The last three weeks have been anything but ideal from a photography perspective. I have been sick as a dog with the flu this past week and haven’t left the house. The previous two weeks were so bitterly cold (-20 Celsius daytime highs) that I only left the house on an as needed basis. Needless to say my photographic opportunities have been few and far between. What this has done however is remind me of just how great a family snap shot tool the x100 series is. It’s a camera I never put away after use. It’s always on the table, the counter, or in my hands. Always ready at a moments notice. For capturing images my young boys in action this is a perfect scenario.
When I shot primarily with DSLR’s my gear was always tucked safely away in a dedicated cabinet in my office. It only came out when it was going to be used, and immediately after returned to it’s safe and tidy shelf. Gear is expensive and shouldn’t be left laying about. At least this is what I use to think. For some reason these small mirrorless marvels have made me more complacent. Something I have learned to see as a huge plus.
Its not that the x100T is a cheap camera, not even close. In fact it’s worth every bit as much as my DSLR is. I don’t know if it’s the small size, the retro look, the overall simplicity, or just laziness on my part. Regardless the camera is always out, and as a result gets used a lot more often. This results in a lot more family snaps, and a very happy wife. Both good things. The nice thing about family snaps is they need not be perfect to be extremely enjoyable. The moment is so much more important than perfect sharpness, or dead on white balance.
There is nothing I love more than flipping through old photos. It makes me smile, and gives me an inner warmth not much else does. Memories indeed fade over time, pictures help keep those memories around just a while longer. So take a lot of photos of things you love, print a lot, and know one day it will be worth every second of time it took.