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X-Mount for the win

There are myriads of possibilities and combinations, when you are on the prawl for a camera, for the first time. Which solutions and manufacturers to choose - the choice is not that easy.

I started out, on the lookout for a dirt cheap camera, an one in all solution. But quickly found out, that was the wrong way to go, if you want to build a longterm relationship with your camera-system. After a decade with a somewhat cheap Cybershot, that was exactly what I wanted to do.

After having watched tons of Youtube reviews and read internet reviews. I have decided to go with the X-Mount. Fujifilm makes real good houses, but their lenses are totally excellent - and with an attitude. Sort of - like a poor mans Leica.

I want to be able to upgrade my firmware on both housing and lenses, without having to run a trial version of Microsoft Windowz in a virtual machine, in order to do it.

This eliminates manufacturers like Sony, Nikon, Canon and Olympus. I haven't checked Leica for this, as they financially are totally out of my league.

Panasonic might be the sensible compromise, and I actually like the somewhat independence of the M4/3 system. But it seems like Panasonic are leaving. The M4/3 will really have a tough time surviving, I'm not quite sure Olympus is up to the task.

Now we are left with the X-Mount, which is growing like mad. The Fujinon and Zeiss lenses are brilliant, but also very pricy. But there are akternatives, if you really want to make an extra effort.

The Meiko and especially 7Artisans lenses are cheap but allegedly well build chinese manual lenses. As long as you keep a distance to their limits, they bring you quite good pictures. They are without any technical mumbo-jumbo. For focusing, you are left to your own inadequacy. It is a steep learning curve, for my tired old eyes - i reluctantly admit.

Later the Fujinon and Zeiss lenses could be added to the family.

Date:06-01-2019


My first camera was a analog Fujifilm camera - I got for my birthday. Today I really cannot remember the model, but I really never got it working satisfactory and actually I was put off fotography.

Years later I got a clip-on camera module for my Ericsson mobile phone and from there I spent my heard earn money on a Sony Cybershot -P72, with a wooping 3.2 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom, which I used for about ten years until the zoom mechanism went haywire and I returned to using smartphones, as I already owned that one.

I will upload new/old photos at no fixed schedule. As my camera is broken and I only got my smartphone for the job, the shooting of new photos seldom occur. But at the moment I'm cleaning up my existing collection of photos, removing duplettes and unusables. In this connection old photos emerges from the deep, which is a great opportunity to learn to know some open source post processing software.