Continuing the blog serialisation of my popular X-Pro Series lust/hate/love story:
Part 70: 17 Years of Fujifilm: Some of My Digital History
I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again:
What Fujifilm has done is really quite amazing.
Whoa there Mr. Fanboy, they’re only cameras – they don’t solve global problems
Ha! yes, but that’s my point – the cameras.
With the exception of the S-Pro DSLR cameras (that owed a lot to Nikon); Fujifilm’s digital cameras have basically been compacts, right up until the X series arrived, and now they have a medium format camera.
That’s quite amazing.
The thing is I’ve owned and used a Fujifilm digital camera since the year 2000.
It was my first ever digital. Even when I was shooting Nikon, the compact I had was a Fujifilm, even when I was shooting film, the digital I had was a Fuji!
So this week, I’m going to share a few images, from the pre X-Series Fuji compacts that I’ve owned.
My journey that lead to the X-Pro and a relationship with Fujifilm!
The Fujifilm FinePix2200. This is the best place to start! My first ever digital, and this? This would of been in the first ever ten digital images that I ever shot. Yeah it’s a bit blue… but no raw, no in camera settings… you pointed, you shot and took what you got. For more serious photography I was still using film back then. Interestingly the FinePix 2200 is a rectangular body shape with a corner mounted OVF, sound familiar? 🙂
The FinePix 2800ZOOM. Back in the day, this was a great ‘grab a snap’ camera, the first of many Fujifilm super zoom compacts, I took this with me to many places! Here’s it’s being put to use shooting a gig on behalf of a Doors tribute band at the Hardrock Café in Paris.
The FinePix F450. This camera was TINY, had a good zoom and was my travel camera, taken on many adventures. It served me very well. Ultimately I managed to break the screen 😦 Which lead to it being replaced by
The FinePix F40fd. This was the last CCD sensor Fujifilm camera that I owned. CCD certainly has a bit of a “look” to it, no? Amusingly this was taken on my first ever vacation to Porto. Little did I know that nine years later, I’d be living in Porto (I’m currently sitting about six miles away from where this was taken), shooting Fujifilm X-series cameras full time and writing this post, Just out of shot and far away on the horizon is the location of Fujifilm’s PT offices, they place I go too when I’m borrowing equipment.
The FinePix F8000fd: A MEGA zoon of a compact. Equipped with the new CMOS sensor technology (look at the difference in colour and light to the preceding shots). I was invited to a corporate day at the Williams F1 HQ. An amazing place.
The FinePix F300EXR. You might recognise this shot from my landing page? EXR was one of Fujifilm’s first goes at pushing sensor tech into bespoke directions.
The FinePix HS10 (I also had a HS20): Another super zoom. Another Fujifilm camera able to do well in a variety of locations.
So in many ways, it’s not at all surprising that I ended up so enamoured with the X-Series, and the OVF equipped X-Pro in particular.
One of my proudest Fujifilm achievements would have to be the collaborative relationship I enjoy with Fujifilm Portugal.
This relationship appears to be extending to Fujifilm UK too!
If you’d like to read a little more about my Fujifilm X story, then please click on the link below and enjoy the interview that Fujifilm UK conducted with me
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