Please excuse the ropy photo; I had to take it on my iPhone - elsewhere on this page you can see what he's capable of, and it's much better quality! George is a Fujifilm X20, and has a name because when I was thinking of buying this model of camera, it was not cheap and so I vowed if I did buy it, I would love it and pet it and call it George. In the end I did buy it, because I’d had some extra work that would cover the cost and I didn’t want to lug a D-SLR all the way to Myanmar. Mr Robot (who has his own photo blog called Gettins Images) took his SLR, tripod, lots of lenses and masses of other kit, and I just couldn’t face carrying all that.
|Golden Island Cottages II, Inle Lake, Myanmar - run by a |
co-operative of Pa-O people, and highly recommended!
It is true that you can do more with an SLR than with a compact, but most of the time I couldn’t face getting one out. This may not have quite the creative potential of an SLR, but I’m much more likely to use it. Less complexity used frequently is better than a do-anything camera I never take out of its box. Being quite small, my Fujifilm X20 is very easy to carry around, and when I get my camera out it doesn’t alarm people in the way a monster SLR does.
|Carving in a monastery. George copes |
pretty well with low light.
I also like the fact that Fujifilm have made their compacts able to replicate classic film stock, including the legendary Fuji Velvia film, so my retro camera can deliver old-school colours. We do have film cameras at home; the oldest is a 1930s Voigtlaender. However, things are a lot easier when you don’t have to develop film yourself! George speeds things up a lot, and hopefully he is improving the photography on my blog too.
Source of camera: Bought it myself. Ow.