I want to be a street photographer. Yep, that's right. And what do all street photographers have in common? A black and silver camera. Right?
So soon after my experiment with my Sony, I had started falling in love with the extraordinary images of Henri Cartier-Bresson. What did he use? A leica. What could I afford? Not a Leica. But Ky (then of Digital RevTV) proclaimed that the X-100 was the closest thing to a Leica that you could get without actually spending Leica dollars. So what did I do? I decided (in my foolish wisdom) to sell every single piece of gear I had and buy an X-100s. I thought it was time to get back to my "roots," plus, the X100 series is a damn sexy looking camera.
It was around that time that Fuji also launched the XT-1. Boy was I tempted. I actually had my wife go to the camera store in Orlando with the instructions - whichever camera they have X100 or XT-1 in Silver and Black - that's the camera for me.
Looking back on it, I'm not sure that was the very best use of my cash - but for several months, the only camera I toted around was that X100s with its 35mm equivalent lens.
I felt awesome, looked cool, and most importantly - felt inspired by that little camera. It was built like a tank, felt great in the hands, had an amazing little 16mpx sensor and took just beautiful images wide open.
I knew I was going to be the next Bresson, making my name in street photography and photojournalism. Maybe I'd be a famous war photographer like Joe Galloway. Who knew. Problem was, I live in suburbia.
Like such suburbia that not only does nothing exciting ever happen here, but because we're a planned community - nothing even ever looks out of place. The largest gathering of people you could find was at the local Wal-Mart, and although funny - I didn't imagine being heralded as the greatest "People of Walmart" photographer of all time.
So what then? What do I do to move forward?
Soon, I found myself wanting for something a bit more flexible. Something that could look good on the street, and shoot quickly too. So off I went to the local Best Buy to see what there was to offer.
It wasn't long before I was drooling over another sexy little mirrorless...