I really loved the Fuji digital cameras and would still be with them today but the delay in getting them on the market was starting to affect me. Other photographers were starting to go digital and I was starting to fall behind. I waited as long as I could and finally could not wait any longer. I had looked at and tested everything on the market and could not see myself staying with the Nikon lens mount as at that time they were behind in the digital department. My choice was Kodak or Canon, and the Kodak was priced way too high for me (at the time I think they were around $40,000 for an outdated body and they were not looking like they would be around much longer).
I moved to Canon. There were a lot of reasons to move and it was easy to go back to Canon but at the same time it was frustrating. I had some auto focus lenses for Canon but of all the lenses that I had only one worked with the Canon digital. My older Canon flashes would not work at all, they had worked fine on the Fuji cameras (well they worked 🙂 ) but nothing on the Canon. My first Canon was the Canon 20D. The colors were not as good as the Fuji’s but the quality overall was so much better with more megapixels.
Well like I said when I started going digital it was not a slow process but it was a huge jump. Most people know nothing about the Fuji S1 Pro but I have to say it was AMAZING!!! Built with a Nikon body and using Nikon lenses it was a change for me from the Canon AE-1 being a new camera manufacturer and took some getting use to but the quality was better than anything on the market for digital – amazing skin tones and colors.
I liked the S1 so much that I bought a S2 as soon as they came out. The S2 was a lot better than the S1 and the improved quality was so nice that it ended any thought of ever going back to film. I loved Fuji and would still be shooting Fuji today but they were buying their camera bodies from Nikon and Nikon was getting hard to deal with and would not release a newer body for Fuji to build on. The S3 was delayed again and again and I really wanted a more advanced camera with more megapixels.
If you got the reference on the tag line above you are doing better than most people. No I did not get hit by a virus or malware, at least not yet, but I want to again warn people about this and how to be smart when on your computer.
The other day a client came in and told me he lost a camera card, something that I have always worried about. It was not a wedding or a family shoot but it had a lot of potentially valuable images that he had just shot.
Well like I said before sometimes your dreams do not work out like you would want them to, for me what happened was even better than I could dream. I picked up a digital camera on a trip to Calgary to give it a try. It was a Fuji S1 Pro and it was actually my second digital camera. I was given an earlier digital camera that I sold as I was not impressed with the early digital quality, the lack of printers and the lack of good editing programs. I had just received what I thought was my dream camera system the Pentax 645N and had only shot a test roll with it before I bought the digital.
Well on my way back from Calgary with the S1 Pro I got a call from a new client that wanted a shoot done that day and it had to be with a digital camera. I arrived back to Lethbridge and set-up the digital and that was the beginning of the end of film in my studio.
I can honestly say that it was not easy sailing to get into digital but it was something that I took as a challenge and did enjoy the new technology. The first day with digital I did learn a valuable lesson. When I got back to the studio the new client was waiting and was in a BIG hurry. They knew that I was going to have to set-up the camera but still were in a rush. Got everything going and started the pictures. When I went to look at the images I took they were not there, I had forgotten something minor like the camera card – was not a good start but it was a start! Like the saying goes “A journey of a thousand steps starts with one step”, I had taken the first step!
Foot Note: My Pentax camera only shot two or three weddings as when I got the digital I went digital with everything a couple of weeks later. To this day it breaks my heart to not have used it but I can honestly say that I liked digital so much that to use the 645 was going back and not forward in my eyes.
There are a lot of things I love about owning my own business but there are a few things that I really don’t like and one of the big ones is the charitable request! They come in all types from “We are calling from XYZ union and we
Some places I look forward to going but when I get there I am disappointed with the pictures that I get. Waterton is one of those places, there is soooo much to photograph that I get overwhelmed with it.
After years with the A2E and the Bronica I was at a conference were Pentax and Fuji had booths. I had been looking at the Pentax 645N camera with a zoom lens for years and years – it was my dream camera system. The Pentax rep knew me and when I was talking to him about the camera he went and got one with the lens I wanted and gave it to me, so I headed to the Fuji film booth who also knew me and they gave me a couple rolls of film to try so I headed out and try them. I was sold and I ordered it that day!!!
Sometimes your dreams do not work out like you think and this was one of those dreams. After waiting for the camera to arrive for almost three weeks it arrived the same week I “tried” out a digital camera, well the rest is history!!