Anticipation

When Oscar Wilde said, “I can resist anything except temptation,” he could not have known he was describing not only myself but countless other photography enthusiasts too.

The fact is I found a loophole in my assertion that I would not be making any major purchases this year. I made the promise in the context of not depleting our savings further during 2017. Talking to ‘senior management’ as she is known it became clear that if I sold something to fund a new purchase that would be an acceptable get out. So I did something I’ve been debating for a long while.

(c) Dave Whenham

Fuji XT10

I sold my Nikon D800E.

Not a decision I took lightly but the simple fact is that I haven’t used it in over four months. I no longer undertake any paid work so as a camera for producing work for online viewing and prints up to A3 it could only be described as overkill. Plus I am no longer appreciating the weight (which is probably why I rarely take it out of the cupboard.

Which is why I am sat here awaiting the arrival of the postman with my shiny,pre-owned Fuji XT-1.  That is not a typo – the Fuji XT-1, not the XT-2. I toyed with getting the XT-2 but very few used bodies come up at present and those that do are still very expensive. I am primarily a landscape photographer and the XT-1 will fit my needs very well, I use the X100t for street photography and still have the XT-10 which is great fun to use.

Despite committing myself further into the Fuji system I’m not ready to ditch the DSLR yet and may still find a need for a full frame camera so I have the kept the D750 and my Nikon glass but realistically I can’t see them getting too many outings this year.

Come on Mr Postman!