something like my 18-135 WR) make this camera so incredibly versatile. I haven’t tried one yet, but based on using the f/1.4 version, and if I had to pick 1 body + 1 lens, I’d take the X-T2 with a 35 f/2 WR. The first time I tried my X-T1 with the equivalent of 53mm as my only camera/lens for a concert, I thought I’d suffocate from the lack of options. But that combo performed so beautifully that I went from shooting as wide-angle as I could get to using my 35mm most of the time that I’m shooting street/concert photography. Suffice to say, I plan on getting the 35mm f/2 for shooting street photos in the rain.
Wow, that’s great to hear your thoughts on the X-T2 and XF35mmF2 Steve.
Having a set focal length will really push your creativity when photographing concerts or when you are on the streets.
I hope you enjoy the lens when you get one.
Leigh – Fujifilm Australia
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