My Walk-Around Lens is a Walk-Around Camera

With the X100s always out and ready, I feel like a teenager again, when I had one camera and one lens, and everything was a potential subject.

With the X100s always out and ready, I feel like a teenager again, when I had one camera and one lens, and everything – in any light – was a potential subject.

Some of you may recall my on-again, off-again search for a walk-around lens. What I  really sought was motivation to carry a camera all the time. Three weeks into my ownership of the Fujifilm X100s, my walk-around lens seems to be a walk-around camera. Theoretically, there’s nothing I’m doing with the Fuji that I couldn’t do – sometimes better – with the D7000 and my 24mm lens, but the Fuji is just plain easier to carry, and that counts for more than I expected.

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The X100s makes me want to be a cub reporter again, looking for stories best told in black and white.

Today I took a lunchtime walk and encountered two colorful specimens – an acorn woodpecker and a ruby-throated hummingbird – that I could not photograph with the Fuji. I felt frustration momentarily, but let’s face it: There was no way I would have been taking a lunchtime walk on a work day with my birding rig anyway.

The X100s excels as a walk-around camera for me because it is easy to walk around with!

The X100s excels as a walk-around camera for me because it is easy to walk around with, but there are no quality compromises compared to the image quality of my D7000.

So far, despite a lot of angst and confusion about where photography in general – and my nikon gear in particular – fits into my life, I’m having fun with the Fuji, and maybe THAT’s where photography fits into my life. At this point, all I know to do is keep shooting.

A month ago, I would have seen this reflection in the window and thought it might be photographable. With the X100s close at hand, I didn't think about it at all - I just SHOT IT.

A month ago, I would have seen this reflection in the window and thought it might be photographable. With the X100s close at hand, I didn’t think about it at all – I just saw it and SHOT IT.

Some of this gear is still essential to my portraiture and nature work, but much of it has become redundant. Still, I believe the fun I'm having with the Fuji will lead to lessons that help me appreciate the dslr gear even more. Step one is to let the fun be.

Much of this gear is still essential to my portraiture and nature work, but some of it has become redundant. I believe the fun I’m having with the Fuji will lead to lessons that help me appreciate the dslr gear even more. Step one is to let the fun be. And yes, I shot this with the X100s.

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