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Free agent. X2D vs GFX


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I wonder whether "brand that you identify with and that makes you feel good" is one of the (or: the) primary factor in deciding what gear to buy.

I once considered getting a particular LF camera system. I roughly estimated the weight of the kit and the distance/height I had to be able to carry it in order to use it, added that weight to my backpack, programmed the Stairmaster for that distance/height, and half-way through it became obvious that this isn't going to work out.
Sounds like it didn't make you feel good.


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Sounds like it didn't make you feel good.

Wouldn't quite put it this way.

At that time I decided that this won't work.

Today I would think more about whether I could make it work. For example, by using a backpack designed to carry such load, get a lightweight LF, and get lighter duty stuff generally; and perhaps most important: much more time (with weights?) on the StairMaster!

P.S. Losing excessive body fat and wearing a weighted vest would be another good approach for handling heavy camera gear.
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I have tested Fuji MF (GFX50 at that time) and have used x2d (before x1d).
I also recommend using both. Technically superior is difficult to define.
For me I prefer the Hassy, but there are some things which are not perfect. I do however believe that it delivers the better colors for my taste.
And I like the "stripped" down user interface, and the ergonomic and material feel of the Hassy.
For me its a little bit like a medium format Leica M.
I wish for a real on/off button, I wish for faster startup, I wish for face detection, and I wish for more lenses (for example a 135V or 120v).
Another thing I can recommend is a used S camera and used S lenses, if size doesn't matter and the basic AF is fine for you.
The S system was the biggest step forward in IQ for me when it came out and I still love the rendering of the S lenses and 36MP is for my needs a great compromise.


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I have shot a lot of different cameras, film and digital. The quality argument only holds to a certain point, a point that has been well exceeded in digital for some time.

I have found my best photographs come from the cameras that I simply like to use. When I find a camera I enjoy using, I simply stick with it. I learn how it sees and learn to use it to the best of its ability--that has always been the challenge in photography. Unless I have a very technical problem to solve, astrophotography, microphotography, bird photography, high-speed photography, the equipment is never a limit to whether I can make a pleasing photograph. It is the archer, not the arrow.

Buy cameras that give you pleasure.

(BTW, I shoot a Pentax 645D and Fuji XPro2s (plus a Fuji X10). I am the original owner. There are technically better cameras, but not ones I find gratifying to shoot with.)



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Playing with tool use is adaptive for humans. Our genotype is to blame for buying neat gear, travelling to exotic locations, and learning composition. To the beast at the core photographs don't matter because, unlike a better plow or better weapon, nice photos won't improve our mating success. At least, it's never worked for me. Come to think of it, buying expensive kit would be selected against. Our significant others divorce us when they see the bills and that restricts opportunities for gene transmission.

More seriously pleasure, as used in this thread, is undefined (real definitions of pleasure are depressing). Taking pleasure in a camera can mean anything. Cheerfully imprecise, I can say that I enjoy my fancy kit and learning to use it. I don't much care about the photos it produces, except as they reflect a progression in mastering the craft. Good thing too, because pros would regard my photos as pretty poor. What, me worry? No, and I am just saying that it doesn't matter whether we use one camera or another. We are wired so that learning to use tools is the important thing. I think that is the point posters often make about camera selection. Don't worry. Have fun.
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