In last weeks U4D post I talked about an old wishlist, so today I thought I could go through what my current would be. It does change over time.
U4D – Current Wishlist
It is interesting revisiting this over time. Things do change and what we think we want can do that as well. It is like the type of photography we like changes over time.
This is one of the biggest changes I think. I never thought I would want to go mirrorless. Well, that isn’t entirely true, I thought in about 10 or 15 years maybe. Why would I be prepared to give up my DSLR? It is not something I really ever considered.
So what has changed?
I suppose being more realistic, the weight of my current gear is becoming a problem. My back is suffering and if I spend a long day out then it is sore. I want to lighten my load.
There is also the fear that if I had a smaller camera people wouldn’t think I was a serious photographer. Being a woman and an older one at that has been a challenge. Getting respect has been hard and I often see it when I go out. People treat me like I am a moron who knows nothing about photography. Seriously, this really happens. It is usually men who talk down to me.
Still, it happens no matter what camera I have. I always thought if I had a big expensive camera that other photographers would realise I was serious, but it never mattered.
Getting images printed was another reason to stick with it. The bigger full frame meant I could have my images printed really large. It is silly really, there is software now available to let me do that. However, I never get my images printed, well not a lot. People don’t buy them, so that reason seems irrelevant as well.
When I go to New Zealand I am taking one with me to try out. I’ve spoken before about this. When I leave, none of my Nikon gear will be coming with me. It will be a good test for me to see if I miss it. When I had a loan of the X-T2 last year I didn’t use the Nikon stuff or wanted to use it the whole time I had it. It was so good to use. I was able to do all the photography I wanted to do without any problems. I loved it for long exposures.
While right now I feel about 80% certain that I want to make the change to Fujifilm, I will be waiting until I get back from my trip before I make any definite decisions.
This is one I am not sure about. If I change cameras and brands then I will need lenses. At this stage I know I want the XF10-24mm for the camera. I have used the lens before and I loved it. It is at the top of my list. I have thought if I initially just get the camera and this lens I will be happy for a while. Then I can research what other lenses I will want.
However, while looking for the link to that lens I just found another one that I really might have to look into. It is new FUJINON LENS XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR. It looks really good, could be perfect for me. Though, potentially out of my price range. Might have to find out more.
Will all depend on how much of my Nikon gear I can sell.
I have all the tripods I need now. I have three different sizes to fit any type of photography I want to do, so I do feel I am set here.
If I’m honest, at this point in time I am happy with everything else. I mean there is always going to be small things that you find you want, but that happens so rarely for me now. I am really happy, besides the above with what I have.
Becoming an Ambassador
This is something I’ve dreamed about for years. I have a couple, I am a signature artist for Formatt Hitech and I am an ambassador for Struman Optics, but that’s it.
Without a doubt becoming an ambassador for a company helps you. It can give you prestige, but for me it just won’t happen. I don’t know why. Perhaps I need to start realising that my work isn’t good enough. Maybe I think too highly of myself.
While I still sort of hope it will, I suspect it never will. I probably need to stop wishing for it.
That’s it really. Nothing else on my wishlist at this stage. Perhaps we can revisit this one in about a year.
I have a few photos for you now. They were all taken with the Fujifilm X-T2 last year. It was a great time of the year to be taking photos. It was a great camera to walk around with.
U4D – Up for Discussion