Today’s generation of photographers are certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to gear, and there’s always something new to try or buy almost every year. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean we should always go for the latest releases. In his latest video, photographer and cinematographer Casey Cavanaugh tells us why some of the older cameras, especially the original Fujifilm X100, still make perfect shooting companions today.
Eight years after it came out, is the Fujifilm X100, by any means, still a good choice? For Cavanaugh, the answer is a resounding yes, even if the specs may be telling you otherwise. Let’s hear it straight from him the reasons why in the video below.
For his first point, Cavanaugh mentions the hybrid electronic viewfinder, which made the X100 stand out then, and even now, as there are only a few Fujifilm cameras that have this special feature. He also waxes nostalgic on the film camera experience that it offers, and even considers the digital and analog fusion as the camera’s biggest selling point. The camera may be sluggish compared to newer models, but he likens this to the “slow, methodical experience” that film cameras force you to get into — and take as a creative challenge.
Another major draw for this well-loved camera is that you can find one today for as low as $250, which is a steal considering that it still makes great images by today’s standards.
If you’re a pro or far along into your photography, this camera may no longer be an option for you. But, if you’re a beginner photographer looking for great gear to practice with, Cavanaugh thinks the X100 would be perfect for you.
Check out Casey Cavanaugh’s YouTube channel for more of his camera insights.
Screenshot image from the video by Casey Cavanaugh