A mist slowly evaporates as the sun slowly climbs toward zenith. All beautifully calm and the air crisp and cold.
I had the chance to visit the largest camera &electronics fair in Finland. Digiexpo is a yearly event and is often the first place to get to play around with new models. There were models introduced in Photokina so new models with also some very good discounts for buying at the fair. Here are some thoughts on cameras if you are interested.
The highlight for me this year was the new Samsung NX1. Got to play around with one that had the grip on it and a 16-50 F2 -2.8 lens. Have to say that it impressed me as much as the Fujifilm XT-1 last year. Maybe even more considering the different backgrounds of Fuji and Samsung.
The NX1 felt good in my hand size-wise and the focus was really fast. I am used to pro dslr focus speed and that felt as fast. Very nice. The evf and screen were excellent as well. I would really, really love to have one for a while and see how it is to use with time. I have no doubt one could create great photos and video with it. The NX1 has specs that are pretty much class leading in everyway. It can do 4k video and should be similar to the Panasonic GH4 as well. I Hope they sell well and continue to bring good lenses to the market as well. I think they should also try to get Zeiss to make Touit lenses for the Nx system as well.
As a side mention I as a very large handed fellow feel that almost all mirrorless cameras need to have an accessory grip for me to have a good trusting hold on it. Same goes for the Fujifilm XT -1 as well as the Olympus EM-1. Almost unusable without a grip. The Sony A7 series is quite similar as well. I just love the fact that cameras are getting lighter and smaller so as to be more travel friendly but it has its downsides.
The Fujifilm XT -1 Graphite looked really nice and old school and X100T was nice as well. Love them both. But with the above caveat. XT-1 with grip and a couple of primes would be really nice to have as a smaller system.
Got to play around with the D750 Nikon as well. First feelings are that it is a bit differently molded and even though it is much smaller than the Nikon D810 it seems to give a good grip. Still on my list of going to buy at some point as I have a lot of Nikon F-mount lenses already.
The Canon 7D mk2 was also present and it is very good and seemed to focus very good as well. Good camera if you shoot sports of birds etc.
Often times, I find myself on the fence. Whether to do something, or not. To buy a new camera for example. I know that I need to make the investment, but it is not so simple. There are lot of systems out there, and then there is the money factor as there always. Where is the money best spent etc.
Also the legacy of old cameras, old lenses make it difficult to totally jump into an entirely new brand. The needs of my photography would most likely best be served with two systems. Buying a newer version of the current manufacturer for the serious stuff/ birds. And buy a new lightweight system for the casual stuff as well as the food and the street shooting. Olympus, Fuji, Sony and Panasonic all would go very well into my needs in this department. The Fuji Xe-1 is the one I feel most drawn to, I love the design and the ergonomics. I also adore the colors this camera gives.
Olympus and Sony make smaller cameras, that seem to fit pretty well into my hands, but not as well as the Fuji.. Oh to have too much money so as to be able to buy and test all of them. Now it would be a decision to keep for a long time. I tend to not change cameras very often anyhow.