Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on
Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
6 years ago I bought a Fuji X100, this camera changed my life (yes, really!), it sparked a real interest and passion for photography. It went everywhere with me, and for a year was the only camera that I took out the house. The tactile handling combined with a sublime image quality, allowed me to develop my skills, and harness an eye for composition. I proved that I could shoot just about anything with this fixed lens camera from portraits, street scenes, urban views, landscapes and even puffins (though I did have to sit very still and use a heavy crop!).
I then embarked on the Fuji interchangeable lens route, starting with X-E1, progressing through X-E2, X-T1 to my current X-T2 (I also had a brief dalliance with a Canon 6D just to make sure Full Frame wasn’t the grail I was chasing). Lenses came and went as I tried different things, but all the time I harked back to the simplicity of the X100. This culminated in the acquisition of an X100F in the summer of 2017. Simplicity regained. Although I love my X-T2 and the versatility that it offers both in functionality and lenses, I simply adore the simplicity of the X100 series cameras.
This ‘complication’ has, I believe, been to the detriment of creativity, I feel that I was much more creative when restricted to the X100, and although I’ve generated some great images with the X-T2, often with technical merit that ‘spark’ isn’t there. I’ve tried to reduce my lens count on the X-T2, down from a frankly ridiculous 11 to a more even 5, and now operate a one in one out policy, but still I have days where I feel the camera is getting in the way.
I’ve always believed that your photographic journey is like climbing a staircase, you can spend time on one step before having a eureka moment and moving up a step. I feel I’ve climbed a number of technical steps but are now stuck on a creativity step. Its not that I can’t create good images, its originality that I crave, I want to forge my own path.
Maybe it’s time to only take the X100F out of the house for a time.
The simplicity of the X100